Aug. 5, 1948 – Oct. 6, 2016
Dennis J. Dintino, of Buffalo, president and chief executive officer of a trucking company and of a chain of truck dealerships, died last Thursday in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., after a battle with cancer. He was 68.
Born in the Town of Tonawanda, he was a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buffalo State College.
He began his career in 1970 as an accountant with Beaver Board in Lockport, then held accounting and executive positions with Frontier Chemical Co. in Niagara Falls from 1977 to 1982 and Tonawanda Tank from 1982 to 1984.
Mr. Dintino and a colleague, Robert Olesko, established HazMat Environmental Group Inc., a waste transportation company based in Lackawanna, in 1985.
In 2005, he purchased Kenworth of Buffalo, a truck dealership, and expanded it into Kenworth Northeast Group, with branches in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Massachusetts. The dealership convinced Kenworth to modify its trucks to accommodate snowplows and has received awards for sales and service.
He was honored as Man of the Year in 2012 by the Western and Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He chaired the chapter’s Light the Night Walk in 2013.
At Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he established the Dintino Family Endowed Fund for Quality of Life Programs.
He also hosted youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara County at his company’s annual picnic for many years.
An avid runner and alligator spotter, he enjoyed sudoku and playing blackjack in casinos. He maintained a winter home on Sanibel Island, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Susan Kobza; three daughters, Gina Herron, Anne Del Rio and Krista; his father, Angelo; two brothers, Raymond and Ralph; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.