Gregory Fusco, 91, a lifelong Herkimer resident, passed away peacefully into the Hands of the Lord on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.
"Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond." Caring an essential part of Greg's, dad's and Papa's spirit will proudly be carried on by his family with much love and devotion.
He was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Herkimer, the son of the late Salvatore and Angela (Cirelli) Fusco. The fifth child of 12, he was proud to serve as the Fusco patriarch as the oldest living member.
On Oct. 2, 1949, Greg married the beautiful Olga Maria Mornelli at St. Joseph's Church in Little Falls. Their union of the past 63 years will continue into eternity.
Greg was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting on Sept. 3, 1940, followed by active duty on Oct. 15, 1940, and an honorable discharge on Oct. 19, 1945, with the rank of sergeant. While serving his country, Greg was wounded on June 27, 1944, on Saipan - Company I 106th Infantry, NYNG 27th Division. Sergeant Fusco proudly fought in the following campaigns, Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific and Marshall Islands and was awarded the following medals and citations, the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, three Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medals, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Honorable Service Lapel Button. Sergeant Fusco was also a MOS Communications Chief.
Greg was last employed by the United States Postal Service in Utica, retiring in 1972 at the proud age of 51.
He was a member of the Church of Saints Anthony & Joseph in Herkimer.
Greg's life was centered around his family, with the happiest of times being surrounded by his loved ones. A man proud of his Italian heritage, he enjoyed sharing many traditions. As he would say, "Not only am I Perfect, I am Italian too!" Papa had a passion for gardening, grocery shopping, cooking and eating. He enjoyed analyzing the stock market while sharing his knowledge with his family. Daily, he loved going up to Holland Heights, enjoying the most beautiful view while sipping on the best beer in the world, Utica Club.
Survivors include his wife, Olga, of Herkimer; a daughter, Angela LaPorte and husband, Paul, of Herkimer; his three cherished grandchildren, Gregory LaPorte, of Herkimer, Beth Harris and husband, Daniel, of Ravena, and Luke LaPorte, of Herkimer; two sisters, Emma Lanza and husband, Nicholas, of Herkimer, and Claudine Grande, of Herkimer; one brother, Anthony "Pluto" Fusco and wife, Josephine, of Herkimer; in-laws, Theresa Fusco, Pat McMahon, Clark Workman and Ann, Rena Scialdo and husband, Rudy, Harry Mornelli, Silvio (Ron) Mornelli and Barb, and Joyce Varano; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two wonderful sons, Salvatore, in 1967, and Benjamin, in 1978. His neverending love for them was always apparent to his family. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Brady Trimboli, Leonard Fusco, Orlando Fusco, Baby Guerino Fusco, Adeline Lilli, Arthur Fusco, Marian Workman and Olina Quinn; his in-laws, Angelo and Isolina Mornelli, Frederick Trimboli, Mary Fusco, Dominick Lilli, Jack Quinn, Dominick Grande, Gino Mornelli, Connie Mornelli, Elda and Greg Varano; by his two best friends and fellow postal workers, Morris Lupia and Passalacqua, of Utica; and proudly, Benjamin Morra, his William Street friend, who fought by his side in World War II.
Page 2 of 2 - In keeping with Greg's wishes, there are no public calling hours. Friends and relatives are invited to attend graveside services on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at noon at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, with Reverend Thomas Lawless, pastor of the Church of Saints Anthony & Joseph's, officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, 866-1500.
In lieu of flowers, consider memorial contributions to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Behavioral Health, The Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.
To add to Greg's online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneralservice.com.