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Mr. Salvatore A. Cimorelli

Obituary for Mr. Salvatore A. Cimorelli

October 9, 2021


Salvatore Anthony Cimorelli, age 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 9, 2021 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Sal was born on April 26th, 1931 in South Philadelphia, the son of the late Angelo Anthony Cimorelli and Mary Rita Cimorelli (nee Di Sabatino). He is preceded by his brother Joe and sisters Anna and Mary. He was an altar boy for many years at St. Rita's church in Philadelphia. As an adult attending Mass, if an altar boy was not available to the priest, he would step in to help.

Sal started working with his father repairing sewing machines at J. Daroff & Sons, then went on to work at General Electric (GE) Space Sciences. He attended night school at Drexel University to earn his Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering while working days at GE. Over the course of 33 years at GE, he worked as a destructive and non-destructive experimental mechanics test engineer in three GE divisions: Aerospace, Gas & Steam Turbines, and Aircraft Engines. Sal wrote three original papers, won GE's Steinmetz Award, and had one of his reports selected by GE Corporate as a model for how a company report should be written.

Sal enjoyed being active. He was a pitcher for many years in fast, semi-fast, and slow pitch softball leagues. From his late teens, he enjoyed dancing. Sal drove sports cars and rode motorcycles. He also volunteered in the children's ward at Phoenixville Hospital.
Sal was a Renaissance man. His passions were ballroom dancing, astronomy and the psychology of relationships. Usually, he danced Tuesday through Saturday. He was a ballroom dance instructor at the Church on the Mall and the Starlite Ballroom.

His intellect allowed him to adapt to a different field such as astronomy. He read many articles and books on the topic. He distilled the information and hypothesized how the galaxies were formed. A professor, who he became good friends with, worked together for several years on two papers. He presented these papers a several conferences.

Over the years Sal garnered a significant amount of knowledge on relationships. He gave talks to groups on how to communicate, cultivate, and constructively argue in personal relationships. He wished to save others emotional pain by detailing situations and interactions in a practical and relatable format. Those lessons were captured and published in two books.

Sal was a veteran of the Army, serving his country in the Korean War. After basic training he was part of the signal core from 1955 through 1956.

Sal is survived by his son Sal and daughter-in-law Amy.

It is Sal's wish to be cremated and buried with his mother and grandparents in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be held at Saint Denis Church in Havertown, Pennsylvania on October 30th. Visitation will be at 9:15 am and mass will follow at 10 am. The funeral service will also be Live Streamed on St. Denis Church home page

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