In Memory of

Salvatore

Francis

Vasi

Obituary for Salvatore Francis Vasi

Born in the Bronx, NY, Salvatore Francis Vasi knew from an early age he wanted to be an architect. He excelled at drawing and attended the High School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, now known as the High School of Art and Design. From there he was accepted into Cooper Union, but he had to delay entry due to being hospitalized after being diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Sal worked until the next entry cycle, and then he attended and graduated from Cooper Union’s Architecture School. From there he pursued his Masters in Architecture at Yale University.

While in college, he attended a family party where he met Joann Micali, a friend of his sister Anita. They were married after he graduated from Yale, when they moved to Queens, NY, to start a family. His daughters Jennifer and Jessica were born in Queens, and Sal worked as a draftsman to start his career.

In 1974, the Vasi family moved to Goldens Bridge, NY, which, at the time, seemed incredibly far from the city, probably because the highway and the train line ended in a nearby town. Sal continued to work in Manhattan for a while, until he started a partnership firm in Westchester, and finally transitioned to his own company.

Sal worked on different types of building projects. He was a draftsman at the firm that designed the World Trade Center in Manhattan, and he loved to talk about the innovative and efficient elevator system there. Through the course of his career, he transitioned to working on shopping malls, and even designed the original Belz Factory Outlet in Orlando, FL. He also worked on countless other buildings, additions, and renovations. Sal also taught architecture for a few semesters at Dutchess Community College, where he enjoyed the class as much as his students.

In addition to anything architectural, Sal enjoyed drawing, golf, photography, and music. His favorite band was The Rolling Stones, and his nieces and nephews always enjoyed playing a Stones song at each family gathering, knowing their Uncle Sal would happily get up and dance, showing off his unique style.

Along the way Sal encountered many health-related obstacles, including diabetes, celiac disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and Parkinson’s, among others. In 2019 Sal and Joann moved to Coventry, CT, to live with their daughter Jennifer so she could help as needed. Throughout all of this, his perseverance, and the persistence and support of his wife Joann, allowed him to live a long, full life.

Salvatore Francis Vasi passed away in Hartford, CT, on Sunday, March 10, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joann, daughters Jennifer and Jessica Vasi, sister and brother-in-law Anita and Charles Lunde, sister-in-law Felicia Micali, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Anita and Ron Granberg, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, March 15th at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Rd. (Rte. 195) Tolland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 16th at St. Mary Church, 1600 Main St., Coventry. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sal’s name to either the Joslin Diabetes Center at https://www.joslin.org/giving, or to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at https://www.michaeljfox.org/ways-to-give.