Obituaries 06-03-2015

Frederick Fitzmeyer

Licensed plumber; loved the sea and loved life

Frederick R. Fitzmeyer of Winthrop passed away peacefully on May 27 at the age of 70 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fred grew up in Winthrop and after his service in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, he worked in Boston Harbor as a Shipyard Rigger and Boat Captain for the Boston Harbor Pilot Association, where his love of the sea began. He reminisced often about those years, confessing to episodes of cheerful mayhem with his friends out on the Harbor Islands. He also loved skiing in New England.

Eventually settling down, he became a licensed plumber, working and living on Cape Cod and later in Boston, where he was a member of Plumbers Local 12.

When he retired in 2007, he and his partner, Connie spent five years sailing in the Caribbean and South America on their boat S/V Tashtego.

Fred loved life, had a playful sense of humor and was always ready for adventure. His humorous stories will be treasured by all who loved him. He will be greatly missed.

He was the son of the late Frederick A. Fitzmeyer and the late Helen Krovitz Fitzmeyer; the loving brother to Elaine Grato and Jean Day, long time companion of Constance Elson, and brother-in-law to Chris Day and the late Tom Grato. He was the close uncle to Donald Rubbicco and his wife, Linda, Megan and Chris Day and great uncle to Colton, Chase and Hadley Rubbicco.

There will be visiting hours at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by an informal service where family and friends are invited to share their memories. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128 or online at To sign virtual guestbook, please visit

Nicholas Freda

Of Dorchester, formerly of the North End

Nicholas J. Freda of Dorchester, formerly of Boston’s North End, passed away on May 27. He was 77 years old.

He was the devoted father of James and Robert and the late Steven; dear brother of Susan Bell and Richard, James and John Freda; longtime companion of Cathy Hume; former husband of Janice Freda and cherished grandfather of Stephen, Christina, Joshua and Kaylee.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston. Interment was at Braintree Cemetery, Plain Street, Braintree, MA. For more information, please visit

Aniello “Nello” D’Iorio

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Aniello “Nello” D’Iorio of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on May 25. He was 92 years old.

The beloved husband of the late Esther (Arena) D’Iorio, he was the devoted father of Paula Nese and her husband, Dominic and Andrea Lavalley and her husband, Carl, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Alexandra Nese and Kyle Lavalley; dear brother of Ersilia Pesce of Connecticut and the late Giorgio D’Iorio, Paolo D’Iorio and Rinaldo D’Iorio and Carmela and Margherita Pesce. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Nello was laid to rest with his beloved wife,, Esther at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Thomas R. Ciampa

Retired U.S. Postal Service worker; former mayoral candidate in 1977 in Chelsea

and in 1979 in Revere

Thomas R. Ciampa of Andover, formerly of Lowell, Tewksbury, E. Boston, Revere and Chelsea, passed away at the Lowell General Hospital on May 23. He was 67 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Geary) Ciampa with whom he would have celebrated his 18th wedding anniversary on July 19. Born in Chelsea on April 3, 1948, he was the son of the late Samuel and Frances (Golisano) Ciampa. Tom was raised in East Boston and attended East Boston schools. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in North Reading for 11 years.

He was a member, presidential candidate, and former shop steward for the American Postal Workers Union Local # 366. In addition, he was a former board member of the Linamen Center in Boston.

Tom enjoyed politics and was a 1977 Chelsea mayoral candidate and a 1979 Revere mayoral candidate.

Tom was a former member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus #4982.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by his step-daughter, Tammy Steeves of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Eric Steeves, Jr., Zachary and Megan Steeves; two sisters, Linda Ciampa and Gracie Powe, both of East Boston; two brothers, John Ciampa of Somerville and Joseph Ciampa and his wife, Pat of Hollis, NH and also by many nieces and nephews.

Tom was the brother of the late Salvatore Ciampa.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For more information, visit:

Louis Spagnoli

Of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston

Louis A. Spagnoli of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on May 26.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Mary (Curzi) Spagnoli; loving father of Linda Orlando of Swampscott and her late husband, Carl, Louis Spagnoli Jr., and his wife, Josephine of Marblehead and John Spagnoli of Swampscott; cherished grandfather of John and Daniel Speciale, great grandfather of Maddox and Isabella Speciale; dear brother of Maria Polito and her husband, Marco of Georgia and the late Ivo Spagnoli. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Louis name to Caring for a Cure c/o Cox 120 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 02114. For guest book

Joseph Peppe

Of East Boston

Joseph L. Peppe of East Boston and his home away from home, Twin Oaks Campground, Allenstown, NH. died recently.

He was the beloved husband of Deborah “Debbie” Peppe; father of Jason of Winthrop, Michael of East Boston and Joseph Jr. of New Hampshire; grandfather of Arissa Marie; brother of Richard of Revere and Christie of Florida and is also survived by extended family members Juan Sosa, Jenifer Thornton and Alejandra Sosa.

His Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Thursday morning, June 4, at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting prior to Mass commencing at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information visit:

Robert Louis Caprio

Successful Florida restaurant and night club business owner, formerly of Revere

Robert Louis Caprio of Coral Springs, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic on January 1. He was 55 years old.

Robert was a 1977 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston. He attended Central Florida College in Orlando and went on to become a successful business owner in the restaurant and night club business. Robert was respected and loved by all his employees as well as by his closet friend and business partner of 15 years, Phil Gori.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Beth Caprio, son, Tye Ridolfi and daughters, Sinclaire Caprio, Ashley Porcaro and her husband, Steven Porcaro, all of Florida. Robert was the beloved son of Carmen Rauseo Caprio of Juno Beach, FL and the the late Louis W. Caprio, Sr. of Revere. He was the brother of Louis W. Caprio, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Caprio of Miami, FL and the late Lucille DiFlumeri of Revere and is also survived by his loving in-laws, Irving and Rose Dorffman of Florida, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members from the Boston, S. Florida and North West areas.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated with family and friends at St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Revere on Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Franciscan Mission Associates, at 274-280 West Lincoln Ave. PO Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10552-1018, c/o Ms. Madeline Bonnici, Exec. Dir.

Peter Anthony Pepe

Longtime manager of Finast Supermarkets and member of Orioles Nest 123

Peter Anthony Pepe of Revere, formerly of Roslindale, passed away on May 30. He was in his 94th year.

Peter was a US Army veteran of World War II, a long-time manager of Finast Supermarkets and a member of Orioles Nest 123.

He was the beloved husband for 63 years to Rose (Prochilo) Pepe; loving father of Peter Pepe Jr. and his wife, Martha of Franklin, Joseph G. Pepe and his fianceé, Christine Dodd of Revere and Michael P. Pepe and his wife, Anne of Revere; adored grandfather of Erin Plante of Nevada, Kristin Lovely of Franklin, Lauren Pepe of Boston, Michael J. Pepe, Joseph P. Pepe, Anthony Pepe, Michael P. Pepe Jr. and Marissa Pepe, all of Revere and the late baby Nicholas Pepe; caring brother of Angelo and Augustine Pepe of Roslindale and the late Theresa Belmonte, Angela Pepe and Joseph Pepe. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, his former daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Pepe and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America, PO Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241. For guestbook and directions:

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