William J. Fasulo
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William J. Fasulo
While being in charge of Haverhill's Fourth of July Festival for over 25 years, all he ever said to us was "I want to make sure everyone who comes down the stadium has a great time." It's not like he knew all of the people and they'll never know how much he cared about them, but he did. No one will probably ever believe this, but he never paid himself or his family-all the money that was taken in from the festival always went right back into next year's festival. No matter what he had to do to raise money to make the festival better each year he did it for the people. His dedication was remarkable.
He always gave of his service year after year for Haverhill's Downtown Christmas Stroll. It never mattered how cold it was or if it was snowing, he would always be there playing in the band and then greeting the people with his contagious smile.
For years he marched and led the band for Haverhill's Christmas Parade and never once said he didn't feel like going or it's too cold, he just did it because he cared.
He had the warmest caring heart and was a true blessing from God to our family and to the city of Haverhill. He was truly one of a kind, and we want the city of Haverhill to know just how much he really cared about them and all he ever asked in return was that "they have a great time."
To the "Leader of the Band" we salute you!
All our love,
William J. Fasulo, 94, of Haverhill, died Saturday evening, April 6, at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen.
He was born in Haverhill, May 2, 1924, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Iasimone) Fasulo.
Educated in the Haverhill school system, Mr. Fasulo graduated from Haverhill High School, class of 1942.
During World War II he served in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant, first in their band, then as a member of the Combat Engineers 1475. While in the Army he served in Okinawa, Korea, and Hiroshima.
Upon being honorably discharged he served as a police officer for the City of Haverhill for over 15 years and retired from the Proctor School, Topsfield, where he served as the Music Director for over 25 years.
As a young man he had a love of music and became a "master" of the saxophone and clarinet. Music was his passion. For many years he had his own orchestra, playing his music whenever he had the opportunity. Mr. Fasulo was President of the Haverhill Musicians Association for over 60 years, and an affiliate of the American Federation of Musicians. He marched in local parades and was a familiar face at the summer concerts at Bradford Common. He loved nothing better than to bring joy to people through his music.
In 1990 Mr. Fasulo received the Haverhill Citizen of the Year award for his contributions to the Greater Haverhill Community.
His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Palma J. (Paddock) Fasulo of Haverhill; four daughters, Margaret Foley and her husband Paul of Haverhill, Anne Marie Zottu and her husband Steve of Bradford, Judy McGuirk and her husband George of Huntersville, N.C., Joanne Bergeron and her husband Paul of Methuen; a brother, Dr. Norman Fasulo and his wife Barbara of W. Yarmouth; a son-in-law, Philip Gulezian of E. Kingston, N.H.; sisters-in-law, Diane Fasulo of Haverhill and Gloria Fasulo of Haverhill; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fasulo was also the father of the late Lisa Gulezian, and brother of the late Daniel and Edward Fasulo.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his calling hours on Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. His funeral service and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
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