Obituaries 06-03-2020

William Faria

Beloved Teacher of Electronics and Life Lessons; If you met him, he was Your Friend

William G. Faria, 87, of Lynnfield, formerly from the North End of Boston and Revere, died at his home on Friday, May 22.

Born in Boston on August 14, 1932, he was the son of the late Carlos P. and Rose (DeBellis) Faria. He was a graduate of Boston English High School, Fitchburg State College and received his Master of Education from Salem State College. Bill was a U.S. Air Force Korean War Veteran, a Staff Sargent serving from 1952 to 1956.

He worked for the Raytheon Corporation and taught at Lynnfield High School, Shawsheen Tech High School, Revere High School, Malden High School and Mass Bay Community College. He was a beloved teacher of electronics and life lessons!

He adored being a drama coach, serving for more than 25 years on the board of the Mass High School Drama Guild. He loved performing as the Singing Godfather in local nursing homes and family weddings. He was also a member of St. Maria Goretti Choir for more than 20 years.

If you met him, he was your friend. Bill made everyone feel loved in his presence and you felt happy. He cherished the amazing number of friendships that he made over the years, along with his large extended families. Bill traveled the world, loved cruising and meeting new people.

He was a resident of Lynnfield for the past 43 years and was Lynnfield High School and North Reading High School number one sports fan. He was also a member of the Friends of the North End and the Sons of Italy.

Family members include his loving wife of 57 years. Carolyn (Addesa) Faria; his son, William Carlos and his wife, Ellen; his daughters, Marlene Connelly and her husband, David, Nancy Meaney and her husband, John, and Janice Gagne and her husband, Darrell; his grandchildren, Matthew, Jack, Joseph, Aidan and Lauren. He was the brother of the late Carlos, the late Emily Carten, and Marie Scapicchio and the brother in law of Frances Addesa, Domenic Sarcia. Irving Byer, the late John Addesa and the late Rosemary Sarcia.

Funeral services will be private due to the current COVID-19 situation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Bill Faria Memorial Scholarship

Fund, c/o Wakefield Cooperative Bank, 596 Main St. Lynnfield, MA 01940. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St. North Reading, MA

Kimberly Fisher

Former Proprietor of Golden Images in East Boston and Seaside Salon in Winthrop

Funeral Services were held privately for Kimberly L. Fisher, who died unexpectedly in her home in East Boston on May 22. She was 53 years old.

Kim was born and raised in the Jeffries Point section of East Boston and was a graduate of Boston Preparatory School, Class of 1984. Immediately following graduation, she enrolled in beauty school and became a licensed hairdresser and makeup artist.

Kim was an extremely hard-working woman and her talent and drive led her to become a top tier hairdresser. She immediately had a large following due to her craft and purely her personality. She was witty, feisty, warm and kind and that allowed her to have many successes in business. People simply loved her and she loved them.  

She also worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Auditor’s Division as an administrative assistant. She left her position in the Auditor’s division to broaden her horizon by purchasing “Golden Images” in East Boston, a Tanning and Nail Salon and Clothing Boutique. Her vision brought the salon to a new level and always had the latest women’s swimwear, women’s clothing line and accessories. She enjoyed what she was doing and had a natural knack for business. While operating her business, she still was working as a hairdresser next door on Bennington St. at Hair 2001.  She would later sell Golden Images and open another hair and nail salon in Winthrop, Seaside Salon.

The birth of her son, Nicholas was without a doubt the happiest day of her life. She loved being a mother and it meant so much to her.   She eventually worked several days a week as a hairdresser at various salons, but due to her declining health, she was forced to stop working completely.

Kim had many talents and passions in life.  She was a phenomenal cook and everything she made was delicious. She was also a gracious host for the holidays, birthdays and cookouts. She liked to travel and visit new places. Anyone who knew Kim would always see her looking stunning and in a new outfit. She loved fashion and was a very savvy shopper. Lastly, Kim was a fond lover of animals of all sorts, but especially dogs.

Kim will always be remembered as a person with a gentle face, a beautiful smile and a loving heart. She is now safely home in heaven, she will be missed, her memory will be shared and she will always be loved.

She was the beloved daughter of Edith (Petrillo) Fisher and the late Robert L. Fisher, the loving mother of Nicholas J. Bitto of Revere, cherished sister of Robert L. Fisher and his late wife, Audrey M. of Winthrop, David A. Fisher of Revere and Danny Smith and his wife, Patricia K. of Melrose; dear aunt of Robert L. Fisher, Alexandria Fisher and Zachary S. Fisher, all of Winthrop, David A. Fisher of Revere, Justin S. Smith and Matthew J. Smith of Melrose. She is also lovingly survived by her two Maltese companions, Sissy and MoJo and by many other loving friends, family and extended family.  

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA – Angell Office of Development, 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130 or send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Atty. Michael A. Laurano III

Well Known Boston and North Shore Attorney

Attorney Michael A. Laurano, 77, was born on January 30, 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia where his Dad was assigned to the U.S. Navy Base.

He spent the early years of his life as a resident of Orient Heights, East Boston until making the move to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1993.

He attended St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Grammar School, East Boston graduating in 1957. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, East Boston, Class of 1961 and an alumnus of Boston College, Class of 1965 and then went on to graduate from Boston University School of Law in 1968.

As a young man, he developed a keen interest in politics, which drove him into a successful campaign for the Democratic Ward Committee.

He began his law career with the late Attorney Joseph Oteri in Downtown Boston. However, soon he set his shingle out at 71-73 Meridian St., East Boston, the home of the Michael A. Laurano Insurance Agency. The agency was founded by his paternal grandfather in 1923, maintained and carried on by Michael A. Laurano, Jr. (Attorney Laurano’s father) and subsequently carried on by Attorney Laurano until 2011. Michael continued his practice of law until his failing health made it impossible to fulfill his duties in 2018.

Michael’s interests were vast and most interesting. He was a student of everything and anything and would have the ability to teach the subject with thorough knowledge and deliverance. He held an uncanny appreciation for his Italian heritage, particularly for the history and language of his forefathers.

 Michael was fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. He was an excellent chef, baker, gardener and teacher. From a very early age, his love for antiques and antiquities was unmatched. However, above and beyond, was his dedication and love of family and extended family.

He carried a wealth of precise information regarding art and the sciences. As an avid reader, he would begin and complete reading a book in the same evening. He was a remarkable self-taught musician, mostly and especially in piano, organ and the mandolin.

Michael played organ for the 4 p.m., Saturday, Weekly Mass at St. Pius Chapel in the Don Orione Nursing Center in East Boston for 10 years. He was fascinated with the old “roller pianos” of which one was always in the finished playroom at 719 Bennington St.

The Laurano home was always the go-to place for a party, gathering, fun and music. Yes, always music, and of course, after all, Michael’s mother was the founder and Senior Teacher of the Lillian Arden Chiampa Laurano School of Dance & Performing Arts, which made its home over the family insurance agency for over 65 years.

Attorney Michael A. Laurano, III was a frequent traveler to Europe and especially to Italy and the small real to life villages in Avellino, from whence his ancestors came. Aside from the sights that most travel to, Michael made it mandatory to locate and visit with the Chiampa and Laurano cousins.

Michael’s memberships included The Boston Athenaeum, The Justinian Society, the Dante Aligheri Society. He was a Founder and member of the East Boston Historical Society from the late 1960s until the time of his passing. He was also a member of Riverfront Marina of Newbury, MA and a member of Fitton Council, K of C  84 of East Boston.

The precious son of the late Boston Deputy Fire Chief Michael A. Laurano, Jr. and Lillian Arden Chiampa Laurano, he was the treasured brother of Jeannine A. Lesburt and her husband, Henry of Pompano Beach, FL and Karyn A. Laurano of Peabody; cherished uncle of Eric M. and Erin E. Trigilio, Attorneys Marc E. and Leigh R. Trigilio, Peter M. Vadala, David L. and Erin Vadala. “Uncle Michael” will be unforgettable to his grandnieces: Liliana, Carlina, Amalia, Aria and Mia. He was the beloved friend and companion of Ellen C. Hynes. He deeply loved his faithful Welsh Terrier, Reggie Barney, III. He was also the valued cousin of the late George E. McGee, Jr. and many other loving Laurano and Chiampa cousins.

A Private Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 2 at St. Adelaide Church of Peabody, followed by a Private Committal Service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden in accordance with the mandates and regulations issued by the Comm. of MA and the Boston Archdiocese regarding the ongoing pandemic. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in support of the Mass General Center for Lymphoma in honor of Dr. Ronald Takvorian. Checks may be mailed to Massachusetts General Development Office, Attn: Tyrone Latin, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks should be made payable to “MGH Center for Lymphoma.”

To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Paula Greene Sarcia

Assistant to the Revere Fire Chief

Paula Greene Sarcia passed away on Thursday, May 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. She was 62 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was a lifelong resident of Revere, attended Revere schools and was graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1975. She continued her education at Marion Court College and graduated in 1977.

Paula began her career as a City of Revere employee as a 911 call taker. She rose quickly within the ranks and was promoted to Administrative Assistant. Upon the appointment of Christopher Bright as Revere Fire Chief, she held the position of Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief until her untimely passing.

Her passions, following her family, were skiing and travel. She also enjoyed camping with the family on many occasions. She and her husband traveled often and widely throughout Europe but also enjoyed the excitement and beauty of Aruba.

She was the beloved wife of the late Revere Firefighter Roger W. Sarcia who passed on March 28, 2018, the cherished daughter of Helen L. (Olsen) Greene of Revere and the late John J. “Jack” Greene; devoted mother of USAF Master Sgt. Rachel L. Wagner of Bedford, Jennifer L. Hubbard and her husband, Joseph A. Hubbard of Seabrook, NH, Revere Firefighter Kristopher T. Sarcia and his girlfriend, Alison Weigl of Revere and USAF Staff Sgt. John J. Sarcia of Hickam Air Force Base, HI; adored grandmother to Kaleigh L., Aiden J. and Brennan J. Hubbard and Korbin R. and Kensley S. Wagner; dear sister of Patricia F. “Patti” Kane and her husband, Richard I. of Nahant, Thomas P. Greene and his wife, Noreen of Arlington and the late John J. Greene, Jr.; special niece to Virginia “Ginger” Tuite of Revere and faithful aunt to Ryan R. Kane of Nahant. She is also lovingly survived by many other nephews, nieces and cousins.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, funeral services will be held privately. Rather than flowers, the family sincerely asks that you take the time to render an act of kindness to a deserving person or organization in Paula’s memory. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Irving ‘Hank’ Greenberg

Former 20-Year Treasurer of the Revere Housing Authority and Past President of Temple B’nai Israel

Irving “Hank” Greenberg, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Thursday, April 30.

A proud United States Marine Corps Veteran, he was a member of the “Odd Fellows” Noble Grand Kearsarge Lodge #217-Swampscott, Past President of the Temple B’Nai Israel, Revere, former Commissioner of Revere Housing Authority and Former Treasurer for 20 years. A lover of Aruba, he called it his “Second home”.

He was the devoted husband of 68 years to Nancy (Trager) Greenberg, devoted father of the late Steven Greenberg, he is also survived by a daughter, Shirlee McDaniel. He was the loving son of the late Samuel Greenberg and Anna (Gates) Greenberg, dear brother of the late Eva Richmond and loving grandfather of Eric Greenberg. Private graveside services will be held due to the Covid-19 Crisis with interment in the B’Nai Israel Beechmont Cemetery, Everett.

Contributions in Hank’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Visit for guestbook.

Michael James Fortin

Global IT for Silver Rail

Michael James Fortin of Revere entered into eternal rest unexpectedly on Monday, May 25.  He was 40 years old. 

Born in Farmington, Connecticut, Michael resided Everett before making Revere his home.  He worked as Global IT for Silver Rail and was a US Army veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Colleen M. (Baker), loving son of David and Mary (Robinson) Fortin of Everett; dear and devoted father of Christopher James, Kayla Marie and Brian Joseph, all of Revere; brother of Theresa Fortin of Malden and Paul O’Connell and his wife, Jessica of Newton.

Michael’s Funeral Mass will be on Friday, May 29 in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett, at 10 a.m.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael’s  memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund  P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9186 would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Corey Ford Abrams

Tireless Worker and Creative Entrepreneur

Corey Ford Abrams passed away unexpectedly on May 31.  

Corey was son to Kim (Canniff) and Hal Ford Abrams, both of Revere and was born on February 27, 1976.

He was a proud Beachmont native and a graduate of St. Dominic Savio High School, Class of 1994. Corey married his high school sweetheart, Kristin (Parillo) Abrams in 1996. The couple began their family in Revere, later residing in Reading. 

Corey worked as a landscaper and real estate agent with Century 21 Mario Real Estate. He started his landscaping business at the age of 12 and successfully grew the business for over 30 years. Corey also worked as a property manager of a forty-unit residential development. A tireless worker and creative entrepreneur, Corey invested in real estate and maintained a seasonal Christmas Tree business in Winthrop.

He was dedicated to his work and providing for his family. He was also very active in both his hometown of Revere and then in Reading. Corey coached softball, baseball, hockey and traveled the country with his girls’ cheering teams. 

He was an avid community volunteer, always being the first to help. More than anything, Corey enjoyed spending time with his family. On any given Sunday he would be with his wife, Kristin and their children, enjoying a meal and watching the Red Sox or Patriots. Corey was an avid Boston sports fan. Taking his kids to Fenway was what he loved most. 

Corey took pride in his home. He spent many weekends in the yard with the kids, growing vegetables in his prized garden. Corey loved music and will be remembered for his famous dance moves to his favorite singers.

Corey had a great sense of humor. He could light up a room and always knew just what to say to make you smile. He had an infectious laugh like no other. 

Corey was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to so many lucky people. He was kind and compassionate. He was so full of life and love. To know him was to love him. 

Corey leaves a legacy of his most loving family: his beloved wife, Kristin (Parillo) Abrams of Reading and their five children: Kailynn and her fiancé, Brendan Alford, Brianne, Madyson, Aiden and Logan. Corey is also survived by his parents, Kim (Canniff) Abrams and Hal Abrams of Revere, his sister, Kerri (Abrams) Perullo and Francis Perullo of Lexington. Corey also leaves behind adoring nieces and nephews: Zachary Micciche, Arya Parillo, Paige Rampelberg, Olivia and Jack Perullo.  

In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately.  Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.  For guest book please visit

Donald Robinson

He Loved the Ocean and Espescially Treasured Childhood Memories of Revere Beach

 Donald “Donnie” Robinson passed unexpectedly at home in Revere on May 26.

 He was the beloved father of Tucker Robinson of Brookline, proud grandfather of Tyler Robinson of Huntington Beach, CA and Alexa Robinson of Orlando, FL. Although he wasn’t able to see his grandchildren as often as he would have liked due to distance, he reveled in every opportunity to show a new photo or tell a new story about each of them.

Donald was born and raised in Revere to the late Donald and Lorraine (McLaughlin) Robinson. He is survived by his brother, Edward Robinson and his wife, Maryann of Saugus, as well as his sisters, Pamela Robinson of Salem and Lorraine (Robinson) Hodge and her husband, Allan of Jacksonville, Fl. He is also survived by his niece and goddaughter, Jill Robinson of North Andover. Donald was predeceased by his former spouse Carol Comeau, with whom he shared his son, Tucker as well as his partner, Carla Heath, who he spent many years with later in life until her passing. 

Anyone who knew Donnie knows how much he loved being near the ocean. He treasured the childhood memories with his siblings and friends at Revere Beach. His love of the ocean would eventually compel him to become employed at Marblehead Yacht Club so he could enjoy the beautiful landscape while also earning a living. Marblehead was very much a second home to him as he spent many of his adult years living there. His path would eventually lead back to the very place he loved as a child. Revere Beach is where he would spend his last decade residing, right along the water that he felt so connected with. 

His love of the ocean also transformed into a love for traveling. Belize was his favorite place to escape to. He spent several winters vacationing there and at one time even considered moving there permanently. However, ultimately he was a New Englander at heart. 

Donnie loved sports, and was a talented hockey player in high school, co-captaining his Revere High team. He passionately followed all the local Boston teams-being a sports fan has always been a family affair in the Robinson household.

At this time there will be no services due to social distancing. The Robinson family hopes that you will honor Donnie in your own way. In lieu of flowers, feel free to send a donation in his memory to the charity of your choosing. For online guest book and condolences please visit

Selma Smith

She Saw the Positive Side of Life and Always Cared for Everyone Like Family

Selma (Marcus) Smith of Revere passed away in her 94th year on Tuesday, May 26.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Smith, loving mother of Michael Smith and his wife, Suzanne Smith and Nancy Vazza and her husband, Louis Vazza; caring sister of Alvin Marcus and his wife, Renee and the late Sylvia Weinstein, Corinne Feldman and David Marcus and his surviving spouse, Eileen; adored nana

of Matthew and Ryan Smith and Jessica Vazza and her fiancé, Michael Ferragamo. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Selma will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. She saw the positive side of life and always and cared for everyone like family.

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, services

were held privately. Messages of condolence to the family can be placed on our memory wall. Selma will be laid to rest with her husband, Louis Smith at Beth Israel Cemetery in Everett. For online guest book, please visit

Eleanor Mancini

Loved Spending Time with Family and Friends

Eleanor D. (Andreottola) Mancini, 96, a lifelong resident of Revere died on May 17.

Born on December 3, 1923 to Francesco and Mary (Tempesta), she was the beloved wife of the late Victor J., devoted mother of Victor F. and his wife, Carol of Salem, Mary Buonfiglio and her husband, Paul of Revere, Corrine Hadden and her husband, Gregory of Maine; cherished grandmother of Monique Sullivan and her husband, Kevin, Christopher Mancini and his wife, Stacie, Paul Buonfiglio and his wife, Stacey, Jennifer Buonfiglio-Purrington, Victor Buonfiglio and his wife, Carrie, Gregory Hadden and his wife, Rachel, David Hadden and Jessica Stokes and her husband, Colin. She was the dear sister of the late Nicholas Andreottola and his wife, Frances, Frances Murphy and her husband, Fran and Anthony “Strum” Andreottola and his wife, Claire. She is also survived by 15 loving great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews whom she cherished, including her sister Frances’ daughters, Patricia Kyle, Maureen Tuttavilla and the late Mary Lyn Colannino and their children who were like daughters and grandchildren.

Eleanor truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially during Sunday dinners, Christmas Eve and the annual family 4th of July celebration, which was the highlight of her summer.

In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on social gatherings due to Covid – 19 all services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations, may be made to the Jimmy Fund at . Family and friends are encouraged to leave a message or share a memory in the online guestbook at

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