Jan. 1, 1923 – Aug. 24, 2018
Norman Vincent Salamone owned a waterproofing company, but he found joy in the arts — music, drawing and painting and most of all, film and photography.
Mr. Salamone, 95, died Aug. 24 in the rehab unit at Elderwood at Williamsville, where he had lived for about a month.
He was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Sutera, Sicily, Italy, the second child of Charles and Maddalena (Paladino) Salamone.
His father immigrated to the United States in 1924 and worked in construction. Five years later, he brought his wife and children, Jennie, 8, and Norman, 6, to join him in Buffalo, where the family lived on Seventh Street.
Mr. Salamone worked at the Statler Hotel as an elevator operator and in the mill at Bethlehem Steel before enlisting in the U.S. Army on Jan. 9, 1943. He served with the 581st Quartermaster Sales Company in Europe, including a campaign in Northern France. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.
After returning to civilian life, Mr. Salamone met Lucille Claire Scamurra at an event at Kleinhans Music Hall and they were married on Sept. 6, 1947. The couple had three children, Catherine, Charles and James. They lived in Cheektowaga before moving to Amherst in the early 1970s.
Mr. Salamone opened Salamone Waterproofing and operated that business until he retired in 1999.
Although he had no formal artistic or musical training, "He was really into anything to do with the arts," said his daughter, Catherine Alexander. In his free time, he enjoyed photography, film, music, drawing and painting.
"He just loved photography," she said. "When we were children he had a projection room in the basement and would show children's movies" to his own and neighborhood children, complete with a real projection screen. "We'd all sit there in chairs and watch," she said.
He also enjoyed making home movies of family events, and his daughter recalled Mr. Salamone, at her wedding, giving her uncle last-minute instructions on how to shoot the footage as he prepared to walk her down the aisle.
"Every new camcorder that came out, he had to get one," said Alexander. "He loved everything and anything about motion pictures and photography."
An aficionado of old movies and an avid member of the Buffalo Cinema Club for years, he was awarded lifetime membership in 2007.
Mr. Salamone was a talented artist who could produce a quick pencil sketch of a person on the spot and enjoyed painting landscapes after he retired. He could play piano by ear and enjoyed playing easy-listening tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, Alexander said. He was also an avid card player, completing many games of solitaire and playing rummy with family and friends.
He was a longtime member of St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst.
After 66 years of marriage, Mrs. Salamone died on Feb. 7, 2014.
Besides his daughter and sons Charles and James, Mr. Salamone is survived by four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Amherst Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive at Hopkins Road, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Gregory the Great Church, 250 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.