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Samuel Failla


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Samuel R. Failla

1926 - 2016 Samuel R. Failla, age 89, 3000 Holiday Dr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. and New York City, died Wed. March 23rd at the Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center where he had been a patient for the past several months. He was born in Pittsfield, May 18, 1926, the son of the late Luigi and Alfia Monitto Failla. Educated in the local schools, he was a 1944 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Continuing his education, he was awarded his degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute in 1950. That same year, he entered the U.S. Army and deployed to Tokyo where he served his entire military career as the radio operator to General Douglas McArthur at the U.S. Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Returning in 1953, he settled in New York City and began his career as an architect for Hilton International, traveling extensively through Europe and Asia for the company. He retired in the mid 1970's and founded his own design firm, Sam Failla Designs, which he operated until his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his brother, Frank Failla of NYC, his nephews, Louis V. Failla and Robert V. Failla, both of Pittsfield, his niece, Marie A. Beron and her wife Diana L. Goddard of Pittsfield, his great-nephews, Harry R. Beron III and his wife, Rebecca Beron, Robert V. Beron and his wife, Kasey Connors-Beron, all of Pittsfield, and his great niece , Courtney A. Failla of Boston. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph R. Failla and Vincent J. Failla of Pittsfield as well as Sam's long time partner, Raymond Kurek of Buffalo,N.Y.. FUNERAL SERVICE: Failla, Samuel R., age 89, died March 23rd. Private funeral services will be held with burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at St. Charles Church later in the spring. The Devanny-Condron Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 26, 2016
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