Michael Savoia: In Memoriam

Perth Amboy Federation Treasurer Michael Savoia, a retired history teacher and active substitute, died after seeking treatment at Robert Wood Johnson hospital in New Brunswick in early May. Savoia previously served as Treasurer of the then-named NJ State Federation of Teachers.

Savoia Stuffs Envelopes
Savoia (second from right) stuffs Federation Flash envelopes with Rosanna Weime (right), Loris Welch (facing Savoia), Larry Bellow (left) and Norm Tankiewicz (2nd from left).

Savoia was a fixture in Perth Amboy union activities and served multiple terms as Treasurer for the local. His wife, Cathy, is an early childhood education teacher at Wilentz School in Perth Amboy. The couple resided in Perth Amboy.

Services for Michael Savoia

Sunday, May 6
Visitation
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Flynn and Son Funeral Home – Fords
23 Ford Ave
Fords, New Jersey 08863

Monday, May 7

Funeral 10:00 AM
Mass 10:30 AM

Our Lady of Peace
630 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ 08837

Burial to follow at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cemetery, Woodbridge



In 2015, Savoia reflected on the efforts of fellow teachers and their commitment to education as one participant in a short video.


AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera worked with Savoia when she was President of the Perth Amboy local. “Michael has been part of my union family for over 30 years. His commitment to the Perth Amboy Federation and to the Perth Amboy Public School Community is unmatched. His death is also a deep personal loss for Norm and I.  Michael was not only someone we worked with through the years, he was a close friend who we shared many memories with.”  

Perth Amboy President Patricia Paradiso worked with Savoia up to the present. “Michael was not only our Treasurer,  but also the Perth Amboy Federation’s unofficial historian. If you mentioned any name, or any place in Perth Amboy, Michael had a story to go with it. Until recently, Michael was invited by Perth Amboy Public Schools to take newly hired staff members on a bus tour of the city. It was a role he cherished and one of the truly unique traditions that made Perth Amboy a special place to work. His loss is immeasurable.”