Anthony Michael Salvato
(April 26, 1926 - October 23, 2021)
Anthony Michael Salvato passed away on October 23, 2021, in Ames, Iowa from end-stage heart failure. He was 95 years old.
His generous and loving presence will be missed by his family, sister Rose "Honey" Mannina; his four children, Victoria Necessary, Viola Salvato, Laura Salvato, and Lisa Ann Salvato; his four grandchildren, John (wife Joannie), Nicholas (wife Anastasia), Kathryn (husband Nicholas), and Olivia; and his four great-grandchildren, Sophia, Alaina, Niko, and Hazel. He was a devoted father-in-law to Dennis Morris, Steve Necessary, and Adam Prince and an adoring uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Anthony joins his beloved wife of 46 years, Viola Cecelia Salvato (nee Willis) who passed in 2002.
Born April 26, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony was the youngest son of Rose and Francesco Salvato and had eight siblings. He enlisted in the Navy in World War II and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following the war, Anthony and his brothers John and Frank achieved business success through multiple Mister Softee franchises, Roma Italian Ices, AF&J Catering, food concessions at public parks and beaches, and commercial real estate ventures.
Anthony was a devoted fan of the New York Giants, Yankees, and Rangers, and was honored by the New York Yankees in February 2020 at George Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa, FL for his service in World War II.
Anthony was a skilled rider and lover of horses, and a wonderful cook whose specialties included lasagna, meatballs, and malted milkshakes. He loved antique cars and was famous for his corny jokes. He enjoyed listening to and singing Country and Western music as well as the standards by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He was happiest with his family, working with his hands, eating out, gardening, traveling, attending auctions, and playing with his dogs, especially his Chocolate Lab, Coco.
Anthony retired to the Jersey Shore in 1999 where he lived until 2021.
A memorial mass will be held in spring 2022 in Brooklyn, New York.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anthony's name to the Police Athletic League of New York City.
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