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Gus Kalish

April 14, 1930 March 2, 2011
Gus Kalish
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Gus Kalish, a man who once lied about his age so that he could enlist in the Navy and serve his country during WW 2. died of respiratory problems at the age of 80.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sheila (Coffey) Kalish and his son Gerald Kalish 55.  Gus was the last surviving member of the family of alexander and evelyn, which included 6 boys, Manuel, Edward, Stanley, Alvin, Benjamin and four girls, Alice, Mabel, Shirley and Anne.  He also had three half brothers, Michael, Sidney and jerome.  Gus was born at the start of the Great depression and after seeing his brothers join the military after Pearl Harbor, Gus, with the help of his mother, told the navy recruiter he was 17 and not his actual age of 15.  He served on the U.S.S. Randolph.  After his honorable discharge, Gus re-enlisted, this time in the air force, when the Korean war broke out.
     Gus was a successful salesman all of his life.  He owned the furniture store  K & K furniture and later sold cars.  He was very active in his adopted home of Ludlow.  He coached youth basketball and was chairman of the committee that raised the funds to put a scoreboard at the football field.  He was also a past President of the Unity Athletic Club.  As well as being a member of the Elks club.  He played golf with the ballbusters at Veterans golf Course.  Gus was known for his sense of humor and his kindness.  He loved the Red Sox, Horse racing and playing cards.  Gus will be laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Agawam.  All funeral services were held privately by the family. In lieu of flowrs, donations may be made in Gus's memory to the charity of one's choice.

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