Salvatore was originally born in Rumford, Maine, to Leonardo and Paola Passafaro; eventually the family moved to North Caldwell, where he lived for most of his life. Salvatore graduated in 1938 from Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, and later received his Fireman's License from the State of New Jersey.
Salvatore was a manager at the Greenbrook Poultry Farm, which was located on Gould Avenue in North Caldwell. Later in life, he presented information about the farm with organizations including the North Caldwell Historical Society and was used as a reference for the Charles A. Poekel Jr. book, "West Essex: Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, and Roseland."
"The farm produced over 3.5 million eggs per year and housed over 50,000
White Leghorn hens and almost 120,000 turkeys," a family member detailed.
"He was responsible for many areas of the farm's operations, including the medical and nutritional care for the laying and replacement flocks.
As a representative of the farm, he traveled to meet
with suppliers and other farm owners,
including the celebrated Danish humorist and musician Victor Borge,
and he was profiled in several trade publications."
"He was publicly recognized by the Trustees of the Board of Education
for heroic actions that prevented a catastrophic event
involving the electrical system at the high school," recalled a family member. "During an interview with The Progress, he recalled,
'We had no lights, power, air conditioning, or refrigeration.
Public Service Electric and Gas and the Fire Department
had been called in, but they wouldn't touch it.
So I came in, risked my life, and went down to turn off the transformer'."
"Salvatore was known for his quiet participation,
for using his skills to solve problems and create," a family member expressed. "He was passionate about serving his community of faith at Notre Dame,
and he was instrumental in arranging for Sunday services
to be held at the local high school until a permanent structure was built."
Salvatore was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony, Marcello, and Dominic Passafaro; and his sisters Rose Passafaro Gorman and Theresa Passafaro Carnavale. He is survived by:
- His Wife of 72 Years
Rose Pressimone Passafaro
- His Children
David Passafaro and his wife, Charleen
Rosemarie Passafaro Ribaudo
Rosanne Passafaro Scriffignano and her husband, Anthony
- Five Grandchildren
- Five Great-Grandchildren
- His Siblings and Family
Margaret Passafaro Di Giacomo
The memorial arrangements for Salvatore Passafaro are as follows:
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Codey & Jones Funeral Home of Caldwell. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the PBA Local 81 or to the Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey would be greatly appreciated: