February 13th, 2015 Franklinville’s resident artist, Norman
, passed away at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo,
New York. He was born on October 28th, 1923 in Franklinville to
James G. and Victoria Staccioli Maffei. He married Helen
on December 28th, 1949. She preceded him in death
on October 25th, 1995.
He attended Ten Broeck Academy and then served in the U.S. Army
45th Infantry Division in Italy from 1942 to 1945. His artistic
work included many sketches of World War II and battleship war scenes.
After the War he came back to Franklinville. Later he joined the
Merchant Marines, traveling around the world. On his return he attended
the Albright Art Institute in Bufffalo.
A self-employed artist, he became known for his scenes surrounding
our area. The Ischua Valley Historical Society has a wonderful collection
of his work displayed at the Miner’s Cabin.
Mr. Maffei is survived by a daughter Susanne (Alva) Maffei-Lockwood
of Franklinville, two grandsons James and Curtis Maffei, a step-grandson
Michael Mohr all of Knoxville, TN, a sister Yolanda M. Wilson of
Franklinville, a brother Albert Maffei of Delaware, several nieces
and nephews and a special cousin Mildred Amitrano of Franklinville.
His son James C. (Patricia) Maffei passed away in 1995.
He was a member of the Franklinville Conservation Club, The American
Legion Post #526, The American Artist Society and The Ischua Valley
Historical Society. Family and friends gathered at the Babbitt &
Easton Funeral Parlor on February 20th. Burial will be in Mount
Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville.
Memorials may be made to the Ischua Valley Historical Society or
Blount Library. A celebration of Norman Maffei’s life will
be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 16th.