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Feb. 2, 1920 – Nov. 2, 2013

Michael P. LaPorta, a former special assistant to the Erie County sheriff, died Saturday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo Public Schools, served as a private in the U.S. Army and spent the rest of his life in Western New York.

Mr. LaPorta most recently lived in Amberleigh Retirement Community in Amherst before his illness.

In the 1940s, Mr. LaPorta worked assembling airplanes at Curtiss-Wright, and it was there that he met his own “Rosie the Riveter” – his future wife, Laura Karpinski.

In the 1950s, he went to work for the Buffalo Sanitation Department, where he became a foreman. He later was special assistant to Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico, retiring in 1977. He also tended bar at McPartlan’s in South Buffalo for a brief period.

Mr. LaPorta was a devout Catholic and led his family recitation of the Holy Rosary every evening while his children were growing up. He attended Mass daily as long as his health allowed.

He enjoyed dancing and listening to Frank Sinatra records and was a New York Yankees fan. He walked four miles every day, no matter what the weather was.

Mr. LaPorta’s wife died in 2006.

Survivors include five daughters, Carol D’Amico, Nancy Wittmeyer, Frances Sobczak, Patricia Szatkowski and Mary Ann Barone; two sons, Michael and John, and two sisters, Fannie Chiarmonte and Rose Benevento.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.