NIAGARA FALLS —
Richard F. "Dick" Marasco, Sr., 84, of Niagara Falls, NY, went home to be with the Lord on October 12, 2013, under the care of Niagara Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Johnsonburg, PA, he was the son of the late Eleutario "Harry" and Mary Ann (Lancianese) Marasco.
Richard attended Holy Rosary School in Johnsonburg, PA and graduated from Johnsonburg High School where he excelled in sports, especially football. While attending high school, he also worked on the B & O Railroad. In 1951, he came to Niagara Falls with his parents to join his brothers who had previously moved to the area. During the Korean War Richard served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Camp Rucker, AL, where he ran a Mess Hall as a head cook. On September 6, 1958, he married Irene F. (Baldassarre) Marasco at St. Joseph Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Irene predeceased him on January 10, 2003. During the 1950s, Dick worked at Hooker Chemical Company. He also worked as a butcher at Marasco's Complete Foods located on 19th Street in Niagara Falls, a business he owned and operated with his brothers. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a meat wholesale salesman for various area meat brokers, including Hunter Packing, Krey Packing and Gummins, Inc., in Buffalo, NY.
Dick was a member and past commander of the Catholic War Vets Post 925. He was also a longtime faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Church, as well as their Usher Club. In 2006, he was the recipient of the "Cittadini Speciali" (Special Citizen) Award given by the Pine Avenue Business Association. Dick won full scholarships to Bucknell and Duquense Universities and played semi-pro football for the Johnsonburg Shamrocks and later fast pitch softball for Hooker Chemical Co. He also enjoyed playing bocce. Dick liked to hunt and fish at his camp in the Southern Tier with his family and friends. He was also an excellent cook, but most important to Richard was spending time with his family.