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Dec. 25, 1926 – Jan. 1, 2014

Edward S. Falsetti, of Lockport, who founded two local engineering firms, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 87.

A Niagara Falls native, he graduated from Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls in 1944. After high school he served in the Army, worked at Union Carbide and attended the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1952.

He became a licensed professional engineer, worked at Chemical Design and started Mesch Engineering, where he remained until 2002.

Mr. Falsetti also was a founding partner of AFPS, a company that performed testing and research for General Motors Delphi. He continued engineering work as a consultant until his death.

He also enjoyed playing golf and sailing, serving as the commodore of the Olcott Yacht Club.

He was especially proud of his 57 years of service in the Lions Club, where he had served in the Olcott chapter as secretary, president, a member of the board of directors, editor of the newsletter and was named a life member.

He was active in promoting the club’s Polar Bear “Swim for Sight” days.

Mr. Falsetti was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, the former Barbara Ann Lonctoin, who died in 1998.

He is survived by three sons, John, James and Guy; a daughter, Susan Falsetti-Breeloff; a sister, Elizabeth DiChiara; two brothers Dr. Dominic and Dr. Herman; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren;.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 North Military Road Niagara Falls.