Salvatore John Arcidiacono, 58, of Galveston, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.
Sal’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Monday, February 28th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary will be held at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 1st, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Sal was born March 4, 1952, in Galveston, Texas, the first generation of his family to be born in the United States. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from O’Connell High School in 1971. Sal was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister, served on the Parish Council, and taught Baptismal classes for many years. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus #787, and a Past Faithful Navigator 4th Degree Knights of Columbus of the Msgr. Kirwin Assembly in Galveston. Sal had an accomplished career with the US Army Corps of Engineers for 37 years and would have retired as the Deputy Chief of the Real Estate Division. He started his career working on surveys in 1973 and transferred to the real estate division in 1977. Sal was co-founder and past president of the San Giovanni Italian American Association, where he co-spearheaded the restoration of the Italian Vault at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. He was also a member of the original Tarantella Folklore Dance Group. Sal had a love of cooking, painting hot rods, woodworking and carpentry, music, and most of all, his beloved family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfio Arcidiacono. Sal is survived by his wife of 32 years, Delma Arcidiacono; son, Sal Arcidiacono; and daughter, Josie Arcidiacono; mother, Josephine Arcidiacono; brothers, Nunzio Arcidiacono and wife, Silvana; and Alfio Arcidiacono and wife, Kimberly; nephews, Alfio and Anthony Arcidiacono; nieces, Joann Burke and husband, Matt; Isabella Arcidiacono; great nephew, Liam Burke; mother-in-law, Hallie Bennett and friend, Alfio Fichera; sisters-in-law, Margaret Walters and husband, Steve; Linda Langford and husband, Ivan; brother-in-law, Douglas Bennett and wife, Renee; nieces, Jacqueline Walters; Cressa Broussard and husband, Charlie; Mandy Arvidson; Lyndsey Bryer and husband, Levi; nephews, Chris Langford and wife, Aimee; Michael Billiott and wife, Mandy; Gary Langford and wife, Amanda; Brandon Bennett; Jeffery Billiott and wife, Dana; and Joe Langford; great-nieces Brittany Billiott, Taylor Billiott, and Winter and Cheyanne Bryer; great-nephews, Dylan and Devyn Billiott, Cole and Cash Broussard, Landen Billiott, and Mason Langford; and numerous relatives in Sicily, Italy.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Arcidiacono, Alfio Arcidiacono, Alfio A. Tropea, Anthony Tropea, Sebastian Tropea, Frankie Tropea, Daniel “Bubba” Haut, and Michael Billiott.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Arcidiacono, Randolph Richardson, Richard Harrison, Orlando Rosas, Eric Willmore, Vinh Nguyen, Alfio A. Tropea, Sammy Arcidiacono, Matt Burke, Doug Bennett, Steve Walters and Ivan Langford.
Our family wants to express our love and gratitude to Al and Angie Tropea who were devoted to Sal, always there for him and us, loving, kind, and generous in every way.
Our family also wants to express our heartfelt appreciation for Dr. Lazaro Cherem, whom we cannot ever thank enough for the way he took care of and cared for Sal.
May the good times roll as Sal joins his buddies Papa, John, Fred, Mel and Joe.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church.