Dec. 12, 1920 – Jan. 10, 2016
Carmelo J. Sabatino, a retired senior executive with Delaware North Co. and former general manager of Batavia Downs, died Sunday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Sabatino served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific.
Upon returning home, he married the former Josephine Marino in 1946. That same year, he joined the Delaware North Co., which he helped to build under the direction of L.M. Jacobs. Following his retirement from the company in 1976, Mr. Sabatino was named general manager of Batavia Downs, a position he held until 1999.
Even after his last retirement, Mr. Sabatino continued to help manage a private family business.
He traveled extensively during his tenure with both Delaware North and Batavia Downs and met several celebrities.
He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sabatino Liarakos; two sons, Thomas C. and David G. and three grandchildren.
Mr. Sabatino was predeceased by his wife, who died in February 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive., Town of Tonawanda.