Rinaldi, Salvator Charles

Salvator Charles Rinaldi: A Generous Spirit with a Zest for Life

Salvator Charles Rinaldi, a man known for his kindness and boundless generosity, passed away on April 16, 2024. Born on July 7, 1944, in Mount Kisco, New York. Sal, as everyone called him, lived a life brimming with compassion for people and animals alike.

Sal’s genuine interest in others was evident in his signature question, “What’s your story?” He possessed a remarkable ability to see the good in everyone and was always the first to offer a helping hand.

His early years were filled with athletic pursuits. Sal graduated from Carmel High School in 1962, where he excelled on both the baseball diamond and wrestling mat, fostering a competitive spirit that stayed with him throughout his life. He continued his education at Dutchess College and remained a lifelong New Yorker, his heart forever loyal to his beloved Yankees.

Those close to Sal, will remember his unique quirks – a fondness for toothpicks and classic American muscle cars, and a fascination with iconic figures like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Al Capone. The 1970s and 80s saw Sal training and driving sulky racehorses up and down the East Coast. Weaving his love for harness racing into the fabric of his life, he cultivated cherished friendships, especially with legends Michel and Hervé.

Sal was predeceased by his parents, James and Rose (Gagliardi) Rinaldi, his brother James, stepson Bill Lewis, granddaughter Logan, and his beloved dog, Moose. He leaves behind a loving family who will forever hold him dear: his daughter Teresa and her mother Ellen Lewis; stepchildren Kim Rachiele (Anthony) and Matthew Lewis (Carol); grandchildren Sara, Billy, Michael, Emily, Anthony, Lilly, and Mason; sister Roseann Cerovac (Howard); sister-in-law Lila; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Sal’s generosity extended far beyond his family. He was a man who gave freely, always offering rides or a cup of coffee to a stranger in need. He never forgot a birthday and ensured those around him felt remembered with a thoughtful treat, often a delicious all-chocolate milkshake from the Charcoal Pit. Ever the protector, he never let his daughter pump her own gas, a small gesture that spoke volumes of his love.

He leaves behind a loving family and a legacy of kindness, compassion, and a light that never truly set.

See you in the midnight sun.

Friends may call on Monday, April 22, 2024, from 11:00-12:00 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road,) Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial will held on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 12:00 noon at Maple Avenue Cemetery, 1062 NY 311, Patterson, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral cost. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com.

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