Gloucester – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Elizabeth Destino on September 4, 2020, after a courageous battle with melanoma. Sue was born on September 8, 1951, in Canton, Mass. She was the daughter of the late John and Rita Bowes. She was a loving wife, proud mother, and adoring grandmother. Sue committed her entire life to family and friends. After graduating from St. Francis College with a bachelor’s degree in Education, she continued her studies to receive her master’s degree in Education from Framingham State. She worked for over 30 years as an educator in Gloucester, teaching elementary age students, spending the last 20 years teaching kindergarten at Plum Cove Elementary School.
Sue was known for her amazing compassion, kindness, and appreciation of all who were in her presence. Generations of Gloucester kids remember her fondly and never hesitated to stop and say hi to her as they saw “Mrs. Destino” around Gloucester. Sue loved being outside and spending time in her gardens, going for walks, and spending time at Good Harbor Beach.
She is survived by her husband John of 44 years; son John; son Jeff and his wife Ashley and their son Cooper. She also leaves behind her brother Warren. Additionally, she is survived by her sister-in-law Marylin Eldridge; and her daughter Heather. Susan was preceded in death by her brother Brian Bowes; and sister-in-law Kathy Aronson.
Due to COVID-19, a private service will be held. There will be a celebration of life held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF), Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at

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