Anthony "Tony"'s Story
Former Salem Mayor Anthony V. Salvo, age 89, of Salem, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Salem Hospital, following a brief illness.
Tony, as he was known, was the devoted husband of Lillian M. (Campbell). He was the son of the late Frank and Maria (Rizzotti) Salvo.
Tony was a lifelong resident of Salem. He attended Salem Public Schools, graduating from Salem High School in 1947. He earned an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a graduate degree in education from Salem State University.
Tony was the 1st Italian-American to be elected Mayor of Salem. He served from 1984 to 1989. Among his many accomplishments, he balanced the budget each year, no employees were laid off, and he was especially proud of the fact that he left $6 million in the “rainy day” fund for his successor.
Prior to being elected Mayor, Tony was a longtime teacher at Salem High School. In his early years of teaching, he taught in Salem, New Hampshire and Reading, Mass. He owned and operated Salvo’s Auto Driving School for many years. For a brief period, he served as a police officer with his brothers, S. Steve and Ralph Salvo.
A veteran of the Korean War, Tony served in the Army, as a cook. He was a lifelong member of the Christopher Columbus Society and the Sons of Italy, Romano Lodge #1200.
As a member of the Salem Council on Aging Writer’s Group, he shared his memories of growing up in Salem in the book “Personal Perspectives of a Changing Salem." He loved Salem and was committed to it.
Among his hobbies and interests, Tony loved to cook, spend many hours working in his garden, and taking walks along Winter Island with his wife Lillian. He also was a prolific painter. His paintings were shown at various places in Salem.
Tony will be remembered for his caring personality and gentle soul. Family meant a lot to him. He will not only be missed by his family, but by his many friends, especially friends that he met at McDonald’s every morning.
Besides his loving wife Lillian, to whom he was married for 53 years, he is survived by his sister, Loretta Nolan and her husband, Frank, of Danvers, sister-in-law, Patricia Salvo, widow of S. Steve Salvo, Deborah Simpson, Andrew Currie, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Pauline Lojko and her husband, John, Beatrice Menici and her husband, Carl and Josephine Sultzbach and her husband, David; brothers Ralph F. Salvo and his wife, Catherine and S. Steve Salvo.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, May 26, from 4 to 8 pm, at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem, Mass. His funeral will be held at Ste. Anne Parish, 290 Jefferson Avenue, Salem, Mass. on Saturday, May 27 at 11 am, followed by interment at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem.
The family would like to thank the staff at Care Dimensions, especially his Nurse, Katheryne Swenbeck for the exceptional care given to Tony.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the charity of your choice. For his guest book or additional information, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  May 24, 2017