Obituary of Salvatore Thomas Tripi
In Memory of Salvatore (Sam) Tripi
6/1/1929 – 9/12/2023
Webster, NY, at age 94
“We begin to remember not that you died, but that you lived.
And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.”
Sam has peacefully followed his journey to heaven for his long awaited reunion with family and loved ones. Predeceased by his wife, Mary and daughters Donna & Janice Tripi, brothers & sisters and loving companion, Connie Profeta. Sam is survived by his sons & daughters in law, Joseph (Holly) & Sam (Rosa) Tripi; grandsons, Craig (Gwen) Hargrave, Jaiden, Sal, Joseph & Michael Tripi.
Sam was born in Rochester, NY to his parents Giuseppe & Maria Tripi. At the young age of 18, he ran the family hardware store until he was drafted to the Army, serving in the Korean War. Prior to leaving, he became engaged to the love of his life, Mary Cianciola. Upon his return home, he and Mary were married and eventually welcomed 4 children, Donna, Janice, Joseph and Salvatore. Sam opened his own barbershop on the corner of Norton and Goodman streets in Irondequoit. Tripi’s Style Shop was an iconic place not only for haircuts, but good times and memories. Back in the day, everyone got a haircut from “Sam the Barber”. He first worked beside his brother, John, and then later on with his brother, Fred. Sam was a hardworking man. Along with running the barbershop, he drove a truck for the Democrat & Chronicle for 25 years. Sam built a home for his family in Mendon. For 47 years, he commuted back and forth to the barbershop until he finally retired and sold his shop. Sam and Mary enjoyed dancing and could beautifully glide across any dance floor. They would spend many nights playing cards with “the Club” and enjoyed their tight knit friendships. Sadly, Sam & Mary lost their oldest daughter, Donna, as a child. They celebrated 42 years of a loving marriage, when Mary lost her battle to cancer at the age of 64. He became Papa to 4 handsome grandsons to carry on the family name, Jaiden, Sal, Joey and Michael. They were his world and he set a great example of what it means to be a Tripi - a good, honest man - passing on his wisdom so they will carry his legacy with them. After some time, Sam began a relationship with his loving companion of 20 years, Connie. They spent time dancing, traveling and enjoying both of their families until her passing. In 2021, he unexpectedly lost his daughter, Janice to Covid. Sam had many friends and anyone who knew him, loved him. He liked to laugh, listen to music, play golf and spend time with family. He was a blessing and taught us what it means to show unconditional love. In his last days, he often talked about his desire to join his heavenly family and friends. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by the love and support of his family.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, 9/17/23 from 2pm – 5pm at Falvo Funeral Home, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd. Webster. All are welcome to join the family on Monday 9/18/23 @ 10:30 am for his Funeral Mass at St. Rita’s Church, 1008 Maple Dr., Webster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UR HomeCare/Hospice in his memory. A special thank you to Heather, Jill and Kim for your support during Sam’s final days.
Sam’s final resting place will be next to his wife and daughters at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Private interment with immediate family
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