Orazio S. Fontana (Sal), 92, of Staten Island, formerly of Scilla Reggio Calabria, Italy, passed away peacefully at Addeo Hospice House on November 30, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Concetta (née Fameli) for 66 years; loving father of Anthony Fontana, his wife Joy, Anna D'Agostino, her husband Robert, William Fontana, his wife Karen and Dino Fontana; cherished grandfather of Toniann, Christine, Michael, Bobby, Alyssa, Jessica and Christopher. Loving Great Grandfather of Ashlee, Christian, Jordan, Donald "DJ", Anthony, Cole and Christopher; devoted son of Antonio and Anna Fontana. His brother The late Frank Fontana, his wife Mary. His sister in law the late Nancy Rocco and her husband Angelo. Brothers Rocco, Dominick and his Sister Giuseppina. Also survived by many nieces and nephews
Mr Fontana was born in Scilla Reggio Calabria in 1927, and came to America in July of 1951. He moved to Mulberry Street in Little Italy where he met his wife Concetta Fameli . They married in 1953 and settled in Staten Island, where they raised four children. They have been living in the same home for 66 years. For 38 years he was employed by various different construction companies. At the time of his retirement at age 62, he was employed by the Gambino Construction Company as a foreman. He was in the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council.
He loved great Italian food, Red Wine and seafood. He enjoyed his wife's cooking, especially her sauce, meatballs, sausage and braciole. He enjoyed watching Italian Soccer, Yankees, playing cards, and back in the day loved watching the fights, especially Bruno Sammartino. He enjoyed watching The Godfather movies and game shows. When he was younger he and his wife loved to go for long walks together.
He loved going back to Italy to visit his family and going to the beach on the Caribbean Islands.
For many years his passion was his garden and he grew the most delicious fruits and vegetables.
He always enjoyed a family get together and wedding. He and his brother Frank would always start the tarantella dance.
He will be missed terribly by his family.
Funeral from the Matthew Funeral Home, Inc., 2508 Victory Boulevard, on Wednesday, 12/4, departing at 10:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Roch's R.C. Church at 11 am. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit on Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.