Sam R. Notoro, 89, of Clarendon, PA, passed from this life on earth Friday evening, November 13, 2015 at Warren General Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1926 in Clarendon, PA and resided there his entire life. He was the son of Frank and Mary Suppa Notoro. On November 21, 1953 in Kane, PA, Sam married Dorothy M. Ferry, who passed May 23, 2002.

He attended Warren Area Schools, graduating to go on to study law at Lincoln Institute and LaSalle University. He held several certifications and coordinated presidential and governor campaigns. Sam was a past president of Warren County Central Labor Council and Local Lodge 659. He was highly involved in community and civic affairs and sat on several advisory boards in Warren County. He loved politics and advocating for his fellow man.

Mr. Notoro retired in 1987 from Pittsburgh Des Moines Inc. and was a loader/laborer involved in the construction of the St. Louis Arch there in the 1960s. He was a former Chief of Police of Clarendon, PA and a former Mayor of Clarendon. He also worked as a US property guard, truant officer, and in the National Guard.

Sam had a passion for guiding young adults with compassion and respect to be all they could be. During his years here, he was a youth counselor, Little League Manager, and Boy Scout Master. He also loved and honored all of nature and animals, rescuing animals, and helping others however he could. He believed in a loving God that held all living things reverent. He had a saying, “Know the right – then do it, Know the beautiful – then appreciate it, Know the truth – then live it”.

Sam is survived by his son, Robert D. Putnam and wife, Mary, of Wesleyville, PA, two daughters, Frankie Jo Johnson of Warren, PA and Kathie Mae Notoro of Fresno, CA, three grandchildren, Denise Putnam, Jennifer Vrenna, and Robert Putnam, four great-grandchildren, Heather, Kacie, Sam, and Zack, and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one sister, Katherine Check of Clarendon, PA, his great niece and care giver, Mandy Fitzgerald, and his beloved kitty companions of many years.

In addition to his parents, preceding Sam in passing from this life was his wife Dorothy, his brothers, Joseph, Frank, Ralph, Anthony, and John Notoro, and his sisters, Mary Benson and Angeline Costello.

There will be a celebration of Sam’s life at Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2pm with the service being held at 2pm. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Paws Along the River Humane Society, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365, or to an animal organization of your choice. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting