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Aug. 27, 1920 – Jan. 18, 2013

Services were conducted Monday for Joseph G. Alessi, one of the founders of Alessi Bros. Plumbing & Heating Corp., in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Mr. Alessi died Friday in ElderWood HealthCare at Oakwood, Amherst. He was 92.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Alessi was a graduate of McKinley High School and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from 1943 to 1945, during World War II. He served with the 5th Army in North Africa and Italy, and was a translator in Italy.

He and his brothers started Alessi Bros. Plumbing in 1950. Among projects the company worked on were the plumbing infrastructure for the Thruway, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Women & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo North Campus and the Buffalo Zoo animal clinic and giraffe house. The business closed in 1973, and Mr. Alessi operated Central Plumbing until his retirement in 1985.

He was a member of the Romulus Club; Knights of Columbus; the Ad Club; Post 9216, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the Canisius College Alumni Sodality.

He was the widower of Harriet Alessi.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Joseph and Russell.