Obituaries 07-29-2015

Anthony Ginnetti

Accomplished accordionist and member of The Classic Sound Band

Anthony T. Ginnetti of Hudson, NH, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died at home surrounded by his family on July 21. He was 70 years old.

Anthony worked many years as a Credit Manager at Shwartz & Benjamen before getting involved in the real-estate. In his free time, Anthony was an accomplished musician excelling in the accordion and was a proud member of The Classic Sound Band.

He was the son of the late Anthony T and Elena Mary (Sasso); the beloved husband of Carol (Vitiello) and the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Pryor); devoted father of Marc and his wife, Teresa of N. Andover, Derek and Michael, both of Revere and Dawn Lescovitz and her husband, Paul of Derry, NH; dear brother of Elaine Pizzano and her husband, Alfred of Revere and is also survived by five loving grandchildren, one great grandchild, many nieces and nephews and his former daughters-in-law, Nicole Ginnetti of Winthrop and Brenda Woodford of Peabody. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Belle Isle Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book please visit

Robert Kelly

Retired MDC Patrolman and Winthrop Police Patrolman

Robert P. Kelly of Point of Pines, Revere died on July 26 at his residence after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

Born in Everett, he was raised and educated in Revere and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1955. In April of 1956, he entered the US Air Force serving until March of 1960 as an Airman 2nd Class.

He began his career in police work at the Winthrop Station and then transferred to the former MDC Police in 1964, remaining there until 1992. During the 1970’s, Trooper Kelly was personal chaufeur to the late John Sears, Commissioner of the MDC. His tenure with John Sears was a milestone in his career and the formation of a life long friendship which lasted until Sears’ death last November.

Trooper Kelly returned to school and graduated from Northeastern University (School of Criminal Justice) in 1975. He also held a four year term as Winthrop Park Commissioner. He was a member of RAMP (Retired Association of Metropolitan Police.).

He leaves his wife, Susan H. (Segal) Kelly and was the devoted father of: Karen M. Perrin and her husband, Lt. Col. Brian J. Perrin of Winthrop, Robert P. Kelly Jr. and his fiance, Crissy Cook of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Eileen W. Johnson and her husband, Erik M. Johnson of Winthrop, Wendi Joy Brenner and her partner, Jennifer Brault of Lynn and the late Michael S. Brenner; the cherished grandfather of Brian J. and Daniel P. Perrin, Catherine M., Jillian K. and Mark R. Johnson, all of Winthrop. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and Robyn Segal and her wife, Denise Rivera of Lynn and Phillip H. Segal and his wife, Laura of Wakefield. He was the dear brother of Dr. Albert Kelley and his late wife, Dorothy P. of Revere and Paul F. Kelly and his wife, Doreen of Everett

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, July 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, July 31 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, West Peabody. For additional information, please visit:

Jon ‘JD’ Finocchio

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Jon D. ‘JD’ Finocchio of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed suddenly on July 14.

He was the loving companion of Diane Donovan of Revere; devoted son of the late Anthony R. Finocchio, Sr. and the late Pearl (Carlson) Finocchio; father of Marcus D. and Macara P. of Seattle, WA, Michael, Susan P., Mary K., Kara I., and Jon D. Jr., all of East Boston; grandfather of Adam and Kennedy; cherished brother of Irene Guglielmo of Hampton, NH, Ralph Finocchio and his wife, Marcia of Saugus, Anthony R. Finocchio, Jr, and his wife, Carol of Peabody, the late Michael F. Finocchio and his surviving wife, Susan of Ware, MA, Annajean McMahon of Saugus, Mary-Sue and Dolores (Dolly) Finocchio of Revere. He is also survived by the mothers of his children, Lynette Kronen of Seattle, WA and Susan Onessimo of East Boston and her mother, Mary, affectionately known as “Mother Mary” who he held in the highest regard. He was the beloved nephew of Aunt Anna Finocchio of East Boston and Uncle Frank of Malden. Jon will also be missed by his many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.

Kenneth Pennacchio

Of Middleton, formerly of Revere

Kenneth P. Pennacchio of Middleton, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on July 24 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was 52 years old.

Kenny worked for many years alongside his dad at Park Ave Coin & Collectables.

The beloved son of Carole (DeStasio) Freeman and her late husband, Ronald and the late Frank “Shoezy” Pennacchio, he was the dear brother of Lisa Calnan and her husband, Michael of Middleton and step brother of Cheryl Freeman of Chelsea and Glenn Freeman of Topsfield; loving uncle of Colby Calnan of Middleton and Christopher and Brian LaPorta of New Hampshire. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

His Funeral Service will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, August 1 at 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Teen Challenge, 16 Bloomfield St., Boston MA 02124. For guest book, please visit

Francis Grasso

Retired meat cutter

Francis P. “Frank/Fran” Grasso of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Margate, FL and Revere, passed into eternal rest on Thursday, July 2 at age 79.

Frank worked as a meat cutter for more than 40 years for Publix Super Markets in Florida and for First National Stores in the northeast. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council #179 and the Holy Name Society.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Anne C. (Biggins). He also leaves his cherished daughter, Cheryl Ferguson and her husband, Kenny and his devoted son, Paul and his wife, Cindy and his dearly loved grandchildren: Brennan and Hannah Grasso, all of Sarasota; his loving brothers, Ronald and his wife, Diane of Wilmington and Victor and his wife, Linda of Revere as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Amedeo (Victor) and Mary (Caserta) and brothers, Robert and Richard.

Services were held in Florida.

Ruth Alexander

Helped operate Revere Bus Company

Ruth (Barber) Alexander, a 70 year resident of Revere,, died after a brief illness on July 23 in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Saugus, she came to live in Revere over 70 years ago. She and her beloved husband of almost 72 years, Arthur T. Alexander, owned and operated the Revere Bus Company. She not only managed most of the office work, she would often take on the role of driver and ‘repairwoman’ for the organization. They were a most living couple, always together and always seemed to be in synch with each other.

In addition to her husband, Arthur, she was the devoted mother of Arthur T. Alexander, Jr. and his wife, Cynthia Ruffin of Hampton Falls, NH, Tracey B. Keefe and her husband, Edmund M. Keefe, III of Tehachapi, California and the late Susan L. Ricciardi. She was the cherished grandmother of: Heather Widfelt and her husband, Randy of Gloucester, Matthew Alexander and his wife, Koryn of Middleton, Ashley Parks and her husband, Daniel of Lynnfield, and Thomas A. Keefe and Daniel M. Keefe, both of Tehachapi, California. She was the sister of the late William and Herbert Irving Barber and is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, August 3 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her memorial funeral service will be held in the funeral home following the visitation at 11:15 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make-a-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Ste. 201, Boston, MA 02114-2931. For additional information, please visit:

Joseph Alimonti

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Joseph A. Alimonti of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away July 21 at the Mass General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Granara) Alimonti with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; loving father of Stephen Alimonti and his wife, Michele, Judith Gregorio and her husband, William and Michael Alimonti, all of Revere and the late Joseph Alimonti; dear brother of Andrew Alimonti and Mary Cardinale, both of Peabody and the late Anthony Alimonti; cherished grandfather of Stephen, Joseph, Domenic and Brianna Alimonti, Nikki and Marc Gregorio and great grandfather of Giovanni, Daniel, Allessandra and Domenic Alimonti and Sophie Cabrera.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook:

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