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Paul Fusillo, Sr.
  • February 28, 1935
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  • August 28, 2021

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OBITUARY FOR PAUL FRANCIS FUSILLO, SR

PAUL FRANCIS FUSILLO, SR. PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2021, AT HIS HOME IN BRADENTON, FLORIDA. HE WAS 86. PAUL WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 28, 1935, IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK TO NICHOLAS FUSILLO AND HELEN EVELYN DE PRIE. PAUL ATTENDED SCHOOL IN NY AND ATTENDED NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ON BASEBALL AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS. HIS FATHER, NICHOLAS PASSED AWAY WHEN PAUL WAS 15 AND HE ASSUMED THE ROLE OF MAN OF THE HOUSE, CARING FOR HIS MOTHER, HELEN UNTIL HER PASSING AT 83. HE LEFT THE UNIVERSITY TO JOIN THE BROOKLYN DODGERS CHAIN FOR  2 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO NEW YORK. HE MOVED TO FLORIDA IN 1959 BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IT WAS THE “LAND OF OPPORTUNITY”. PAUL FLOURISHED AS A USED- AND THEN NEW- CAR DEALER WITH DEALERSHIPS IN MELBOURNE, JACKSONVILLE, MIAMI, WEST PALM BEACH, FL AND ATLANTA, GA. PAUL LOVED BEING HIS OWN PILOT, LOGGING OVER 8000 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME IN PLANES TOO NUMEROUS TO REMEMBER, INCLUDING A P-51 MUSTANG. HE WAS A BELOVED GRANDFATHER, FATHER, HUSBAND AND FRIEND, MENTORING MANY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE WHICH GAVE HIM GREAT SATISFACTION. HE WAS A SPELL BINDING STORYTELLER WHO COULD CAPTURE ANYONE’S ATTENTION. HE LOVED TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, DULCIE ANN VERNER, BROTHER, ROBERT JAMES FUSILLO(EDITH), CHILDREN: ALICE MARIE FUSILLO; NICHOLE VERONICA CIRELLI (DESE); PAUL FRANCIS, FUSILLOJR (TAMARA); STEPHEN RICHARD FUSILLO; SCOTT JAMES LANIER (LEAH); LAUREL GRAY HATLEY (JODY). ALSO SURVIVING ARE 7 GRANDCHILDREN: BIANCA FUSILLO (LEO); STEPHENE FUSILLO; LINDSEY LANIER; MAKENNA LANIER; GRIFFIN HATLEY; TATUM HATLEY; ELLIS SHANKLING; AND ARTEM VOLOS. ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE AT BALDWIN BROTHERS FUNERAL & CREMATION SOCIETY, BRADENTON, FL. baldwinbrothers.com


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