Ernest Caruso Sr., formerly of Kenmore, who had a lifelong career in furniture sales, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 77.
An Air Force veteran, he joined Calvin's Furniture upon returning from the service in 1956 and became a partner in 1958. He managed Calvin's Interiors of Kenmore until 1985, when he moved to Florida. He served as a Democratic committeeman in the Town of Tonawanda in the 1950s.
In Florida, he was assistant to the vice president of Florida East Coast stores for Castro Convertibles for seven years, then was associated with Carl's Furniture in the Miami area for 10 years before retiring in 2002.
He served for two years as Grand Knight of Council 13051, Knights of Columbus, at St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton. He also was an honor guard in the fourth degree at Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marguerite Vitale; two sons, Dr. Anthony Sr. and Dr. Ernest S.; a daughter, Jacqueline; a brother, Calvin; and a sister, Elvena Eiszler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.