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Salvatore Librizzi

October 4, 1918 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 103)


     Salvatore Librizzi passed peacefully on April 9, 2022. He is survived by his daughter Nina Riccio of Little Silver and her spouse Ronald, his son Salvatore of Manasquan and his spouse Eva, his son Joseph of Howell and his spouse Maryann, eight Grandchildren, and seven Great-Grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Antonina and Giuseppe, his spouse of 67 years, Francesca, and his nine siblings.
     Sal was born on October 4, 1918, in Capo d'Orlando, a small town in Sicily. He spent his earliest years playing soccer, swimming in the Mediterranean, picking lemons, and learning from his mother how to cook uniquely Sicilian food. At age 12 he became a barber.
     In 1936 he migrated to America and settled with his parents and siblings in downtown Jersey City. He worked at a barber shop and at his father's produce store where he became skilled at selecting fruits and vegetables, especially cantaloupe and watermelons. He soon became known as "Sal The Barber".
     Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor Sal joined the Army. Six months later he became an American citizen. During the War he served in both the European and Pacific theaters. After the War he returned to Jersey City and resumed his work as a barber and helper at the produce store.
     In 1948 he met the love of his life, Francesca Carpenito, at a Jersey City Church dance. It was love at first sight. They were married a few months after they met. For the next 55 years Sal and his brother Domenic operated Librizzi's Barber Shop on the corner of Ege and West Side in Jersey City. Their shop was a gathering place for persons from all walks of life. Discussions at the shop were always lively, especially when it came to sports. Of course, Joe DiMaggio was a god. No one was permitted to ever say a bad word about "Joe D". The same was true for "Yogi" and the "Scooter". 
     Sal was always the best-looking person no matter the gathering. He was as handsome as Caesar Romero. He was an avid Yankees fan and enjoyed crabbing with his brothers. He played the lottery and the numbers every day; always promising to share his expected big hit with his children. They're still waiting. He also liked the ponies. On his 100th birthday he lamented that he could no longer bet his age as a daily- double combination. 
     Sal loved to cook. His meatballs are incomparable, and his recipe has been passed on to the lucky ones.
     Sal's long life has been one filled with love. He loved his family. He loved his friends. He loved his God. And he loved his country. When he sang "God Bless America" it wasn't in the best of English, but no one sang the words with more feeling. He was proud to be an Italian American.  
Sal was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. Emerson's words aptly describe Sal's life. He "laughed often and much" and enjoyed the "respect of intelligent people and the affection of children". Because he lived, every person whose life he touched was made better. 
Family and friends may visit Tuesday, April 12th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00am at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad Street, Red Bank, followed by entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Road, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Salvatore’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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April 12, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
John E. Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Avenue
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

April 13, 2022

10:00 AM to TBD
St. James RC Church
94 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701


Mt Olivet Cemetery


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