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Salvatore Chicone

November 21, 1921 — October 9, 2011

Salvatore Chicone (Subby)
Died Sunday October 9, 2011 at Seneca View at the age of 89.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday (Oct. 11th) from 6-9pm at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Decatur St., Watkins Glen; with The Rev. Paul Bonacci as celebrant; burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.Salvatore was born on November 26, 1921 to Carmello and Domenica Ciccone and was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen. Growing up on Magee Street in Watkins Glen (Little Italy) shaped his core values and the faith filled life that he cherished. Love of family, hard work and respect for his fellow man were paramount. He enlisted in the Army before his high school graduation to serve his country in World War II. He became part of the 1st Infantry Division of the Big Red One. He was engaged in three campaigns during his four years in WWII: Oran, North Africa as part of the “Torch” Invasion, “Operation Husky” in Sicily, and D-Day at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Throughout his tour of duty Salvatore was awarded several medals, including a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, Silver Star and a sharpshooter pin. Nineteen days before the war ended, he was wounded with shrapnel from an artillery shell and recuperated in a military hospital in England. After returning home, Salvatore married Millie Rondinaro, and started a construction business with his brother, Joseph. His son, David, joined the business in 1971 and his grandson, Vincent in 2002 as a cabinetmaker. Chicone Builders/Chicone Cabinet makers continued to have three generations present every day until February 2009 when Sal suffered a stroke. Sal also accomplished his dream of earning a college degree. He then taught Industrial Arts and enjoyed being called to substitute-teach throughout the Elmira district. He is survived by his children- Douglas & Deborah DePuy of Montour Falls and David & Jennifer Chicone of Watkins Glen; three grandchildren-Seth DePuy of Charlottesville, VA, Vincent & Sarah Chicone of Montour Falls, NY, and Andrew & Susan Chicone of Fort Myers, FL; Great-Granddaughters- Ella Louise and Loretta Mae Chicone of Montour Falls, NY, and Lucy Sophia Chicone of Fort Myers, FL ; “Sal’s Gal”, Virginia Eaton and her family; Sister- Jenny Ciaravino of Vestal, NY; many nieces and nephews, many great nieces and great nephews. This was a life overflowing with family and friends. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Millie; Sisters-Francina Scaramuzzino, Rose Holmes, Antionette Catalfamo, and Nancy Chicone; and Brothers- Angel, Andrew, Rocco, and Joseph Chicone. Salvatore was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and also attended Burdett Methodist Church. He was a Rotarian and received the Paul Harris Award and the Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Man of the Year Award.” The family gratefully acknowledges Seneca View Nursing Facility that lovingly embraced and cared for Sal for the last 2 ½ years. You may view his memorial or express condolences to the Family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

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