Aug 292011

Gus Pelosi

Gus Pelosi, 80, who was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, resided for many years in Reading, Massachusetts, and more recently in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, passed away on August 25 alter a lengthy illness. He was the proud husband of his sweetheart Margaret Mullowney for 58 years. He leaves his wife Margaret, his son Robert Pelosi and husband James Follett and his chosen family William Conley, all of Wilmington, Vermont. Gus is also survived by his sister Theresa of Lynn, sister-in-law Dorothy Pelosi of Revere, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Augustine and Domenica Pelosi of Revere, Massachusetts, and his beloved siblings Carmelina Pelosi Ricdardelli, Cosmo Pelosi, Francis Pelosi, Marguerita Pelosi Durant, and Marie Pelosi Ricciardelli.

Gus made a career in the flooring industry from his late teens until his retirement As a youth, he worked for Parkway Floors of Everett, Massachusetts, and many years at John H. Pray and Sons in Medford. Later, he opened Augustine’s House of Carpet in Melrose, Massachusetts, where he and his wife spent many happy years. Gus loved people, blackjack, and kids. He would often entertain his nieces and nephews, his friends’ children and customers with small magic tricks, delighting when the kids were amazed. Several generations of his family delighted with him. Most recently, Gus was proud to join his niece Tanya and her family, especially her daughter Ashley. He called her “Princess” and loved to visit with their family.

Gus was a man of simple needs. Friends, a good meal, a sandwich from Kelly’s Roast Beef, a day with Margie at Foxwoods, an opportunity to advise his nephews on the flooring business, a drive to Vermont to visit his son and family, doing the chicken dance at a family wedding; these were the simple things that made Gus happy. Gus wanted us all to know that he did it his way … always!

Calling hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home at 45 School Street in Groton, Massachusetts on Monday, August 29 from 5-8 p.m. In Wilmington, Vermont, calling hours will be from 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s-in-the Mountains Church on Wednesday, August 31, followed by funeral services at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Saint Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church (Wilmington, VT) or HCRS Tournament for Autism (One Hospital Court, Suite 410, Bellows Falls, VT, 15101)