Obituaries 01-12-2022

Robert “Butch” Bianchi, Sr.

Owner of Revere Beach Landmark, Bianchi’s Pizza

On Saturday January 8, Robert “Butch” Bianchi Sr., owner of Bianchi’s Pizza, a Revere Beach landmark, passed away at the age of 83 due to a combination of Pancreatic Cancer and complications of Covid.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his three sons: Robert Jr, Joseph and Derek as well as two granddaughters, Jada and Jianna. Robert was the son of the late John and Nora Bianchi of Revere and brother of the late Lorrey, Rocco, Roland (Pat), Albert, Salvatore, Anthony, George, Joseph and his sister,Violet. He is survived by a sister, Arlene Digregorio of Revere and a brother John Bianchi of New Hampshire as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Monday, January 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A Prayer Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday at 11 a.m.  Interment Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.  For guest book please visit

George Duffy

Mass. Public Defender and Former Revere Teacher and Vice Principal

George J. Duffy, 79, died on Wednesday, January 5 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Paula (Kandrick) Duffy with whom he shared 39 years of marriage.

Born in Chelsea, Mr. Duffy was the son of the late George A. and Edna M. (Reinstein) Duffy. Having received his Bachelor’s degree from B.C. and his Master’s and J.D. from Suffolk University, George was a former teacher and Vice Principal in the Revere school system and a Public Defender for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Duffy is survived by his son, Conor P. Duffy of Revere; brother, Dr. Charles Duffy of New York; five sisters: Patricia Gaffey of Medford, Ethel McDonald of Annisquam, Lucille Duffy of California, Edna Epsimos of Revere and Rosemary Duffy of Lynn as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Association at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus.  For condolences

Dominic Bramante

Former Owner of B & R Produce in Chelsea

Dominic J. Bramante of Revere, formerly of Boston’s West End, passed away on January 7 at home surrounded by his family.

Dominic was a Korean Conflict U.S. Air Force Veteran and the former owner of B&R Produce in Chelsea. After retirement, Dominic enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, visiting the casinos, Suffolk Downs, Wonderland Dog Track and spending time in the yard by the pool with family and friends. Dominic was an avid Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed golfing.

The beloved husband of 51 years to Angelina “Chickie” (Terrazzano), he was the dear brother of Josephine Cardaci of Florida and the late Margaret Spavento, Carmella Terrazzano, Guy, James, Joseph, Frank and Charlie Bramante. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, including his nephew, Albert Terrazzano and his wife, Cynthia, and the late Revere Police Sgt Peter Papasodora and his wife, Denise along with his great niece and nephews, Anthony Terrazzano, Taylor Papasodora, John Papasodora, and Joseph Papasodora. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guestbook, please visit

Peter Anthony Ward

Former Construction Supervisor for Laborer’s Union Local 22

Peter Anthony Ward, 54, of Everett, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 3 at home unexpectedly. 

Born in Revere, Peter lived in Everett for most of his life. He graduated from Everett High School and worked as a construction supervisor for the Laborer’s Union, Local 22 before becoming disabled. He was the husband of Kelli Hamilton Ward, beloved son of Josephine L. (Giacobbe) and the late Peter W. Ward of Everett, dear and devoted father of Peter A. Ward and Giacobbe H. Ward of Everett; loving brother of Lisa Green and her husband, James of Middleton, Ryan Ward, Patrick Ward, Paul Ward and Michael Ward, all of Orange; dear uncle of Kasey Green, Amanda and John Dobrosielski.  Peter is also survived by his cousins: Joseph Coughlin, Dina Poirier, Kevin Poirier and his dear friend, Paula Raymond.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Peter’s funeral from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett today, January 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m.  Burial services will be private.  Parking with attendants on duty.

Salvatore Ferrera, Jr.

Papa was his Greatest Title

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral of Salvatore Anthony Ferrera, Jr., 82, today, January 12 at 10 a.m. at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere followed by a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Please wear a face mask throughout the services.

On Friday, January 7, Salvatore Anthony Ferrera, Jr., loving and devoted husband of 60-years, cherished father of three, proud grandfather to five and great grandfather of four, passed away with his loved ones by his side. He was 82 years old. It was his family that gave him the strength to battle through his adversity in life with class, dignity and respect, always trying to do the right thing to benefit his family. He was quick to offer a ride to school or work, lend an ear to anyone’s troubles and offer advice, or tell a joke to put a smile on his grandchildren’s faces.

He served honorably in the United States Army National Guard for three years. After his service to his country, Salvatore went on to become a baker, earning a degree in Culinary Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. After earning his degree, he taught culinary arts at Minute Man Technical Institute in Lexington. He continued on in his professional, decorated career at Boston College, where he served as a Supervisor in the Bakery Department.

Being the worker that he was, after retiring from his passion in baking, he went on to continue working as a Shuttle Bus Driver at Embassy Suites Boston.

In his free time, Salvatore enjoyed reading the newspaper, playing on his phone and computer, spending quality time with his family and pets and enjoyed weekly dinners at Kelly’s Pub in East Boston, where everyone knew him. One of his best joys was playing with his K-9 companion, Mea, his “little girl.”

Salvatore was the son of the late Salvatore Ferrera Sr. and Angelina (Festa) Ferrera of East Boston and raised by the late Stella Spinale of East Boston. He is survived by his loving wife, Angela (Piscitelli) Ferrera of East Boston and the loving and proud father of Michael Salvatore Ferrera, Sr. and his late wife, Dina (Coccimiglio) Ferrera of Revere, Angela Frangolini and her husband, Pat Frangolini of East Boston and Lisa Ferrera August and her husband, Paul August of East Boston. He is also survived by his brother, Dominic Ferrera of California and sister, Jo Zakarin and her husband, Keith of Maine; treasured Papa to five grandchildren: Michael Jr., Christopher, Angela, Nicole and Amanda and her fiancé, Ryan and is also survived by three great grandchildren: Clayton, Leo and Noah.

Salvatore is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Papa joins his departed great grandchild, Riley and sister, Alberta Ferrera in Heaven.

Papa, his greatest title, will be missed dearly.

At the family’s request, please omit flowers.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241. To send online condolences, please visit     

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and directions of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Richard ‘Dick’ Moscato

Longtime Member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and Winthrop Elks

Richard C. “Dick” Moscato, 71, of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on January 8 with his wife, Mary Katherine (McGovern) Moscato by his side at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington.

Richard “Dick” was born on January 2, 1951 to the late Vincent and Dorothy (McDougall) Moscato.  He was married for 37 years, a devoted husband and loving father to Lauren Maher and her husband, Gerald, and adoring grandfather to Ella Maeve. He leaves behind many beloved family members including his brother, Joseph and his wife, Roberta, sister, Nancy Amos, sister- in- law, Judith Williams and her husband, Brian and brother- in- law, Richard McGovern and his wife, Colleen and many nieces and nephews. Dick cherished the time spent with his family. He raised his family in Wakefield and spent the summers boating and winters skiing at their vacation home in Bridgton, ME. Dick enjoyed volunteering his time to coaching various youth sports teams in Wakefield throughout the years. A few special lifetime memories were his trips to Australia for his daughter’s 21st birthday and to Italy for his 35th wedding anniversary, his daughter’s wedding and the birth of his granddaughter.

Growing up in Revere in the 60’s and 70’s, everyone had a nickname and got in some kind of trouble. His nickname was “The Bird” as he was the fastest runner on the sports teams and he was well known for sharing outlandish stories of the “pool room” and the “corner” where everyone knew he was quite the troublemaker.

Following his retirement from the Sheet Metal International Union Local 17, Dick enjoyed golfing, boating, yard work and his annual trips to Florida. He was a longtime member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and Winthrop Elks.

The Moscato family would like to respectfully thank Dr. Edward Jewell of the Vascular Surgery Department at Lahey Clinic and his team for the unconditional care, treatment and support they have given Dick over the past eight years.

Due to covid restrictions, Dick’s Celebration of Life will be held at a future date at the Boston  University Marsh Chapel. Fellow boaters will be welcomed this summer to the spreading of his ashes at Spectacle Island where he and Mary would spend Sundays picnicking among the sea glass.

Donations can be made in his memory to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131 or by visiting  

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere are most honored to have assisted the family in completing funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit

Evelyn Bell

1926 — 2021

Evelyn Marion (Young) Bell, 95, of Skowhegan, ME, passed quietly on December 19, 2021 at the Cedar Ridge Center following a long battle with cancer.

She was born on October 19, 1926 in Revere, the daughter of William and Evelyn (Ross) Young. Evelyn graduated from Revere High School and attended Bryant & Stratton Business School in Boston. She was employed by Robert Lubets and Company in Boston as an Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper.

Evelyn married the love her life, Albert Joseph Bell on June 4, 1949. They raised two daughters, “her girls” in Beverly and after retirement moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, William and Evelyn Young, her husband, Albert

J. Bell and her sisters: Paula Holland, Patricia Sheehan and Barbara Bevan. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Hathorn and her husband, Donald and Deborah Clement and her husband, Zane; her grandchildren: Donald Hathorn and his wife, Linda, Heather Driscoll and her husband, Sean and

Cameron Harlow and his wife, Mariah; her great grandchildren: Braelyn and Beckett Driscoll, Freya Hathorn and Henley Harlow, her sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Joyce Carey and many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to thank everyone at the Cedar Ridge Center in Skowhegan for their utmost care and respect for Evelyn during her stay with them. We would also like to thank all the staff at Maine General Hospice of Waterville for the wonderful care they showed our mother.

A graveside service for immediate family will be held in the spring at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody, MA.

Eric Ciccone

Of Marblehead, formerly of Revere

Eric “Rick” Ciccone, a longtime resident of Marblehead, passed away on January 9, 2022. He was 57.

Eric was raised in Revere and attended Revere High School. While there he met Amy Bright, who became his high school sweetheart and later, after they both attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his wife. Eric and Amy (Bright) Ciccone shared 30 years of marriage and raised their three children in Marblehead.

Eric captained the Revere High gymnastics team and continued his gymnastics career, again rising to team captain, at UMass-Amherst. A graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass, where he earned an accounting degree, Eric worked for his family’s business, Beden Hardware, in Lynn. He eventually ran the business along with his brother John and ensured that Beden continued to provide excellent service to its customers despite the growing prevalence of large building supply box stores. He was an active member of the Lynn business community and took part in numerous betterment projects with the Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce and the Lynn Business Partnership.

Eric, a devout Catholic, was equally active in his faith life as a member of Marblehead’s Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

Just as he was devoted to his family, Eric was also a devoted friend, forever willing to lend a hand or help others however and whenever needed.

His was an exuberant and radiant personality. He loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends at home and at his family’s lakeside cabin in Maine. He greatly enjoyed his red wine, a nice cigar, lively company, and good food — some of his favorite activities were family dinners, Bloody Mary brunches, and Friday “luppers,” a weekly combination of lunch and supper to kick off the weekend, always eaten before 5 p.m.

Eric was skilled in manual work, including renovating and helping build his home and the Maine cabin.

He enjoyed music, dancing, laughter and singing and was a generous host, never failing to ensure a great time — and large quantities of good food and drink — for his guests. His smile was seemingly constant.

Eric was a proud and patriotic American and closely followed current events.

In addition to his wife Amy, Eric was the devoted father of Eric Ciccone, Adrienne Ciccone, and Annelise Ciccone, all of Marblehead. He is also survived by his mother, Nancy Ciccone of Marblehead, his brother John Ciccone and his wife Liane of Peabody, his brother-in-law Michael Broderick of Marblehead, many nieces and nephews, and a great niece.

Eric was the son of the late John Ciccone of Marblehead and the brother of the late Theresa Broderick of Marblehead.

He was also a devoted “dad” to his family’s late Labrador Retriever, Champ; the two loved each other’s companionship.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday,  January 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated  1:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead. Burial will be private in Waterside Cemetery.  Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ciccone family.

Virginia Vass Howells

Longtime Agent for United Airlines

Virginia Vass Howells, a lifelong resident of Beachmont, died on January 9.

Virginia was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1969. She went on to college after graduation and worked as a substitute teacher in the Revere School System before beginning her career at United Airlines where she worked as an agent for many years. Virginia enjoyed dancing and spending time with family and friends.

The beloved wife of Timothy Howells, she was the devoted mother of Keri Berman and her husband, Adam of Indiana and her step son, Christopher Howells and his wife, Suzanne of Ohio; dear sister of Edward K. Vass, Jr. and his wife, Pauline of Salem, Richard Vass and his wife, Cathy of Groveland, Elizabeth Restiano and her late husband, Larry of Florida and the late Robert Vass and Nancy Maroney. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Benjamin, Conner, Dylan and Braden as well as her lifelong girlfriends whom she referred to as the Joy Luck Club.

Visiting hours will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, NEXT Thursday, January 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be Friday, January 21 at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. At the family’s request, masks are required upon entering the funeral home.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to the MSPCA.

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