Erminio A. Furlani, a former steel factory foreman, died Saturday in Springfield Hospital, Springfield, Vt., after a brief illness. He was 88.
Mr. Furlani, who was known to friends as "Ermo," was born in Akron and moved to Buffalo, where he graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School. He later graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College.
Mr. Furlani served in the Army during World War II.
He worked as a foreman at Republic Steel Corp. for more than 30 years.
After living most of his life in Buffalo -- including in a home he designed and built -- Mr. Furlani moved last year to North Springfield, Vt.
He enjoyed gardening and was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orchard Park for many years.
Survivors include a son, Russell A. of California; a daughter, Francine Provost of North Springfield; his former wife, Rose Muleir of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, Edward and John, both of West Seneca; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be scheduled in Orchard Park. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.