F. Robert Danni, of Amherst, a retired assistant commissioner with the town’s Building Department, died Wednesday at his home in Williamsville. He was 72.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he moved with his family to the Buffalo area in 1946. He was a 1957 graduate of Bishop Neumann Catholic High School. He received an appointment after graduation to the Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering.
In 1961, he marched with the regiment of midshipmen in President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade.
Upon his graduation that year, Mr. Danni became an ensign in the Naval Reserve, with assignments at ports throughout the Mediterranean, northern Europe and South America. He received a federal license as a third assistant engineer and third engineer with American Export Lines in Hoboken, N.J.
Following his service in the Naval Reserve, Mr. Danni returned to the Buffalo area and began a job at the General Motors Engine Plant in the Town of Tonawanda.
He was assistant commissioner of buildings for the Town of Amherst from 1969 until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2010. During that time, he served as chairman of the state Board of Review, Western Region, and chairman of the Variance Board for the state Fire Prevention and Building Code.
He also served as chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals and was president of the Niagara Frontier Council of the U.S. Navy League.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Kathleen Zimpfer; four sons, Mark, Scott, Todd and Adam; a daughter, Traci Stabler; a stepson, Derek Setter; two stepdaughters, Kristen Morris and Kari Cercone; two brothers, Richard and James; and two sisters, Shirley Braun and Patricia Vitanza.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.