Salem — S. Steve Salvo, 88, of Salem, Mass., died on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody, following a brief illness.
Steve, as he was known to his friends, was the devoted husband of Patricia M. (Potter) Salvo. He was the son of the late Frank and Maria (Rizzotti) Salvo.
Steve was a lifelong resident of Salem, and attended Salem Public Schools, graduating from Salem High School in 1944. He attended Salem State College, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice, as well as a master’s of education degree in guidance and counseling. He was also a graduate of the former Salem Commercial Business School.
Before his retirement in 1989, Steve worked for many years as a supervising investigator for the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. He was also formerly employed as a truant officer for the Salem Public Schools, and was a Salem Police Officer for over 16 years, where he served for a brief period with his brothers, Ralph and Anthony Salvo. Steve also owned and operated Steve’s Auto School for several years.
Steve was very well known in state and local political circles. In 1969, he was elected to the Salem City Council as a Councilor-at-Large, and in 1973, he was elected Council President by his peers. He also served on the Salem School Committee, prior to his election to the City Council. In 1976, Steve was elected to the State Democratic Committee for the Second Essex Senatorial District, representing the communities of Salem, Danvers, Peabody and Beverly. He was later appointed to serve as a member of the security staff at the 1980 Presidential Democratic Convention in New York City.
A veteran of World War II, Steve served in the Navy and was stationed on the Okinawa Islands. He was a lifelong member of the Christopher Columbus Society.