For­mer Wel­land city en­gi­neer de­voted life to fam­ily and city

The Welland Tribune - - Local - KRIS DUBE

Giustino (Gus) Mar­cello was the type of per­son who would go out of his way to help lo­cal res­i­dents when­ever he could dur­ing his nearly four decades of ser­vice as City of Wel­land’s en­gi­neer.

A de­voted hus­band of 52 years and lov­ing fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, Mar­cello died June 9.

Vito To­fano, pres­i­dent of Casa Dante lodge in Wel­land, said Mar­cello was a gen­tle­man who worked ex­tremely hard, cared about his com­mu­nity and took im­mense pride in his job.

He also took plea­sure in as­sist­ing peo­ple with is­sues — play­ing a role in get­ting re­sults for prop­erty own­ers.

To­fano said he had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence with Mar­cello’s ea­ger­ness to be help­ful.

When To­fano was build­ing his home in 1984, there was an ac­ci­dent while re­mov­ing dirt from the front yard, which re­sulted in the mu­nic­i­pally-owned side­walk sus­tain­ing a ma­jor break. Mar­cello calmed To­fano down and got the side­walk fixed.

Mar­cello spent his early years in Italy, not leav­ing for Canada un­til he had fin­ished mid­dle school. He de­parted Torre de’ Passeri in June 1954 aboard the Satur­nia, to join his fam­ily in Canada, his obit­u­ary says, 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.

Mar­cello grad­u­ated from Wel­land High then went to Univer­sity of Toronto where he grad­u­ated in 1963 with a de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing.

He mar­ried Frances Di Se­bas­tiano in 1965. To­gether they raised two chil­dren and four grand­chil­dren.

Mar­cello was em­ployed by

City of Wel­land for 36 years, achiev­ing the post of city en­gi­neer. He was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in bridges — their struc­tural in­tegrity, es­thetic de­sign and the role they play in con­nect­ing parts of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Mar­cello was an ac­tive mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers of On­tario, and served on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Ni­a­gara chap­ter in many ca­pac­i­ties.

Lino Ven­tresca, a long­time col­league who spent time work­ing un­der Mar­cello be­fore he re­tired in 2003, said he was an ex­cel­lent men­tor who pro­vided wis­dom and en­cour­age­ment to his staff, as well as sup­port when dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions had to be made. He was also kind to peo­ple, re­gard­less of how kind they were in re­turn, Ven­tresca said.

“He re­spected every­body he dealt with — the good and the bad.”

A fu­neral mass will be at the Par­ish Com­mu­nity of St. Kevin’s Fri­day at 10 a.m. In­ter­ment to fol­low in Holy Cross Ceme­tery.

Dona­tions can be made to Ni­a­gara Health Foun­da­tion and the On­tario Lung As­so­ci­a­tion.

Giustina (Gus) Mar­cello

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