Salvatore Joseph Cassarino
June 7, 1925 – July 22, 2020
Salvatore (Sal) Joseph (Joe) Cassarino, 95, of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully from natural causes on July 22, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born June 7, 1925 in New Britain, CT to the late Gaetano and Vincenza Cassarino. Sal called Naples his home since 1970.
Sal served in the European Theater of WWII, landing on Utah Beach three days after his 18th birthday (D-day + 4). He served in Germany, France and Belgium in the medical detachment 39th infantry regiment of the United States Army. His tour of duty included the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Hedgerows. He participated in the fall of the first German town of WWII in Roetgen on September 14th, 1944 and the liberation of concentration camps. Sal was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for Heroism. He proudly participated in an Honor Flight from Naples, FL to Washington DC on April 26, 2014 at the age of 88. It was an experience he could not stop talking about. His Regiment’s slogan was, “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Bar Nothing”
Sal leaves behind his children, Nancy Kawecki and Thomas Cassarino and their spouses, Robert Kawecki and Doreen Cassarino; four grandchildren, Amber Kawecki, Crystal Cooper, Dena Prior and Thomas Cunningham; three great-grandchildren, Caylyn and Brooke Cooper and Christopher Cunningham; brothers, Paul and Carl Cassarino; and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by Grace Cassarino, his loving wife of 61 years; sisters, Tina Elliot and Anna Bordua and grandson Christopher Cunningham.
Services will be on August 8, 2020, however, they are private due to the pandemic. To attend remotely, the services will be live streamed by Hodges Funeral Home. To share a memory or condolence, or for the link to the services, visit dignitymemorial.com.
Donations in lieu of flowers in Sal’s memory may be made to Collier County Honor Flight, PO Box 8001, Naples, FL 34101 (collierhonorflight.org) or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105 (avowcares.org).
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Celebration of Life
Hodges Funeral Home At Naples Memorial Gardens
Salvatore Joseph Cassarino
July 29, 2020
My childhood, teenage years and adulthood are filled with memories of my Grandpy (most everyone else knew him as Sal or Joe)…but he will forever be my Grandpy. From him and Grammy babysitting me when I was little and walking around the “circle” with the ancient baby carriage, to learning how to swim in the pool and tuna-fish pizza (yes, that’s an actual thing he made) to simply being surrounded by the most love anyone could ever imagine. I have been shaped into the person that I am today because I was blessed to have the best Grandpy anyone could ever ask for.
My husband (Michael) and I had the privilege of meeting him in Washington, DC and touring the WWII Memorial and National Cemetery with him during his Honor Flight trip. Experiencing those moments with him is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life. Seeing these memorials through his eyes and hearing the stories told from those brave men was priceless. I will forever hold that experience close to my heart.
One of the more recent memories I have of Grandpy is of him riding around the “club” (Naples Wellness Center) on his scooter with my daughter, Caylyn (his great-granddaughter), who was 4 months old at the time, on his lap, beaming with the most pride I have ever seen in anyone. He was truly proud of his family and loved to show us all off to all of his friends at the club.
My Grandpy taught me so many things about life during our time together, but the most important thing I learned from him was unconditional love. Through watching him and Grammy together, I was witness to the most amazing love there is; love without limits and boundaries. It is because of him that I know true love exists and the happiness that it brings to a family. It is because of him that I know that God and angels truly exist, and I cannot wait to get to Heaven to see them both together again.
I love you forever, Grandpy!
Love, your “little girl”,