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Sylvester Baldassarre, 86 Mass in S.I. is June 20 Sylvester Baldassarre, 86, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 21, 2018. Sylvester "Sal" (also called "Junior") was born in New Brighton, S.I., on Nov. 10, 1931, to his parents, Cosmo and Felicetta. Sal began spending winters in Bradenton in 1992, and eventually moved there full-time in 2002, to enjoy his retirement years. He was kind, humble, and generous. To know Sal was to love him. He enjoyed spending time with his family- sitting at the head of the table during the countless family dinners, cheering on his grandchildren, and spending time with his beloved wife, Angela (nee Barone). Sal was greatly loved as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. After a career with the NYC Department of Sanitation, Sal operated his own home improvement business for many years, as a subcontractor for many Island businesses, including Richmond Aluminum, Bill Ray, Galante, and others. Numerous homes on Staten Island were improved by Sal's expert skills at installing windows, doors, decks, awnings, and screen rooms. Sal believed in doing an honest day's work and prided himself on never having to return to a job to fix anything that he built or installed. There seemed to be nothing that he couldn't fix and passed this knowledge down to his children. Sal was a founding member in a summer bungalow community in the Catskill Mountains, where his family has enjoyed summers together since 1971. His construction and master carpentry skills proved invaluable as he improved and expanded the bungalow over the years. Sal will be remembered for his calm and warm presence, always willing to lend a hand to the many work parties and decisions to better the community for generations to come. Sal also loved playing cards, especially pinochle and blackjack- luck was often on his side. He and his brothers, Frank (deceased) (Fran) and Albert (Cathy) enjoyed traveling, celebrating holidays together, and socializing with many dear lifetime friends. Sal was also an amazing cook, preparing dishes without a single recipe, especially his fish salad, served each Christmas Eve at the families traditional celebration, his delicious homemade manicotti, and his famous chicken cacciatore. Sal attended Curtis High School before proudly serving his country in the Army during the Korean War, spending almost two years in France. Upon returning home, he married the love of his life, Angela. Together, they raised their family in Livingston, S.I., and were parishioners of Sacred Heart Church, where their children attended the parish school. Sal is survived by Angela, his wife of 63 years. He is also survived by his five children: Michael, John (Jennifer), Steven (Mary Sue), Phyllis (Randy), and Ann Marie (Ed), as well as six grandchildren: Steven (Boston), Sam (N.Y.), Jillian (N.Y.), Jack (N.Y.), Carmella (Calif.) and Santino (Calif.). Sal cherished his grandchildren and was incredibly proud of each of them. He also had many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly like his own children. Arrangements included cremation and a remembrance Mass held on April 25 at Ss. Peter and Paul, the Apostles Church, Bradenton. Interment is planned at Sarasota National Cemetery in accordance with his wishes as a proud veteran. Family and friends are welcome at a Celebration of Life Mass on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 11 a.m at Sacred Heart Church, 981 Castleton Ave., S.I., N.Y. 10310.
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