- September 19, 1949 - March 3, 2017
- Strongsville, Ohio
of SALVATORE's Passing
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka , KS 66675
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“uncle sal...... if you knew the phrase "uncle sal"then you are from "back in the day".Great Memories.......Good Times.......Passionate Debates.......Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: A friend
“I feel so blessed to have known Sal and his family. I will always remember his smile and kind heart. Deepest condolences to his family for their loss.
2 of 37 | Posted by: Jen S. RN - Fairview Hospital
“Bonnie and family, you have been in my thoughts during this difficult time. We loved Sal so much. When he was around, he took such good care of all...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Kirsten Matyjasik (Rechenbach) - CA
“I have many great memories of working together in our business. rest in peace my friend.James Letvin [president J&S Tree Service Inc.]
4 of 37 | Posted by: james letvin - Coworker
“Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We are honored to have been a part of his healthcare team. Sincerely,
5 of 37 | Posted by: The staff & nurses at Fairview Heart clinic
“To the labor movement you brought extreme strength and an immeasurable passion for helping working people. CWA has lost one of their great warriors....Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Angie Miller - Saginaw, MI
“My prayers to the entire family. What a great guy. May Gods Love comfort you during this time. Love from the entire family at Westside Cardiology.
7 of 37 | Posted by: Carlotta Worthy - cleveland, OH
“My sympathy to Sal's family on his passing. I met Sal while he was President of Local 4302 in Akron. I was new to the Union scene, and listening to...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: James Madajewski - Akron, OH
“A family friend and a great hero to the working class of Northeast Ohio. Sal's absence will be felt deeply, but so too will the contributions he's...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: David Crislip - San Mateo, CA
“Marita and Bubba, Sorry to read about the passing of your dad. You and the family are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult period of...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Mart McMillan - Akron, OH
“Bonnie and Family, My deepest sympathy. Sal was a great Union Brother. Hugs from Florida!
11 of 37 | Posted by: Art Frindt - Noth Fort Myers, FL
“So sorry for the loss of Sal..sending love and prayers to our family...
12 of 37 | Posted by: LORI LICAUSE - Akron, OH - family
“I am so very saddened by the loss of my cousin Sal. So many memories of him. My mother loved him like a son.Prayers for the family. We have lost a...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Mary jo Wiggins - Coloey, OH
“Sal,To my longtime friend, co-worker, best buddy . Remembering all the laughs and good times we had as friends, My family loved you too. Your spirit,...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Judith Willgues (Leone) - OH
“Working men and women of CWA have lost their greatest advocate. You will be missed beyond measure. I love you brother.
15 of 37 | Posted by: Billy Martin - Bay City, MI
“I will miss you my wonderful cousin, we grew up together and we had the best times. May God Bless you! You will be missed!
16 of 37 | Posted by: Barbara Rose (Gray) - OH
“Our hearts are saddened to hear the news of Sal's passing. He was a great man and a true union brother. Please accept our deepest condolences and...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: CWA Local 4900 - Indianapolis, IN
“Christine Gentry Carter first cousin to Sal LaCause.Sal and I went to the same high school He was a couple of grades above me. He always looked...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Gentry-Carter - NV
“Our Thoughts and Prayers to the Family and many Friends of Sal. CWA Local 4123, Thanks you for your many years of dedicated service to Working...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Communications Workers of America Local 4123 - MI
“Bonnie, I'm very sorry to her of Sal's passing. Sal was a wonderful and great man. I have many fond memories of him and I and Jeff together. He will...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: Bruce Van Ess - Sheboygan Falls, WI
“You left us with beautiful memories, your love for people still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. My heart breaks...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Kristie Darling - Yuma, AZ
“Bubba and Family, Thinking of you all as you celebrate your Dad's remarkable life.
22 of 37 | Posted by: Melisa Gibb - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
“Bonnie and family,I am so sorry for your loss, all of our loss. Sal was a great guy with a sense of humor that no one could top. My thoughts and...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Patricia Shea - Bowie, MD
“So sorry for your loss, Sal was a great advocate for workers.Always willing to go the extra mile to make sure workers' rights were protected.My...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Pam Wynn - Cleveland, OH - Friend
“Thoughts and Prayers to everyone that was touched by Sal, especially his family. Thank you for sharing him with CWA he has impacted so many lives...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Jane Phillips - McCordsville, IN
“Bonnie, I am so, so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you, and Sal's extended family. There are no words. Thoughts and prayers with you today...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Michele Franklin - N Olmsted, OH
“Rest in peace, brave warrior, as a grateful nation mourns.
27 of 37 | Posted by: Michele Sandridge, American Legion Auxiliary - OH
“Bonnie and FamilyI'm so very sorry for your lost. Sal was such a wonderful friend for over thirty years and he will be missed by all of us that had...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Gregg Glenn - Westerville, OH
“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sal. Sal was one of a kind. I'm so fortunate to have met him through CWA. Sal always took...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Andy Milburn - LIVINGSTON, TX
“So sad to hear Sal has passed. He was great champion for workers rights. My deepest sympathy.
30 of 37 | Posted by: Kimberly Svec - Plainfield, IL
“Bonnie and family you have my deepest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sal was a one of a kind person. I knew him thru CWA.
31 of 37 | Posted by: Emma Dye - Dayton, OH - Coworker
“Dear Marita, Mark and family, We are so sorry to hear of Sal's passing. We have enjoyed hearing many stories about him over the years. After...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Karen and Greg Thorn
“I would to like say Thank You to the family for sharing Sal with so many CWA members across the United States! The first thing I remembered about...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Jetty Wells - Detroit, MI
“So sorry to hear , of sals passing every time I saw him it felt like we had beqen life long friends we will be missed .
34 of 37 | Posted by: Bill Padgett - Noblesville, IN
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during the difficult days ahead. Much love.
35 of 37 | Posted by: Marcia Parsells - Hudson, OH
“So very sorry for the pain you are enduring and asking God to comfort all of you, love Mom.
36 of 37 | Posted by: Theresa LaCause
“Your voice, smile, sense of humor and laugh will remain with me always. I rest in that you are pain free and with our Lord. I Love you Sal.
37 of 37 | Posted by: Bill Thomas - Austin, TX - Friend
SALVATORE S. LaCAUSE, JR., age 67. Died peacefully March 3, 2017 at home surrounded by his dedicated wife, children, grandchildren and his faithful four-legged companion, Mary.
Beloved and loving husband of Bonnie (nee Sanders), loving father of Marita Gore (Mark) and Salvatore III (Annie Porchowsky); stepfather of Craig Lustek (Julie Schaub), and Rachel Pope (John) and cherished "Papa" to his grandchildren Anthony, Andrew, Sadie, Sal IV, Tyler and Emily. Dearest son of the late Salvatore Sr. and Janet (nee Calvert). Dear brother of Renee Argenio. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
Sal was a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. At age 17, he enlisted in the US Army and dutifully served in Vietnam. He served in the 101st Airborne Division & 82nd Airborne Division, and was awarded Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation along with many other medals. He was extremely proud and honored to serve his country.
Sal's career began in 1970 with Ohio Bell Telephone Company. He was a proud member of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4302, Akron, Ohio, and was eventually elected President where he served until becoming a CWA Representative in the District 4 office in 1994. There he advanced to the position of Assistant to the Vice President before retiring in 2008. He was a man who represented the working people of this country unrelentingly, fighting every day to ensure they had a voice. During his career, he negotiated multiple contracts for thousands of hard working men and women across 5 states to ensure fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions. He was a tenacious negotiator and earned the respect of everyone on both sides of the bargaining table. His word was his bond. Sal was also an entrepreneur and started his own business, J&S Tree Company.
Sal lived life to the fullest. There was no doubt, he was the life of the party. Sal was the first and last on the dance floor, the first to buy a round of drinks and dinner for friends. His loyalty to his friends and those he loved was unsurpassed. Sal was a mentor and confidante to many and his advice was priceless and always peppered with humor. He was an amazing listener and before giving advice would ask, "Do you want to hear this straight up or fuzzy and warm?" Regardless, you were always going to hear it straight up. He treated everyone equally no matter what your status in life. He had friends everywhere that knew him by name from Costco to the car wash to his favorite restaurants. He always went out of his way to make people feel special and show his appreciation.
Sal courageously battled multiple serious health complications for the last 13 years of his life with a positive attitude and indomitable spirit. He amazed us all, especially his doctors, with his resilience and determination to overcome whatever he was dealt. His doctors and nurses were not just friends but an extension of our family and Sal had great appreciation for everyone that cared for him. We'd like to especially thank Dr. Anthony Vlastaris for his years of loving care. We'd also like to acknowledge the wonderful treatment he received from Dr. Nancy McBride, Dr. Tamouh Hamoud, Dr. Jerry Lamendola, Dr. Joseph Knapp, Dr. Alan Davis, Joanne Kmiecik, Speech Pathologist, and Shannon Prater, Pharmacist. We are forever grateful to nurses and staff at Fairview Hospital PK unit, and the entire staff at West Side Cardiology Association. We'd also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Ruth and Cleveland Clinic Hospice.
Sal loved his family, the Indy 500, spending time and seeing friends at Firestone Country Club, trips to Vegas with his buddy Mike, Harley Davidson motorcycles, lunch dates with Jeff, stylish clothes and shoes and any new gadget on the market. He cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Family trips to the zoo, Disney, Bloody Mary Sundays and cooking with the family making sauce and meatballs were always treasured times. Best of all were his wonderful kisses and warm bear hugs that he shared generously with everyone. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 9, 2017 St. Hilary Church, 2750 West Market Street, Fairlawn, OH. at 9:00 AM. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Final resting place Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family will receive friends WEDNESDAY 4 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).