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Erminio Liberatore, builder, developer in family business

Sept. 30, 1928 – Dec. 12, 2015

Erminio Liberatore of Orchard Park, a builder and developer, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Pratola Peligna in the Abruzzi region of Italy, he came to the U.S. at the age of 17, where he joined his father, Attilio, and two uncles.

He was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School.

In 1946, he and his father founded A. Liberatore & Son General Concrete. He also worked as a welder at Buffalo Fire Door. Mr. Liberatore had an opportunity to become owner of Buffalo Fire Door in 1968, but chose instead to work with his brothers, Victor and Peter, in the family business, then called L&M Concrete, which specialized in flat concrete work.

In 1969, L&M built Royal York Garden Apartments in West Seneca, with more the 250 units, the first apartment project on such a large scale locally. L&M, which later became Liberatore Enterprises, eventually owned and maintained more than 1,500 apartment units.

Liberatore Enterprises built its first commercial project, the McKinley Park Inn and the McKinley Park Racquet and Fitness Club, in 1977.

In 1982, he partnered with his wife, his late son, Joseph, and his daughter, Maria, to expand the family business. The company went on to build Ebenezer Brook Apartments in West Seneca and the Royal Park Apartments in Orchard Park.

The last project he completed was the construction of town homes in West Seneca in 2013.

Mr. Liberatore also built his own homes, first in West Seneca in 1965, then in Orchard Park in 1984. Since 1984, he and wife spent winters in Florida and traveled extensively around the world.

An active parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he was a member of the Lake Erie Italian Club, Circlo Sportivo and Societa Pratolana Abruzzese.

He enjoyed gardening, winemaking, golfing, bocce and cooking.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Mary Coppola; a daughter, Mary Hanley; two brothers, Victor and Peter; six grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday morning in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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