Santos “Sal” Charles Cancilla

By August 4, 2012 Obituaries

Santos (Sal) Charles Cancilla, 87, of Ladson, SC, formerly of San Jose, CA passed away in his home on August 3, 2012 with his beloved wife, Marie by his side.

Sal was born on March 27, 1925 in San Jose, CA. He was the fourth child of Sicilian immigrants Gaetano and Vita (Sunseri) Cancilla. He spent his childhood there on Vine Street, in a house filled with the smells of spaghetti sauce and Italian herbs – and the sounds of children and his father’s beloved opera. These early influences would become an integral part of his life in later years.

He joined the Army during World War II and served our country from 1944-1946.

Sal worked for Southern Pacific Railroad , which later became Pacific Motor Trucking. He was a dock and warehouse worker until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Local 287 Teamsters Union.

Sal and his first wife, Helen (Starling) Cancilla Trayler had one daughter, Annette (Cancilla) Crouch Halischak together and were divorced in 1973.

He married his second wife Marie (Passafiume) Klassen Cancilla on December 7, 1974. Together they spent 12 years serving the community and the Lord in San Jose, California and continued their ministry when they moved to Ladson, SC in 2003.

Sal loved the Lord, his family, opera, comedy, gardening and sharing stories with friends. Sal was very involved in volunteer work and received an Outstanding Volunteer Award from Manna Food Ministry along with his wife, Marie Cancilla.

He is survived by his wife, Marie (Passafiume) Klassen Cancilla, brother Frank Cancilla, CA, sister Roselle (Cancilla)Nix, TX, his daughter, Annette (Cancilla) Crouch Halischak of Dundalk, MD, Step-daughters Joanna (Klassen) Fordyce and Rosanna (Klassen) Perritte of Summerville,SC, Grandchildren Dylan Crouch and Liberty Crouch, NC and Jennifer Crouch, VA; Step-grandchildren Pat, Katie, Daniel and Nicky Fordyce and Jonathan, Denise and Timmy Perritte, plus numerous great-grandchildren and other family members.

Friends and family will be received at Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services (7475 Peppermill Pky, North Charleston SC) for visitation from 4 pm-6 pm on Monday, August 5, 2012; funeral services will follow on Tuesday, August 6 at 11 am at the funeral home with Deacon Russell Fordyce officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to Marie Cancilla c/o  Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services (7475 Peppermill Pky, N. Charleston, SC 29418) Lowcountry Food Bank  or the Disabled Veterans Association.

One Comment

  • Annette (Cancilla) Halischak says:

    My dad passed away in his home with his wife, Marie Cancilla at his side. She said that he lifted up his hands as if he saw someone waiting for him… just before he died. I visited my dad just this past week because I felt I needed to see him. He had prostate cancer and it moved very fast at the end. I saw him at his best. He walked out to the car after me before I left. I was careful not to give him a hard time about that because it meant so much to him. He said, “I had to see your car.” He looked inside and smiled at me and said, “It looks good.” We told each other we loved each other and I watched him walk carefully back inside the house. It was foggy and dark and I needed to be sure he didn’t fall. I waved at him through the window and he waved back… Later that same day he fell twice. That was just Tuesday-July 31st…I think he waited for me to come. I will forever be thankful for the time we had together. It was precious.