Byron ‘BJ’ Long Jr.
Graduate of RHS, Class of 1999, Award Winning Athlete
Byron S. "BJ" Long Jr. died unexpectedly at his Revere home on February 20. He was 28 years old.
At the time of his death, he was working with ADVOCATE as a direct support caregiver for the mentally ill and disabled. He previously held a similar position at Beverly Hospital in Beverly. He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1999, and played baseball while a student at Bunker Hill Community College. An outstanding athlete, he won several awards during his time at Revere High School and at Bunker Hill.
He was the husband of Jaclyn M. (Gajewski) Long; father of Autumn J. Long of North Andover and son of Margaret A. (Corbett) Long of Revere and the late Byron S. Long Sr.; brother of Claire M. McNair and her husband, Patrick E. McNair Sr., Brady R. McNair and Paige L. Long, all of Revere; son in law of William and Karen Gajewski and the brother in law of Lyndsay R. Gajewski, all of Port Henry, NY. He is also lovingly survived by Robert E. Thurlow of Revere and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to "The Long Family" c/o East Boston Savings Bank, 575 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151, Attn: Karen Gallo, Assistant Vice President.
Vincent DeFilippo Jr.
East Boston resident
Vincent T. DeFilippo Jr. of East Boston died on February 23.
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of more than 60 years to Lena (Montalto); devoted father of Thomas DeFilippo and his companion, Christina Jones, of East Boston, Steven and his wife, Anne, of Saugus, David and his wife, Barbara, of North Reading and Sharon Wright and her husband, Alexander, of Revere; dear brother of Rosemarie Grasso of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Jenna, Kristy, Ashley and Megan and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held in The Chapel of The Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 11 a.m. with visiting prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial with Military Honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please honor Mr. DeFilippo with donations to: Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Layfayette St., Chelsea 02150.
For more information or to send an online condolence to his family: www.ruggieromh.com
Owned Modern Appliances and Jewelry Co. of Revere
Leo V. Fabiano of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on Monday, February 22 at Woodbriar of Wilmington. He was 96 years old.
Mr. Fabiano was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1930 and has been a Saugus resident for 60 years. The owner of Modern Appliances and Jewelry Co. in Revere, he was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the Revere Knights of Columbus.
Born in Boston on August 1, 1913, he was the son of the late Vincent and Flora (Ciullo) Fabiano; the husband of the late Grace M. (Graham); father of Judy Millea and her husband, Richard, of Lynnfield; grandfather of Ryan and Amanda.
His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Avenue, Wakefield, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St, Saugus at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. For obit/directions/guestbook,www.mcdonaldfs.com
Owned Shiner Town in Everett
John A. DiCato of Everett died on February 21.
He was the 20 year owner and proprietor of Shiner Town, Chelsea Street, Everett and a member of the East Boston Yacht Club.
He was the beloved father of John Joseph "Jay"; son of Mary (Belluscio) DiCato and the late John; brother of Richard of Pennsylvania, Dennis J. of Revere and James A. of Melrose and is also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visiting hours will be in the Salvatore, Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, February 25 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will immediately follow beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be held at a later date in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
US Airlines Supervisor
Anthony J. Colombo, a 14 year resident of Melrose and former longtime resident of Chelsea, died on February 21 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following an 11 month courageous battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Born in Chelsea on November 28, 1949 to the late Guy A. and Anita E. (Gusmini) Colombo, he grew up in Chelsea where he attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1967. He went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Connecticut for two years.
He worked for America West Airlines and has been a supervisor for U.S. Airlines for the last 17 years. He enjoyed playing cribbage and botche and most of all going fishing with his son, Anthony John. He was a member of the Chelsea Yacht Club and a good friend of P.P.C. (Polish Political Club) of Chelsea.
The beloved husband of 18 years of Georgette "Gigi" (Mastrangelo) Colombo, he was the devoted father of Gina Colombo of Stoneham, Alana Colombo and Anthony John Colombo, both of Melrose; the beloved brother of Mareann Kaddaras and her husband, George, of Wakefield, Louis Colombo of Naples, Florida, Robert Boccuzzi of Revere, Lucy Lally of Swampscott, Vito Boccuzzi of Revere and Anthony Boccuzzi of Peabody. He was also the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Friday, February 26 at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main Street, Melrose, followed by his Funeral Mass in The Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street, Wakefield, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours are Thursday, February 25 from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Retired Baker, K of C member
Robert T. Magee of Winthrop died suddenly at his home on February 18. He was 64 years old.
A member of the Knights of Columbus-Winthrop Council 162, prior to his retirement, he was employed as a baker for Dunkin Donuts.
Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Thomas R. and Frances (Granara) Magee; dear brother of James Magee and his wife, Patricia, of Delaware and Eileen Popp and her husband, Raymond, of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Cremation was private. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Rita E. (Minichiello) Reppucci, a resident of York, ME, formerly of Somerville, died January 25. She was 82 years old.
Prior to her retirement, she was a waitress at the Prince Diner in Somerville.
She was the beloved wife of the late Louis J. Reppucci and the loving mother of Diane Hysler of York,ME, Theresa Vignolo of Derry, NH, Jean DeAmato of Medford, Louis J. Reppucci, Jr. of North Andover and John Reppucci of York, ME.; the sister of Robert of Medford, Arthur of Revere and Tony Minichiello of Florida and also the dear grandmother of Harlan Hysler and Marie Vignolo.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Reppucci’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Boston Edison/NStar retiree
Joseph (Joe) Passaggio of Hanover, formerly of East Boston, died at home surrounded by his loving family on February 20. He was 67 years old.
Mr. Passaggio graduated from Boston College High School in 1959 and Boston College in 1968. He spent his career at Boston Edison/NStar where he managed the Tax Department. After retiring, he worked as a consultant for the Department of Public Utilities. He loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed interesting conversations, watching movies and sporting events, and listening to doo wop music. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was the devoted and beloved husband of Daisy Batista; loving father of Ronald and Lisa Passaggio of Walpole, Lynda and Michael Fields of Revere, Michael and Cindy Passaggio of Revere, Denise and Richard Maggio of Middleton, and Danielle DiNush of North Andover; affectionate step-father of Arlenin and Aaron Dushku of Amherst, Elizabeth Santos of West Newton and Oswaldo Santos of Medford; cherished grandfather of Nicole and Amanda Passaggio, Julia Maggio, Brittney and Deanna DiNush, Kyle Gonzalez, Sofia and Jovan Dushku, Christopher Lewis Jr., and Antonio and Janayah Santos; caring step-grandfather of Sara and Michael McKay of Stoughton; doting great grandfather of Kayleigh, Kiernan, Kyra and Kirsten McKay; loving brother of Marianne Iacuzio of Plymouth.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington Street, Rte 53 in Hanover. A Mass of Christian burial will be said today, Wednesday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 383 Washington St Norwell, MA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA. 02445. For directions and online guest book visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com
Retired Administrative Assistant
Loritta B. (Tourtlott) Hugard of Revere, formerly of Beacon Hill, died at her Revere Street home on February 14. She was 92 years old.
An administrative assistant with Fairfield & Ellis and John Hancock. Mrs. Hugard loved traveling with her late husband. A creative crafter, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
She was the beloved wife of the late Houghton W. Hugard. Born in Maine and raised in Revere, she was the daughter of the late Leah B. Tourtlott. She is survived by her son, William J. Bird of Kentucky; four grandchildren, Laurie Kelly of Nebraska, Doreen Kelly-Carney of Cambridge, Erin Kelly-Makol of New York, Cheryl Esparza of Illinois and five great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Sharon Lee Kelly and sister of the late D. James Tourtlott.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston , MA, 02118 or Fisher House ™Foundation, Inc. ,111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, Friday, March 5 at 10 a.m. Arrangements were by Porcella Funeral Home, Revere.
Glazer for JB Sash and Door
Joseph F. DeSisto of Salem died on February 19. He was 78 years old.
A glazer for JB Sash and Door, he was born in Boston and was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Finniss) of Salem; devoted father of John A. DeSisto and wife, Melissa, of Derry, NH, Bernadette Beeney and her husband, Richard, of Waterville, ME and Joseph DeSisto of Haverhill; dear brother of Paul DeSisto of Lynn, Bernice DeSisto and James DeSisto, both of Revere; cherished grandfather of John "Jack" DeSisto, April Beeney and Roxanne Beeney.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Claire F. (Garvin) Cantone of Middleton died on February 17. She was 77 years old.
She was the wife of the late Ernest C. Cantone; mother of the late Shawn Marie, Michael Cantone of Revere, Lori Ann Zaniboni of Middleton and William Cantone of Londonderry, NH; sister of John Garvin of Florida; grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of three, aunt of several nieces and nephews, and a friend of Bill W.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Drive4COPD. Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.
N. Grace Strangie
N. Grace (Casella) Strangie died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers on February 20 following a long illness. She was 86 years old.
Mrs. Strangie was born in Boston’s North End and has lived in Revere for more than 55 years. She was a mailroom retiree of Stone & Webster and Cool-Ray Corp. She was a long time devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community and served as one of the first Eucharistic Ministers until four years ago.
She was the wife of the late Pasquale; devoted mother of Josephine P. Chisholm and her late husband, George, of Everett, Janice Lewis and her husband, Peter, Pat L. Strangie and his wife, Patricia, all of Danvers and the late Professor Emeritus Paula A. Strangie; dear sister of Natalie DeVito of Revere, Josephine Saia of Everett and the late Frances O’dardi, Sally Mechetti, Camille Gravellese, Joseph, Vincent and Mary Casella, Nicoletta LeDuc and Connie Simmons; cherished grandmother of Kelly A. Foley and her husband, William, of Everett, Bryan J. Chisholm of Revere, Michelle Masella and her husband, John, of Stow, MA., Lauren and Tracy Fiore, both of South Boston and Nicholas Strangie of Danvers. She is also lovingly survived by her three great grandchildren, Breanna, Brady and Antonio and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.
Former Owner of Mr. Kenneth Hair Salon
Kenneth A. Bruno of Beachmont Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on Februrary 19.
The former owner of Mr. Kenneth Hair Salon of Orient Heights, East Boston, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a past member of the Orient Heights Civic Club.
He was the beloved husband of more than 54 years of Marilyn (Umbro) Bruno; devoted father of Ken and his wife, Gloria, of Malden and Mark and his wife, Angela, of Revere; dear brother of the late Frank and Joseph Bruno; cherished grandfather of Michael, Laura, Jessica and Gina and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Anna Alongi, 78
Bernard Hodes Advertising retiree
Anna R. (DeStefano) Alongi, formerly of Revere, died in her home Winthrop on Ash Wednesday evening, February 17, with an abundance of family and love surrounding her following a long illness. She was 78 years old.
Born in Boston, she lived in Revere before moving to Winthrop more than 55 years ago. She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1949 and worked for more than 30 years with Bernard Hodes Advertising of Boston as their media-coordinator.
She was the olest of nine children born to Joseph and Anita C. (Marshall) DeStefano. After the death of her mom in March of 1987, she assumed the role of "Family Matriarch." Family meant so very much to her and she portrayed that image until her untimely death.
She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Alongi who died in March of 2006; cherished mother of Joseph S. Alongi Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Sagamore Beach, MA, Ann Marie Dwyer and her husband, Richard. of Derry, New Hampshire, Carol J. Khoylian and her husband, Arman, of Glendale, California and Patricia A. Judge and her late husband, Frank, of Salem; dear grandmother of Sierra Jo-Anna Judge of Salem and Kathryn M. Alongi of Sagamore Beach; dear sister of Joseph DeStefano, Anita Vinciarelli and her husband, Anthony, Margaret Johnson and M. Louise Powers, all of Revere, Leonard DeStefano, Carl DeStefano and his wife, Sheila, all of Winthrop, Sylvia Michetti and her husband, Robert, of Wallingford, Connecticut and Marie Lupien and her husband, Mark, of Sudbury. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Boston Medical Center, Oncology Department, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, ATTN: Development Office or to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
Augustus Crovo Jr.
Augustus S. Crovo, Jr. of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Revere, died at his home on February 17 surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was 87 years old.
"Gus" was born on August 8, 1922, in Revere to the late Augustus S. and Adeline (DiGangi) Crovo.
At the start of World War II, he enlisted in the US Army and fought with General Patton’s Army in the European Theater. He was wounded in action in the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations include the Bronze Star for "Heroic achievement in action on March 15, 1945" and the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received a battlefield commission and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He was a member of the Fort Myers Beach VFW Post 10097.
He retired from Minneapolis Honeywell as a Quality Control Engineer in the Aerospace Program in 1984 and has been a resident of Fort Myers for 25 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Eunice, and five children: Daniel and his wife, Diane, of Bradford, MA; Kathleen Whitmore and her husband, Martin, of Plymouth, MA; Richard and his wife, Brenda, of Hooksett, NH; Marianne Slate and her husband, Jack, of Lynnfield, MA; and Christine Foglia and her husband, Paul, of Revere; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; his sisters Gloria Bowie of Manchester, NH and Rita Wallace of Cape Elizabeth, ME; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert Crovo of Santa Cruz, CA and father of his cherished late son Frank A. Crovo of Revere.
Funeral Arrangements were by the National Cremation & Burial Society. A memorial Mass was celebrated by his nephew, Rev. Thomas Tobin at the Saint Columbkille Catholic Church, 12171 Iona Road, Ft. Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.
Diane (Caradonna) Santino of Chelsea died on February 18.
The beloved sister of Leonarda Brunetta of Chelsea and the late Maria, Benedetta, Vitina, Giuseppe, Leonardo, Domenico and Baldassare, she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangemens were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com
Olga L. Carifio of Revere died on February 19. She was in her 95th year.
A retired stitcher, born in Revere, she was the dear sister of William Carifio and Virgil Carifio, both of Revere, and the late Joseph, Nicolina, Edward, Albert, Julia, Theresa Piccariello and Yolanda Krovitz; cherished godmother of Steve Krovitz and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For guestbook, please visit: www.buonfiglio.com
Rizziero ‘Richie’ Memmolo
Rizziero "Richie" Memmolo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 18.
He was the beloved husband of Asteria (Ruccolo) Memmolo with whom he shared 43 years of marriage; loving father of the late Ciriaco Antonio Memmolo M.D.; dear brother of Biagio Memmolo of Revere, Elisa D’Adieco of East Boston and Olympia Cappocci of New York; fond uncle of eight nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com
Giovanni Ternullo of Medford, formerly of Somerville, died on February 17.
He was the beloved husband of Carmela (LaPorta); devoted father of Domenic Ternullo of Saugus, Antonio Ternullo of Derry NH, Claudio Ternullo of Revere, Philip Ternullo of Peabody, Carmela Burton of Wareham and Maurizio Ternullo of Middleton; loving grandfather to 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. For obituary and guestbook: www.dellorusso.net
Active in Jewish War Veterans
Morris L. Shultz of Revere, formerly of Lynn, died on February 17. He was 93 years old.
The beloved husband of Rose (Rosenberg) Shultz to whom he was married for 67 years, he was born in Boston and educated in the Lynn schools and high school. He was retired as a foreman for the Business Equipment Corporation.
He was a US Army veteran of World War II Army veteran and was very active in the Jewish War Veterans. He was also a member of Temple Tifereth Israel of Revere.
He was described as an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved food shopping, driving, and the Boston Red Sox.
The devoted father of Elaine Gadon and her companion, James O’Brien, he was the loving brother of Bella Weisberg and her husband, the late Philip Weisberg; the loving grandfather of Jay Gadon, Bradley Gadon and his wife, Amy, and Heather Gadon Lee and her husband, Andrew and the loving great grandfather of Myles, Marley, Maxwell, Ethan, and Rachael. He is also survived by many neices and nephews
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Sharon. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online guestbook www.torffuneralservice.com
William Franzese Sr.
Trial Attorney, Member of Many Organizations
Attorney William P. Franzese Sr. of Orlando Avenue, Winthrop died at home on February 10 after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.
Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Jenny (Ciampa) and Carmeno Franzese. A resident of Beachmont, Revere before moving to Winthrop almost 50 years ago, he was a 1947 graduate of Boston Latin, Boston College and Boston University School of Law. After college, he became a successful trial attorney for many years. He was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, Kiwanis Club, Chairman of the Winthrop Finance Committee, former President of Winthrop Youth Hockey and member of the Justinian Law Society.
He was the beloved husband of Rita M. (Langone) and the loving father of Christine M. Franzese of Waltham, Janice S. Cushing and her husband, Leo, of Lexington, Joseph P. Franzese and his wife, Lisa, of Revere, William P. Franzese Jr. and his wife, Tia, of Marblehead and Paula E. Rie and her husband, Marc, of Melrose. He was also the cherished grandfather of William, Ashlee, Kirby, Trip and Annabelle.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, PO Box 781 NY NY 10008-0780. To sign his online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.