Honoring the Life of Salvatore ``Sam’’ Traficantiby Representative Tim Ryan
Posted on 2016-01-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Mr. RYAN of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of
Salvatore ``Sam'' Traficanti. Born on August 11th, 1928, in Marane,
province de L'Aquila, Abruzzi, Italy, Sam was the son of Panfilo and
Incornada (Centofanti) Traficanti. At the age of eight years old, Sam,
along with his mother, took the journey from Italy and came to Ellis
Island. Upon moving to America Sam and his family settled in Struthers
and then later moved to Poland, Ohio. Sam attended Struthers High
School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 14, 1946, to serve and
defend our country aboard Aircraft Carrier, USS Midway. He earned the
rank of third class petty officer and during World War II was an
interpreter for American forces in Naples, Italy. While aboard the USS
Midway, Sam served as an electrician and was a Motion Picture operator.
Sam was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct
Medal for his service and then received an honorable discharge on March
After his discharge from the service, Sam was employed at Youngstown Cartridge. He then owned and operated two city service gas stations in the Struthers area, along with founding one of the largest trucking companies within the industry, which was Traficanti Trucking for many years. As always, with his entrepreneurial spirit, Sam looked to continue to grow and became co-owner and partner of B & T Express Inc. which operates in over 48 states.
Sam leaves behind his wife of over 52 years, the former Barbara Ann Jenness, whom he married on May 29, 1963; a son, Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti; and a daughter, Jacqueline Ann Traficanti, both of Poland. Besides his parents, Sam was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Traficanti; and his uncles, Atillio (Joann), Serfino and Lorenzo Centofanti.
Sam lived the American Dream in every way imaginable. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to service not only strengthened Northeast Ohio, but the entire country. Sam will be missed, but I, along with the rest of our community, remain thankful for his many contributions.