Salvatore “Sam” Arcidiacono, 79, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Ocean View Rehabilitation Care Center in Texas City after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born in Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy, on March 4, 1933. Sam worked as a commercial shrimper and took great pride in his shrimp boat, the “Lina Maria,” berthed at Pier 19, and a part of the historical “Mosquito Fleet.” He was also an avid deer hunter who enjoyed many trips to Centerville, Texas. Sam was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the San Giovanni Italian American Association.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Pasqualina Arcidiacono, Sr.; brothers, Louis, Joseph, and sister, Josephine Arcidiacono; and special friend, Frank Tropea.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Tina; children, Lena Minesinger and husband, David; Mary Lofaro; and Sammy Arcidiacono and wife, Michelle; grandchildren: Vera Valastro, Catherine and Melanie Lofaro, Lauren and Anthony Arcidiacono; and extended grandchildren, Terrie Tillman, Rachel, Amanda, and Megan Minesinger; sisters-in-law, Josephine Arcidiacono; Rose D’Ambra and husband, John; Angie Abbott and husband, Harry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sam’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Friday, September 21st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will conclude the evening at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon Robert Standridge.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 22nd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father John Taosan, OFM, as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Nunzio Arcidiacono, Alfio Arcidiacono, Sammy Arcidiacono, Dr. Anello D’Ambra, Chris Loftin, and Rob Dostal.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sal, Alfio, and Anthony Arcidiacono; Alfio and Frankie Tropea, and all of Sam’s shrimping buddies.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Nancy and Cal and the rest of the staff at Ocean View Rehabilitation Care Center for their outstanding care. Also, special thanks to the Hospice Care Team, Inc. for their kindness and compassion.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Hospice Care Team, Inc.