Salvatore L. Fricano of Snyder, who at one time ran a metal finishing company with members of his family, died Friday in St. Francis of Williamsville after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up during the Great Depression. He served with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.
After the war he and his three brothers and a cousin opened National Finishing Corp., which had a contract with NASA during the Apollo space missions. He was vice president until the company was sold in 1985.
An accomplished cook, he enjoyed sharing his culinary specialties, family members said.
He was a member of Christ the King Church.
His wife of 56 years, the former Catherine Caputi, died in 2003. Survivors are two daughters, Angela Knisley of Corfu and Barbara Friedman of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Joseph of East Amherst; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.