NILES - Donald J. Livi, 80, of Niles, died at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Niles, the son of Joseph and Mary Necaster Livi.
Don was a graduate of Niles McKinley High School, class of 1953, and was president of Livi Steel Inc., the company he founded in Warren in 1977. He formerly worked for Allied Metals Company for 21 years.
Donald J. Livi
He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles and was a member of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Don was the first recipient of the City of Niles Carmen DeChristofaro Outstanding Citizen Award in 1976 and was selected to the Mahoning Valley Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame 2002 Man of the Year.
Don was past president of the Niles Youth League, sponsored and managed a Class "B" baseball team in Youngstown for many years, and was instrumental in holding year-end tournaments that attracted teams from five different states. He was affectionately known in the area as "Mr. Baseball."
At one time, he also owned Circle L Farms in Liberty, where he bred and raced thoroughbred horses for 22 years.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Thelma Soloski, whom he married on June 5, 1954; two sons, Donald A. Livi of Girard and Michael Livi of Niles; two daughters, Cynthia (Dell) Gray of Niles and Mary Jo (Michael) Susko of Girard; two brothers, Eugene (Maureen) Livi of Girard and Richard (Francine) Livi of Niles; three sisters, Mary Justice of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Patricia (Glenn) Burris of Hartville and Karen (Bernard) Prox of Howland; nine grandchildren, Donald (Michelle) Livi, Lindsay (Vincent) Gatta, Megan (Jeff) High, Patrick (Jessica) Gray, Lauren Susko, Alyssa Susko, Michael Livi, Joseph Livi and Kelly Livi; and one great-grandson, Jacob High.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Livi Jr.; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Livi.
Calling hours are private.
All of Don's family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles. The Rev. John- Michael Lavelle will officiate.
Arrangements are being handled by the Holloway-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 611 Robbins Ave. in Niles, Ohio, 330-652-2422.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made in care of the funeral home to be distributed to Don's favorite charities by his family.