It is with great sadness that the family of Sam Consolo (97) announce his death on Nov. 2, 2017. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Rose. He is survived by his four children - Ann (Frank) Grossman, Joe (Joan) Consolo, Lou Consolo, Jennifer (Chris) Ratliff, 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, his sisters Connie Gurgone and Josephine Ferrera and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Sam was born in Feb. 1920 in Chicago, IL. He began boxing at a young age and was the proud owner of a golden gloves and the Barney Goldberg trophy.
In 1937 Sam enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and in 1941, the Army. Sam promptly volunteered for overseas duty and proudly served 5 years under Gen. George Patton in the European Theater as a sergeant in the 540th Combat Engineers. He served in 5 major amphibious assault landings, in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio Italy and southern France, 2 end runs along the west coast of Italy, the crossing of the Rhine River and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war was over he eagerly volunteered to hunt down SS Troopers (and captured several). Sam was awarded a silver star, 2 bronze stars, several campaign medals and in Aug. 2012, The French Legion of Honor medal.
After the war was over Sam owned his own grocery/produce business and later he became a heavy equipment operator.
At the young age of 93, Sam decided to try boxing again. He was blessed to meet George Corcoran, owner of Beach Bods Gym in St. Pete Beach and Stephen Moore the gym manager. Every week, twice a week for almost 5 years George & Stephen would spar & work out with Sammy who quickly became a legend at Beach Bods. Every member of the gym became a fast & true friend. The hugs, high fives, fist bumps and salutes were amazing & heartwarming.
Sam's favorite eating spots were Verducci's, Tuttorrosso"s and Beau & Mo's. The owners and staff knew exactly what Sammy liked & just how to prepare it for him. Their service and kindness to him will never be forgotten. Before leaving, every customer got a handshake, a hug or a pat on the back. To know him was to love him - he had a magnetic personality and a charming, devilish grin.
The world has definitely lost a little sparkle - but all who knew Sam would know he would say "You've got to keep moving, keep smiling & most important of all - DON'T FORGET THE WINE - Ah salute ghin don"!!!