PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Salvatore Licastri passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 27, 2017.
Born on Sept. 13, 1962, on Staten Island, to Philip and Louise (LoBaido) Licastri, he moved to West Oneonta with family in the summer of 1973.
He graduated from Oneonta High School and NYC Community College.
Sal began his restaurant career at Pudgie's Pizza in Oneonta. He went on to work at several New York City restaurants, including the legendary John's of 12th Street, before joining Pizzeria Uno. At Uno, he worked his way up to the position of Northeast Regional Manager. It was on his travels in this position that he found the city he was to call home, Philadelphia.
Longing to own his own business where he could return to serving customers on a more intimate basis he left Uno's. He and his business partner opened Coffee House Too, which was to become an award-winning coffee house in the heart of Fishtown, Philadelphia. Sal poured his heart and soul into the establishment and more importantly, into the staff and customers who would all come to know and love him.
Sal was predeceased by his mother Louise.
He leaves behind his father, Phil Licastri of Binghamton; brothers, Joseph (Cheryl) Licastri of Liverpool, Philip (Kathleen) Licastri of Easton, Connecticut, Vincent (Jill) Licastri of Huntersville, North Carolina; sisters, Maria (Gordon) Robst of Oneonta and Katherine (Jeffery) Wood of Endicott; nieces and nephews, Gabrielle, Tamara, Jesse (Robst), Philip (Wood), Emmett, Carson, Keely, Mollie, Tess, Grace, Isabella, Adelynne and Cheryl Ann. Also left behind are the broken hearts of countless relatives and friends, include business partner and friend, Derick Warren and his "Philadelphia family."
In keeping with Sal's love of others and his unrelenting generosity and giving heart, his organs will be donated through the Gift of Life Foundation.
Interment will be at 2 p.m.,Oct. 14, in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or a charitable organization of one's choice.
Published on October 2, 2017