William J. Saliba, 90, of Washington Street in Barre, died on
Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Central Vermont Medical Center.
He was born in Barre, Vermont, on July 25, 1926, the son of Joseph
and Jennie (Abuisi) Saliba. He graduated from Spaulding High School
in 1944. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air
Corps, where he served his country during World War II as a control
tower operator until his honorable discharge in 1946.
On Aug. 30,
1947, he married Joyce (Richardson) Saliba. She predeceased him on
April 18, 2003.
In 1946, his work career started with Green Mountain Power. After
nine years, he left and joined Metlife as an agent in their
Burlington, Vermont, office. He spent three successful years as an
agent and was promoted to assistant manager of the Bennington office
in 1958. Following eight years in Bennington, he was promoted to the
field training division in 1966. In 1967, he was appointed to the
district sales manager of the Fitchburg, Massachusetts, office and
held that position until his retirement in 1984.
In 1962, he was awarded the coveted Charter Life Underwriter
Designation (CLU) by the American College of Life Underwriters.
He was active in community service. In Fitchburg, he served on the
Salvation Army Citizens Advisory Board, and served as a director on
the board of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. He was a
member of the Fitchburg Rotary Club, American Society of CLUs and
the National Association of Life Underwriters.
His recreational interests included tennis, golf and trout stream
Survivors include his son; Michael Saliba, of Suffield, Connecticut;
sisters, Gloria Stroutsos, of Barre, Mary Perrault, of East Barre,
and Rita Portalupi, of Bow, New Hampshire; grandchildren Jennifer
Saliba, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Ashley Saliba, of Vietnam,
Joseph Saliba, of Vietnam, and Michelle Saliba and her daughter,
Ava, of Cranston, Rhode Island; and his dear friend, Collete
Carbonneau, of Barre.
He was predeceased by his wife and a son, David Saliba in 2002.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military
honors will be held at 3 p.m. on July 25, 2017, in the Worcester
Mountain Cemetery in Worcester, Vermont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.