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Feb. 28, 1953 – Feb. 26, 2013

Richard A. Muscarella Jr. of Alden, retired president and owner of Ashland Pest Control Inc., died Tuesday in Terrace View Long-Term Care Center from complications following a long illness. He was 59.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and joined the company founded in 1968 by his parents, Alice and Richard Sr., who provided commercial and residential service throughout Western New York.

After Mr. Muscarella became president of the company when his father retired in 1979, he and his wife continued to expand its service area. The company has handled pest control for the schools in Buffalo and Williamsville and most of the area’s hotels. He retired due to ill health in 2009.

He earned Integrated Pest Management accreditation from both Cornell and Purdue universities, and served on the IPM Board for New York State. He also worked closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension and developed IPM guidelines for the food service industry through the National Pest Management Association.

Mr. Muscarella was a board member of Athletes in Action and Kingdom Bound, and worked with members of the Buffalo Bills in Teen Challenge, Sports World Ministries and Christian Men’s Ministry. He also was active in the annual Frank Reich Call to Courage Award. He held a men’s prison ministry at Attica Correctional Facility on a weekly basis.

He was a candidate for the Alden Central School Board of Education in 2005.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Martha Senft; three daughters, Michelle Thompson, Elizabeth Domonowski and Rebecca; his mother, Alice; two brothers, Michael and Donald; and a sister, Roseann.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in Lovejoy Gospel Church, 5423 Genesee St., Lancaster.