Salvatore S. "Sam" Fiorello of Niagara Falls, a decorated World War II veteran and former construction foreman, died Monday in James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Fla., after a long illness. He was 85.
He was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools.
During World War II, he served in the Army as a tank driver with the 552nd Battalion, Second Armored Division, under the command of Gen. George Patton. He was involved in campaigns in France, Normandy, the Rhineland and Sicily and was awarded a Purple Heart.
A member of Laborers Local 91, he worked for Sevenson Construction Co. in Niagara Falls and was involved in the construction of several local projects, including the Niagara Power Project and Earl W. Brydges Public Library.
Surviving are a son, Mark of Nelsonville, Ohio; two sisters, Rose Baldassarre and Frances Mendelsohn, both of Niagara Falls; and four grandchildren.
A memorial Mass, with military honors, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave. Burial will be in the church cemetery.