William “Billy” Martino
Member of Pipe Fitters Local 537 and St. Mary’s Men’s Club
William R. “Billy” Martino of Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on January 28 at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Billy was a 50-year member of Pipe Fitters Local 537, a US Navy Seabeas veteran of Vietnam and a member of St Mary’s Men’s Club in East Boston for more than 50 years.
He was the loving companion of Patty Wyatt and her daughter, Nicole and family; devoted brother of Linda Quigley, Florence Martino, Donna Arone, Michael and Richard Martino and the late Edward Martino and the adored nephew of Josephine Travaglini and Theresa Martino. He is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends will honor Billy’s life by gathering in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston on Saturday, February 18 for a memorial celebration of Billy’s life at 9:30 a.m. There will be ample on street parking and also a church parking lot behind the church on Paris Street. Attendants will be available to assist with parking. In honoring Billy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Perkins School of Blind/Library 175 N. Beacon St. Watertown 02172 Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
John Burke, Jr.
Long time Massachusetts State Senate Court Officer
John H. Burke, Jr. of East Boston, formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully on January 31 surrounded by his loving family.
He was a past member of the Beachmont VFW, a member of the Air National Guard for over six years and past court officer Mass. State Senate for over 42 years.
He was the beloved husband of over 52 years of Frances L (Fronduto) Burke; devoted father of Karen Burke of East Boston and John L Burke and his wife, Karen of Connecticut; dear brother of Patricia Derba of Foxboro, cherished brother in law of Louis Fronduto and his wife, Linda of Lynnfield and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday, February 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to St John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop for a Funeral Mass in celebration of John’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with John being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Clyde ‘Chris’ DeBay
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Clyde C. “Chris” DeBay of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on January 31 at the age of 48.
Chris was a past member of the Patriot Club whose greatest enjoyment was the freedom of being able to ride his bike.
The loving son of the late Clyde B. and Eleanor (Rao)DeBay, he was the devoted brother of Dianne DeBay-Curry and her husband, Robert of East Boston, Philip of Revere and the late Jay DeBay. He is also survived by his cherished nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Cremation services were private. Memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Richard ‘Richie’ Breault, Sr.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Richard “Richie” Breault, Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly on February 1.
He was the beloved husband of Cheryl (Panzini); loving father of Richard A. Breault, Jr. and Lexi Breault, both of Revere; cherished son of Barbara (Albano) Meola of East Boston and the late Richard; dear brother of Tara Meola of Saugus and the late Barbara and devoted son in law of Susan Panzini of East Boston. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends will honor Richie’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday morning at 8:30 before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Richie’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Richie being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
Helen R. (DiStasio) DiGuilio of Salem, NH died February 1 at Fairview Nursing Home, Hudson, NH. She was 94 years old.
Born and educated in Boston, she retired from Gillette in Boston and enjoyed knitting and word search puzzles. Helen is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Vella and her husband, Joseph of Salem, NH; three grandchildren: James, Stephen and Michael Vella and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael DiGuilio and four siblings.
Funeral arrangements were by the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions in Helen’s name to: Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Drive, Salem, NH 03079. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com
Jeanette A. (Simonelli) Festa passed away on February 5 surrounded by her loving family.
The beloved daughter of the late Carmine and Catherine Simonelli, she was the loving mother of Domenic Festa and his wife, Carla and Lisa E. Buonopane and her husband, Eric all of East Boston and Eric Festa and his wife, Dianna of Winthrop; devoted aunt of Anthony Alicata and his wife, Jen of East Boston; dear sister of Elaine Cali and her husband, Robert of East Boston and cherished grandmother of Skyla, Sophia, Olivia, Nathan, Ryan, Nicholas, Alex and Greg.
Family and friends will honor Jeanette’s life by gathering on Saturday, February 11at the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St,. East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Committal private. Parking is available at the rear of the church on Paris Street. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com