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Croton Fire Department Mourns Loss Of 73-Year Member Salvatore Vasta

Salvatore J. Vasta, Jr., 89, of Croton-on-Hudson
Salvatore J. Vasta, Jr., 89, of Croton-on-Hudson Photo Credit: Contributed

Salvatore J. Vasta, Jr. of Croton-on-Hudson, a longtime member of the Croton Fire Department, died on Saturday, Nov. 11. He was 89.

A 73-year member and former captain of the Harmon Engine Company No. 3, Vasta married his wife Patricia In 1951, and together they raised nine children.

A master mason for most of his life, Vasta also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and lived in Croton-on-Hudson his entire life. In 2008, Croton-Harmon High School presented Vasta with a high school diploma.

Vasta was also a member of IUOE Local 137, The Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout Troop 25, and The Holy Name of Mary Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; brother Frank; children: Sally (Robert); Thomas (Leslie); Robert (Kathy); Anthony (Carol Ann); Salvatore (Linda); Frank (Renee);  Joseph (Pennie);  Michael (Sharon), and Patricia; 15 grandchildren: Anthony, Kenneth, Jill, Robert, Mary-Katherine, Meredith, Benjamin, Christopher, Amanda, Madison, Mason, Nicholas, Ava, and Leeanna. Also, three great-grandchildren: Keegan, Makayla, Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Josephine, brother Angelo, and granddaughter Rachel Antunovich.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m., at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Holy Name of Mary Church, Croton. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery in Ossining.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Holy Name of Mary Church or the Boy Scouts of America.

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