Frank Joseph Salamone Sr., 99, of Bolton Landing, New York, passed away on Jan. 3, 2023 at Saratoga Hospital.
Frank was born and raised in the close knit Mont Pleasant section of Schenectady. The eldest of three sons, he is predeceased by Josephine Sifo Salamone and Salvatore Salamone, who’s families emigrated from Italy to Schenectady in the early 1900s.
Frank served in World War II as a military police officer stationed in Italy and Africa. While on traffic duty on a street corner in Naples, Italy, waiting for convoys to come through, he met a young lady, Gianna Delibero, who was in distress because she was late for a college class. He offered to help her and was very impressed that she could speak English so fluently. He later learned that she worked as a translator for the English Embassy. They began corresponding with one-another through mail, and would go on to have a 49-year marriage that lasted until Gianna’s passing in 1995.
Frank was raised with a tremendous work ethic and in later years would often remark, “the harder you work, the luckier you get”. When he returned from the military, Frank, with his two brothers, George and Til, opened the Grandview Block and Supply Company, later Grandview Concrete Company, on Hamburg Street in Schenectady. Frank had an excellent relationship with his loyal customers, who appreciated the reputation for quality and customer service that he and his brothers worked hard to create.
He spent his retired years starting every morning reading the Daily Gazette cover to cover, enjoying doing all the puzzles, playing golf, a sport he played until 97, and managing his favorite team the Yankees, from his couch with his signature drink, a dry martini with two olives. He enjoyed winters in Sarasota, Florida in University Park and summers in Bolton Landing, New York. He established a large group of friends in Florida where he was known for his friendly, gregarious nature, sense of humor and warm heart. He enjoyed large family gatherings and laughter at the house in Bolton Landing.
Although he was a successful business man, his greatest love by far was his family. He is survived by his brothers Attilio Salamone (Mary) and George Salamone (Elsie) devoted children JoJo Hallenbeck (Bill), Mary Lyons (Ralph), Linda Nevulis (George), Salvatore “Sam” Salamone (Kathleen), and Frank Salamone Jr. (Kelly), he leaves behind 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He lived a complete life but his loved ones will always feel a little incomplete without “Poppy.“
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1803 Union Street in Schenectady, on Saturday morning, January 7, 2023 at 10 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to Family Focus Adoption Services (https://familyfocusadoption.org).
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