Steve Salata, Sr.
ONEONTA - Steve Salata Sr., 88, passed away Tuesday June 5, 2012 at home with his family by his side.
He was born on August 25, 1923 in Bridgeport, CT, the son of Andrew and Mary (Barichko) Salata. Steve grew up in Bridgeport, CT.
He served in the United States Army from 1943-1945 as a ranger and then tank commander; and fought in World War II in the South Pacific.
After the service, Steve played professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox organization from 1946 to 1950 and came to Oneonta in 1947 as a player on the Oneonta Red Sox.
He married Jean Hughes on February 14, 1948 in the First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta; a blessed union that lasted 55 years until her death in 2003.
Steve started the Oneonta Window Cleaning Company in 1951, a business he conducted for over 50 years.
Steve loved his family, baseball (Boston Red Sox) and golf, as he was an avid golfer well into his 80’s. He loved sitting on his porch on “Red Sox Lane” as the unofficial Mayor of the West End, where he lived well over 60 years. He loved visiting with his neighbors.
Thanks to all of his neighbors for their support and love over the years.
The family would like to thank Tammy Babcock, Steve and Maria McMullen, Bob and Kathy Green, Barb Belknap and her family and Carol Sage for all the kindness they have shown through the years.
The family would also like to give a special thanks to his nephew, Scott Stanton for all the love and support over the years.
Steve leaves behind, his children, Steve Salata, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Waterville, David Salata of Charleston, SC and Paul Salata of Chandler, AZ; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Scott Stanton of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Peg Hughes of Oneonta and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings, Emil, Helen, Mary, Andrew, Joseph, and Anna, all of Bridgeport, CT.
There will be no calling hours or services.
Donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the First United Presbyterian Church, 2 Walling Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.