Obituaries 07-27-2016

Ignazio James ‘Jim’ Russo

60-Year proprietor of I. James Russo & Sons Carpentry Co.

Ignazio James “Jim” Russo of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere and the North End of Boston, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 18 at his Glen, New Hampshire home. He was 80 years old.

Born in Boston’s North End, “Jim” and his family moved to Revere when he was a young boy. He was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1954. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserves and completed 18 years of service. Jim owned and operated the I. James Russo & Sons Carpentry Company based out of Everett for 60 years. He was well known to all as incredibly talented with his work and incredibly industrious being able to fix anything. His tireless work ethic was his very being, he loved to stay busy. He built all three of his homes with his sons by his side. At times, his brothers and some of his nephews also worked with him.

The only time you would see Jim sitting down was during hockey season. He was passionate about the Boston Bruins and watched every game with great enthusiasm. His other passion was his “Classic 1955 Chevy.” He was the original owner and it was just recently restored as if it rolled out of the “Show Room” – it was his prize possession. Jim will be missed dearly and remembered especially for his kind nature, keen sense of humor and generous giving heart.

He was the loving father of Diane H. Russo and her fiancée, Tommy Connors of Everett, James F. Russo and his wife, Linda of Paxton, Barbara J. Russo – Limongiello and her husband, Robert of Derry, NH and Robert K. Russo of Everett; cherished grandfather of Robert J. Limongiello, Brittnee B. Lemongiello, Michael E. Lemongiello, all of Derry, NH, Maria T. Russo, Melanie Russo and Madison Russo, all of Paxton and the adored great grandfather of one great granddaughter, Aubrieemay. He was the former husband of the late Marilyn B. (Rossi) Russo and the longtime companion of Sharon A. Walsh of Everett; devoted brother of Lydia DiSisto of Revere, Salvatore Russo and his wife, Barbara of Beverly, Anna DeMauro of Winthrop, Charles C. Russo and his wife, Darlene of Glen, NH and the late Vito M. “Sonny” Russo, Mary Longo, Alphonse C., Joseph and Michael Russo. Jim is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The American Heart Assoc./ American Stroke Assoc., P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. For additional information, please visit

Deborah ‘Debbie’ Patrick

Hartford Insurance Company retiree and “Huge Disney Fan”

Deborah J. ‘Debbie” (Roderick) Patrick, a 27 year resident of Beachmont Revere, died on Saturday, July 23 at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital following a brief illness after battling a very rare form of Leukemia She was 60 years old.

Born and raised in Somerville, Debbie was educated in Somerville Public Schools and was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1973. Immediately after graduation, she went to work for The Hartford Insurance Company where she worked for 40 years, retiring from the “Claims Support Analysis” department.

For the past 27 years, Debbie has lived in the “Beachmont” section of Revere. She was known as a “Huge Disney fan” and would travel there with her daughter, Kaitlin very often. She also loved to travel to various places in the U.S. and around the world. Debbie was known to be very quiet and that is exactly how she lived and enjoyed her life.

 She was the loving mother of Kaitlin R. Patrick of Revere and her companion, Clifford Steeves of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Remmington N. Steeves of Revere; devoted daughter of the late Lorraine I. (Cummins) Murphy and John Roderick; beloved sister of John “Lenny” Roderick of Orange, Robert Roderick of California and Linda M. Tighe and her husband, Edward J. III. of Saugus. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, July 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For more information, visit

Lorraine Malia

Previous Boston Postal District Secretary of the Year

Lorraine B. (Heskett) Malia, formerly of Revere, died July 18 in Farmingdale, Maine.

She was born in Brunswick, Maine on January 17, 1930, the daughter of John and Yvonne Heskett.

Lorraine attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1948. After graduation she worked for the State of Maine.  In 1954, she married Francis J. Malia of South Portland, ME and the couple moved to Revere in 1960.  She then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Boston as secretary to the manager.  In a future year, she was named Secretary of the Year for the Boston Postal District.  Later, she transferred to the Logan Airport Mail Facility from which she retired in 1992.

Upon retirement, she returned to her family home in Augusta, Maine.

Lorraine was predeceased by her parents and husband. She is survived by two sons, John Malia  and Jeffrey Malia, both of Revere.

At her request, there were no public visiting hours or service. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial donations may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME  04330. Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.  Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at

Mary Rizzuto

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Mary (Cataldo) Rizzuto of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Saturday, July 23.  She was 92 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Rizzuto, she was the loving mother of Peter Rizzuto and his wife, Patricia, Hugo Rizzuto and his wife, Carol, Josephine Rude and her husband, Steve and the late Domenic Rizzuto; cherished mother-in-law of Linda Rizzuto DeCicco and her husband, Mike DeCicco; adored grandmother of Peter, Christina, Joseph, Sandy, Domenic, David, Gina, Linda, Michael, Anthony, Nicholas, Jeffrey and Benjamin and many loving great-grandchildren. She was the caring sister of the late Virginia Manno and Carmela Aiello.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St.  Revere at 9:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, before leaving in procession to Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  For guestbook and directions:

John Arrigo

Former Ward 5 Councillor and father of Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo

John R. Arrigo of Revere, former Ward 5 City Councillor and father of Mayor Brian Arrigo, died on July 25 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 68 years old.

John was a pressman at the Boston Globe for 20 years, served as a U.S. Marine Reservist and was a longtime member of St Anthony’s Holy Name Society.

He was the beloved husband of Paula (DeGruttola), the devoted father of Kim Bellia and her husband, Anthony and Mayor Brian Arrigo and his wife, Daveen Balliro Arrigo, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Gianni Bellia, Domenic Bellia and Joseph John Arrigo; loving son of the late John A. and Elsie (Dingwell) Arrigo  and dear brother of William and Glenn, both of Burlington and Michael of Maine. He is also survived by his mother in-law Mary DeGruttola of Revere and by many nieces and nephews.

John was a Newspaper Pressman for over 30 years and worked at the Boston Globe for over 20 years. He served as a U.S. Marine Reservist. “Da” was a proud grandfather, an avid golfer, sports fan, memorabilia collector, Twist- Dancer, Righteous Brothers fan and a longtime member of St Anthony’s Holy Name Society.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, July 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. His funeral will be from the funeral home on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Donate Life America New England, 60 First Avenue, Waltham MA 02451. For guest book please visit

Robert Kelly

GE retiree

Robert C. Kelly of Beverly, formerly of Revere, beloved husband of Charlene (Caliri) Kelly passed away on Friday, July 22 at Beverly Hospital after an extended illness.  He was 71 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Christopher) Kelly, Robert grew up in Revere and attended Revere Public Schools.  For 30 years, Robert worked as a welder at the General Electric Company in Lynn until his retirement in 2000.  He was a member of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Beverly and he loved to go camping and fishing with his family.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by three sons: Sean Kelly and Charles Kelly, both of Beverly and Robert Kelly, Jr. and his wife S,helly of Keller, Texas; four grandchildren: Izzabella “Izzy” Kelly and Alyssa, Brian and Jake Kelly and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Richard Kelly and his sister Marilyn Taleghani.

A Graveside Service will be held at Central Cemetery, Beverly on Friday, August 5 at 1 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend.  There are no visiting hours.  Memorial donations may be made in Robert’s Memory to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly.  Information, directions and condolences at


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