Joseph S. “Sam” Speziale

Joseph S. "Sam" Speziale

Joseph S. “Sam” Speziale, 83, of Dunkirk and Viera, Fla., died unexpectedly Wednesday evening (Oct. 24, 2018) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.

He was born Sept. 30, 1935 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Michael and Mary (Scamaca) Speziale. Sam was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1953. He was the proprietor of Mark’s Restaurant in Dunkirk and a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church.

An avid golfer, he enjoyed golfing with his friends. Sam was a master gardener who devoted much time tending to his daughter’s memorial rose garden.

Survivors include his wife, Joan C. (Panepinto) Speziale; one son, Paul (Sandra) Speziale of Wilson, NC; three grandchildren, Joseph and Megan Speziale, and Marti Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa A. Speziale, who died Dec. 30, 2011; three sisters, Ann Speziale, Carolyn Terese, and Mary Malta; and three brothers, Leonard, Vincent, and Mark Speziale.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated Saturday morning at 9 o’clock in Holy Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.