Salvador “Sonny” Joseph Garafola, a native of Independence, Louisiana, was born on September 8, 1941. He went home to be his Lord and Savior on April 14, 2018. “Please understand that my soul is free and my body has been healed from earth’s hardships and pain. I wait for you with happiness and an abundance of love”. He retired as a Captain with the Baton Rouge City Police Department after serving for more than 31 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Knights of Columbus. He coached more than 15 years with the BREC Football League for the Riveroaks Bengals. He also coached baseball and basketball for the CYO Basketball League. He wanted to thank the parents and all of the players for their support and dedication throughout the years. He also wanted to thank all of the coaches and others who assisted him, especially his brother Johnny Garafola. The great joys of his life were spent with his family and sharing his faith in life with God. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Linda Theriot Garafola. He is also survived by his brother, John Garafola and his wife Emily. Mr. Garafola is survived by his four children, Karie (Michael) Tillman, Allison Garafola (Charlie), Jason (Mandi) Garafola and Kristie Garafola (Thomas Hurray). He is survived by seven grandchildren, Chandler Tillman (Ben) Chauvin, Joshua and Augustin Tillman, Brennan Doggett, Colvin Burroughs, Bryce and Cole Garafola; two great-grandchildren, Jude and Ava Marie Chauvin. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Ethel Garafola, and a daughter, Anna Marie Garafola. Pallbearers will be his brother, John Garafola; his son, Jason Garafola; and his four grandsons, Brennan Doggett, Bryce Garafola, Cole Garafola and Colvin Burroughs. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Joshua and Augustin Tillman. Visitation will be at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Tuesday, April 17, from 5-9 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, on Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Burial will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. Please share your condolences at

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