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“Andrea & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. My thoughts are with you. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Karen DelMedico - Sauquoit, NY

“Diane & Dan. Sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. The obit in the Syracuse paper was beautifully...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dick Schlote - Manlius, NY

“My deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul and your family.Didn't know your Dad but, as we all are , a prodcut of our upbringing! Just knowing...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Anthis - Syracuse, NY

“Please accept the sympathy of Le Moyne College on the occasion of the death of your father. Be assured of our prayers for him, for you and for your...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Le Moyne College, Office of Alumni & Parent Programs - NY

“Paul & Family: So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. In friendship.... ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Larry Metzger, L-M Painting - NY

“Dear Audrey, remember how you and Sal greeted us when we were moving in? You have always been a blessing to us. We will miss Sal's gentleness, wisdom...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Barb & Ed Paparella - Clinton, NY

“Audrey-I am so sorry for your loss! I know that Sal was the love of your life and that you will miss him terribly, but you have so many memories to...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: josette hildreth - NY

“My sincere condolences to the Licari family for your great loss. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Patti (Sbarra) Henderson - NY

“I was so saddened to read that Sal lost his battle with cancer. My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to you, Audrey, and your family. My...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Cathi (Capparelli) Williams - NY


Salvatore L. Licari, 80, of Clinton, NY passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital after a brave battle with cancer. Sal was born on September 22, 1931 in Ilion NY, the son of Salvatore (Sam) Licari and Philomena (Minnie) Rende Licari. He was educated in Utica schools, graduated from Proctor High School and attended St. Bonaventure University. Sal always said the most important things he needed to know in life he learned by 8th grade at St. Mary of Mount Carmel School. In 1950 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, he married the love of his life, Audrey Mae Gilbert, with whom he treasured a union of over 60 years. He worked for many years at Beaunit Fibers and in 1968 joined Dunlop Tire Company where he was production manager and assistant plant manager. In 1986 after Dunlop closed the Utica plant, Sal and two other local businessmen, Len Dabson and Gerald Hebert, founded Utica Converters, Inc., which produced textile for the tire industry. In 1992, he was appointed to the position of President, CEO and Chairman. Under his leadership, Utica Converters grew to employ over 300 people and operated on a seven-day work schedule. Its customer base expanded from automobile tire companies to those that produced tractor, racing and large construction vehicle tires with sales on all seven continents. During the 1970's he resided in Canastota where he and his wife owned and operated the Midway Motel. After retiring in 1996, Sal started his second career playing golf almost every day for many years. When he wasn't playing golf, he was watching golf on TV, talking about golf, and buying golf clubs on EBay. Sal was also an avid walker and bike rider and enjoyed many summers at his camps at Kayuta Lake and later at Cedar Lake. He also loved endlessly talking politics, playing Chess online, reading and doing crossword puzzles. He is survived by his beloved wife Audrey and his children, Marie (Ken) Bord, New Hartford; Diane (Dan) Lupinski, Oriskany; Susan Licari (Al Cummings), Munnsville; Robert (Debbie) Licari, North Carolina; Andrea (Tim) Brown, Vernon; and Paul (Angela) Licari, Syracuse. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Christine Bord (John Matthews) of Clinton; Anthony (Robin), Robert, Andrew, and Vincent Licari all of North Carolina; Todd and Rachel Brown of Vernon; Marisa and Alicia Licari of Syracuse and two great grandchildren, Allison and Mason Licari of North Carolina. Sal also leaves one brother, Michael of North Utica, brother-in-law Bill Gilbert, and sister-in-law, Helen Gilbert both of Utica, and sister-in-law, Joan Briggs of New Hartford. He leaves many nieces and nephews especially Sal, Mike and John Licari. Sal was a self-made man who lived life according to the highest principles, moral and ethical values. He constantly nurtured and encouraged his family from the time they were young children to live life in the same way instilling in them the belief that they could do anything. Together with his beloved Audrey at his side and faith in God he fought his illness as he lived his life with dignity and courage always as a gentleman. These life lessons will be his legacy. His greatest pride was his family and he will be greatly missed by them every day. Sal's family would especially like to acknowledge Charlie Marino and Dr. Nick Nehrbauer whose close friendship meant so much. Special gratitude goes to Dr. LaFont and Dr. Razia who never gave up on him. Arrangements are entrusted to the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Whitesboro, NY. Calling hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Funeral services will be on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. from the funeral home with a mass to be celebrated from St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Whitesboro at 9:30 a.m.

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