Obituaries 07-03-2012

Alfred Morelli 

Retired Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. Superintendent 

Alfred J. Morelli of Medford, formerly of East Boston, died on June 29.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and the retired City of Boston Parks and Recreations Superintendent, he was the beloved husband of Claire (Phillips) Morelli with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; loving father of Chuck and his wife, Ret. Sgt. Detective Maureen Parolin, Vermonda Williams of Medford and Susan and her husband, Joseph Doiron of Billerica; dear brother of Norma D’Amico of Saugus; cherished grandfather of six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two angels. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.con

Joseph ‘Joe Wolf’ Pelosi 

East Boston Resident 

Joseph R. “Joe Wolf” Pelosi of East Boston died on June 29.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of Faye (Consolo) Pelosi, the loving father of Joseph Pelosi and his wife, Teresia, Richard Pelosi and his wife, Lisa and Joanne Gallagher and her husband, David; cherished grandfather of Michelle and her husband, Michael, Kristina, Nicole, Richie, Matthew and Michael; dear brother of Caroline Sylvia, Julia Strabone, the late Helen Matarazzo and Anthony Pelosi and is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

His Funeral will be held from the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston today, Tuesday, July 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 10 a.m.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online condolences, please visit

Pamela Joy Matoba 

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston 

Pamela Joy (Davis) Matoba of Concord, New Hampshire died June 27 after a sudden illness. She was 53 years old.

Born on July 19, 1958 in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Alvin “Pinky” Davis and Eleanor (Cadigan) (Davis) Swartz of Florida. She grew up and attended schools in Winthrop, raised her family in East Boston and moved to Concord, NH in the mid 1990’s. She adored her children and grandchildren, was an avid reader, loved nature, flowers, animals, and playing bingo, scrabble and cards.

She leaves three children: Sean Hunter, Derek Hunter and Kimberly Polsonetti Campbell; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Michael Hunter; three sisters, Judy Doyle, Rona Swartz and Jo-El Swartz; nieces and nephews, Timmy, Danny and Christy Doyle and Joshua Duff. She was the niece of  Helen Cadigan, Mary Hodgkins, Patricia Cadigan, Joan Cadigan, the late John Cadigan and Ann Marie Cadigan and cousin of Lisa, Susan and Karen.

The Petit Funeral Home of Pembroke, NH assisted with arrangements. For on-line guestbook:

Anthony ‘Narny’ Pasquale 

Asphalt Specialist and Hard Working Family 

Anthony M. “Narny” Pasquale died unexpectedly at his Revere home on June 29. He was 74 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam Era who served from July of 1964 until August of 1967, he was born in East Boston and lived in Revere for more than 60 years. His working career began as a young boy with his late father, Michele Pasquale, who died in August of 1982, as a vendor in Boston’s Market District. Later, he worked as an asphalt specialist for Coppola Construction of Revere and for several other area contractors. Happiest when working and always working, he was a dedicated family man providing for his entire family and his extended family.

He was the cherished father of Carmille R. and Michael Pasquale, Stephen J. Pasquale and his wife, Carla M. and Linda R. Guarino and her husband, Michael, all of Revere; dear brother of Michael Pasquale of Arizona, Rose DiNapoli of Revere and the late Nicholas Pasquale. He also leaves his adoring grandchildren: Gianna M. Pasquale and Michael Anthony Guarino, both of Revere.

He was the son of the late Michele and Rose (Rossetti) Pasquale.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9736. For more information visit:

Frank Megna, Jr. 

Avid Mororcycle and Auto Enthusiast, Member of Elks and Amvets

Frank F. Megna, Jr. of Winthrop died suddenly on June 27. He was 72 years old.

Born in Boston, he attended Boston Schools and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1958. He was an avid motorcycle and auto enthusiast who worked most of his life as an autobody man in many of the autobody shops in East Boston, Chelsea and Winthrop. He was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and the Winthrop Amvets Post 48.

He was the dear son of the late Frank Sr. and Grace Megna and husband of Rosemarie (Tate); devoted father of Gracemarie Megna of Marlborough, Frederick and his wife, Jackie of Arizona and Michael and his wife, Kathy of Marlborough and is also survived by two brothers, Richard and Robert Megna of East Boston. He was the brother of the late Anthony Megna and the loving fiancé of Sharon Belger of Winthrop. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, 174 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Tuesday, July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. And Elks Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the N.E. Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.

William Martino 

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston 

William F. Martino of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on May 26.

He was the beloved husband of the late Florence G. (DeMattia) Martino; devoted father of William R. Martino of Revere, Linda A. Quigley of Miami, FL, Florence G. Martino of Port Saint Lucie, FL, Donna T. Arone of Saugus, Edward E. Martino of Saugus, Michael A. Martino of West Peabody and Richard Martino of Saugus; adored grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of eight.

A Memorial Mass in celebration of his life was held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. For more information or to send the Martino family an online condolence, please visit:

Raymond West, Sr. 

Of South Carolina, formerly of East Boston

Raymond B. West, Sr. of Summerville, South Carolina died at a Charleston, South Carolina Hospital on June 13 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

He had been living in Summerville, SC for the past two years. He lived in East Boston for most of his life and attended Our of Lady of Mount Carmel School and Boston Trade School. He also was a member of the Assumption Cadet Drum & Bugle Corps as a youth in the 1960’s. He enjoyed boating, fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren, who called him Paw.

Mr. West worked in the fish industry as a fish cutter most of his life with Sea Frost Fish Co. and Capt. Marden’s Seafood.

He was the husband of the late Barbara (Ankiewicz) West and a son of the late Hartley Sr. and Philomena (Phyllis) (Catalano) West. He is survived by two daughters: Sharon and her husband, John Supernaut and Tammy West and a son, Raymond West Jr., all of Summerville, SC. He is also survived by a brother, Hartley Jr., and his wife, Roberta West of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, He was the grandfather of three granddaughters: Brianna, Alyssa and, Emily and a very special uncle to Jolene, Carolyn, and Matthew and he also leaves eight great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Maureen Tracey and Sharon Marie West.

Arrangements were by Palmetto Cremation Society of Charleston, SC. The family plans a celebration of his life at a later a date.

(Ray you will be sadly missed by me but not forgotten. May God speed your journey to him and the peace that he promised to you. Love always Your Brother)

Paul Salerno 

Auto Accident Victim 

Paul Salerno of East Boston died unexpectedly in an automobile accident on June 26. He was 51 years old.

The loving son of Peter P. and the late Mary C. (Granese) Salerno of East Boston, he was the dear brother of Mary R. Salerno, Patricia A. Grifoni and her husband, Donald, all of East Boston and Christine M. Nano and her husband, Robert “Bobby” of Saugus; father of Tina Marie Salerno of Winthrop; cherished nephew of Roderick Granese and his wife, Bernice of New Hampshire and is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the wishes of the Salerno Family, funeral services and burial were private. To honor his memory, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, 02493. Funeral arrangements were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.For more information or to send an online condolence:

Winifred Perkins-Gard 

Retired Bookkeeper 

Winifred A. (Infantino) Perkins-Gard, formerly of East Boston, Saugus, Wilmington and Limerick, ME, died at the Academy Manor Nursing Home of Andover on June 27 following a long illness. She was 82 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was raised and spent more than 45 years in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1947. Most of her working career was spent as a bookkeeper for the former Carmel Credit Union of Chelsea, retiring after 25 years of service. After leaving East Boston, she moved to Saugus, Wilmington and Limerick, Maine before moving with her husband to her daughter’s home in Tewksbury in 2008.

She was the beloved wife of 30 years of Richard L. Perkins and the wife of the late Joseph M. Gard; cherished mother of Susan J. Nota and her husband, Thomas of Tewksbury and JoAnn Gard and her partner, Harry R. Dunham of Assonet, MA; devoted grandmother of Gregory T. Nota and his wife, Dyanne of Dracut, Christopher R. Nota and his wife, Kerry of North Andover, Thomas C. Nota and his wife, Sarah of Stoughton and Harry E. Dunham of Assonet, MA; dear sister of Joseph J. Infantino and his wife, Dottie of Spring Hill, Florida and the late May F. McDaniel and Ann R. Davis. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson, Ryan G. Nota and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Residents’ Council Fund, Academy Manor Nursing Home, 89 Morton St., Andover, MA 01810-2036. For further information: visit:

John ‘Bro Sasso’ Sasso 

Former co-owner of Bro-Lens Service Station, member of Winthrop Elks

John T. “Bro Sasso” Sasso of Everett, formerly East Boston, died on June 27.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of Winthrop Elks and former co-owner of Bro-Lens service station.

He was the beloved husband of Geraldine “Geri” (Falzone) Sasso with whom he shared 54 years of marriage; loving brother of Jean Skalecki and her husband, Mitchell of Hamilton and the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For guest book:

James Thompson 

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston 

James F. Thompson of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on June 24.

He was the cherished son of Mary (Gleeson) Thompson of Texas and the late James Thompson; dear brother of Donna Quigley of East Boston, Linda Mastrangelo of Chelsea and Lu-Ann Wilson of Texas.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book:

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