Carlo Busceme III

April 06, 1952 - September 22, 2017

Carlo Busceme III

Carlo Busceme III, 65, of Beaumont, died Friday, September 22, 2017. He was born on April 6, 1952, in Beaumont, to Charlene Fertitta Busceme and Carlo Joseph Busceme, Jr.

Carlo Busceme III had a magnetism that drew in people from every walk of life. The outpouring of love that we have seen since his passing is a testament to this. His beautiful personality created bonds of friendship that lasted from early childhood throughout his life. At each stage of his journey he has continued to develop and nurture lasting friendships. Fresh out of college, his first foray into the business world was the creation of Carlo’s Restaurant and it was his personality that made it such a success. Carlo’s hospitality permeated the restaurant and created a unique atmosphere that drew in people for many years. Many of the people with memories of Carlo are connected to the time they spent with him at the restaurant.

After he sold the restaurant he went to work at Texas Coffee Company and worked his way through every department until his father retired and he became president. His dad often joked that they both began their time at Texas Coffee Company sweeping the docks before progressing to the presidency. Besides his many responsibilities as president, one of the most important things that Carlo contributed was formulating many of the most popular TexJoy spice blends. Through his diligent leadership, the company has maintained integrity and social responsibility. When many companies look for ways to cut corners, a superior level of quality was never sacrificed under his leadership.

Carlo devoted his time and wisdom to many organizations including Sabine Area Restaurant Association, Sales and Marketing Executives Club, Magnolia Cemetery, Southeast Texas Arts Council, The Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Art Studio, Inc., The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Community Players and many more over the years. And, one walk around his home would show the scope of his support towards the local art community with his extensive collection.

There was never a stranger, never a person who Carlo couldn’t connect with. His capacity for empathy and compassion guided his every interaction, with employees, with fellow board members, with the server at a restaurant. Wherever or whenever you met him you were blessed with his undivided attention, respect, and enthusiasm.

Carlo was a loving and devoted son, brother, father, uncle, and cousin. He was lovingly dedicated to his parents and to his son, Carlo, and his daughter-in-law, Larena. He was the person that every family member turned to for advice, support and especially laughs.

Carlo was a faithful Catholic who attended daily mass and was a weekly adorer in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Anne Church. His faith sustained him and challenged him throughout his life. He continued to study and grow in his spiritual life. Many of his friends and family will always remember his passionate discussions and perpetual striving for knowledge.

Carlo attended St. Anne Catholic School and graduated from Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School in 1970. He graduated from Lamar University in 1974.  But he continued to feed his thirst for knowledge in many fields throughout his life.  He cultivated his skill as a pianist and expanded his musical abilities by learning other instruments.  He took up painting and quickly filled his studio with his art projects.  He took classes, went to workshops, attended seminars and lectures.  He was interested in everything, never limiting himself.

The smile on his face and the light in his eyes lifted the spirits of all those around him. The best way for us to honor our memory of Carlo is to strive to follow his example.  The world will be a better place if we are all a little like Carlo Busceme III.

Carlo is survived by his son, Carlo J. Busceme IV and his wife, Larena; parents, Charlene and Carlo J. Busceme, Jr.; brothers, Anthony Paul Busceme, Sr. and his wife, Karie; and Gregory Joseph Busceme, Sr. and his wife, Sheila; sister, JoRita Busceme Lyle and her husband, Steve; and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of Mr. Busceme's family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m., with a Christian Vigil at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77704; Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Department of Art, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10027, Beaumont, Texas 77710; Department of Music, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10044, Beaumont, Texas 77710; or Department of Business, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10059, Beaumont, Texas 77710.


Gathering of Family and Friends
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, September 25, 2017
4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Christian Vigil
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, September 25, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (51)

  • NL

    02 August 2018 at 13:28 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Mark Eagle

    21 October 2017 at 00:12 | #

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Carlo passing. It is an honor to have worked with him as a vendor and a privilege to know him as a friend. He will be sorely missed. Many thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.. Deepest Regrets.


  • Leah McBride Gomez

    28 September 2017 at 14:20 | #

    Our Profound Sympathy to Carlo's Family,

    My husband and I are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our precious Carlo.

    I have known Carlo since we were both 19 years old and Parkdale Mall had just opened. Carlo worked at The Ranch and I at a small boutique. I knew from our first meeting that he was a bright, warm, intelligent and funny young man. We began a fun greeting for each other as we'd cross paths in the mall....I would say, "Ciao Crazy Carlo!" and he'd reply with, "Ciao Loony Leah!" Over the past 40 years we continued that happy tradition always with a smile and hug.

    We were so proud when he opened "Carlo's" and enjoyed countless wonderful meals there. Carlo was always the perfect host and welcomed my mother, Joy, like family. Occasionally I would sit beside the pianist and sing. What a wonderful unique atmosphere he created.....everyone loved to go to "Carlo's!"

    Anyone meeting Carlo for the first time could sense his loving spirit and 'joie de vivre'! The twinkle in his eye explained his special personality which touched everyone around him.

    Carlo was a Gentleman and a gentle man.

    Carlo's loving family and traditions were evident to everyone who knew him. He reflected this love to all and loved his fellow man as his brother as we are commanded to do. His family was his pride and joy, especially Carlo and Larena.

    He lived his personal and business life with integrity, honestly and always care for others.

    I believe that Carlo completed his mission on earth and set an example for the rest of us to aspire to. I was honored to be his friend and have the pleasure for my husband, Steve to know and love him as well.

    What a glowing tribute to Carlo that he left behind so many friends who cherished him. So many lives touched for the better. His legacy is one of complete love for us.....what a gift!

    Carlo, I will miss seeing you around at lunch, dinner, and at the Symphony. My heart was not ready to say goodbye. I was so happy that you were able to finally visit Italy although I know you are now enjoying the beauty of Heaven in the arms of Our Eternal Father.

    May God Bless Each Family Member and Please Know Our Love and Prayers Will Be With All of You In The Difficult Days to Come.

    With Love,
    Leah & Steve Gomez



    27 September 2017 at 17:19 | #

    We are heartbroken with the loss of Carlo Busceme - a precious person loved by all. May God and his angels welcome you Carlo with open arms - you will be missed until we join you one day


  • Dan & Mary Kubala

    27 September 2017 at 13:29 | #

    Dear Busceme Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Carlo was a warm, joyful person with a magnetic personality. He will be missed, but I believe this parting is only temporary. We will keep him and your entire family in our prayers.
    With Love,
    Dan & Mary Kubala and Family


  • Mike Williams

    27 September 2017 at 07:00 | #

    I love you, Carlo. So very very much.


  • Coquese Williams

    26 September 2017 at 21:47 | #

    I remember so well when the class of 1970 of Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School began its journey together in September 1966. It was a wonderful 4 years and I am happy that I was able to spend those years with the kind and caring person that Carlo was. To all of the Buscemes, please know that my prayers are with all of you.


  • glenn hitter

    26 September 2017 at 16:52 | #

    My prayers go out to your family at this time of great loss. I remember Carlo when he was at Kelly and his smile and his willing to help. I trust that this smile is with him as he shares it in heaven.


  • George Moore

    26 September 2017 at 15:04 | #

    My condolences to the Busceme family. Carlo was a good soul and he will be missed greatly.


  • Mark and Carrie Kubala Family

    26 September 2017 at 13:58 | #

    Dear Busceme family, so sorry to hear about your loss. Carlo was such a kind person and our memories of him always include his contagious smile. Knowing that he spent time in adoration with our Eucharistic Lord, we hope that you will find consolation contemplating that he stored up treasures in heaven, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”. Mathew 6: 20-21
    Yours in Christ,
    Mark, Carrie and family.


  • Jayne Bordelon

    26 September 2017 at 02:43 | #

    Beautiful Man. Wonderful Tribute. You will be missed. Prayers for his son and family.


  • Bobby Broussard

    26 September 2017 at 00:01 | #

    Carlo was a good friend to my brother, Andrus Broussard who had worked with him at TexJoy. I remember that smile every time I talked to him. May he rest in peace and he will be in our prayers.


  • Lon and Tiffany Nickles (Frank, Joseph and Grace)

    25 September 2017 at 21:06 | #

    Our hearts are truly saddened. Our family was lucky enough to call Carlo friend and neighbor for many years. He was absolutely one of the kindest and gentlest people we have ever known. Each year he would walk across the street and bring our kids a Christmas gift. After he moved, he would still come by each was a special time we all looked forward to. In 2008 when our Christmas cards went out, there was a new addition to our family. A month later there was Carlo, with an extra present for our little girl. He brought so much joy and happiness to this word, and it will certainly not be the same without him in it. We are praying for all the family; asking for God's comfort during this unexpected journey. Will we treasure our memories with Carlo.


  • charlie balsam

    25 September 2017 at 20:08 | #

    Many happy memories of his restaurant, and how his personality and hospitality permeated the dining experience. It was our favorite place as a young married couple, living in Old Town. Always enjoyed visiting with him in the years following. Beth and I send our love and prayers to the Buscemes. Wish we could join in the celebration of his life and faith, and his contribution to the common good in Beaumont.


  • Joe Bordages

    25 September 2017 at 20:00 | #

    Carlo was a great guy with a flair for the lighter side of life. He was always a highlight in my day..


  • Lee & Gina Acevedo

    25 September 2017 at 18:08 | #

    Gina and I and all our employees, here at A & A Electric Co. wish to express our condolences to this wonderful family. May our Lord hold you and strengthen you in your time of sorrow and always ..... AMEN


  • April Ringland-Mcdaniel

    25 September 2017 at 18:02 | #

    I was saddened by the news of his passing. I will always remembet how funny and friendly he was. He always had that smile on his face and a kind word. Sending love and prayers. Hugs and remembrances of many memories.


  • Elizabeth Stark

    25 September 2017 at 16:36 | #

    Carlo was a kind and wonderful person. I am honored to have known him. My husband and I looked up to him as both a role model and a friend. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


  • Darragh Doiron Castillo

    25 September 2017 at 16:11 | #

    Carlo had a hug for everyone and a creative heart. My anecdote is in this Port Arthur News feature. I"m blessed to have crossed paths with him.


  • Dean Terrebonne

    25 September 2017 at 15:51 | #

    Such a blessing to have known him, and what a gift he was to all. Holding on to fond memories, now, we gift him back to God!..., complete, whole, knowledge fulfilled! Carlo, dear friend, "Sit BIG!", oh, please, "Sit BIG!" Until we meet again... :o)



    25 September 2017 at 15:37 | #



  • LInda Nicholas

    25 September 2017 at 13:00 | #

    Carlo was a gentle, compassionate soul..My life was enriched the day I met him.. RIP my friend, til we meet again.


  • Martha Scarborough

    25 September 2017 at 12:02 | #

    I am heartbroken at the loss of our warm and wonderful Carlo. He touched so many lives, making each of us feel special and unique. Holding the Busceme family in my heart and in my thoughts at this difficult time...may you be comforted by the love that Carlo shared, and by his gentle smile and infectious laugh that uplifted so many.


  • Lisa Plummer

    25 September 2017 at 03:25 | #

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Carlo but I was married to Patrick Plummer and heard so many wonderful stories about him. Patrick thought the world of him. I'm not surprised to see such an outpouring of love from the community. Many prayers of comfort and peace for you all.


  • Ann Jones

    25 September 2017 at 01:55 | #

    Perhaps one of the most genuine, kind and gentle souls I have ever known..
    We will miss you, my friend!
    My condolences to the Busceme family.
    Most sincerely,
    Ann Jones


  • Frances Messina Jones

    25 September 2017 at 01:25 | #

    I am so deeply sadden by the passing of such a wonderful man! Our family share cousins with your family. Parents have known each other for over 70 years. Thank you for being such a good friend to our brother Mike. He always said you were brothers from another mother. God rest your soul and my prayers to your sweet family. Know that I am with you all in spirit even thought I will not be able to be present at this time of sorrow.


  • George and Emily Cabalagnan

    24 September 2017 at 23:31 | #

    .Rest In Peace Carlo.. Our sincere condolences to the Busceme family.


  • Becky Vickery Wilson

    24 September 2017 at 19:36 | #

    Offering up prayers for the Busceme family. Carlo will be missed.


  • Jake and Judi Plaia

    24 September 2017 at 19:05 | #

    We are so saddened by the passing of Carlo.
    He was a truly beautiful and kind soul.
    Our deepest condolences to his family.
    Our prayers go up for you in this difficult time of loss.

    Sincerely...Jake and Judi Plaia


  • Cindy Jones

    24 September 2017 at 18:46 | #

    Carlo hands down was a most precious soul. Always smiling always kind. I know that he will be terribly missed by all that new him. I am privileged to have called him friend. Lifting his family up in prayers.


  • Mike Dougay

    24 September 2017 at 18:45 | #

    Anyone who knew Carlo knew they had a dear friend. He always made you feel loved and he normally showed you with a big huge. He was a happy to see you and made you feel like you were important. He always had a smile, was courteous, and was a man of character. I remember having him make a secret blend of spices for me for the old Tamale Company an only because he was a person I could trust with my recipe. I will always remember you and keep your family in my prayers.


  • Jan Blake Scales

    24 September 2017 at 17:22 | #

    So sad to hear of Carlo''s passing. He and his family welcomed mine in the mid-seventies. We were invited to Christmas Eve and my sister Toni and I both worked at the restaurant. Genuine, generous and welcoming Carlo was the kindest man I have known. He will surely be missed. Prayers of love and comfort to the family and all his many friends.


  • Karen Halsell

    24 September 2017 at 17:11 | #

    I work at Magnolia Cemetery and he served on the Board of Directors. He was always so kind to me and always had a smile and a hug when he checked in with us during the week. He was always so positive and easy to talk to. He will be dearly missed by his Magnolia family. My prayers and deepest condolences to his family.


  • Kelli Scofield

    24 September 2017 at 15:57 | #

    We were privileged to know Carlo. He always greeted us with a hug and a smile. His bright light will be greatly missed. We love and respect all of the Busceme family. We will keep you all in our prayers. Ben, Kelli, and Brinden Jorden.


  • Fran Tangredi Pharris

    24 September 2017 at 15:28 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all


  • Justin and Pam Farinella

    24 September 2017 at 15:25 | #

    We are so saddened by the passing of Carlo. Carlo, a genuinely kind and warm hearted person, always greeting us with joy each time we encountered him. We have lost a truly beautiful soul. We pray that all of the family will have peace with the knowledge that he is now in a place of eternal joy..


  • Fran Tangredi Pharris

    24 September 2017 at 15:25 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all


  • Jo Anne (Sellers) and Steve Huber

    24 September 2017 at 14:08 | #

    We are so saddened at the sudden loss of Carlo. What a shining example of a warm, funny, and loyal friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.


  • Diana Olson Hunter

    24 September 2017 at 05:12 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Busceme family. I was shocked to hear of Carlo’s passing. He was a dear friend that was more like family.


  • Jodie Canizaro Patnod

    24 September 2017 at 00:30 | #

    I am just do sorry to hear about Carlo. I remember being at the beach and Carlo always treated me like I was o e of his cousins. Although we have cousins in common, we were not cousins, but that didn't matter. He always treated me like part of the family. The world has lost a great man, and he will be truly missed.


  • Charley Messina Jr.

    23 September 2017 at 23:35 | #
    • Charley Messina Jr.

      23 September 2017 at 23:58 | #

      I am so sorry Carlo has left us. He was a shinning light in this world. He will be greatly missed. I grew up with him as a friend to my brother Mike. Our family's are tied together in lots of ways. We share cousins without being cousins. This world will be a differant place without him. Dear Lord keep him with you and be with his family and friends through this. We love you Carlo and already miss you.


  • mike cacioppo

    23 September 2017 at 22:33 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Love & prayers Mike Cacioppo


  • Pat Darby

    23 September 2017 at 21:59 | #

    My condolences to he Busceme family.. May he rest in peace.


  • Fr. Kevin L. Badeaux

    23 September 2017 at 21:38 | #

    Dear Busceme Family,
    I am sad to hear of Carlo's passing and will remember him and all of you in my prayers. May your faith in the Risen Lord be your consolation.
    In Christ's love,
    Fr. Kevin L. Badeaux


  • David Hooker

    23 September 2017 at 19:54 | #

    What a shock to hear of Carlo's passing! A dear, dear man, one of the nicest and most generous people ever to draw breath. I absolutely cannot remember ever seeing him without a big smile on his face. He always seemed genuinely delighted to see his friends. My family and I are still reeling from the news. Our deepest condolences to all his dear family, so many of whom are our dearest friends.



    23 September 2017 at 18:47 | #

    He always had a smile. He was always had a kind word. But most of all he was a great Christian example of how we should be toward everyone we meet. Love your neighbor as your self. I will miss you Carlo. It is a honor to say you were my friend. Go with GOD and he peace be with you. Kevin D Born


  • Mae Wright

    23 September 2017 at 18:14 | #

    I met Carlo when I started working at Magnolia Cemetery. He was on the Board of Directors. He always had a smile on his face and seemed to really care about the people he worked with. We are going to miss our Tuesday visits with him. God Bless his family during this difficult time.


  • Bobby and Candy Brasüell

    23 September 2017 at 18:01 | #

    Condolences to the family. RIP Carlo.


  • Andy D'Entremont

    23 September 2017 at 16:12 | #

    I am so sorry to hear of Carlo's passing. May he rest in the arms of angles.
    Andy, Joi, Ross and Chris D'Entremont


  • Ann Moorhouse McDonald

    23 September 2017 at 16:12 | #

    The world was a better place because Carlo was in it.. He was a loving caring friend. My father fell ill and missed morning mass a few days in a row. Carlo called to check on my parents and sent a personal note to them at home to let them know how much they were missed at church. His small example of love touched my parents hearts. Thank you Carlo for being the loving friend you were. God Bless all the Busceme family my prayers are with you.


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