Arthur Ferrara, age 83, of State Park Ave, Salamanca, New York died Saturday, Februrary 7, 2015 at WCA Hospital, Jamestown, New York, following a brief illness.
Born May 8, 1931, in Salamanca New York, he was the son of the late Michael and Concetta Rutolo Ferrara. He was married in the former St. Patrick’s Church on June 15, 1957 to the former Donna Hook, who predeceased him on December 26, 1996.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Air Force. Mr. Ferrara had been employed by the City of Salamanca Board of Public Utilities for over 20 years, Allegany State Park for 15 years. He was also in law enforcement with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office and the Ellicottville Police Department for over 37 years.
He was a member of the Our Lady of Peace Parish, Holy Cross Athletic Club, and Past Commander of the Hughes- Skiba Post 535 American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the woods.
Surviving are: a daughter, Jaymie (Ray) Sugg, South Valley, NY; three sons, Joseph Ferrara, East Aurora, NY, John (Kathleen) Ferrara, Bemus Point, NY, Alan (Julie) Ferrara, Delhi, NY; a daughter-in-law, Lorie Stoltz Ferrara, West Seneca, NY; 2 grandsons, Joey and Jeffrey; 4 granddaughters, Amber, Hannah, Alethea, and Shawna; 2 great grandchildren, Kameron and Sa’Mari; 1 sister, Mary Sweeney, Olean, NY; 1 brother, Alfonso Ferrara, Burlington, NJ; a dear friend of many years, June Chapman, Ellicottville, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Our Lady of Peace Parish Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10am with Rev. Patrick Melfi officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York.
Full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skins Post 535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post 5296.
Burial will be in Green Cemetery, Great Valley, New York.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or a charity of the donor’s preference.
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