Andover - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the Patriarch of our family, Sam "Salvatore" DeSalvo on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the age of 87. Born in Andover, Massachusetts on May 20, 1932, he was the son of the late Francesca and Giuseppe DeSalvo.

Sam was the youngest of four children all of whom have predeceased him: Grace, John and Larry. He was also the grandfather of the late Brian DeSalvo.

After honorably serving in the United States Army, Sam started his professional career in Code Enforcement working as a Local Building Inspector for the Town of Andover, MA. His hard work paid off as he was appointed Inspector of Buildings. In 1979 Sam was elected to the Massachusetts Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association, Inc. Board of Directors. In 1983, Sam was elected Vice-President, and in 1985 achieved the Associations highest honor, being elected President. Sam served on the ESBOF Board of Directors for over 16 years and was elected its President from 1991-1992. In addition, Sam served on the New England Building Officials Education Association Committee for 16 years.

Nothing meant more to Sam than spending time with family, especially time spent with his grandchildren. Whether he was playing a card game, golfing, attending a baseball or softball game, dance recitals, bundled up on a soccer field or attending endless family celebrations and summer vacations, Sam always had a smile on his face and was beaming with pride.

Sam will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 61 years Elaine (Dumont) DeSalvo, children, Stephen of Methuen, MA, Michael and his wife Mary of Lawrence, MA, Laurie Plouffe and her husband Ron of Haverhill, MA and Andrew and his wife Cindy of Windham, NH. He also leaves grandchildren, Tony and his wife Meghan, Joseph, Samantha and her fiancé Nick Hegge, Christopher, Michaela, Brianna, Adam and great grandchildren, Adalynn and Emma.

He will also be forever remembered by his extended family and many close friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover on Thursday July 11, 2019, at 10:00 am. Calling hours will be held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover on Wednesday July 10, 2019, from 3 to 7 pm. Interment will be held in the St. Augustine Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the name of Sam DeSalvo may be made to an organization that Sam felt very passionate about, The Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA. 02114. For additional information, please visit,
Published on July 11, 2019


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harold Hayes,Retied Fire Chief
Oct 05, 2019
Sam: when you get u[p in heaven where I know you will be, you will show them up there how to build a proper stairway and gate, I know. God bless you, everyone loves you and will miss you.
Linda Nicoll
Jul 08, 2019
Your everyday smile made our jobs easier at the Andover Town Hall. You will be missed.
Fran Romano
Jul 08, 2019
Sincere condolences to the entire DeSalvo family. Though I didn't see Sam very much over the many years of living here in NJ, I remember him to be a very warm and loving cousin, always with a smile on his face for all. Rest in peace, Sam.
Bruce & Linda (Derosier) Laidlaw
Jul 08, 2019
So very sorry to hear of his passing, our condolences to the family.
Sally (McCullom) Hudgins
Jul 08, 2019
It is with a very heart, but so happy to have the most wonderful memories of our dear friend "Sam". He and his wife were like.second parents to our "special child"
Steven spending many Saturday afternoons
With him. A true friend and mentor
Ron & Pat Wetmore
Jul 08, 2019
Elaine I am so sad to hear that Sam passed. He was a great friend and mentor to me that will be forever missed.