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Pasquale A. D’Orazio, retired Buffalo Fire chief fire administrator

Jan. 1, 1931 – Feb. 11, 2017

Pasquale A. D’Orazio, of Lancaster, retired chief fire administrator for the Buffalo Fire Department, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital from effects of congestive heart failure. He was 86.

Born in Collepietro, Italy, he came to Buffalo with his family in 1936.

Pasquale A. D'Orazio

He was a graduate of South Park High School and served in the Air Force. Stationed in Newfoundland during the Korean War, he attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. D’Orazio began working as a payroll clerk at Republic Steel Corp. in 1955 and continued until 1975.

In 1958, he joined the Buffalo Fire Department and was a full-time firefighter, stationed primarily with Engine 22 on Broadway near Bailey Avenue. He was chief fire administrator when he retired in 1987.

In retirement, he was a loan officer in the Buffalo Fire Department Federal Credit Union from 1987 to 2005.

He also was co-owner of Gran-Dor Insurance Agency, which was affiliated with New York Central Mutual, and was a salesman part time for Volkswagen dealers in Amherst and Lockport from 1974 to 1982.

Mr. D’Orazio was a member of the Lake Erie Italian Club. He took part in bowling and golf leagues, enjoyed gardening and was an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres and New York Yankees fan.

His son, Michael L., served as Buffalo fire commissioner from 2004 to 2006. His brother, Al, who died in 2014, was a dispatcher in the Buffalo Fire Alarm Office.

Survivors also include his wife of 59 years, the former Carol J. Gugino; another son, Pat A.; two daughters, Michelle Rigler and Maria Phillips; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.

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