Salvatore ‘Sam’ Prestianni, a retired Social Security

Salvatore “Sam” Prestianni, a retired Social Stability Administration govt who coached youth baseball in Catonsville, died of Parkinson’s condition issues April 9 at his Ellicott Town property. He was 90.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Sicilian immigrants, Frank Prestianni, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad office environment clerk, and Katie Liberto, a homemaker.

He was raised in downtown Baltimore around Lexington Market place, and put in his childhood in a Greene Street rowhouse. He was baptized at St. John the Baptist Church (now St. Jude Shrine).

“The household was stuffed with extended family, like aunts and uncles and cousins and 3 sisters,” said his son Sam Prestianni. “They were energetic in the St. John’s group, liked the church occasions like road fairs, bingo evenings, spaghetti dinners, the once-a-year Could Procession led by the Knights of the Italian-American Culture.”

His son claimed Mr. Prestianni attended St. John’s University, the place the nuns taught him to intellect his language.

“My father later on wrote in a memoir, ‘The very first admonition I gained from the nuns was for my foul mouth. I utilized to cuss freely this was the language I was accustomed to both of those in the house and on the avenue. But they place the worry of God in me. I bear in mind pledging that I would under no circumstances curse again. And I did not.”

At the age of 10, Mr. Prestianni begun performing at Lexington Industry providing grocery luggage and quickly joined his mother’s cousin Carmello Liberto, who ran a fruit and vegetable stall.

“My eyes ended up undoubtedly opened from here on out, as I garnered all the tricks of daily life by functioning there right up until I graduated from school, some 11 decades later,” Mr. Prestianni wrote in his memoir, “Fast Yrs.”

He played baseball in parking loads in close proximity to Lexington Market place and went to as lots of slight league Orioles online games he could sneak into. He dreamed of participating in in the significant leagues, his son mentioned.

When his home parish shaped a Very little League group, he was 1 of the first to be part of. He played basketball, baseball and soccer at Calvert Corridor College Higher University and at what is now Loyola College Maryland, where by he earned a degree.

In his memoir, Mr. Prestianni recalled walking a few blocks for films at the Stanley, the Mayfair and the Howard theaters. He appreciated to dance and attended musical events at the Cahill Recreation Middle close to Walbrook, the previous Fourteen Holy Martyrs Church and the Alcazar Ballroom on Cathedral Avenue. He also danced on moonlight cruises aboard Chesapeake Bay tour boats.

He served in the Military and labored in a touring audit company in Salt Lake Metropolis and San Francisco from 1954 to 1956. Mr. Prestianni achieved his upcoming wife, Margaret Mary Kantzes, in Ocean Metropolis. They married in 1964.

Proficient in mathematics and accounting, Mr. Prestianni was fascinated by numbers — he calculated odds, and delighted in studying strange selection coincidences and sports statistics.

“He never ever gambled on horses with large revenue simply because he was as well prudent,” his son explained. “Yet he frequently arrived dwelling with first rate winnings.”

He went into accounting. Among the his positions were posts at the aged Baltimore Transit Co., Glenn L. Martin Co. and Federal Electrical power Commission. He joined the Social Safety Administration in 1963.

Mr. Prestianni moved by means of the ranks as an accountant, auditor, analyst, and director. He retired in 1990 as a exclusive assistant to SSA’s then-main economical officer Norman Goldstein.

Mr. Prestianni was awarded the Section of the Treasury’s very first annual award for distinction in money administration.

Just after moving to Catonsville, he coached baseball, football and basketball groups for the old Catonsville Midget League and basketball for St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church.

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“Sam was a mix of Damon Runyon and Walt Disney,” stated the Rev. Christopher Whatley, previous St. Mark’s pastor. “He understood you constantly have to have a several figures in your existence and he usually saw the fantastic in other individuals. His role was creating individuals he beloved pleased, particularly his children and grandchildren.”

“My father was an inspiring mentor since he normally built confident everyone on the group received taking part in time, and when his group was crushing the opponent, he would give the kids on the bench much more time to play so the score wouldn’t be a finish blowout,” his son said. “He also threw festive workforce events with trophies and pizza at the finish of every time.”

Just after the demise of his initial wife in 1983, Mr. Prestianni married Bobbie Reinecke Mitchell, an artist and nurse. They lived in Ellicott Town.

His son explained Mr. Prestianni was a spiritual human being. He was originally unwilling to remarry immediately after his initial wife’s demise. When a rose they experienced planted lots of yrs before came back again to everyday living soon after lying dormant in close proximity to a spiritual shrine in his backyard, he took it as a sign.

Survivors incorporate his wife of 22 several years, Bobbie Reinecke Mitchell, a nurse and artist 5 sons, Frank Prestianni of Owings Mills, Sam Prestianni of Oakland, California, Bill Prestianni of Eldersburg, David Prestianni of Hagerstown and Jack Mitchell of Pompano Seashore, Florida two daughters, Julie Mitchell of Relay and Nancy Gumbel of Elkridge and 12 grandchildren.

Solutions were being held very last Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City.

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