Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Sam Mancuso (Sr.) died overnight on March 31st at the age of 93. The above photo was taken in January.

Sam was a special man. He was a steel worker, a farmer, a grape grower, a wine maker, a father to seven children, and he and his wife Rose served as the father and mother of one of his grandchildren. His wife and two of his children predeceased him, so he leaves five children, almost countless grand children, and becoming countless great grand children.

During his lifetime, he ran for office on the Democratic ticket to insure that people in East Dunkirk would have a choice. He also was a founding member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, and I am told at one time had a siren mounted on the roof of his barn. He grew some of the best apples and grapes of anyone in the area, and made some of the worst wine. All of it was fun for him, and he left the joy of working with the land to all of his children.

He will be missed by his family, and by his community.

Addio Sam


Anonymous wendy corsi staub said...

Steve, thanks for sharing this. I was away when he passed and just got the sad news. I'll always think of him with love and fond memories of all the concord grapes he used to send me by the bushel when I was craving them while pregnant with Morgan.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Mr. Mancuso was a very special person. I'd only met him a few times during my youth but he had a face and spirit that was unforgetable.

1:29 AM  

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