GREENWICH, Conn. -- Gus Peter Cantavero, 67, died unexpectedly at his home in Greenwich July 8, 2015.
Cantavero was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Greenwich, the son of Peter Cantavero and Grace Yannotti. He attended Greenwich High School, where he developed his love for football and played in sandlot games against rival towns.
A Greenwich native, he was surrounded by his family who nurtured his passion for farming, animals and his Italian heritage.
A presence on and off the field, he played for three semi-professional football teams: Milford Rockets and the farm teams of the Patriots and Giants. A sign of his exceptional talent was demonstrated by being a walk-on to a semi-professional team in his 20s after never having played organized ball in school.
Well-known in the local construction industry, Cantavero was a respected contractor and skilled machine operator for more than 40 years.
Surviving are his wife, Elena; his mother, Grace Ciufo; three daughters, CareyAnn, Jessica and Ariana; one son, Gus Jr.; his sister, Stacy Pirro; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Brendin, Sydney, and Griffin.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Castiglione Funeral Home, 544 Old Post Road #3, Greenwich.
A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, 399 North St., Greenwich.
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