Gus Peter Cantavero, 67, Greenwich Native, Construction Contractor

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Gus Peter Cantavero, 67, died unexpectedly at his home in Greenwich  on July 8. Gus was born in Greenwich on October 28, 1947, 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.

In his youth, Gus spent his summers at the family farm in Kingston, New York where he had his fondest memories. He continued to visit often with his children and grandchildren. Gus possessed a quick wit and sense of humor, but it was his stature that people admired most.

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, Gus was a respected contractor and skilled machine operator for over 40 years.

Surviving Mr. Cantavero 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 held on Sunday July 12, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Castiglione Funeral Home, 544 Old Post Rd #3, Greenwich. A service will be held at the funeral home on Monday July 13 at 10:00 am.

Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, 399 North Street, Greenwich. To leave an online condolence please visit