Peter V.'s Story
Peter V. Asaro, 84, husband of the late Lucretia (Wright) Asaro, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Beverly Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Gloucester on November 8, 1933, son of the late Vito and Madeline (Orlando) Asaro.
He grew up in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later served in the National Guard, Battery A in Gloucester.
As a young man he enjoyed sports especially amateur boxing and was a Golden Glove Champion. He began working for Al Faulk and later operated his own business “Handy Paint Contractor” for 12 years building homes and restoring older homes. He also worked for the Gloucester School Maintenance Department. After 20 years with the school department he left and worked for the Essex Building Center for 5 years before retiring.
Peter was a member of the Gloucester School Committee for four terms, leaving for health reasons with cancer, which he fought until his death.
He was a member of the Cape Ann Pigeon Club, racing and showing birds for at least half his life. He was an animal lover raising his dogs and birds all his life. Peter was also a member of the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, Gloucester American Legion and Beverly American Legion.
He is survived by three daughters, Lana Bergmann and husband Bill, Patricia Jacobs and husband, Russell, Angela Anderton and husband Wayne; his children’s mother, Angela (Tocco) Maggiore; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his brother, Vincent Asaro and wife Cindy; and his sister, Cathy Mendoza and husband Salvatore; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Vito Asaro; his daughter, Donna Lee Asaro; his sister, Rose Anna Asaro; and his granddaughter, Lana Marie Bergmann and his second wife, Barbara (Isaacson) Asaro.
The Asaro family would like to warmly thank all those who cared for Peter during his years of illness.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Wednesday, December 6, at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Cape Ann Animal Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 2, 2017