HARTFORD, Conn. (April 7, 2006) — Jeremiah “Jerry” Massaro, a World War II veteran whose father founded Reliable Tire Co. in Hartford, died April 1. He was 86.
Mr. Massaro served as a first lieutenant in the 624th Ordinance Base Automotive Battalion stationed in England during World War II.
He assumed control of the family business he had been involved with since his childhood when he returned from the war in 1945. He later was president of the New England Tire Dealers Association.
“Jerry took great pride in the capability of the store's many loyal employees,” his family wrote in his obituary.
Reliable Tire, a single-outlet retailer, remains family-owned, said Jerry Massaro Jr., Mr. Massaro's son and the company's principal.
Sons Anthony Massaro and Marty Massaro also are involved in the business. Mr. Massaro was still involved in the business before his death, Jerry Massaro Jr. said.
Mr. Massaro also was an avid gardener, barbecue master and loyal New York Yankees fan who attended Don Larson's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, his family wrote.
He is survived by his five children, five grandchildren and two siblings among other family members.