Obituaries 07-29-2020

Daniel Callahan Jr.

Retiree of Bradlee’s Department Stores and Motorola Corp.

Funeral Services and Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett was held on July 24 for Daniel J. Callahan, Jr., who passed unexpectedly on July 21. He was 90 years old.

Daniel was a retiree of Bradlee’s Department Stores and Motorola Corp, a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the V.F.W. Mottola Post #4524.

The beloved husband of the late Rose (DeRosa) Callahan, he is lovingly survived by his devoted companion of 17 years, Frances D. Diglio with whom he made his home. He was the dear brother of the late Mary Margaret Ash, cherished uncle of Joanne Ash and her husband, Patrick Pickup of Marshfield and Judith A. “Judi” Lemoine and her husband, Kevin of Norwell. He is also lovingly survived by three grandnephews: James W. Hutchinson and his wife, Lauren of Marshfield and William P. and Daniel J. Lemoine, both of Norwell. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Jeffrey Jean-Charles

Of Everett

Jeffrey Jean-Charles of Everett passed away on July 11 at the age of 31.

Born in Boston on Feb. 17, 1989, he was the cherished son of Micheline Jean-Charles of Everett, adored father of Nasir Jean-Charles, dear brother of Fara Maurice of Everett, Wilhelm Maurice of Amityville, NY, Stanley Jean-Charles of Utah, Eureka Ravilus of Brooklyn, NY, Vanessa Fernandes of Boston and Wilner Maurice Jr. of Brockton and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  A Funeral Service will be held privately at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 455 Washington Ave, Revere. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Kathleen Meaney

Retired Research Biologist and First Female Manager of the Revere League

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on July 28  in the Immaculate Conception Church for Kathleen F. Meaney, 82, who passed on July 26 following a brief illness.

Kathleen was widely known as a Type A supporter of the Revere Little League and the very first female manager to serve the Revere League. 

She was a 1955 graduate of Cathedral High School and a 1959 graduate of Emmanuel College of Boston. Her career at Arthur D. Little Co. of Cambridge spanned some 46 years as a Research Biologist. 

The beloved daughter of the late Joseph M. and Catherine F. (Wallace) Meaney, she was the dear sister of the late Joseph E. Meaney and Jean E. Nichols and her late husband, Edwin P. Nichols; cherished aunt to Paul E. Nichols and his wife, Linda of Everett, David J. Nichols and his wife, Daphne of Littleton and Brian G. Nichols and his wife, Nicole of Swampscott. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Sally Meaney of Fayetteville, GA. Kathy also leaves her best friends of 40 years, Christine M. LaVigueur and  her husband, Joseph of Revere and her special feline pal, “Holly.” Several other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive “Kathy.”

Remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 So. Huntington

Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923. To send online condolences, please visit

www.vertuccioandsmith.com   Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Attorney Antonio Abbene Jr.

Practiced Law Until the Age of 93

Attorney Antonio Abbene, Jr. peacefully departed on July 25 in his 98th year, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was a life-long Revere resident who resided on the same street where he was born 98 years ago.

He graduated from Revere High School in 1939, served his country in World War II, attended the Colorado School of Mines, Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. Tony practiced law until the age of 93.

He served on the Revere School Committee and was legal counsel to the School Board. He was also Assistant Solicitor for the city. He was the former chairman of the American Heart Association in Revere, a member of Revere Kiwanis and the Justinian Society.

The beloved husband of 72 years to Florence J. (Lepore) Abbene of Revere, he was the devoted father of Pamela M. Floridia and her husband, Richard J. of Marlborough and Anthony ‘Skip’ Abbene and his wife, Karen A. of Melrose; cherished grandfather of Charles D. and Anthony J. Abbene, both of Melrose; dear brother of the late William, Dante and Benjamin Abbene and Anna Pistorino; son of the late Antonio Abbene, Sr. and Lena (Alba) Abbene. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Funeral Services and Interment will be private. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.            Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences or for more information, please visit  www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

David Norman-Powell

The True Essence of a Father Figure

David Norman Powell, known to many as either Dave, Uncle Dave, Uncle David or Dad; and known to one as Husband, died on July 15 and with his wife by his side, he peacefully returned home.

David was born in Boston on Sept. 22, 1957 to the late Samuel and late Mamie Powell, the fifth of eight beloved children. He enjoyed playing the drums, art, speaking phrases in several different languages and making great first impressions. Affectionately, he always had a loving embarrassing story about his family. No matter who you were to him; brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, sons and daughter, no one is without a story.

David attended Boston Trade and Boston University. He worked for GE as a Machinist in the Jet Engine Division & Millennium Pharmaceuticals as the Laboratories Facilities Manager. It was during this time that he met his wife, Maria Luz Powell. Together they were members of the Catholic church, Immaculate Conception Parish Community, in Revere. David was more than an uncle to some; he was the true essence of a father-figure. With all the love he could give, he made sure his family knew he loved them by either simply saying “I love you,” calling, just stopping by to say “hello,” having a heart to heart conversation about life, telling you “I am so proud of you” or by just being available.

He sang his children’s praises at every opportunity. He appreciated family gatherings and meeting new friends. He had a passion for working on both minor and major household projects. Indeed, he was the man with every tool in the toolbox. David’s hobbies included architecture, art, language, design, wood working, photography, cinematography and laughter.

David now joins both his parents, his brothers: Lynn Eric Powell, Jethro (Jeff) Powell and sister, Ruby Powell. David leaves to cherish his legacy: his wife, Maria Luz Powell, his children: Edward C. Harris, John M. Powell, and Diana M. Powell. To celebrate his life, he leaves his mother-in-law, Lucia Hanao, his sisters: Mary Tillman and her husband, Ronald, Daphne Massey and her husband, Alonzo, his brother: S. Phillip Powell  and his wife, Phyllis, his sister, Ginnette Powell and his sister-in-law, Amparo Henao. He leaves his Goddaughter, Nicole Massey, his lifelong brother (cousin) Bill Alston, and dear niece, Xaviera Cox, several aunts, uncles, cousins and over 60 nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and close friends.

David will be remembered by all from the memories he gave us, the moments we’ve shared, and the impact of his love.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Roslindale.  For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Frances Fisher

Of Revere

Frances T. (Elliott) Fisher of Revere died on July 21 at 90 years of age.

The beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Fisher, she was the cherished mother of Robert Fisher and David Fisher, both of Billerica, Keith Fisher of Revere and the late Kevin, Arthur and Gail Fisher, adored grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13.

Due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19, all services will be held privately and under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. At the family’s request and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fran’s memory to Mass Eye and Ear at The Foundation of the MEEI, Inc., 243 Charles Street, Development Office, Boston, MA 02114 or via https://www.masseyeandear.org/online-donation-form. For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Arthur Romano

Will be Sorely Missed by All Who Knew Him

Arthur Romano of Revere died on July 22 at the age of 70.

 Born in Everett on Sept. 22, 1949 to Edith (DiOrio) Romano and the late Arthur Romano, he was the cherished brother of Donna LeBlanc and her husband, Ed of Revere. adored uncle of Samantha LeBlanc of Colorado, Anastasia LeBlanc, Arrielle LeBlanc-Pagan and her husband, Luis, all of Revere and their children, Soveida, Vita, and Lui. He is also survived by his dear cousins, George Romano and his wife, Linda of Peabody and by many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. He was the beloved godfather to Joe Romano and Joe Prezioso.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home Revere.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

William Gulla

Avid Sports Fan

William “Billy” Gulla, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away suddenly on July 21, at the age of 52.

Born in Revere on April 5, 1968 to Linda (Tempesta) Gulla and the late Joseph Gulla, he is survived by his beloved life partner of 23 years, Marisa Birritteri. He was the devoted father of twin daughters, Jayla and Gianna Gulla and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was an avid sports fan who never missed a game, especially if it was his Boston teams. He truly will be missed by all who knew him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated today, Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St, Revere (Everyone to meet directly at church). Due to COVID19 requirements, masks are mandated once entering the church and capacity limits are in effect. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Marcia Cutler

Of Revere, Formerly of Chelsea

Marcia C. (Patick) Cutler of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on Wednesday July 15.

The beloved wife of the late Sumner L. Cutler, she was the devoted mother of Lesley Cutler of Stuart, FL and Nancy Ward and her husband, Walter of Harpswell, Maine, loving grandmother of Jared Kave of Maine and is also survived by extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Contributions in Marcia’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th FL Boston, MA 02110 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Visit  www.torffuneralservice.com  for guestbook.

Robert Allen

Retired Chemist, Researcher, Consultant, and Proud Double Eagle

Robert Allen of Peabody, formerly of Saugus and Harwich, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on July 22 at the age of 90.

Known as Bob, he was the son of the late Alfred Allen Sr. and Mary (Caissie). Bob was the beloved husband of 66 years to the love of his life, Dolores (Magno) Allen. A marriage made in heaven, they were an inseparable team that always held hands and always went everywhere together.

Born and raised in Chelsea, Bob was a double eagle. After Boston College High School, he graduated from Boston College in 1952 with a BS Degree in Chemistry. He was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of all things Boston College and as a season ticket holder with Dolores enjoyed attending football games and travelling to Bowl Games for many years. One of his biggest thrills was to be at a game on a stormy day in Florida and see quarterback Doug Flutie throw his famous 80- yard Hail Mary pass for a last second victory against arch rival University of Miami.

He had an accomplished and fascinating career as a Chemist, working as a researcher and consultant for more than 60 years. Always passionate about his work, after dinner he frequently worked for hours at the kitchen table on reports or talked on the phone with colleagues about on-going experiments. He was initially involved in ground breaking research with the chemistry of radioactive materials with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career then gravitated to electrochemistry where he was involved with fuel cells and catalysts.

As a partner at Prototech in Cambridge and then a member of E-TEK in Natick, he made significant contributions to the process that enabled car manufacturers to effectively fire-proof vehicle interiors, leading to countless saved lives. His career continued with research positions at companies based in Germany, Italy and Israel.

A man of great humility and integrity, upon his passing his family was surprised to learn that his name is on more than 70 patents involving his research. Bob finished his career in 2017 at Northeastern University as a part-time Senior Scientist where he enjoyed advising doctoral students on their research.

As his career was winding down, he and Dolores moved to Cape Cod where they enjoyed gardening, socializing with their many friends, helping out with charities and being parishioners of Holy Trinity Church. For many years he organized a deep sea fishing trip for his family off the coast of Cape Cod and helped reel in a 200 pound tuna on one memorable trip.

Always an optimist, this quiet man confidently and successfully defeated cancer three separate times, often time getting treatment in the morning and going to work later in the day. His family is grateful to the doctors and nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital for their exceptional care over the years.

As avid travelers, their globetrotting took them to places ranging from the Holy Land with their church group to Alaska to pan for gold as well as countless cruises.

In 2017, he and Dolores moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody where they became proud and active residents.

Bob was devoted to his family. He was a caring, understanding and attentive father and grandfather who was always and will forever be adored and much loved by his three children: Stephan of Wellesley, Charlene and her wife, Joanne Cancro of Watertown and Michael and his wife, Holly of Yarmouth, Maine, as well as his three grand-children: Christina Mitchell and her husband, Jeff, Nicholas Allen and Ashley Allen. Bob was the dear brother of the late Alfred Allen Jr. and Doris Jarvie and the uncle of Don Jarvie Jr.

Because of concerns with the COVID -19 pandemic, all services will be privately held. At a later date, when public health conditions are improved, Dolores and his three children intend to invite family and friends to a Memorial Mass and reception to celebrate his long and happy life. It is strongly requested that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Brooksby Village Scholarship Fund, Philanthropy Fund, 200 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Phyllis Flynn
of Revere

Phyllis (Miller) Flynn, 82, of Revere, beloved wife of Robert “Roddy” Flynn with whom she shared 54 years of marriage died July 24th at her home. Born in Everett she was the daughter of the late John and Rebecca (Hooker) Miller. Phyllis was a lifelong resident of Revere and a graduate of Revere High School.

After working several years at Shawmut Bank, Phyllis became a stay at home mom raising her three sons and loved traveling with her husband to Aruba and Antigua where they had made lifelong friends. Phyllis was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and even Boxing. Her favorite pastime was going to Revere Beach with ​her family and friends spending the whole day in the sun and surf. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother who will be deeply missed. Phyllis’s family would like also to thank Jasmine, Sandy, Esther and the members of Care Dimension for their care and comfort during these difficult times.

In addition to her husband, Phyllis is survived by her three sons Kevin Flynn of N. Andover, Terrence Flynn and his wife Shauna of Lakeville, Michael Flynn and his wife Jamie of Nahant, her six grandchildren Jack, Matthew, Kelcie, Reagan, Vivian and Alex. She was predeceased by her sister Carolyn Miller.  Due to the COVID 19 crisis a graveside service was held in Puritan Memorial Park on Monday July 27th. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Torf Funeral Service 151 Washington Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. Contributions in Phyllis name may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate/

or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 USA / [email protected] For guest book please visit www.torffuneralservice.com

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