Late veteran advocate honored with street co-naming

Late veteran advocate honored with street co-naming
Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj’s office

A street naming was recently held to honor a veteran advocate who served both his community and his country.

On Saturday, August 3, Councilman Mark Gjonaj, along with family and friends of the late Paul Golluscio, gathered at Wellman Avenue and Ericson Place the ‘Sergeant Major Doc Paul Golluscio Way’ street co-naming to honor the beloved veteran who passed away last year.

Golluscio was born in 1938 and attended P.S. 21, DeWitt Clinton High School and Long Island University-Brooklyn, before earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Chiropractic Institute of New York in 1959.

The very next year, he opened his own chiropractic office on Middletown Road, running his practice for over four decades before retiring in 2004.

He ended up meeting his future wife Marion in 1964, when they moved into the same building in Wakefield, and married about a decade later, although he spent much of his life in Throggs Neck before moving to Scarsdale in the early 2000s.

Golluscio was a veteran in the Army Reserves for 27 years, eventually raising to a sergeant major rank. He also served at the Samuel H. Young American Legion Post 620 for 29 years as the secretary and executive committee senior member. dedicating his time and effort towards various causes involving veterans.

‘Doc’ was also a weekly contributor to the Bronx Times, with his columns sharing news for veterans as well as his Trivia Time section, which included important historical anniversaries for that particular week.

Councilman Gjonaj posted on his Facebook account, “I’m glad to honor ‘Doc’ Paul Golluscio with a street co-naming ceremony – he never stopped giving back to the community. May his deeds and memories be eternal!”

“He was always there for everyone and he brought people together through his humor and knowledge,” said Joe Mondello, veterans advocate and first district commander of American Legion Post 620, who knew Golluscio for 20 years.

“Doc was a good man – and losing him created a major void in the American Legion because he played a big part in keeping this organization going,” Mondello added.

Golluscio passed away on September 10, 2018 at the age of 80, after multiple battles with cancer.