April 17, 1924 – June 21, 2014

Frank L. Piracci Sr., former deputy commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department and a World War II veteran, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., he moved to Buffalo with his family as a young child. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March 11, 1943, after joining the National Guard. He landed in Marseilles, France, with the 141st Ordnance Division and served throughout the European Theater as a technical sergeant until the end of the war.

Mr. Piracci joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1947, starting what turned out to be a 47-year career. He served most of his career at Precinct 6 in Cold Spring and as a captain in Precincts 4 and 8. He retired in 1994 as deputy commissioner.

In his retirement, he remained active in Police Benevolent Association, Italian American Police Organization and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gloria R. Lomas; a daughter, Suzette Ashley; four sons, Frank L. Jr., John J., Paul T. and Christopher M.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9 a.m. today in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.