SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Dr. John F. Salimbene, a longtime Scarsdale family physician, died Sunday, Dec. 4, at his home. He was 85.
Salimbene was killed in a fire at the Boulevard residence, where he also had his medical offices.
His wife of 60 years, Marie, was seriously injured during the blaze but is recuperating in the hospital.
The couple worked together professionally to serve the community for more than 55 years.
He was an USAF veteran and had served as a flight surgeon for four years at various bases, finally settling in at SAC Base in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The son of Italian immigrants Vincent and Frances Salimbene, he lived in the Throgs Neck area of the Bronx and attended Fordham Prep and Fordham University.
He attended the University of Rome Medical School and later began a residency at Flushing Hospital in Queens before moving to Scarsdale where he built a family practice.
Salimbene spent decades as the Tuckahoe Police Department’s doctor.
He also worked at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains and at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. He treated the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Sisters Of Life.
A deeply religious man, Salimbene loved the Christmas holidays and always decorated his home with bright lights and a crèche, his family said.
Salimbene’s family said he was beloved by his patients, many of whom considered him a confidant and a personal friend.
He is also survived by seven children: John Jr, Rita, Deborah, Jennifer, Bernadette, Frances, and Michael; 12 grandchildren: Ann, Emily, John III, David, Adriana, Daniel, Ashley, Melissa, Jessica, Michael, Luke, Hannah; and three great-grandchildren: Johnathan, Chance and Eddie.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Westchester Funeral Home in Eastchester (for GPS purposes, Tuckahoe).
Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, at the home, located at 190 Main St.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 Carman Ave., Scarsdale.
Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.
In lieu of flowers, friends may wish may contribute to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
For more information and directions, call the funeral home at (914) 337-4585.