Suffolk Downs Racetrack retiree
Robert Incerto, “Bobby” as he was affectionately known, died on Tuesday, September 13 at Boston’s Mass General Hospital after being stricken at his East Boston home. He was 71 years old.
Born in Boston, Bobby lived in East Boston all his life. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in East Boston and was a 1961 graduate of Domenic Savio High School, East Boston. He joined the Coast Guard in October of 1965 and served until October of 1969.
For over 39 years, Bobby worked for Suffolk Downs as an admissions manager. In 2008, after suffering a major Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke), he was forced into retirement.
His passion for life and activity continued until the day God called him home. From the time of elementary school, continuing on to his senior years, Bobby held a unique passion for trains and American History. At his Prescott Street residence, in the basement, Bobby created vignettes, relating to specific battle sites of the Civil War. His genuine mastery and brilliance in building, actual set-up design etc. was superb. His display became legendary and soon Bobby was a member of many and all train clubs throughout the country. Over the years, Bobby became an often photographed news item in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. The Harvard Train Club of Cambridge was also a long-time interest of Bobby’s work and hobby. After his subsequent stroke, he was unable to maintain his interest and the vignettes were dismantled.
He was the beloved son of the late Virgilio and Adeline “Lena” (Carrozza) Incerto. Many dear cousins also survive Bobby. He was the cherished nephew of Frances D. DiPlacidio and her husband, John of West Palm Beach, Fl., Rose Carozza of Wilmington and the late Mildred E. Rodriguez, Lesandrina “Sandra” Russo and Bridget Pisano and the late Domistchiles “Mico,” John “Panco,” Enrico “Eastago,” Elio “Leo,” Nicholas J., Ralph and David Carrozza. He is also lovingly survived by his devoted and faithful life-partner and care-giver, David F. St. Laurent of East Boston with whom “Bobby” made his home. David’s Mom, Corinne (Erickson) St. Laurent of East Boston also survives him.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 45 Brooks St., East Boston, followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart & American Stroke Associations, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Jason Joseph Vasques
His smile brightened the darkest room
Jason Joseph Vasques of Revere passed away September 16. He was 27 years old.
Jason worked in patient services at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was a longtime resident of Revere and a graduate of Seacoast at Revere High School. His smile brightened up the darkest room and his love for life was contagious. He will forever be missed by all who knew him.
He was the cherished son of Maria Rosa Luberto of East Boston and the late Santo Joseph Vasques and his surviving wife, Sue. Jason was a loving brother to Michelle Cassinell, Patricia Kristo and her husband, Peter, Daniel Luberto and his wife, Alissa, Nadia Vasques, Alesia O’Lalor and Nicole Vasques. He was a devoted uncle to Maleah, Myla, Devin, Aria and Anya. Jason also leaves many dear relatives of the Vasques family of Medford.
Family and friends may visit at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford today, Wednesday, September 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 9 followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford at 10 a.m. To leave a message of condolence visit www.dellorusso.net
Celia ‘Sally T’ Gaeta
Multi-talented and mother and grandmother
Celia “Sally T.” (Trujillo) Gaeta, a longtime resident of East Boston, died peacefully at Massachustts General Hospital Surrounded by her loving family on September 17 following a long illness. She was 82 years old.
Born, raised and educated in Ft. Worth, TX., she married Alessandro L. “Alex” Gaeta in 1958 and she and her husband moved to East Boston to begin their life together and raise their family.
Sally’s working career was eclectic, due to her many talents. She worked in sales for many years at various companies, as well as a photographer. She was passionate about her photography and loved how she was able to capture moments of beauty. She was also a translator for the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Sally worked up to her recent hospitalization. She was a sales clerk at the Logan Airport Hilton Hotel’s Gift Shop. Sally loved people and through her work, it allowed her to meet and connect with people. Sally was a former East Boston Brownie and Girl Scout leader for several years.
She was the devoted wife of the late Alessandro L. “Alex” Gaeta; loving mother of Nanina C. Gaeta – Coletta and her husband, Edmund J., Jr. of East Boston, Rosemary F. Murray of Revere and her late husband, Thomas P. Murray and the late Eugene A. Gaeta, USN; cherished grandmother of Christopher E. Coletta and his wife, Mavis of Baltimore, MD, Angela F. Coletta and her husband, Rich Acevedo of China, Gabriella D. Coletta of East Boston, Elizabeth A. Gaeta – Sanders and her husband, Jason of Memphis, TN, Kathryn R. Murray and Rachel C. Murray, both of Revere and the late Matthew T. Murray; adored great grandmother of Gianna, Jason and Alessandro; beloved sister of the late Arturo, Sabino, Lupe, Raul, Felix, Francisco and Biviano Trujillo, Jr.; dear sister in-law of Martha A. Gaeta of East Boston, Jude Peterson of Maine and Florida and the late Frances, Carmen, Dante and Sonny Gaeta. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews both in Massachusetts and Texas.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (RT. 107) Revere. A funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. 45 Brooks ST. East Boston. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101. NOTE: In Memory of Celia T. “Sally” Gaeta , Ufelder Healing Garden or Volunteer Assoc. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of Malden, formerly of Revere and Chelsea
Marie (Tango) Kane of Malden, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, passed away on September 18.
She was the loving mother of Robert Ferdinand, Debra Sablone and her husband, Alfred, all of Revere, Stephen Kane and his wife, Victoria of Illinois, Maryann Thompson of South Carolina, Kim Arias of Everett, Roseanne Kane of Woburn and the late Joseph Ferdinand; dear sister of Michael and John Tango, Joanne Norris, Marguerite Marino and Frank Marchesi. She was the cherished grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 15 and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Marie’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, Wednesday, September 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Owned and raced horses both at Suffolk Downs and other northeast race tracks
Robert A. Cataldo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, formerly of Revere, died on September 15 at Salmon Brook Nursing Home. He was 85 years old.
The husband of Joan (Flaherty) Cataldo, he was born in Boston on July 13, 1931, the son of the late Orlando and Theresa (Decarlo) Cataldo. He lived in Massachusetts until moving to Glastonbury four years ago.
Bob was known for his great charm and sense of humor, and was beloved by family and friends. He was affectionately known as “Bob the Cat,” “Big Daddy” and “Papa.” He had many interests in life but his greatest was his love of horses and for many years he raced horses as an owner at Suffolk Downs in Revere and other racetracks in the northeast.
In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his four children and their spouses; Lynn and Anthony Bova of Woburn, Robert E. Cataldo of Boston, Janet and Vincent Pugliese of Glastonbury and Bruce and Judy Cataldo of Derry, NH; a brother, Fred Cataldo and his wife, Sue of Kalamazoo, MI; nine grandchildren: Anthony Bova, Stephanie O’Neil and her husband, Michael, Leanne Bova, Lauren Cole and her husband, Michael, Crystal Morales-Cataldo, Vincent Pugliese, Nicole Pugliese, Zachary Pugliese, Brianna Cataldo and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Cataldo.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday Sept. 20 at St. Paul Church, Glastonbury. Arrangements were under the direction of the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Patients Recreation Fund, Salmon Brook Nursing Home, 72 Salmon Brook Dr., Glastonbury, CT. 06033. For online condolences, please visit www.mulryanfh.com
Paul Peter Bottari
Sports fan with a great sense of humor and a contagious smile
Paul Peter (Pauly) Bottari, 42 Elmwood Street, sadly and unexpectedly passed away peacefully on September 6.
Most are unaware of the gratitude and admiration Paul had for the bond Paul’s ma, Dorothy and her two sisters, Louise and Jacky had with each other and also with their amazing love for one another –to always be there for each other.
Paul also many times acknowledged to his friends and other family members great respect and gratitude for the love and unwavering care his nephew, Ron Pulicari showed and gave to his ma, Dorothy.
Paul himself, with no disrespect to other family members, had a very special bond with his Auntie Louise and was eternally grateful for the love they shared with both himself and his son, Anthony.
Paul had great love for his ma, Dorothy, his sister Karyn and his brother ,John (Elvis) Bottari and, of course, his deceased dad, Paul. He will be sorely missed by all and welcomed by his dad.
Paul was a happy go lucky loving person with a great sense of humor and a contagious smile. If Paul befriended you, he was a very understanding, helpful, forgiving friend.
Paul loved sports, especially his hometown Boston teams and he may have taken a bet now and then — but then – who didn’t?
We all will miss you Pauly
Paul was born in Boston on September 17, 1948, the son of Dorothy Bottari and the late Paul Bottari. In addition to his mother, he is survived his children: Anthony, Julie, Paul, Jr. and Craig; his brother and sister, John Bottari and Karyn Bottari and his aunts, Louise Belmonte and Jacqueline Neil. He is also lovingly survived by many other relatives and friends.
A Mass on Paul’s behalf was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church on September 17 (Paul’s birthday.) A reception followed the Mass at the Friendly Gardens Apartments Function Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate that memorial donations be given to Paul’s son, Anthony.
John Stack, Jr.
Retired electrical engineer, active member of Revere Knights of Columbus
John J. Stack, Jr. of Revere died on September 5 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Hospital in Bedford after a long illness. He was 89 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, John attended Immaculate Conception School, graduating in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country as a Pharmacist’s Mate and was honorably discharged in 1946. John attended Wentworth Institute of Technology earning an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1949. He went on to further his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1954.
On July 11, 1953, John married the love of his life, Eleanor Hickey. The couple settled in Revere and began to raise their family here until John received a position as an electrical engineer from Curtis Wright Co., where he worked for nine years. He advanced his career by securing a position with Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey. John had a very fulfilling career that spanned over 25 years.
He had many interests and passions and one was his love for playing the violin. He played other instruments as well, but the violin was his absolute favorite and he continued taking lessons.
After retiring, both he and his wife returned to John’s childhood home in Revere on Trevalley Road. John’s favorite pastime was his love and devotion for his wife and family. He was a member of the Picatinny Rod & Gun Club, NJ. He was also active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #179 Revere and the Malden Anglers of Saugus.
John was the beloved husband of 63 years to Eleanor M. (Hickey), his best friend; the devoted father of Maryellen Lobb and her husband, John of Denville, NJ, Nancy L. DeCindio and her husband, Daniel of West Patterson, NJ, John J. Stack III and his wife, Lynda of West Milford, NJ and Kevin M. Stack of Revere and Sweetwater, TN. He was the brother of the late Sr. John Marie Stack, O.S.F. He is also lovingly survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and he was the dear brother-in-law of Patricia L. Teixeira and her husband, William A. of Revere and the late George Hickey and Dorothy Collins.
Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Restoration Fund, 22 Lowe St. Revere, MA 02151. For more information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Retired American Airlines and Hanscom Field flight inspector, private and commercial pilot and Pleasant Auto School driving instructor
Richard F. Murphy of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Saugus, passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on Sunday, September 18. He was 73 years old.
Born in Portland, Maine, he came to Saugus as a young boy, remaining in Saugus until 1973 when he married M. Noreen (Cafano), a Revere girl and East Boston native. The couple lived in Revere for over 30 years before moving to Chelsea’s Admiral’s Hill 10 years ago.
He attended Saugus Schools and was a 1961 graduate of Saugus High School. On New Year’s Eve of 1961, he entered the US Marine Corps during the Viet-Nam War and served until April of 1966.
Early in his youth, Dick became a Big Brother for Mass. Big Brothers and served that organization tremendously. He would often reminisce about the joy that he received from his long association with the organization.
Most of his working career was in the airline profession, as a flight inspector and as a private and commercial pilot. He spent 10 years in the employ of American Airlines and returned to the Daniel Webster College at Hanscom Airforce Base and secured his “Commercial Pilots” license.
Dick had a brilliant career with Hanscom for several years and having retired from there, because of failing health, he went on to part time work as a driving instructor at Pleasant Auto School of Revere. An Agent Orange victim, he was subjected to an early retirement with the Pleasant Auto School. He was a long-time member of the Saugus American Legion Post #0210 and the Saugus Chapter of the DAV #115.
He was the most beloved husband of 43 years of M. Noreen (Cafano ); the devoted son of Winnifred E. (Monahan) Murphy of Saugus and the late Bernard D. Murphy; the dear brother of Bernard D. “Donnie” Murphy and his wife, Joanne of Saddlebrook, Arizona and Patricia A. Maestranzi and her husband, Joseph of Peabody; the cherished uncle of Michael R. Murphy and his wife, Jennifer of Arizona, Brendan J. Murphy and Sauda of Georgia and Matthew M. Maestranzi of W. Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins throughout the North Shore Area.
Noreen, Dick’s dedicated and faithful wife and the entire Murphy family extend and pray for an abundance of blessings to be bestowed upon the entire staff at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Facility in Chelsea in small recompense for the extraordinary care and attention rendered Dick and his entire family … God bless and God love, each and every one of you.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, September 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30 a.m, followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea (on the Chelsea-Everett Line) at 10:30 a.m.
Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: N.E. Center & Home for Veterans, Advancement Office, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, Mass. 02284-5257. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.