Richard A. Penta was a vital part of the daily life and city government of Revere. He not only served as the Ward 1 City Councillor for several terms, but he contributed to the betterment of community and the people around him throughout his adult life.
He cared about his city and his Beachmont neighborhood. Beachmont has lost its favorite son.
Richie had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved discussing the issues of the day and sports topics with his friends and colleagues and often “held court” with them at coffee shops in the city. He was not only a great storyteller but a great listener as well.
Mayor Dan Rizzo said the city has a big void to fill with Penta’s passing. Colleagues on the City Council are also praising his dedication and commitment to his work as a councillor and his efforts as the past president of the Council. His word was his bond.
Richard Penta was also a tremendous father who along with wife, Cynthia, of 37 years, raised five wonderful children, Richard B., Steven, Mario, Jessica, and Louis. An outstanding high school athlete himself, Richard Penta was so proud of his children’s athletic and academic accomplishments and like their father, the Penta children are personable and admired by all who have been in their company.
In particular, we remember how Richie and the family embraced the idea of daughter, Jessica, playing women’s professional football and being a pioneer in the sport. Richie would invite his friends to the games and there he would be, standing in the middle of the gathering of family and friends and generously hosting tailgate parties before the home games. And there wasn’t a prouder parent in the stadium than Richie, when Jessica took the field.
Richie Penta grew up in Revere and became friends with so many people in this city. He helped them out when he could and he welcomed new residents to the city with open arms.
We will miss Richie Penta dearly and he will always be remembered fondly.
A permanent tribute in Revere to this outstanding man and public official is much deserved.