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“So sorry to hear of the passing of Salvatore. We just found out this weekend. Our Condolences to His Wife and Children. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Ann & Salvatore Amico - MA

“Our sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that God collects our tears and is close to the brokenhearted ready to...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: F&D

“I am so sorry for your loss. Sal was such a good man, and obviously so well loved by so many. He will be missed. Much love to you Pina, Marilee,...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Grant - Wellington, FL

“So sorry for your loss, I am thinking about all of you. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Matthew Botta - Saugus, MA

“We love you all and are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sal was a strong, loving, and generous man and will be forever missed. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jamie Gilliam - CA

“Our deepest condolences to the entire family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Cence - Falmouth, MA

“Our deepest condolences to the whole family ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Raffaela & Giovanni & family Parrinello - MA

“Sorry for your loss Pina ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Sheila Nardone - Watertown, MA

“Thoughys and prayers to the entire Rotolo family. RIP SAL #THEMANTHEMYTHTHELEGEND. love you Pooka ❤ ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Nutile - Auburndale, MA

“My dearest Laura, please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your dad. I will always remember him as the hard working and decent man that he...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Nolan - Manchester, NH

“To Marilee, Pina, Anthony, Laura and fam,I'm so sorry for your loss. Sal was a great man, thinking of him today, many old memories of him come to...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Barr - Methuen, MA

“So sorry for your loss. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: David Marchione - Woburn, MA


Lots of words come to mind describing Sal Rotolo. Loyal, kind, dedicated, talented and generous are just a few.

In his early thirties when he emigrated from Aragona, Sicily to Waltham in the summer of 1985 he embraced the challenges of a new home, a new language and a new culture with a smile and determination. Known with affection by family as "Totò", he was a master mason by trade but quickly became talented in all manner of construction.

Sal's greatest joy and accomplishment came by providing for his wife and children. He had the ability to build or fix almost anything and was on everyone's short list of people to call when help was needed. Sal never said no. His home was his castle and it's the place he loved to entertain. He was a master at the grill and was known for his homemade sausages. True to his Italian heritage Sal could cook up a meal and create an experience that left his guests with a smile and satisfied appetites.

He loved trips 'home' to Aragona with his wife Pina and the couple enjoyed dancing together whenever the opportunity came. They made a terrific pair. The also enjoyed many happy trips to the Caribbean and to their home on the Cape. His favorite sport was soccer, or football in Sal's world, and his favorite team was Inter, from Milan.

Mr. Salvatore Rotolo, of Waltham, passed to eternal life with his family by his side on Wednesday May 29, 2019. He was born in Aragona on November 8, 1953, a son of the late Vincenzo and Maria (Vella) Rotolo. He was 65.

He leaves his beloved wife of almost forty years, Pina (Gueli) Rotolo, his children, Marilee (Maria Rita) Rotolo of Waltham, Anthony Rotolo of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Laura Rotolo (Lyndsey Nolan) of Manchester, New Hampshire; his grandson, Jackson Mazzola; his brother and sisters, Angelo Rotolo (Emiliana Capone) of Aragona, Italy, Giuseppina Rotolo (Pantaleo Capone) of Lecce, Italy and Maria Rotolo (Umberto Faija) of Aragona, Italy; his brother-in-law, Raffaele Gueli (Silvana Lanza) of Capo d'Orlando, Italy; his step-grandchildren, Aiden and Logan Nolan; many nieces, nephews and their families along with his loyal canine companions, Jules and Nica.

Sal was pre-deceased by his father and mother-in-law, Vincenzo and Antonina (Diana) Gueli; his brother-in-law, Giuseppe Gueli and sisters-in-law Domenica and Assunta Gueli.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sal's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street(Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, June 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Herriman, Utah 84096.