ANTHONY BUSA – in Woburn, February 26th, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Georgolakis) Busa. Devoted father of Beverly A. Connelly and her husband Joseph of Reading, Anthony J. Busa of Woburn, Daniel G. Busa and his wife Marjorie of NH, Donna M. Busa-Kenny and her husband Gerry of Woburn and Eugene P. Busa and his wife Laurie of Billerica. Dear brother of Edie Larson of Bedford, Patricia Westwater of Burlington and the late Martha, Joseph, Alfred and David Busa. Loving grandfather of Joe, Matt, Jay and Michael Connolley, Alison Boutiette, Anthony Busa Jr., Daniel G. Busa Jr., Melissa Socci, Elizabeth R. Kenny, Jaime, Brianna and Geno Busa and seven great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donationa may be made in Mr. Busa’s memory to the VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.
Anthony Busa passed away at home late Tuesday evening after succumbing to an illness of a long duration. Surrounded by his family and his loving wife Elizabeth (Georgolakis), he was eighty-five years of age.
Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Guy and Eleanor (Pasquelina) Busa. While growing up, his family owned a farm in Lexington and along with his brothers and sisters he assisted his father and uncles in planting the seeds, maintaining the fields and harvesting the crops. This they did from the time they were very young, after school till sunset, and sunrise to sunset weekends, vacations and summers. All of the produce would then be brought in to Haymarket Square for sale.
He attended schools in Lexington and was a graduate of Massachusetts Trade School. Following high school he stayed on the farm for several years maintaining everything from the planting of seedlings to fixing the tractors. In 1942, the war had broken out and Mr. Busa enlisted in the Coast Guard to assist his country in time of need. Following his discharge from the service he returned to the farm, only this time in Woburn on Fairmeadow Farm. Fairmeadow was located on Wyman Street and at the time went all the way back to almost the Joyce Middle School.
In 1944 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Georgalakis, and together they made their home in the Central Square section of the city.
Mr. Busa’s experience with having worked the farm and maintaining the equipment to run the farm, led him to working at Bedford Garage for several years and then in 1948 he embarked on his own and took his knowledge for mechanics to Green Street in Woburn. Opening his own garage there, he had become very well known and respected for his expertise and understanding of auto mechanics. So began “Green Street Automotive,” which has become an institution here in Woburn. Throughout the years Mr. Busa has maintained an excellent reputation for his honesty, integrity and fine sense of community. When anyone called the garage, was broken down on the side of the road, or just stopped by to visit, Mr. Busa was there to assist or help out with whatever was needed, looking for nothing in return, just very glad he could help.
He and his wife Elizabeth had five children of whom they were most proud. From the time his three sons were very young they too became involved in their father’s business and have continued the family legacy. He thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent as a family and they would often go to the Cape where they had a home that he made into their castle. On July fourth he would have all his family and siblings families over for a cookout, where all the aunts, uncles and cousins would enjoy a wonderful day eating, playing games, and enjoying each other’s company, and in later years all of his twelve grandchildren joined in the fun. Known as “grandpa” to his grandchildren, they were the light of his life and held a very special place in his heart. He also shared his knowledge of farming with them, giving them seedlings, raising them in his homemade glass hot house, and then planting and maintaining them to their fruition. He too continued this throughout his life. When it became too difficult for him to stand and work his garden, he made a short chair with wheels so as to enable him to continue weeding the garden, right up till last summer.
Mr. Busa was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Woburn Lodge of Elks, an organization that he was very dedicated to until ill health prevented him from participating. He became involved with the Woburn Elks late in the thirties and was one of the members who was very instrumental in moving it from the old building on Salem Street, to the new and at that time state of the art building over in East Woburn, where they remain. He not only took part in helping to build the new brick building, but dedicated himself to the true brotherhood of the Elks, helping out in the community, attending conventions, making floats for the Halloween parade, and giving of himself in any way he could to help others.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Busa was predeceased by his brothers and sister, Joseph, Alfred, David and Martha Busa.
He is lovingly survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Elizabeth, and children, Beverly A. Connelly and her husband Joseph of Reading, Anthony J. Busa of Woburn, Daniel G. Busa and his wife Marjorie of New Hampshire, Donna M. Busa-Kenny and her husband Gerry of Woburn and Eugene P. Busa and his wife Laurie of Billerica. He was also the dear brother of Edie Larson of Bedford and Patricia Westwater of Burlington, and loving grandfather of Joe, Matt, Jay and Michael Connelley, Alison Budiette, Anthony Busa Jr., Daniel G. Busa Jr., Melissa Socci, Elizabeth R. Kenny, Jaime, Brianna and Geno Busa, and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in his memory to the VNA Hospice, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, 01801.