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Salvatore T Azzarelli, Jr.
  • October 21, 1952
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  • April 01, 2016

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Memorial Services for Mr. Salvatore T. Azzarelli, Jr., age 63 who passed away on April 1, 2016 will be on Saturday June 11, at 4:30pm at True Bethel Church located at 907 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY  14211. He was a giant in the Hammond organ community,nationally known for his incredible knowledge.  There will be a celebration of life later that day for friends and family at 7:00pm at Tralf Music Hall at 622 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 . Sal is survived by his wife, Claudia Lewis, two step-children, Erica Malinowski and Adam Malinowski, and two children of his heart, Melissa Todd, and William Todd. Also many cousins and dear friends.  Sal is preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore T. Azzarelli, Sr. and Mary Azzarelli. He will be deeply missed.


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  1. Butch /Andy Boyuka says:
    25 Jan 2017
    Sal I just heard the bad news today from our old friend Bill Todd. We go way back when Moses wore short pants. I had moved to Houston 15 years ago and haven't spoke with him much since I moved..we had dinner with him and his wife a handful of years ago. We had a good time and a lotta laughs as usual.We shared many of the same interests. Cars and music to name a few. This news come to me with a heavy heart. I still can't believe it. You will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  2. Claudia lit a candle:
    24 Dec 2016
    Lit since December 24, 2016 at 12:47:20 PM

  3. Joe Isom says:
    13 Jun 2016
    Claudia, I never had the pleasure to meet you before moving away from Buffalo in 2012, but Sal was one of the first people outside of my work that I came to know after my wife and moved there in 1995. He became a caring friend, and I greatly enjoyed our occasional lunches together. He was such a gem of a man and would do anything for his friends. I was always in awe of his knowledge and talent. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  4. Rick Harris says:
    13 Jun 2016
    Sal was by far one of the most competent, generous and confident Hammond techs I ever knew. The Hammond community will be left with a large void for a very long time. My condolences to Claudia and family. RIP my friend.

  5. RJ Connelly says:
    12 Jun 2016
    Claudia- What a wonderful tribute to Sal this past Saturday at True Bethel. I really enjoyed the musical tribute! Those guys can really play. All those years living next door to Sal and I never really knew how important he was to the music people. I just knew him as the guy next door who "fixed" organs. I will miss the conversations we had over the back fence or sitting on our tractors side by side. He was the best of neighbors and I will always remember him pounding out a tune on the organ at his New Years parties. God Bless. RJ.

  6. Fred & Renee Abbott says:
    10 Jun 2016
    Our condolences Claudia to you and your family for the sudden loss of Sal. It was a felt felt shock to both Renee and me.
    My relationship with Sal started as a strictly business relationship. Our personal relationship grew gradually since he started to do some customized work on one of my Hammond organs. That started in 2001 as we watched and listed to the horrors of 911 together. Sal was the only Technician that could do the specialized worked that I wanted. Sal was the greatest, and he knew it. As the now late great Mohammed Ali once said, "it's not bragging, if you can back it up". Sal certainly backed it up. He also was very trustworthy on honest in all of our financial dealings. He wanted to be sure that his pricing was viewed as fair, which it always was.
    We are going to miss the dinners that Sal joined us for and the lunches at Ted's Hot Dogs, along of course with his colorful conversations.
    Sal, shared with us when he was admitted for his hospital stays. I believe it was in part because he knew that he could count on our prayers for a speedy recovery. He was appreciative of our prayer offering for him, which we were happy for. He believed that a higher power was overseeing our lives.
    Thank you "Claude" for arranging this Memorial Service and for the Celebration of Life at the Tralf Music Hall. I know that Sal would approve. (He is probably checking the equipment over right now.) What a great way to bring Sal's friends and family together and help his legacy to live on.
    May these past friendships and new friendships serve to also unite and ignite the passion of the saving Christ in all of our lives in memory of Sal's life. A life well lived.
    Fred & Renee Abbott

  7. Fred & Renee Abbott lit a candle:
    10 Jun 2016
    Lit since June 10, 2016 at 6:45:04 PM

  8. Mark Miller says:
    07 Jun 2016
    Sal - You had an uncanny ability to make everyone feel like your best friend. I thank you for being so generous with your time and knowledge. RIP my friend.

  9. Marsha Edelman lit a candle:
    07 Jun 2016
    Lit since June 7, 2016 at 6:53:24 AM

  10. Marsha Edelman says:
    07 Jun 2016
    Ming! It was an awesome friendship, always willing to listen and add your "Sal" comments. there will never be another. So sad,but always in my heart.

  11. Tim Holloran says:
    05 Jun 2016
    Sal was a prince, both personally and professionally. It seemed there was nothing that didn't interest him, from Hammond organs to classic cars, to the wise guys who roamed NYC and Providence. We spoke often, usually via email, which escalated almost immediately to a phone call. I'm happy to say that he visited my shop a few times, and always approved of what I was doing - that pat on the shoulder meant a lot. We talked a lot about life, as we shared a common concern with our respective health. I still can't believe he's no longer with us.

  12. Gary Deiboldt says:
    26 May 2016
    Sal and I discovered our love of jazz music while listening to records and jamming together down in his basement during our Kenmore East High School days.
    We joined up with the "Hard Times" band and played many gigs together and In later years, we spent time with each other working on several B3's...
    I always looked forward to the annual Christmas parties over the years too! What fun we had!!
    Sal was amazing in so many ways...Sadly, he is no longer with us, but he will forever remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Mary Ellen Kalinowski-Diehl & Larry Diehl, Decatur, GA lit a candle:
    22 May 2016
    Lit since May 22, 2016 at 5:04:45 PM

  14. Linda and Cary Dachtyl posted an image:
    15 May 2016
    Sal and me watching Joey Defrancesco at a gig in Columbus, OH. Sal was the tech on the gig, an organ summit with Joey and my good friend and colleague. Tony Monaco
    Sal and me watching Joey Defrancesco at a gig in Columbus, OH. Sal was the tech on the gig, an organ summit with Joey and my good friend and colleague. Tony Monaco

  15. Linda and Cary Dachtyl says:
    15 May 2016
    In Loving Memory of Sal Azzarelli

    A tribute to my Hammond tech and friend, Sal who I knew for 15 years and helped me to launch my jazz organ career by repairing my childhood Hammond and refurbishing two Hammonds I found through very unusual circumstances.1463291453

  16. Linda Dachtyl says:
    15 May 2016
    In Loving Memory of Sal Azzarelli (1952-2016)

    A tribute to my Hammond tech and friend, Sal who I knew for 15 years and helped me to launch my jazz organ career by repairing my childhood Hammond and refurbishing two Hammonds I found through very unusual circumstances.1463288338

  17. Steve Blair says:
    14 May 2016
    Your Hammond legacy will always live on through your friends and family.....you are now with all the other great Hammond masters of the past....

  18. Steve Blair posted an image:
    14 May 2016
    Sal checking Joey D's organ before his first jam with Jimmy Smith.  Oct, 28, 1999,  San Francisco
    Sal checking Joey D's organ before his first jam with Jimmy Smith. Oct, 28, 1999, San Francisco

  19. Pete Fallico says:
    13 May 2016
    There will ever be another like you Sal. I learned so much from you and will continue our friendship in my heart

  20. Tim and Jackie Hodges lit a candle:
    13 May 2016
    Lit since May 13, 2016 at 5:19:44 AM

  21. Mitch says:
    12 May 2016
    One for Sal

    A humorous remembrance of Sal1463032115

  22. Jalle Flodström (Sweden) says:
    11 May 2016
    Sal, you will be missed by Hammond enthusiasts all over the world. Rest in peace, you have earned it.

  23. Kevin and Karen Browning lit a candle:
    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:59:27 AM

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    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:58:24 AM

  25. Juke Fox lit a candle:
    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:13:30 AM

  26. Joey DeFrancesco says:
    11 May 2016
    Miss you brother Sal! Love you

  27. Jim Harris lit a candle:
    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:33:10 AM

  28. Joey DeFrancesco lit a candle:
    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:32:01 AM

  29. Keith H Clark says:
    11 May 2016
    RIP Sal. Keep the celestial Hammond singing until again we talk.

  30. Tony Campo says:
    11 May 2016
    RIP Sal.

  31. Jocelyn & John Raquepau lit a candle:
    11 May 2016
    Lit since May 11, 2016 at 5:33:31 AM

  32. John and Donna Kensinger lit a candle:
    10 May 2016
    Lit since May 10, 2016 at 5:35:50 PM

  33. Linda and Cary Dachtyl lit a candle:
    10 May 2016
    Lit since May 10, 2016 at 5:58:19 PM

  34. George A Davis III (Chief) says:
    10 May 2016
    Sal a great man kind, witty,very intelligent and knowledgeable. A Great Friend loyal generous. Easy. A man easy to be comfortable around and love. I Love you Sal thank you God for deciding to place Sal on this earth at a time that I could experience him, he made me a better person.

  35. George A Davis III (Chief) lit a candle:
    10 May 2016
    Lit since May 10, 2016 at 5:45:01 PM

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    10 May 2016
    Lit since May 10, 2016 at 5:44:29 PM

  37. John Doyle says:
    10 May 2016
    I've always imagined Heaven as a place with a huge pipe organ. Now that the B3 Guru has passed on, I think things may be different up there.

    RIP Sal we love ya bro!

    JD

  38. J. Bruce Woody says:
    10 May 2016
    While I never had the pleasure of personally knowing Sal, I felt like I knew him through his reputation and generosity to the Hammond community. Thank you, Sal, for sharing your knowledge in such a kind way.

  39. John Molino says:
    10 May 2016
    Sal,

    May you fix all of the Lord's organs and speakers and play beautiful music with an Angelic Choir to back you! I'll miss you my good friend....Until we meet again one day!

    God Bless you!

    -John

  40. Al Goff says:
    10 May 2016
    Claudia and family -- my sincerest condolences to you for your loss. Sal was a friend and mentor to so many of us in the Hammond organ community. He shall be missed....

  41. Geoff Williamson says:
    10 May 2016
    Sal was a long-distance friend for many years both in writing and on the telephone to me in Australia. He was so happy to help with advice and support whenever he could, and always good for a laugh. In my work I couldn't have dreamed of a better mentor who gave me confidence to start my business full-time - "stick with me kid" was his signature line to me over the phone. You're stuck in my heart Sal, big thanks buddy it was such an honour knowing you.

  42. Goff Macaraeg says:
    10 May 2016
    Godspeed Ming. You were always a brother. You will be remembered fondly.

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