SOUTHPORT, Conn. – Sassin "Ed" Saloomey, a former Southport business owner, died suddenly on Feb. 16 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was 100.
Born in Baskinta, Lebanon, he was the son of Shaker and Tesbina Saloomey. He served in the Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star.
He was the owner of the S&S Dugout, a Southport landmark for more than 60 years, which he operated with his wife, Magdalena “Mary” Saloomey; as well as Marcia Kernstock; Romaine Hiza; his son, Bob; and grandson, R.J.
Saloomey opened a six-stool hot dog stand in 1950 alongside a Fairfield recreational baseball field before Interstate-95 was constructed. In 1955, he moved to his current location in Southport.
He was an avid baseball fan, especially of the New York Yankees.
Saloomey is survived by two sons, Peter (Deniz) and Robert, both of Fairfield; a sister-in-law, Marhaba Saloomey, of Fairfield; five grandchildren and three nieces. He was predeceased by four brothers, Salim, Nahim, Karim and Halim.
Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield Center. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Pius X Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.