Obituaries 12-03-2014

John Lawton

Retired MBTA Machinist

John J. Lawton of Wakefield died November 26 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in Boston, December 25, 1938, the son of the late John and Marie (DeVeau) Lawton, he was raised and educated in East Boston. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era and has been a Wakefield resident since 1965. He retired from the M.B.T.A. after many years as a machinist. John loved spending time at his summer home in Ogunquit, Maine.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Salimbene) Lawton; his three children: John J. Lawton, Jr. and his companion, Robyn Wong and Paul Lawton, all of Peabody and James Lawton and his wife, Laurie of Tewksbury. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield.

Anna Colantonio

Of East Boston

Anna (DiSanti) Colantonio of East Boston died on November 25 after a long illness.

The beloved wife of Richard Colantonio, she was the dear sister of Susan Vanni and her husband, Stephen of Melrose and the late Joseph P. DiSanti; sister in law of Barbara DiSanti of New York and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends honored Anna’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere before leaving in procession to the Most Holy Redeemer Church East Boston for a Funeral Mass celebrated in her honor. Interment followed in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For guests

Ellen Rossano

Of Lowell, Formerly of East Boston

Ellen C. (Clark) Rossano of Lowell, formerly of East Boston, died on November 23.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis J.; devoted mother of Luellen Corbett of Haverhill, Kenneth Lake, III of Lowell and Rebecca Viscay and her husband, Richard of Revere; cherished grandmother of Alexa, Taylor, Ian, Shane and Amelia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Memorial donations may be made to Community Care Givers of Derry, 58 E. Broadway, Derry NH 03038. For more information, please visit

George Indelicato

Member of Saugus/Everett Elks

George A. Indelicato of Wakefield, formerly of Orients Heights East Boston, died on November 25.

A late member of the Saugus / Everett Elks Club and Air Force National guard, he was the beloved husband of Louise (DiGirolamo) Indelicato with whom he shared 52 years of marriage, the loving father of Linda Scarpa of Wakefield and her former husband, Nazzaro, Ralph Scarpa and Donna Potts and her husband, John of Methuen; dear brother of Thomas Indelicato and his wife, Virginia of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Nicole and Steven Scarpa and Marisa and Matthew Potts and great grandfather of Nicholas Scarpa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Wakefield. Interment was in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. For guest book:


William ‘Willie’ Ferullo, Jr.

East Boston Community Activist

William R. ‘Willie’ Ferullo, Jr. of East Boston and Stuart FL, died on Tuesday, November 25 in his 95th year.

William was the beloved husband of the late Lucia “Lucy” (Malagrifa) Ferullo, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage, spending winters in Florida and the rest of the year in East Boston, his lifelong home. The couple worked side by side as community activists, (nicknamed the “Dynamic Duo”) who were passionate about protecting the East Boston neighborhoods and their residents. Through his membership in many neighborhood organizations William fought tirelessly against airport expansion and land taking, and worked to obtain community compensation, like the development of Piers Park and the park on Bremen Street, to offset the lost “skirmishes.” In addition, William was generous to his family and friends as well as a strong supporter of charitable causes.

He was a retired member of the International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 805, a world traveler, an entertaining, prolific storyteller and an amateur East Boston historian.

William was the loving father of the late Lois Ann Ware and Frank Cardinale and dear brother of Eleanor Cambria of East Boston, the late Lucille Esposito, Adolph, Arnold, Donald, Joseph, Ralph and Richard Ferullo, and Marion Pompeo.“Pupi” was the cherished grandfather of Tricia Maraia and her husband, Christopher of Saugus, Regina Paratore of Lynn and the late Charles Ware; and cherished great-grandfather of Christopher, Jr. and Tiana Maraia, and Sabrina Paratore. He also leaves behind his dear grandnephew, Lenny Cambria, Jr. of Revere; longtime family friend and caretaker, Linda Gallagher, of Hampton NH; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in William’s name to the East Boston Central Catholic School, Charles Ware Scholarship Fund, 69 London St., East Boston. Attention: Lucy DeWart; or the National Parkinson Foundation – Moving Day Boston, Team MGH, For guest book visit

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