Milt Savage remembered for his friendship, ‘good heart’

Milt Savage

Longtime Salisbury-area photographer Milt Savage, who died Sunday, is being remembered as a talented and generous man who will be sorely  missed.

“He was a great photographer and a very good personal friend,” said former Daily Times Editor Mel Toadvine from his home in Florida. Toadvine hired Savage in the mid-1980s and Savage continued taking photographs for the newspaper through the years.

Todd Dudek, Daily Times photo editor, called Savage “one of the most gentle, kind-hearted souls I’ve ever met in my life.”

“Over the past 25-plus years he not only showed me the photography ropes but also showed me there’s more to life. He was a talented photographer. No matter what the situation was, he would get the shot,” Dudek said.

A memorial service is planned for March 14, on what would have been Savage’s 56th birthday.

Known for his passion for his horses and infectious laugh, the Berlin resident worked as a poultry inspector for the government. He also taught photography at Wor-Wic Community College.

His neighbor of more than 10 years, a deeply saddened Evelyn Hartsell, was with him when he collapsed suddenly the night he died, after returning to his home after being hospitalized last week.

His sister, Dolores Gray of Salisbury, was also there. A nurse, she tried to revive him, but was unsuccessful.

“Oh, it was heart breaking. He was a big help to Bob and me when we first moved here and he even bought salt and put it in our water conditioner for us,” Hartsell said, referring to her husband, who’s deceased.

“If the weather was bad, he would call and see if there was anything he could bring us,” she said. When Savage went to the Hebron Carnival he returned with oyster fritter sandwiches for them.

His friend, Gary Marine, said the death shocked him, although he knew Savage had a cardiac procedure, but wouldn’t allow doctors to perform open-heart surgery.

“Milt worked for me at a camera shop I used to run in Salisbury and he also did some photography for me. If I got really busy he would help me out. If I got in a jam, he would always lend me some equipment until I got mine back. We sort of stayed in touch a little bit but not a whole lot.

“He was a great friend. He was always there for you. He was a lot of fun to be around and he had a good heart. He really did,” Marine said.

Hartsell agreed, remembering Savage sometimes cooked and took her spaghetti or chicken cordon bleu.

“He was a good friend, a good neighbor and an all-around great guy,” Hartsell said. “We’re going to be lost without him.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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