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Dec. 4, 1946 – Oct. 8, 2013

Robert F. Cordova of Niagara Falls, founder of Finger Food Products, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cordova served with the Army during the Vietnam War era, spending several years in Germany.

He founded Finger Food Products in Niagara Falls in 1991 in a small facility behind a convenience store on 18th Street, where its Original Pizza Logs were hand-rolled.

Mr. Cordova passionately pursued the American dream and was tireless in his efforts to build the company.

Today, the business is located on Niagara Falls Boulevard and ships products throughout the United States. Mr. Cordova created hundreds of jobs and supported local suppliers.

He also was a strong supporter and sponsor of motorsports for more than a decade.

His awards include several Car Owner of the Year and Sponsor of the Year honors, as well as championships in many divisions. Through the years, Original Pizza Logs has been aligned with some of racing’s well-known tracks and series.

Mr. Cordova also enjoyed collecting and riding motorcycles; riding with friends was a favorite pastime.

Since childhood, he had a fascination with fish. He bred killifish – small, tropical fish – which earned him national recognition and frequent Best in Show awards.

Mr. Cordova also liked to fish. He and his son, Jason R., went on annual competitive fishing trips to Canada.

Other survivors include a brother, Bill, and a sister, Dianne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.