Salvatore J. Cicchiello
Salvatore J. Cicchiello was born in Rye, NY, at home on Elizabeth St., on March 3, 1922 to James and Rose Russo Cicchiello. He had three brothers, Leonard, Albert, and Victor and two sisters Katherine and Josephine. In Rye his family lived at 30 Elizabeth St. and were members of the Church of the Resurrection. Salvatore was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1941. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
After serving in the US, South America, and the South Atlantic. He returned from the war and held several jobs in the Rye area. He worked in a garment factory in Port Chester, the Rye Post office, and finally settled into the restaurant business.
He worked at the Rye Hotel, Five Points, and for over 30 years he tended bar at Belluscio's on Midland Ave. He met the love of his life in Rye, a German girl named Marianne Niebuhr, from Bremerhaven. They were married on August 17, 1961. They had one son, Philip James Cicchiello. Salvatore and Marianne were best friends until her death on March 4, 1994.
Aside from his war years, he only lived in two places is entire life, 30 Elizabeth St. and 203 Purchase St. Salvatore, or Chick, as he was known to almost everyone, loved to read, loved history, politics, and economics.
He read the paper, cover to cover every day, any magazine he get, and he would finish the Sunday Times, no matter how long it took him. He would save sections of the paper for friends and family who he thought might enjoy them. He would circle and write ''READ THIS'' on countless articles, making notes on the margins, and underlining what he thought you should pay attention to.
He was always a fixture on his front porch. As long as the weather was good, he could always be found at the table or in his recliner, paper in hand. People were always invited to come and sit, have some wine, coffee, or cookies, and of course, good conversation.
Salvatore James Cicchiello Passed away on Thursday May 12, 2016. He passed peacefully holding his sons hand. He was 94.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, James and Rose Russo Cicchiello, his brothers, Leonard, Albert, and Victor, sisters Katherine and Josephine and his Brother and Sisters-in-laws, Josephine, Mary, Rosanne, Anthony, and Charles. He is survived by his son Philip, his Daughter-in-law, Kristin, grandsons, Ryan and Jack and numerous nieces and nephews. They always brought a smile to his face. He will be dearly missed.
Published in The Journal News on May 14, 2016.