MARCELLO, Giustino 'Gus' - (1938 - 2018)- Giustino 'Gus' Marcello took his last breath on June 9th, 2018 comforted by family and friends at the Welland Hospital.
Devoted husband of 52 years to Frances (Di Sebastiano); loving father to Michael (Linda Maj) and Lisa (Kris Kernaghan); gentle grandfather to Aisling, Evan, Liam and Drew.
Gus was predeceased by his parents, Michele and Antonietta Marcello, in-laws Ernesto and Rosina DiSebastiano, and sister Roseanne Fortushniok (Marcello).
Loyal brother to Vince Marcello (Giselle), Chiara Lariccia (Nicholas), Anna Iannotta (Joe). Brother-in-law and friend to Andy Di Sebastiano (Mary Anne) Marisa Cupido (Jim) John Di Sebastiano (Maureen), and Gord Fortushniok (Roseanne). Giustino is survived by aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada and Italy.
Once he had finished middle school, Giustino left Torre de' Passeri, Italy in June 1954 aboard the Saturnia, to join his family in Canada. He sailed alone, playing Scopa with fellow passengers, anticipating his new life in Welland, where his father had founded Marcello and Sons Contracting.
As a teenager he kept the books for the family company, and took great pride in the masonry his family contributed to local churches, schools and hospitals. He graduated from Welland High Secondary School and went on to the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1963 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He married the love of his life, Frances Di Sebastiano in 1965, who cared for him until the end. Together they raised 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Gus was passionate about his family; he loved vacationing with them in cottage country, and delighted in sharing stories of their accomplishments. His devotion to his family was matched only by their love and respect for him.
Gus was employed by the City of Welland for 36 years. As Welland’s City Engineer, he continued the tradition started by his father, of developing the city’s infrastructure. Gus was particularly interested in bridges – their structural integrity, their aesthetic design and the role they played in connecting the City’s vibrant communities. His passion for civil engineering was also evidenced by the “romantic” Sunday drives he would take with Frances to inspect the construction of Welland’s latest subdivision.
An active member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Gus served on the Executive Committee of the Niagara Chapter in many capacities.
He revelled in the antics of the local councillors, and entertained family with an abundance of anecdotes, and morning serenades. Upon retirement he traded in his iron ring for Dr. Seuss, which he delighted in reading to his grandchildren.
Gus focused on the virtues of everyone he met. He made friends, not foes, and taught his children and grandchildren to look beyond the conflict, unless the bad call was made against his beloved Azzurri.
A die-hard Inter Milan fan and honorary World Cup Statistician, it is unlike Gus to miss a World Cup, but with his beloved Italian team disqualified for the first time in sixty years, he took the opportunity to leave us. And so we begin the journey of letting go of our beloved husband, father, friend and grandpa.
Frances and family express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Lawrence, the staff at Woodlands, Dr. Tam and the third floor Cardiac staff at the Welland hospital.
A special thanks to Marisa for the weekly trips to Tim Hortons for hot chocolate and three Timbits (give or take).
The family will receive guests at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence, 19 Young Street, Welland on Thursday June 14th, from 2 to 4 o’clock and from 7 to 9 o’clock. Vigil prayers will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 2 o’clock.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Parish Community of St. Kevin on Friday, June 15th at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family would appreciate donations to the Niagara Health Foundation, www.niagarahealthfoundation.com or to the Lung Association of Ontario, www.lungontario.ca.