Martin A. Galasso
COBLESKILL — Martin A. Galasso, 74, of Davies Lane, Cobleskill, Naples, Fla., and formerly of Lancaster, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Cooperstown after a brief illness.
Mr. Galasso was born Jan. 25, 1939, in Depew, son of Anthony Joseph and Santina Rose (Belurgi) Galasso. He graduated from Lancaster High School class of 1956, and later, Michigan State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. Upon graduating, Mr. Galasso entered the U.S. Navy and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, later serving aboard the USS Wexford County LST 1168.
Following his honorable discharge, Martin relocated to Cobleskill, and joined 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. Marty Galasso and the Galasso family are known as a “Family Business and a Business Family,” proudly in business since 1947.
Mr. Galasso was a communicant of St. Vincent DePaul R.C. Church, Cobleskill, a past president of the Association of General Contractors of New York, was a founding member and former Chairman of the Open Shop Association, and a supporter of the National Right to Work and the Heritage Foundation.
Martin was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He enjoyed watching football, reading spy novels, and spending time with Max, his dog. 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.
He is survived by two sons, Mark (Carolyn) Galasso of Cobleskill and Martin (Debbi) Galasso Jr. of Summit; his beloved fiancée, Susan Armstrong, who he was planning to marry Jan. 25; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ann (late James) Detzler of Lancaster, and Loretta (late Stuart) Weisberg of Kennesaw, Ga.; one brother, Anthony J. (Sharon) Galasso of Lancaster; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at St. Vincent DePaul R.C. Church, 138 Washington Ave., Cobleskill.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the church.
Entombment with military honors will be held at a later date in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made “In memory of Martin Galasso” to Marathon for a Better Life, P.O. 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.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at at www.guffinfuneralhome.com.