John Salemme

John V. "Buddy" Salemme

Sunday, May 3rd, 1931 - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
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CLIFTON PARK John (Buddy) Salemme of Woodhall Lane passed away peacefully Tuesday February 5, 2019 at his residence. He was born on May 3rd, 1931 and raised in Endicott NY. When he was 18, his father told him to get a job or get out. That turned out to be a good incentive, so he joined the Army, fought in Korea and was wounded for which he received a Purple Heart, a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He received his education through the GI bill: a BS in Business from Ithaca College, Masters in Education from Albany State and a Masters in Guidance from the University of Buffalo.

He was the Director of Student Services for a year At Hudson Valley Community College and then spent the next 32 years at Mont Pleasant HS in Schenectady NY. He loved working with and helping the kids and formed some lasting friendships with many of his former students.

Once the nest was empty, he and Penny enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy. John loved to cook, make wine and play Bocce. If there is garlic in heaven, he will not miss a beat. Most of all he loved hanging out with his grandchildren.

He survived by his wife of 60 years, Penny Bosse Salemme, and his children John Salemme II of Central Square, NY, Paul Salemme (Jet Imee Flores) of Lafayette, California , Rebecca Salemme Frey (Kim Baines) of Clifton Park and Annie (Chris) Salemme Miller of Flemington NJ. He was “Nonno” to Ketti and Christopher Salemme, Brandon, Sarah and Ben Frey and LTJG Caroline (USCG), Moira, Amelia, Nathaniel, Luke, Noah and Kevin Miller.

He is predeceased by his parents, Madeline (Komar) and Anthony Salemme, his sister Mary DiSerio and his brother Nicholas Salemme.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford and at 9:30 am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment with military honors will be at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-7 pm

One of his favorite things to do while on his morning walk, was to give “cookies” to the neighborhood dogs so in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Adirondack Save a Stray ,4880 Rt 9N, Corinth NY 12822.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 9:30am
    Saint Mary of the Assumption Church
    119 Broad Street
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Interment

    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Rd
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  • Army
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Crucifix
  • Disabled American Veteran
  • Korean Service Medal
  • Purple Heart Award from the U.S. Military


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David Welch

Posted at 11:49am
Mr. Salemme was my Guidance Counselor at Mont Pleasant in the late 60's. I always appreciated his positive attitude and confidence in me and all of his advice that got me through high school and into the right college.

Maria Rescelo Pecor

Posted at 06:32pm
You were always there to, help, direct, and listen without judgement! Thank You... RIP

The Clarin family

Posted at 10:39am
Our sincere condolences. We will always have fond memories of John.
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Jet Flores

Posted at 09:03am
I wish I had the chance to say thank you for the most gracious attention and affection you showed me during my visit. I felt the loving father you were to a child as you made that special poached egg for me. I will never forget that smile on your face and the way you made me feel welcome to your home. The delight of hearing you say “it’s good!” to the Adobo dish I cooked for dinner... I loved your stories, and most of all, I love your life story! What a wonderful husband, father and grandfather you are to Penny, your children and amazing grandchildren! Thank you so much for touching my life and for the lessons I learned from your life story...We will miss you forever!

To Penny and your family, sending you my love and condolences.


Jet Flores

Posted at 08:12am
Love and Salutations.
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