Obituaries 04-12-2017

Florence Emily Bravos

Retired hairdresser

Florence Emily (Castella) Bravos, a resident of Revere for 67 years, passed away Monday morning, April 10 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She was 101 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Edward and Martha (Squires) Castella,  Florence graduated from high school and later went to beauty school to become a hairdresser.  For 20 years she was a self-employed hairdresser, owning and operating the former Florence’s Beauty Shop in Jamaica Plain. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Florence was the beloved wife of the late Michael N. Bravos; devoted mother of Jo-Ann Perella and her partner, Brian Robbins of Revere; dear sister of Myrtle Finn of Revere and the late Reuben, Edward Castella, Lucy Pitcher, Bertha Mitchell.  She is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Michelle Puopolo and her husband, Paul of Revere, Melissa Langone of Lynnfield and John Perella and his wife, Thea of Danvers and seven great grandchildren: Vanessa and Victoria Puopolo of Revere, David and Gabriell Langone of Lynnfield and Elizabeth, Jack and Benjamin Perella of Danvers.

Visiting hours will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Thursday, April 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Holy Eucharist Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Avenue, Chelsea at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Interment to follow the service will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Elizabeth Mary Bryant

Passed away one day before her 28th Birthday

Elizabeth Mary Bryant of Revere entered into rest on Monday, March 20, one day prior to her 28th birthday in the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Born in Boston, Elizabeth lived in Everett for many years before settling in Revere with her family. She was an activities director working in a local nursing home. She also worked as a secretary with Bryant Properties.

She was the beloved daughter of Patricia “Tricia” (Simonelli) and the late Joseph E. Bryant of Revere; dear and devoted sister of Heather Lea Bryant-Cohane and her husband, Brandon of Everett and loving fiance’ of Nicholas Lajoie. Elizabeth is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in Elizabeth Mary’s memory to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr. Ste. 101, Natick, MA 01760 would be sincerely appreciated.

Angela Toscano

Of Revere, Formerly of West End

Angela M. (Gigante) Toscano of Revere, formerly of the West End, passed away on Saturday, April 8. She was 83 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Philip A. Toscano, she was the loving mother of Darlene Toscano of Revere.; cherished grandmother of James Moore of Revere and her great grandchild

Keira Lyn Moore; dear sister of Annamay Riminiscenza and Dorothy Alonardo, both of Medford, Loretta Papa, John “Jack” Gigante and Jannine Ellis, all of Revere and the late James Gigante, Marie Giuffre and Arlene Settipane. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Angela’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at

10 a.m. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For

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Carol Brothers

Retired Home Health Aide and Proprietor of “Bark and Purr”

Carol E. Brothers, a longtime resident of Revere, died on Sunday, March 12 at the

Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Delaware. She was 80 years old.

Carol was born, raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1954. After graduation, Carol worked for a short period at New England Tel & Tel in Revere and later at Boston’s famous Jordan Marsh Company. Eventually, Carol found her calling and became a Home Health Aide with the Nursing Association of Greater Lynn for many years. She helped many ailing and elderly people in need and found her calling to be both rewarding and fulfilling. After retiring, she found a new calling. She owned and operated “Bark & Purr” Pet Grooming located in Revere. Her love for animals gave her such joy working with pets. She sold her business before retiring to Delaware in 2000 where she moved to be closer with her sister and other family members. As she made her new home, she made new acquaintances and found new hobbies. Carol loved playing Bingo and playing the slots at area casinos, loved crocheting and was an avid reader.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Ralph V. and Josephine (Urbanilk) Brothers; the loving sister of the late Earl Brothers, Dorothy A. Spence and Viola Johnson;  the cherished aunt of Dennis R. Spence and his wife, Mary, David Brothers, Virginia McNally, Michelle Austin, Deidre Brothers and Diane Duchland. She was the dear grand aunt of Debra Collins and she is also lovingly survived by her sister in law,  Elva Brothers.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Thursday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St. Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Debbie’s Fund – “A friend to animals” CNB Bank, 689A North DuPont Hwy. Milford, DE 19963, Attn.: D. Andrews or Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere. For more information, visit:

John Green

Former Federal Express employee

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Joseph Green, Jr. who died unexpectedly on April 8 after being stricken and taken to Whidden Memorial Hospital of Everett. He was 57 years old.

His funeral will be conducted in the Funeral Home on Friday, April 14. Family and friends may arrive at the Funeral Home on Friday any time after 12 noon. The Funeral Service will begin at 1:15 p.m. followed immediately by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Although Joseph was born in Delaware, he came to Revere as a young boy and was a 1977 graduate of Revere High School. He had a 14 year career as a truck driver with Federal Express and continued on with his career until health issues took hold and he was forced into an early disability.

He was the adored and beloved husband of Lynda A. (McKinnon) Green; the cherished father of Joseph Green and his wife, Amanda of Revere, John R. McKinnon and Lynda L. McKinnon, all of Revere, John J. McKinnon and his wife, Amanda of Manifee, CA and Jacqueline Cavallo and her husband, David of Londonderry, NH; the dear brother of Dorothy I. Allen and her husband, Edward of Lawrence, John J. Green and his wife, Lizbeth of Revere and David B. Green and his wife, Kristin of Somerset, New Jersey. “Joe” is also lovingly survived by his eight grandchildren: Emily, Bianca, Arianna, Travis, Vincent, Angelo, Sbigail and the late Agostino.

Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For more information, please visit:

Richard Fidalgo

Retired mechanic/auto body technician; guitarist and vocalist known professionally as “Richie Vance”

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, April 12, in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rte. 107), Revere from 4 to 7 p.m. for Richard M. Fidalgo, who passed away unexpectedly on April 6 following a long illness. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was a mechanic/auto body technician retired from Rick’s Auto Collision of Revere. Richie appeared early in his career as a very successful guitarist and vocalist. His venues were lounges, supper clubs and private events. He used the professional name of “Richie Vance.”

The husband of the late Rita “Sissy” (McGrath), he was the cherished father of Michele R. Leonard and her husband, Michael and devoted grandfather to Dylan M. Leonard, Melanie R. Leonard and Taylor K. Leonard, all of Revere; dear brother of Rose Broadbear of California and the late John M. Fidalgo, Florence Wofford and Virginia Knuttila. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information, please visit:

Richard Gerry

Member of Carpenters Local 26 and longtime Bingo volunteer at St. Anthony’s Church

Richard Gerry of Revere passed away suddenly on April 4. He was 83 years old.

Richard proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Carpenters Local 26 and a bingo volunteer at St Anthony’s Church in Revere for many years.

The beloved husband of Linda (Secatore) Gerry, he was the devoted father of Robin and Julie; dear brother of Robert Gerry, Lorraine Dolbeare and the late Frederick, Paul, Warren, and Marion Gerry; cherished son of the late Frederick and Josephine (Flynn) and is also survived by loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral, Revere.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St Anthony’s Church Restoration Fund, 250 Revere St, Revere MA 02151.  For guest book please visit

Joseph DeMarco, Sr.

Registered Architect

Joseph G. DeMarco, Sr., age 76, of Weymouth, formerly of Melrose and St. Pete Beach, Florida passed away peacefully after a battle with congestive heart failure with his loving family by his side early Tuesday morning, April 4. He was 76 years old.

Joseph was born in Boston and raised in Revere. He completed his studies in the architectural program at the Boston Architectural Center in the late 1960’s. Joseph was a registered architect in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida along with being a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He was the principal owner of IN/EX Design Group until he joined the Design Team at Channel Building Company, as their Project Architect.

Joseph, who was a retired member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was a devoted husband, father and “papa.”. He was a very lovable man who enjoyed making people laugh. He spent his retirement years building bird houses and painting water colors.

He leaves his beloved wife Rita (Giannini) DeMarco; his son Joseph G. DeMarco, Jr. and daughter-in-law Rebecca, of Milford; his daughter, Sara (DeMarco) Daley and Philip Daley of Weymouth; his grandchildren Ariana DeMarco, Joey C. DeMarco, Daniel Daley and Brandon Daley, who will miss him dearly. Joseph is also survived by his siblings: Pasquale (Chuck) DeMarco and sister-law, Jennie DeMarco of Revere and Marie (DeMarco) Fowler and brother-in-law, Joseph Fowler of Lutz, FL. He also leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Joseph was pre-deceased by his brother Anthony (IE) DeMarco and sister-in-law Rose DeMarco, brother Vincent (Jimmy) DeMarco and sister-in-law Laurie DeMarco.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place. A gathering, honoring his life, will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the South Shore and the American Heart Association. See for online condolences.

John Pruitt

Revere Little League coach, officer, and board member for more than 35 years

John R. Pruitt died in his home on Tuesday, March 14, following a long illness. He was 61 years old.

He was the cherished son of the late Paul R. Pruitt and Joan (Altri) Pruitt; the loving and devoted husband of 24 years to former Revere School Committeewoman Donna E. (Costa) (Wood) Pruitt of Revere and he is also lovingly survived by her children, Kristen M. Wood of Peabody and Robert M. Wood and his wife, Jennifer of North Reading. He was the proud grandfather of Olivia and Addison, they were his sun and moon. He was dear brother to his identical twin, the late Paul W. Pruitt. He is also lovingly survived by many extended family, friends, players and coaches.

John was born in Union, South Carolina and, at a young age, his family settled in Revere. John was educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1973. As a young man he worked at Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere Beach. He later took a position at Brigham’s Ice Cream, a career that spanned 25 years until the plant closed. He later took a position as a security officer in the Revere Public Schools for several years until his health started to decline.

People who knew John knew that his passion was baseball. John was a dedicated member of Revere Little league. He was a coach, officer and board member for over 35 years. John coached more than 500 children in his years as a coach. He loved kids and helping them to learn the game of baseball. John always took special interest in the kids who were struggling and needed a little extra help. He would foster these children who needed a pat on the back or just a little confidence to help them with their game or just in general, John’s love for the game of baseball also allowed him to coach Babe Ruth Baseball in Revere and as well as serving as an assistant coach at St. John’s Prep in Danvers alongside his identical twin brother, Paul. John was also a long-time season ticket holder of the Boston Red Sox and a collector of Red Sox and baseball memorabilia, a collection he began as a young boy. John was also a devoted Parishioner and Lector at Holy Rosary Church in Winthrop.  John was a kid at heart with his love for baseball but he was a man with a giant heart who gave back to his community which he loved.

Interment will be private.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, April 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His  funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, April 22    at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 993 Shirley St., Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481. For more information, visit

Pamela Feldberg

Of Wilmington, formerly of Revere

Pamela (Powers) Feldberg of Wilmington, formerly of Revere, died on April 10.

The beloved wife of Barry Feldberg, she was the devoted mother of Jenna Jankowski of Wilmington, cherished grandmother of Tyler Anthony Jankowski, adoring daughter of John Powers and the late Maureen (McCarthy). dear sister of Maryanne Jans and her husband, Gordon of Florida, Charlene Theodore and her husband, John of Lynn, Jacqueline Chagaris of Revere, Maureen Feeney and her husband, James of Medford and Michelle Powers , Michael Powers  and Shawn Powers, all of Revere and the late Deborah Cagliuso, John, Madeline and  Mary Powers.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service in the Immaculate of Conception Church at 11:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Visitation will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pamela’s name to:, or mail to 15 Lincoln St. #228, Wakefield, MA 01880. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

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