Salvador Michael Cinquigranno

June 5, 1926December 2, 2018

Salvador Michael Cinquigranno died on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at home. He was 92 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents; Sam and Rose Villani Cinquigranno. He is survived by his longtime companion Winnie Butler. He is also survived by his two sons; Michael (Patsy) and John (Loretta) Cinquigranno, two grandsons; Ryan and Christopher Cinquigranno, two granddaughters; Michelle McCaslin (Jonathan) and Rebecca Cinquigranno and three great-grandchildren. Papa Bear is also survived by four stepchildren, five step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. Sal was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie most of his life. He graduated from Fortier High School. Sal served his country in the US Navy two times, in WWII and the Korean Conflict. Sal graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Music. He played piano with the Burt Stevens Band, NORD musicals and private parties. In later years he volunteered at Ochsner and played the piano in the atrium each week. Sal also held the chains for Tulane Green Wave football home games for 53 years. He was a Fuller Brush Man for many years. Sal also enjoyed his time spent with the Krewe of Bacchus. Sal will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service in the chapel of Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie, LA on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM until service time. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Salvador Michael Cinquigranno

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Angela Villani

December 6, 2018

The last time I saw Cousin Sal was maybe 15 years ago. We had a nice visit at his home in Metairie and got to meet Winnie. What a joy it was to talk to him and get to know Winnie too. Sal played the piano for us, just beautifully! And we all shared muffuletta, my first time eating those tasty sandwiches. Winnie my heart goes to you and to all the family!

Daniel Villani

December 5, 2018

Lots of memories of Sal, but my favorite is from when the family gathered in New Orleans to meet my then-fiancé Angie. We were gathered around his piano and I had a borrowed guitar. I had about 5 years of guitar and was struggling with chords like F and B-flat while he let decades of New Orleans flow out of his fingers, making us both sound good. Eternal happiness, cousin!

Bonnie Bracey, Figuero

December 5, 2018

Uncle Sal you will be dearly missed , you will always have a special place in my heart. Some of my best memories that I hold dear are with my uncle Sal,. from the Bacchus parades at 16 years old my daddy put me on his shoulders on Canal Street just to get a glimpse of my uncle Sal on the Float . I made a table out of all those Bacchus dabloons to keep that memory dear in my heart. Also seeing uncle sal at the Tulane games ,one comes to mind in Memphis we visited uncle Sal across the stadium at half time he sat next to Harry Lee ,As we approached uncle Sal Thomas leaned over Harry Lee to talk to uncle Sal dropping a 1 inch cigar ash on top of Harry Lee head, The surprised look on uncle Sal‘s face was priceless as Thomas turned to Harry Lee blowing the ashes of the top of his head said harry I voted for you every year for sheriff . We all laughed til we cried. It became one of uncle Sal’s favorite stories to tell . During Katrina uncle Sal stayed with us in Jackson Mississippi aunt Winnie and the dogs That was one of my favorite visits from my uncle Sal . Uncle Sal ,I’ll miss you ,but again you have a very special place in my heart and wonderful memories that no one can take from me. To the family my prayers will be with you .

John Prince

December 4, 2018

Our sincere condolences and prayers to all the family, Sal was a beautiful man with a huge heart and even larger smile. We loved his great nature and beautiful piano playing whenever we had the opportunity to see him. I know he will be missed but take heart that he is in a much better place with our Lord and Savior, God Bless to all, God Speed Sal.

Love, John, Mona, and Andrew