2017-04-20 / Obituaries

Salvatore Barbaro Jr.

Salvatore Barbaro Jr., of Oswego Town, N.Y., passed away of natural causes Monday at his home in Rockledge, Fla.

He was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Manhattan, to Salvatore and Dina (Baio) Barbaro.

He is survived by wife Sandra (McHenry), sons Dr. Salvatore Barbaro III (San Antonio) and Peter Frank Barbaro (Wheeling, W.Va.), and daughter Dina Letteri (Somers, N.Y.). His extended family includes Sandra’s two sons, Erik Gould (Providence) and Mark Gould (Portland, Ore.). Salvatore took great pride in his nine grandchildren, Salvatore IV, Gregory, Michelle, Sophia, twins Frank and Kaila, Steven, Celia and Asha Jean.

Salvatore graduated from Stuyvesant High School (N.Y.). He earned a bachelor’s degree from NYU Heights, two masters from C.W. Post and Long Island University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Columbia. His professional career was extensive and diverse; he was a special agent with the New York attorney general, administrator at SUNY Purchase, and special needs teacher at The Hallen School (Westchester, N.Y.) and in the Peekskill City School District. He also was a counselor at Phoenix House Drug Facility in Somers and a GED teacher at the Taconic Correctional Facility. He was an active member of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department and worked part time with the North Castle Police Department. Master Sgt. Barbaro served with security police at Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York. He also played baritone horn and violin with Stewart’s band until he retired in 1993.

Upon retiring from teaching in 2000, he and his wife relocated to Jamestown, where they previously enjoyed a summer home. He was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church. While in Jamestown, he was instrumental in setting up computer classes for parishioners and other interested Jamestowners. In 2004, Salvatore and his wife again relocated to Oswego to be closer to Sandra’s family. Jamestown always remained home in his heart.

An accomplished musician, Salvatore’s first love was the violin. He was concertmaster for a series of orchestras throughout the years. Most recently, he played with the Melbourne Community Orchestra and the Oswego State University Community Orchestra. He also played baritone horn with the New Horizons Band (Minetto, N.Y.) and the Fulton (N.Y. Community Band.

Mr. Barbaro was a 50-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the state of New York, most recently with the Lake City Lodge No. 0127 in Oswego. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption (Oswego) and St. John the Evangelist (Viera, Fla.).

Contributions are welcome at the Melbourne Community Orchestra, Melody Lane, Melbourne, FL 32901, or New Horizons Band, Route 8, Minetto, NY 13115.

A Mass of Christian burial was conducted March 25 at St. Joseph Church, Somers, N.Y., for his children and their families. There will be a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. April 25 at St. Mark, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Internment of his ashes will immediately follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Jamestown. All friends and family are cordially invited to attend a reception at Simpatico restaurant at 12:15 p.m. following the Mass.

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