- January 16, 1929 - September 14, 2016
- Weeki Wachee, Florida
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Salvatore Francesco DiMartino, 87, of Weeki Wachee, Florida, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2016 with his loving family by his side.
Sal was pre-deceased by his parents Salvatore Francesco and Anna Cangelosi DiMartino; brothers Jack and Frank DiMartino; sisters Lucille Guerriero, Lillian Tetrault, and Rose Norrie; grandson Steven M. DiMartino; niece Renee Tetrault Newell; and nephews Anthony and Frank DiMartino Jr..
Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Sal relocated to Florida 25 years ago from Meriden, Connecticut upon retiring as an Executive Aide to the State of Connecticut Comptroller's Office.
At the age of 17, Sal joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he began a boxing career. While serving in the China Theater, Sal won the North China Middleweight Championship. Upon completing his military service and return to Hartford, Connecticut, Sal pursued a professional boxing career demonstrating his skills in many venues, including Madison Square Garden. Traveling the boxing circuit with good friend Willie Pep, Sal won the State of Connecticut Middleweight Championship title, and gained significant recognition as a world middleweight contender until retiring from this career in 1953. Honoring Sal for his overall pugilistic achievements, Sal was honored to be and was inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.
Sal followed up his boxing career and became a police officer for the City of Hartford, where he earned multiple City of Hartford citations for bravery, and a medal of heroism from the State of Connecticut Senate for the capture and arrest of an armed assailant, himself unarmed and off-duty at the time.
Sal is survived by his wife Elizabeth DiMartino, children Toni Vogel (Michael), Tina Deleo (Carl), Theresa Ouellette (Jeff), Tamira Surdyka, Terry DiMartino, Salvatore F. DiMartino III (Louise), Tammy Helwig (Robert) , John Abercrombie (Catherine), Lisa Tamborrino (Kevin), Paul DiMartino, sister's Antoinette Zawerton, Carol DiPauda (Guido), twenty-five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and good friends.
A private ceremony with family and friends is planned, where Sal's full life will be remembered and celebrated. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be forwarded to a local Cancer Fund or Heart Association of your choice, and in memory of Sal.