Angelo J. Masci, 92, of Lexington, MA, died Sunday, April 20, at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst.
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He is survived by his daughter, Gail Gunn and her husband Tom of Sunderland.
Angelo will be remembered as a loving husband and father, caring for Mary, his wife of over 65 years throughout her long struggle with Alzheimer's, and for his late son David, following a dual organ transplant last year. He particularly loved time spent with Gail and Tom on their Sunderland farm.
With his wife he traveled extensively after his retirement, visiting European cities, Morocco and other exotic locales.
Angelo was deeply devoted to his extended family, many of whom provided care for him in his final months at home.
In the U.S. Army during WWII, Angelo landed at Utah Beach in the Normandy Invasion and participated in the liberation of the Birkenau (Auschwitz) concentration camp - an experience he was only able to describe in his final months, saying it was the most terrible thing he had seen in his very long life.
A Master Carpenter who worked many years with Macomber Builders, Angelo was responsible for much of the construction of the Fanueil Hall Marketplace and other Boston landmarks. He built his family's home in Lexington himself in 1950, and maintained extensive vegetable gardens there until a few years ago.
Most of all, Angelo will be remembered as a warm and generous man who took pride in his home, and pleasure in his family and friends. One of the "Greatest Generation," he will be missed by many.
Visiting will be at the DeVito Funeral Home in Arlington tonight from 4 to 8, with a funeral Mass at St. Brigid's Church in Lexington at 10 Friday morning.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Angelo's memory to: freedomguidedogs.com.
DeVito Funeral Home
1145 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02476
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 24, 2014