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SCPD Mourns The Loss Of Officer Salvatore Mingoia

SCPD Mourns Loss of Active Member

Police Officer Salvatore MingoiaThe Suffolk County Police Department is mourning the loss of active duty Police Officer Salvatore Mingoia who died early this week after a nearly two-year battle with lymphoma.

Officer Mingoia joined the department in April 1987 and spent his career in the Fifth and Sixth Precincts, Property Section and most recently, Crime Scene Section, where he has been assigned since February 2008. Before joining the department, Officer Mingoia, one of seven children, graduated from Centereach High School where he ran track and field. As an adult, he earned his associates degree from Suffolk County Community College.

Officer Mingoia was a lifelong music-lover and an avid musician. As a kindergartener, he brought his guitar to school for show and tell. Officer Mingoia was a member of numerous cover bands playing the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor and others. Mingoia, a Shoreham resident, is survived by his wife of 27 years, Denise, and two daughters, Samantha, 25, and Gina, 19.

Police Officer Salvatore Mingoia, wife Denise and daughters Samantha and Gina“He was the nicest person in the world,” Samantha Mingoia said of her father. “He always had time for everyone. He was always telling jokes, never stopped making jokes. He was our world. I don’t know what we are going to do. I don’t know what a day is going to look like now.

She added, “He’s tough, he always did what he had to do for us. I think his battle with cancer was that he didn’t want to lose the fight for us. He fought for his own life but so much of it was for us.”

Officers Mangoia’s work family echoes the sentiments of his always pleasant personality.

“He was a tremendous man,” said Sgt. Arthur Hughes, who worked with Officer Mingoia for more than 30 years. “He was a sweetheart of a man. Everyone loves Sal; you can’t say anything bad about him. Anytime there was a fundraiser or anyone needed help, he was there. He would use his music, playing free of charge, at fundraisers, just trying to help anyway he could. He couldn’t do enough for his community.”

“He was truly one of the nice guys,” said Detective Lieutenant Darrel Simmons, Mingoia’s first partner. “A great guy with a great attitude. Always upbeat, always smiling, always happy. Sal, you were loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure!”

“Even while enduring his personal battle with cancer, Officer Mingoia continued to serve the department and his community with distinction,” Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said. “His perseverance in the face of adversity embodies the spirit and dedication of all our police officers. On behalf of the entire Suffolk County Police Department, it was an honor and a privilege to work alongside Officer Mingoia. His life and service will never be forgotten.”

“Sal Mingoia was not only a valuable and productive member of our department, he was a caring, generous and uplifting individual who inspired those around him with his dedication to family and community,” Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said.


Death Notice - Charles Tomasello


TOMASELLO - Charles, of Sayville, NY on September 17, 2017 at the age of 85. They Shall Not Be Forgotten. Proud Veteran United States Army. Retired Attorney and former Suffolk County District Court Judge.Loving father of Mark, Andrew and Christine. Cherished grandfather of Jaclyn, Julia, Mark and Frankie. Dear brother of the late Robert. Prayer Service was celebrated at the funeral home. Interment followed with military honors at Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com



Death Notice - Stanley Zajdel


ZAJDEL-Stanley, of St. James, NY, on September 22, 2017 at the age of 90. Proud WWII Veteran U.S. Navy, Retired Physical Education teacher at Commack South High School and former football coach at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy & C.W. Post. Stanley lived the life of Christ in his service to helping others. Beloved husband of the late Audrey. Loving father of Paula Davey, Ruth Ann Greenbaum, the late Amy, Mark (Rose), Scott (Carmella), Dana (Colin) Ingarozza, Gloria (John) Vetter, the late Teddy, and Mary (Matthew) Reinhard. Cherished grandfather of 24 and great-grandfather of 7.Funeral Mass was Celebrated at Sts. Philip & James R.C. Church, St. James, NY. Interment services was private. In Memory of Stanley Zajdel, Please make donations to the L.I. State Veteran’s Home, 100 Patriots Way, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com


Death Notice - Richard George Pette


Pette, Richard George, 69 of Nesconset, NY on September 23, 2017, after a lengthy and steady fight with cancer. Richard was born in Rockville Center, NY. Richard is survived by his two daughters Kristine Schwartz of Marietta, GA and Sharon Pette of New York City and his only son Dennis Pette of Smithtown, NY. Richard also had five grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Richard worked in the beverage industry for over 40 years, He enjoyed visiting with the lifelong childhood friends, spending time at the race track, and with his grandchildren. He was a man of few words but was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Richard is preceded in death by his brothers Jay and Harry. His family has chosen to honor Richard’s wishes and refrain from any formal funeral ceremony. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Hawkins & Davis Funeral Home. Online guest book at hawkinsanddavisfh.com


Obituary - Olive Elizabeth Sachman