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Salvatore A. Darigo, Sr.

Obituary for Salvatore A. Darigo, Sr.

October 17, 1940 - July 10, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 80

Loving Husband, Father, and Local Legend


Salvatore A. Darigo, Sr, 80, of Philadelphia died July 10, 2021 at Nazareth VITAS Hospice. He was born October 17, 1940 to the late Thomas and the late Elizabeth Darigo. He is the beloved husband of more than 55 years to Deanna Darigo (nee – Minick); father of Salvatore Darigo, Jr. and his fiancée Jeannette Cartwright and Rosemary Darigo and her husband Marvin Pittman; brother of Thomas Darigo and his wife Evelyn and Richard Darigo; he is also survived by a loving extended family.

Sal was raised and educated in Philadelphia, a graduate of Lincoln Preparatory High School and later from barber school. After trade school, Sal answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. In his early working years, Sal could be found at the family business, Darigo's Fish and Seafood Market in Philadelphia's famed Italian Market, and it was his father's idea for him to obtain his Barbering License "so he'd always have a skill to fall back on." Though he didn't immediately have a need for those particular skills as he enlisted in Philadelphia Police Academy and went on to have a long and storied career in various capacities on the force, his father's words would still ring true later in his life. During his 20 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, Sal served in multiple departments including on a foot beat and with Highway Patrol. Even after retirement from the force, Sal kept himself busy, continually juggling three jobs, though his main focus at that point became his uncle's glazing and residential glass business which he inherited, taking on the moniker of The Glassman. He also kept his scissors sharp over the years, providing coverage to friends at their barber shops as well as at the ready for family or friends that needed a cut.

Sal had always had an interest in the arts, specifically in film, acting, and writing. Authoring prolific volumes of short stories, plays, and even a one-man show on the life of Frank Rizzo, Sal had more than 20 copywrites registered with the Library of Congress with the help of his son, Sal, Jr. All of these interests intersected when a close friend took him along to be an extra on a film shoot. Suddenly Sal was behind the scenes, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bruce Willis and Mark Wahlberg, and watching the magic happen in real time. He was featured in such films as 12 Monkeys, Oceans 12, Transformers, The Irishman, Creed, The Sixth Sense, Invincible, and the Happening, and in television on The Sopranos, Law and Order: SVU, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as in other commercials and plays along the way. He was so well-liked and respected in these positions that after joining the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Sal was elected to office within the organization. Sal's authentic "South Philadelphia Italian" heritage was a boon to him on set as actors picked his brain and attempted to learn the Philadelphia accent from the genuine article. His barbering abilities came back to light on the set of The Irishman where Sal's character, naturally a barber, was between takes though still with another extra in his chair. A hush fell around the set as Martin Scorsese approached the pair, and without missing a beat, Sal's quick wit and friendly demeanor had a smile on the legendary director's face as Sal quipped, "Hey, pal, you're up next!"

When not on the job, Sal was a dedicated family man, married to his wife Deanna for more than 55 years and raising their family together. He was also a dog lover and the entire family adored Trixie and Patches. In his free time, Sal was involved at the liberty Bell Coin Club, and an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and spending time with the family at the Conewaugo Rod & Gun Club in Elizabethtown, PA.

Relatives and friends are invited to Sal's Life Celebration on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. and Funeral Services beginning 1:00 P.M. including Military Honors by the United States Air Force, a detail from the Fraternal Order of Police, a Masonic Service, and religious services by Rev. Randy Brubaker. At the John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154. Interment will be private.
The family hopes that charitable donations in Sal's name will be made to the VITAS Hospice at Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19152.

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  • The family hopes that charitable donations in Sal's name will be made to
  • VITAS at Nazareth Hospital
    2601 Holme Ave 2nd Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19152

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John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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