Ernest A Bussaglia Sr.
FRANKLIN, MA. - Ernest A. Bussaglia Sr., 83, a lifelong Franklin resident, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday January 10, 2011. He was the husband of the late Florence D. (Carlucci) Bussaglia, who died in 1993.
Born in Franklin on February 24, 1927 a son of the late Crescentino and Assunta (DeLucchi) Bussaglia, he was raised and educated in Franklin.
Mr. Bussaglia was a retired self employed paving and landscaping contractor. He owned Ernie's Asphalt and Paving Co. of Franklin.
He left high school before graduation to join the US Navy during the WWII. He served honorably until his discharge in 1946. He attained the rank of seaman first class, and was awarded the American Campaign Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. He also received his high school diploma from Franklin High School some 45 years following the end of WWII in a group ceremony held at the high school.
Mr. Bussaglia loved to spend time with his family, and was a longtime summer resident of Oakland Beach in Warwick, and a winter resident of Venice, Florida. He also enjoyed flea markets and antiques.
He is survived by 3 sons: Ernest A. Bussaglia, Jr. and Brian A. Bussaglia of Franklin, Richard P. of Bellingham; two daughters: Sandra Girard of Franklin, Susan M. Corr of Minneapolis, MN, two sisters: Eileen Bourgery and Norma Dunton of Franklin, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
He was the brother of the late Francis Bussaglia, Mary Padula and Adelaide Vaillancourt.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral with military honors Friday at 11:15 AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St. with a funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church at 12 noon. Interment will follow in the family lot in St. Mary's parish cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday 4-8PM.
Donations in his memory sent to VNA & Hospice of Greater Milford, 37 Birch St., Milford, MA 01757 would be appreciated.