Bruno Sammartino

  • Born: October 6, 1935
  • Died: April 18, 2018
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Bruno Sammartino

All-time wrestling great was known as the "Living Legend"…

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82. For full obituary from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Bruno 3X he was a man of impeccable character! He was not only the best the business has seen, he remained humble. If you want to test a mans character, give him power or fame. Bruno surely passed the test. He, I'm sure would be in the top 5 of all time, of all men in history, who achieved fame and maintained good character, genuineness etc. Bruno was a true gentleman and his legacy is timeless. Such a terrible loss for mankind. May God bless and keep his family at this time, and the days too come.

Posted by David Lehrman - Tazewell, TN - acquaintance   April 15, 2019

Pulled over many years ago in my Yellow Cab, to ask a jogger for directions, and as soon as he spoke, there was no question who he was...a man of quiet grace!

Posted by Edward McWhirter - Pittsburgh, PA - acquaintance   February 28, 2019


A great professional wrestler and a great human being. He was well respected. He really knew how to wrestle. He wasn't a flashy pro wrestler with expensive robes. He was tough and he wrestled to beat his opponent. Mr. Sammartino was very tough inside that squared circle. Mr. Sammartino was a great pro wrestling commentator who provided a lot of insight into various holds and maneuvers. The comments he made came from experience as a pro wrestler...not some armchair want-to-be individual. I also liked watching his son wrestled. Back in the day I watched pro wrestling to see if a wrestler would go down for the count or submit...nothing more and nothing less. Back then pro wrestling was a sport...not entertainment. Thank you Mr. Sammartino for setting the pro wrestling bar up so high!!! When Mr. Sammartino entered the squared circle...he meant business!!! He was a man of steel and velvet. What a Class Act and an outstanding individual who was humble as well. "Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way" (Booker T. Washington). Respectfully submitted by: Artemus Flagg, Ph. D. of Charlotte, NC

Posted by Artemus Flagg - CHARLOTTE, NC   February 22, 2019

I watched Bruno on tv when I was kid. I couldn't wait for saturday night to watch wrestling. Bruno was such a professional, he will be sorely missed..RIP

Posted by Mario Glover Sr - Newark, DE   February 13, 2019

In my childhood years, the grand finally to a any week, in those days were to sit with my Dad, Mr. louis m. Chesimard, May he Rest In Peace , and watch, the greatest wrestlers of all time. Our favorites were mr. Bruno Sammartino , cocoa brazil, Andre the giant, to mention a few.God bless Mr. Sammartino and all the best tohis family. Thank you for sharing this great man with us

Posted by Andre Chesimard - Freeport, NY - friend   December 27, 2018

My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Sammartino. May the Almighty be with you at this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   December 24, 2018


Posted by BARRYA Thompson - Port Saint Lucie, FL - acquaintance   December 19, 2018

Bruno was a real inspiration in & out of the ring. What charisma!! I followed his great career from winning the title from Rogers in 63 thru his classic wars with Monsoon, Kiniski, Watts, Dr. B.Miller & countless others, too many to mention, met him several times throughout his career. You will be truly missed Bruno. Youre in the Good Lords hands now . My heartfelt sympathy to Carol, David , Danny & Daryl. Sincerely, Kevin Kenny

Posted by Kevin Kenny - Rockville Centre, NY - acquaintance   September 19, 2018

May Bruno Sammartino Rest in Peace.
Deepest sympathies to his loved ones.

Posted by Charles Catalano - Bronx, NY   June 23, 2018

Blessings ...

Posted by - IL   June 02, 2018

Posted by Faye M - Melvindale, MI   May 21, 2018

Second only to my dad, who was also tough as nails, Bruno Sammartino was my idol. His long fuse, mind manner and awesome athleticism are what I aspired to have...What a great man was he...

Posted by Franco Minasian - Chicago, IL - Friend   May 20, 2018

Would like to add a couple of more thoughts of Bruno Sammartino.
In the summer of 1964, Bruno had a radio program which aired on Sunday afternoons that I liked listening to-I can still remember the theme song.
When Bruno came to Middletown to wrestle at our local Fairgrounds in August 1966, I got to say hello when he signed my wrestling magazine.
Also, thank you to Mr. Baron Von Raschke for the really nice message you left here.

Posted by Frank Bellotto - Middletown, NY   May 16, 2018

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of an athletic man. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by M C    May 15, 2018

Posted by Glenn Lunger    May 08, 2018

Once in a lifetime they are a person comes along that help's change the course of history. Bruno sammartino did just that for the world of professional wrestling. His tremendous contribution's that he gave to the industry will be remembered forever by fellow competitor's, his family,friend's, and also by his million's of fan's around the world. May God bless Bruno, Todd Gilbert Inman,sc

Posted by A friend   April 30, 2018

My grandparents watched Mr. Sammartino wrestle each Saturday morning. Many will remember his wrestling legacy. May the God of tender mercies and comfort help you during this most difficult time.

Posted by JMS - MD   April 27, 2018

Losing you Bruno was difficult, along with losing a part of my childhood........You will always be remembered........Until we meet again.

Posted by A friend   April 24, 2018

Posted by Dave Andrews - Parker, CO   April 24, 2018

I just wanted to extend my thanks to the Sammartino family for having services for viewing, open to the public. It was very nice being able to come and see Bruno, as my brother and I were huge fans of his, and were always at the Civic Arena watching wrestling matches, hoping Bruno would be there.
I also knew Dan and Darryl from college years ago, they were always very nice to me, and I appreciated their kindness.I am so very sorry for the tremendous loss to your family. May you all find peace at this difficult time. - Sharon DiSimo ( Medina) and daughter Casey. <3>

Posted by Sharon Disimo - Pittsburgh, PA   April 23, 2018

Fenway Park Boston Bruno VS Killer 1969 I was there with my dad,! Bruno wins stretcher match. Abe Ford was the promoter. Boston Garden was the scene for monthly Title matches. Steele Tanaka Ramos Ky Butcher Bull Dog Brower Monsoon Arian Shiek Miller Mortimer Von Erick etc...... dim lights Bruno entrance.....and what action!!!! You were exhausted and much fullfilled! Never to be repeated in this lifetime and so happy to have seen this great Wrestling Champion!

Posted by Jimmy OKeefe - Methuen, MA   April 23, 2018

Posted by Jimmy OKeefe - Methuen, MA   April 23, 2018

My idol from 1960 always watch his fights was at garden in May 1963 when he won title.Was #1 will always be #1 RIP will never forget

Posted by Vincent DeGennaro - Brooklyn, NY   April 23, 2018

Posted by Vincent DeGennaro - Brooklyn, NY   April 23, 2018

Heartfelt condolences to the WWF Champ "Bruno Sammartino". I watch you so many times at Madison Square Gardens when you were the "Champ" so many years ago. What great times. So sorry to see you go. Will always remember you. RIP

Posted by R D - SC   April 23, 2018

RIP Bruno,Pittsburghs greatest wrestler.

Posted by Anthony Family - Pittsburgh, PA   April 22, 2018

Wonderful memories with my dad at Boston Garden watching you put on such a fantastic wrestling match. We were hoarse from yelling Bruno Bruno! Thank you for being such a great role model! Bye Bruno I will miss you, Jimmy O'Keefe. Methuen Ma,

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2018

A classic thing he said I thought was "cool", there was a tag team match, him and Arnold skoaland vs. smasher sloan and tank morgan.Morgan injured skoaland, he was carried out, Bruno then held sloan in a backbreaker forever, sloan was carried out,then Bruno was about to finish morgan off with the bearhug, and Bull Ortega ran in and attacked!!In an interview the next week Bruno said."Oh, I'm gonna get Morgan. And this 350 pound Mexican, when I get through with him he'll be 50 pounds, and a small breeze is gonna come and blow him back where he came from."Thought that was classic!!

Posted by Steven Bobb - Tamarac, FL   April 22, 2018

We loved you Bruno, Great memories from the BOSTON GARDEN

Posted by Jimmy Okeefe - Methuen, MA   April 22, 2018

Posted by steven bobb - tamarac, FL   April 22, 2018

Condolences and sympathy to the Sammartino family for your loss.

Mr. Sammartino, growing up, I admired you for being a hero in wrestling. I told you this as a 20 year old in 1990, when I had the honor of meeting you. But throughout adulthood, I have admired you even more for being a hero as a man, which is infinitely more important.

Thank you, Sir, for your wonderful model for living an good life. Your strong values, your unwavering convictions, your kindness, your humility, and so much more have been an inspiration to me in my life, which I will never forget and will always strive to uphold. Peace to you and your family.

Posted by Robert Sforza - Moon Township, PA   April 22, 2018

Dear Daryl and Family -
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jack Kerekes    April 22, 2018

Bruno was my idol growing up. I sat on a airplane beside him as he was going to DC to wrestle. I was at several matches at the Pitrsburgh Civic Arena. Bruno you will be missed

Posted by Larry Scheid - Lexington, OH   April 22, 2018

there will never be another man of men like him
god has got a place for him and it is graceful
just as he was to all people

Posted by JOHN VINCIGUERRA - PITTSBURGH, PA   April 22, 2018

RIP Bruno Sammartino, Pittsburgh greatest,

Posted by Anthony Family - Pittsburgh, PA   April 22, 2018

To the family of Bruno Sammartino, one of Pittsburgh greatest wrestling champs.My heart and prayers are with you.May God bless and keep you.

Posted by Alice Anthony - Whitehall, PA   April 22, 2018

we are deeply heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of the greatest wrestler's of all time's may God bless your family our prayer's are with them and the wrestling world

Posted by Bill & Brenda Bupp - Seven Valleys, PA   April 22, 2018

..."Ciao Bruno!"...

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2018


My condolences. R.I.P.Mr Sammartino. Maria Torkos(Nardo) and family.

Posted by maria (Nardo) torkos - east liverpool, OH   April 21, 2018

My late wife Barbara and I saw Bruno at the wheeling civic center toward the end of his career. He had his opponent in an armlock right in front of us when barb gave out a loud cheer.He looked up and winked at her.Its funny how such a small gesture remains with you. R.I.P. champ. BOB ORAVEC. BRANFORD,CONN

Posted by A friend   April 21, 2018


My deepest Condolences and Prayers to Sammartino Family
A great Champion you represented Wrestling with Honor & Respect you made me proud to be Italian.
RIP miss you My friend .

Posted by Carlo Martini - Charlotte, NC   April 21, 2018

Posted by Carlo Martini    April 21, 2018

U will be missed very very much......

Posted by John Steinman - clarion, PA   April 21, 2018


Posted by John Pekar - Pittsburgh, PA   April 20, 2018

Bruno was a great wrestling champion and star back in the 1960s perhaps the golden age of pro wrestling on tv. He had a legion of fans and we will have great memories of his many bouts. His many sell outs at" the garden "is astounding!God Bless and R.I.P. champ!!

Posted by Pete Cullen - Bloomfield, NJ   April 20, 2018

Dear Darryl,
my deepest condolences to you and your family.
your father will always be remembered as the greatest! wishing you comfort and peace at this time. lots of love and prayers to you & your family. Stay strong my friend.. Lisa

Posted by lisa - pittsburgh   April 20, 2018

My Condolences to Mr. Sammartino's Family. I remember meeting him at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on numerous occasions. The many conversations we had while I always took care of him. He also remembered my parents who had graduated from Schenley High as well. Always a class act while being very humble. I was born in Pittsburgh and will miss him greatly!!!

Posted by Michael Derewicz - Chicago, IL   April 20, 2018

RIP Bruno. Remembering the early days with a ton of respect and affection. God Bless your family during these trying times.

Posted by Richard Fusia - Swissvale, PA   April 20, 2018

Bruno was truly an extraordinary talented and accomplished man of integrity. My condolences and prayers for your entire family. May God grant solace during this most challenging time. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A Caring Fan    April 20, 2018


Posted by DON FISSETTE - CHESAPEAKE, VA   April 20, 2018

Bruno was a wonderful person. We watched him wresting while growing up with my pap. You will be missed. R. I. P bruno.

Posted by Michael Hall - Scottdale, PA - Friend   April 20, 2018

I was a kid growing up outside of the Burgh in the 50's/60's & have very clear memories of watching Bruno on Studio Wrestling (remember B&W TV, the cardboard cut-outs of people in the audience all brought to us by "Who can.....American. American Plumbing & Heating" as announced by Pie Traynor?). Mr Sammartino was a hulk of a man, an amazing athlete, a champ for the ages, a sweet guy full of integrity and an icon of wrestling and Pittsburgh. He will be missed.

Posted by Charles Murdock - Austin, TX   April 20, 2018

Thanks for the entertainment as a child of the 60s-will never forget. Rest in Peace, Bruno

Posted by Philip L Winsor - Bridgewater Corners, VT   April 20, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the Sammartino Family. Bruno always brought great dignity to the sport of professional wrestling and the Pittsburgh area. He will be greatly missed

Posted by Zoltan Ken Jugan - Glassport, PA   April 20, 2018

Bruno Sammartino was my idol growing up in NY. May he rest in peace. Saw him wrestle live a few times. My Condolences to his family.
Richard Urbanowski {North Port Fla.}

Posted by A friend   April 20, 2018

I take great comfort knowing my mother will be in good hands. She is laid to rest at North Side Cemeteries Good Shepard Chapel (Maryann Nassan) She thought the world of you Bruno and was a huge fan. RIP Bruno

Posted by Patrick Kline - 1280 Wilna St Washington,Pa., PA   April 20, 2018

Our condolences to the family of Bruno Sammartino. His mom and my grandmother were neighbors.
I can remember my mom talking about Bruno when I was a child great memories.

Posted by Frank Polselli - Pittsburgh, PA   April 20, 2018

Rest Easy, Champ.

Posted by Darren S - Winnipeg   April 20, 2018

Bruno you are a true living legend i grew watching you when i was kid on studio wrestling when it was wiic tv and remembered watching your son david wrestle brutus the barber at the very first wrestlemania and my sympathies to your family r.i.p champ

Posted by Regis Suchma - Pittsburgh, PA   April 20, 2018

Bruno was one of my biggest idols growing up in Washington, Pa. He meant so much to so many. Blessing to your family.

Brian Luzier

Posted by Brian Luzier - Elizabethtown, PA   April 20, 2018

Posted by Dick Melkerson - Beaver, PA   April 20, 2018


Bruno will always be known as the best legendary wrestler ever. He was a wonderful person, loving husband, and Father. He also cared deeply for his fans and friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his wife Carol,and his three sons. May God carry them through this time of grief and sorrow. May he help ease the pain that they are feeling in their hearts.
R.I. P. Bruno Sammartino.

Posted by Bobbie Eadie - Pittsburgh, PA   April 20, 2018

Bruno wrestling never b same u put of on the map we love you remeber now. U have to teach wrestling in heaven there any no tears in heaven u work hard for fans family and itself am glad u die with pride god bless u enjoy use new life use in our hearts use in our soul use our best friend use in our soul

Posted by Heidi Dungan - Pgh, PA   April 20, 2018

A true idol to thousands of Italian Americans like myself he was very beloved in my Italian neighborhood by all. A true gentleman and a kind soul he will be missed by all. Rest in peace ciao

Posted by ANGELO BUONOPANE - saugus, MA   April 19, 2018

We will always have you in our hearts as you were truly the greatest wrestler
To ever put in the tights a real mans man and always a gentleman none better ever we love you sir and our condolences go to your family but most of all Thanks for the memories !!

Posted by Bob Kutz - Altoons, PA - Friend   April 19, 2018

Bruno was a great champion a great wrestler a great athlete but even a greater person.God bless him and his family.

Posted by Fred Katrencik - Eighty Four, PA   April 19, 2018

Posted by Fred Katrencik - Eighty Four, PA   April 19, 2018


Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

My family had the pleasure of getting to know Bruno, and his very sweet wife, Carol. They were kind enough to be our Honorary Chairs for our fundraising event,"Dancing with the Pgh Stars for CF" for the five years that we held the event.

Bruno was the most gentlest and kindest person. He would sign autographs and pose for pictures with all the attendees and always be the most patient and friendly to everyone.

The world has lost a very dear person and our sympathies extend to Carol and her entire family.

We are confident that he has a front row seat in Heaven! He will be deeply missed!

Sam & Rhea Nicotra, Mars, Pa.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

I was a fan of Bruno. As a little boy he was my hero. I would some times get a chance and was able to see his matches in person. I also had his weight lifting course that my father and i used all the time. Bruno will be missed my condolences to his family. R.I.P Champ

Posted by Mike Seward - Roebling, NJ   April 19, 2018


Thank you for being a dear friend.

Posted by Catherine Riccio - Louisville, KY   April 19, 2018

I was fortunate enough to meet Bruno through Marty Lazzaro, who introduced us. I have never had the privilege of meeting a finer gentleman in my life. Over several trips on business to Pittsburgh, I was blessed with meeting his beautiful wife, Carol, who was the topic of many of our conversations. As I am writing these words about a dear friend that is now with God, I am watching some of his many matches in Madison Square Garden and listening to the crowds take the roof off the venue.
Tough? That is an understatement. The injuries and illnesses that Bruno endured, would make a normal person tap out after one second. Not Bruno, he never gave up to pain or anything else. And through all of those challenging times, Carol was his best Nurse. Bruno told me that of all the nurses that looked after him, he was just happy when he returned to his home and was under the care of the love of his life. Carol and Bruno were not a couple, they were and are one. I shared several dinners and hours of conversation and stories that I could never hear enough of.
The legacy of Bruno Sammartino will live on forever. The man might have taken his last breath on this earth, but his soul and legacy breathes fresh air in the afterworld.

Posted by Catherine Riccio - Louisville, KY   April 19, 2018

Posted by Catherine Riccio    April 19, 2018

Posted by Catherine Riccio    April 19, 2018

I'm 62 yes old my brother is 59 were Italians from the bluff.when we were kids Bruno would come to my aunt sis house for lunch and a Sunday feast.the first tme he sat with us we were 8 and 5 yr.old kids when he was told my brothers name was also Bruno he took to us right away, especially my brother. he use to have us sit in the palm of each hand and he would lift us over his head real fast while everyone at the table would count out loud.then he would run around the house with my brother on his shoulder hollering Bruno Bruno with a giant smile on his face and then laugh like that was the funniest thing he ever did.thanks for the memories Bruno.

Posted by Mark and Bruno RIccardi - pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I was at the HOF induction . It was great to chant his name again like in the old days. BRUNO !! BRUNO BRUNO !! There will NEVER be another.

Posted by Cheryl Giacomo Howitt - Highland, NY   April 19, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Sammartino family...Mr. Sammartino was responsible for my becoming a wrestling fan in 1966, as I was very intrigued by his charisma and his style in the ring......I attended every wrestling show at the old and new Madison Square Gardens from 1967 to 1985, as well as many shows throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston......I saw Mr. Sammartino countless times, and I always felt he was the best performer at making all his moves in the ring seem to be authentic....The excitement he created in the arenas was palpable, and he beautifully knew how to play to the crowd without being overly histrionic...On the occasions when I spoke with him, he was always very cordial and friendly......He did not have to know you well to engage in a conversation.......May he rest in peace, and may perpetual light shine upon him.......

Posted by Ronnie Grau - Easton, PA   April 19, 2018


RIP Bruno, your humanity and devotion to family is what I always admired about you.

Posted by Frank Gliozzi - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I met Bruno through a mutual friend. He truly was a gentle man. Very humbled. I also worked with Dan, his son, at Jim McKain Ford in the late 80's. It was an honor to know them both. My condolences and prayers to the Sammartino family. Bruno will be missed.

Posted by Scott Fink - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

Thanks Bruno for those wonderful Saturday evenings watching Studio Wrestling as a boy at my grandmother's place. We always watched up until we saw your match! Heaven has a new champ!

Posted by Duane Lukitsh - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

Heaven has gained a champion a new chapter in his life.Let us celebrate his life we know he is home now and he did his job here on Earth! God bless you Champ you will be missed!

Posted by Tony Dorfeo - West Mifflin, PA   April 19, 2018


Posted by Peggy - Pgh, PA   April 19, 2018

Being of Italian heritage, I have fond memories of watching wrestling with my grandfather on Saturdays. I remember my Nonno (grandfather) being so proud of Bruno being Champ and of Italian descent; yelling at Bruno to get up, and hit him back (in Italian), as his opponent at times was getting best of him - then the smile, accolades, as Bruno's hand was raised. Then at times Bruno would speak to his fans in Italian - Oh, my Nonno was so proud!

Then the shows locally - if Bruno was there, we had to go; watching him wrestle Professor Tanaka, Waldo Von Erich, Killer Kowalski, Blackjack Lanza and many others. Nonno yelling and cursing in Italian, and me as a youngster yelling and cheering in American. What Great memories.

Met Bruno in person several years with my son at a local event. I was tickled pink, and my son was in awe as we met this champion wrestler. Bruno was very humble, polite and genuine; took a picture with my son to which he brought to school and showed all his classmates with pride this picture of him and with a world known wrestling champion. Again Great Memories.

Thank you Bruno for who you were, what you did, and the pride you showed and instilled in your profession. You made a lot of people proud.

Rest in peace Champ with all God's love and Mercy. My Nonno is waiting to meet you.

My Deepest Condolences with thoughts and prayers to the Sammartino family.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018


Rest In Peace Champ.

Posted by Cynthia Thomas - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

Our family sends are condolences to Bruno's family> he was a wonderful person and he would come and visit us in Garfield. One of our family members which is now gone to heaven used to take care of him in his younger days.Our pays are with the family. I know he is with the Grand man in heaven.R.I.P. Bruno I also worked with his cousin Carol at UPMC

Posted by Wanda Williams - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

Deeply saddened to learn of Bruno's passing. I remember going to the Philadelphia Arena watching many of his matches. I was truly honored to get to see him in person and get his autograph after one of his title matches with Gorilla Monsoon. A real humble champ. Rest in Peace Champ.

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Posted by Steve & Kathy Burkholder - Perryopolis, PA   April 19, 2018

Bruno was my favorite wrestler in WWF My dad and I would sit and watch him all the time. He is now at rest Rest in peace my friend. My heart goes to his wife Carol and his family God be with you at this time.

Posted by Dorothy and Danny Hobbs - Beaver, PA   April 19, 2018

Thanks for the great memories during the 60's and 70's. Sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting you. From everything I heard you were a total gentleman. RIP Champ !

Posted by Terry Koman - Pgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I enjoyed watching Bruno wrestle for many years. He was the best. May he rest in peace. From one of your fans, Mike Ross

Posted by mike ross - pittston, PA   April 19, 2018


To the greatest champion the WWE has ever had and will ever see .He was my childhood hero and I finally did get to meet him he came into the restaurant where I was a bartender and he posed for pictures and talked with everybody and stayed for almost 3 hours .Bruno you're a great man humble and you never forgot your roots. may you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Michael Giacomo - Port Saint Lucie, FL   April 19, 2018

My brother and I were lucky enough to spend alot of time with Bruno in the mid-80s when he was a commentator in Poughkeepsie New York . We always went to the Garden to see him and when we actually met him in person, it was a dream of a lifetime. He was larger than life and I was pretty much in shock ! We love you Bruno & will always treasure our time with you. Rest in peace. Cheryl Giacomo Howitt and Michael Giacomo.

Posted by Cheryl Giacomo Howitt - Highland, NY   April 19, 2018

Posted by RONN SCALA    April 19, 2018

Thank you Bruno for the kindness you showed to me. Thank you for the times we spent having lunch and talking about the days of your life. My family and I will always love and miss you. You've gained your wings. REST IN THE ARM'S OF THE LORD BRUNO. Thank you for being.
I will never forget...

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

I watched Bruno Sammartino Wrestle when I was 12 years old with my grandfather and I got hooked. I traveled from upstate New York to Madison Square Garden over 25 times to watch Bruno Wrestle over his career. He was the greatest wrestler I ever saw . He Was courteous and always grateful to his fans. Rest in peace Bruno there will never be another one like you

Posted by Michael Giacomo - Port Saint Lucie, FL   April 19, 2018

I was Bruno's fan club president for many years
and took from arenas to hotels.One of my many memories I was picked up @ Pittsburgh Airport by Bruno,taken to lunch and to his home.He also drove me to the Arena where he fought George the Animal Steele.After the matches he drove me back to the airport.I then traveled to Boston to see he wrestle the next night.I remember the night he lost at MSG to Ivan Koloff.I saw Bruno at his hotel before the match.I saw Bruno wrestle all over the East Coast.He will be missed!
Mike Medugno Glen Cove,NY

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

From Pizzoferrato (Abruzzo) to Oakland, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania you have been an inspiration. Your personality made you into a star. Star not because of name but because of heart. You are now everlasting, reaching the hearts of the world.

Da Pizzoferrato a Oakland sei stato fonte d'ispirazione. La tua personalità ti ha trasformato in una stella. Un stella non per su nome ma per il cuore. Ora stai perennemente raggiungendo i cuori del mondo.

Posted by J S - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I was so sad to hear about Johnny Valuant just dying and now BRUNO Pittsburgh lost TWO great Wrestler this month. . Johnny Valiant also was a friend of Bruno. I was going up to Studio Wrestling channel 11 and He BRUNO always came in with John L Sullivan . He was also his friend and like him too. Bruno. Did a lot. For him. He was A Great Man. My Sumpanthy to the family. He is resting now but will be in the Almighty Hands. What better place to be. A Wrestling Fan of the past. P Mihelic

Posted by Pat Mihelic - Pgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I watched Bruno in person st the Civiv Arena in Pittsburgh many tines. One of the strongest natural athletes in the world. My grandparents, both full blooded Italian, loved Bruno.
My sympathy and prayers to all.
The world and wrestling world lost a great Man. RIP Bruno.

Posted by Ed Patrick - Canonsburg, PA - Acquaintance   April 19, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A. H. - NC   April 19, 2018

He was and is the greatest nobody can even come close to him

Posted by Michael Marra - Lecanto, FL   April 19, 2018

Thank you Bruno for all the great memories. I've had the honer of meeting you on a few occasions and you gave me the best advice. You will be greatly missed. You are the reason I love wrestling and became a referee. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Jim Vanlandingham - Pittsburgh, PA   April 19, 2018

I was always a fan of Bruno. He was the perfect example of a true athlete, honest and fair. He was also an excellent representative for his Italian heritage, hard working, and family oriented. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
John Baccari, Greenville, Rhode Island

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018


Posted by DAN BRACE - PITTSBURGH, PA   April 19, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the Sammartino family. Bruno brought tremendous entertainment with his athletic ability and personality to this fan on Saturday mornings back in Boston in the 70's and 80's. He is missed! Rest in peace Bruno.

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Posted by Glen James Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   April 19, 2018

Bruno - you were my childhood hero. I spent many Saturday nights during the 1960's and early 1970's sitting ringside at the Philadelphia Arena cheering you on. Thanks for everything you did for professional wrestling. May you rest in peace Bruno.

Posted by Gary - Audubon, NJ   April 19, 2018

God Speed Bruno !! You brought excitement, talent and knowledge to the squared circle !! An icon that shall live on for generations ! You were my favorite, Bruno. My heart is sad ! Rest Well friend !

Posted by Mark Peden - Norwalk, CT   April 19, 2018

My true childhood hero. Always a great champion but an even greater human being. Our loss but Heaven's gain. RIP Bruno Sammartino.

Posted by Michael Lepore - Buchanan, NY   April 19, 2018

We always enjoyed watching you wrestle along with other great's , such as Dick The Bruiser, The Crusher. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Giovanni Leardi - Joliet, IL   April 19, 2018

Mr Sammartino will always be remembered as a Champion , a Gentleman, and the definition of Class, Humility and Success to all of those who knew him. He leaves the world a better place for all the lives he touched.

Posted by Darrell DeLong - Grapevine, TX   April 19, 2018

May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of the joyful time you had with Bruno May you find Comfort in God Promise at John 6:40

Posted by Phillip Stewart - OH   April 19, 2018

A true legend. My condolences to his family

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

The greatest Champ of all time!!!! 3 of my sports heros growing up = Roberto Clemente, Terry Bradshaw, & Bruno Sammartino!!! A great human being!!! RIP Bruno!!!

Posted by David Kaminski - Manassas, VA   April 19, 2018


Bruno Sammartino was a man of class and dignity...a pro wrestling champion in the truest sense of the word. Thanks, Bruno. You will be remembered.

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Junction, NJ   April 19, 2018

Posted by David Young - Baltimore, MD   April 19, 2018

A part of my childhood is now gone.
RIP, Bruno.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018


To Bruno Sammartino,
You were a great wrestler for the WWE. My prayers go to your family& collegues. Lisa Weiner

Posted by Lisa Weiner - Brooklyn   April 19, 2018

Thank you for wonderful memories. God Bless You.

Posted by Harold Palmer - Philadelphia, PA   April 19, 2018

I was sad to hear of Mr. Sammartino's passing and express my condolenceS to his family. I never knew Mr. Sammartino personally but I met him once or twice when he stop in Carmassi's Restaurant in Ross Township to have a meal. Very quiet and humble man.

Posted by David Jones - Matamoras, PA   April 19, 2018


Posted by ROBBY ZISSIMOS - OWINGS MILLS, MD   April 19, 2018


I grew up watching Bruno
on Channel 11 Studio Wrestling.
Great man and he will be missed. Rest In Peace

Posted by Joseph Rozman - Bloomingdale, OH   April 19, 2018

Posted by William Pettiford - Dartmouth, MA   April 19, 2018

Bruno was also a great patient! I took care of him as his nurse a couple times years ago after back surgeries. He was gracious and polite, and a JOY to take care of, the perfect patient. We had a lot of laughs in a short time, I enjoyed him and his family also. Rest in peace Bruno, the world has lost a true legend!!

Posted by Karen Lostetter - West Mifflin, PA   April 19, 2018

My Dad's favorite who was a true sportsman who
had dignity and loved his fans.

Posted by Don Vito Fabrizi - Mingo Junction, OH   April 19, 2018


I am saddened to find out about Bruno's Passing. May God's love comfort all of the Sammartino Family. I am 66 years old, and my parents and siblings have been watching and following wrestling as far back as I can remember. I have always been a fan of Bruno throughout his whole career. I can only imagine the reunion and matches that will happen with his old wrestling competitors in Heaven.

Posted by Scott Dimick - Warnerville, NY   April 19, 2018


I remember when I arrived from Italy in 1966 my Grandmother she introduced me to Bruno and Also we used to watch every match in those days when Ray Morgan the wrestling tv announcer direct from Washington DC I painted picture of Bruno, And maiked to Mr Morgan was introduced on the program that evening.
I followed his career ever since I was amazed of his great straintgh and wrestling I wanted to be like him especially during high school days I was member of the Wrestling team and every Match I Dedicated to Bruno.
Had the Honor to speak with Bruno on phone few times a Great kind person That I respect very much
He was great Champion never be another
Thank you for been my Fan in my singing ...
I miss you my friend my Condolences to everyone in
Family . RIP my friend

Posted by Carlo Martini - Enka, NC   April 19, 2018


Posted by JOSEPH GANTS - PGH, PA   April 19, 2018

May Jesus bless you Bruno. Thank you . Without Bruno as a hero and idol growing up and starting at the age of 9. I don't think I would have survived my childhood.. He gave me hope just by seeing him beat "the bad guy"..From the bottom of my heart, Thank you very much. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.. So long Bruno...

Posted by Joe Willis - Coal Township, PA   April 19, 2018

Posted by joseph ganter - pgh, PA   April 19, 2018

My condolences to the family.

When I was a young girl my father always took me to Orwigsburg, Pa. To see two of our favorite wrestlers and Bruno was one of them.

He always seemed to me to be a kind, gentle, man.

I even had his and the other wrestler's autograph.
May he rest in peace. be

A fan.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

A great and noble gentleman, who duly ascended to legendary status during a wonderful era of Professional Wrestling. Rest in Peace, Sir.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2018

Truely the best there ever was both in sports and life.

Posted by Bill Kitchen - Fall River, MA   April 19, 2018


R,I.P Bruno. You was one of my favorites. My thoughts and prayers for your family. God seen you was tired and took you home.

Posted by ROSEMARY T - TEMPLE, PA - Friend   April 18, 2018


Thanks for all the great memories Bruno

Posted by Denise Bilinski - Pitcairn, PA   April 18, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Sammartino Family. I have been told since I was little girl from my grandmother that somehow my great great grandmother was somehow a cousin to Bruno but I never knew exactly the connection and I always wanted to talk to him to show him the only photograph I have of my great great grandmother to see if he knew them if he could tell me more about my grandma's family anything about my great grandmother about my great great grandmother or any other relatives that I might still have an Italy. It hurts so bad that I'll never get the opportunity to do that I'd like to offer my families deepest condolences our prayers and love at this time much love to your family.

Posted by Rosemary Sampson-Christie - East Pittsburgh, PA   April 18, 2018

Being a fan for over 50 years ,I was quite saddend by Brunos passing. My Sympathies to The Sammartino Family.Bruno- your are a Hero and a Legend here in Pittsburgh and loved by all !

Posted by Rich Dunner - Pittsburgh, PA   April 18, 2018

i remember going to wrestling when i was a kid with my dad and seeing u and also when i worked at zayre on mcknight rd rig bruno you will be missed

Posted by louise - PA   April 18, 2018

Grew up watching Bruno wrestle. The greatest of all time. Thanks for the memories. Rest In Peace and God Bless You Bruno Sammartino

Posted by Frank Gonzalez - Whiting, IN   April 18, 2018

Last time I felt like this is when my father died R.I.P Bruno Glad I had a chance to meet you Bruno you were a mans man

Posted by Vinnie - Ny, NY   April 18, 2018

I first saw Bruno in the mid 60s when he at the top of his game and admired him as a role model,
I followed him career both in and out of the ring and was thrilled to see him a number of times in Madison Square Garden.
He was no nonsense, went into the ring, did his job with no fanfare. Just got the job done.
I admired him and still do and will miss him.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and my sincere admiration to him for the legacy he lived and for the memories he leaves to others.
In the 1970s, when I was still a younger, my father wrote a poem about Bruno and I having a match in which I beat him when I weighed all of 68 pounds. I will truly miss him as I do my father. Rest In Peace Champion, I will truly miss you...


I am sorry for your loss.
Please find comfort in pouring out your deepest emotions to God in prayer.
He loves you and want to help you get through this difficult time.



Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

I was introduced to Bruno through my Mother who, along with several girlfriends faithfully attended Channel 11's Studio Wrestling many years ago.
It didn't take long for six kids from the Northside to become raving fans!

As adults, we realized the true impact this gentle giant had on Pittsburgh and the community he loved.

Our condolences to the Sammartino Family.

RIP Bruno

Posted by Tevis Family    April 18, 2018

R.i.p.Bruno,thank you for all those years of great entertainment.

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

Posted by Bert Martinez - Allentown, PA   April 18, 2018


Deepest sympathy for the family

Remember him well as a hometown Pittsburgher.

M. Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Posted by m kosh - ft. myers, FL   April 18, 2018

Sincere condolences to the Sammartino family for your great loss. You've truly lost a legend in his own time. May the God of all comfort support each of of you at this time.

Posted by J C - Cleveland   April 18, 2018

I've been a Bruno fan for over 50 years. A childhood hero of mine. I remember my Dad taking me to the old Philadelphia Arena in 1966 to see my first Bruno live match against Dick "The Bulldog" Brower. A "Texas death match" in which Bruno of course won. I was totally hooked. Bruno was and always will be "THE MAN" in Pro Wrestling ( Long before it became "Sports Entertainment"). 11 years as the Champion when it actually had meaning to having the Championship belt. A class act outside of the ring, and a beloved ICON inside of it. RIP Bruno, and thanks for the many wonderful memories.

Posted by Joe iannucci - Beverly, NJ   April 18, 2018

RIP. BRUNO grew up watching you wrestle thanks for years of memories
Prayers and condolences to your family and friends. God Bless

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

Posted by Joe Iannucci - Beverly, NJ   April 18, 2018

Bruno was a childhood idol of mine and many others back in the 60s. May he rest in peace and God bless.

Posted by Rich Mccarthy - Bridgeport, CT   April 18, 2018

Remembering a great man. R.I.P.

Posted by Steve Hanwitz - Philadelphia   April 18, 2018

Bruno and Fred Rogers were the 2 greatest spokespeople for the city of Pittsburgh. Bruno deserves a statue of his own.

Posted by Roger Grandstaff - Pittsburgh, PA   April 18, 2018

Had great respect for Bruno the athlete, but even more for the father who came to Berkeley Hills Elementary and beamed with pride over Danny & Daryl's First Grade efforts. My deepest sympathy to the Sammartino Family.

Posted by Kathleen Fagan - Pittsburgh, PA   April 18, 2018


Too Bruno's Family My Thoughts & Prayers Go Out To You.A True Gentlemen & Fantastic Pro Wrestler,When Wrestling Was Great.I'm A #1 Fan Of Mr. Sammartino,Thank You & Rip

Posted by James Martin - Canton, OH   April 18, 2018

Bruno will be missed the fans in Altoona, PA loved this guy always had time for his fans, met Bruno many of times at the Jaffa Mosque .
Rip champ

Posted by Glenn Lunger - Altoona, PA   April 18, 2018

You were the best for business in the 60's and 70's
Not only you packed Madison Sq. Garden for all those years,Also
You packed the Old Boston Garden for the same amount of time.
I know I was there.The chants for Bruno Bruno will always echo in the Garden. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Paul Valeri - Otisfield, ME   April 18, 2018

Bruno - A hero to many children growing up in th 60s/70s/80s - Rest in Peace Bruno

Posted by E Ballabina - TX   April 18, 2018

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Bruno Sammartino from long time fans. He was a very gracious man with his time for a fan and I would like to say Thank You to his family for sharing him with all of us. We would see him at the Giant Eagle in McIntyre Square and he would always take a minute to talk to us. We told him that we had just watched the documentary on his life and he looked so excited and asked us how we liked it - we said we sure did and his entire face lit up with pleasure. David - Sincere thoughts from Michael Hurt and Diana Trojan RIP Mr. Living Legend.

Posted by Diana & Michael Hurt - Pittsburgh, PA   April 18, 2018


ONE of my FAVORITE-FAVORITE WWE Wrestler. May you Rest in Peace Mr. Sammartino. YOU were the best!!! My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bruno Sammartino.

Posted by Tamara M Tolliver - PITTSBURGH, PA   April 18, 2018

As a youngster, I always rooted for the bad guys... with one exception, Bruno! I had the pleasure of finally meeting him several years ago, at an autograph show. It was very exciting, because I am also a Sammartino. We spent a few minutes chatting and trying to figure out, if we were somehow related. He was a very gracious and interesting man. I wish that I had been able to talk with him more.

To this day, when I'm introduced to people, their first question to me more often than not is, "Any relation to Bruno?"

I can only hope so. Rest in Peace Champ!

Bob S.

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018


Godspeed Bruno, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   April 18, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Sammartino family. Bruno will always be wrestling's Only true legend.

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

May God Bless You & Take Care Of You Now.
Joe Sammartino

Posted by Joseph Sammartino - Gatlinburg, TN   April 18, 2018

Rest In Peace, Champ.

Posted by Philly Fans - Philadelphia, PA   April 18, 2018

While growing up in the Bronx my parents greatly enjoyed watched Bruno's wrestling matches.
My father thought Bruno was the greatest athlete, especially when he spoke a few words to his Italian fans.
He will be missed!

Posted by Maria S - NJ   April 18, 2018

I had the honor of meeting Bruno on 2 occasions. In 1998 at an autograph show on Long Island and in 2013 when he accepted his induction into the Pro Wrestling Hall of fame. What a great, friendly man. He was the American Dream come true. Read his autobiography, what a life. RIP Bruno!

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

RIP Bruno, lots of great memories, bear hugs & backbreakers.

Posted by Hank D - Cherry Hill, NJ   April 18, 2018

Condolence to the entire Sammartino family. He was a good family man and a great wrestler , announcer and ambassdor fo
r the sport. RIP Bruno Sammartino .

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

We always enjoyed watching him wrestle, but it was his personality, his kindness, and his humor that kept our eyes on this good man. Our sympathy to all who love him.

Posted by Jan and Ralph    April 18, 2018

Condolences to the entire family on the passing of such a great person. I will remember him for his kind words of wisdom on several occasions. He served as a great role model for me inasmuch millions of fans.

Posted by Greg Danko - Garfield Heights, OH   April 18, 2018

A great man; a great athlete. RIP

Posted by David Rudenstein - Phila, PA   April 18, 2018

Bruno has been my real life hero since I was 5 years old. The Greatest WWWF Champion of all time. I will never forget the first time I saw him wrestle in 1968 at Tyrone Area High School, Tyrone PA. I was 12 years old. RIP.

Posted by Ralph Baker - Roaring Spring, PA   April 18, 2018

So sorry to see that my Idol "The Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino passed away. I wanted to meet him before either of us passed, now I will have to wait to meet him in Heaven. Mr. Sammartino reminded me of my dad with his demeanor and morals, men like that are few and far between. Many hugs and prayers for the family. Rest In Peace Mr. Sammartino and "Thank you" for the many wonderful matches you entertained me and my family with.

Posted by Bonnie Ferguson-Howell - Scio, OH   April 18, 2018

Very fond memories of seeing you in my youth.
You are one the greats of all time. God bless you Bruno. Rest in peace.

Posted by Paul Cohen - Atco, NJ   April 18, 2018

Bruno, you were my idol since I was a young teenager. Now I am 65 and will forever look up to you. Rest In Peace with the Lord. Amen.

Posted by Jack Milici - Sewickley, PA - friend   April 18, 2018

Another childhood hero is gone, I use to go with my friends and watch him wrestle at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium, watch him on Saturday morning wrestling and buy every wrestling magazine he was on, WWE's greatest champion


Posted by A friend   April 18, 2018

Wonderful man and wrestler, God Bless the Family!

Posted by Alma Addy & Family - montgomery, AL   April 18, 2018

Simply the best. My thoughts and prayers to your family Mr. Sammartino. May you rest in peace and may your family find comfort to know that he was loved and respected by an army of loyal fans. Thank you and God Speed.

Posted by Brian Albany NY    April 18, 2018

I fondly remember sitting with my grandfather in front of the TV and cheering for Bruno

Posted by Terry Gerlich - Philadelphia, PA   April 18, 2018

Family Album

Bruno Sammartino