May 17, 1949 ~ May 24, 2021

Born in: New York, NY
Resided in: Wading River, NY

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Visitation: June 2, 2021 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: June 2, 2021 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Service: June 3, 2021 10:00 am

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A


Sea View Cemetery
233 North Country Road

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Michael J. Salerno 's name.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 725-0025

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  1. candleYou taught me so much about the world & the history that shaped it. You also taught me the value of wisdom & humility. Thank you for those lessons. I will always remember them when i think of you. Love you always

    • Steve he always enjoyed your company, and the times you and Matt and he watched HBO together. It was Rome, and was it Game of Thrones too? He looked forward to having you come over and loved the history discussions the three of you had. Plus was glad to lend you books, knowing you were interested in them. It was a very special relationship. He loved you too

  2. This is so hard. Such a wonderful person has left us. Michael Salerno was the best of the best. Let us hope he settles on the other side and becomes the family’s guardian angel. 💞🙏💞🙏

  3. There are no words to express either the level of sorrow we feel or the depth of love we feel for you.
    You will live on in our hearts as long as they beat.

  4. For over 50 years I was blessed to call you friend. Our memories together span all of our adult lives and then some. We will remember and treasure them for the rest of our lives.You define the term true friend and we will always be in your debt for helping us become the people we are today.

  5. candleWe love you Uncle Mike and there is such a void in your absence but our whole family is so grateful to have known you and grateful that we were so blessed to know you and call you our friend and our family.

  6. candleYou will be missed, but always remembered for times we shared together between our families. May you rest in peace.

  7. candleWhat a great guy & neighbor! You will certainly be missed Mike! RIP 🙏🏻❤️
    Sending our sincere & heartfelt condolences.

  8. To my kid Brother, AKA knucklehead,
    There must be a grand casino & golf course in Heaven so I know where you are right now. Save a place at the tables for me, kid , & you better be there to meet me when my time comes. I don’t want to run into some relative we never liked! I have loved you from the beginning to the very end and memories of you are a blessing to me.
    Your sister, Pat, AKA Bunny

  9. To my best friend in Maine. Funny, we were in Maine for 11 years and the best person we met was from New York. Loved to hear your view on things, especially history and politics. Only wish we met you earlier in life so we could have more memories together. Rest peacefully now my friend and we’ll catch you on the other side. And thank you for being a part of our lives.

  10. Susanne & Stephen Klein
    Ashley Stuart, Shafat Family
    Lillian Hartstein ( S. S. Silverberg cousin)
    Marc Brodt & Sherry Mann and family
    and my freinds, Roz Davis & Alana Chanod

  11. candleDearest Leslie and family….we are so deeply sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. We have so many wonderful memories and we both loved him very much. He was such a special part of our college years and our years living in Stony Brook. We are sending love and support to you all. May your beautiful memories of your beloved Michael give you comfort and healing during this difficult time.
    Much love,
    Rhona & Carl

  12. candleEven though hadn’t seen you after our collage years you left lasting and good memories with all that were around you!!

  13. He was the Best of the Best. He was loving, caring, generous, genuine and a most loyal friend to so many people who were lucky enough to know him. Our daughter is 49 and he was there with Harold when she was born, so yes we can say that he was surely one of a kind and one of the dearest friends we ever had. God Bless him and God Bless his wonderful loving family. Always and forever we will love you.

  14. Finding the words to express what is in our hearts is next to impossible. Mike,Leslie,Stephanie, and Matt are friends that became family. Micheal had a way of taking care of all us and filling our lives with all the ways to make one’s life matter.
    Mike didn’t just talk the talk, but he walked the walk. He never looked for recognition for the endless ways he helped people as it was just what he did.
    Mike, there will forever be a void in our hearts but your influence will guide us to be more like you…our world is better place for having walked these years beside you….your brother and sister of the heart…xoxo
    Jim & Linda. Xoxo

  15. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to Leslie and her family. My family knew Leslie and her family about 50 years or so.

  16. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one!” Seneca
    So many good memories from so many years. Thoughts and prayers for Leslie, Matt, Stephanie and family.

  17. You will be missed Michael. You were always so warm, welcoming, kind, loving and generous to me and my family. I will always be grateful for you, as without you, I wouldn’t have Stephanie as my forever friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Leslie, Matt, Heather, Stephanie, Luigi, Ava, Anna and Louie. May Mike’s legacy live on in your hearts.

  18. Michael,
    You knew who you were, your students recognized this, and so they followed your lead. You had the same effect on your colleagues.

  19. candleAunt Leslie, Stephie and Matt, I can’t imagine what the last week has been like for you. I’m so sorry. We had such good dads, both named Mike, both gone too soon, both with hearts of gold who would do anything for anyone, without ego or fanfare. I have so many great memories of my Uncle Mike, even though I lived so far away. He drove half way across the country for my birth in 1971 — what a start! When I called him when I was in college when I had to write a story about a family member and I wanted to do it about PopPop, he did not hesitate to tell me the hard truths. That candor, gently delivered, with authenticity, is what I respect most about him. When I was going through a divorce, he gently delivered the perspective that my family wasn’t broken. When my dog died suddenly, he was the first person I called, and he calmed my hysterical tears. He and Aunt Leslie showed up and welcomed me in, when few others would. He was one of the few people on earth who always called me Annie, and I felt the endearment every time he said it. He taught me that it was OK to rock the boat as long as I was being true to myself, to have my own religious and political beliefs and (sorry but I have to say it) to say “f- that!.” Stephie, I wish your babies were older and would have known him as we did, but his love will shine through you and all your family. Please be gentle to yourselves, Les, Matt and Stephie, through these difficult times. Love, Ann

  20. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to find the perfect words to write, which has been difficult. Not because he wasn’t great,  because he was actually the complete opposite. He was an amazing man who loved his family, that only deserves the perfect combination of words. But nothing I think of paints the perfect picture enough of the amazing man that I call my uncle.

    Uncle Michael stood pretty tall. He always seemed like a giant to me growing up. Then again most people are pretty tall against me, being that my height is 5″2′. (I’m sure he would’ve liked that joke.) He had a smile and a warm laugh that always made me smile. Which was always under his signature bushy mustache that I’ll never forget, along with his signature phrase “hot tamale.”

    My favorite thing as a kid was any time I was told I was visiting my Uncle Michael and Aunt Leslie. I loved spending time with them, mostly because they always made sure I knew they loved spending time with me, which meant the world to me as a kid. Not a lot of grown ups like spending time with kids. Out of all the times I spent with them and hung out or went places I’ll never forget when he took me to see the Hanna Montana movie. He smiled and took me and acted like he had a blast. I didn’t think about it much back then, but I think about it all the time now, as an adult. There’s no way a grown man would have wanted to see that movie. As I’m sure he was probably seriously uninterested in it. But without questioning if I wanted to see a different movie and without complaining he smiled and said okay without skipping a heart beat, because he knew that’s what I wanted. And that’s the type of man he was.

    I also would like to talk about how amazing his ribs and wings were. I was so obsessed, especially with the ribs, that I went years without eating any other ribs, because nobody else’s could ever compare. I was just recently told by my Aunt that he didn’t make them often, but he made them every time I went to visit because he knew how much I loved them. It made me cry. I don’t think he knew how much I appreciated him. I miss him so much. He will forever hold a place in my heart and continue to live through the love he left behind in my memories, as well as those around him.

  21. Oh Mike, you were such a good friend. Through the years, when Joe was hospitalized, you would call each day to check up on him and make sure I was ok, asking if I needed anything and encouraging me to discuss my feelings, a unique trait in a male. You were always so caring and easy to talk to. You will be missed by us both.

  22. candleOur thoughts are with you all as you go through this difficult time. We hope you find comfort in all the special memories of your time together and are able to lean on each other for support. I have learned the hard way to never take family for granted. Love to all of you!!

  23. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

    Rest easy, my great uncle, knowing that you carry on woven into the hearts and minds of so many who hold you dear.

  24. I’m so sorry for what Uncle Mike went through to be taken too soon and for what the family is going through now. My Uncle Mike was such a great person always looking out for others. He even offered to come to Dallas to help me when I was going through a tough time. He and my mom would have great phone conversations and I always enjoyed hearing about their talks. I was very thankful they had each other after my grand parents passed away. Uncle Mike will be missed by so many and will live on through the wonderful memories we each have of what a wonderful person he was.

  25. So sorry to hear of Michael’s loss. Thoughts and prayers to Leslie and family.

  26. Sending thoughts of support to Leslie, Steph, and Matt. I didn’t know your husband/father very well, but he sure meant the world to my Mom; an sign of who he was as a person. Uncle Mike was a window into Mom’s life before she met my dad, that I unfortunately only viewed a handful of times. He brought, “Bunny” to life, with a voice and attitude that was new and exciting to us kids. I fondly remember playing cards and talking movies with him. I’m proud of my mom for being helpful to your family during this time. She loves him so much.

  27. My condolences to your family in their loss, of a warm and loving family member. Memories of you will last forever.
    It had been such a long time since we were roommates at Stony Brook. Unfortunately we did not get to spend time afterwards.
    Joe Barbaccia

  28. My dad was my hero. He was a genuinely good man, a decent human being. So generous, kind, and loyal. He had such a positive impact on so many people.

    He had a shit hand dealt to him many times, but he rose above it each time. He was resilient. No matter what, he hung in there.

    He sacrificed so much for his family. He turned down a promotion to be vice principal because it would take time away from his family. That was the kind of man my dad was. Raised two great kids and was the loving grandfather of three beautiful grandkids. He loved being with his grandkids. He was so good with them. He loved them so much, and they loved him.

    One thing I’ll always remember about my dad is that he rarely complained. He suffered from chronic severe back pain his entire life. When his back would go out, and I’d say he should take something, or let someone else do the things around the house, he’d say “it’s only pain.” He’d rarely take anything stronger than tylenol. I wish I could be half as tough as he was.

    Everyone who knew him, knows he was an incredibly talented teacher and professor. He taught thousands of students throughout his career. He mentored many of them, and became friends with many for years afterwards.

    My dad had a great impact on kids sports on the north shore. That’s yet another lasting positive impact he’ll have on people. Along with some other fathers, my dad helped build what would become the North Shore Little League fields in Rocky Point. He taught little league there, and later in Shoreham. He was a great coach. I still have friends comment on how much fun they had, and how great of a coach he was.

    My dad had great taste in music. My dad took us on three cross country family road trips, and he introduced us to his favorite music. CCR, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Band, Blondie, and countless other 60s and 70s classics. We visited national monuments and parks, battlefields, and beautiful places throughout the country. Going on those road trips are some of my happiest memories. I’ll always cherish them.

    I’m going to miss him so much, for so many reasons. What I’m going to miss most is our long talks, about history, military matters, politics, or just life. He was the perfect sounding board. He gave the best advice. He never came right out and said “you should do this, or that.” He wasn’t that type of guy. He was almost like Socrates, he had a great way of getting you to figure out what you should do just by asking you questions. He only really ever gave his opinion if you explicitly asked for it. He was just a pleasure to talk to.

    Dad, I’m always going to remember the random car rides to no where, playing Goldeneye and Perfect Dark against each other on the Nintendo 64, fishing, just reading a book next to each other, all of your great stories, playing cards and Suck Mud, playing chess or other board games, having a drink with you, all of the good advice, all of the times I asked you random history questions and you would go on a 45 minute lecture purely from memory. Your knowledge of history knew no bound. I love that I inherited a love of learning, of history, and of teaching from you.

    I loved every minute I was with you. I’m going to miss you for the rest of my life.

  29. I miss you so much dad. I lost a huge piece of my heart when we lost you.

    I miss you terribly. I love you so much.

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