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Does anyone know when Gigi was born?  My mother says that he passed away on his birthday… I guess we could go check the tombstone in Southbridge!  Does anyone know where the rest of the family was born/is buried so we can check town hall records?

Did you ever hear the story about how Gigi lost his shoes one winter?  You may have heard that the family all lived around Webster Lake and they would cut across it once it froze over.  But apparently, he took a little more liberties as far as deciding when the ice was safe or not.  From what I remember being told, one time he came down to the lake and saw that there was water on top of the ice, and the edge had actually pulled away from the shore.  So he took his shoes off and left them on the shoreline and walked briskly across.  The ice was very thin and it was like walking on a waterbed!  But he made it safely to the other side without falling in at all… the problem was that, by the time he needed to come back, the ice had melted quite a bit more and he couldn’t get back on to the ice… and when he walked around the entire shoreline to where he originally started, his shoes were gone.  I don’t remember who told me that (maybe Uncle Ron?) but I thought it was hysterical.  What a crazy man!

I guess the 1950’s were a crazy time… and a perfect time for a scrappy guy named “Bud”… I heard this week from Lynn that Gigi (Joseph) bought his first and only new car with his winnings from the lottery… which, btw, was run by the Italian mafia.  They paid him $1,500 in cash!

Can anyone shed additional light on this story?