Angelo "Gus" Guastaferro
June 4, 1932 – June 9, 2019
Angelo “Gus” Guastaferro, aerospace executive, passed on June 9 at age 87 in Williamsburg. He was born in Hoboken, NJ on June 4, 1932 to Carlo Guastaferro and Rafaela Gioffi Guastaferro. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor; and is survived by three sons: Carl, Mark, and Brian; eight grandchildren: Justin, Christopher, Jennifer, Douglas, Andrew, Kiana, Haley and Kyle; and one sister, Connie Gallombardo. Gus earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Newark College of Engineering, an MBA from Florida State University, and Diplomate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard University. After three years in the Air Force, he joined NASA for a distinguished career in space programs for 22 years, including Deputy Manager on the Viking program at Langley, Director of Planetary Programs in Washington DC, and Deputy Director of Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He later became a Vice President and Executive Director at Lockheed Missiles & Space in Sunnyvale, CA. Returning to Virginia, he joined nView Corporation, becoming CEO and Chairman of the Board. In addition to his successful career, Gus believed in giving back to the community and volunteered with many organizations in the Williamsburg area: He served as Board Chairman for the Hampton Roads Technology Council, Executive Partner for the Business School at William & Mary, Board Member of CIAO (Colonial Italian American Organization) and Chairman of their foundation, and Board Member of Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) of Williamsburg. He also volunteered at Riverside Doctor’s Hospital, served as an usher at St. Bede Catholic Church, and was a board member of Catholic Student Ministries at St. Bede and the Langley Federal Credit Union. Visitation is planned from 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 20 at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 21 at 2 pm at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cancer Care Fund at Riverside Health System Foundation, 701 Town Center Drive, Suite 1000, Newport News, VA 23606; or https://www.riversideonline.com/foundation/
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Angelo "Gus" Guastaferro
June 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Guastaferro. Gus had invited us to his home for lunch one summer in Williamsburg and it was a wonderful afternoon together. He even gave me the keys to his fancy convertible car and said, “take her for a spin” ! It was amazing and a dream. Thank you for the perfect memory.
Dr. Mrs. Bruce Mercogliano, Alex and Gregg
June 12, 2019
I am so deeply saddened hearing of Gus passing. I met Gus first as a child of another Viking, and again as an adult preserving the history of Gus and other Vikings legacies. Gus was so deeply vested in everything he did, and above all, family. When we met for his formal interview, before we began talking of missions, he shared his family history, pictures of early years in the shop, and stories of the struggles and success, and lessons learned. He attributed his own, to his family and hard work. Since then, every other conversation was imbued with pride in his children and grands, all accompanied with humor and reflection. It was an honor to reconnect with Gus, and my heart goes out to his family. I hope memories can ease the pain of loss. To the children... please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to learn of what he shared with us. With respect,
Rachel Tillman, Viking Daughter