Our sweet, beloved "Uncle Virg" passed away on Saturday, June 10th, just hours before his 84th birthday.
Virgilio Sala was born on June 11, 1933 to Antonio and Angelina Sala, immigrants from Italy who arrived at Ellis Island into the arms of the Statue of Liberty, and made their home in Garfield, New Jersey.
Virgil was the youngest of three brothers. His mother lovingly and accurately referred to them as Mario, "the good boy", Alfredo, "the beauty boy", and Virgilio, "ay yi yi!".
Virg enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952, and began his 22 year military career. He later married Jacqueline Painter, and together they traveled the world as Naval personnel. Virg retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1974.
He and Jackie made their home in Missouri, and later in Toms River, New Jersey. Virg was widowed in 2000, and came to Cincinnati to be close to his brother and family.
Virg had many passions. He was a voracious reader, and he loved to travel, making countless trips to Italy over the years, and visiting all 50 states. He did an enormous amount of genealogy work for our family. He enjoyed Broadway plays, classical music, the beach, and Fernbank Park. He loved all things baseball, the New York Giants, good cigars, dark chocolate, and sharing stories of his past. He disliked Eli Manning, shirts without a pocket, golf, and cold weather.
He was a wonderful Patriarch of our family - numero uno en La Famiglia Sala. He loved generations of nieces and nephews with the tenderness of a grandpa. He loved countless friends with the loyalty of a brother. All who knew him delighted in him - a life well lived - a soul never to be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Uncle Virg. Our memories are a treasure.
We love you...