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FRANK MARRANO DIES AT 77 - FOUNDED HOME-BUILDING FIRM
NewspaperOctober 21, 2003 | Buffalo News, The (NY)
Page: E1 | Section: LOCAL
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Frank Marrano, who founded a construction business that became one of Western New York's largest home-building companies, died Oct. 12, 2003, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 77.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School and served in the Army's 5250th Technical Intelligence Company in the Asian-Pacific Theater during World War II. He received an honorable discharge in 1949 after attaining the rank of colonel.

He returned home and went to work for Bell Aircraft Co. and also went to school to learn the construction trade. He and his brother Anthony began working in the home industry remodeling homes, doing siding work and other odd jobs.

He later teamed with his brothers Pat Sr. and Jim and began building homes in French Meadow Estates in Depew. In 1959, they formed Marrano Construction, which built several subdivisions throughout the Buffalo area, including the 170-home Hillview Acres in Depew and the 400-home French Lea Estates in West Seneca.

The company grew to become Marrano Enterprises and is known today as Marrano/Marc Equity Corp., one of the the area's top home builders.

Marrano also enjoyed golf and cards.

His wife, Nancy Lee Marrano, died in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Duszynski of West Seneca; two sons, Frank of Clarence and Douglas of Pendleton; a sister, Rose of Arizona; three brothers, Pat of Depew and Carmen and John, both of West Seneca; and six grandchildren.

Services will be private. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum, Lancaster.
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