Samuel Ferrara

Samuel J. Ferrara

Thursday, July 27th, 1944 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Samuel J. Ferrara

Samuel J. Ferrara, 76, died October 3, 2020 at Geneva General Hospital. He was born July 27, 1944 in Seneca Falls, NY, the son of Matthew Ferrara and Alma (Suffredini) Ferrara.

Sam was a 1962 graduate of Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls. He married the love of his life, Rosalie (Leone) in 1966, with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage this past August. Sam was a devout Catholic, a loyal member of SMS, Rumseyville Sportsman’s Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the NRA. He and his brother Matthew “Zoomer” Ferrara Jr. took over the family business after their father, Matthew Sr., retired. They were the proprietors until 2008, at which point Sam decided that retirement fit him well.

He spent most of his days either fishing or hunting. On good days, he did both. He was an extrovert who loved being with people as much as he loved being in nature. He spent as much time as he could with his family and good friends. He was there when anyone needed help.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Mathew “Zoomer” Ferrara Jr.. Surviving in addition to his wife, Rosalie (Leone), are his son, Sam Ferrara and wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Michelle Ferrara Peterson, and husband, Thor Peterson of Idyllwild, CA; two grandsons, Soren Peterson and Marlin Peterson; one sister, Sylvia (Ferrara) Greenly and husband, Charles Greenly as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends.

A Funeral Mass, officiated by the Reverend James Fennessy, will be held on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca Falls. Burial to follow at St. Columbkille Cemetery, Seneca Falls.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca Falls or your choice of charity. To leave online condolences, messages for the family, or find additional information, please visit
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Church
    97 W. Bayard St.
    Seneca Falls, New York 13148
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    Reverend James Fennessy
  • Interment

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 12:00pm
    St. Columbkille Cemetery
    133 East Bayard Street
    Seneca Falls, New York 13148
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Stephen Saracino

Posted at 10:25am
Wonderful human with an arresting smile. R.I.P. Sam...

Steve Saracino

Sunni Povero

Posted at 11:28am
My deepest sympathy go out to you and your family . Sunni Piovero

Daniel Tompkins

Posted at 10:24am
Rosalie and Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. May the many memories you share stay in your hearts and minds forever.


Gail & Dan Tompkins

Mr. & Mrs R. E. MacConnell

Posted at 11:49am
Sam we will sorely miss you at future family gatherings and dinners and appreciate how you and Rosalie welcome us as your extended family. We hope they have crab legs in heaven you so enjoyed here. We will always pray and remember you with fondest loving memories.
Ginny and Mac MacConnell

Patti Durr

Posted at 04:38pm
Rosalie, I am saddened to hear about Sammy. He was such a character and will be missed by so many. Stay strong and know that he brought much love to so many.

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