Guest Book for

Hank Sauro

September 13, 1920 - October 28, 2003


Hank Sauro, 83, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home on October 28, 2003. He was born in Montreal, Canada and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He lived in Arizona since 1960 and spent his career in the advertising and marketing business, primarily as Chairman of The Creative Advertising Company of Phoenix, a family business founded in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Anna; his son, Bill Sauro of Tiburon, CA; his daughters, Patti Sauro of Scottsdale and Nanci Atwood, of Paradise Valley; four grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters who live in Canada. An internment prayer service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at 4 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow at the home of Nanci Atwood. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd, Ste 280, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Published in the Arizona Republic on 10/31/2003.



October 31, 2003

We have known Hank and his family for nearly 40 years. Knowing Hank was a total privilege. Each of you that knew him, already knows this: He was ONE-OF-A-KIND.

We both worked with, and for, him at different occasions in our life and were fortunate enough to have enjoyed many social times with Hank-O. His gentle nature and great, great since of humor were two of his outstanding traits. He treated everyone as an equal and neither of us ever saw him mad at anyone. No one was a stranger to Hank. He could carry on a conversation with anyone, at anytime. He truly practiced what Jesus preached (love your neighbor).

Hank was a walking encyclopedia. He always had a bit of trivia for us, even when we didn’t have the time to listen . . . but we did listen and now we are glad we did!

We will miss him very much, but we are warmed by the many memories we have.
We can see him now, walking into the room with his classic opening:

“Did you know . . .”

  Doug & Shay Patterson (Dewey, AZ )


October 31, 2003

Uncle Hank was a wonderful source of inspiration, motivation and laughs during our teenage years. His sense of humor, love of music, seemingly boundless energy, thirst for facts and information of any and all kinds and vast reservoir of knowledge were true beacons.

His resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills were amazing and almost impossible to emulate.

He seemed to genuinely care about our thoughts and ideas and always stimulated our intellects and imaginations. Also our funny bones. A rare quality in an "adult" of that era. He also gave us our first real jobs.

He made the best spaghetti sauce (and tiny meatballs) and the best barbecue sauce (and chicken in his Flintstones-era barbecue "pit"). I still make them his way.

Never mind the constant Budweiser and cigarettes (Camels?).  Hank provided some hope, for me, that there was a better way to go. He helped me find it.
He also was the first "adult" to admit that the Beatles "sounded pretty good." It was "Yesterday" (a 45 rpm single, I think) playing on that big, old wooden stereo in the living room.  That was huge in that era.

Though we'd lost contact in recent years, the impact he had on my life never has diminished. It never will.

He will be missed. Those who knew him are a whole lot better off for having had such a valuable experience.



Tony Sauro (Stockton, CA )


October 31, 2003

Dad was so loved by so many...and for that we feel truly blessed. Even as he neared death, his love of family, friends, and his sense of humor never left him. He was gracious and appreciative right up to the end. We will forever miss his bright smile but will hold him in our hearts forever.





Nanci Atwood (Paradise Valley, AZ )


October 31, 2003

Dear Bill:
I think I really only met your dad on 3 -- maybe 4 -- occasions, but what a guy! His legacy is 3 terrific offspring and what more should anyone really hope for?

Please give my personal regards to all your family. I'm sure Elvino will be sending his own personal message to you.

With much love,



Linda Sauro (Toronto, ON )


October 31, 2003

"Ye shall know them by their works." Through Hank's legacy, I know he was a great man, and a good man.


John Kinnucan (Mill Valley, CA )


October 31, 2003

He was an amazing man... creative, enthusiastic, caring, and most of all the best father a son could ever have. I'll miss him greatly, but cherish the years we had together.


Bill Sauro (Tiburon, CA )



November 3, 2003

So Sorry to hear about Hank. I saw him last week and we had a few good laughs. He seemed in good spirits and we talked about playing golf once again when he felt better. He was truly a great man. He was like a father to me, always quick to respond to any problems or concerns I had. I loved that man!


Ed Sandidge (Phoenix, AZ )


November 3, 2003


Although we may have seen each other no more than four times during the past fifty years, I was deeply saddened to hear of my brother's passing. The reason for that is that my memories extend back to when I was a child and we were living on Millwood Toronto.

We had a large family and although we had a large house, we had only 5 bedrooms. As a result, four of us, Henry, Lindo, Livio and I shared one bedroom with two double beds. I always tried to stay awake until my older brothers came to bed because we had a wonderful time listening to Henry create stories, all of which were extremely humorous. Each story had an entirely different plot and I suspect he created them on the spot. This is when I began to realize what a tremendous gift my brother had. As well as being a great story teller he also had a facility in sketching and an uncanny ability to write.

Besides those experiences, he was a wonderful organizer and sportsman. In our neighbourhood, he organized a four or five team softball league, drew up the schedules, kept the standing and even kept the batting averages. Since we had seven boys in our family, we almost had an entire team ourselves. In addition to softball, he also organized hockey games and even tackle football. It was because of his leadership that I was able to get a good start in sports.

Growing up on Millwood Road was quite an experience. We were all very interested in music and my brothers were always purchasing the latest Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Stan Kenton recordings and many more. It was because of them that I developed an abiding interest and participation in music.

One incident remains in my memory. All five of my older brothers served in the second world war. Hank and Lindo were in the airforce and both were in England. Henry was involved in a terrible accident when he was fuelling aircraft, was soaked in gasoline because they had been on a 48 hour shift, and one of his buddies lit a cigarette. Hank went up in flames and received severe burns. Lindo was able to visit him in the hospital and told us something about the severity and then I saw him when he came home. Scars covered his body but he never complained. In fact, he seemed to take an attitude that there was nothing wrong with him. In fact, there wasn't. Sure he had some scars but he still had a very positive outlook, told his stories and carried on.

I end this tribute with the comment that I regret we drifted apart, probably because of geography, because there was so much more I wanted to know about him and to share with him. I cherish the relationship we had.


Silvio Sauro (Toronto, ON )


November 3, 2003

When Silvio told me the sad news a few days ago I was alone at our home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, only a few miles away from where your uncle Italo's ashes were strewn in the Niagara River by members of his family.


It's difficult when more of one's immediate family members begin to depart this earth as has been happening for the past few years to us. But we do all carry fond memories of our early years together as that huge family that lived on Millwood Road in Toronto.


I recall that our dining room table was enormous and every evening we sat around and gorged on anything and everything that our parents decided to put in front of us. Often your dad would come home just a wee bit late. (I think, sometimes on purpose.) Everyone else was at table already eating and he would come in, commanding everyone's attention (on stage so to speak). Often he took this opportunity to reveal to us the funniest joke that he had heard that day. He was always being a bit of a clown because he had a very good sense of humour. There was one occasion that sticks out very strongly in my mind. We had the habit, as a family, that whenever anyone should burp out load, we would always pipe and say, "PIG!". Well Hank knew this, of course, so one day he came home just that little bit late. As he was approaching his seat at the table he deliberately let out a load burp. Of course, as a chorus, we said, "PIG!". His quick retort was , "What didja expect to hear, CHIMES?" The meal practically ended right there! The laughter went on for about five minutes.

Of course there were the war years. At first all the brothers were in Toronto and could come home for the weekend. That's when it was my job to lug all the uniforms to the cleaners where instant service was available for cleaning any by ten, out by five. But then people got separated. Italo, Hank and Lindo were sent overseas and Alberindo and Livio went to embarkation camps in Nova Scotia.

We all were all quite worried about your father when we learned that he had sustained severe burns in an accident. Fortunately he was not damaged too severely.

After the war, things changed for everyone. You soon came on the scene, and as you know I used to baby sit you. I'm afraid I put a pretty high price on my sitting fee, not knowing at the time how high. I used to think Hank could do anything and get anything. He seemed to have so many connections. One fee was a pair of tickets to see Benny Goodman and his big band. I took a colleague who was a clarinet player and his father phoned somebody, who phoned somebody else etc. and we were able to go back stage and meet Benny. Another fee was a ticket to see Frank Sinatra. Both events are major memories for me and I shall always associate them very closely with your father.

We're all saddened that Hank has gone. Our thoughts are with you, your mom, Patti and Nanci and the children who have lost their Grand-pa, O-Pa or Nonno. We're sorry we can't be with you.


Elvino Sauro (Toronto, ON )


November 3, 2003

You are all in my heart and thoughts today as you celebrate the life of my brother Hank. Although we have not seen much of each other in many years, my memories of Hank are all happy ones. He was FUN. It was because Hank invited us to the same party, that Jack and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We owe him our gratitude for starting us off on a lifetime of good times together.

Hank was kind, gentle and caring. He was special. He stood out among us and I regret that we were not able to participate in each other's lives. I will cherish him fondly in my heart along with our other brothers who are no longer with us, Olindo, Italo and Alberindo.

It's sad to lose a brother but I know that the loss of a parent leaves a huge void in your life. My sincere sympathy for your great loss is with all of you but especially with Anna who has lost her beloved partner. I wish her strength for the days ahead.

All my love,


Sylvia Lowry


November 2, 2003

Hank changed my life. I read his scripts, enjoyed his jokes, talked baseball with him, played golf with him, drank beer with him, learned so much about business and communication from him, and hugged him everytime I came to town.

His work belongs in the annals of advertising classics.

I am truly blessed because I knew Hank Sauro.

God Bless you Hank, your family and friends.


Mark Thomas (Bedford, PA )


November 2, 2003

I first met Mr. and Mrs. Sauro when their daughter Nanci and I were in grade school. I will always remember how warm and friendly he was to everyone. The Sauro home felt very much alive and comfortable and Hank was a big part of that. He was always joking around and making us laugh. I know that he had a big impact on many people's lives and he will be missed dearly. Some of the memories I will cherish are eating at the restaurant, taking Nanci and I to the advertising agency ( to help out , Ha! Ha!) and the early Phoenix Suns games. Thanks for the great memories, Mr. Sauro. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, especially his wife and children.

Dawn Youwer Rissi


Dawn Rissi (Higley, AZ )


November 2, 2003

I'm afraid I didn't know my uncle. His family left Canada when I was very young, and I have no memories of him. I find that sad too. I have fond memories of Florida with Patti, and seeing Billy a few years ago at the family reunion was wonderful. I do have a image of Uncle Hank and smoking and smiling, so that's something.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.


Linda Lowry (Toronto, ON )


November 2, 2003

I first met Hank nearly 40 years ago in a dorm room at Columbia that I shared with his son Bill. They say that first impressions are often false, but whenever I saw Hank in the years that followed, he was the same as on that day-- A man full of the spirit of life, having a warm handshake and smile, and with a twinkle in his eyes that let you know he knew the secret of happiness.


John Bittner (Chandler, AZ )


November 1, 2003

I'm grieving.

Auntie Cinna


Cinna Faveri (Toronto, ON )


November 1, 2003


I knew hank only for the last few years. . .did a few spring training and regular season games. . .hung out and laughed as the world went by. I remember most how silly he thought of many parts of this journey. I will miss him, his family will miss him and he will go home to his God.



Alan Trabilcy (Paradise Valley, AZ )


November 14, 2003

I want to add a few words to Mona's about your loving Hank. I was mainly involved with your Family when they lived in Toronto, Oshawa and Buffalo, in the early years of our marriage. Money was scarce and our entertainment was mainly visiting back and forth and spending time together enjoying each others company.

Hank was always up... never a downer... a great person to be around because of his wide interests and enthusiasm. He had a great energetic personalty always finishing off his comments with a smile and a chuckle. I am sorry geography kept us from spending more time with Anna and Hank and your Family. He will be well remembered.


Norm Currie (Vancouver, BC )


November 14, 2003

I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Hank for several years. I consider him an incredible role model. He taught me many life lessons, and I have so many memories that will stay with me forever. Like the time we were on a driving business trip to Tucson. Most people would jump on the interstate and get there as fast as possible...not Hank! He had me pull off the interstate and take the old HWY 89. We stopped at several small towns along the way. We enjoyed a cold Budweiser (or two) and some lively conversation with the locals. Our trip took twice as long, but was ten times more enjoyable. Because you see, Hank loved his friends and family and lived life to the fullest.  I will never forget him or his lessons.
God Bless you Hank! Dean


Dean Schaffer (Paradise Valley, AZ )


November 14, 2003

The very first thing I noticed about Hank the day I met him was his smile. He was always so gracious and loving. No matter if he knew you for a hour or a lifetime he afforded you his full attention. His devotion to his family was top of the line, but most of all he lived life to the fullest. I feel that whatever he desired to accomplish he did, wherever he wanted to travel, he did. We can all learn by his example that for however long we are here, we must live life to the fullest. I feel blessed to have known him.


Tess Miller (Phoenix, AZ )


November 10, 2003

Memories of Hank

During World War 11, when I was a teenager, I wrote to Hank overseas when he was in the Royal Canadian Air Force. I still remember his number R-165093--and Anna's was W314532. She also served in the RCAF but as a Wireless Operator here in Canada. These numbers indicate to me just how important Hank and Anna have always been, and how special my memories are.

Hank introduced me to a love of Jazz, especially the big band sound at an early age of 13, and he taught me how to keep a box score so I could appreciate Baseball Games all the more!

My dear sister, Anna and Hank made a warm and loving home-away- from-home for me as a young person as my parents spent some years away in Europe just after the war. The atmosphere was always charged with stimulating conversations about books, politics, music and news of the day--it was a stimulating classroom. Their love shone through everything.

I will always be grateful for knowing Hank and having his influence on my life.


Mona van Ark Currie (Vancouver, BC )


November 7, 2003

Heartfelt thanks to all who have written in this wonderful tribute to dad. Special thanks to the surprise visits last Saturday by dear relatives! I want to share with you all, the incredible love I was able to witness..not only during my 45 years, but especially during the last year of dad's life. He was in and out of hospitals...way too many doctor's office visits, and it was my sincere privilige to drive him to many of them. (As did Patti) Even though he was often tired and weak upon returning home, he ALWAYS hugged and kissed mom and told her how much he loved much he missed her while at the doctor...and how beautiful he thought she was!!! It made me cry more than once. To see that incredible love story, thru 60 years of marriage. Wow.

Dad, you will always be an inspiration to so many ways.




Nanci Atwood (Paradise Valley, AZ )


November 5, 2003

I was introduced to Hank and Anna Sauro about ten years ago by their daughter Patti. I was immediately impressed with how young and vibrant Hank was and how genuinely friendly and sincere. He always seemed glad to see me and always had a story or something interesting to say. I was with Patti at her home recently on the day she was released from the hospital, and we were surprised when the door opened and Hank came in (with Beverly's help) to welcome Patti home. This was just a few days before his death and he was not doing well, but you wouldn't have know it from his smiling face and jovial spirit. Hank was an inspiration to all he met and I feel very privileged to have known him and his family.


Robert Ravenwood (Phoenix, AZ )


November 5, 2003

Well where to start, all previous comments are oh so true! Hank was a very special person, and along with Anna, could keep you laughing and entertained for hours. The food, Hanks special but simply salad, the meat balls, spaghetti, and let's not forget my favorite, navy bean soup. Thank you Hank for the part you played in my life, as well as your caring family. We will miss you, but never forget you.


Jay Riehle (Phoenix, AZ )


November 4, 2003

It's heartwarming to read all these wonderful entries about Dear Old Dad. It seems unanimous--he was one of a kind--loved and respected by all who knew him. How LUCKY we were to have him as OUR DAD. Thanks to all our long-distance aunts, uncles and cousins for writing in. Can't you just see Dad in Heaven, meeting everyone and yakking it up?! That thought gives me great comfort. I'll miss you every day, Dad. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO TERRIBLY MUCH.


Patti Sauro (Scottsdale, AZ )


November 3, 2003

To Anna, Bill, Patti and Nancy,

My thoughts are with you all in these trying times. It's also a great loss for me. At least I can look back to the past, when we had a lot of good times together, which will always be with me.

Of all of my brothers, Hank was my favorite.

May God be with you all,

Your brother-in-law and uncle,


Lee Sauro


November 3, 2003

I am very sorry for your loss... and ours too. Although I didn't get to see Uncle Hank very often (Uncle Lee is my Dad), I have some very fond memories of him from when I was small and when I grew up too..........but not as many. There was one time at a family reunion that your Dad did make it to , I think I was about 26 years old, I was standing and talking to a few cousins and Uncle Hank came up to me and turned me around and said "What are you doing here?" I was shocked...............well it turns out he thought I was Nancy and apologized profusely. It seems that Nancy and I look a lot alike especially if I can fool her Dad!! I will never forget him!

I wish I could come there and meet everyone. Maybe one day I will.

Uncle Hank will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Please give my love to your Mother (Auntie Anna) and Sisters as well. My thoughts are with you all.


Cindy Moraitis