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Salvatore Vento
  • June 20, 1937
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  • March 18, 2022

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SALATORE J VENTO Born June 20, 1937 Died March 18, 2022

Mother: Josephine Tarantino, born July 27, 1899, died Oct. 1985

Father: Nicola Charles Vento, born November 4, 1891, died Nov. 1967

Born June 20, 1937 at home in South Boston. Seventh child of Josephine and Nicola Vento. His siblings are Joseph, Frank, Anthony, Connie, John and Thomas. He graduated from South Boston HS in 1955, went to barber school in Boston and enjoyed ballroom dancing with his friends.

Sal worked in his father’s barber shop in Andrew Sq. until being drafted in the army in 1960. He served two year with the 356th US Army band at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

After the army he went to Salem State College to become a business education teacher. Graduated in 1967 and began teaching at North Quincy HS for the next 34 years. In 1971 he became department head of business until retiring in 2001.

In 1974 he met the love of his life, Michael Domina and they were together for thirty years when they married in 2004 (when gay marriage became legal in MA.) They spent 32 in Braintree, MA and moved to Hull, MA which became their summer residence and wintered in Bonita Springs, FL starting in 2005. Sal died peacefully at home, during a full moon in the arms of his soulmate.


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  1. Michael Domina posted an image:
    14 May 2022
    I just got this one, it was his Salem State graduation photo.
    I just got this one, it was his Salem State graduation photo.

  2. Robin & Paul Mahoney lit a candle:
    23 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 23, 2022 at 4:38:39 PM

  3. Richard A. Salvati lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:31:36 PM

  4. Wayne J Jordan says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Salvi a true gentleman, a man of his word that's for sure !! Met ya shortly after you and Mike got together, the fun times we all shared goes down in the history books. All the teasing you took from me, you handled so well, you'll always be in my heart !! All the years we had as friends I'll always cherish !! Love you deeply and always !!
    Wayne-O !!

  5. Debbie Alsebai says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Thanks for sharing the pictures Michael! The love between you radiates through! So glad you found each other. Sending hugs to comfort you. <3

  6. Debbie Alsebai says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Love the pictures Michael! Such a loving couple. So thankful you found each other. So sorry for your loss. Sal was such a great looking gentle soul that will be missed. <3. My thoughts are with you.

  7. Theresa Maltz says:
    04 Apr 2022
    Sal,

    You are one of the finest men I ever met in my life. Kind, loving a true heart of gold. Will always remember our dinners at Carol's, bocci games in the backyard and just the wonderful friendship. Mike my heart aches for you in this loss but know the wonderful memories you have will sustain you and Sal will always be with you in your heart and in the beautiful art. Sending you love always.

    Theresa Maltz

  8. Mikaela Kelliher lit a candle:
    04 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 4, 2022 at 4:13:00 PM

  9. Mikaela Kelliher lit a candle:
    04 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 4, 2022 at 4:12:05 PM

  10. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    From top left: Tony, Joe, Dad, Frank, Tom, lower left: John & Sal
    From top left: Tony, Joe, Dad, Frank, Tom, lower left: John & Sal

  11. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    The life of the party
    The life of the party

  12. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Hug time
    Hug time

  13. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Practicing his flute
    Practicing his flute

  14. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    The brothers band
    The brothers band

  15. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Michael & Sal with Taran and Tino<br />
Sal's mothers maiden name was Tarantino
    Michael & Sal with Taran and Tino
    Sal's mothers maiden name was Tarantino

  16. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Started teaching at North Quincy HS
    Started teaching at North Quincy HS

  17. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Recent gathering of friends
    Recent gathering of friends

  18. Michael Domina posted an image:
    04 Apr 2022
    Sal's mom & dad at his Salem State graduation
    Sal's mom & dad at his Salem State graduation

  19. Steve Wilson says:
    01 Apr 2022
    Sal,
    Love you man. Always felt like you walked in loyalty to your friends and church. Always loved your soft and thoughtful demeanor.
    I will miss you and watch the Patriots with you in mind.

    Steve W

  20. Steve Wilson says:
    01 Apr 2022
    Sal,
    I will always hold you in respect. A guy loyal to his church and the people that surround him. I always felt you lived with gratitude and enjoyed your company. Love you man. I'll miss you and watch the Patriots with you in mind.

    Rev. Steve

  21. Thomas Walsh says:
    01 Apr 2022
    I will always hold Sal in my heart. He was a man of great humor and generosity with openness to all he met. I was with him when he passed and, while overcome with emotion, all I could think of were the words of the old Negro spiritual “Far Side Banks of Jordan”…
    “I believe my steps are growin’ wearier each day
    Still I’ve got another journey on my mind
    Lures of this old world have ceased to make me wanna stay
    And my one regret is leavin’ you behind

    But if it proves to be his will that I am first to go
    And somehow I’ve a feelin’ it will be so
    When it comes your time to travel likewise, don’t feel lost
    For I will be the first one that you see

    And I’ll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan
    I’ll be sitting drawing pictures in the sand
    And when I see you coming, I will rise up with a shout
    And come running through the shallow waters, reaching for your hand…”

  22. Ruth and James Smith says:
    31 Mar 2022
    Sal has always been a friend and big brother to both of us. You will be missed by all who knew you. We will cherish all the memories of the times we shared together. We know you are home now, and we look forward to seeing you again in paradise. Love you.

  23. Sarah Ellstrom says:
    31 Mar 2022
    The Ellstrom and Kearns family loved Sal very much. Talking with him at church during Pot lucks and coffee hour and listening to him sing in the choir brought us so much joy. He will definitely be missed. Sending you love Mike from our family to yours *virtual hugs*

  24. Cora & Barbara Madrid says:
    31 Mar 2022
    We will miss you darling man. You were always lovely to us. Thank you for being you.
    Cora & Barbara

  25. Alicia Jaromin says:
    31 Mar 2022
    All the love to you! Sal was an amazing man whom I had the pleasure to have known.
    XOXOXOXOXO
    From Alicia (and Nikki)

  26. Connie Corrado says:
    31 Mar 2022
    There are no words to say how heartbroken I am over the loss of my brother Sal. He was the kindest and most gentle person. I have the most wonderful memories of him from our childhood. He was always so good to everyone. He was a great brother. Sal will be so missed by all and my lover for him will always be.
    Your sister Connie

  27. Kristine Corrado says:
    31 Mar 2022
    Uncle Sal was a wonderful caring man. He will be missed dearly.

    Michael, we are very sorry for your loss.
    Sending all our love,
    Richie, Kristine, Richard, Kailyn & E.B.

  28. Nancy Sweeney says:
    31 Mar 2022
    Sal was a wonderful light that has gone out. The world will be a sadder place without him.

  29. Richie Corrado says:
    31 Mar 2022
    Uncle Sal touched so many lives. He was a kind, caring gentleman. I have so many fond memories from childhood to adulthood. I was fortunate to call you uncle and godfather. I have comfort knowing that Michael was by your side and took such good care of you.
    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Until we meet again- Richie

  30. Patricia M Guinta says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Sal was such a special person that Sam and I were able to share sometime with
    after meeting Michael when I first started taken Art classes.
    Many great memories of fish dinners at our house and dinners at their home in Spring Creek
    loved the Jazz concerts at Riverside Park with the Boys
    Love always to you Michael
    Patty and Sam Guinta

  31. Michele Solar says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Sal Vento was not only my Uncle but my Godfather. He happened to be stationed near our home in Virginia when I was born. He always took an interest in my life. He was kind, sweet, and caring. He will be missed. Michael I am so sorry for your loss. You both loved each other so easily.

  32. Nanci Jaye says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Such a lovely man. So glad that you were able to be together. Love!

  33. Andrew & Kathy Prarce says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Very grateful to have known Sal. He always made us feel welcome and relaxed in his presence.
    He was a talented musician and dedicated school teacher.
    Our condolences to Michael and all of Sal's other loved ones.

  34. Priscilla Beadle says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Usually I am not at a loss of words, but Lois Murphy had the same experiences and feelings about Sal as I did--read her comments near the top of the Wall page. I am grateful I knew Sal during my ten years in Hull. How I loved visiting their home on the rocks! Laughing and sharing stories with Sal and Michael. May you rest in peace, Sal. May God bless and keep you, Michael.

  35. Theresa & Paul Girard says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Michael,
    We were honored to call Sal a good friend.
    He was the kindest and most lovable man.
    His spirit will live in our hearts always.
    We will both miss him dearly,
    Love, Paul & Theresa

  36. Tamara lit a candle:
    30 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 30, 2022 at 3:53:08 PM

  37. Tamara says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Sal,
    We were very lucky to know you. You are missed!
    Love,
    Tamara and Guy

  38. Diane Daren and Loretta OConnor says:
    30 Mar 2022
    It was my good fortune to meet Sal in 1967. He has been my dearest friend for over 50 years. He and Michael have been such great friends, partners in our early ventures to Loretta and me. We will miss Sal and remember him with love for the rest of our years

  39. Barb Haven says:
    30 Mar 2022
    I'm so glad I had the honor to know Sal. He will be greatly missed for his warm personality as well as his big warm smile. My heart breaks for me and his loved ones. Rest In Peace.

  40. Marion Ringquist says:
    30 Mar 2022
    March 30, 2022. A wonderful man, a very good spirit. Generous, kind, a ready smile, quick witted, and a huge heart. Just a few descriptions fitting for Sal Vento. He leaves all of us with huge holes in our souls, but so much richer for having known him. He is free of pain, his battle is over, he us whole, he is home. I will miss him. Rest well, Sal.

  41. Lawrence Keough says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Meet Sal in 1988 when I was transferred to NQHS. He was great guy. He became a friend and I was happy to know him.
    May you Rest in Peace.

  42. Lois Murphy says:
    30 Mar 2022
    It was my good fortune to be present at the marriage of my dear friend and art teacher Michael and Sal. A dearer partner a man could not have. Sal was kind, warm, generous, always there to assist Michael during art classes in their home serving snacks, beverages and goodness. He worked tirelessly to develop beautiful gardens surrounding their home and it was such a pleasure to watch Michael and he glow as we walked the gardens. My life is richer for having shared Sal with Michael.

  43. paul vento says:
    30 Mar 2022
    I will cherish all of my memories of my dear uncle SALvatore. A nicer person can not be found and i will miss him so very much.
    May you sit with the Lord and all your loved ones now and forever .

  44. James T. Murphy says:
    30 Mar 2022
    Met Sal in 1964 as a fellow commuter to Salem State College. A kinder, gentler man you will never find. He was my boss for 30 years and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be missed and remembered by all.

  45. Ross and Nancy Edwards says:
    30 Mar 2022
    We loved Sal and wll miss him very much.

    Ross and Nancy Edwards

  46. Lauren M McGrath says:
    30 Mar 2022
    What a beautiful summary of Sal’s life!!! I am pleased to add he was not only a super teacher but a very talented musician and singer. My friend and his talents shared with the Braintree All Souls Choir will be deeply missed!!! Every day, along with my neighbors, we enjoy his loving spirit seen through the magnificent magenta colors plant he gave us which makes every one smile.
    Love you always - Mike & Sal.

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