Salvatore Paul “Sal” Tamaro, 90, of North Port, Fla., died peacefully Monday, April 29, 2013.
Sal was born in West Haven, Conn., the youngest son of a family of eight children.
Coming of age during the Great Depression, he worked at Chance Vought Aircraft in Stratford, Conn., building the Corsair, the first single-engine fighter plane to fly faster than 400 mph. At age 20, Sal joined the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines with the Seabees 113th Battalion. After the war, Sal worked for Pratt-Whitney and Avco-Lycoming, joining their Experimental Division, where prototypes for gas-turbine engines for tanks and jet-aircraft engines were designed, built and tested, retiring in 1988.
In 2001, Sal moved full time to the Harbor Isles Retirement Community. His interests throughout life included science, electronics, astronomy, gardening and photography. An avid reader with a passion for knowledge, he also loved playing bocce and teaching others. His family will remember him as a man who lived a life of integrity and honesty with a keen mind, resilience, strength, a terrific sense of humor and a lovely smile. He is going to be dearly missed.
Left to remember Sal are his sister, Millie Hornal; daughters, Sharon (Kirk Tougas) Tamaro and Sheila (Alex) Redcrow; stepson, James H. Murray; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Connolly; grandchildren, James H. (Sarah) Murray Jr., David Murray, Evan Crowe (and his father, Tom Crowe), Jesse (Dean) Cardinal, Tasha (David) Power, Leah Redcrow and Neil (Ladawn) Redcrow; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Sal was preceded in death by his parents, Domenico and Carolina (nee Sicignano) Tamaro; his wife, Mary (Nee Cvitkovic); his former wife and mother of his children, Kathleen Heafey; and siblings, Joe, Fanny, Peter, Mary, Eleanor and Carrie.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Harbor Isles Clubhouse in North Port. Interment is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla.
The family is grateful to the staff of Unit C3 at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, Fla., for their care and support.