Remembering a Man who Helped Others by Continuing his Mission.

July 31, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

For many who lose a loved one, honoring their memory can mean creating a mission to help others. For the family and friends of John J. Fiore, that is most certainly true.

John Fiore died in the crash of Flight 3407.  He dedicated his life to his family and his country, spending 30 years serving our country in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. He fought in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and had 2 tours of duty in the Iraqi War.

John always had a special place in his heart for children, which is why his family is continuing to help children in his name.

Every year, they have a golf tournament to raise money. John’s nephew, Ron Aughtmon says this event is very special to a great deal of people, “The tournament is in honor of my uncle who passed away on Flight 3407 and was a 30 year military veteran. Our proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo where we have given over $150,000 in our first 8 years.”

The 9th annual John J. Fiore Golf Tournament is Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at  1 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The event includes a large basket raffle and sports memorabilia auction. There are a few golf spots still available and they would love the public to join them for the raffles and auctions.

For more information on the tournament and auction and to see how you can help, head to their website –




About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.





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    It was so nice that he is being remembered…

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