PITTSFIELD – Guy Noto, age 100, passed away peacefully at Berkshire Medical Center, with his children by his side. He was born on February 24, 1922, in the town of Molochio, Provincia di Reggio Calabria, Italy. He was the son of Giuseppe Noto and Vita (Bovalino) Noto. He moved to the United Stated in 1935 with his family, settling in Pittsfield, MA. Guy was educated in the Italian schools and then in the Pittsfield Public Schools, graduating from the Carpentry Program at Pittsfield High School. A member of the Greatest Generation, Guy served in the United States Army, 115th Ordnance Company, as a Tech Sergeant, during World War II. His unit was responsible for the building of the Burma and Ledo Roads in the China-Burma-India theatre. He survived sweltering jungles and months-long monsoons until the end of the war in the Pacific in August 1945. He served under General Joseph Stilwell.
He married his beloved wife, Immacolata, in 1949, in Italy. They settled again in Pittsfield and raised their family. After the war, Guy was employed by the General Electric Company of Pittsfield, working in the Power Transformer Division and ultimately became an inspector in the Distribution Transformer Regulator Division of General Electric in Pittsfield. He retired from GE in 1980. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at the GE. He was also a life-long member of the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield, until its recent closing. He was a long-time communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittsfield until its ultimate closing by the Diocese of Springfield. At Mt. Carmel Church, Guy served as an usher at the 10:30 Mass every Sunday. He was very active in the parish, serving on the Parish Council and working Bingo and lawn parties. Upon the closure, Guy became a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield. He was a devout Catholic with unwavering faith, which held him in good stead throughout his life. His faith and his positive outlook no doubt served as the template for a long, happy life. Guy also enjoyed planting a garden every summer with his son, Michael. He enjoyed dinners and holidays with his family and taking long walks with his grandson. He was a man of simple pleasures.
He leaves his daughter, Josephine MacFarland and her husband, Keith, of Westfield, MA; his son Michael Noto of Pittsfield; his grandson Ian MacFarland and his wife, Cheray of Shelburne, VT. He also leaves a great-granddaughter, Nola Mae MacFarland, of Shelburne, VT; a sister, Carmelina Curro of Naples, FL and two special cousins, Lena Noto and Teresa Musacchio, both of Pittsfield. He also leaves extended family members in Italy, Australia, and the United States. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Immacolata, along with his parents, and three sisters, Josephine Noto, Lena Noto, and Vency LaConte.
Calling hours were held on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Flynn-Dagnoli Bencivenga Funeral Home, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield and were followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm Street, Pittsfield, celebrated by Rev. Steven Montesanti. Entombment followed the Mass at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Pecks Road in Pittsfield.
Donations may be made in Guy’s memory to Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.