Benito Salafia, age 79, of Paterson passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 7, 2017. He was born on November 18, 1938 in Melilli, Sicily.
Benito started working at an early age as a crane operator in Sicily, building refineries. He met his wife Teresa & they were married in 1961. They came to America in 1962 & settled in Paterson, where they raised their four children. Within several years, he started his own company, Salafia Roofing & Siding, a pioneer in the business who helped launch many careers. He was a sports car enthusiast, loved the outdoors & especially being at the beach. He demonstrated a love for life & family like no other and fought with the same passion until the very end.
His smile, laughter & presence brought happiness to all who knew him & he will be missed dearly. His legacy is one to be remembered, and will continue to be cherished for generations to come.
He was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in Paterson, a member of the Solarino American Society and a member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.
He is survived by his beloved wife: Teresa (Calafiore) Salafia.
Devoted father to Ida & her husband Tito Hernandez, Sal Salafia & his wife Amy, Joe Salafia & his wife Mary & Rosanna Salafia & Joe Romano.
Cherished grandfather to Jacqueline, Jessica, Gianni, Joseph , Charlotte, Bella, Selina, Sal Jr., Gino & Joseph.
He is also survived by his brothers, Vincenzo, Angelo, Santino, Nazzareno F. & sisters Lucia, Vittoria, Marinella & Candida P.
as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended relatives & friends.
He was predeceased by his mother & father Agata & Salvatore and brothers Sebastiano and Ottavio.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Monday, December 11 at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 308 6th Avenue, Paterson, NJ. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.