Vito J. Fallisi, 81, of Salem, NH, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, after a long and beautiful life. Vito often said that he was the luckiest man who ever lived. He was born in Lawrence, MA on January 16, 1938 to the late Paul and Freida (Chiarenza) Fallisi.
After Vito graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, he enlisted in the Marines and was one of the first Marines to land in Lebanon during the Lebanon Crisis of 1958. He was very proud of his service as he would often tell his family, once a Marine - always a Marine! In 1960, Vito married his soul mate, Betty (Elizabeth Ann Abbott). They spent a lifetime raising a beautiful family and traveling the world. Their favorite spots included Las Vegas, Lake George, NY, Hollywood Beach, Florida, and numerous cruises. Vito had a fondness for video poker! He loved going to Las Vegas with his good friends and spending time with his favorite casino host, Willie Haddock. He was also an avid sports fan. He could not get enough of sports whether it was participating in an office pool, coaching baseball or basketball for his children, or watching his grandchildren participate in all of their activities. He will always be remembered as a passionate and innovative baseball and basketball coach. Vito truly loved all of his former players.
Vito had a tremendous sense of humor - he was a very funny man! He was one of the few people that everyone remembers and always have a humorous story to tell about him. Vito worked at Raytheon as a project manager for over thirty years. There he worked with his wife and many, many very special lifelong friends. Later in life, Vito enjoyed driving for Flightline, where he shared his stories and adventures with unsuspecting tourists.
Vito is survived by his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Betty; his three sons, Paul (Veronica), Mark (Leslie), and William (Christine), all of Salem, NH. He is also survived by his nine adoring grandchildren, Michael (Vasilia), Alex, Jay, Toni, Anna, Nicki, Liz, Julia, Joey. Vito also had two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Zoey. Vito was unique in that he had a special relationship with every one of his grandchildren. Vito had a very close relationship with his nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He will always be remembered as the patriarch and host to priceless family gatherings.
A proper obituary for Vito would take pages, the family would like to take this time to say that this special person will be greatly missed - his whole life revolved around his family and countless very special friends.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 3:00-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. Military honors will be held at the conclusion of calling hours and a funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel.