Joseph D. Friel, 75, of Sommerville Valley Road, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his home.

Born June 4, 1938, in Ellicottville, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary Donovan Friel. Mr. Friel was married to the former Sharon Zink, who survives.

He was employed at New York State Department of Transportation in Salamanca for 30 years. He was a member of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicottville and was an avid racecar driver and crew member with Bliss Racing.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel (Kelly) Friel of Ellicottville; a brother, James (Mary Ann) Friel of Ellicottville; a sister, Frances (Daniel) Freitas of Cheektowaga; a brother-in-law, Joseph Freitas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Freitas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 3 at Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ellicottville. Burial took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellicottville.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.