The Obit For Bobey Salerno

Bobey Salerno 1931-2007

August 6, 2007

Mr. Alexander J. "Bobey" Salerno, 76, Utica’s one and only Major League Umpire entered into rest Sunday August 5,2007 at St Elizabeth’s medical center with his loved ones by his side.

Bobey was born Alexander Joseph Salerno the son of the late Anna Siciliano and Nicholas Salerno. He was educated in local schools and attended MVCC majoring in criminal justice.

Shortly thereafter, he was contracted with the Boston Red Soxs Organization as a Professional Pitcher. . He was drafted in the U.S. Army and served faithfully during the Korean Conflict.

In 1955 he became a NYS Trooper and worked Troop G, Troy, NY, until entering Al Sommers Umpire School in Florida where he finished first in his class. It was then he became a “Major League Umpire”.

During his tenure he umpired several historic games including Roger Maris’ record breaking 61st home run. Bobey was a pioneer in forming the union for the American League Umpires. He retired from baseball and later enjoyed camaraderie with his friends in his many local restaurants he established.

Alex married the former Joan Nole and maintained a strong family bond and from that marriage he leaves his beloved son and best friend Nicholas Salerno and his wife Allison;3 beloved Grandchildren Alexandra, Alyssa, and Nicholas Salerno all residing in Sarasota, Fl.

He is survived by his loving companion Denise Rowlands. His beloved sister Mrs. Marguerite Mirante, and nephew John Mirante. His loving aunt Antoinette Salerno all of Utica. One sister-in-law Dorothy Salerno,New Hartford. Also surviving are Nieces Michelle, Lisa, Victoria Nole and Mary Jo Frattasio ; and nephews Michael, Louis, Johnny, and Dan Nole all of Utica and Florida. His extended family Michael Mullen, Sarasota, Fl; Louie ,Michael, Joseph and Mellisa Diana and a host of many friend too numerous to mention “you know who you all are”. He was pre-deceased by his brother Michael Salerno and his brother in law Ronald Mirante.

Family and Friends are invited to attend Alex’s Celebration of Life on Tuesday August 7,2007 at 1:30 St Anthony of Padua church where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony P. La Fache Pastor. There are no calling hours. Arrangements under the guidance of John L. Matt, J r. Funeral Director-Francis W. Fisk Funeral Home, Chadwicks, NY. In Lieu of flowers contributions maybe made to Baseball Assistant Team envelopes will be available at church.