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July 18, 1929 – Feb. 1, 2014

Albert Leon Condino, of Grand Island, president and chief executive officer of Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna for more than two decades, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Niagara Falls, he enlisted in the Army at age 17 and attended Michigan State University on the GI Bill, graduating with honors. He decided to pursue a career in health care after one year of law school in Cleveland.

Mr. Condino earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Toronto and followed up with a fellowship in health care, making him one of the few health care fellows in the nation in the 1960s.

He became head of OLV in 1971 and continued in that position until the mid-1990s, when the hospital merged with Sisters Hospital to create the Catholic Health System.

Mr. Condino was chairman of the boards of Western New York Care Network and the WNY Long Term Care Co., and a board member of the Western New York Hospital Association, which he helped found. He also was president of Arterial Inc.

OLV honored him in 1996 by dedicating its head trauma rehabilitation unit in his name. In 1994, he was awarded the papal medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) for his service to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Nadia Dell’Arsina; four daughters, Dr. Dalinda A., Loretta A. Condino-Grupp, Ph.D., Marisa P. D’Addario and Dr. Adria A.; three brothers, Joseph, James and Richard; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road at South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.