on August 26, 2013 - 5:58 PM
, updated August 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Sept. 20, 1932 – Aug. 23, 2013
Dr. John D. Malfa, of Orchard Park, died Friday in Mercy Hospital, where he had practiced internal medicine for many years. He was 80.
Born in Auburn, he was a 1954 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1958.
Dr. Malfa completed his residency at Mercy Hospital and went on to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Medical Corps in the late 1960s.
In addition to his long tenure at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Malfa operated a private medical practice with his wife of 50 years, Dr. Sonia M. Malfa, the former Sonia Cortes.
He was a member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. In 1954, he took part in National Collegiate Athletic Association fencing competitions.
He was a longtime usher at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Orchard Park. He also was a member of the Catholic Physicians Guild, the Erie County Medical Society, the Baccelli Medical Society and the parents’ guilds of both Nardin Academy and Canisius High School.
Dr. Malfa was a member of Orchard Park Country Club.
He also had a great affection for the Sisters of Mercy religious order and was an early supporter of its retirement fund drive, which was started in the Buffalo Diocese in 1988.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Malfa is survived by two daughters, Lisa and Sonia; two sons, John Michael and Robert; and a sister, Marge Salva.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.