Augustus J. “Gus” Palaza, Sr., age 69

of Quincy

Augustus J. “Gus” Palaza, Sr., age 69

Augustus J. “Gus” Palaza, Sr., age 69, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Southeast Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in Easton, in the comfort of his loving family.

Gus was born in Roxbury, to the late Augustus V. and Anna (Marinello) Palaza. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School.

Gus served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era.

He worked as a carpenter throughout his life, but was also a skilled mechanic. He was especially talented at working on motorcycles.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.

Beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Zambruno) Palaza.

Devoted father of Augustus J. “Butch” Palaza, Jr. and his wife Erica of Chantilly, Virginia.

Loving grandfather of Max and Elena.

Dear brother of Agatha Padula of Braintree and the late Richard Palaza.

Gus is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Saturday, September 26, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Gus’ memory may be made to Saint Mary’s Church, c/o 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02170.


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  • I am thinking about you seeing Judy again, and I smile. You were so loved here on earth, you were such a good friend, cousin, and man. Tell Judy I said hi

  • Rest easy Gus. You are in peace now with Judy. We always enjoyed seeing you both at the Venetian! Our sincere condolences to Butch and his family and all of Gus’s friends and family.

  • I miss you already ! I’m so glad we are related, I love 💘you and forever will, cuz 😘
    Finally with your Queen ! Rest In Peace !

  • we met in 1965 after he had moved to quincy. not long after that we were inseperable. Together every day. We were great friends, like brothers. All ways there for each other. Tremendoes love and respect for one another. Not long ago Judy & butch would come over for dinner or pizza & we would play games, we tried hard to beat each other, just being together. When butch lost Judy he lost the will to live, did not like being alone. he fought hard but in the end, he shriveled down to almost unreckonizable. my friend you are so much better off with judy. the end of time has come for us, to be seperated. see you in next life. love you forever. your brother mario

  • Rest In Peace dear Gus. We have so many wonderful memories of you and Judy and Butchie. You leave quite an awesome legacy. Butchie, Erica, Max and Elena will live with the wonderful love you gave them always.
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    And rain fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  • I can still see the little boy, sweet, quiet and serious. You are in God’s hands.. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  • I have so many wonderful memories of my Uncle Gus. Sleepovers at Aunt Judy and Uncle Gus’s home, their visits to our home in Pennsylvania, fun times at Nantasket. I’m sure Auntie Judy has a big Italian feast ready for you, Uncle Gus, in Heaven!! Your legacy will live on through all of us. Thank you for being such a wonderful Uncle. ❤️

  • Agatha, I am so sorry for your loss. I just read his obituary. You can tell he is your brother. May he RIP!

  • I’m so sorry to read about Butch’s passing. He was a wonderful man who was a true Quincy Gentleman. Please accept my condolences.

    Charles Ross
    Lakeland Florida

  • Words can’t express the loss i feel, but knowing that i was able to see you and bring you little things you wanted brings me pleasure. Will hold those memories forever. Now go rest and be pain free. Love and Miss you always Cuz

  • Butch out of hundreds people that wanted your Panhead you sold it to me I rode it proudly. and gracefully we assembled it after years of it hanging in the front room it was one of those things someone did for me I considered great will miss you Gus hope you’re with Judy now rest in peace tour the universe together love you cousin Philip and Bobby