Obituaries 11-18-2020

Laura Belle Keene

Of Newburyport, formerly of Revere

Laura Belle (Neal) Keene, 83, of Newburyport, formerly of Revere, passed away on November 9 after a long illness.

Born in Newark, N.Y., the daughter of the late Elmer and Jesse (Cook) Neal, she attended Revere public schools and resided in the city for 70 years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence L. Keene, devoted mother of Kevin Dunne and his wife, Jylanne, of Mashpee and Colleen Seznec of Newburyport; loving sister of Kathleen Troiano of Tewksbury, Maureen Logan of Los Angeles, CA and the late Richard Neal, sister-in-law of Eileen Neal of Naples, FL., lovingly survived by four grand- daughters – Courtney and Lauren Dunne and Caitlin and Michelle Seznec.  She is also survived by five nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private memorial service will be held for immediate family only at the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences at this time by means of the on-line guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.  Donations in Laura’s memory may be made to Harborside Hospice, 241 Winter Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.

Charles Mackin

Veteran of WWII and Korean War

 Charles F. Mackin of Revere died on November 13 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

Charles proudly served his country serving in the US Navy  during WW II and the Korean War. He was awarded several medals  including the American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal One Star, Philippine Liberation Medal and the Victory Medal,  Charles went on to make a career as a mechanic specializing in trucks.  After retirement he enjoyed working at the Rossetti Senior Center. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Charles and Margaret (McManus) Mackin, he was the beloved father of Charles Mackin of Peabody, Joseph Mackin and Margaret Cioffi, both of Revere, dear brother of the late Margaret Mackin and is also survived by five loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was the former husband of the late Mary (Romano) Mackin. 

Due to Covid -19 guidelines and due to strict capacity limits, we ask everyone to make a brief visit and then exit the funeral home so others may enter. Masks and social distancing are required. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere, followed by a graveside service with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery Bourne at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers home Resident Activity Fund 91 Crest Ave Chelsea, MA. The family would like to thank the staff on 4 West for the compassion and exceptional care they gave to Charles.  Please visit our guestbook to leave a message or share a memory

John Madden

CNN at Advocate Healthcare of East Boston (Don Orione Home) and formerly at Chelsea Soldiers Home

Funeral Services were held on November 15 in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for John L. “Jack” Madden, 74, who died unexpectedly on Monday, November 9 while he was on his  way to work.

Jack was born and raised in Boston’s West End. He attended Boston Public Schools and knew his calling from an early age. He enjoyed giving back and enjoyed working with people. Jack worked as a CNA at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for many years, then went to work at the Don Orione Home, now Advocate Healthcare of East Boston, where he has been for the past 25 years.

He enjoyed working closely with his patients who he became very fond of and they, in turn, became fond of him.

Over the years of his career, he made many friendships and it was the little things he did that made people love him. He was a selfless person and was always thinking of others. His presence will surely be missed.

He is survived by his niece, Laura G. Nichols and her husband, Vincent, with whom he made his home, her mother Roseanne Roberto and nephew, Edward J. Roberto, grandniece Lauvauni and grandnephew, Vincent Nichols, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by his family at  Advocate Healthcare of East Boston, and the many residents and co-workers as well.

Interment was held privately. Remembrances may be made to the Patients Activity’s Fund at Advocate Healthcare of East Boston, 111 Orient Ave. East Boston, MA 02128.

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

Charles DeMattia, Sr.

Well-Known Musician

Charles DeMattia, Sr. of Revere passed away at the age of 92 on Nov. 4. 

Born in Medford on August 29, 1928 to the late Michael and Marina (Potito), he was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Insani), devoted father of Charlene McDonald of Salem, Judith Melanson, David DeMattia, and Robert DeMattia, all of Revere and the late Charles DeMattia Jr.; cherished grandfather of Courtney McDonald, Krystal Vacketta, Lauren Melanson and Amanda, Stacey, Rachel, Jonathan and Jennifer DeMattia; dear brother of Jody Caruso of Maine and the late Michael DeMattia, Helen Carvotta, George DeMattia, Clara DiCarlo, Arthur DeMattia and John DeMattia.  He is also survived by his former son-in-law Vincent “Jimmy” Melanson and many loving nieces and nephews.  Charlie, as he was known, proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.  He studied electronics, and during the early days of television, owned a TV repair shop in Everett. He later worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Then, at Raytheon, for the Department of Defense in Quality Control.  Charlie came from a family of musicians and played the clarinet and saxophone. He performed at many weddings and social gatherings with his brother, Mike.  Charlie was a devoted Catholic and member of the St. Mary’s Holy Name Society. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services were privately held for the immediate family.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33 rd St, New York, NY 10016 or at  For guest book, please visit

Robert ‘Bob’ Daigle

Famed Martial Artist

Robert “Bob” Daigle, a former Revere resident, passed away at his home on Grand Cayman Island on October 7 following a courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves his beloved children: Robert Jr., Alexander, Dineah, and Chineah and his grandson, Liam of Grand Cayman.  He was the beloved son of Beverly Daigle of Revere and grandson of Lee Bailey of Tewksbury and his loving sisters and brothers: Carol and her husband, Joe of Tewksbury, Patricia of Revere and Michell of Lowell and his brothers John of Saugus, Eric of Dracut and Frank of Dorchester.

Robert was a famed martial artist winning top awards in Europe, North and South America, and  The Caribbean. He was World Heavyweight Champion in Karate and Kickboxing among many others.  He continued to compete last year at 58 years old. He was inducted into The Martial Arts Hall of Fame and held over a thousand trophies and gold medals. He opened Cayman Karate over 39 years ago. The students team also became champions.  The school trained thousands of students who will benefit from his life lessons.

All who knew him will agree he would be your best friend forever. His honesty was astonishing, his love was deep, his work ethic was untouchable. Blessed to have known him. He loved life wanting people to see the best in each other.  The great love he had for his family and they for him.

He will never really be gone. He lives in the hearts of all who knew him.

Melissa Sue Mitchell

One of a Kind Photographer Who Was Loved by Friends and Family

Melissa Sue Mitchell, 50, of Lynnfield, formerly of Beachmont, died on November 9.

Born and raised in Revere, Mel was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1987. After high school, she matriculated to the New England School of Photography were she graduated with a degree in Photo Journalism in 1992.

The devoted long time partner of Gary M. Henry, she was the beloved daughter of Nancy Mitchell and her partner, John Tata of Chelsea and the late John L. Gould and the cousin of James, Ann, Edward, John and Frank Mitchell, all of Lynn.

Melissa, loved by so many friends and family, was the life of the party. Her sparkling eyes, quick wit and loving personality drew people to her, like moths to a flame. And that flame was her soul. As a photographer, she spent more time behind the lens then in front of it. As a photographer, she spent more time behind the lens then in front of it documenting all of the highlights of her friends lives: weddings, child births, birthdays or just random get togethers. Her welcoming smile, her openness invited all of us in. Her love of telling stories and making people laugh is well known to all who knew and loved her. She made friends wherever she went. If you won her heart, it was for life, no judgement, just “what can I do to help?” RIP Melissa, you were one of a kind. So many of us were lucky to meet you and call you a friend.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Melissa’s Life on Saturday, November 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Committal Services will be private. Flowers are always welcome, but the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA or to an organization that has importance to you or your family.

We encourage those who cannot attend to leave a message of condolence or a photo to Gary, Nancy and the family on the Tribute Wall at

With the current Covid-19 precautions put in place by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC as well as our local Health Department, those attending are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and due to mandatory limits on occupancy, are asked to enter, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.

Marie Recchia

Member of Winthrop Daughters of Italy, Winthrop Ladies Bowling League and The Red Hats

A Graveside Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 10 for Marie (Mastrangelo) Recchia who was stricken unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 3, and passed away being taken to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born and raised in Boston, she attended East Boston schools and was a 1950 graduate of Fitton Catholic Girl’s High of East Boston and a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Junior Secretarial College.

All of her working career was spent as an executive medical assistant, she was proficient as a Medical Secretary and managed the office completely and perfectly. She also served as a clerk and counter person in her in-law’s long-time family business, “Day Square Tailors” in Day Square of East Boston. And as time happened, following the deaths of her in-laws, the business was sold. However, as a wife, mother, sister and grandmother her reputation is legendary. She thoroughly beamed with her family’s roles.

She had a busy social life as well, enjoying the theatre and the Boston Symphony performances. She was a long-time member of the Winthrop Ladies’ Bowling League and was their Treasurer for many years. She was also an active member of the Winthrop Ladies’ Lodge- Daughters of Italy and especially enjoyed the sponsored trips they offered. “The Red Hats Society” was another of her interests, lending an excellent venue to meet new and exciting personalities as well as an opportunity to dress to the “nines”.

The beloved wife for 46 years of the late Richard A. Recchia, she was the devoted mother of Maria Lucia Recchia and her husband, Todd Watts of New Brunswick, Canada and Vincent M. Recchia and his wife, Stephanie and adoring grandmother to Lorenzo M. Recchia, all of Winthrop; dear sister of Joanne M. Fuller and her husband, Brad of Reading and the late Caroline T. Burge, Frances Mauro, Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Albert V. Mastrangelo, Angelo Mastrangelo, Peter Mastrangelo, Jerry Mastrangelo, Rocco and Alfred Scorzello, Michael Scorzello and Joseph Scorzello. She is also lovingly survived by her brother-in-law, George Burge of Danvers and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Although, her death was most unexpected, her family is somewhat consoled with the peace and Ease with which God called her home. She was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery – Belle Isle Section, Winthrop.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

To send online condolences, please visit

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere were honored to have assisted the family with the completion of funeral arrangements.

Audrey Lovetere

Great Northern Manufacturing Retiree

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on November 17 in the Immaculate Conception Church for Audrey E. (Fogarty) Lovetere, 85, who passed away in Revere, following a long illness on November 12.

Audrey was a retiree of Great Northern Manufacturing of Revere and Chelsea for over 25 years. 

The beloved wife of 60 years to the late John Lovetere, Jr., she was the cherished mother to Elizabeth A. Pesce and Joyce J. Misci and her husband, John, all of Revere; adoring grandmother of Melyssa J. Perkins and husband, Jamie of W. Peabody, Bryan A. Misci and his wife, Kim of Rowley, Krystin L. Misci and Adam M. Misci, both of Revere and Tyla Elizabeth Pesce and her fiancee, Lucas Rodriguez of Chelsea; proud great-grandmother to Jace and Miles; dear sister of Joanne McAulay of Westwood, Jane Forte and her husband, Richard of Waltham and the late Mary Norden, Kathryn M. Gillen, Ruth A. Sugar, Patricia Sisto and Lucille Fogarty.

Remembrances may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602 | Boston, MA 02215. To send online condolences, please visit  

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

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