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CMSgt. John J. Fiore USAF (Ret.)
John J. Fiore CMSgt. Ret., 60, of Grand Island, NY, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away aboard Continental Flight 3407 on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of John Fiore of Las Vegas, NV and the late Fay L. (O’Brien) Fiero and step-son of the late Howard ‘Lefty’ Fiero. John attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. Shortly after high school, he began a thirty-year military career which started in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Following that he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where his service included tours of duty during Operation Desert Storm and most recently two separate tours during the Iraq War where he served as an airlift scheduler at the Air Mobility Division, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and retired in 2006 as a Chief Master Sergeant, one of the most difficult promotions to achieve in the Air Force. On April 20, 1974, he married Eleanor M. (Rutherford) Fiore at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Mrs. Fiore predeceased him on August 2, 2000. John was employed as a plant manager at Washington Mills in Niagara Falls and Tonawanda. He was an active member of various local veterans groups including the American Legion John J. Welch Post #381, Veterans of Foreign Wars LaSalle Griffon Post #917 and the Lt. John Paul Bobo Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He was also a member of the Grand Island Moose Lodge 180. John was also a former volunteer fireman for the Upper Mountain Fire Company, Lewiston, NY, and served as a lay Eucharist Minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls. In his leisure time, John enjoyed photography and traveling and was an avid fisherman. In addition to his father, John is survived by two children, Dana Hartman of Niagara Falls, NY and Scott J. Fiore of Hamburg, NY; two grandchildren, Matthew Hartman and Chelsey Hartman; two sisters, Sandy Aughtmon-Brown of Grand Island, NY and Katherine (Dominic) Rocco of Billerica, MA; one brother, Charles Fiore of Ft. Worth, TX; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Fiore. Friends may call on Friday from 3 – 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI and SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21st at 12 Noon in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Stewart Lindsay, OSFS officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment with full Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Iraq War Veteran Organization c/o Long War Veteran Organization, PO Box 571, Yucaipa CA 92399. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for on-line guest register.