OBITUARY

Paul "Sonny" A. Figgiani

October 16, 1932April 26, 2021

Paul (Sonny) Figgiani of Great Kills, devoted husband, father, and grandfather passes away.

Paul Figgiani of Great Kills passed away on Monday April 26, 2021 at Staten Island University Hospital. He was 88.

Paul was born in 1932 in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He was raised by his parents Paul Sr. and Anna Figgiani. He was one of three boys. Paul was a natural born cartoonist, athlete, and musician. He became a skilled butcher, compassionate husband, business owner, security guard, generous father, grandfather, and friend to everyone he met.

In 1951 Paul (nicknamed “Sonny” by his adored grandmother) was scouted as a pitcher by the then NY Giants baseball team. He signed a minor league contract and reported to Sanford Florida for training. Eventually his love for his hometown and family led him back to NYC where he enrolled In Food Trades Vocational High School, Manhattan where he honed his skills as a meat cutter.

In 1959 Paul married Helen Tumminello. The couple relocated to Staten Island and Paul eventually opened S&F Meat Market in Great Kills. Their marriage spanned 53 years and they raised 5 children.

The latter years of Paul’s career as a butcher were spent working for C Town, Queens NY. After retirement as a butcher Paul served many years as a security guard for Staten Island University Hospital. He embraced this new line of work and was recognized multiple times with awards for professionalism, kindness, and dedication to his job.

Due to his wife Helen’s illness Paul retired for good and became her dedicated and compassionate caregiver until her sad passing in 2012.

Throughout his busy life Paul always made time for softball on Sundays. In his early 70’s he became a saxophonist and continued to play the instrument into his late 80’s.

For 88 1/2 years “Sonny” charmed every person he met with his welcoming smile, decency, and sense of humor. He was a dedicated father to his surviving children, Paul, Teresa, Helenann, Michael, and Joseph. He adored his 5 grandchildren: Cheyenne, Melody, Nicholas, Mika, And Sora.

Though we mourn the loss of his physical presence - his strong, beautiful spirit will live on. He is back with his soul mate Helen and all his loved ones who have passed.

“Sonny the Butcher” will forever live in our hearts.

Visitation will be held at Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home, 30 Nelson Ave. Great Kills Staten Island on Thursday April 29 between 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 AM on Friday April 30th at St. Clare's Church - also located on Nelson Ave. Great Kills.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

Memories

Paul "Sonny" A. Figgiani

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Deborah Stokes

April 28, 2021

Uncle sorry, you will be missed by all of your family. Thank you for all you did for myself & my son Chris. watch over my son Chris im worried about my son.now i don't have to worry because my son is with his uncle sonny. Love you always your niece Debbie.

Anthony Figgiani

April 28, 2021

To My Brother as I remember you when I watched you play ball I was your biggest fan when you threw the ball at a great rate of speed I called you the whip I will never forget you I will always love you .
your brother,

Anthony Figgiani .

Loretta Holck

April 28, 2021

My deepest sympathy is with all my nieces and nephew They took good care of your dad as they did their mother my heart is broken for them love them all

Deborah Sofia VanHam

April 28, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of uncle Sonny's passing :( when I came into the family 45 yeas ago he always treated me so kind, he was now my Uncle Sonny too, I wish we could turn back the clock to all the good memories at the pool and with the family on holidays, I will always hold that close to my heart, We love you uncle Sonny <3 your now back with your Love...........

Anthony Figgiani

April 27, 2021

Our sincere thoughts & prayers are with our uncle Sonny's family & friends.

Growing up our uncle Sonny the Butcher use to give my family & I free meat weekly during the hard times which we always appreciated his kind gesture.

R.I.P. Uncle Sonny 😢
Love Anna, Debbie, Anthony, Gina & Tommy Figgiani

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY