Obituaries 01-28-2015

George James Pickard

Of Revere

George James Pickard of Revere died on Thursday, January 22. He was the beloved husband of Maida B. (Sacks) Pickard; devoted father of Jon Michael Pickard; loving son of the late Harry and Sally (Bell) Pickard. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Contribution’s in George’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements under the care of Torf Funeral Service. Please visit for online guestbook.

Franklin Delano Meade

Marine and Navy Veteran of Three Wars

Franklin Delano “Frank” Meade passed away at his Revere home with his family at his side on Tuesday, January 20 following a long illness. He was 81 years old. Frank was born in Freeburn, KY and the family later settled in Williamson, WV. Frank was educated there and at the young age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was eager to leave his home town and serve his country after the Second World War. Frank loved the military, and when he finished with his service as a Marine, he later joined the United States Navy. He rose to the rank of “Chief Gunner’s Mate.” His time in the Navy brought him to ports all around the world. In 1966, he married Barbara P. Bruce. The couple had two children and lived in many different states and countries. Frank enjoyed his career in the Navy which spanned 26 years and he provided 30 years of service to his country. After retiring from the Navy, Frank and his family settled in Virginia and he became a Supervisor of the Department of Transportation of Virginia. In later years, Frank and his wife moved to Revere, back to where his wife was from and where they enjoyed their home overlooking the beautiful ocean. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, a past member of the American Legion Post #61 Revere, USS Yellowstone and St. Pius Men’s Club of Virginia. He was the devoted husband of Barbara P. (Bruce) Meade of Revere with whom he shared 48 years of marriage; the loving father of Marilynn Eleanor Medina of Norfolk, VA and Franklin M. Meade of Norton, MA; the cherished grandfather of Eleanor Graciella Medina of Revere and Marilynn Meade Medina of San Antonio, TX; the beloved brother of the late Faye Meade, Mary Margaret Aliff, James Roy Meade and Arthur Meade. He is also lovingly survived by his niece, Sherry Hatfield and he was the uncle of the late Barbara Aliff, both of West Virginia, the cherished brother in law of Ret. State Police Sgt. James R. Bruce of Winthrop and his late wife, Carole P., Eleanor “Sissy” Bruce – Kelley and her husband, Robert N. Kelley of Revere and New Hampshire and Marilyn A. “Mal” Symmes of Winthrop. Interment was private. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: DAV of Mass. 24 Beacon St., State House, Suite 546 Boston, MA 02133. For more information,

Marilyn Flynn

Member of Winthrop Elks

Marilyn J. (Ginsburg) Flynn of Winthrop passed away suddenly on January 14. She was 70 years old.

Raised in Revere, she graduated from Revere High in 1962, married her high school sweetheart, David Flynn (who passed away in December of 2013) and then moved to Winthrop. They were married 51 years.

Her passions included BINGO, bowling, gardening, cooking, boating and Jamaica. She was very patriotic and was a a member of the Elks Lodge 1078 of Winthrop. Marilyn was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was also a mother, mentor and friend to many of her daughters’ friends.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters TerriEllen Wood of Texas, Laurie Lee Pangburn of Florida, Wendi Towers of Woburn, Bonnie Flynn and her companion, David Carver of Revere; her sons-in-law: Mark E. Wood of Vermont and Michael Towers of Woburn; grandchildren Becky and Zack Wood of Vermont; grandson Daniel Zizza of Salem; her sister and brother Phyllis Ginsburg and her brother, Robert P. Ginsburg, both of Ohio and her faithful dog, Annie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Winthrop Elks 1078 on May 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

 Maria Cantino

Registered Nurse and U.S. Army Captain

Maria J. (Lopez) Cantino, formerly of Revere and Puerto Rico, died on January 20 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital of Bedford following a long illness. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on November 28, 1924, she was raised and educated in Puerto Rico and later attended Nursing School there to become a Registered Nurse. She entered the United States Army in April of 1949 and served during the Korean Conflict until June of 1953 rising to the rank of Captain. During her time in the service, she met and fell in love with a handsome soldier, Armando S. Cantino, and the couple wed in February of 1954. She and her husband returned to her native home of Santurce, Puerto Rico, where they spent the majority of their lives until coming to Revere in 2008. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past February. Mrs. Cantino is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Armando Salvatore Cantino. She was the devoted sister in law of Anthony P. Cantino of Revere and the late: Carmela J. Caputo and Philip Cantino; the dear aunt of Angela J. Tabb and her husband, Robert, Joseph A. Caputo, Jr. and his wife ,Mary-Lou, Camille M. Punch and her husband, William A. and Joanne T. Caputo-Carfagna and her husband, Alfred. She was the cherished grand-aunt of Denise Tarro, Jeffrey Tarro and his wife, Michele, Devon Punch and her husband, Matthew Smith and Anthony J. Caputo. She is also lovingly survived by three great-grand-nieces, Chelsey, Gianna and Ciara. Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the Woodlawn Community Mausoleum (Versailles Building), Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Activities Fund at E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730. For More information, visit

Edward Azzari

Retired State Trooper

Edward E. Azzari, a long time Revere resident, formerly of Everett, died on Thursday, January 22 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere following a long illness. He was 81 years old. Ed was born and raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1951 after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. During his time in the Army, he served as an M.P. (Military Policeman). After serving his country, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for a brief time, until he was sworn into the Massachusetts Registry Police. He remained on the force for many years and was promoted to “Special Investigator” before retiring as a Massachusetts State Trooper. In 1963, he married Louise F. Federici and the couple settled in Revere where they raised their two boys. He was the loving and devoted husband of Louise F. (Federici) Azzari with whom he shared 44 years of marriage and the cherished father of Edward V. Azzari and his wife, Atty. Michelle A. Azzari of Saugus and Revere Police Lt. John M. Azzari and his wife, Kristin M. Azzari. He was the adored grandfather of Nicholas A. Azzari and Julia E. Azzari, Michael E. Azzari, all of Saugus and Samantha L. and Hannah K. Azzari and the cherished son of the late Edward Azzari and Irene (Favret) Azzari. He is also lovingly survived by an aunt, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, MA / NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02475

 Lyndall DeFronzo

Revere School Food Service Manager

Lyndall E. (Swinson) DeFronzo of Revere, formerly of N. Carolina, died on January 23 at the Anne Mark Nursing Home. She was 81 years old. Lyndall worked for many years as a food service manager for Revere Public schools. She was the daughter of the late Decatur and Bertha (Guthrie) Swinson; beloved wife of the late Frank. DeFronzo; devoted mother of Paula King and her husband, John and Francesco DeFronzo , all of Revere; loving grandmother of Sean King, Patrick King, Michael DeFronzo and Amanda DeFronzo and dear sister of Hilma Black of Texas. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St, Suite B 102 Danvers, MA 01923 For guest book please visit

Gloria Popp

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston

Gloria M. (LaRosa) Popp of Allenstown, NH, formerly of East Boston, died at Catholic Medical Center on January 20. She was 86 years old. Gloria was a long time employee of Kimball Jewelers of Boston and a member of the Third Order of St Francis. Born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Anthony and Grace (Coco) LaRosa, she was the beloved wife of the late Walter E.; devoted mother of Dennis Popp and his wife, Kim Weisensee of Peabody, Richard Popp and his wife, Donna Johnson of Melrose, Kevin Popp of New Hampshire, Jeanmarie Popp and her husband, Paul Cerullo of Revere; dear sister of the late Rosemarie Socci and Carmella Varone and is also survived by eight loving grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book, please visit

Joseph Barravecchio

Bridge Builder; Program Director and Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus

Joseph Vito ‘Uncle Vito’ Barravecchio, a Moon Township resident in Pennsylvania for the past 30 years, formerly from Warren, Ohio for 16 years and originally from Revere passed away on Tuesday, January 20 at Heritage Valley Sewickley. Joseph was a member of St. Joseph Church. For over 50 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree both locally and in Warren, OH where he had been a Program Director and Grand Knight. Joseph’s work was building bridges. From 1976 to 1984, he worked at Valley Consolidated Industries in Warren, OH. In April 1984 until 1995, he was employed by Colonial Iron Works in Oakdale and Canonsburg. From 1997 until 2009, he was employed by Bridges and Towers, Inc. in New Castle. His notable accomplishments were building the George Washington via Duct, Riverside in NY and the PNC Field Triple A Baseball Stadium of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders. He was born in East Boston on April 6, 1942 to the late Vito and Marie Josephine (Tedesco) Barravecchio. He was the beloved husband for 49 ½ years to Glenda (Howell) Barravecchio; loving father of Anthony Joseph Barravecchio (Caryn) and Michael Vito Barravecchio (Stephanie); cherished grandfather of five; brother of Joan Marie Barravecchio. Funeral arrangements were by Copeland’s Moon Township Funeral Home, 981 Brodhead Road where prayers were recited followed by Mass at St. Joseph Church with Father Richard Jones officiating. Entombment followed in Resurrection Cemetery. The family welcomes flowers or donations in his name to the American Heart Association.

John Tobin

Worked at State Street Bank and Omni Parker

John, B. Tobin Agr. Sc. (N.U.I.), M.Sc. (Dubl.), M.B.A. (N.U.I) of Revere, formerly of Ballylooby, Tipperary, Ireland died on January 25.

John worked for many years at State Street Bank as a Portfolio Accountant, and later in security at the Omni Parker House in Boston. He enjoyed socializing and playing golf at Kelley Greens in Nahant.

Born in Ballylooby, Tipperary, Ireland, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (English), he was the beloved husband of Donna Lombardo; devoted father of Rory, Eilis, Michael and John. He is survived by his brother, Richard and was pre-deceased by seven others. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, January 29 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

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