Obituaries 04-25-2018

Mary DeGruttola

Grandmother of Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo and former member of the Patriots Civic Club

Mary (Grasso) DeGruttola, who lived nearly her entire life on Dolphin Avenue in Revere, died on April 18 at the West Revere Health Center. She was 95 years old.

A former member of the Patriots Civic Club, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Mary (Celata) Grasso. the beloved wife of the late Domenic, devoted mother of Paula Arrigo and her late husband, John, loving grandmother of Kim Bellia and her husband, Anthony, Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo and his wife, Daveen Balliro Arrigo and cherished great grandmother of Gianni Bellia, Domenic Bellia, Joseph John Arrigo, and John Joseph Arrigo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For guest book, please visit:

 Louis Abric, Jr.

Worked in security at Wonderland and Suffolk Downs Race Tracks, retired at age 75 as lead driver for Comfort Inn Shuttle Bus

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Louis P. Abric, Jr. a four year resident of Revere, native of East Boston and a former 20-year resident of Winthrop, who died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21 in the Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett following a brief stay.

His Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 7:15 p.m. Entombment will be held privately at Woodlawn Columbarium at the Chapel, Everett.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools and was a 1950 graduate of East Boston High School.

He joined the U.S. Airforce in February of 1952 during the Korean Conflict and served for four years, with discharge in February of 1956, as Airman 1st Class.

Louie held many jobs during his working career, often maintaining two full time jobs. He worked with both Wonderland Dog Racing Track and Suffolk Downs Race Track in their Security Divisions, serving as a Sergeant for over 20 years. In 2007, Louie retired at the age of 75 years, as the Lead Driver for the shuttle bus at Comfort Inn.

He was the beloved husband of 28 years to Joanne E. (Burnham) Abric and to the late Jean M. (Rossetti) Abric; the devoted father to Cheryl M. Abric of Lynn and Louis P. Abric, IV of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by Mark A. Carrillo of East Boston, David R. Carrillo and his wife, Michelle of Revere and Jason P. Carrillo of Connecticut; the cherished grandfather of Louis P. Abric, V of Revere, Philip L. Abric and his wife, Dianna of Boston’s North End, Anthony F. Pirelli of Revere, the late Shanelle J. Abric, Nicole M. Carrillo and David “D.J.” Carrillo, both of Revere, Alisha M. Carrillo of East Boston, Dante P. Carrillo and Nicholas S. Carrillo, both of Revere, Cameryn A. Carrillo, Jason P. and Madison H. Carrillo, all of Winthrop. He was the dear brother to the late Leonard R. Abric. Louie was also the proud great-grandfather of two great- granddaughters; Olivia Finnegan and Aalya Carrillo. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the N.E. Center & Home for Veterans, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.

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Virginia Irene ‘Ginny’ Deveau

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Virginia Irene “Ginny” Deveau of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away at home on April 19 surrounded by her loving family. She was in her 93rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Burton J. Deveau, devoted mother of Edward Deveau and his wife, Corinne of Revere, Frank Deveau and his wife, Thanaporm “Jass” of Revere, Donna Rowe and her husband, Robert of Talking Rock, Georgia, Cheryl Weyant and her husband, Kevin of Farmington, N.H., Joseph Deveau and his wife, Dottie of Revere, and Judy Cash and her husband, Edward of Epping, N.H.; dear sister of Richard Wright of Pittsburgh, Penn., and the late Bernard Wright, Elliott Wright, Bertha Campbell, Herbert Melanson, Dorothy Thibeault and Martin Wright. She was the adored grandmother of 19,  great-grandmother of 33 and great-great-grandmother of two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather on Sunday April 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston for a Celebration of Ginny’s life.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452.

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Antonio Contardi

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Antonio Contardi of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 18.

The beloved husband of the late Maria T. (Palermo) Contardi, he was the loving father of Linda Turner and husband, John of Salem; dear brother of Carmelo Contardi and his wife, Luisa of Toronto, Canada and the late Francesco and Saverio Contardi. He is also survived by his brother in law, Robert Palermo and his wife, Susann of Lynnfield and his late brother in law, Vincent and his surviving wife, Barbara of New York as well as by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information visit:

Audrey Fisher

Fought courageous and valiant battle with ALS

Audrey M. (Sullivan) Fisher of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 18 with her loving family by her side, after a most courageous and valiant battle with ALS. She was 57 years old.

Audrey was born and raised in East Boston. She was educated in Boston Public Schools and was a 1978 graduate East Boston High School. Immediately after graduation, Audrey began to work at Broadway National Bank in Chelsea. On November 15, 1981, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Fisher. The couple settled in East Boston just steps away from her childhood home before moving to Point Shirley in Winthrop.

In 1983, Audrey took a position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Department of Revenue. Audrey’s skill set and dedicated work ethic allowed her to rise quickly and she soon became the Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Tax Payers Service Division of the Department of Revenue.

In 1996 and then in 998, Audrey was blessed with the birth of her sons, Bobby, Jr. and Zachary. She cherished her role as mother and embraced it with unconditional love. Her dedication was easily seen on the baseball fields, basketball courts, football fields, banquets, fundraisers and many more events for her children and in her community.

After her diagnosis with ALS, she maintained her strong will and spirit to continue to live. She continued to work every day until the disease became too debilitating. She was blessed to have her family, extended family, friends and colleagues around her for support and strength.

Audrey was an inspiration to many, not just ALS but to anyone who may be afflicted with any disease. Her unwavering strength was with her until she went home to God.

The beloved and devoted wife of 36 years to Robert L. Fisher, Sr., she was the loving and proud mother of Robert L. Fisher, Jr. and Zachary S. Fisher, all of Winthrop; cherished sister of Coleen Pino of Revere and her late husband, Martin “Marty” Pino, Glen M. Sullivan of Revere and the late Kevin P. Sullivan and Barry L. Sullivan; dedicated daughter of the late Rita A. (Mazzarella) Sullivan and Louis J. Sullivan; loving daughter-in-law of Edith Fisher of East Boston; dear sister-in-law of David A. Fisher of Revere, Kimberly L. Fisher of East Boston and Danny S. Smith and his wife, Patricia K. of Melrose. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, many loving and caring friends, cousins, colleagues and especially “Audrey’s Angels” and her very special friend, Fr. Richard Uftring of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, East Boston.

Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Compassionate Care ALS 744 W. Falmouth HWY Falmouth, MA 02540 or ALS Family Charitable Foundation 1 Throwbridge Rd., Suite 325, Buzzards Bay, MA

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