Remembering Gaspar Veloso

Gaspar Veloso was a familiar face to post office patrons.

Gaspar Veloso

A Vietnam veteran who joined the US Postal Service in 1973, he spent many years at the Westport and Saugatuck stations, before moving to Weston.

There, he created and tended glorious flower beds — inside and out — that made the post office not just a place, but a home.

Sarah Gross — one of his many fans — calls him “a tender, familiar, constant spirit.”

She says that until April 11, he never once called in sick.

That morning, he did.

He died later that day.

A display at the Weston post office honors his memory.

His beloved perennials will honor it too.

3 responses to “Remembering Gaspar Veloso

  1. In more than 25 years of picking up our mail at the Weston Post Office, Gaspar never failed to greet us by name. He always had a tidbit of information or a newspaper clipping about subjects he knew we cared about — particularly world music and world peace. We left Weston for Massachusetts in 2004, but every visit back we have stopped at the Weston P.O. to say hi — he always lit up with a warm greeting. Gaspar was an original, and we will miss him.

  2. I remember him well. He was always efficient, quiet and so pleasant. There were no rough edges. I’ll miss him.

  3. This is so sad. I am one of those patrons who always felt that Gaspar was a neighbor, a friendly face conducting business in the post office. It is what makes a difference being in Weston and not in the city. Small town friendliness and small town conscientiousness. I never knew Gaspar was a veteran, nor that he tended a flower garden. I do know he was kind and helpful an am sorry to hear this news. 06880 is becoming a town treasure. It makes the every day lives of every day people matter to all of us. Thank you.