Nickolas G. Staffa, 91


June 12, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Nickolas G. Staffa, a retired autoworker and longtime Dundalk resident, died Sunday of complications from an infection at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 91.

Mr. Staffa was born in Baltimore, the son of immigrant parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was raised in Locust Point. He attended Polytechnic Institute.

He became an assembly line worker at General Motor's old Broening Highway plant in 1935 and was promoted to upholsterer and repairman.

He was later trained as a toolmaker, a position he held until he retired in 1975. Active in the United Auto Workers, he was a retirement counselor for the union until 2000.

He served in the Navy for one year before being medically discharged in 1940.

Mr. Staffa had a woodworking shop in the basement of his Beach Drive home, where he had lived for 60 years.

He enjoyed home improvement projects and working in his gardens.

His wife of 48 years, the former Eva Granofsky, died in 1988.

Mr. Staffa donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. No services are planned.

Surviving are two sons, Nickolas G. Staffa Jr. of Durham, N.C., and George A. Staffa of Butler, Pa.; and three grandsons.

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