Joseph C. Salvione Sr., born December 22, 1935, in Gloversville, New York, peacefully passed away on February 23, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Joe was one of six children born to Michael Salvione Sr. and Hildegarde Horender Salvione. Joe was a graduate of Gloversville High School.
Joe had an adventurous spirit his entire life. He spent several years in Daytona Beach, Florida, exploring land and sea while engaging his intrinsic talent with automobiles. When he returned to Gloversville, Joe went to work for Garlock Cadillac/Oldsmobile, beginning in the body shop and progressing to sales. He later joined the staff at John C. Miller Lincoln/Mercury where he enjoyed selling cars to many of his friends and family over the years.
Joe developed a love of boating while in Florida, learning to captain many types of vessels and navigating in the "high seas" as he referred to it. He often joked that "a boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money" but you could tell his enjoyment far outweighed any downside. He continued boating his entire life both in Florida and on his "home lake" - the Great Sacandaga, his home of 46 years.
Joe worked with his wife, Marilyn in the real estate business until 1981 when he formed The Salvione Insurance Agency. Joe worked diligently to build the agency and under his leadership, Salvione Insurance received numerous awards for excellence in service and growth for their market area. Joe was so very proud when his son, Joe Jr., joined the agency in 1998, who is committed to maintaining and building upon the legacy of excellence established by his father.
Joe is survived by: his wife, Marilyn; and their children, Joe Jr. of Mayfield, Keith (Sandy) of Tampa, Florida and Sherri of Albany; four grandchildren, Lainna, Dillan, Katelyn and Ashley. Joe's sisters, Carol Girard of Mayfield, Jean Spada (Adam) of Herkimer; and his brothers, Alan (Muriell) of Broadalbin and Paul (Ellen) of Williamsburg, Virginia; along with several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Jr.; as well as his mother, Hildegarde; and his father, Michael.
Joe had a drive and commitment to both work and family like no other. His love and life lessons will be remembered by his family forever.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today, February 25, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will take place in the spring at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.