November 22, 1933 – October 12, 2019
A great husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away in his 86th year on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Salvatore Farfaglia was born to James (Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily) and Angelina Farfaglia (Hamilton, NJ) in Stamford, Connecticut on November 22, 1933. Sal was married to Eleanor (Ellile) Rinella for 65 years. It was an adventurous marriage that brought forth four children (including a priest and a nun), six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren (and one more on the way), two restaurants, thirteen rental apartment houses, many years of courageous and vocal conservative political activism, and a lifetime of living, loving and defending the Catholic faith. While raising his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Sal was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, and later of Our Lady of the Rosary chapel in Brewster, NY. Sal and Ellie were devoted volunteers to the Holy Innocents Elementary School that existed in Ridgefield during the early 70’s. Sal was also the co-founder and vice-president of the Ridgefield Taxpayers League.
After a short career in mechanics, his father-in-law got him into the restaurant business, his wife taught him how to cook and he became the owner, manager and chef of The Village Luncheonette in Pound Ridge, NY from 1958 to 1976 and of the Liberty Post restaurant in Towanda, PA from 1976 to 1979. Until his retirement in 1995, he worked as a corporate restaurant manager for Truck Stops of America in Binghamton, NY.
Sal and Ellie resided in Binghamton, NY from 1980 to 2019 where they were members of St. Athanasius Catholic Church. Sal served as parish coordinator and as the president of the Holy Name Society. One of his greatest joys was helping the priests, especially as a driver. By his example, Sal instilled in his family a love and fidelity to the Roman Catholic Church, our country, the family, the New York Yankees and Italian cuisine. He never missed a single Super Bowl and he was an avid classic movie fan.
Throughout his whole life right until the end, Sal entertained his wife, children and grandchildren with stories of all sorts of people he encountered whose voices and gestures he would imitate. He was famous for his one-liners, his quick wit and his great sense of humor. Perhaps unwillingly, Sal and Ellie became like a comedy team who enjoyed laughing and joking when they weren’t driving each other crazy. Miraculously, he survived his wife’s pranks and schemes. He easily gave people nick-names. No one could beat him in checkers. He couldn’t carry a tune, but he whistled all the time. He prayed the Rosary every day.
Sal is survived by his beloved wife Ellie of Phoenix, AZ; son Father James of Corpus Christi, TX; daughter Donna Montanarella of Phoenix, AZ; son John (Carol) of Port St. Lucie, FL; daughter Sister Aimee Dominique of Walton, KY; grandchildren Tommy and Michael Montanarella, Christina (Jared) Rutan of Phoenix, AZ; Vincent (Shannon) Farfaglia of Lake Worth, FL, Nicholas (Megan) Farfaglia of Chattanooga, TN; Andrew Farfaglia of Mountain Home, ID; great-grandchildren Bailey-Grace and Luca Farfaglia and Everett Rutan; brother-in-law Phil Rinella (Sue) of Mesa, AZ, a few nieces and nephews, and many dear friends in Binghamton, NY. He was predeceased by his sister Isabella Campanelli.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, AZ and Sonoran Senior Care in Peoria, AZ for their attentive and personal care, and especially the priests of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Phoenix for their spiritual care.
Viewing and Rosary (tentative time) 10:00 am.; Thursday, October 17th, 2019 with a Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 750 E. Baseline Rd. Phoenix. Interment to follow at East Resthaven Park Cemetery 44st. and Southern Ave.
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 17, 2019
Jean Marie Angelo
October 20, 2019
Funny how life works. I spent some time this week scanning old family photos and came across a picture of cousins Elenore and Sal. I did some quick research online to find that Sal passed just this week. Love and prayers to my cousins Jimmy, Donna, John, and Aimee. Keeping you in my prayers.
October 17, 2019
Sal will be greatly missed by his friends in Binghamton. All our love to Ellie and her family.
October 15, 2019
Sal and Ellie were a great Cstholic couple; a model for us, indeed!
Ellie WILL continue the masterpiece; she has all Sal's notes and she knows how to do it. Watch her!!
Sal will be remembered in our daily Masses, Communions and Rosaries. May he rest in peace, Amen.
God bless the Farfaglia Family.
David and Lorraine Neary of Brewster and Ridgefield
Father James Farfaglia
October 15, 2019
Giacomo Puccini was a famous Italian composer of opera. He was born on December 22, 1858 and he died on November 29, 1924. His most famous works are La Boheme, Tosca, and Madam Butterfly.
Turandot was Puccini’s final work and Puccini died before he could finish it. All but the final duet and the finale were completed when he was diagnosed with cancer.
On November 1924, he was taken to Brussels where he died of heart failure five days after the surgery.
Puccini’s masterpiece was completed by his friend Franco Alfano who used Puccini’s notes to finish the famous opera.
The premiere performance took place at La Scala Opera House, the most famous opera house in Italy. Puccini’s longtime friend, the famous conductor Arturo Toscanini directed the opera which was begun by Puccini and finished by Alfano.
When Toscanini got to the place in the score where Puccini had left off, Toscanini stopped the orchestra, his face bathed with tears, and spoke these words to the audience that filled the famous Italian opera house: “The opera is ending here because at this point, the Maestro died.”
In memory of the great Giacomo Puccini, the audience broke into one of the most moving standing ovations in the opera houses’ history.
At the second and subsequent performances of Puccini’s last work, the ending composed by Franco Alfano was included.
An untimely death did not allow the great Puccini from finishing his masterpiece, but his devoted friend and disciple did finish it. The masterpiece was completed.
After suffering from a sudden mysterious illness, Sal Farfaglia has come to the end of his earthly pilgrimage. In many ways, the masterpiece of his life was left unfinished.
To our family and all of our many friends, finish the masterpiece.