Saverio (Sam) J. Riccio


Saverio (Sam) J. Riccio, a resident of Vineyard Haven for many years, died on Tuesday, January 10. He was 94.

Sam was born on June 11, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Leonardo Riccio and Katrina Senatore Riccio. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Viens) Riccio, and his brothers, Leo, Thomas and Tony.

He was a WWII Army veteran, honorably discharged in 1945 after having served in the Philippines. He also served as the weigh master for the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby for many years.

Sam leaves behind his beloved daughters, Francine Stavola and Marie Mahoney, both of Connecticut, granddaughters Dina Stavola and Claudia Stavola Smith and her husband, Steve, of Connecticut, and great-granddaughter Sabrina Stavola of Connecticut, and several nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind his dear friend, Richard Jennings, and his wife, Carol Jennings, of Vineyard Haven, and many friends on the Island, all who will miss him very much. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sam’s name to a charity of your choice. A memorial mass will be held in the spring at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown.