AUSTINTOWN – Sam J. “Red” Bezzarro, 82, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Oct. 15, 2018, at Omni Manor Care Center in Youngstown.
Sam, who was known to many as “Red” for his auburn hair, was born March 25, 1936, in Youngstown, the son of the late Sebastian and Carmella Sabella Bezzarro, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1954 graduate of East High School and worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube and for Moody Tottrup as a pipe inspector.
Mr. Bezzarro was currently a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown. Previously, he was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Youngstown, where he was a member of the church council, a bingo caller, an usher, a member of the Boys Club, and he was in charge of the church’s spaghetti dinners. Sam also enjoyed cooking and playing golf.
His wife of 55 years, Mary Bezzarro, whom he married May 7, 1960, passed away May 20, 2015.
He leaves three sons, Robert (Peggy) Bezzarro of Mineral Ridge, David J. (Lisa) Bezzarro of Austintown, and Matthew J. Bezzarro of Youngstown; two daughters, Teresa (John) Pivovarnik of Youngstown and Susan (Donald) Natoli of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and 13 grandchildren, Dante (Dana) DiRienzo, Anthony, Alexandra, Andrew, Adrianna, and Aaron Natoli, and Ryan, Emily, Joshua, Nicholas, Peyton, Elena, and Olivia Bezzarro.
Besides his wife, two sisters, Angeline Izzo and Louise Dubos, are deceased
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home, and will continue at St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Rd., Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Sam will be laid to rest next to his wife.