Joseph J. Adriatico, a musician and retired Du Pont Co. employee, died Friday at home surrounded by family and under hospice care. He was 77.
A city native, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls and Trott
Vocational high schools and attended Erie Community College.
He was a corporal with the Army's 520th Military Police unit, stationed as a security guard at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris from 1950 to 1952.
He worked as a cell builder for 23 years at Du Pont, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Adriatico was a member of Council 247, Knights of Columbus; the Embassy Club; and the Niagara Travel Club.
He played trumpet in various area bands under the name Joe Adrian and was a member of Local 106-209, American Federation of Musicians.
He also enjoyed playing bocce and softball, gardening, singing and dancing.
Mr. Adriatico was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and its St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name societies.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Delores "Lee" V. Alvarez; three daughters, Patricia A. Pallaci and JoAnn DiCamillo, both of Niagara Falls, and Donna M. Sestrich of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Beatrice Licata and a brother, Rocco, both of Niagara Falls; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. .