GALASSO - Martin A. Age 74, of Davies Lane, Cobleskill, NY; Naples, FL; and formerly of Lancaster, NY died Wednesday, January 1st in Cooperstown, after a brief illness. Born January 25, 1939 in Depew, NY, son of the late Anthony Joseph and Santina Rose (Belurgi) Galasso, graduate of Lancaster High School and later, Michigan State University. Enlisted in the US Navy serving aboard the USS Wexford County LST 1168 later joining his uncles Gus, Louis and Emil in the family business. He began as Job Superintendent and later became President of Lancaster Development, Inc. from which he retired in 2001. A communicant of St. Vincent DePaul R.C. Church, Cobleskill, past President of the Association of General Contractors of NY, a founding member and former Chairman of the Open Shop Association, and a supporter of the National Right to Work and the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Galasso will also be remembered as a quiet contributor to many local causes. In addition to his parents and uncles, Martin was predeceased by his wife, Janice Arlene (Dilk) and his daughter, Marsa Ann Galasso. Survived by two sons; Mark (Carolyn) Galasso of Cobleskill and Martin (Debbi) Galasso, Jr. of Summit, his beloved fiance; Susan Armstrong whom he was planning to marry January 25th, seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two sisters Ann (late James) Detzler of Lancaster, NY and Loretta (late Stuart) Weisberg of Kennesaw, GA, one brother Anthony J. (Sharon) Galasso of Lancaster, NY along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Calling hours from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, January 7th at St. Vincent DePaul R.C. Church, 138 Washington Ave., Cobleskill, NY, Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday, January 8th at the church. Entombment with military honors at a later date in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made "In memory of Martin Galasso" to Marathon for a Better Life, PO Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187 OR to The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE Washington, DC. 20002. The ROBERT A. GUFFIN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family. Further information is available at www.guffinfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Buffalo News from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014