Joseph Giusti, of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Longboat Key, died June 7. He was 97.
Mr. Giusti was born in New Bedford, Mass., and lived all of his life in that community, becoming president and chief executive officer of the Giusti Baking Company, a business established in the early 1900s by his father, Cesare Giusti, and John Giusti. Upon retiring, he sold the business to Nissen Bakeries, and Mr. Giusti and his wife, Vera, began their retirement, with many years spent between their homes in South Dartmouth and Longboat Key.
Mr. Giusti was a past member and president of the New Bedford Rotary Club. He was a member of the Wamsutta Club, the Allendale Country Club and Longboat Key Club and Resort. During his career in the baking industry, he was a director of the American Bakers Cooperative.
Mr. Giusti was well-known in his younger years for his athletic abilities on the football field for New Bedford High School and subsequently played for several years for the semi-professional football team, the Murphy Club. Mr. Giusti also enjoyed his many years on the golf course.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Angelina Giusti, Cherubino Giusti, Eleanora Figazolo, Stella Allen and Edward Giusti.
Mr. Giusti is survived by his wife, Vera; daughter, Catherine Potter; son, Paul Giusti; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory or to a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service was held June 11 in Massachusetts. For an online condolence book, please visit saundersdwyer.com.