Gasper Buffa passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2016 at the age of 96 in Port Charlotte, FL. Beloved husband to Rose (nee Suozzi). Proud parent to Carol Williams (Silas), Linda Emmi (Thomas), Angela Buffa Tortorici, Gasper Buffa Jr. (Theresa) and Dominick Buffa (Liz). Grandfather to Cynthia Genova, Brian Robert Pascucci (Jennifer), Gasper Buffa III (Jennifer), Matthew Ernest Pascucci (Dawn), David Gasper Buffa (Nicole), Lauren Benedict (Christopher) and Paul Bradley Buffa. Great-grandfather to Liam Pascucci, Luke Pascucci, Daniel Buffa, Jay Gasper Buffa and Silas Benedict. He is also survived by his sister Sarah Pachiarotti and many nieces and nephews.
He was a Renaissance man who, at 17 years of age, volunteered for the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC’s). In July 1940, he enlisted in the United State Marine Corps, proudly serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII and was in combat at the Battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. With the 1st Marine Division on Midway Island in the Pacific, he survived an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy’s planes commanded by Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto. After Midway he was sent to Guadalcanal earning the rank of Master Sargent and Crew Chief while serving with the Marine Aircraft Wing. He finished his service with an assignment in China. His commendations include: The Presidential Unit Citation with two Stars, Navy Unit Commendation medal, Good Conduct Medal with two Stars, American Defense Medal, Navy Campaign Medal with one Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, China Service Medal and the Occupation Service Medal.
He wrote poetry during the war and has been published in Leatherneck magazine. When he left the service he started a building business on Long Island and became a well-known and accomplished general contractor and developer. Above all, Gasper loved his wife, Rose, who passed away in 2008, after 65 years of marriage. They were both involved in the community organization in the City of Glen Cove, where he served in leadership positions in the Glen Cove Lions Club, Rotary Club, Glen Cove VFW, the Dan Daly Glen Cove Globe and Anchor and Glen Cove Post 76 of the American Legion. He had a remarkable life. He will be missed every day.
Funeral arrangements will be at Whitting Funeral Home, April 29, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass at Saint Rocco’s Church, Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations, to be made in his memory, to the Disabled American Veterans, website www.dav.org.