Salvador “Papa” Scurria, Jr. peacefully passed from this life to the next at his home with his three children by his side on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1 pm. He was 92. Sal’s parents were Sal “Sam” Scurria, Sr., who immigrated from Sicily, and Charlotte Isabell Bianchini from New Orleans. Born in the Lower 9th ward on November 5, 1927, Sal attended Holy Cross until the 7th grade when he left to work at the family dairy to support his family. He learned to cut hair and later became the founder of Sal’s International Hair Salon on the Lakefront where generations of New Orleanians got their haircuts for more than 35 years. Sal began to take an interest in real estate with his father and grew a successful real estate business of his own, which he continued to develop until his late 80’s.
Sal loved boating and fishing aboard the “Papa Please” and would often spend weekends at his Shell Beach camp. Sal married the love of his life, the late Alice May “Sweet Alice” Schulkens in 1958. Together they had four children whom they raised in Arabi and then later moved to Chalmette, where they lived until Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Sal loved to tell long stories, travel the world with his family, listen and dance to big band and swing music, watch classic movies, and feed the birds in his back yard.
Sal was a Man of Manresa for 25 years.
He is survived by his three children, Lori “Laura” Lynn Scurria Russo, Salvador “Sammy” Scurria III, (Dawn), and Angela “Foxy” Marie Scurria and was preceded in death by his daughter Kaye Ann Scurria. Sal was also the proud grandfather of Alyssa Kathryn Scurria, Charlotte Laura Russo, Rachel Elizabeth Scurria and Samantha Marie Scurria. Sal is also survived by his brother Armand Scurria (Valerie) and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, fishing buddies, and friends. Also surviving are his dear close friends and caretakers Tara, Sera, Arleen, Amelia, Lourdes, TraCie, and Kay. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Notre Dame Hospice, especially Deborah and Shantrice.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, Sam Scurria and Simon “Buddy” Scurria, and sister Rosemary Scurria Manguno.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 70119 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM with visitation beginning at
11:00 AM. A “Celebration of Life” will follow the Funeral Mass from 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM. at The Cannery at 3803 Toulouse Street. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society, 2605 River Rd, New Orleans, LA 70121, or Alzheimer’s Association, Louisiana Chapter, 3445 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002 are preferred. Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoenfh.com.
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