Samuel F. Passero

Samuel F. Passero, 62, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born on August 20, 1954, in Gloversville, he was a son of Loretta Charsky (Bill Thompson) and the late Nicholas J. Passero. Sam graduated from high school in Deming, New Mexico and then went on to receive his associate’s degree from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

At the age of 20, Sam started working at various leather mills in many different positions; he worked for leather mills for over 20 years. Sam then went on to work for the Recorder in Amsterdam; there he was their circulation manager. Lastly, he worked as a quality control specialist at Perron Leather. Sam was an avid outdoorsmen who loved to hunt, fish and hike; he especially loved being outdoors with his grandkids whom he adored. Besides family, many would say that Sam was very passionate about his love for ice cream. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, family man and friend; he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia VanBuren Passero, whom he wed on April 13, 1974; son, Scott Passero (Dawn); daughter, Lisa Passero-Holden (Jon); brother, Nicholas J Passero Jr.; sisters, Peggy Frasier, Deborah Passero and Francine Passero; grandchildren, Isaac Passero, Patti Barr, Michael Barr Jr., Andrew Barr and Haley Hickok; an expected great-granddaughter due this summer. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive. Besides his father, Sam was predeceased by his sister, Susan Passero.

Calling hours for Sam will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, NY 12078. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Ferndale Cemetery, North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY 12095. A gathering will be held on Tuesday after the graveside at Sam’s sister’s house, Debbie, 6 Division Street, Gloversville.

Memorial donations in Sam’s name can be made to St. Mary’s Hospital, 427 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010 or to NYOH, 1700 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

Please visit the family’s online guestbook at

By Patricia Older

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