MONTEREY– Salvatore E. Lucido, 89, of Monterey, died on March 5, 2014 joining his true love Anna who died in 1994. Sal was born on September 14, 1924, the day of the biggest oil tank fire in Monterey history. Roads to the hospital were blocked so his mother was forced to give birth in a car on Pacific Street, with the help of a physician whose name was Edward. That's where Sal got his middle name, but to his family he was always "Dootsie," the youngest child of Nino and Josie Lucido of Monterey, and he was always their baby boy. |
Raised on the Monterey Peninsula, Sal attended Monterey High School, but he dropped out his sophomore year to join the Navy during World War II, and he served proudly and honorably. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Anna Lucido. Sal built his family home on Roosevelt Street on Spaghetti Hill, where he raised his family and lived for 65 years. He was a strong, proud, and multi-faceted man and never let on that he was sick until the bitter end.
Sal followed in his family's footsteps and began his career in the fishing industry on the family boat – the "Flying Fortress." In 1949, the family opened its first restaurant, "Slats," on Fisherman's Wharf, where Sal started as a cook and host, and later served as the bartender. John Steinbeck was a regular in his bar, and there are probably quite a few stories we'll never get to hear. After nine years, "Slats" moved to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, where Sal and Anna made history by fighting City Hall…and winning, obtaining the first liquor license ever in Pacific Grove and paving the way for many others.
Volunteering for charitable events was a priority. Sal loved baseball and was a Little League coach for many years. He was called "Coach" by kids all through his life and is remembered for the way he taught them respect. He was also very involved with the PONY Bronco Baseball World Series at Jacks Park and was proud to throw out the first pitch as well as awarding the "Anthony Lucido Memorial Trophy" to the winning team. The trophy was named after his son who died in 1999.
He was a member of San Carlos Parish, and worshiped at the Cathedral weekly throughout his life. He was an active member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the Amici Group, Compari Club, and the Dixieland Jazz Society, where he ran the musicians' lounge for 23 years.
Sal and Anna raised three children: Anthony, who preceded him in death, Joseph (Cathy) Lucido of Sparks, Nev., and Joy Ann Lucido of Seaside. Sal leaves six grandchildren who always brought a smile to his face and a special light to his eyes: Evan of Santa Rosa, Claire of London, and Joseph John (Julia), Salvatore and John, all of Pacific Grove, and Daniel of Salinas. Sal's oldest grandson, Anthony Joseph Lucido, died in 2001. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren: Isabella, Anna, and Sofia of Santa Rosa, and Matteo and Lucia of Pacific Grove. He was predeceased by his brother Tommy and sister Rose.
Ashes will be scattered at sea in a private family ceremony. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Lodge in Del Rey Oaks on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. This will be the time for a joyous celebration of an amazing, modest and special man. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 16, 2014