Dad was a truly amazing individual. In his lifespan he accomplished so much! The Navy and his love of flying were cornerstones in his life.
He had six younger brothers who he loved and spoke of often. He also had three children, who although they lived far away much of the time (or were taken away in service to the country), remained in his thoughts and prayers until the end of his life.
Dad loved to dabble in the stock market, watch football and golf on television, and cook his famous Italian Marinara Sauce.
His favorite charity was the St. Vincent De Paul's Church in San Diego, and he often gave donations there.
Towards the end of his life, Dad was very ill, and couldn't do much of the things he loved and had done in the past. Every Sunday, my husband and I would go to visit him, and his favorite things to do were to go to Dinner (The Lotus Pond, Outback, and the local small Italian restaurant where he knew the owner were his favorites), or take a stroll around the garden and grassy areas by where he lived, or sometimes just sit and talk about what was going on in the world. In the last place where he lived he was known by the staff as "The Commander", and the Maintenance man, a gentleman named Maurice, even had a special plaque made for Dad with his name followed by "LCDR, USN Retired".
Dad will be deeply missed by everyone who was afforded the chance to meet him. His charm and quick sense of humor brightened many a day. His family mourns the loss of his wisdom and strength.
On Friday, October 4th 2002, a beautiful Memorial Mass was held for Sal at the Holy Cross Mausoleum and Cemetary in San Diego, California.
Afterwards, a group of us who knew and loved Sal went to one of his favorite restaurants, The Lotus Pond, and shared stories and memories of him.
Additionally, many people have dedicated memorial masses in honor of Sal, including: Pat Lococo, Jerry Gato, John and Mary Lococo, Frank and Vickey Mulvey