John Golightly, a former Laborers Local 91 construction worker, died Monday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 79.
Born in Kingston, Pa., he attended schools there and came to Niagara Falls as a young man.
Mr. Golightly joined the Army in 1944 and served as a combat infantryman during World War II. He received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in action in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant on Dec. 19, 1946, and served two years with the Army Reserve.
After leaving the Army Reserve in 1948, he became a construction worker until his retirement in 1991.
Mr. Golightly had recently moved to ElderWood Health Care at Crestwood in Wheatfield.
Surviving are his wife, the former Susan M. Hengst, whom he married in 1984; a daughter, Crystal Martelli of Niagara Falls; two brothers and a sister, all of Pennsylvania; and a grandson.
Services and burial will be scheduled.