Salvatore J. Vento, age 84, died on March 18.
The son of Josephine Tarantino and Nicola Charles Vento, Mr. Vento was born on June 20, 1937 at home in South Boston. He was the seventh child of the family, which included siblings Joseph, Frank, Anthony, Connie, John, and Thomas.
Mr. Vento graduated from South Boston High School in 1955 and went to barber school in Boston and enjoyed ballroom dancing with his friends. He then worked in his father’s barbershop in Andrew Square until he was drafted into the US Army in 1960, serving two years with the 356th Army Band at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
After his army service, he went to Salem State College to become a business education teacher, graduating in 1967 and then teaching at North Quincy High School for the next 34 years. In 1971, he became the Business Department head until he retired in 2001.
In 1974, he met the love of his life, Michael Domina, and they were together for 30 years when they married in 2004, when gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts. They spent 32 years in Braintree, and moved to Hull, which became their summer residence and wintered in Bonita Springs, Florida, starting in 2005.
Mr. Vento died peacefully at home, during a full moon in the arms of his soulmate.
Donations in his memory may be made to https://www.allsoulsbraintreechurch.org or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, www.lcrf.org/donate.