March 8, 1935 – September 5, 2022
Victor A. Marrale Sr., of East Aurora, a retired Tops Markets executive, died Sept. 5 at Mercy Hospital following surgery. He was 87 years old.
Born in Buffalo, the third of four children and the only boy, he grew up on the West Side, served as an altar boy at Holy Angels Catholic Church and attended Holy Angels School. As a senior at Bishop Fallon High School, he was a member of the school’s basketball team that won the Manhattan Trophy in 1952 and earned All-Catholic honors.
The Bishop Fallon High School/Holy Angels Collegiate Institute Alumni Association inducted him into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for his basketball achievements.
Mr. Marrale began his career after high school as a car salesman and met former J. Cairn Eastman when she came to a dealership to buy a Thunderbird. When they married in 1961, he had joined the general merchandising division of Tops Markets.
He became vice president and director of general merchandising for Tops’ subsidiary, G&G Sales and Service, and later became president. He was instrumental in opening Vix Discount Drugstores, another Tops subsidiary, which bears his name.
He left Tops in 1987 and started his own business, Marrale Marketing, a general merchandising distributor of household goods, toys, and health and beauty items.
After retiring in 1995, he moved from Clarence to East Aurora and became an active volunteer. He was a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels in the East Aurora area and for Portable Means, a similar service operated by the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora.
He especially enjoyed volunteering for the Toy Town Museum. In 1998, he was named Volunteer of the Year and served as Grand Marshal of the ToyFest Parade and Celebration.
He was nominated to serve an unexpired term on the East Aurora Village Board of Directors in 2007, but was defeated in his run for a full term.
He was a longtime deacon at Lancaster Community Baptist Church, making sure everyone who attended the annual children’s Christmas program had a bag of candy.
He also volunteered as a driver for the American Cancer Society, providing transportation to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for those in need.
A lifelong sportsman, he played softball for G&G and in the Under 40 League in Clarence. He coached his daughter’s Clarence women’s softball team and served as league president for several years.
An avid New York Yankees fan, he attended many games of the Buffalo Braves, Buffalo Stallions, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabers.
Survivors include his wife, a retired nurse practitioner; four sons, Victor A. Jr., Michael F., David T. and Mark A.; two daughters, Kathryn M. Riedy and Jennifer L. Benzel; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca.