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Giuseppe Sarno

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Published in on July 3, 2024

Giuseppe Sarno succumbed to the ravages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and flew with the angels peacefully on 6.29.24. When Giuseppe was 13 his parents left southern Italy and relocated the family to Boston to provide better opportunities.

Giuseppe excelled academically and in sports as an All Massachusetts State soccer player and tennis enthusiast later in life. Turning down athletic scholarships, he was awarded a 4-year academic scholarship to Boston University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, while tossing pizzas in a local restaurant.

Giuseppe first worked at a cardiac rehabilitation facility after BU. He was soon hired by a mobile imaging practice where he enthusiastically mastered ultrasonography, and specifically echocardiography; and fell in love with the heart and all things vascular. He continued as a cardiac sonographer and then as the Technical Manager of the practice for eight years, until he was accepted into the Yale Physician Associate Program.

Giuseppe graduated Yale in 1995 and worked for inpatient services at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven for several years. He then returned to Boston in Cardiology at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. He worked at the hospital as a cardiology PA for over 25 years. His energetic and thorough commitment to his patients, the department and the Lahey Clinic earned Giuseppe the Distinguished Advanced Practitioner award by his peers in 2023. He continued to work full time even with the many challenges of ALS. The disease eventually forced him to part time telemedicine. Finally, he had to give up his practice and fight ALS full time.

In addition to his service to his full-time practice, Giuseppe was an active volunteer for Project Pacer International. This Boston based non-profit organization is dedicated to the provision of free modern cardiac therapy to patients in the developing world. Giuseppe donated his time providing care to patients around the world. These experiences generated some of his most treasured memories.

He enjoyed meditation following the philosophies of his favorite Buddhist monk. He could place himself in any part of the world with his brain and imagination. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He was extremely proud of achieving the American Dream held by so many immigrants.

He fought the toughest, final seven months with ALS in Cary, North Carolina surrounded by his mother-Rema Sarno, sister-Ersilia Sarno, brother in law-Roger Gore, niece-Sofia Gore, dog-Gia, neighbors and special care giver, Maria Fernandez. He and the family would like to give special thanks to her, Right at Home, Ernie White, Transitions LifeCare and Compassionate Care ALS. Giuseppe asked that any donations be made to Compassionate Care ALS.

Non sono morto, eppure ho perso il respiro della vita – Dante Alighieri

Family and friends will honor Giuseppe’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston, on Thursday, July 11th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and again on Friday morning at 11:00 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Please meet at cemetery gate.