Carmine “Mickey” Salvatore was born in Bronx, New York in 1926, to John and Marie (Tuccilo) Salvatore. Mickey lived his life in New York, California, and Arizona. He had a lifelong love of music, which began as a teen in Hollywood, California and continued for decades. Mickey served in the Army in World War II and received many medals, including the Bronze Star. During his time in the Army, he was wounded and completed his military career by entertaining the troops. When he returned to the states, he married his first wife and had four children. He remained in the music industry and sang and played drums in many bands, including his own. After moving to Arizona in the 70’s, he met and married the love of his life Virginia. He opened “Carmine’s Pizza” and he and Virginia worked together and eventually opened two additional locations. His love of music was never far from his thoughts and he continued to sing and play until he passed.
He is survived by his wife of many years, Virginia, two daughters, Marie Crai (Richard), Carol Batawalla (Derrick), and stepdaughter, Marilyn Wylie (George). He has 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, brothers Sal and Andy Salvatore, sister Rosemarie Laudani. Daughters Toni Ann Joline, and Phyllis Anne Salvatore, and stepson, Frank Bruscato.
All of the services for Mickey will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, on Saturday, December 21, 2019, beginning with Visitation at 9:00AM and Funeral Service at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
Family suggest contributions in Mickey’s honor be made to
Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ, 85014.
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
I’m sorry for the loss of this wonderful man! Uncle Mick always had a way of making me feel special, I’m sure glad he was part of my life!
Mary C. Radcliffe
My deepest condolences to the Salvatore family. Mick was a very special friend to our mother at La Siena. I am convinced they are together in heaven leading the choir with my mom at the piano. God Bless you all.
Condolences to the Salvatore Family. I was extremely fond of the family and loved listening to there stories of yesterday. Mickey had the voice of an angel and I hope he’s still singing in Heaven.
(Former, LaSiena Employee)