Salvatore Fichera

April 29, 1931 - February 18, 2018
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Salvatore “Sam” Fichera passed away on February 18, 2018 surrounded by family, of complications arising from his multi-year struggle with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Sam was born in the small Sicilian fishing village of Aci Trezza on April 29, 1931, as the youngest of four children to the late Sebastiano & Josephine Fichera. From the beginning of his life, Sam was regaled and enthralled with his father’s accounts of his time working in the United States and the promise of opportunity that lie therein. After having endured the hardships of the Nazi occupation of Sicily on his father’s Aci Trezza farm, Sam left Sicily for the United States and never looked back.

Sam was the encapsulation of the quintessential American Dream of a bygone era. Arriving in this country, as a newly minted U.S. Citizen in 1948 at the age of seventeen, with no financial backing or English-speaking skills, Sam immediately went to work to better himself. He taught himself English and although his formal education may have only extended two years into high school, his intractable entrepreneurial spirit served to propel his aspirations forward. Sam’s first career was that of a fisherman – in the summers – captaining and working boats including: Oliva M, Little Flower, New Emma, Mary M., Frank Maceo, and Brigadiere Jr. Winters would see Sam taking jobs as a longshoreman; Falstaff Beer truck hand; High Grade Packing Company packer; cook and deckhand for Brown & Root’s earliest offshore oil rigs; and even short-order cook and handy-man at the Fort Travis Motel in Bolivar, TX.

Sam didn’t discriminate against any type of work. When opportunity arose, often by his own making, he seized it – no matter the obstacles in his way. Such was the case when Sam assumed ownership of an Exxon service station, even though he had no particularized knowledge in auto mechanics. Again, through his own grit and indominable will to succeed he learned the craft and turned a rundown business into a thriving one, while earning the respect and adoration of the community he served in the process. After nearly two decades as proprietor of his service station, Sam again took up the challenge of learning and succeeding in a new business when he acquired and revamped a foundered nightclub into the epitome of a coastal town gift shop. Sam proudly operated Fantasy Island Souvenirs for eighteen years before retiring. In his retirement, Sam especially relished spending time and teachable moments with his grandchildren, as well as putting his mechanically inclined talents to use on a litany of projects he devised over the years. Sam was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and was always trying to surpass his previous accomplishments.

The driving force and impetus behind Sam’s steadfast resolve to triumph was his family. Sam is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angelina; his three children – Sebastiano “Buster” Fichera, Alfio “Al” Fichera and wife Luann, and Josephine “Josie” Ford; six grandchildren – Salvatore “Sammy” Fichera, John Ford, Jr., Franci Fichera, Patricia “Patty” Fichera, Christopher Ford, and Frank Fichera; and many other cherished friends who will miss such a stalwart of Galveston’s Italian community.

Pallbearers will be Frank Fichera, R.A. Apffel, Alfio Arcidiacono, Giovanni D’Ambra, John Ford Sr. and Alfio Tropea

Sam’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Friday, February 23, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary and vigil service will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, February 24, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio officiating. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 6:30 pm.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: April 29, 1931
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Felix Graulau posted on 10/23/18

My sincere condolences to the entire Fichera family. I’m certain that, whenever it rained; it was actually tears from heaven to grace Sam, who left such a profound imprint on so many lives.


Cynthia Travis posted on 3/5/18

In memory of Salvatore Fichera, Cynthia Travis lit a candle


Harold Kaye posted on 2/24/18

My sincere condolences to Angelina, Buster, and the rest of the Fichera family. Bud Kaye


Margaret Mustachia posted on 2/23/18

So, sorry for your lost. Grew up in the neighborhood. He was a kind man. May god blessed you and your family on this journey of life. Margaret Mustachia


Jeff Jinkins posted on 2/23/18

To the Fischera Family; Our condolences go to you and our prayers. Sam was a good friend to my family over the years and we had great respect for him, I know that my father, W. J. Jinkins, Jr. especially liked and respected Sam. I enjoyed talking with him and I learned a lot from him. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Jeff and Kathy Jinkins and family.


Bolger Family posted on 2/23/18

Our deepest sympathies on your loss and our thoughts and prayers to your family.


Millicent Jones posted on 2/23/18

My condolences to the Fichera family. Sam was always so generous, he would come to visit every Christmas for many years and would never arrive empty handed, he would always have a big bottle of the best Scotch for my husband (the Judge) and a lovely bottle of wine for me. RIP Sam.


The Richie Family - Jason, Gina & Daniel posted on 2/22/18

Our hearts go out to the Fichera family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sam will be greatly missed.


Ed. Eubanks posted on 2/22/18

Sending thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Fichera and the entire Fichera Family a this time of loss. Mr. Fichera was a kind and gentle man who helped many, many people in Galveston, may his soul rest in peace.


Tami Netherton posted on 2/21/18

My condolences to you Josie and your family. What a wonderful history of your fathers life. Very proud memories you must have and stories to tell. God Bless you all during this time.


Brenda Johnson posted on 2/21/18

Lighting a candle for the light your Father shined down on your family.


Erica Martinez posted on 2/21/18

Josie- Prayers and hugs to you and your family! We are thinking about you!


Jeanne Kennedy posted on 2/21/18

Oh Josie, I am so very sorry for you and your mother.


Ron and Julie Wootem posted on 2/21/18

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Mike and Linda Westhause posted on 2/21/18

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers.


Teresa Castorina - Millo posted on 2/20/18

On behalf of the Castorina Family I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences. We will keep Mr. Fichera and all his family in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. May God Bless you and bring you comfort.


Trish Wooten posted on 2/20/18

We are so very sorry for your loss and are thinking of all of you with love and sympathy. Ron, Trish and Emily Wooten