James Fasulo, 88: World War II vet, devoted father

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PORTLAND — James Fasulo, 88, of Portland, passed away on Feb. 3 at his home, after a brief illness.

He was born in Portland on April 6, 1927 the son of Ferdinando and Tomasino Maietta Fasulo. He was raised in East Deering and attended local schools before joining the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS Bucyrus Victory in the South Pacific during World War II.

Fasulo married Joan Clancy of Portland on Aug. 1, 1953, and together they raised their family of three boys. He was a loving, caring, and generous husband, dad and grandfather, always giving of himself to make sure that his family had what it needed.

He worked for more than 40 years at Burnham and Morrill as a baker before retiring in 1990. During his tenure at B&M he was instrumental in organizing the workforce and served as his union’s first business agent.

Fasulo was a long time communicant of St. Pius X Church. He was an avid New York Yankees fan, always supporting his team in pinstripes. He also enjoyed golfing at Riverside South, reading mystery and action books, and was a founding member of the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.

Fasulo always displayed an amazing work ethic. He held two jobs for many years, retiring from the Portland Country Club at age 82. When he was not working, James spent time volunteering as a Little League coach and umpire. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers, playing golf, and cribbage.

For the last four years, Fasulo volunteered two days a week at the St. Vincent De Paul soup kitchen, always saying that he wanted to give back to the community and how blessed he and the family had been over the years.

He most of all loved his three boys and their families.

Fasulo was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 39 years, Joan Clancy; his seven brothers, Arnold, Philip, Frank, Albert, Dominick, Joseph, and John; and two sister-in-laws, Margaret and Mary.

He is survived by his sons, Stephen and his wife, Vida Fasulo, of Hollis, David A. Fasulo and Nanci Goudey, of South Portland, James A. and his wife, Kathryn Fasulo, of Portland; his sisters, Gloria, and her husband, Edward Dubail, of Portland, and Sister Mary Fasulo R.S.M. of Portland, Lucy and Vincent Cassese, Salvatore and Pina Raia of Portland; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held Sunday, Feb. 7 at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday Feb. 8 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Ocean Ave. Portland, followed by a committal service at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Donations may be made in Fasulo’s name to St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, 307 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101.

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