Paul Sacco, 71, of Newport, Rhode Island, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2023 from a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Severino Sacco, his mother, Carla Sacco, and his brother, Roberto Sacco. Paul is survived by his wife Christine Sacco, daughter Francesca Sacco, and brother Richard Sacco.
Paul was known as a lover of life. He enjoyed his time spent laughing, eating, and sharing stories with his friends and family. Born in New York, raised in Italy and Rhode Island, he settled in Newport and started a family. After passionately selling timeshares in Newport, he retired at age 60, and was most often found at "his office" at Tower 1 at Second Beach for the next decade, where he was met with good friends and good times.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport from 9:30am-10:30am. A Memorial Service will immediately follow in the funeral home at 10:45am. A reception will be held at 12:00pm at the Wyndham Newport Hotel at 240 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. For those that can't make the services, please click here to view the livestream, https://link.memorial/paulsacco
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a foundation dedicated to funding research for treatments for pancreatic cancers, pancan.org
"In Loving Memory of my brother Paul
As we gather here today to remember and honor the life of Paul, we are reminded of the profound impact he had on our lives. Though he left us at the age of 71, his presence will forever remain in our hearts, for age is but a number in the grand tapestry of a life well-lived.
Paul's journey on this Earth was one filled with wisdom, kindness, and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. For 70 years, he was not just a brother but also a friend, a confidant, and a source of unwavering support. Through the ups and downs, he stood by your side, a testament to the enduring bond of family.
His life was marked by the warmth of his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, and the laughter that echoed through the moments you shared. In his presence, there was a comforting sense of stability and love that anchored your own life's voyage.
As we remember Paul today, let us not dwell on the sorrow of his passing but instead celebrate the legacy he leaves behind. Let us cherish the memories of the times spent together, the lessons learned, and the love shared. In doing so, we ensure that he lives on in our hearts, an eternal presence in our lives.
Paul's journey may have come to an end, but his spirit lives on in the love and memories we carry forward. Let us find solace in knowing that his legacy is not measured in years, but in the love he gave and the lives he touched.
Rest in peace, dear Paul, for your memory will forever be a guiding light in our lives.
"I knew paul from Rome, Italy. I was close to Roberto and this made my relationship with Paul very special after we lost Roberto. I live in Virginia and during the late ?70s, early ?80s when Paul was working at Columbia Pictures he would come to visit on weekends. Always a laugh and a good time. Lifted our spirits. Over the years we stayed in touch via text and Facebook. On Sundays he would always text to talk about the Broncos and the Redskins. And of course the Patriots. I will so miss his Sunday texts that were always fun with football bantering. And more than anything, I will miss his funny jokes that truly made me laugh and he always had perfect timing with them. Paul, your gift to life, your story that all will remember was your smile and laughter and love for life. A beautiful soul that touched the hearts of all he knew. Non ti scordero mai, Paulo! "
"Rest in Peace, Paul. Paul and I were classmates at Sacred Heart School in West Warwick, RI for a number of years. We lived in the same neighborhood in Warwick, as children. I remember his parents and his brothers Richard and the late Roberto. I often thought of Paul in recent times. So very sad to see this.
"Paul sold us our timeshare and took really good care of us over the years we are so sorry to hear of his passing ? "
"Paul?s love of the beach showed on his face, his bronzed skin, and in his gleaming smile that he wore at his post beside Chair One.
Paul was generous in spirit and welcomed my husband and I, newcomers to Newport, to his circle-by-the-sea. We awaited his beach reports every day and planned accordingly. He loved to share a laugh, a bagged lunch, and many of the other simple gifts of the beach. He was happiest on a warm sunny day, the ocean before him, his good friends at his side. He spoke with pride of his wife Chris and his beloved daughter.
Mike and I were fortunate this summer, during a brief visit to Newport, from our new home in Florida, to spend a day with Paul on Second Beach. We will remember him and his countenance on that day ~ happily soaking up the sun, surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds that can only be found at his place of comfort, he was happy to share these particular gifts with us. We will look for Paul on the beach next summer and we?ll find him, in the sound of the gently breaking waves and in the feel of the sun upon our skin. We?ll be wearing a white hat, Paul, for you?"
"Paul was a neighbor at Bonniecrest. My late wife, Carol, and I met Christine and Paul through his wonderful parents, Severino and Carla. After they passed, Paul and Christine moved in and made it their new home after renovations. Paul proudly showed me the beautiful result. I often saw him going to and coming home from the beach that he loved. He also helped me with my cranky computer and TVs. Small things but he was always willing to help with that brilliant smile. Rest In Peace, my good neighbor. My best wishes to Christine and Francesca!
Allan Hodges "
"Such a fun loving, sweet guy. So many Newport memories, all of them with a smile. Will miss you! "
"Mayor Paul will be missed greatly. I can?t imagine a summer without his daily ?beach reports?. His passion for the beach, the sun, the ocean, was only surpassed by his passion for his family and friends. Paul welcomed my husband and I, newcomers to Rhode Island, and embraced us as part of his beach family. We are fortunate that we were able to leave our new home in Florida this July to spend some time in Newport. The highlight of our trip was a day on Second Beach with Paul. Together, we watched the ocean and it?s barely perceptible change of tide, we felt the sun on our faces and spoke of changes to Second Beach and life itself. Even as he struggled through the day, his smile was omnipresent and he held tightly to hope. We wish for Paul an eternity of days bathed in sunlight and blanketed in briny breezy air. "
"We met in graduate business school in Arizona - AGSIM. We hang out at the school pub, played volleyball. Swimming pool and a few cold brews. Loved telling stories and made us laugh. Real kind and gentle soul. RIP! "
"It?s true. Second Beach and our lives will never be the same without Paul. He greeted us with his dazzling smile every day. He was such a kind person. He was always willing to listen and offer good advice. You always felt better after talking to Paul! We would text during the Patriots games and cheer for them. He loved to stop at his favorite Italian botegga on the way home from the beach. Paul loved life. He was a dear friend and I will miss him. Set up your beach chair and umbrella in heaven Paul. Ciao for now. "
"Oh....and one last thing... Paul would be so proud ...I just got SPOT #1 !! He was always so proud about getting one of the first Beach Passes. #1 was Epic!"
"Second Beach, and the world for that matter, won't be the same without Paul. Summers were synonymous with Paul always sending the 'Beach Report,' even if I wasn't in town. Paul included me, just in case. He was my light during darker times, offering a shoulder and an ear, unwavering and steady. Words and tears can't express my feelings. All I trust, is that we'll meet again, and while the sun on Second Beach will continue to shine, it will never seem as bright to me without my friend.....my TRUE friend...Paul"