Saverio (Sam) M. Teja, age 68 of Stratford, passed in his sleep Monday, January 21, 2019 with his loving family by his side. He was born to Antonio L. Teja and Jean (Beninato) Teja in Bridgeport on October 19, 1950 and was a Harding High School graduate, class of 1969. He was an avid fan of the New York Giants and Yankees and enjoyed spending his free time attending and participating in car shows with two motor clubs of which he was a member: The Monroe Street Rodders and the Cruisin East Car Club.

He was loving husband and father and is survived by his wife, Ilona Teja, his daughter, Christina Teja, his brother, Antonio Teja, as well has many other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary-Ann Eldridge. He was a good man who will be remembered for his warm smile and friendly nature.

Friends may call in Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made directly to the family, in memory of Sam. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit