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Alessi, Salvatore L.

Rochester: July 24, 2011, Age 88. A loving and gentle family man, Salvatore is survived by his devoted wife, Maebeth, loving children, Samuel (Carol) Alessi, Rochester, NY, Patricia Alessi (William Kleitz), Ithaca, NY, Joni Sassone (James Burns), Naples, FL, Dena Scantlin (Daniel Gendreau), Webster, NY and their mother, Eleanor Alessi, Rochester, NY. Beloved grandchildren Nikki Broyard, Peter Alessi, Michael Stubbs, Gena Alessi, Jinelle Shengulette, Samantha Scantlin, great-grandchildren Olivia Broyard, Isabella Alessi, Nicholas Broyard, step-grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A WWII veteran (11/43 - 9/45), Sam was a commissioned flight officer and first lieutenant in the Army Air Force. He flew 98 missions and was notably recognized while piloting his P-47 fighter plane during his Thunderbird Squadron's downing and disabling of 6 Heinkel III planes in France. Decorations and Citations: European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, 4 Stars, Air Medal, 17 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross. Sam's name is engraved on the Wall of Liberty in Normandy, France.

RIT graduate in Electrical Engineering, former Eastman Kodak machinist, Hawk-Eye instrument assembler, Sam was also the proud owner and operator of Pete's Furniture Store and Appliance for over 60 years. A 'Jack of all trades', Sam repaired TV's, appliances and autos and was the 'ultimate recycler', finding innovative and inventive ways to repair and reuse materials. Sam was an avid racquetball player, worked daily crossword puzzles and enjoyed spending time with friends and family roller-skating and dancing.

At Sam's request, there will be no calling hours or service. Donations may be directed to the .

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 27, 2011
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