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Salvatore A. "Sal" Raspante

April 19, 1968 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old

Salvatore Raspante Obituary

With profound heartache, we announce the loss of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend, Salvatore A. “Sal” Raspante, who passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023.

Born in Utica, April 19, 1968, Sal was the son of Caroline O. Barringer and the late Salvatore “Sam” Raspante. He was raised and educated in Utica, a graduate of Utica Free Academy, and attended Utica College.

On November 14, 2004, Sal was joined in marriage to Enessa Carbone, who he loved so much throughout their 19 years of marriage. Sal was an entrepreneur, an astute businessman, and the owner and operator of Jimmy Johns in Utica and New Hartford.

Always the life of the party, Sal loved having a good time. The consummate host, and ultimate grillmaster, Sal enjoyed treating family and friends to cookouts on the beach and at his home, where pig roasts were his specialty. An avid golfer, he played and supported every not-for-profit tournament in the area and especially enjoyed playing with friends at the Yahnundasis Country Club. In addition to golf, he loved football, was a huge Alabama fan, never missed a Turkey Bowl, and even played once with a broken leg. Sal also enjoyed running and, without training, ran the Boilermaker every year since 1996. He was a “sneaker aficionado”, and needed so many as he would explain, “I walk alot”.  Everyone will miss him walking into the room and announcing “tonight, we ride!”.

Sal brought people together. He was the light in a room, a vibrant force with the biggest laugh and the quickest smile, but beneath his big personality, he also possessed the biggest heart and the most generous and gentle soul. He loved life, his friends, and most of all, his wife and family. He was a devoted father to his three children, his stepdaughter and stepson, Nikki and Mike, and his beloved daughter, Bella, with whom he would often enjoy late-night ice cream runs. She was truly the light of his life. 

Always community minded, he was a much-loved figure throughout Utica.  From the opening of his first Jimmy Johns, to the expansion at his downtown location, he was fully committed to the revitalization of the city. He was considered “the mayor” of his Westwood Lane neighborhood, where he and his wife, Enessa made their home. Together they worked, loved, lived, and played as true partners for 19 years.

Everyone enjoyed listening to Sal’s outrageous stories.  While we may have lost the life of the party, he will live on in the stories that we now will tell about him. He will be deeply missed.

Sal, “tonight, we ride!”

Sal is survived by his beloved wife, Enessa; his daughter, Gabriella “Bella” Raspante; mother, Caroline Barringer; stepchildren, Nicole Betro, and Michael Betro; siblings, Michael Raspante, Yvonne Raspante and William Crego, Jackie and John Romano, Henry and Tanya Szewczyk, and brother and best friend, Ciro Raspante; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Edie Carbone; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Lisa Carbone, Donald and Tobi Carbone, and Jennifer and Rick Zuccaro; nieces and nephews, Michael and Samantha Williams, Paige Buell, Francesca Romano and August Groth, Dominic and Emily Corelli, Alexandra Romano, Francis Romano, Carly Raspante, Nicholas Raspante, Sam Raspante, Henry Szewczyk, Stella Szewczyk, Dolores Szewczyk, Maxwell “Max” Carbone, Alexandra “Alie” Carbone, Katharine “Katie” Carbone, Dominick Trey Carbone, Cecelia “Cece” Carbone, Danielle Zuccaro, Sienna Zuccaro, and Russ and Linda “Tunie” Petralia and their daughter, Whitney; many many beloved, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends too numerous to mention; and his faithful furry friend and companion, “Milo”.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 30, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, in New Hartford. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery at the family’s convenience.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

Sal was passionate about feeding the homeless, therefore, in his memory and in lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Joseph & Inez Carbone Foundation, designated for Felix LaBella to feed the hungry. Donations may be made at the funeral home.

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December 29, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Matt Funeral Home
700 Rutger Street
Utica, NY 13501

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Mass of Christian Burial
December 30, 2023

10:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist
66 Oxford Road
New Hartford, NY 13413

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Joseph & Inez Carbone Joseph & Inez Carbone Foundation, designated for Felix LaBella to feed the hun
700 Rutger Street, Utica NY 13501
Tel: 1-315-724-0218


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