Perrotto, Samuel J. (Saverio) RENSSELAER Samuel J. (Saverio) Perrotto, an avid tennis player, passed away at peace after losing a long grueling set against cancer on Saturday June 15, 2013. Sam was born on September 29, 1939 in South Troy to the late Joseph and Mary (Marro) Perrotto. A graduate of Catholic Central High School and Albany Business College, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years attaining the rank of 3rd class stores keeper. Sam retired in 1995 from NYS after 33 years, most of them spent working for the education department where he managed the computer operations center. Sam was fun loving and had a quick wit and great sense of humor. He enjoyed his family and a wide range of friends. He loved engaging people from all walks of life in conversation, especially when he was in the casino. In addition to his love of tennis, he was an avid thoroughbred handicapper who religiously attended the Spa meet every summer. He claims the last 10 years had been profitable, but it never outweighed the first 40 years of losses. His favorite quote "There is nothing more exciting than watching the horse you handicapped to win cross the finish line first and you're holding a pocket full of winning tickets." He also was an advantage blackjack player, frequenting the casinos every chance he could. He loved to read, enjoyed a wide range of movies and especially traveling. The annual three weeks he spent in Aruba with his lovely wife and Aruba friends was a special highlight. Sam was also a passionate New York Giants fan, going to great lengths to watch them play, no matter where he was. All that aside his greatest love was hanging out with his grandchildren (including little Joey); they were special times and no one was a prouder grandfather. As a young father, Sam was active in Twin Town Little League, serving as president. He also managed and coached his three sons. Sam loved all kinds of sports playing fast pitch softball and bowling, carrying a 190 average back when it meant something. There was an annual bowling tournament named after him "THE STS" (South Troy Sam). He was also a life member of the Troy Elks and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Latham council. Sam is survived by his wife and best friend, Elizabeth (Juliano) Perrotto; two special sisters, Gloria and Phyllis Perrotto. He was predeceased by two sisters, Joann Sweener and Virginia Gorman, and brother Angelo Perrotto. He was father to and very proud of Joseph (Sarah) of Shelburne, Vt., Brian (Debra) and Michael (Lauren), both of Delmar; and equally proud stepfather of James, Joseph and Michael (Reban) Juliano. He was predeceased by a stepson Daniel Juliano. He is also survived by nine beautiful grandchildren, (having a special bond with Emily); six step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his former wife, Rose (Gallo) Perrotto, with whom he spent many good years. Sam was extremely proud of his sons, who he claimed understood him more than most. He would always state how he enjoyed their company, especially on their trips to Vegas and Italy. With his devoted wife Betty, he shared the love of traveling, new experiences and just hanging out together. Sam claimed it was one wild ride that was never boring. Special thanks to the nurses at NY Oncology (AMC) who picked him up when he was down. He would always relate how he enjoyed exchanging stories and sharing parts of their lives. Also special thanks to Nancy Bullock, visiting nurse from Eddy, and the care givers of hospice. Most of all, thanks to a wonderful oncologist, Doctor David Shaffer, a very special man who cares deeply about his patients and gave Sam many more years than he expected. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 18 from 4-7 p.m. at W.J. Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Catherine's Center for Children, 40 North Main Ave., Albany NY 12203 are most appreciated. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com
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W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home
1700 Washington Ave Rensselaer, NY 12144
Published in Albany Times Union on June 17, 2013