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GINO MORETTI - WILLISTON - Gino Moretti, 98, died peacefully on March 15, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston surrounded by family. Gino was born in Turin, Italy, on Jan. 2, 1917. He made a career-related move with the family to Argentina in 1948, followed by a move to the U.S. in 1958 for the same reason. His story and philosophy cannot be told any better than by the following excerpt from a letter he composed to his grand- and great-grandchildren in 2007, which he aptly titled "The Quintessential Maverick": "Mr. Maverick was a Texan farmer who never branded his cattle. When they got mixed with other herds and had to be rounded up they were called 'Maverick's'; metaphorically the name is used to characterize 'a person not labeled as belonging to any one party, faction, etc. who acts independently'. A few months after my arrival to the States my new colleagues said that I was a maverick; forty-nine years later I see that their guess was very good. I taught and practiced mathematics, fluid mechanics and computational techniques, wrote memoirs, short stories and some verses, played piano and composed a few pages of music, did some work as a cabinet maker, and filled scores of pages with sketches, watercolors and pastels. A genius can do many such things perfectly and deserves a place of honor in history; a maverick just does them as well as he can. I tell you, however, I enjoyed everything I did and I had a very happy life. I wish I could have shared more time with you; I always enjoyed your visits even if the "generation gap" is great and it becomes greater and greater every day. I want to tell you my recipe for happiness: Be interested in whatever you do, do not be afraid of doubting but use it for stimulating new discoveries; pay attention to what old people say but use your judgment to act... in short, be mavericks!" He was predeceased by his wife, Anita; and two daughters, Ida Flynn and Carla Amann. He is survived by daughters, Paula Paolantonio and husband, Perry, of Brattleboro, Laura McVey and husband, Barry, of Essex Junction, and Patricia King and husband, Dean, of Burlington; sons-in-law, Roger Flynn of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Howard Amann of Manlius, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Francesco Moretti and wife, Giovanna, of Turin, Italy; and two nephews. A funeral service followed by interment will take place at Holy Family Catholic Church and Cemetery in Essex Junction on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 1 p.m. Arrangements are in care of the Ready Funeral Service, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of these organizations: The Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont, PO Box 6292, Rutland, VT 05702; or Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 18, 2015
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