It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Salvatore Migliazza announce his peaceful passing with his family lovingly by his side on July 31, 2023 at 85 years of age.
Salvatore was born July 1, 1938 to parents Domenico and Lucia (DePaola) in Girifalco, Catanzaro, Italy. At the age of 6 his Papa’ wanted him to learn a trade and that’s what started his passion to become a Barber and Tailor.
He was an adventurous young man never afraid to try something for the first time. At an early age he loved to venture into the bush before school to pick asparagus and fresh fruit with his homemade wooden briefcase caring his books. After school he would go to his Barber/Tailor classes. At the age of 17 he opened his first barbershop and so began his lifelong career of 79 years. Through tailoring he met, and because of the close connection of their families, the love of his life, Maria Concetta Scicchitano. Their friendship blossomed to marriage on February 14, 1960 and had their first born Domenico. Shortly after, their second son Vincenzo (Jim) was born and because Salvatore wanted more for his family, he ventured to Canada to start a new life.
On May 1973 Salvatore opened his own barbershop. As a barber, dad was known as Sam. He was well respected by his customers who enjoyed their meaningful conversations while getting a haircut.
Dad’s door was open to everyone and over the decades there have been generations of families that have passed through Sam’s humble Barbershop. His cliental quickly grew not only in number but in friendships and this continued throughout his entire life.
To show what kind of father Salvatore was, he worked two jobs day and night and still managed to be involved in every one of his children’s special events. He would always support his children in all their endeavours and reminded them how proud he was of their achievements. In his free time he loved to fish, bowl, and play cards at the Italian Hall. He especially loved going on family picnics with all our Compare and Comare. Keeping his Italian heritage, together with his wife Maria, he loved making homemade soprasatta, sauce and his special Migliazza homemade wine which always brought the whole family together.
Salvatore will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years Maria: his 6 children, Domenic (Mannie), Jim, Tony (Rose), Luigi (Joanne), Teresa (Janne) and Pino (Uyen); his grandchildren, Matthew (Marissa), Jordan (Shannon), Monica (Frank), David (Kathryn), Alyssa (Ioannis), Samuel, Lucas (Amanda), Angelica (Jordan), James, Kyle (Lauren), Justin, Lucianna, Kiera and Niko; his great grandchildren, Roman, Reign, Brooks, Kai; his siblings, Maria (Vincenzo) Maccauso, Assunta (Leonardo) Lanata’, Giovanna (Rocco) Vitaliano and sisters-in-laws, Maria, Assunta, Vitoria and Gina, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Italy.
Salvatore was pre-deceased by his daughter Lucia, his parents, brother Vincenzo and sister Giuseppina and brother-in-law Antonio Fodero; his in-laws Luigina and Giuseppe Scicchitano, and brother-in-laws Pietro Scicchitano, Cesare Lamanna, Antonio Vonella and Salvatore Arabia.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 when family and friends will gather in St. Anthony’s R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 12:00 p.m. celebrated by Rev. Luigi Filippini. The Mass will be livestreamed and may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0WkD1jxU-o. The interment will follow in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Visitation for friends will be on Tuesday at the church for 1 hour prior to service time.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the first responders, emergency department and I.C.U. A special thank you goes out to all the Hemodialysis staff for all your exceptional care.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to: TBRHSC Hemodialysis or Northern Cardiac Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.sargentandson.com
“Dad your smile, love and kindness will be with us forever.”