Salvadore Cerqua

Salvadore F. "Tony" Cerqua

Saturday, August 6th, 1932 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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WATERFORD Salvadore “Tony” Cerqua, 87, of 6th St. passed away at home on Saturday January 18, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Waterford he was the son of the late Vincenzo (Jim) and Vincenza (Tina) Cerqua. He was a 1950 graduate of Waterford High School and entered the US Air Force in 1952. He served in Guam during the Korean War as an Airman 1st Class.

Tony was the owner of Cerqua’s Barbershop in Waterford for several years. As all who knew him heard him joke, he had to close the barbershop when his only customer died. He was also employed at the Grand Union warehouse in Waterford. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Waterford. He was a longtime member of the Waterford Bocce League and currently was the member with the most years of playing in the league. His father, Jim, his son Sal and his grandson Kyle all played or play in the league. Tony also enjoyed playing cards at the Waterford Senior Center, playing pool at Don & Paul’s, fishing, going to OTB and Saratoga Race Track, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, watching the NY Giants and of course telling jokes.

Tony was a man of great character with good morals and values which he instilled in his family. He always did the right thing even if no one was watching.

Tony was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Ann Skawinski Cerqua who passed away in February of 2019 and by his daughter Joann. Tony is the loving father of Toni Jean Cerqua (George Nicholas), Ann DeNyse (Donald), Amy Cerqua, Maria Cerqua and Salvadore Cerqua. He is the brother of Theresa Marro and Mary Ann Castle (Richard) and the brother in law of Joan Cerqua and Betty Cerqua. He is the proud “Pops” of Melissa and Aaron Schwartz, Craig and Sheila Hige, Donald and Daniel DeNyse, Ryan and Kyle Williams, Tyler Herr and Jeffrey and Dominic Masa. He is also survived by four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also predeceased by his brothers James and Frank Cerqua and friends Jack O’Brien and Larry TenEyck. All of the above mentioned, served as an audience for his constant jokes.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 9 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford and at 9:30 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

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

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary of the Assumption Church Restoration Fund, 119 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188 or Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Tony’s family would like to thank Nicole and Colleen from Saratoga Community Hospice for their kindness and support during his illness.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 9:30am
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 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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  • Air Force
  • Crucifix
  • Korean Service Medal
  • Meals on Wheels
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • NY Giants
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • United Nations Service Medal


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Tom Ippolito

Posted at 07:28am
I am deeply saddened to hear of Tony's passing.. It was a great pleasure to have known such a kind-hearted, good man. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Kelley Ringler, Renee, Carley and Gavin McLean

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Garry Douglas

Posted at 06:56pm
Many great memories of Tony as my barber growing up. First in the storefront and then in back on the alley. When I was a kid he bought my used comic books from me for five cents each! Condolences to all of his family.

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