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July 17, 1933 – November 21, 2021

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Salvatore Gumina
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Obituary for Salvatore Gumina

Salvatore Gumina, Jr., 88 years young, died in the Hospice Unit of the West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System on November 21, 2021 after a brief illness. A celebration of life mass will be held Saturday, June 4th at 11 a.m. at Holy Child Church, 4747 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10312. Family will receive guests following the service.

He is survived by partner Barbara Spodeck; sons Richard Rober (mother Angie), Salvatore Gumina and Edward Gumina (mother Mimi); grandchildren Elizabeth, Victoria, David, Sophia, Josephine, Matthew, Sara, Michael, Mason, Gavin, Sienna, Malcolm, Amelia and Henry ; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Frank Gumina, his mother Josephine Pizzino Gumina, his father Salvatore Gumina, Sr., sisters Grace Plumitallo and Joann Scanapico, brother Frank Gumina and brother in law Lou Plumitallo.

Born in New York City, on July 17, 1933, Salvatore and his family later moved to Brooklyn, and then Florida. He always valued and protected his loved ones. He cherished new experiences and traveling the world with the U.S. Merchant Marine, and served his county in the United States Army.

Salvatore was an avid swimmer, high diver, scuba diver, sailor and pilot. He taught martial arts and practiced Judo. He was a 4th degree black belt in Karate. Athletic and fit, he swam almost every day of his life. He taught swimming and taught his children, grandchildren and many other family members to swim and sail. He loved to dance and taught ballroom dancing for Arthur Murray.

A great storyteller, not always adhering strictly to the facts, he was the life of the party and maintained his positive outlook throughout his life and he always put a smile on everyone’s face. He loved south Florida and moved there as soon as he was able. The last 30 years of his life he was an active resident of Century Village in West Palm Beach.

The family extends their thanks to the great staff of the West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System for the wonderful care that he received while in Palm Beach.

Contributions should be made out to the West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System (135) and sent to the James Funeral Home, 527 Center Street, Bethlehem, 18018, that is also handling the arrangements.

Service Information

Saturday, June 4th, 2022 11:00am
Holy Child R. C. Church
4747 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY 10312

Interment Information

Interment Extra Info
Burial of Cremated Remains will be private.
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