Daniel M. Carocci, WWII vet, Ford en­gi­neer, won Pur­ple Heart

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - July 9, 1924 – March 9, 2019

Daniel M. Carocci, a re­tired Ford Stamp­ing Plant en­gi­neer­ing man­ager and a Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ent in World War II, died March 9 in Sis­ters Hos­pi­tal. He was 94.

Born in Buf­falo, the third of six chil­dren, he at­tended Bur­gard Vo­ca­tional High School. He served in the Army in an en­gi­neer­ing unit in Europe, build­ing and de­mol­ish­ing bridges. He took part in the Nor­mandy In­va­sion and the Bat­tle of the Bulge. Wounded in ac­tion in the back and neck, he re­ceived the Pur­ple Heart.

Re­turn­ing from ser­vice, in 1947 he mar­ried Joanne Cop­pola, the sis­ter of his friend James Cop­pola, who later founded Len-Co Lum­ber.

Mr. Carocci first worked as a welder at a Gen­eral Mo­tors plant, but soon joined other mem­bers of his fam­ily work­ing for Ford Mo­tor Co.

His fa­ther worked at the Ford assem­bly plant here. His older brother, Joseph, was a su­per­vi­sor at the Ford assem­bly plant in Lo­rain, Ohio.

Mr. Carocci had a 40-year ca­reer at the Ford Stamp­ing Plant in Wood­lawn, re­tir­ing as man­ager of plant en­gi­neer­ing in the 1980s.

His son, Sa­muel, who died in 2007, was man­u­fac­tur­ing man­ager at the Ford Stamp­ing Plant and his two sons-in-law have worked at the plant.

He also was a tem­po­rary mail car­rier for the U.S. Postal Ser­vice dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son and did de­mo­li­tion work with Cayuga Wreck­ing.

In re­tire­ment, he ren­o­vated his North Buf­falo home and re­stored a vin­tage Ford pickup truck. He and his wife also trav­eled to Europe, where he re­vis­ited World War II bat­tle­fields in France.

He was a long­time parish­ioner at St. Mar­garet’s Catholic Church. His wife died in 2017. Sur­vivors in­clude two daugh­ters, Diane Devlin and De­bra Lobaugh; a brother, Sa­muel; 10 grand­chil­dren and 14 great-grand­chil­dren.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial was of­fered March 16 in St. Mar­garet’s Catholic Church, 1395 Her­tel Ave.

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