Salvatore J. ”Sam” LoGrande, 76, beloved husband of the late Jeanne (Cavanaugh) LoGrande, of Gloucester, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, surrounded by his loving and devoted family, in his home, after an extended illness. Born in Trappeto, Sicily, on September 16, 1939, Sam was the son of the late Matteo and Santina (Bologna) LoGrande. Throughout his life, he always projected extreme pride in his heritage. At the age of six, he emigrated to the United States, settling in Gloucester with his family, and quickly acclimated himself into American life, making many lifelong friends. He subsequently attended St. Ann’s School, then graduated from Gloucester High School, Class of 1958. After actively playing four years of football for GHS’s extremely successful team, Sam graduated and enlisted in the United States Army, where he was stationed in France for four years, servicing and building radio communication towers. Upon his return home, Sam married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne, in 1963, and went to work, employed by Raytheon Industries in Waltham, constructing the famed guided “Sparrow” missiles. He later worked for United Shoe in Beverly, and eventually worked as a machinist for Gloucester Engineering for 35 years. Sam was always a very proud soul, a true “Maverick,” admired and respected by all who knew him, and he considered his home, his three children, and family to be his greatest treasures. Always a lover of all things nature, and self-taught in every endeavor in which he undertook, he excelled in every challenge presented to him. Sam was an avid hunter, fisherman, and clammer. Always a huge history buff, as well as a perfectionist, he showed amazing talent in every endeavor pursued, be it artwork, gardening, creating culinary delights, winemaking, carpentry or craftsmanship. He was a Jack of all trades, in reality. After a six week hospitalization last summer, Sam returned home under hospice care. True to fashion, he once again surprised everyone, including his medical team, with the blessing of his company on this earth, for eight more months, comfortable in his home. His precious, first and only grandchild, Jeanne Langis, was the true light in his life for the past six years, and the beautiful and amazingly strong bond which the two of them shared, was truly a gift from the Heavens. Jeanne loves and adores her Papa with all of her heart, and she will miss him dearly. He is survived by his two daughters, Sandy and Laurie LoGrande, both of Gloucester; his brother, Michael J. and his wife Frances (Trupiano) LoGrande, also of Gloucester; his beloved granddaughter, Jeanne Langis; his aunt, Pina Bologna, of San Pedro, Calif.; sister-in-law, Judith Bouchie of Magnolia; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Tyne Cavanaugh, of Rockport; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Sam wanted to especially thank very special nieces, Sandi LoGrande and Stephanie LoGrande, Deb Taylor, and sister-in-law, Frances LoGrande, all from Gloucester, without whom the past eight extra months of time may not have occurred without their selfless love and time given. He was predeceased by his parents, Matteo and Santina LoGrande; a sister, Catherine LoGrande; a son, Michael J. LoGrande of Gloucester and Seymour, Tenn. A very special thank you to the entire staff of Beacon Hospice, who provided loving care and support, through these last eight months, and close family friend, Diana Connors.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Friday, April 15, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 12, 2016