Gloucester, MA — Rosario J. “Rosie” Gentile, 87, husband of Millie Rose (Piscitello) Gentile, of Gloucester, passed away on Sunday morning, September 2, 2012, at the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Rosie was born in Gloucester on December 22, 1924, son of the late Antonio and Albina (Demarco) Gentile.
He was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the Class of 1943. He then proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during World War II. He was a Machinist Mate Third Class from 1943 to 1946 with the 92nd Construction Battalion in Port Hueneme, California.
Rosie became well known as an exceptional mechanic and began working as a young man with the former Pearce Hodgkins and later as co-owner Granite Garage in Rockport. He then opened Gentile’s Esso Service Station on Railroad Avenue which he owned and operated until his retirement.
Rosie was well known throughout the community for his sense of humor and love of playing cards. He was a member of the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3 Gloucester American Legion, Gloucester AMVETS Post 32, Knights of Columbus Council 215 and Lodge of Elks.
In addition to his wife Millie,he is survived by his children, Anthony Gentile and wife Lesley, Donna Misuraca and husband Thomas, Joanne Waalewyn and husband Jan, John Gentile and wife Robin, James Gentile and wife Susan; grandchildren Michael Gentile and wife Katya, Erika Lea and husband Alex, Brian Misuraca and wife Katie, Kyle Misuraca and wife Annie, Hilary Cooney, Melissa Winchester, Alexandria Gentile, Elizabeth Gentile; great grandchildren Luke, Danielle and Anthony; sister Veda Shannon; brother Frank Gentile and wife Mary, sister-in-law Mary Gentile, Pauline Piscitello; brother and sister-in-law Alfred Piscitello and wife Frances; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Carmen and Antonio Gentile and his sister Providenza Giovanni.
ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held in Calvary Cemetery on Friday, September 7th at 10:15 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund, 292 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.