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Ocala - Salvatore Battaglia, 84, of Ocala, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Ocala Regional Hospital, Ocala, FL.
He was born on July 23, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, NY to Salvatore and Lena (Cesario) Battaglia. He moved here in August of 1991 from New York, built a house in Ocoee, FL with his partner Sondra, after closing businesses in New York. He moved to Ocala in 2009 to care for his sister Frances. Sal was of the Catholic faith.
When employed his positions included owner and operator of three dress factories in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon and he made engines for remote control airplanes in L.I. His hobbies included building and flying remote control airplanes. He was invited by the U.S. Government to attend the World's Fair in Yugoslavia to fly the remote control planes. Sal also traveled throughout the United States flying in various contests; belonging to many clubs.
He owned 15 harness racing horses which ran at Yonkers, Roosevelt Raceway, Monticello, NY, Pocono Downs and various other tracks. Sal had a cat named Mickey who lived 23 years; passing in 2010. He was also a gourmet cook and cooked for the Italian Club in Orlando. Sal and Sondra traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America and cruised many times; including crossing the Atlantic.
Salvatore is survived by his partner Sondra Panick of Ocala and Orlando; son Michael Battaglia and daughter Livia Castellano; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sister Frances Kostnik in 2012.
The family will receive friends at Hiers-Baxley TimberRidge Chapel, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala on Tuesday, May 7th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM and 6:00PM to 8:00PM. The Funeral Mass will be at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Hwy #200, Ocala on Wednesday, May 8th at 8:30AM. Entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Ocala. Condolences may be expressed at:
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from May 3 to May 6, 2013