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John “Gus” Foote, 87, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 in Addison Gilbert Hospital following a decline in health. He was the loving husband to Carolyn (Mitchell) Foote with whom he shared 63 years of marriage.
Gus was born August 5, 1930 in Gloucester. He is the son of the late Captain Frank J. and Margaret (Foley) Foote. He was a lifelong resident of Gloucester and attended St. Ann’s school.
He left school in the fifth grade to become a Gloucesterman aboard the family fishing vessels, Gloucester, The Little Sam, and Agnes and Myrnie. In 1955, Gus watched his father Capt. Frank Foote get swept out of the pilothouse by a huge wave, as he was skipper of the Little Sam. He ended up in the icy waters. Gus and his brother’s, Francis and Ronald, finally retrieve him unconscious, but alive.
A Korean War veteran, decorated with a Purple Heart, he continued to attend the city's Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies right up to this past May's Memorial Day service at Gloucester High School. During his stint in the Marine Corps, he often wrote to his parents. He was in Greece and after maneuvers on the vessel with the 1st Marine Division he planned on going to Rome and wrote that he wanted to have an audience with the Pope. Shortly before the peace treaty was signed in Korea, Gus was wounded in action on Hill 111. He was awarded the ROK Korean War Service Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United States Occupational Medal as well as the Purple Heart Medal for wound received during battle. He was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
Gus left this world with much love for his family. He loved sports and enjoyed watching the Red Sox and the Patriots with his son, John and his grandchild, Mark who he called his doctor. He also enjoyed every morning at Cape Ann Coffee with his special friends. They would talk politics and about issues in Gloucester. This was his best place as many older people would come in and he would say hello.
Gus served the City of Gloucester with great pride as a City Councilor, this was his passion. He loved the people and enjoyed working for them on so many issues. He served Ward 2 for more than three decades and served as a longtime advocate for Gloucester's seniors, veterans and the city's fishermen, among others.
In addition to his loving wife Carolyn, Gus is survived by his children, John A. Foote, Jr. and his wife Joelle, Steven Foote and his wife, Kathy, Mark Foote and his wife, Merri, David Foote, Joseph Foote and Darlene Foote and her companion, Timothy Costa, his brother Lawrence P. Foote and his wife, Nedra of Ohio. He was the cherished grandfather of Cassie Foote and her companion Cole Lindquist, Ryan Foote and his wife Elsa, Erin Foote, Steven Foote, Jr. and his wife Kylee, Carrie Foote, Patrolman Jared Foote and his companion Colleen Allen. Rockport Patrolman Michael Foote and his companion Alison Randazza, Mark Foote, Jr., Marissa Foote, Alisha Carlson and her husband, Chris, Brittany Foote, Skye Foote, David Frontiero and his wife Jackie, Catherine Frontiero and her companion Alex Richie and Olivia Frontiero, his great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn Foote, Audrey Foote, Gianna Carlson, Logan Foote, Ava Foote and Alex Leahy, Jr. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Mitchell, Katie Foote and Katherine Mitchell as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gus was one of 12 children, all girls died in infancy. He was the brother of the late Francis Foote lost at sea, Earle J. Foote, Ronald Foote, Randall Foote, also his two brothers–in-law, Joseph Mitchell, Jr. and Francis “Buddy” Mitchell.
Gus’ visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. Gloucester on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 140 Prospect St. Gloucester on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  October 9, 2017
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