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August 'Gus' Chiodo Obituary

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August 'Gus' Chiodo

Mt. Kisco, New York

August 15, 1927 - October 20, 2020

August 'Gus' Chiodo Obituary

Augustino Grazio Chiodo, "Gus", was born on August 15, 1927 in New Rochelle, New York to Santo Chiodo and Rose (Giorno) Chiodo. He was the youngest of five sons and remained close with his "big brothers", Peter, John, Michael, and Anthony through the years. Gus was a proud graduate of New Rochelle High School and pursued his passion for music his entire life. A trumpet player from his earliest youth, he had fond memories of taking private lessons in New York City and playing in the dance band while at New Rochelle High School. Later, he sat for many auditions with the big bands of the era, including the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, and was honored with the coveted "first trumpet" position during this time. He continued to serve music in many ways throughout his life. He taught private lessons and was the founder and leader of the band, The Veltones, playing at various venues for happy occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, civic, and holiday parties. The love of music carried onto his children and grandchildren, all of whom played musical instruments, and whom had special "lesson time" with dad and grandpa. Following his high school graduation, Gus entered active service in the United States Army on January 25, 1946. While there, he performed in the elite 7767th Special Service Band and travelled throughout France and Germany entertaining military dignitaries. All the while, letters from his girlfriend back home, Angela "Dale" Santacroce, served as his inspiration and strength. He hung a painted portrait of Dale in his barrack to keep her close to his heart. After discharge from the army, he married his sweetheart Dale, at St. Josephs Church in New Rochelle, New York, on June 13, 1948. They had a brief honeymoon in Atlantic City where they strolled the board walk. Together, they danced to many romantic tunes and loved the song, "Ill Remember April". Gus and Dale went on to have 3 children who he referred to as "his girls"- Sandra, Toni Ann and Christine. After his wife passed away, he would always say, "you girls are my life". In addition to music, "Gus" was an insurance salesman for most of his life and worked for the prestigious Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and later, Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank. He earned numerous certifications throughout his career and was an expert in his field. He was known throughout New Rochelle as a trusted professional who was always honest with his customers. He built a special rapport with his customers of Italian heritage, through speaking to them in the Italian language, ultimately earning their confidence in him as an honest man. A life long Catholic, Gus attended Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle, New York and later Sacred Heart in Stamford, New York. His patron Saint was always St. Anthony, having been married on the feast day of St. Anthony. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge both in New Rochelle, New York. He enjoyed wood working and handywork around the house. He is survived by his daughter Sandra and her husband Victor, their children Michael and his wife Candice, and Philip Arnone; Toni Ann and her husband Steve, and their children Amanda and Jack Cassara; and, Christine and her husband, John, and their children John, Jr., Julia, Christopher and Jennifer. His great grandchild, William Anthony, resides in heaven with him now. Gus worked hard all of his life and would always say, "the harder I worked, the luckier I got!" He also urged all of us to "keep our blinders on and keep moving forward!" Those wise words echo in our ears today. Gus will always be remembered for his love for his wife Dale, his "girls" ~ Sandi, Toni Ann, and Chrissy, his great pride in his grandchildren and great~grandchild, his love of politics and music, and the joy he derived from his country home in the Catskills, which he built. He acquired many meaningful friendships while living in the mountains. He will be loved and remembered by all. Family and friends are invited to Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. 288 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 on Sunday October 25th 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Gus at St. Patrick's Church 29 Cox Avenue Armonk, NY He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Angela in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye NY in Lieu of flowers memorial donations in his memory may sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital Reposing Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. Sunday, October 25, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Reposing Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. Sunday, October 25, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass of Christian Burial St. Patrick's R.C. Church Monday, October 26, 2020 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 29 Cox Ave Armonk, NY 10504

If you plan to attend the Mass on Monday October 26th 2020 please meet directly at St. Patrick's Church

Interment Greenwood Union Cemetery Monday, October 26, 2020 12:30 PM 215 North Streeet Rye,, NY 10580

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of August 'Gus' Chiodo hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

Augustino Grazio Chiodo, "Gus", was born on August 15, 1927 in New Rochelle, New York to Santo Chiodo and Rose (Giorno) Chiodo. He was the youngest of five sons and remained close with his "big brothers", Peter, John, Michael, and Anthony through the years. Gus was a proud graduate of New Rochelle High School and pursued his passion for music his entire life. A trumpet player from his earliest youth, he had fond memories of taking private lessons in New York City and playing in the dance band while at New Rochelle High School. Later, he sat for many auditions with the big bands of the era, including the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, and was honored with the coveted "first trumpet" position during this time. He continued to serve music in many ways throughout his life. He taught private lessons and was the founder and leader of the band, The Veltones, playing at various venues for happy occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, civic, and holiday parties. The love of music carried onto his children and grandchildren, all of whom played musical instruments, and whom had special "lesson time" with dad and grandpa. Following his high school graduation, Gus entered active service in the United States Army on January 25, 1946. While there, he performed in the elite 7767th Special Service Band and travelled throughout France and Germany entertaining military dignitaries. All the while, letters from his girlfriend back home, Angela "Dale" Santacroce, served as his inspiration and strength. He hung a painted portrait of Dale in his barrack to keep her close to his heart. After discharge from the army, he married his sweetheart Dale, at St. Josephs Church in New Rochelle, New York, on June 13, 1948. They had a brief honeymoon in Atlantic City where they strolled the board walk. Together, they danced to many romantic tunes and loved the song, "Ill Remember April". Gus and Dale went on to have 3 children who he referred to as "his girls"- Sandra, Toni Ann and Christine. After his wife passed away, he would always say, "you girls are my life". In addition to music, "Gus" was an insurance salesman for most of his life and worked for the prestigious Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and later, Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank. He earned numerous certifications throughout his career and was an expert in his field. He was known throughout New Rochelle as a trusted professional who was always honest with his customers. He built a special rapport with his customers of Italian heritage, through speaking to them in the Italian language, ultimately earning their confidence in him as an honest man. A life long Catholic, Gus attended Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle, New York and later Sacred Heart in Stamford, New York. His patron Saint was always St. Anthony, having been married on the feast day of St. Anthony. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge both in New Rochelle, New York. He enjoyed wood working and handywork around the house. He is survived by his daughter Sandra and her husband Victor, their children Michael and his wife Candice, and Philip Arnone; Toni Ann and her husband Steve, and their children Amanda and Jack Cassara; and, Christine and her husband, John, and their children John, Jr., Julia, Christopher and Jennifer. His great grandchild, William Anthony, resides in heaven with him now. Gus worked hard all of his life and would always say, "the harder I worked, the luckier I got!" He also urged all of us to "keep our blinders on and keep moving forward!" Those wise words echo in our ears today. Gus will always be remembered for his love for his wife Dale, his "girls" ~ Sandi, Toni Ann, and Chrissy, his great pride in his grandchildren and great~grandchild, his love of politics and music, and the joy he derived from his country home in the Catskills, which he built. He acquired many meaningful friendships while living in the mountains. He will be loved and remembered by all. Family and friends are invited to Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. 288 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 on Sunday October 25th 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Gus at St. Patrick's Church 29 Cox Avenue Armonk, NY He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Angela in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye NY in Lieu of flowers memorial donations in his memory may sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital Reposing Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. Sunday, October 25, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Reposing Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. Sunday, October 25, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass of Christian Burial St. Patrick's R.C. Church Monday, October 26, 2020 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 29 Cox Ave Armonk, NY 10504

If you plan to attend the Mass on Monday October 26th 2020 please meet directly at St. Patrick's Church

Interment Greenwood Union Cemetery Monday, October 26, 2020 12:30 PM 215 North Streeet Rye,, NY 10580

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of August 'Gus' Chiodo hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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