Guido "Gus" Spaziani, 86, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 2, 2013 surrounded by his family and cared for by Old Colony Hospice. He was born in Rockland to Italian immigrants Anthony and Nancy (Cardarelli) Spaziani and was a lifelong resident of the town. He attended Rockland High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country in World War II. Gus had a forty year distinguished career with Tedeschi Realty as a heavy equipment operator retiring in 1995. He was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman and held an annual shellfish permit. He enjoyed hunting for deer, rabbits and pheasants. He was an avid reader, talented gardener, and cook. He was famous in his local circle for his clam chowder and "the recipe" for home made Italian Limoncello. Mr. Spaziani was a member of the Chappy Sportsmen's Club of Chappequiddic, the Rockland Aerie #841 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Rockland American Legion. He was also a longtime Communicant of Holy Family Church in Rockland. Husband of the late Dorothy L. (Turner) Spaziani, he is survived by his children Joanne M. O'Connell and her husband Michael of Whitman, Susan L. Clish and her husband Tim of Taunton, Laurie A. Spaziani and her companion Rick Romboldi of Plymouth and Paula E. Spaziani of Rockland. He was also the father of the late Nancy J. Belcher. He will also be missed by his Lady Friend of 18 years, Sheila Emery of Abington. He was the brother of Lydia Paskavitch, Anna Yucius and Ralph Spaziani of Rockland and Claire Danko of FL. He was also the brother of the late Larry Spaziani and Eunice Williams. Also surviving are his grandchildren Erin and Kelly O'Connell, Dani McDonald and her husband Joe, D.J. Dorato, Wendy Lackmeyer, Michelle and Matthew Belcher, and his beloved Shih Tzu, Bailey, and many nieces and nephews. The family welcomed friends and loved ones to celebrate his life on Wednesday, Feb.6, 2013 from 4 - 8 p.m. in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Old Colony Hospice One Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368. For directions or to share memories on her Tributes page, visit www.magounbiggins.com.
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2013