Aug. 9, 1925 – Feb. 24, 2013

Dominic A. Guercio of Buffalo, a retired Erie County Water Authority employee and a longtime member of the Erie County Hazardous Materials Team, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he was a line repairman and underground utilities locating inspector for the Water Authority and received its Appreciation Award upon his retirement in 1990.

Originally a Civil Defense volunteer, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Erie County Fire Auxiliary for 54 years and held the rank of deputy chief. He was one of the first to join the hazmat team when it was organized and was a member of the command unit. He also served as team chaplain and received its Appreciation Award in 1991. He was given the City of Buffalo Appreciation Award for his work as a fire volunteer in 1987.

Active in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mr. Guercio was a Eucharistic minister and president and treasurer of the Holy Name Society, which gave him its Appreciation Award in 1989. A delegate to Holy Name Society District 1, he also received the Catholic Diocesan Holy Name Society Appreciation Award in 1990.

He served three terms as president of the Holy Cross Parish Council, was president of the Ushers Society and was named the church’s Man of the Year in 1985. He also was chairman of the Parish Family Picnic and the parish’s May Day Rally.

He was president of the Lower West Side Block Club for seven years.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former Claudia R. Gruttadauria; a son, James; a daughter, Annette A’Hearn; and a sister, Rose Zuppardo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Holy Cross Church, Maryland and Seventh streets.