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Salvatore Fuggiasco

Salvatore Fuggiasco

Friday, May 14th, 1926 - Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Salvatore Fuggiasco passed peacefully on Monday, April 6th 2020 just shy of his 94th birthday.

Survived by his wife of 70 years, Patricia Fuggiasco, son Mark (Dee) Fuggiasco, Jeff (Kathy) Fuggiasco, Jane Boyle and son-in-law Edward Land. Preceded in death by daughter Nancy Land. Proud grandfather of Tony Land, Melissa Land Sinkey, Tim (Jessica) Land, Andrew Land, Kelly (Eric) Boyle, and Monica Boyle. Great-Grandfather of Mia Sinkey and Ethan Land.

Salvatore Fuggiasco or “Sam” or “Sam the Piano Man” was truly a force. Sam’s life is one to be celebrated. He survived many hardships, including WWII (awarded a Purple Heart), but you would never know it. His positivity was contagious. He viewed life as a gift and was deeply admired by his family and community. Sam was a very skilled golfer. His happy place was on the course but his passion for golf was only surpassed by his love for music. Sam taught himself how to play piano during the war and made a career as “Sam the Piano Man.” At the age of 21 he began playing in Milwaukee piano bars like Redmill, Rafters, Nino’s, The Friendly Inn and Lacisiro’s. He played back up for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet once! In his later years he was a favorite in the surrounding nursing homes and, of course, the star of the Fuggiasco Christmas party. For 72 years he spread joy with music, jokes and stories.

Now he’s our angel in heaven and even in death he will bring love and laughter as we won’t think of him without a smile. May Nancy be there to welcome him to the most beautiful golf course he’s ever seen.

Hear his story about WWII:

https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.86468/
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Thursday, April 30th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, April 30th, 2020
    Location
    Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    21731 Spring Street
    Union Grove, WI 53182-9736
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Pauline Jaeger

Posted at 01:02am
Sincere Sympathies to you, Pat and to your family. Judy suggested I watch his Veterans History Project video, which I enjoyed. Sam was always such a personable entertainer and told his story really well. He had an amazing life and a wonderful attitude.
Pauline (Jaeger)
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Tom and Judy Boyle

Posted at 07:26pm
What an amazing man. He lived life to the fullest. You are all in our thoughts, Jane, Kelly, and Monica. Love, Tom and Judy Boyle
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Laura Wall

Posted at 08:12pm
I remember Uncle Sam from my childhood in Milwaukee. I have memories of him playing the piano. We moved across the country when I was 10 so I missed much of his life. He had a great smile! Rest In Peace Uncle Sam.
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Lowanda

Posted at 07:15am
Please accept my sincere condolences. Although it's difficult to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back on memories help comfort you tomorrow. Look forward to the wonderful promise when we will meet again that promise is found at John 5:28, 29.
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