Obituaries 04-05-2017

Joan Canniff

Lifelong Beachmont resident

Joan (McGuiggan) Canniff of Revere died, surrounded by family, on April 1.

Joan was a retired telephone switchboard operator for AT&T, a member of Our Lady of Lord’s Parish for over 50 years and a lifelong resident of Beachmont, Revere.

She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Canniff of Revere; loving mother of Kim (Canniff) Abrams and her husband, Hal Abrams of Revere, Sean Canniff and his wife, Andrea (Humphreys) Canniff of Saugus, and the late Kelly Ann (Canniff) Kabbara and her husband, Mohammed Kabbara; cherished grandmother of Corey Abrams and his wife Kristin (Parillo) Abrams, Kerri Abrams Rampelberg and Frank Perullo, Brooklyn Kabbara, Haley Canniff and Anthony Travaglia, Drew Kabbara, Courtney and Lindsey Canniff; devoted great-grandmother to Kailynn, Brianne, Madyson and Logan Abrams and Paige Bryce Rampelberg and adored “Ma” by all who knew her.

Her funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11:00 a.m. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl.,New York, NY 10001. For guest book, please visit

Charles ‘Chuck’ Scalata

Retired lithographer

Charles J. “Chuck” Scalata of Chelsea, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 8 at the age of 87.

Charles worked for over 40 years as a lithographer at Court Square Press in Boston. After his retirement,

Charles also worked for the school department in Lynn driving disabled children. Charles lived in Quincy

for most of his life where he raised his large family. While in Quincy, he was very active in organizations

and activities in which his children were involved: The Boy Scouts, The Renegade Drum and Bugle Corp as well as St. John the Baptist Church. Later in life, Charles moved back to the North Shore living in Revere before happily settling into the Leonard Cohen Florence Estates on Admirals Hill in Chelsea. Charles was a member of The Loyal Order of Moose in Revere and spent many fond hours at the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center. Chuck enjoyed boating, traveling and playing his guitar. He often traveled to listen to his favorite bands.

Charles was preceeded in death by his former wife Ruth (Nickerson) Scalata. He was the loving father of and is survived by Joseph Scalata and wife, Claudia of Whitman, Christine

Jenkins Devine and her husband, Michael of Quincy, Mark Scalata and Nancy Annecchiarico of East

Bridgewater, Paul Scalata of Fairhaven, Peter Scalata and William Achorn of Forestdale, Brian Scalata and his wife, Tracey of Carver and Sandy Scalata Jett and Mark Rodighiero of Lakewood, Colorado; his grandchildren: Adam, Nathan, Andrea, Shannon, Joel, Charles, David, Danielle, Connor, Kinley, Ryan, Jamie and several great-grandchildren. Charles is also survived by his loving sister, Irma (Scalata) Accuttullo of Revere and her two children Rob Accettullo of Canton and Lisa Accettullo of East Boston.

Family and Friends are invited to attend memorial visiting on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere.. A Funeral Mass will follow in Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Avenue) at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Charles’ name to one of his favorite charities, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or by visiting For additional information, please visit:

Peter Anthony Cerbone

Lifelong resident of Revere, died on April 1

A US Army serviceman stationed in Germany during the Korean War and a Federal Government employee for the General Services Administration managing the motorpool in Boston for over 31 years, he was an exceptional artist, sculptor and craftsmen.  His expertise in wood working, cabinet making, masonry, plumbing, electrical and mechanics were both vocations and avocations.  He used these skills to build family homes in both Revere and Andover, NH.  He loved golf, skiing, fishing, scuba diving, basketball, baseball and football.  He was a former member of the Pines River Yacht Club and a trophy winning Blue Fin Tuna fisherman in Gloucester’s Cape Anne Tournament and an avid reader who amassed a large library of reference, history and how-to books.  He loved telling stories of his childhood growing up in Revere and was keenly interested in geneaology; spending hours developing family trees and recording family histories.  He treasured traveling with family and friends, especially to spring training in Fort Meyers and trips to Italy.  A truly remarkable man, with many friends, and loved by everyone who knew him.  He cherished spending time with his family and close friends at both of his homes.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Meryl (Bernstein); devoted father of Richard Cerbone and his wife, Helen of New Jersey, Peter V. Cerbone and his wife, Rhonda of Bradford, Rosanne Willdigg and her husband, Joseph of Kingston,  Andrea Meola and her husband, John of Amesbury and James Cerbone and his wife, Alexandra of Revere; dear brother of Annette Scopellito of New York and the late Anthony Cerbone of Revere; loving nephew of Josephine Cicatelli; grandfather of Michael Cerbone, Anthony Halpern, Stephanie Cerbone, Alex Cerbone, Peter Cerbone, Andrew Cerbone, Rachel Cerbone, Louis Meola, Max Meola, Lily Meola, Marco Cerbone and Lucia Cerbone and great grandfather of Callum Cerbone Cramer and Desmond Cerbone Cramer.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arragements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peter’s name to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: Development Department, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA 01730. For guest book please visit

Rose MacDonald

Popular 20-year Revere Cub Scout Den Mother

Rose G. (Dutra) MacDonald of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly following a brief illness on her 89th birthday, Thursday, March 30.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was educated in East Boston Schools and was a 1946 graduate of East Boston High School.  She and her husband moved to Revere more than 60 years ago.

From early in her working career, she worked in Boston’s bookbinding district, close to South Boston. She maintained her position in that industry until the late seventies. And, along with maintaining a full time job, a family of four children, a husband and extended family, she was a Cub Scout Mother in Revere for more than 20 years. She was one of the most popular den mothers because of her dedication to her troop and the constant, varied activities she provided for them. Mr. MacDonald was a ‘Master at Crafts,’ developing exciting new methods of activity for her troop.

And, if that was not enough for a full schedule, she was a devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community. As a member of the Boston Den Mothers Association, she was set to train other women to become as spectacular den mothers as she was.

The wife of the late Jerome A. MacDonald, who died on February 5, 2010, she was the cherished mother of: Daniel J. MacDonald and his wife, Marjorie of Malden, James E. MacDonald and his wife, Stacey of Saugus,  Retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenneth P. MacDonald and his wife, Lori of Oxnad, California and  Geri-Lynne Bechat and her husband, Hanson of Tewksbury; the devoted grandmother of: Samantha, Aaron, Jonathan, Joseph, Tori, Allyson and Sydney; the dear sister of Dennis Dutra and his wife, Sandra of Revere, Robert Dutra and  his wife, Johanna of Medford and the late: Dorothy Pope, William Dutra, Eleanor Russo, John Dutra and Adelaide Doye. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, please visit:

Emily Luzzo

Of Revere

Emily Luzzo of Revere died on March 29.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Luzzo; devoted mother of Stephanie Costabile and her boyfriend, Gary Knapp of Woburn, Valerie Ball and her boyfriend, Sam Ciaramitaro of Gloucester and Erik Yandle and his girlfriend, Patricia Couch of Revere; loving daughter of the late Ruggiero and Pauline (Vallerelli; dear sister of Grace Iacabone of Chelsea and the late Edward Iacabone, Lena Castranova and Annette Bové; cherished grandmother of Danielle, Courtney and Stephen Costabile, Jonathan Ball , Zachary Ball and her fiancé, Shaun-Karyn Everton and caring great grandmother of Cassius and Dominic.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home,Revere. Private Interment.  For guest book please visit

Carol O’Brien

Retired supervisor for Handyworks in Chelsea

Carol A. (Laidley) O’Brien of Winthrop and Revere passed away on March 30.

She was 74 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Carol was the supervisor for Handyworks in Chelsea,

Born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late Frederick F. and Florence (Ciampa) Laidley, she was the devoted mother of John H. “Jack” O’Brien and his wife, Lisa of Revere and the late Roberta O’Brien-Maggiano; adored grandmother of Dylan and Cody O’Brien, James Maggiano and Michael O’Brien; dear sister of Steven J. Laidley of Winthrop, Dr. Bettina D. Laidley of Tamworth, NH and the late Frederick N. “Chick” Laidley and Robert J. Laidley; loving aunt of Dr. Belinda Laidley-Collias of Memphis, TN and her Godchild, Phoebe Laidley-Collias of Vermont.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, April 7 from 9 to 11a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: AID FOR KIDS, 9 Market Sq. Houlton, Maine, 04730 for the MOSA project.

For guestbook and directions, please visit:

Edward DeStasio

Of Revere

Edward M. DeStasio of Revere passed away peacefully on March 29 in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital after a brief illness.

Family and friends will honor Edward’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971SaratogaSt. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. In honor of Edward and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American KidneyFoundation. Fordetails and more information, please go to:

Joseph ‘Joe’ Esposito

Fan of Bruins and NY Giants with a passion for classic cars and Doo-wop music

Joseph “Joe” Esposito of Revere passed suddenly on March 27.

Joe was a peaceful, laid back man who loved the beach. He was a Bruins and New York Giants fan with a passion for classic cars and Doo-wop music. If he was not watching his westerns on the western channel you could find him with a Dunkin Donuts coffee in one hand and a scratch ticket in the other. Joe was very artistic and loved to draw and garden. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for the family during the holidays. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and his best buddy Toby.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Turner); devoted father of Danielle Esposito of Brighton, and Cherylann Esposito of North Andover; loving son of the late Joseph and Angelina (Nigro); dear brother of Janis Summa of Chelsea, Steven Esposito and his wife, Deborah of Winthrop, Michele Flynn, and the late Paul Esposito. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, April 6 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Mary of The Assumption Parish at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For guest book please visit:

William ‘Billy’ Bell

Former Revere City Councillor and first Revere Consumer Affairs Director

William “Billy” Bell of Revere died on March 23.

Billy was a former City Councilor and first Consumer Affairs Director for the City of Revere. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He was the beloved fiancé of Lorraine Restaino McDevitt and her children: John McDevitt and his wife, Beth of Connecticut, James McDevitt and his fiancé, Rachel of England, Michael McDevitt and his wife, Susan and their children: Riley, Parker, Jack and Annie, and Kelly McDevitt-Hooker and her husband, Steve of Connecticut and their children, Michael and Katie. He is survived by his son William Bell Jr. and daughters Kristen Capobianco and Jamey Bell and her daughter, Mia. He was the loving son of the late William and Freda (Simon) and is also survived by many friends and former City Councilor John Perez who he considered a son and his wife, Kim and daughter Lily of Florida.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere. All services were privately held. Donations can be made in Billy’s name to Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, 275 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127. For guest book please visit:

Estelle Marie McLaughlin

Of Florida, Formerly of Revere

Estelle Marie Feeley McLaughlin of Palatka, Florida passed away on March 23 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness. She was 84 years old.

A native of Boston, she graduated from high school in Revere and has been a resident of Palatka for the past 52 years coming from Revere.  She was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Palatka and was a homemaker. She enjoyed shopping and going to Disney World with her children and grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Diane (David) Gilchrist of Watertown, the late Jimmy (Anna) McLaughlin of Colorado Springs, CO, Denise (Tom) Townsend of Palatka, John (Mary) McLaughlin of Ashland, MA, Donna (Scott) Freeman of East Palatka and Dawn (Tom) Hindes of Tampa. She also leaves her brother and sister-in-law, Jeremiah and Chris Feeley of Peabody. She was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Hurley Feeley and sister of the late Jean Wilson and Jack Feeley. She was the dherished grandmother of Jimmy (Mindy) McLaughlin, Megan McLaughlin, Sarah (York) Bridges, Duncan Townsend, Emma (James) Bridges, Michael (Kelsey) Freeman, Marshall Freeman, Chase (Terri) Freeman, Chad Freeman, Ashley Hindes, Kaley Hindes, Chase Fischer and great grandmother of Milo and Willow McLaughlin, Joshua McLaughlin, Madison Bridges, Beckham, Micah and Ryann Freeman and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at St. Monica Catholic Church in Palatka with Father Aman Nagothu officiating. Memorial gifts may be sent to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177 or to St. Monica Catholic Church, 114 S. 4th Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka was in charge of arrangements. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed on her online guestbook at

Joan Cataldo

Of Glastonbury, CT

Joan A. (Flaherty) Cataldo of Glastonbury, CT, wife of the late Robert A. Cataldo, died Tuesday March 28 at Hartford Hospital. She was 87 years old.

Born February 14, 1930 in Boston, the daughter of the late John J. and Mary V. (Burke) Flaherty, she lived in Massachusetts before moving to Glastonbury four years ago.

Joan is survived by her three children and their spouses, Lynn and Anthony Bova of Woburn, Janet and Vincent Pugliese of Glastonbury, Bruce and Judy Cataldo of Derry, NH;  a sister Lois Hardy of Malden; nine grandchildren: Anthony Bova, Stephanie O’Neil and her husband, Michael, Leanne Bova, Lauren Cole and her husband, Michael, Crystal Morales-Cataldo, Vincent Pugliese, Nicole Pugliese, Zachary Pugliese, Brianna Cataldo and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Robert E. Cataldo, a brother, Jack Flaherty and a sister, Carol Michaud.

Funeral arrangements were by the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Patients Recreation Fund, 72 Salmon Brook Dr., Glastonbury, CT. 06033. For online condolences please visit:

Sharon Rinaldi

Retired Educator

Sharon Rinaldi of Danvers passed away peacefully on March 26 at home surrounded by her loving family after courageously fighting cancer for years.

A retired computer teacher at the Dunn Middle School in Danvers, she loved her family, especially when spending time with her adorable grandsons Matty and Parker. She loved socializing with her many friends.  Her other loves were listening and dancing to country music.  She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph Rinaldi; devoted mother of Marissa LaVangie and her husband, Matthew of Beverly, and Jay Rinaldi of Danvers; cherished grandmother of Matty and Parker; loving daughter of Jean (Delisio) and the late Clayton Smith and dear sister of Charles and Stephen Smith, both of Swampscott, and Pamela Donellan of Hamilton.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  A memorial service was held in Sharon’s honor on March 30 at the First Congregational Church, Revere.  In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Sharon Rinaldi may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital in support of lung cancer research.  Gifts can be made online at https.// or mailed to MGH Development office, Attention: Carrie Powers, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.  Checks payable to Mass General Hospital Honor of Sharon Rinaldi on the memo line. For guest book please visit:

David Bowden

Lifelong Revere resident with a heart of gold

David Bowden, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on March 31.

The loving son of Peter and Donna (Andreottola) of Revere, he was the beloved fiancé of Holly Smith of Attleboro; dear brother of Michael Bowden Sr. and his wife, Tara of Ashland and Kimberly Cobbett of Rhode Island; cherished uncle of Michael Bowden Jr.; adoring nephew to Paul Andreottola and his wife, Dianne of Newburyport, Frank Andreottola and his wife, Phyllis of Saugus, Cathy Bowden of Revere and her late husband, Larry, Billy Bowden of Texas and Barbara Bowden of New Hampshire. He is also survived by many loving family and friends.  David had a heart of gold and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Suns-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Donor Development, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114. Private interment.  For guest book please visit


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