Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Salvatore Calandra to be honored with Street Dedication on Fulton Road by St. Roccos Church

Former Judge Salvatore R. Calandra will be honored with a Street Dedication on Fulton Road at St. Roccos Church, 3205 Fulton Road, this coming Sunday at 1:00 pm.  Fulton Road will carry the Judge's name - Calandra Way - from Trent to Hyde Avenue, a portion of the road that stretches the campus of St. Rocco's Church.

Fr. Michael Contardi, O. de M., Pastor of St. Rocco’s will be joined by Mayor Jackson, Councilman Zone and Cummins along with members of the family and church leaders.
Judge Calandra served for a quarter-century on Cleveland's Municipal Court.  He passed away on the first of this month and is survived by his wife Marie his sister, Mary Eberle and nieces and nephews. 

Salvatore was a pillar of the community and was inducted into the Northern Ohio Italian-American Hall of Fame, and recognized along with Marie for their long service in the Cleveland Italian American Society.  His connections to St. Rocco’s Church were deep with his family helping build the Italian Catholic church on Fulton Road (completed construction in 1926). 

A Plain Dealer’s article about the judge at his death quoted several church leaders commenting on his passing:

"He was a pillar of our neighborhood, our parish and the city, and yet he was such a humble man -- he didn't care about being out front or being seen," former Councilman Michael Climaco said. "He loved being one of the guys, but he was actually the guy you wanted to be. He was a role model for everyone."

"He was always giving," his godson Anthony Ripepi said. "He would be sentencing people in court, and they would thank him because of how he did it, because he cared. He was an amazing man."

All are welcomed to attend the dedication and it’s fitting that it is taking place in the midst of St. Rocco’s 97th Annual Church Festival.  The annual festival begins tomorrow at 6:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 1st and runs through Labor Day.

The Street dedication will follow the annual festival’s Procession that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday following the 12:00 noon .  The festival will also feature the famous grease pole climb, which takes place on Monday, Labor Day at 1:00 pm.

Salvatore Calandra was a Cleveland judge and a pillar of St. Rocco's
News obituary,  By Thomas Feran, The Plain Dealer, Wednesday, August 03, 2011