Salvatore C. Proto, 93 of Wallingford, formerly of Hamden, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2012.
Mr. Proto was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ciaburri Proto. He leaves behind his three loving daughters: Judi (Nick) Starno of North Haven, Susan (Paul) Marino of Wallingford and Sallyann (Matt) Gill of North Haven, as well as six beloved grandchildren: David (Jie) Starno, Carey (Gary) Bisbee, Michael Marino, Kim (Anthony) Saldamarco, Kyle Samuel and Ellis Gill.
He also leaves his adored great grandchild Nicholas Saldamarco, and dear sister Rose "Dolly" Ryan of North Haven. Mr. Proto was predeceased by four brothers: Frank, Benny and Cosmo Proto and Phillip Madonna.
Mr. Proto was born in New Haven on July 13, 1919, the oldest son of Alfonso and Maddalena DiChiaro Proto. He worked as a printer for thirty years at the former Wilson H. Lee Co. of Orange.
He also gave many years of service to the Knights of Columbus Carmel Council 3605 of Hamden, serving for much of that time as its financial secretary. In his later years he volunteered repairing and adapting equipment for Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge of North Haven.
Parishoners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will remember Sal as an usher for 50 years.
Mr. Proto's funeral procession will leave Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 9:15 a.m. from the Torello-Iacobucci Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will ensue at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hamden.
The Proto family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may bemade to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.