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Sal Fiore, WI High School Music Director, Dies at 52

The popular faculty member and musical director of numerous groups at WIHS passed away early Tuesday morning.

Dr. Sal Fiore, director of four musical groups at West Islip High School and popular member of the faculty, died early Tuesday morning.  He was 52.

Fiore was well known for his musical guidance of more than 200 students and also acted as the director of Vocal Motion, the high school’s singing and dancing troupe.  The group has performed in front of large audiences throughout the country, including Disney World and Universal Studios in both Florida and California.

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Nancy Lenz, the district publicist and spokesperson, said that students and their parents were consoling one another in the high school on Tuesday morning.

“It’s a shock to everyone,” Lenz said.  “He is loved by his music students and many of them have commented this morning that he’s been like a father to them.

“They are very upset with the news that he passed.”

Fiore, who went by the nickname "Doc," had been with the district for 24 years.  He was also the director of the West Islip Choral and the West Islip Concert Choir.  Lenz said that just last night, he was at the high school checking on the lighting and sound of the upcoming SEPTA performance. 

Fiore held a doctorate in sacred music and master’s degrees in music history, choral conducting and theology.  He also had a postgraduate diploma in educational administration.  

Lenz said that the district hasn’t received any details as to how Fiore died.  She said that the high school was providing counseling for students and their parents on Tuesday. 

“He was an extremely talented man who was completely dedicated to his music students,” Lenz said.  “This is a very big loss to the students, school district and the community.”

Funeral services will take place at Moloney Funeral Home, 132 Ronkonkoma Ave., Ronkonkoma.  Visiting hours are tomorrow, Wednesday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.  The funeral is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Ronkonkoma, 45 Church St., Ronkonkoma.

Linda Kalinowski April 09, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Dr. Fiore was such an inspiration to me. I always looked forward to his lessons everyday for the 4 years I spent in his classroom. I am proud to have been blessed by his teachings. I enjoyed every moment and he will forever have left a lasting impression on me. When I look back I can't believe how quickly time went. Being a graduate of the class of 2000, I never imagined I'd hear such sad news. I was very shocked to hear of his passing at such an early time. I will forever be thankful to Dr. Fiore for his character and great dedication that he contributed to former and current students. He was an outstanding teacher and has touched many lives. It was amazing to see all of the love he received at his wake. Rest In Peace Doc, We love you!!!
Deborah Kendrick April 10, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Vincent, I just want you to know that we as a group have been spending time together remember all that your brother has done for us and our children. Because of him, we have made friendships that will last forever. And our children will have wonderful memories... But most of all, our thoughts are with you and your family. We know what Sal (Doc) meant to us, and we also knew how much his family meant to him. Our hearts ache for your sudden loss. You and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Debbie (Dr. Subramani's office)
Ed Luhrs April 12, 2011 at 06:32 PM
He loved all kinds of music, and had a really great personality!
Shelley W Kaye April 15, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Dear Carolyn and Family, I want to add my sincere condolences to you and your daughters and the entire Fiore Family. I did not know Dr. Fiore personally but I knew of him and your girls from our chats at MCCSD when I subbed at school. My heart truly aches for you. I do know what a wonderful person you are and the respect you always have shown for your students, your co-workers, and for the "per diem help" like me. You always made me feel welcome when I worked and treated me with respecttoo. Over the years you shared with me your Christian values andyour love of your family and music. The brief chats always left me with a deep respect for you and your family values. ( In addition, you always had the Alto Sax NYSSMA list availoable for me to copy for my son, even though he was not a MCCSD student. ) G-d must have needed another Angel. May your faith help sustain you at this very difficult time. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Kaye
Steve April 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I am sorry for your loss, kids. Was Doc's father the band conductor at Farmingdale Senior High in the '60s?

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