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Salvatore J. "Sonny" Torchia
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Mr. Salvatore J. "Sonny" Torchia, 85, retired SSgt UPD, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, in the St. Luke's Home, with his loving family by his side.

Sal was born in Utica, November 12, 1934, a son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Casalaro) Torchia. He was educated in Utica and was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School. On April 9, 1960, Salvatore was married to the former Patricia LaSalle. A loving marriage of over fifty-nine years, his beloved Pat passed away just two weeks ago.

Sal was proud of his service in the Utica Police Department for over 30 years, where he retired on July 2, 1991, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. His greatest joy in life was his time spent with his cherished grandchildren.

Sal is survived by his children, Michelle Torchia and Joseph Torchia, both of Utica, and Christine and Frank Zogby of Frankfort; six grandchildren, Frank Zogby II and his Fiancee', Joanna Nassimos, Sunni and Pete Buttacaroli, Zoey Zogby, Jordyn Torchia and her fiance', Jeff Albright, Matthew Torchia and Ryan Torchia; two adored great grandchildren, Salvatore Buttacaroli and Giovanni Buttacaroli; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Darlene Torchia; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Al and Joan LaSalle; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Carmelita and Vincent Esposito; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Gloria LaSalle; and a special nephew, Vincent Esposito.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 am until 12 Noon at which time there will be Military Honors and a final blessing from Police Chaplain Rev. Joseph Salerno at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica.

The family would like extend their heartfelt thanks to his nephew, Tony Esposito and great nephews, Anton and Evan Esposito for the many years of love and respect shown to Uncle Sal and Aunt Pat.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
 
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Michelle, Joey & Christina....so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I have so many memories at your house, and always counted on Sal making me laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Find comfort in knowing your Mom was waiting for him and they are together once again. Ben & Debbie (Capozzella) Vennero

Written by Debbie Vennero
2020-01-14 11:13:18 PM


My Hero You held my hand when I was small You caught me when I fell You are the hero of my childhood And my later years as well And every time I think of you My heart still fills with pride Though I will always miss you Dad I know you’re by my side In laughter and in sorrow In sunshine and in rain I know you’re watching over me Until we meet again. Author unknown Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you, your family and friends during this most difficult time. Love you Michelle.

Written by James & Anna Jones Ambrose
2020-01-15 4:44:07 PM


Joe and Family, Your parents were the best! Your dad always like to make people laugh and laugh we did! Your mom was just a sweetheart! Their home alway inviting. I’m sure after life gets back to some kind of normalcy again you will have time to look back and hopefully find comfort knowing they are together again watching down on the beautiful family they made! God Bless! Love you all! Patty Cittadino

Written by Patty Cittadino
2020-01-15 5:26:01 PM


Sorry to hear of the passing of Pat & Sal Torchia. They were both nice people and good neighbors. May they rest in peace now.

Written by Peter Maneen
2020-01-15 7:05:51 PM


Too the Torching Family, We are sorry for your loss of Sale. He was a cops,cop and a gentleman. Always a smile on his face and laugh that always got everyone else laughing. I had the privilege to work with Sale and his Father while a member of UPD,They were two peas in a pod. May Sal rest in peace.

Written by Nick & Mary Parrotta
2020-01-15 8:56:14 PM


Too the Torching Family, We are sorry for your loss of Sal.He was a cops,cop and a gentleman. Always a smile on his face and laugh that always got everyone else laughing. I had the privilege to work with Sal and his Father while a member of UPD,They were two peas in a pod. May Sal rest in peace.

Written by Nick & Mary Parrotta
2020-01-15 8:57:24 PM


Michelle, Joey & Christine, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of our Mom & Dad. I recall them with fond memories From West St.

Written by Mary Anne Machis
2020-01-16 1:17:36 PM


My condolences to the family,he was a well liked officer back in the day in East Utica. May he RIP

Written by Bob Ollerenshaw
2020-01-17 1:15:37 PM


Sal,My Father In Law showed me many things in life.The BEST was by example of how he LOVED his Children and Grandchildren and Family.You cannot be replaced,but the Memories will last forever! Rest In Peace Love Frank!

Written by Frank Zogby
2020-01-18 12:39:14 PM


Michelle, Joe and Christina so sorry to read about Pat and Sal. They were a great couple and fine neighbors. Enjoyed playing ball in the back yard with Sal and Tony. May they rest at peace. Jim Roddy

Written by James Roddy
2020-01-18 4:42:28 AM


My condolences. Sal my mentor while in The Utica Police Cadets. Records Division. He taught me everything I need to know in that office. He was always joking and making everyone laugh. He will be missed. God Bless! Chuck Brady

Written by Charles Brady
2020-01-26 3:37:22 AM