August 28, 1920 - November 07, 2014
Samuel “Sam” Asci, age 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Life Care Center in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was the husband of the late Marguerite A. (Hallisey) Asci and was the son of the late Giuseppe and Caterina (Del Gizzi) Asci. Sam’s parents raised their family in Brockton. Sam’s older brother was born in Italy so Sam was the first in his family to be born in the USA. Sam remembered a very close-knit family that had dinner together every night. His mother was a fabulous cook and the entire extended Asci family regularly enjoyed the delicious meals she prepared.
A graduate of Brockton High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1942. Assigned to Marine Bomber Squadron VMB 611, he served as a navigator-bombardier in the Pacific during World War II. A decorated combat veteran, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five battle stars for valorous service.
When he returned home from war-time service, Sam was reunited with Marguerite Hallisey, whom he had met at a dance in Bridgewater nearly ten years before. They were married in 1948 at St. Patrick Church in Brockton, Massachusetts. They had five children and raised their family in Brockton. Sam and Marguerite loved Cape Cod and spent time there as a family. His children remember diving into the water from his shoulders at the beach in Dennis Port where they learned to love the sea. As for other sports, Marguerite taught Sam how to downhill ski. He enjoyed many day trips and extended vacations with his family on the New Hampshire slopes. He enjoyed skiing well into his sixties, even after breaking an ankle on the slopes, which slowed him down for a while but did not hamper his style.
A Brockton firefighter for many years, Sam retired at age of sixty-five as the senior captain in the department. In addition, he served as secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 144 and joined in the organized labor effort that improved working conditions and wages for firefighters statewide.
Sam held firmly rooted religious beliefs and was deeply involved in the life of St. Patrick parish. A longtime CCD teacher, he also served as lector and sang in the choir. Using his carpentry skills, he built a small chapel in the sacristy using a reworked wooden altar that originally sat in the lower church. Active as well in community affairs, he served as a troop leader in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed an active role in the Brockton Interfaith Community to secure housing opportunities for working wage earners.
Sam’s advice to the younger generation was to “work hard and do your homework.”
Sam was the devoted husband of the late Marguerite A. (Hallisey) for 58 years and was the beloved father of William F. (and Anne) Asci of Mattapoisett, Elizabeth (and David) Hayes of East Bridgewater, James (and Paula) Asci of Plympton, Thomas (and Dianne) Asci of East Bridgewater, and Marguerite (and Mark) Alpert of Wethersfield, Connecticut. He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Peter and Samuel Asci of Mattapoisett and Michael Asci of Little Cranberry Island, Maine; Patrick, Timothy and Benjamin Hayes of New York, New York; Catherine Taylor of Grafton, James Asci of New York, New York, and Elizabeth Asci of Quincy; Gregory Asci of Hanover and Christine Asci of East Bridgewater; Max and Grace Alpert of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and four great grandchildren Madeline, Lucy and William Taylor of Grafton and Charles Hayes of New York, New York. Sam is also survived by his sisters, Antoinette Herman of Laurel, Maryland, and Angelina Peterson of Brockton and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Dennis and Americo Asci and his sister Marguerite Asci, all of Brockton.
Sam received wonderful care from the devoted staff of Life Care Center of West Bridgewater.
Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00AM thence to St. Patrick Church, 335 Main Street., Brockton, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours in the Russell & Pica Funeral Home Tuesday 4:00-8:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, 335 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301