Salvatore Zappia, 86, Navy veteran

Salvatore Zappia
Salvatore Zappia

Salvatore Zappia, 86, of Virginia Beach, joined his wife, Maria, at rest Friday, July 8, 2019. Born in January to Maria (Piperio) and Teodoro Zappia in Italy, he was the last of his generation.

He leaves behind his son, Ted, with his wife, Frances; and daughter, Teresa Skyler. His three grandchildren, Bianca Zappia, Theodore Zappia and Ashton Holub, will remember the time he spent with them. He had many nieces and nephews all over the country and Italy.

Known as Sam to his friends, he was a charismatic member of The Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, Roma Lodge and the Masons as well as others. Sam’s prowess as a dancer, builder and outdoorsman are legendary. Fish knew him and deer truly did fear him because of his skill with both a rifle and bow. Old pictures show the fun-loving side of this hard-working, Korea-era veteran’s time in the U.S. Navy. He was a favorite in the retirement community where he lived. He will be missed by many friends in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Virginia Beach.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 N. Great Neck Road. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. A graveside ceremony will be held at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Virginia Beach.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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