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Carlo R. Fusini

WINDSOR After leading a remarkable life, Carlo R. Fusini passed away on May 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Lakewood section of Pittsfield, MA to Luigi & Adorna Fusini, Carlo raised his family and lived most of his life in Windsor, MA. He married Katharine Teresa Garvey on Thanksgiving Day in 1955. They were married for 34 years until her death in 1989. Carlo leaves behind 6 proud children who feel the pain of losing him and the joy that his presence among us brought: Paul of Dalton, Suzanne Collins & her husband, Joseph of Brimfield, MA, Anthony & his wife, Lisa of Windsor, Dennis & his wife, Siobhan of Windsor, Peter of Windsor, and Kate Lewis & her husband, Richard of Pittsfield. He also leaves behind his greatest joys of his later years, 30 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His grandchildren have a great love and admiration for their grandfather. Carlo was predeceased by his grandson, Zachary D. Fusini, a sister, JoAnna Trotter, and brother, Paul Fusini. Carlo entered Pittsfield schools speaking only Italian and was grateful throughout his life for his 1st grade teacher, Miss Marybill Mahon who, through encouragement, genuine caring, and patience taught him to speak English. Carlo worked construction during the summers of his high school years to earn money to pay for his college education. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from UMass, Amherst in 1955. Upon graduating, he continued his education by obtaining his Master's Degree in Structural Engineering at RPI in 1956, as well as working as a TA during his time at school while supporting his new wife. After completing the competency requirements to become a Professional Engineer (PE), Carlo was successful in passing the intensive exams. He became a PE in MA, NY, and several other New England states. After graduation, Carlo worked for the American Bridge Division of the U.S. Steel Corporation in Elmira, NY and was later transferred to their Manhattan, NY office. He also was employed by Peter Francese Construction and Daniel O'Connell. In 1964 Carlo founded Berkshire Bridge & Iron Co., Inc, which proudly celebrated a milestone with its 50th year anniversary in 2014 under the leadership of his son, Dennis Fusini. One major impact that Carlo continues to have on our community today is helping start the welding program at Taconic High School. In the beginning of Berkshire Bridge & Iron Co., Inc., Carlo needed welders. Through his brilliance, he thought of an idea that few could accomplish. He was instrumental in the formation of the welding program. His dream was to both give the children of the community more opportunities as well as give his newly founded company a jump start to fight through the struggles of the lack of welders available. Carlo was ahead of his time not only by his joint efforts with Taconic, but also by requiring his welders to be American Welding Society (AWS) certified before any laws that required certification were being considered to be set into motion. Carlo hired many of these Taconic students who became his long-time, loyal employees. His faithful use of his God given talents and entrepreneurial spirit created many jobs that provided an excellent quality of life for many Berkshire County families. He was an incredible businessman brilliant with his engineering, diligent in his work ethic, filled every obligation he ever undertook and treated those who worked for him with an exceptional degree of fairness. Carlo's children are grateful and proud to call him Dad and cannot have spent the past several decades with a man like him and not be broken to have to say good-bye. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services will take place Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9 a.m. from the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA. 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Dalton, MA with the Rev. Christopher A. Malatesta Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Windsor Hill Cemetery, Windsor, MA. Calling Hours at the funeral home will be Monday, May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. In memory of Carlo R. Fusini, vote REPUBLICAN and support small business. Please visit : www.flynndagnolifuneral homes.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from May 15 to May 16, 2015
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