Apr. 23, 1932 - Jul. 13, 2014
Salvatore Lazzarotti of Lakewood Ranch, Florida formerly of Montclair, NJ ended his 11 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease passing peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Genesis Springwood Care Center in Sarasota, Florida with family at his side.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, April 23, 1932, Sal was the fourth son of five born to his parents Teresa Romeo and Pietro Lazzarotti. His brothers Frank and Emanuele predeceased him. His brother Joseph lives in The Villages, Florida and Vincent resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida. June Beshi Lazzarotti, Sal's first wife and the mother of his children, passed away in 1970.
Sal served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict
attached to a Psychological Warfare unit based at army headquarters in Seoul. This experience would serve him well on his return to the United States as he was heading an entire art department at the age of 20.
By all accounts, Sal was a renaissance man. Artist, writer, singer, athlete, loving husband, father and grandfather. An Art Director of renown, he began his career for a magazine founded by Norman Vincent Peale. He worked for Guideposts for 22 years garnering many awards for the magazine from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club. Famous illustrators were drawn to work with him on stories for the magazine. Among them...Norman Rockwell, Bob McGinnis, Ben Stahl, Herb Tauss and Tony Kokinos. In 1981, Sal left Guideposts to open his own firm...The New York Editors and Artists Group with his good friends and editors, Fred Bauer and Benton Patterson.
In 1983 Sal realized the dream of his life...singing the great love songs to live audiences culminated by the release of his recording album "Through The Eyes of Love" in 1987.
Sal served on the land preservation committee for Franklin Township. He is past president Italian American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County, and played on the Championship Bocce teams.
Sal is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sheryl King Lazzarotti, his three children, sons Peter of Verona, NJ and his companion, Laura Fisher, James of Union Twp, NJ and his wife Michelle and their children Amanda and Alexa, and daughter Laura Diess of Cedar Grove, NJ and her husband Brad and their children Brandon, Carly and Haley.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 am at St Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Pittstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers for those wishing to make donations in his honor...Briteside Adult Day Center, 16 Sand Hill Road, Flemington, NJ 08822.