Pawling, New York — Salvatore Gaglio, died Tuesday, September 24, 2019, just 8 weeks shy of his 90th Birthday, at the Putnam Hospital Medical Center in Carmel, New York, due to natural causes of old age.
He leaves behind, his beloved wife of 66 years, Virginia Gaglio; his sons Timothy (Cinzia) & Matthew (Diane); his daughters Johanna Bogen & Priscilla Blair; grandchildren Alexandra (Evan), Claudio, Gabriel, Tim, Joseph, Jacob (Annalisa), Rachel, Peter & Nicholas; his great-grandchildren Cora and Finn; and many close friends and business associates.
Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the son of Pietro and Girolama (Finazzo) Gaglio he was a resident of Laurel Hollow, Long Island and Pawling, New York for most of his adult life. Mr. Gaglio attended Brooklyn College as a night student to complete his BA.
Salvatore started his career as a Life Insurance Producer with Metropolitan Life followed by positions with Mutual Benefit Life, New England Mutual, Connecticut Mutual, and finally at Guardian Life in White Plains, New York. Early in his career, he founded Nurserymen’s Pension Advisory Corp and was the financial advisor to many of the horticultural nurserymen, sod farmers, potato farmers and landscapers that built and beautified Long Island and Westchester counties during the ’60s, 70’s & 80’s. Sal later became the Chairman of Integrity Advisors with an impeccable reputation for his sincerity to his clients, guiding their financial security. Salvatore was asked by Walter Hoving, Chairman of Tiffany & Co to serve as the Financial Director of the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, New York. Mr. Gaglio’s reputation as a leader, in the Insurance Industry, qualified him annually for the Million Dollar Round Table as the “Top Producer”, an Industry Recognized Qualifier.
Sal served in the Korean War as a medic stationed in Nice France and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe especially to his beloved family homestead in Cinisi, Sicily where he enjoyed visits with his aunts, uncles, and cousins, as a reconnection to his Heritage.
Sal had a passion for enjoying great foods and wines. One of his favorite days of the week, was Saturday, where he would go to the Jewish Deli for fresh New York Bagels, with lox and cream cheese, for breakfast, then for lunch a feast from A & S Pork Store for thin sliced prosciutto, cheeses selections from all nations, and hard crusty bread. His love for good food was certainly handed down due to his heritage.
Sal’s work ethic followed him through his humble beginnings and formed a solid foundation as a stewardship of success. All who knew Sal respected him. He touched many people through his life and will continue through his legacy.
He loved animals of which his favorite breed was German Shorthaired Pointers, a breed that continues in his children’s homes. An avid tennis enthusiast rising early each day with a match or two before beginning his workday.
But above all, Salvatore’s faith and love for God, as a man of God, was his highest attribute.
This was evident by the people he touched, the lives he helped, and the witness of his character.
From missionary support throughout the world to pastoring at his local Church, his calling to be a true servant of God was obvious within his own community. Whether with the Gideon Prison Ministries, or his Christ-like love for those in need. People would often comment, ”If you ever had doubt in the reality of God and his gospel, look at Sal Gaglio”
His Motto would be to “stay desperate and humble at the feet of Jesus”.
A funeral viewing will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home in Pawling, New York from 2:00 pm with a service beginning at 5:00 pm. Burial on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 11:30 AM at the Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. In Salvatore’s memory, donations may be made to Gideons International at www.gideons.org/donate.