James C. Gasco
James C. Gasco
James C. Gasco of Rutland, Vermont, died on Thursday, February 21, 2013, following a brief illness.
He was born on April 23, 1931, in Millbury, Massachussetts, to Felix Gasco and Mildred (Hazelwood) Gasco. He told many wonderful stories of growing up in a large family in a small town in the 1930s, sharing memories which were very dear to him.
After attending schools in Millbury, Jim served in the U.S. Army as a demolitions engineer stationed in Inchon, North Korea, from 1952 to 1954.
He married Joyce Fredette in 1957 and they settled in Rutland, raising four children. Jim worked as a mechanic for Abel’s Tire Corp. for many years, and then continued to work part time in the Rutland area until the age of 79.
Jim was an avid reader, often devouring two books in a week. He loved history and followed baseball, particularly the Red Sox; he treasured the time spent with his grandchildren, and his time spent by the ocean in Maine.
Jim was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, and by his siblings, Felix, Sarah, Joe and Robert. He is survived by his brother, John; his daughters, Michele Gasco of Saco, Maine, Valerie Gasco of Springfield, Vermont, Lauren Gasco Johnston of Coral Springs, Florida, and his son, James Gasco, of Killington, Vermont; as well as six grandchildren, Ian and Tanner Gasco-Wiggin, Siera Lavin, Beth and Catheryn Johnston, and Hailey Gasco Bevacqua. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. Those who wish may make a contribution in Jim’s name to the American Lung Association.
The family will hold a private graveside service in the summer, followed by a celebration of Jim’s life.