MASSENA – Mr. Gus J. Creazzo, 82, of 8 Washington Street, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014 at Elderwood Care at Birchwood in Liverpool. He had been in failing health for the past several months.
Gus was born April 14, 1931 in Massena. He was the son of the late Antonio and Rosina Giofre Creazzo. He graduated from Massena High School in 1950, where he excelled in many sports. Among his many sporting talents, his greatest achievement was his excellence in football. For over 50 years, Gus held the North Country high school football record for yards rushing and all-purpose yards for one game. As a Freshman playing on the Massena Red Raiders Varsity Football team, Gus rushed for 349 of the teams 384 yards, returned several kickoffs and punts against the Potsdam Sandstoners and ended the game with over 400 all-purpose yards. Gus was one of the inaugural inductees into the Massena Central High School Hall of Fame in 1990. His excellence in football also garnered him a scholarship to Syracuse University. Before going to Syracuse University, he attended Staunton Military Academy in the fall of 1950. On January 23, 1952, Gus entered the US Army and honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on December 29, 1954. He married Jeanne R. Payette on June 22, 1957 at the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity in Cornwall. Jeanne predeceased him on December 9, 2001.
Gus worked for many years at Reynolds Metals, retiring as a foreman on the pot line. He was an active member of the Italian-American Civic Association, where he could be found on Wednesdays making his sauce for the Thursday night dinners. He enjoyed socializing with his comrades at the American Legion Post #79, Earl J. Santimaw VFW Post #1143, or the Gerald R. Roy AMVETS Post #4. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Massena Lodge 1110. Gus also enjoyed hunting and golfing and was a member of the Massena Country Club.
Gus is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea and Don Lane of Huntersville, North Carolina; Karla and John Terranova of Rochester; and Claudia and Dan Rayome of Cicero; his grandchildren, Annalee, Austin, and Gianna; his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Roy Portolese of Massena; his twin brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Trudy Creazzo of Las Vegas, Nevada and Joseph and Paulette Creazzo of Huntington Beach, California; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Predeceasing Gus were his parents; his wife, Jeanne; and his brothers, Rocky, Louis, and Dominic Creazzo.
Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday 10:00 AM at St. Marys Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan D. Stitt, celebrating. Burial will be later in the spring in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Italian-American Civic Association, Massena; St. Marys/St. Josephs Parish Memorial Fund, Massena; or the American Cancer Society.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.donaldsonfh.com