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Gus Aiello HONOREE 2016

Gus Aiello Sr. was born in Monterey, California, to Erasimo Aiello and Mary Bruno Aiello on November 30, 1931. He is the seventh child of eight, three girls and five boys. Gus grew, up on Larkin Street in the Spaghetti Hill neighborhood. Gus attended the Monterey School District and advanced all the way from kindergarten through his high school graduation from Monterey High in 1950.

He quickly joined the work force two weeks after graduating from high school. His career began at CL Frost Roofing and Tile Company. He started as an apprentice in the ceramic tile trade and soon after achieved the title of Journeyman. Gus decided to remain in the tile trades for the duration of his career except for a short affiliation with the Monterey Post Office.

Shortly after beginning his career Gus met a beautiful woman named Anna Marie Apostrofe. He knew beyond a doubt that his search for a love need not continue and by April 3, 1955 (a rainy Sunday afternoon) Gus and Anna Marie became husband and wife. They were fortunate enough to become the proud parents of 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

In fulfillment of his earlier career path in the tile trades Gus became the owner of Aiello Tile and shared the endeavor with his oldest son Ray Aiello, who has now taken over the family business as sole owner. Among many of the prominent projects that Aiello Tile contributed to his proudest affiliation was with the San Carlos Cathedral and Parish Hall mural work crafted for one of our Bishops and his work performed at the Church of the Annunciation.

Gus has always enjoyed golfing, though he is humble about his abilities and achievements. He has participated in many tournaments, leagues and golf events over the years including volunteer efforts for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament for over 15 years. Gus's love for people and social connection is what motivates him to remain an active participate of many social organizations like the Italian Catholic Federation, Compari Club, Elks Club, Amici Group and Knights of Columbus.

Gus is always willing to do what he can (usually he is asked to help cook) to ensure local social events are carried out with panache and style. You can find him helping cook for events at the Elks Club Monterey or the Moose Lodge, Festa Italia, Lenten Dinners and monthly meetings for the Italian Catholic Federation.

Gus has so many opportunities to share his special spirit and humor with others, but he most enjoys spending time with his many dear friends and family members, especially if a sports game is on the television.

Gus is proud to be honored by the Italian Heritage Society, AKA Italian American Cultural Center Foundation.

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