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Saleeby-Saliba Association of Families

William Joseph Saliba

 July 26, 1926 - June 8, 2017

90 years


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 fishing.
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.


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