Ross Molinaro, 87, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Northgate Health Care Facility. Born in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of the late Ross and Sarah 'Sadie' (Mercurio) Molinaro.
Ross came to Niagara Falls as a child with his family and was raised and educated in the North End. As a teenager, Ross worked on the railroads in Niagara Falls. He served in the United States Army with the 2ndInfantry Division Indian Head during the Korean War from November 20, 1950 until his honorable discharge on August 21, 1952. Ross was a talented saxophone player and played during that time as a member of the 5th Infantry Division Army Band. Following the Military, Ross continued playing saxophone in his brother Frank's band at the former Buena Vista in Lewiston.
For forty years, Ross was employed at the former Oldbury Chemical Company, later Hooker Chemical Company in Niagara Falls. Following his retirement, he continued working for the New York State Parks Department during the summer months. Ross coached the Babe Ruth All Star Baseball Team sponsored by the Como Restaurant and led them to a State Championship in 1961. Ross was a passionate golfer. He participated in local industrial leagues at Hyde Park Golf Course alongside his good friends, and in 1965 won the individual Baker Optical Championship, and in 1966 the Certo Brothers Championship. During the winter months, Ross also participated in local bowling leagues.
Ross is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Barbara (Reynolds) Molinaro; two sons, Joseph Molinaro of Wilson and Ross J. (Jamie) Molinaro of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Alyssa Molinaro, Ross James Molinaro and Grayson Leo Molinaro; one sister, Gloria (late Ernest) Fracassi of Niagara Falls; one brother, Richard Molinaro of California; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and John Molinaro; and four sisters, Madeline Smith, Rosella Ligammari, Evelyn Scaletta and Eleanor Dashineau.
There will be no prior visitation. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY.
Please visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on April 19, 2016