George J. Ciancio, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired administrative manager, died unexpectedly Friday while vacationing in Bradenton, Fla. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy as a medic in Hawaii during World War II. Returning from service, he earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Buffalo.
He worked several years as an accountant for the Internal Revenue Service, then joined Union Carbide in 1953. He was an administrative manager at the Linde Division in the Town of Tonawanda when he retired in 1990.
Mr. Ciancio ran unsuccessfully for the Tonawanda Town Board in the 1970s and was a longtime Democratic committeeman. He was Town of Tonawanda Democratic Party chairman from 1990 to 1992 after serving five years as vice chairman. He also served on the board of directors of the Buffalo Museum of Science.
His first wife, Betty Howard Ciancio, died in 1981, and hs second wife, Patricia Dailey Ciancio, died in 2002.
Surviving are three sons, Vincent, George Jr. and
Michael; four daughters, Christine, Mary Davenport, Jane Ciancio-Green and Trish Ciancio-Porto; a brother, Joseph; and a sister, Theresa Evaldi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.