Paul S. Aiesi
Lived in Leominster, decorated Navy Vet; 94
LEOMINSTER -- Paul S. Aiesi, formerly of Cape Cod and Leominster, MA, and living in Florida since 2006, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday morning June 17th, 2013.
Born September 28th, 1918 in Fitchburg, MA, he was the son of the late Filippo Aiesi and Giovannina Piccicuto Aiesi. He was an outstanding competitive football player in high school and graduated from Fitchburg High class of 1938.
He was a World War II Veteran and served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class along with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion aboard the USS Montrose. He received the Purple Heart exhibiting outstanding courage, determination, gallantry, and heroism which contributed to the capture of Omaha Beach Normandy, France,
D-Day June 6th, 1944.
Among other medals he received were the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre Medal -- one Arrow, Philippine Liberation Medal -- one star, Asiatic-Pacific Medal -- two stars, Croix Deguerre Medale and The Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for Extraordinary Heroism to the 6th Naval Beach Battallion. He was also a member of the Domain of the Golden Dragon.
It was after the war when he met his beautiful wife, Lina Valeri. They wed on June 22, 1946 and were married for 58 wonderful years until her death in 2004.
He attended Fitchburg State College and Worcester Technical School where he received his degree in engineering and was employed as a Project Engineer at both Independent Lock, Fitchburg, MA, and later Rayovac, Clinton, MA.
He was a loving husband and wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend to all. He was our HERO. He will truly be missed and loved by all.
He retired in 1982 and both he and his wife enjoyed many relaxing carefree years living in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod.
Among his favorite pastimes, especially the Cape Cod Baseball League, he was an avid Golfer even achieving a hole-in-one at the Bass River Golf Course, in South Yarmouth, MA where he worked for several years.
He leaves his three daughters, Beverly Sciabarrasi, wife of Richard Sciabarrasi of Leominster, Barbara Bradley, wife of Steven Bradley of Florida, Bettie Lastella, wife of Robert Lastella of Florida, six grandchildren, Rick Sciabarrasi, and wife, Kim, Christine Sciabarrasi, and fiancé, Carlo Dupone, Scott Gallon, Greg Gallon, Joseph Lastella, and wife, Rachel, Gina Hering, and husband, Marcus, and one great-grandchild, Gianna Dupone; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by four brothers, Rocco Aiesi, Salvatore Aiesi, Rosario Aiesi, and Charles Aiesi, and five sisters, Katherine Russo, Connie DiPrima, Josie DiGloria, Lucy Albert, and Rosa Aiesi.
AIESI -- Arrangements are being made by Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster, MA 01453.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 20, 2013