Salvatore J. "Sal" Savarino
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“We just found out last week while talking to John. I am so sorry we didn't know sooner, missed the funeral services were unable to pay our respects....Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Carmela and Linda DiPersio - MA

“Donna, I am sorry for the loss of your companion Salvy. Just found out today. You are such a lovely lady and he was very lucky to have you for his...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Marie Lynn - Sandown, NH

“Jimmy, John, Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out today that he passed. No one contacted me or I would have been there to pay my...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Marie Lynn - Sandown, NH - cousin

“Jimmy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace,Prayers coming your way,,,,,,so sorry, ~ Judie ”
4 of 52 | Posted by: judie (leger ) waitt - wakefield, MA

“Donna I was sad to hear about Sal's passing.Sal was a wonderful man to yu all these years,yu traveled together that made it special. May all your...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: Liane Barrett - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Sal who will find my keys when I loose them at the reunons. Clear sailing we will miss you always Kelly Cahill ”
6 of 52 | Posted by: Kelly Cahill - Lewisburg, WV

“Dear Paul and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: Sandra Pelleriti - Billerica, MA

8 of 52 | Posted by: A.WALTER D'ANTILIO - WELLS, ME

“Dearest Sal I will miss you at the ICC outing. I'll never forget you enjoying the sunshine and your cigar . God bless you and your family . ”
9 of 52 | Posted by: Dorene Marmen-Mounsey - Beverly, MA

“Dearest Donna and Family,So sad to hear of Sal's passing and wanted you all to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Tom and Bette Flynn - FL

“My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad, Sal. It seems we were just reminiscing a few weeks ago at Liberty Bell about his garden, your late mon...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: John T. Cinella, Jr. - Melrose, MA

“Dear John & Jim, Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your dad. Sal enjoyed playing cards at the Fish and he'll be missed be many. Extending deep...Read More »
12 of 52 | Posted by: Mal & Dennis Sullivan - friends

“Thank you for serving our country and may your family find comfort in the faith. May you Rest in Peace. ”
13 of 52 | Posted by: Dr. Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA

“If it is true that we are all spiritual beings sent to this world to have the human experience before we return home, then surely Sal has showed all...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: Bob & Liz Olson - Lincoln, CA

“First met Sal at our ship's reunion in Bremerton, WA back about 1996. He and I have been to many reunions since and Sal many before 1996. Sal had...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Max and Fran Schwald - Sutherlin, OR

“To The Saverino Family, My deepest condolences for your loss of such a wonderful father and grandfather and to me, the best neighbor I have had the...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Diane Ferragamo - Wakefield, MA

“Our memories of Sal all seem to revolve around food and drink-so fitting! Sal invited us to dinner ....Norm said he didn't like Italian food, nearly...Read More »
17 of 52 | Posted by: Norm & Susan Welch - Palm Bay, FL

“My sister and I were fortunate to meet Sal when he and Donna were onvacation in Orlando a few years ago. I had heard all about him fromDonna, my...Read More »
18 of 52 | Posted by: Karen F. Prince,Faircloth and Lancer Families - FL

“Dear Dad, Words cannot say how much I will miss you. All I can think of is how much fun we had together. Do you remember how you taught me how to...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: James R. Savarino - North Andover, MA

“Thinking of you all at this most difficult time. Salvy will be missed! ”
20 of 52 | Posted by: Laura LaMarca-Moscoso - MA

“Sal, may you rest in peace knowing that you have showed my children the true meaning of family. They will alway have great memories of the family...Read More »
21 of 52 | Posted by: Jacqui Young Savarino - Salem, MA

“To the Savarino Family, So sorry for your loss. Sal has a very special place in our hearts. We will miss him dearly. Your family is in our...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: Cheryl Santosuosso - Melrose, MA

“Grampy, I can't believe you're gone. There's an emptiness without your presence that can't be filled. I miss and love you more than anything in this...Read More »
23 of 52 | Posted by: Olivia Savarino - Boston, MA

“Aunt Donna, We were very saddened to hear of Sal's passing. I'm sure that Sal was a great guy and a good man because after all, he had you in his...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: Mike Chappa

“Dearest Donna; WE are saddened by the passing of Sal.The online rememberance is so beautiful.We add our deepest sympathy to you and Sal's family.May...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Mary & Bill Chappa - Shelton, CT

“Dear Donna, Our hearts go out to you in your sorrow. Remember that the memories you've made together will live always, never to be forgotten. ...Read More »
26 of 52 | Posted by: Dick and Sharyn - Casco, ME

“Dear Donna, Please know how sorry I am that you have lost your best friend. My thoughts are with you a such a very sad time. Cindy Modugno & Todd...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Cindy Modugno - Beverly, MA

“Donna and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Sal was a terrific person and will surely be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy and love, Mary...Read More »
28 of 52 | Posted by: Mary Katherine Verrelli - CT

Armand & Lena Rotondi Wedding photo 7/7/1946 (Mr. Savarino introduced my parents in 1944). “Mr. Savarino ("Salvi") introduced my parents, Armand ("Mundy") Rotondi and Lena (Romano) Rotondi in 1944 at the Wakefield Bowling Alleys. They...Read More »
29 of 52 | Posted by: Susan A. Rotondi - Melrose, MA

“With heavy hearts we want you to know how sorry we are to hear of his passing. ”
30 of 52 | Posted by: Dave and Janine Chisholm - NH

“Dear Jimmy: My deepest condolences to you and your family on hearing of the loss of your father. Although we spoke about this recently, it is still...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: Gino Baroni - Atkinson, NH

“Jim, John and Paul, so sorry for your loss. Sal was a great family man. We have a lot of great memories of time spent with the Savarino family and we...Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Stephen and Denise Demakis - NH

“Deepest Sympathy to your family from oursCathy Wilcox Rowe of Leesburg Florida. Daughter of Fannie Wilcox ”
33 of 52 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Dad, Thank you for 55 years of being my father. You taught me the true meaning of life, love, and to be a great father myself. ...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: John Savarino - Reading, MA - Son

“The reunions won't quite be the same- Donna, I sure hope you continue to come-Sal could really dance! Tom and Peggy ”
35 of 52 | Posted by: ''''Peggy and Tom Nordquist - OH

“Dear Aunt Donna, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy. Bill,...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: Camii Chappa - trumbull, CT

“I will always remember Sal teaching the young guys about the trade or about anything in life. He was always ready to help and I will miss seeing him...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: frank maffa - winchester, MA

“Our Larson reunions will not be the same without Sal. HIs sense of humor and always smile will be sorely missed. Frank and Andrea ”
38 of 52 | Posted by: Frank Wyzywany - Lansing, MI

“Green Leaf Place will be never be the same without Sal! He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you. Kathy, Larry and Leia Kaplan ”
39 of 52 | Posted by: Kathleen Kaplan - Melrose, MA

“Dear Paul and Charlene,I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this...Read More »
40 of 52 | Posted by: Stephanie Wagner - Los Angeles, CA

“He was a great man and will be missed by many. Sincere sympathy to the family and Miss Donna. ”
41 of 52 | Posted by: Arthur & Claudia Poulos - NC

“I can still see sal and Bob keohane playing gin down the VFW. Also working the youth golf tournament. ”
42 of 52 | Posted by: Wally brown - Melrose, MA

“Grampy, you have always been the rock of our family. You taught each and every one of us to be the people we are today. I am going to miss you each...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: Angela Savarino - Melrose, MA

“May your memories bring you comfort Thinking of youKathy,Larry and Leia Kaplan ”
44 of 52 | Posted by: A friend

“We are with you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
45 of 52 | Posted by: Tom, Barbara & Tom Jr. Balcom - MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
46 of 52 | Posted by: Greg & Margie Marnon - Haverhill, MA

“Grampy- you were the patriarch of our family in every sense of the word and taught each and every one of us how to be hardworking, compassionate, and...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Danielle Savarino - Malden, MA

“I can't beleive you are gone. You meant so much to me and have forever changed my life for the good. I miss you so much ”
48 of 52 | Posted by: Joe Savarino - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers and hugs are coming your way to the Savarino Family and Donna. We had the pleasure of meeting Sal when he visited Paul and...Read More »
49 of 52 | Posted by: Di Loreto Family Greg & Terri , Dominic & Juliana - CA

“Lorraiane and I will miss Sal as he and Donna done a lot for the USS Larson Reunion Assoc. Having been President for Seven years I could always count...Read More »
50 of 52 | Posted by: Art & Lorraine Colson - Eliot, ME

“Sal was the epitome of a true gentleman. Larson reunions will not be the same without him. He will be missed. ”
51 of 52 | Posted by: Gene Maresca - Punta Gorda, FL

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: John W., John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA

Salvatore J. Savarino passed away at his home in Melrose on January 15, 2013 at the age of 86. Mr. Savarino was born in Wakefield on July 11, 1926 to the late Rosario & Florence (Turco) Savarino. He was raised in Wakefield and Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and attended Boston Trade School.
Sal entered the US Navy after high school and served on the destroyer DD830 Everett F. Larson, fighting in the South Pacific during WWII. He and his fellow seaman was the original crew called "Plank Owners", because they were the first crew members to operate the ship when it was commissioned at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Later on in life, at the age of 63, Sal with the help of others organized the first reunion of all his shipmates in 1989. It was an emotional reunion since they had not seen each other in over 50 years. He continued on with the tradition, organizing and attending many reunions across the United States over the years.
Mr. Savarino started his career working as a welder at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He went on to work for several Boston contractors learning his trade before starting his own business in the 1950's. Sal owned and operated S.J. Savarino Masonry and General Contracting, building homes and commercial buildings in Boston, Cambridge, Greater Boston, Magnolia, Gloucester and the North Shore. He was a member of the Boston Home Builders Association, was a member of the Saugus/Everett Elks and the VFW Harold O'Young Post #2394 in Melrose, where he was an accomplished card player.
Mr. Savarino was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and pistol shooting, for which he received several awards, was lifetime member of the Melrose Fish & Game Club, a life member of Woburn Sportsman Club, a ... READ MORE →