Santo A. "Sonny" Miceli Sr., a 38-year veteran of the Baltimore Fire Department, died June 18 of lung cancer at his Pasadena home. He was 71
Born and raised in South Baltimore, Mr. Miceli was a graduate of Southern High School.
Mr. Miceli, who was also called "Sam," entered the department in 1961 and served for many years as a firefighter at Engine 38, at Baltimore Street and Fremont Avenue.
When the fire station at that location was closed, he moved with Engine 38 to the Steadman Fire Station, next to the Bromo-Seltzer Tower in downtown Baltimore.
Mr. Miceli was later promoted to fire operations aide to the department's assistant chief and worked at headquarters on East Fayette Street.
He retired in 1999.
"Sam was inspirational and motivational and shaped my career. He inspired me to be more than just a firefighter as he motivated me toward promotions," wrote George E. Jones, a fellow firefighter who is a lieutenant at the Walbrook station.
"He taught me the operational side of the fire department and recommended me to take his place upon his retirement," wrote Mr. Jones. "And to me, it was an honor and a challenge that he knew I could handle."
He added: "I will always be reminded of his good humor. Loud laugh, stories of Engine 38, his friendship, and [most] of all, his smiling blue eyes."
Mr. Miceli, who had moved to Pasadena six years ago, was an avid boater and was a past commodore of the Ventnor Yacht club and the Belvedere Yacht Club.
Services were held June 20.
Surviving are his wife of four years, the former Gloria J. Trawitz; two sons, Santo A. "Tony" Miceli Jr. of Wilton Manor, Fla., and Tim Miceli of Dandridge, Tenn.; a daughter, Tona Ives of Pasadena; a stepson, Pat Acree of Greenwood, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Monica Leisure of Crownsville and Tiffany Smith-Ritchie of Bowie; a brother, John Miceli of Catonsville; two sisters, Mary Tormollen of Pasadena and Dorothy Dupski of Glen Burnie; and 15 grandchildren. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun