Saverio “Sal” Iannaccone, Hanover Township Mayor Emeritus, died peacefully at home on September 7th. He was 97 years of age.
Sal, his wife Bea, and their growing family moved from his family home in Queens, NYC to Hanover Township in 1955. Sal was proud of being part of the era of Post WWII veterans who moved from several urban centers to the young, growing community of Hanover Township. There he joined with other new residents who became loyal friends in years of service to that community as a sign of their gratitude for the opportunity and quality of life it offered. Sal served on the Hanover Township Committee from 1964-1999. In his 55 years of service to the community, he served 17 years as Mayor of Hanover Township. As Mayor, Sal’s proudest achievements were his leadership in the balanced development and financial stability of Hanover and his oversight of the building of the new church for the Notre Dame parish.
Sal worked for forty years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, first with the Relay Division in Newark and then as a vice president of the Elevator Division in Randolph. Sal was a member of Saint Clare’s Hospital Board where he was President of their Engineering Division from which he retired.
Sal was most proud of his leadership in the construction of numerous ARC group homes in the community. He was a strong supporter of Employment Horizons and the Allegro School for autistic children. He was an advocate for senior citizens and all challenged members of the community and championed their causes at both the County and State levels.
Sal served on the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, the Hanover Township Environmental Commission, the Hanover Township Planning Board, and most recently served as Chairman of the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority.
He was the recipient of numerous awards over the years including the Cissy Laurey’s Award for Distinguished Service from the Association for Retarded Citizens, and recognition by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee which he had founded.
Sal was a member of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus and a longtime parishioner of Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls, where he and Bea sang in the choir for many years.
Sal served as a Marine during WWII and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. With the assistance of the G.I. Bill and encouragement from Bea, he graduated from the Pratt Institute and maintained his Professional Engineers License throughout his life.
Sal was predeceased by his beloved wife Beatrice (O’Hara) who he met in the church choir and asked out at the prodding of his sisters. Sal and Bea were married for 68 years. He was the loving father of Barbara Blair (Gerard), James Iannaccone (Bunni), Lawrence Iannaccone (Cecilia), Robert Iannaccone (Karen Buerle), and Victor Iannaccone (Linda). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Brian, Christopher, Mathew, Alexander, Lucas, Robert, William, Lauren, and Katherine, and great grandchildren, Jackson, Annabeth, Luca, Philomena, Rafael, and Rooney. Sal was the son of Italian immigrants Camillo and Carolina and was predeceased by his brother Victor Iannaccone and his sisters Ermelinda Iannaccone and Yolanda Pisani.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave. in Cedar Knolls on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:00 am. Entombment will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd., in Whippany on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sal’s memory may be made to Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel’s Music Program.