Obituaries 07-20-2016

Salvatore ‘Turiddu’ Torretta

Owned Torretta’s Bakery in Beachmont Square; AKA “Salvatore The Ice Cream Man”

Salvatore “Turiddu” Torretta of Revere died on July 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. He was 77 years old.

Salvatore came to the United States from Augusta, Sicily in November of 1969 and he was well known throughout Revere, East Boston and Winthrop as “Salvatore The Ice-Cream Man”. In 1992 he opened the well- known Torretta’s Bakery in Beachmont Square.

Born in Augusta, Sicily, Italy, the son of the late Giuseppe and Maria (Marino) Torretta, he was the beloved husband of Mattea (Calanna the devoted father of Maria Torretta-LoBrutto of Wakefield, Joseph and his wife, Sarah of Wakefield, Ralph and his companion, Marcella of Revere and Antonella Pagliarulo and her husband, Anthony of Saugus; dear brother of Lucia Russo and Giovanni Torretta, both of Italy and the late Rosina Gianino, Paolo Torretta, Giuseppe Torretta, and Giuseppa Caramagnio. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St,, Revere on Thursday, July 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St, Suite 304 Chicago, Il 6061-3201. Interment  will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Dennis McNamara

Of Winchendon, formerly of Revere

Dennis McNamara of Winchendon, formerly of Revere, died on July 12.

Dennis found comfort in the outdoors and often took his family camping in Maine when they were younger. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a Civil War history buff. In his free time, he liked to read.

He was the beloved husband of Dianne (Riney); devoted father of Kim McNamara and her husband, Angelo of Melrose, Shaun McNamara and his wife, Karen of Haverhill, Dennis McNamara of Peabody and Brian McNamara and his wife, Ala, of Winchendon; dear brother of Mike McNamara and his wife, Debbie and Steve McNamara and his wife, Maria, all of New Hampshire and Susie McNamara of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Stephanie McNamara, Sarah McNamara, Briana McNamara, Matthew McNamara and Skyla McNamara.

Funeral services were held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, NPCF P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502.  For guest book please visit

Irene Ungaro

Of Revere

Irene (Foster) Ungaro of Revere died on July 7.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Ungaro; devoted mother of Jill and Jodie Toppi of Revere; dear sister of Christine Mathews of New Hampshire, Ret. Revere Fire Dept. Edmund Foster of Georgetown, Ret. Revere Police Dept. Bernard Foster of Revere, David Foster of California and the late Ret. Revere Fire Dept. Charles Foster, and Richard Foster; cherished grandmother of Tori Scarpa of Martha’s Vineyard and adoring Godmother of Jeffrey Pitrone and Robert Mathews, both of Revere. Irene is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and all who knew her.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Kenneth “Kenny” Merullo

All around athlete, Standout RHS Football player 1975-76 and founder of Atlantic Taxi Company

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Merullo passed from this life peacefully on July 12th in the presence of his loving family.  He was 57 years old.

A standout football player for Revere High School in 1975-76, and all-around excellent athlete, Kenny loved the City of Revere. had a long list of devoted friends here and in Greater Boston, and a large and wonderful family.  In recent years Kenny founded and operated Atlantic Taxi Company, building a successful business from scratch and often providing free rides to friends and family members.  His warm smile, generous spirit, and charismatic personality were widely known on the streets of his city and he will be deeply missed.

His family would like to thank all those friends and relatives who offered their support and love during his brief illness, especially those who called and tried to see him in his final days.

Kenny was pre-deceased by his father, Roland Merullo, Sr. He leaves his mother, Eileen Merullo, his brothers Roland Jr. and Steven Merullo, sisters-in-law Amanda and Theresa Merullo, nephew Steve Merullo, nieces Nicole, Alexandra and Juliana Merullo, grand-niece Skyla Merullo, grand nephew Joey Falone, aunts, uncles, and many loving cousins– with us and departed–and his beloved Boston Terrier and constant companion, Buddy.

Funeral home arrangements private. A graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.    Donations in his memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Massachusetts, where Kenny, suffering from lung cancer, was so lovingly and expertly cared for in his final days. Donations in his memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information, please visit

William C. ‘Bill’ Leyden

Revere Public School Custodian & Boston Marathon Runner

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Avenue) Revere for William C. “Bill” Leyden who died on Monday, July 18 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading following a long hard fought illness. He was 54 years old

Bill was born and raised in Revere and attended Revere Public Schools. He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1980. Immediately after graduating, Bill began working in the “Printing Industry.” He was employed with the Daniels Printing Co. & Unigraphics, where he worked for many years before changing career paths. He joined the Laborers Union Local #22, where he worked for nine years. Once again Bill changed career paths and began working in Revere Public Schools as a custodian, until he was forced to stop, due to his declining health.

Bill was a very humble and quiet man, very often seen in his earlier days running throughout the City of Revere and beyond, as he trained for the Boston Marathon. Bill ran in four Boston Marathons, his best time was an extraordinary 2 hours 53 minutes. He also Ran a Cape Cod Marathon.

Bill was also a student of Photography & Film, an interest that gave him and his family great joy. Bill created family films for all of his family members making each one extra special with his keen sense of detail.

 But above all, people who knew Bill, knew that he was a “History Buff.’ He loved all facets of history, but his passion was “The Kennedys.”  Anything you wanted to know about The Kennedy’s, Bill would be able to give you facts, dates, theories etc.

Bill leaves behind a family who loved and cared about him unconditionally and was devoted to him until he closed his eyes.

The devoted son of Marilyn B. “Marney” (Clarke) Leyden of Revere and the late Frederick V. Leyden, he was the loving brother of Mary Ellen Dakin and her husband, Ret. Revere Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul S. Dakin of Revere, Peter C. Leyden and his wife, Holly of Wakefield, Nancy M. Porter of Revere, Robert M. Leyden and his wife, Rhonda of Plymouth and the late Joan E. Reardon and her former husband, Attorney Stephen F. Reardon of Revere and the late John M. “Jack” Leyden. He was the cherished uncle of Jennifer L. Leyden of Wakefield, Michael P. Dakin of San Francisco, CA, Dr. Christina M. Porter and her husband, Andrew Turchon of Salem, Brian T. Dakin and his wife, Amber of Revere, Jacqueline L. Leyden of Wakefield, Thomas Leyden and his wife, Summer of Weymouth, Maura Cugini and her husband, Paul of Belmont, Beth M. Dakin and her husband, Geoffrey Garen of San Jose, CA, Daniel Leyden of Sacremento, CA, Lauren Porter of Revere, Peter Leyden of Plymouth and Ellen Reardon and her companion, Nick Botto of Everett. He was the adored grand uncle of Olivia, Norah, Evelyn, Melody and Lily and is also lovingly survived by many cousins. Arrangments are under the care of Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway Revere. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted at Bill’s wish. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to VNA of Middle East, 607 North Ave. Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. For more information, visit:


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