Former Welland city engineer devoted life to family and city
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