Salvatore Fusco
1933 - 2020
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FUSCO SALVATORE JOHN, April 26, 1933 - May 21, 2020. Age 88, of Solon, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of Western Reserve with his longtime devoted companion, Barbara Glasener, by his bedside. Beloved husband of nearly 40 years of Nina Lia (deceased); cherished father of Mark Fusco (Adria), Lisa Fusco, Michele Fusco Scoccola (Dominic), and Lia Radke-Litten (William); adored grandfather of Brendan Fusco(Juliann), Nino Scoccola(Alissa), and Maxwell Radke; loved son of James Fusco and Pearl Tonsing Fusco (deceased); dear brother of the late Pearl Bucci. Sal was proud to serve as a combat medic during the Korean War where he made life-long friends. He was named the Commander of St. Benedict's Post 381, Catholic War Veterans. Sal was a craftsman, artist, builder and visionary. He owned and managed Fusco Sandstone, a prominent company in Cleveland for generations, having been founded by his father James Fusco in the early 50's. Sal's craftsmanship and design aesthetic is recognized and enjoyed by the public at renowned institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cultural Garden, the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, and Case Western Reserve University and many private residences throughout the area. A career highlight was receiving the City of Cleveland Proclamation for his involvement in a public/private collaboration with the Fine Arts Garden and The Cleveland Museum of Art in the exquisite restoration of the Delia Holden White Terrace. Sal was a member of the Community of Saint Peter's and a devout parishioner who enjoyed the liturgical life of the community, as well as his service to others through his and Barbara's volunteer work. Sal was an avid listener of jazz and classical guitar, had a passion for travel, and loved vacationing with his family, especially the annual trip to Hilton Head. Those who knew Sal will always remember his endearing sayings, strong hugs, firm handshakes and acceptance of all. He had a love for life, his children and grandchildren, that defined him as a father and grandfather. He will be missed deeply but will always be with us in Spirit. Please consider making a donation to the Community of St. Peter's, 7100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 or Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. A memorial service is planned at a future date to be held at the Community of St. Peter's.

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Published in The Plain Dealer from May 22 to May 23, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
Friendship was so easy and fun.
Thanks for living, Sal. You'll surely be missed
K Uhlir
May 25, 2020
so sorry to hear of your loss I had many good times with him in Mexico. Im sure he was loved by all who knew him. Kathy Huber
May 25, 2020
I was with Sal on the occasion of the Guinness pint, in Dublin 2011. A memorable trip, made all the better by Sals personality and sense of fun. I never knew anyone could get so excited by old stone! Sal, my friend, you will be sorely missed by all at CSP. Rest well!
Cormac Somerville
May 24, 2020
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May 24, 2020
I was lucky to grow up around the Fusco family! Ill always remembered your dads laughter and smile. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Lisa Manis
May 23, 2020
I had the good fortune of having Mr. Fusco as a neighbor when I was young. He always took the time to show an interest; and for this I am forever grateful. He will be in my prayers...
Matthew Pocta
May 23, 2020
So very sorry to hear. Thankful to have had his as my neighbor in Solon... kind, great sense of humor. Loved his contagious smile. Rest easy, Mr. Fusco. You will be missed by all who knew you. Will be praying for you all - Mark, Lisa, Michele, Lia, all the grandkids and Barbara.
Natalie Parhamovich Clift
May 23, 2020
My deepest condolences to a great friend and neighbor. Too many laughs to share, memories in Myrtle Beach priceless. As he used to call me.. RIP Sonny.
Bryan Parhamovich
May 23, 2020
Sal was a regular customer of mine at the snack bar at the Solon Rec. We all loved him there. He will be greatly missed.
Lisa Saraniti
May 23, 2020
RIP my friend. I will always cherish the times that you spent with me and my family. You were and still are a great friend. Your memories will be around for a long time. Ill miss you Sal. Prayers to the family.
Mark Unick
May 22, 2020
Sal was one of the best men Ive ever know. He had a great sense of humor, a kind and gentle manner, and will be missed very much. My fondest memories were of our golf trips and gin games.
Bob Walmsley
May 22, 2020
The best father, role model and man I knew. He was always there to lend a helping hand, a kind word or a warm hug. I am thankful and lucky to have so many great memories with him as my father and as my son's grandfather. To know him was to love him......
Rest in Peace Sal...
Lia Radke
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