September 16, 1922 – January 28, 2021
Salvatore “Sam” (Padova) Pauta, 98, a longtime resident of Lawrence until taking up residence in Methuen with his daughter and son-in-law in August 2019, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Lawrence General Hospital due to complications from a fall at home on January 19th.
Born in Lawrence on September 16, 1922 to the late Santo and Lucy (Musumeci) Pauta (Padova), Sam was educated in the Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1941. He volunteered for and served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948 as an electrician’s mate, first class and then also served in the Korean conflict. During his Navy service in World War II, Sam was stationed on the refueling ships USS Winooski and USS Navarro, which brought him to the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters. During this time, Sam was happy to have met Pope Pius XII in Vatican City as well as his grandmother and extended family in Sicily. After his service, Sam was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct Medal.
Sam then attended the Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated from the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston and began a career as an electrician until retired at age 65 in 1987. During his career, Sam was a well-regarded and sought-after master electrician doing mostly industrial work and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union 103 of Greater Boston. Over the years, he was employed by Bulger Electric, Panebianco Electric, Allied Electric and retired from Manzi Electric.
Sam was an active parishioner of Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence, where he joined both the choir and the Holy Name Society in 1948, becoming one of the longest-serving members of both in the history of Holy Rosary. Sam also helped count the weekend offertory collection at the rectory. He was also a member of the St. Alfio Society where, at the time of his passing, he was its oldest member. Sam always looked forward to helping set up the electrical equipment for the Feast of the Three Saints and helping to bring the statues of the saints back into Holy Rosary after the annual feast procession.
Sam was also very involved in other local organizations. He sang in the Lawrence Choral Arts Society and with his wife sang in the Vocalaires. Over the years, he served as president, quartermaster, secretary and treasurer of the former Cardillo-Campagnone Brothers Italian-American War Veterans Post #1, which was located at Newbury and Elm streets in Lawrence. He organized and ran their dinner-dances, bowling league and other events and helped organize the annual Memorial Day parades that were held in Lawrence. Although he was not disabled, Sam was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Lawrence and the Lawrence Veterans Council, which honored him in 1993 as “Veteran of the Year.” Sam along with his wife were also members of the Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park.
At home, Sam enjoyed doing yard projects and planting and tending to his vegetable and flower gardens. Upon retirement, Sam joined the Lawrence and North Andover senior centers, where he and his late wife, Connie, enjoyed their bingo games and other activities. They made many friends at the two centers and Sam especially enjoyed calling the bingo games. He also enjoyed a good cup of hot coffee wherever he went (if it was not hot, it was not good!).
The widower of the late Constance “Connie” (Cavallaro) Pauta, who passed away April 16, 2018, Sam leaves his son, Richard Padova, a professor at Northern Essex Community College and his wife Lori (Chateauneuf) of Andover, and daughter Lucille Dadducci and her husband Jim of Methuen; grandchildren, Cameron Dadducci and his wife Stefanie (Sarcione) of Salem, NH and Nina and her husband Steven Cyr of Salem, NH; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Colton Dadducci; a brother, Joseph Pauta and his wife Sandra; and brother-in-law Manuel Quintal, all of Methuen and several nieces and nephews. Sam was the brother of the late infant, Rosa Pauta, Josephine Wojnar, Eleanor Quintal and Rose Pienta.
Sam’s family wishes to thank the entire staff at Lawrence General Hospital and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the care and comfort that they provided to Sam during his stay.
Due to the pandemic and for everyone’s safety, a private committal service will be held at the St. Mary’s – Immaculate Conception Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum, where Sam will be entombed next to his wife.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA 01840 or the St. Alfio Society, 20 Common Street, Lawrence, MA 01840.