LELAND – Salvatore Zagara, 62, of Leland, N.C., passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C.
He was born March 20, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Peter Zagara and the late Grace Ionno Zagara. He resided in Philadelphia for five years before moving with his family to Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.
Sal graduated from Point Pleasant Boro High School in 1972. He attended Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River, N.J., and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Sal retired in 2012 from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the former New Jersey Highway Authority, after 25 years of service. Previously he had worked at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., for 10 years. After retiring, he and his beloved wife, Mary, relocated from Bricktown, N.J., where they had made their home since 1984, to Leland, N.C. in 2013. He then worked with Lowes Food Store and Advance Auto Parts in Leland for a short time.
Sal was a communicant of Basilica Shrine of St. Mary in Wilmington, N.C. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Asbury Park BPO Elks, and a Hog Member in New Jersey and North Carolina. He was a certified New Jersey State Department of Health EMT and a communications specialist for the New Jersey State Police on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Acerra Zagara of Leland, N.C.; his father, Peter Zagara (Luda) of Toms River, N.J.; sister, Marianne Franovic of Manahawkin, N.J.; brothers-in-law, Glenn White of Laurel, Md., John Franovic of Toms River, N.J., Steve Acerra of Long Branch, N.J., James Acerra of Miami, Fla; sisters-in-law, Linda White of Laurel, Md., and Diane Acerra of Boonton, N.J.; nieces, Stefanie Franovic of Hoboken, N.J., Rachel White of Flemington, N.J., and Valerie White of Germantown, Md.; nephews, Peter Franovic of Hoboken, N.J., Aaron White of Flemington, N.J., Craig White of Laurel, Md., and Ryan White of Germantown, Md.; and his “fur child,” Rocky.
A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at St. Peter’s Church, 406 Forman Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
A memorial service will be held in North Carolina at a later date.
Memorial gifts in Sal’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation.