God took him into his arms honorably and peacefully on July 6, 2021 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Ann Mayer Scaffidi. Inspiring father of Kathleen A. Scaffidi, Karen (Bruce) Barlow, Mary Ann Scaffidi, Mark (Kerry) Scaffidi and Lisa (Neil) Scaffidi, Adored grandpa of Joseph (Elena) Vicari, Nicholas (Angela) Vicari, Gene Vicari, Christina (Nick) Meisner, Janelle (Brent) Yeakey, Jay (Samantha) Barlow, Jonathan Barlow, Jessica Phillips, Samantha (Steve) Calmes, Dale Jezwinski, Jeanna (Jeff) Watson, Ryan Scaffidi, Nicholas Scaffidi, Kaitlyn Scaffidi, Annalise Scaffidi, and Arianna Scaffidi. Loving great-grandpa of 13. Dear stepfather of Bradley (Catherine) Mayer, Charlie (LaDonna) Mayer, and Carl David (Heather) Mayer. Caring step-grandfather of Noreen Mayer, Chase Mayer, Mitchell Mayer, Seth Mayer, Brooke Mayer, Jack Mayer and Kate Mayer. Sam was preceded in death by his parents Nunzio and Nunziata Scaffidi, his son Michael Scaffidi, his brothers Charles (Ruth) Scaffidi and Peter Scaffidi, his sisters Mary (Joe) Belfiore and Sadie (Frank) Felder, his ex-wife Jeanette Scaffidi and his stepson Michael Mayer. Sam will be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends.
In 1954 a tenacious but inexperienced young man applied to be a salesman at the Heiser Automotive, although he didn’t get the job, Sam did find his drive. Wanting to earn his experience he set out to get the toughest sales job at the time; selling Kenmore vacuum cleaners. He was a success. One year to the day of being turned away, Sam Scaffidi joined Heiser Automotive as a salesman, and 19 years later, he bought the company. Under his leadership Heiser Automotive became one of the largest running dealership groups in the Milwaukee area. Over the next four decades it would grow from a single Ford dealership to four new car dealerships selling Ford, Lincoln, Toyota, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles, as well as a pre-owned dealership. Now in our 100th year, Heiser Automotive continues to be well known and trusted as a family business. This was his legacy to the family. Sam’s favorite activities in life included his family, hunting, deep sea fishing, being at the lake, water skiing and travelling. He was a story teller, a mentor and an inspiration to all who had the honor of meeting him. He was affectionately known as the Iron Clad Marshmallow Man for his strong exterior and soft hearted interior. Sam was an inspiration to everyone he met. Everyone walked away with something that changed their lives positively.
A Visitation will be held on Sunday July 18, 2021, at the funeral home, from 11 AM until 2:45 PM. A Prayer Service will be held at 3 PM. Additional Visitation on Monday July 19, 2021, at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, W314 N7642 WI-83 Hartland, from 10 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Burial at Wisconsin Memorial Park will follow Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s name to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the American Lung Association, or the American Heart Association would be greatly appreciated by the family.
A special heartfelt Thank You to the entire staff at BrightStar Care of Greater Waukesha and Lake Country and all the doctors who cared for Sam in his life.
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