Santo B. "Sandy" Livolsi, a retired industrial repairman, died Sunday in Mount View Health Facility, Lockport, after a long illness. The Lockport resident was 78.
Mr. Livolsi was afflicted with corticobasal degeneration, a rare neurological disease that causes muscle degeneration. He and his family had been active in seeking research toward a cure for the debilitating disease over the past decade.
Born in Barnesboro, Pa., he moved to the Buffalo area as a child and was a graduate of McKinley High School. He later earned a journeyman's certificate in machine repair.
Mr. Livolsi served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He rose to the rank of seaman first class.
In 1947, he went to work for Western Electric, where he worked until 1978, including two years at the company's plant in Omaha, Neb.
He then worked for the Saginaw Gear & Axle Division of General Motors Corp. from 1978 until his retirement in 1988.
A longtime union worker, he was a member of the Communications Workers of America, United Auto Workers and Telephone Pioneers of America.
He was also an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda when he lived in Kenmore from 1951 to 1989. He lived in Lockport for the past 15 years.
A collector of antique glass, he enjoyed combing flea markets and antique shops for carnival glass items. He was a member of the American Carnival Glass Association, and his collection includes more than 200 pieces. He also enjoyed bird-watching and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Jo Ann Carey; a daughter, Gail Benecleth of Lockport; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.