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Carmen T. Morreale Sr., retired Falls fire chief; Feb. 23, 1932 -- Dec. 24, 2011

Carmen T. Morreale Sr., a retired Niagara Falls fire chief, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston. He was 79.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended St. Joseph's School and St. Mary's High School before graduating from Niagara Falls High School.

Mr. Morreale, known as "Carm," served with the U.S. Army's 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War.

After the war, he joined the Niagara Falls Fire Department, serving as a firefighter from 1955 to 1980, when he became the deputy fire chief.

In 1987, he was named fire chief, a post he held until his retirement in December 1991.

Mr. Morreale worked a second job with Compositeur Printing in Lewiston.

He served on the Niagara Falls Board of Education from 1973 to 1980 and was board president for three of those years.

He was a past member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and served as president of the Niagara Falls firefighters' union.

Mr. Morreale also was a member of the NiaCAP board of directors for 20 years and was past president for two years.

He also was a third-degree member of Council No. 247, Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Morreale was a parishioner of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church. His hobbies included bowling, golf, cooking and gardening.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, the former Louise Ann Nanea, survivors include two sons, Carmen Jr. and Michael; a daughter, Dr. Elena; and a sister, Rose Restaino.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 27th Street at Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls.