Salvatore Louis Gaetano, Jr., age 81 of Peters Twp., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 under the care of Bethany Hospice.
Born June 30, 1937, he grew up in Beechview & was the son of the late Salvatore (Sam) Sr. & Josephine (Jay) Gaetano. Married on October, 3, 1959 to his beloved wife Christina (Chris). Brother of the late Catherine (Gaetano) Sciulli & the late Louis & Janet Gaetano Sr. Son-in-law of the late Joseph (Andy) & Philomena Narcolli. Brother-in-law of Che Che (Kenny) & Barbara (late Ted) Aiken. Beloved father of Christi Gaetano, Rodney (Melinda) Gaetano, Leah (Kevin) Gryboski, Tiffany (Jon) Whaley and Annette Schulte.. Proud & loving grandfather of KJ & Kaylee Gryboski, Shelby & Sienna Gaetano, & Isabele & Nikko Whaley. Also, survived by many nieces & nephews who adored him.
He was a devoted member of St. Louise De Marillac church where he participated in the Men’s Fish Fry for many years. For 60 years he LOVED being a pharmacist; Sal had licenses in PA, FL & CA. In 1967, he opened Baldwin Court Pharmacy & Gaetano’s Pharmacy in 1980.
He treated everyone like family with care & compassion. Sal loved to help in anyway possible; as a pharmacist & even more so as a person. Sal was a coach, mentor, entrepreneur & who was “The Main Man.”
Always excited about Pittsburgh sports, he was a diehard fan of the Univ. of Pittsburgh (Golden Panthers) & Pittsburgh Steelers. His passion for classic cars turned him into a collector of Ford Thunderbirds.
His love for travel took him & his family on countless adventures through out many parts of the world, including most recently, Italy & Africa.
Sal is, and will always be, the Patriarch of the Gaetano Family. A Man who was larger than life with a contagious personality who will be greatly missed by all who have known & met him.
Family & friends will be received Saturday 6-8 PM and Sunday 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Paul L. Henney Cremation & Funeral Tributes, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park.
A Catholic mass will be held Monday, 10:30AM at St. Louise De Marillac Church in USC. He will be laid to rest at Jefferson Memorial Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations in his Honor to Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, 212 9th St. Pgh., PA 15222 & Bethany Hospice, 875 Greentree Rd. Suite 100, Six Parkway Ctr. , Pgh., PA 15220.