Gloucester, MA — Angus “Gus” Hinckley, 88, husband of the late Madeline (Frontiera) Hinckley passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 peacefully at home surrounded by his daughters and family.
Born in Gloucester on September 24, 1923, he was the son of the late Angus and Rosalene (Silva) Hinckley. Gus attended local public schools and received the prestigious Sawyer Medal for academics in the eighth grade. Although he left high school before graduation to help support his family, he received his high school diploma, of which he was very proud, fifty eight years later through a military program for World War II veterans. Gus enlisted in June of 1943 and received his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was a member of the 840th Maintenance Depot, 299th Company. His unit arrived in England and served under General Patton and fought in five campaigns from Normandy to Berlin including northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. His unit received a Maintenance Unit Plaque and a Commendation from General George Patton for creating a device to put on the tanks to cut through the hedge rows in Normandy. He was also one of the first groups to enter Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its initial liberation. He was promoted from Private First Class to Technical Grade 5 (corporal) Front Line Ordnance. Angus received the European Theater Ribbon with five Battle Bronze Stars, the American Theater Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the service on November 4, 1945.
He returned back to his previous job at the Cape Ann Coat Factory in Gloucester where he had met his wife and they married in November 1947. Angus left the coat factory for a job at the Cape Ann Tool Company in Rockport where he worked as a forging inspector until it closed. He then bought O'Connell's Variety Store on Washington Street which he enjoyed running for many years before selling it and working at Gorton's of Gloucester until his retirement in 1986.
Angus enjoyed spending many precious hours with his family and especially enjoyed holiday meals and celebrations. Gus loved reading, following politics and the Boston sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed writing to his 110 pen pals from around the world, including Ireland and New Zealand and enjoyed receiving his "snail mail".
He leaves behind his three daughters, Patricia F. wife of Michael A. Goulart, Sally J. wife of Ernest J. Cote, and Mary Ann Sears, and four grandchildren, Michael A. Goulart, Jr. and his wife Andrea, Heather M. Houser, James M. Goulart and wife April, and Zachary A. Sears, as well as two great-grandchildren, Fallon Carlson Goulart and Henry Christopher Goulart, whom he affectionately called "Dimples" and "Blue Eyes" all of Gloucester. He is also survived by two sisters- in-law, Antoinette Pallazola of Michigan and Sally Killey and her
husband Eugene of Minnesota, two brothers-in-law, Anthony Frontiero and wife Marjorie and Gaspar Frontiera and wife Judy of Gloucester and numerous loving and caring nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he was predeceased by two sisters, Violet Filfalt and brother-in-law Charles, Florence Amazeen and brothers-in-law Siegfried Toneatti and Frank Amazeen, in-laws Anna and Eugene Amero, Florence and Elliot Collins, Dominic Pallazola, Rose and William Catalini, MaryJo Frontiera, and Nancy (Barkhouse) Frontiera.
He will be greatly missed by both friends and family who will always remember his kindness, his sense of humor and his generosity.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Contributions can be made in his name to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.