Obituaries 10-10-2018

Richard Page, Sr.

Loving and caring family man

Funeral services were held privately for Richard R. Page, Sr. who died on Sunday, Oct. 7,            at the Don Orione Home in East Boston following a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Richard was born and raised in the Eagle Hill section of East Boston. He  was educated in Boston Public Schools and attended East School High School.

Richard began working in the construction industry, focusing on roofing. He worked on many of the buildings and properties in and around the City of Boston. He did this for many years and became an expert in his field. He later took a position at Textron and became an engineering technician, where he worked for approximately 15 years.

Richard and his wife married on March 19, 1966. They began their life together in East Boston where they raised their family and moved to Winthrop in 1996.

Richard was fondly known as a loving and caring family man. He especially enjoyed being a grandfather and cherished time being surrounded by his grandchildren. He was also known for his passion for building models, especially model ships. His patient nature and the keen ability he possessed made him a master at his craft.

The devoted husband of 52 years of Toni L. (Capolupo) Page of Winthrop, he was the loving father of Michelle A. Benrifi and her husband, Allal of Haverhill, Donna J. Page of

Winthrop, Richard R. Page, Jr. and his wife, Nicole of Lynn, Alicia J. Smith and her husband, Joshua of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard and the late Jonathan and Catherine Page. He was the adored grandfather of Alyssa, Zachary, U.U., Joshua, Richard, III, Anthony and Olivia and the dear brother of Lawrence Page and his wife, Theresa of Carver and the late Frederick Page.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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William Mullen

Union meat cutter and retired house painter

Family and friends are invited to attend  visiting hours on Friday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio& Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for William G. Mullen, who passed at age 86 following a long illness at the Bedford Veterans Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 6. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be held privately at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

An East Boston native and resident, Mr. Mullen was a 1949 graduate of East Boston High School. He joined the U.S. Army in September of 1952 and served until September of 1954 during the Korean Conflict as a Corporal.

His early working career was within the old Boston Meat & Food District as an expert meat cutter. He spent over 30 years in the Meat Market District, working for several distributors. He made a significant change in his final vocation and worked as a house painter, privately and for contractors. He retired at 75 years of age.

He was the beloved husband of the late Philomena E. (Paglucca) Mullen, who died on Jan. 19, 2017,  the devoted father to Joyce A. Hartman and her husband, Jonathan A. Hartman of Peabody and Revere, William G. Mullen, Jr. and his wife, Ann Marie of Middleborough and James W. Mullen of East Boston; the cherished grandfather to Taylor and Lisa Mullen, both of Middleborough and Samantha A. and Nicholas A. Hartman, both of Revere. William was the brother of the late Esther Mullen and Francis and Albert Mullen. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Bedford Veterans’ Hospital Hospice Program, 200 Springs Road (Hospice Ward 2-C) Bedford, MA 01730. For more information, please visit

Susan Jean Pizzano

March 28, 1953 – September 24, 2018

Susan Jean (Perry)_Pizzano of East Boston passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 24. She was 65 years old.

The wife of 39 years to Henry Pizzano III of East Boston and formerly of Chelsea, Susan was born in Lynn and grew up in Saugus. She was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1971, and worked in all aspects of the department store industry. Later in life, she was a school bus driver as well as a taxi driver and dispatcher with North Shore Taxi Co. She retired in 2000. She was an animal lover at heart.

Susan was the daughter of the late Paul L. and Inez (Puffer) Perry and sister of the late Christine Collins. She is survived by her husband, Henry, sister, Barbara Maw of Nashua, N.H., brothers, Paul Perry of Loudon, N.H. and Robert Perry of Pennsylvania and her brother in law, Cliff Collins of Hinesburg, Vt. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as her beloved cat, Lucy “Lulu.” Funeral services were private with arrangements by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970.

Robert Celona, Jr.

Of East Boston

Robert J. “Bobby” Celona, Jr. of East Boston passed away on Sept. 29.

He was the loving son of Robert J. “Moose” Celona, Sr. and Louise (Amadeo) Drake of Everett, formerly of Boston’s North End; beloved father of Stella Celona, dear brother of Chanel Celona, Ariana Wilson and Paul Wilson and adored grandson of Delores “DeDe” Celona and Nunzio “Butch” Celona and the late Lucy and Mario Amadeo. He is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information, visit:

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