Originally created 04/24/04

Mr. Edward Giusto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga.- On April 22, 2004, Mr. Edward Joseph Giusto, followed Emily, his beloved wife of 58 years, into death. Born February 9, 1915, in Cannelton, West Virginia, Edward was the fourth of six children of Domenico Giusto of Tamar, Nimis and Louisa Vigant of Chialminis, Nimis, Udine, Italy and the first of their children to be born in America. Ed was raised in Arden, Pa., and worked briefly with his brothers as coal miners. He participated in WPA projects and the Civil Conservation Corps. during the 1930's. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WW II and served as an air traffic controller in the Philippine Islands. He witnessed many tragic air crashes due to landing gears being shot away during dog fights with the Japanese aircraft. Having to keep radio silence also meant that the controllers couldn't communicate to pilots the condition of their undercarriage and landing gear. These needless deaths stayed in his mind for year s, until he convinced his two sons to pursue the development of a tire pressure sensor system that would alert pilots (and later drivers) when tire pressure fell below optimal levels. Sadly, undercapitalization kept the project from succeeding within the family. But because his sons presented his ideas to Detroit automakers and beyond, there are now automobiles that are available with optional tire pressure sensors. During his tour of duty in the Philippines, he corresponded with his girlfriend's kid sister, Emily, and by the War's end she had become his confidante and love. He mounted the steps of the Savannah, Ga., YWCA on a November afternoon in 1945, intent on asking young Emily Cannon to be his bride. Little did he know she was watching from behind the parlor curtain and declared to herself (and our family in later years) "If that handsome man asks me, I'll marry him!" They were wed November 29, 1945 in Savannah, Ga. Ed attended the University of Georgia under the GI Bill and in two and a half years completed his Bachelors Degree in Business with an accounting major. Thus began his career in accounting in which he specialized in Hotel-Motel auditing and management. For years he traveled to resorts that took him from St. Louis to the Pocono Mountains, from Singer Island, Fla. to the Playboy Club in Jamaica. He and Emily settled in Augusta in 1952 and began a family. Ed worked as Credit Manager for the Firestone Co. and J.B. White's. He later managed the historic Bon Air Hotel and became Comptroller for the old Richmond Hotel on Broad Street in the 1960's. He retired in 1979 and kept his hand in small business accounting for a few years. He then turned his attention to gardening and to his favorite sport, golf. He enjoyed the company of the Irish Mafia at the Cabbage Patch and was a scratch golfer. He remained active until shortly before his death, walking from his home at St. John's Towers to the Riverwalk on his daily travels. Edward is survived by two sons, Thomas Lenard Giusto, Louisa, Va., Edward Andrew Giusto (Susan Cain Giusto), Augusta; one daughter, Antoinette Marie Giusto (Alan W. Trisler), Augusta; one grandson, Joseph Allen Giusto (Diane), Bumpas, Va.; four granddaughters, Lydia Taylor Giusto, Augusta, Leela Marie Hoehn, Brooklyn, N.Y., Alexx Diera and Aneka Diera, Augusta; great-grandson, Joshua Giusto and great-great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Giusto, Bumpas, Va. There will not be a memorial service. Friends may call at the residence of the daughter. The family respectfully asks any donations or remembrances be made to The St. John's Towers Foundation in the name of Edward J. Giusto. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle April 24, 2004