Salvatore “Sam” Maceri Jr. died July 15 at his home at age 57. He owned Tom Maceri & Son Produce in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Known in the industry as Sam Jr., his company was founded in 1936 by his father, Salvatore “Sam” Maceri. The founder named the family business in honor of his father, Tom Maceri.
Sam Jr. started early in the produce business, using his wagon to sell strawberries door to door, 4 quarts for $1, when he was 12 years old, according to obituary information from the Michigan Grocers Association.
After operating the family business out of a 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Detroit’s Eastern Market for 20 years, Sam Jr. oversaw the construction of a 75,000-square-foot facility in St. Clair Shores and a second facility in Grand Rapids.
Sam Jr. is survived by his wife Mary Anne Maceri; sons Salvatore “Sammy” Maceri III, Thomas Maceri and Steven Maceri; two brothers; two sisters; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.