Salvatore B. Indelicato of Narrowsburg (Cochecton Center), NY, a retired Senior Investigator for the NY State Police and former Supervisor of the Town of Cochecton, passed away peacefully at home on January 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was 83.
The son of the late Lodovico and Mary Crimi Indelicato, he was born November 18, 1930 in Highland, NY (Ulster County).
Sal interrupted his senior high school year to honorably serve in the United States Air Force. After his service, he returned to school and graduated from the Highland High School. He remained in the US Air Force Reserves from 1949 to 1955 and received an honorable discharge.
On August 1, 1952, Sal became a member of the New York State Police, which began a career that brought him to all corners of the State. He was also assigned as a motorcycle trooper. He had the distinction of riding the first New York State Police Motorcycle on the NY State Thruway when the Tappan Zee Bridge was opened. In 1968 with the creation of Troop “F” within the State Police, Sal was assigned to Troop Headquarters as the Administrative Senior Investigator to direct supervision of the investigative personnel. Sal had vast training and was involved in many programs in the State Police. On December 31, 1990, Sal retired from the job he loved beyond words, the New York State Police. In retirement, he always wanted to serve his community and decided to run for town office. He was elected as Town of Cochecton Councilman and served from 1992 to 1996. Thereafter, he was elected as Supervisor in the Town of Cochecton and served from 1998 until his term expired in 2010, suffering a stroke in 2008 before completing his term. Sal was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church and St. Francis Xavier Church. He was a member of the PBA, Association of Former NY State Troopers, American Association of State Troopers. He was a life member of the Monticello Elks 1544. He was a member of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps.
Sal was a unique, one-of-a-kind individual. He was a tireless worker and the most happy when he was working, helping a neighbor or anyone in need of an extra hand. He was a person of great integrity, demanding but fair, and willing to help anyone—friend or foe—at any time and especially in their time of need. He was a devoted family man who loved his family and his home.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helene (Luning) Indelicato; son, Salvatore B. Indelicato, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Binghamton, NY; his granddaughters Nicole and Isabella; his brother, Joseph Indelicato; his sisters Antoinette Roccio and Catherine Hurt; as well as many loving family members. Sal was predeceased by his parents, his brother Louis Indelicato and his sister Frances Indelicato Herron.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday January 17, 2014 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father William Scully OFM will officiate.
Burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764; Cochecton Vol. Ambulance Corp. P.O. Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752; Lake Huntington Vol. Fire Dept. P.O. Box 222, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.