Lawrence “Red” Giusti, age 90, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Lawrence was born July 6, 1922 on Galveston Island to Antonio and Adelia Giusti. Growing up he had a head full of red hair and his family began calling him Red; the name stuck. As a boy, Red enjoyed duck hunting and wade fishing with his father and his Uncle Jacob on the west end of the island. While in high school, he found he had a talent for woodworking and began handcrafting furniture as gifts for family members. He also began working while in high school. His first job was as a bicycle messenger on the waterfront; he was paid ten cents per week.
Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Red, along with his best friend, joined the Navy. During WWII, he served on the USS Seahorse under one of the most decorated commanders in submarine warfare. During her seventh patrol, Seahorse was subjected to one of the most ferocious depth charge attacks of World War II––miraculously, the submarine and her crew survived. He received numerous medals and commendations.
Upon his return home, he met and married Geneva Hinsley. He opened LG Drug & Liquor, which they owned and operated for many years. They raised their daughter, Jane, and he enjoyed spending time with his sisters and their families. Big family gatherings and bar-b-q’s were some of his happiest memories. Upon his retirement, he and Geneva moved to Blossom, Texas to be closer to extended family. He loved his years there and enjoyed raising cattle, his garden, and time spent with family. Eventually they returned to Galveston. In his last few years he looked forward to his morning coffee and lively conversation with the “boys” at Randall’s.
Lawrence was a man of his word, of honor, and integrity. He believed in hard work and family. He believed that a handshake was as good as any contract. He believed in telling the truth. He believed in God and that prayer could comfort. He was a good man, he was loved, and he will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geneva Giusti; his sisters, Jenny Voigt and Florence Cambiano; and his granddaughter, Laura Musgrove.
He is survived by his daughter, N. Jane Giusti; his granddaughters, Georgia Nelson, Kathi Flisowski, and Kelly Gavin; great granddaughters: Shanna Kirl, Leann Crump, and Regan Scheer; great great grandchildren : Adrian Tyler Bedard, Maia Warner, Gabriela Warner and Daniela Gavin. Also left to cherish his memory are his devoted nieces, Adele M. Rogers (Jay), Catherine Sue McCarley, and Debra Rizzo Flowers, numerous other nieces, nephews, family members, and dear friends.
Red’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 10th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, February 11th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Deacon John Pistone officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Adrian Tyler Bedard, Joe Giusti, Gary Hinsley, Troy McCarley, Ray Musgrove, and Jay Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be L.J. Bowman, Frank Giusti, Bennie Hinsley, and Jules “Curly” Rizzo.