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Melbourne Beach, FL
Salvatore Dardano, 87, of Melbourne Beach, FL, passed away peacefully February 11, 2013, surrounded by family.
Salvatore (aka, Sal, Jay, JR) was born on July 3, 1925, in Utica, NY, to Salvatore Dardano, Sr., and Agnes Landof Dardano. Salvatore was the oldest of 8 children and graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1949.
A true patriot and veteran of WW II, he served on the USS Sangamon and USS Mission Bay, earning multiple medals, including the Purple Heart. While on military leave in Puerto Rico, Sal met the love of his life, Irene Maura O'Neil. They married on September 7, 1953, made their home in Vernon, NY, and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
As a pharmacist, Salvatore owned and operated the Vernon Rexall Pharmacy, which was the center of the community for 30+ years.
Sal was a truly devoted husband, loving father, brother, uncle, as well as a wonderful friend to many. He and Irene loved to travel to Europe, Canada and the Caribbean Islands and covered most of the United States. Sal was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a life-long devout Catholic and active member of Immaculate Conception Church since making Florida his home in 1983.
Salvatore is survived by his son, Kevin Dardano (Lisa), of Rockledge, FL; daughters, Anita Campbell (James), of Rockledge, FL, and Ellen Duval (Peter), of Underhill, VT; and grandchildren, Jeffery, Katie, Taylor, Connor and Maura. Also surviving are three brothers, Robert, Richard and Nicholas Dardano, together with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene Dardano; sisters, Agnes Dardano and Dolores Martellotto; and brothers, Jimmy and Nicholas.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, February 15, at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach followed by a 10 a.m. Mass with military honors.
Visit Salvatore's memorial page at salvatoredardano. blogspot.com.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 15, 2013