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Obituary for Samuel Macaluso III

Samuel T. Macaluso passed away peacefully on the morning of December 18. Sam graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1956. He started Macaluso Building Corp. in 1969 which was a general contracting company responsible for completing hundreds of projects in Western New York. His oldest son joined him in the business in 1982. In 1998, Sam and his wife Sally moved to Granby, CT, and Sam embarked on a 24-year career in commercial real estate. He and Sally moved back to the Buffalo area in 2020 to retire. Sally died in 2020 after 60 years of marriage. Sam married Nancy Ortolano in 2023. Building was in Sam’s blood. Whether constructing many of Western New York’s first indoor hockey rinks in the 1970’s, a tree house in the backyard for his young children, or furniture for them as they grew older and toys for his 15 grandchildren, Sam had the knack for building with a purpose. He was also an avid tennis and golf player, organizing many tennis and golf groups over the years. He loved fishing, enjoyed cross-country skiing and sailing, and was an enthusiastic fan of his children’s figure skating, tennis, soccer, and hockey teams as they grew up. Sam was the beloved husband of Nancy Ortolano (nee Carey) Macaluso and the late Sally (nee Farrell) Macaluso; the loving father of Michael (Judy) Macaluso, Molly (Stephen) Donovan, Susan (Michael) Kirkpatrick, Donna (Stuart) Clark and Kevin (Amy) Macaluso; the cherished Grandpa of Sean (Cailley), Michael (Caelainn), Lindsay (Thea), Benjamin (Mai-linh Notaro), Andrew (Alexandria), Matthew (Jessie Dzura), Abigail, James, Emily, Michael, Samuel, Jack (Randi), Emma, Sophie (Andrew), and Eliza; Great grandfather of eight; Dear brother of Kathleen (Robert) DeBlasis, Mary (James) Pendergast, Carolyn (Michael) Cimato and the late Michael and Paul Macaluso; Survived by many nieces and nephews. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Benedict Church on Friday, December 22nd at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sam's memory to St. Benedict's Church or FeedMore Foundation of WNY, 100 James E. Casey Dr., Buffalo, NY 14206, or online at . Arrangements by C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. Please share condolences at