Vincent Savarese, 83, the husband of Marcella McIntyre Savarese, of Columbus St, Auburn died Tuesday, December 11 in Auburn Community Hospital. A graduate of West High, Class of 1954, Vince was a life long resident of Auburn. He was a communicant of St. Francis Church. From age 18, Vince struggled with polio and its terrible effects. For 41 years prior to the utilization of new materials in sawblade construction, Vince owned and operated Vince's Saw Shop on Columbus St. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed traveling with his sons throughout the Northeast to places of numerous points of historical and recreational significance.
Vince loved being around the house and was a big fan of vintage movies, especially those focusing on the war years with John Wayne, Robert Ryan and all of the greats.
In addition to the love of his life, his wife Marcella, he is survived by one son Anthony of Auburn; three step daughters Laurie Karlik of Auburn, Wendy Burke (Chris) of VA and Melanie Shernesky (Joe) of Auburn; five grandchildren; and 4 step grandchildren. In addition to his parents Louis and Louise Lobisco Savarese, Vince is predeceased by one son Joseph; brother Ciro James Savaraese; and a sister Gloria Szakalski.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial to be offered Friday, December 14 at 12:30 pm in St. Francis Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Per Vince's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Contributions may be made in memory of Vince to: Polio Plus, c/0 Auburn Rotary Club, P.O. Box 446, Auburn, NY 13021.
All traffic that moves on a given street does so by virtue of the road signs contained within. On the street where Vince's home was located there were two signs at either end, both saying Columbus St. On any given day, cars passed in either direction with their drivers, rushed, nervous and in poor moods for whatever reason. However, when these individuals passed, angry for no good reason, they hit the real Columbus St. road sign. The sign was Vince, smiling in his wheelchair, raising an arm and waving to anyone who chose to waive to him. To the last individual, everyone's mood seemed to change; for their bad day didn't amount to a hill of beans compared to what Vince had to struggle against and still smile. We need to all look out for road signs so we may travel in the right direction...