Obituary – August (Gus) Zaccaro
August Zaccaro was born March 11, 1927 in Bressanone, Italy. His parents were Maria Schram Zaccaro and Luigi Zaccaro.
August was conscripted by the German and Italian army at the age of 16 into W.W.II. Following the war he immigrated to the United States in 1956. He lived in New Jersey until 1958 when he traveled west to Sun Valley, Idaho where he was employed on the Ski Patrol. He then moved to Kalispell, Montana where he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service. There he met his wife, Edna Faye Windiate. They were married in December 1959.
August and Edna traveled the Alaska Highway in 1960 where they filed on homestead land in Dot Lake. They lived in the Interior until 1963 when they moved to Anchorage and subsequently to Girdwood in 1968. They both worked for Alyeska Resort until the mid 1980’s. During his twenty-year career with Alyeska Resort, August was head of the ski patrol and was an avalanche technician. He also worked as a heli-ski guide for Far North Ski Guides, Inc. In addition to his work for Alyeska Resort, August and Edna owned Alyeska Chalet Builders, a contracting firm in Girdwood. The company built several homes in the early years of Girdwood.
In 1987, August moved to Mt. Shasta, California where he resided until his death on July 6, 2016.
August is survived by his ex-wife, Edna, and four children: Marco Zaccaro of Girdwood; Maria Zaccaro of Portland, Oregon; Lara Hildreth of Anchorage; and step-daughter, Cindy Buchanan of Seattle. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Brent and Christina Buchanan, Cabell and Sage Hildreth and Dessa, Brenner and Leland Zaccaro.
August’s ashes will be brought back to Girdwood.