ALBANY – Anthony M. Salerno, 98, of Albany, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Anthony was born in Clyde, NY, and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was awarded the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the American Theater Ribbon. He was a graduate of the Sage College Evening Division with a BS in Business Administration, and was the president and owner of the Glenn Davis Co. in Schenectady.
Anthony enjoyed cooking and yard work, and had been a member of the Mohawk Golf Club. He also was very active in the community. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from Union College in 1990, and Mayor Karen Johnson of Schenectady named him a Patroon of the city in 1986. He served as a trustee of St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, and Director of the St. Clare’s Hospital Foundation, Director and Past President of the Visiting Nurses Association of Schenectady, Chairman of Leadership Giving of the United Way of Schenectady County, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Capital District YMCA, and Chairman of the Community Division of the Five Million Capital Fund Drive, Director of Very Special Arts New York, a Trustee of the New York State Museum, a member of Advisory Committee of the Schenectady County Council of the Boy Scouts and 1984-85 Chairman of the Boy Scouts Boy Power Fund Raising Dinner, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Sunnyview Hospital Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Union College Annual Business Campaign and 1984 Chairman of the Annual Business Campaign, and a Member of the Schenectady Rotary Club.
He was Past President of the St. Clare’s Hospital Foundation, Past President and Director of the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, and a past Director of the Rotary Club of Schenectady, the Schenectady YMCA, the Hall of History Foundation, Schenectady Museum, Boys Club, Schenectady Heart Association, Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, and Trustco Bank. He also was an Honorary Director of Trustco Bank.
He also was awarded many special honors: From the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce – The 1980 “Member of the Year,” and 1981 and 1982 “Bob Leonard” Awards, and the 1983 Scanecta-De-Award; From the United Way of Schenectady County the 1985 “Saul King Award” for Volunteerism, the 1987 “Volunteer of the Year Award,” which in 1989 was renamed the “Anthony M. Salerno Volunteer of the Year Award” by Mayor Karen Johnson; from the Schenectady County Council of the Boy Scouts of America the 1986 “Distinguished Citizen Award,” the Schenectady YMCA 1987 “Dr. Norman D. Kathan Community Service Award,” the Rotary District 719 1986 “Citizen of the Year Award,” the Albany Airport Rotary Club 1989 “Distinguished Service Award,” the Schenectady Board of Realtors 1989 “Distinguished Service Award,” the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives 1989 “Lifetime Achievement Award,” he was appointed Special Assistant to the President of the College of St. Rose in 1993, the 1994 Recipient of the Center for Family & Youth Annual Award, the Clowns on Rounds 1996 “Man of the Year” award, the 2006 Little Sisters of the Poor “Garden of Hope Award,” and the Teresian House 2012 “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Anthony is survived by his beloved wife Miriam K. Quinlan Salerno; his children Kathy Callanan of Albany, Marybeth Friedman of Bristow, VA, Anthony M. Salerno, Jr. of Albany, Sarah Thomas (Ted) of Pittsfield, MA, James J. Salerno (Wanhi) of Rye, and Miriam T. Salerno of Albany; his sisters in law Mary F. Salerno of Rochester and Marcia Pascale of Albany; his grandchildren Brendan & Jillian Callanan, Nicholas Friedman (Kim), Megan Hameer (Munir), Abigail, Jessica, and Matthew Friedman, and Isabella and Olivia Salerno; his great grandchild Amelia Friedman; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons-in-law John Callanan and Lee Friedman; and by his siblings Mary E., Victor E., and Louis R. Salerno, Louise DeMaria, and Irene Briceland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in The Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave. & Hopewell St., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the church Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30 am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.