Obituaries 11-14-2018

Joan Sordillo

Of East Boston

Joan E. ( Moulton) Sordillo of East Boston, formerly of Revere, passed away on Nov. 7. She was 80 years old.

The cherished daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Kenefick) Moulton, she was the loving mother of Robert Sordillo of East Boston, Kathleen Viola of New Hampshire, Pamela Sordillo of Revere and the late Richard Sordillo; dear sister of Dorothy Filippone and her husband, Henry of Virginia, John Moulton and his wife, Georgian of Medford, Maureen Castelli and her husband, Hildo of Revere, Judy Fernandez of Florida and the late Robert Moulton. She was the adored grandmother of eight and great grandmother of three and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.

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Joseph J. Cannon

Yacht chef/ resort owner

Joseph J. Cannon of Paris Street, East Boston, born on Dec. 19, 1949 passed away on Nov. 8, 2018.

As a younger man, Joe drove air freight trucks and managed the family business, Cannon Express.

His hobbies were gourmet cooking and photography.

In 1985, he made a voyage from Newport, R.I. to Fort Lauderdale, Florida as yacht chef. He met his partner and love, Christine in St. Thomas and they started working on boats together, traveling the world. Years later, back in Florida as landlubbers, they organized several businesses.

In 2005, Joe and Chris sold everything and moved to Costa Rica. They invested in a property that was a three minute walk from the black sand beach. Around the mahogany main house, they built three bungalows. Using Joe’s computer skills and incredible photos, they built a website. This turned Coral Hills Bungalows into one of the top boutique hotels in Costa Rica. As usual, they were hands on. Using the fresh local harvest, Joe did gourmet breakfasts before sending the guests off to zip lining, waterfall hikes, wild animal rescue, indigenous Indian villages, boogie boarding and to the local beach bars and fish restaurants. Joe and Chris had recently retired.

Joe lived a good life. La Pura Vida.

Salvatore ‘Chico’ LaGrassa

June 13, 1944 — Oct. 14, 2018

Salvatore P. “Chico” LaGrassa of Medford, formerly of East Boston, died on Oct. 14.

Salvatore was raised and educated in East Boston. He served his country honorably as a soldier in the United States Army Reserve and worked as an accountant for several years prior to his retirement. Chico enjoyed spending time at the casino with his family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Faye A. (MacInnis) LaGrassa, father of Craig LaGrassa of Reading, Renee LaGrassa of Medford and Todd LaGrassa and his wife, Patti of Medford; grandfather of Haily and Emily LaGrassa, brother of Concetta Sullivan of East Boston and the late Carlo LaGrassa. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden.  Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Charles DiGiacomo

Aerospace specialist on the Apollo and Columbia Space Projects

Charles S. DiGiacomo of East Boston passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 92.

He was a U.S.. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring as a sergeant. He was an Army Reservist for over 40 years and a Green Beret Paratrooper with the 17th Infantry out of Fort Devens. Charles worked as a machinist with MIT and Draper Labs. He was an aerospace specialist and worked on the Apollo and Columbia Space Projects.

Charles was born in Boston on Aug. 30, 1926 to Dr. Charles and Margaret DiGiacomo.  He was the beloved husband of the late Florence (Salerno) DiGiacomo; devoted father of Michelle Sullivan of Rochester, NH, Charles DiGiacomo of Winthrop, John DiGiacomo of East Boston and the late Paula Cincotti; dear brother of Elaine DiGiacomo-Scott of South Carolina; cherished grandfather of nine and adored great-grandfather of one great-granddaughter.

Family and friends will honor Charles’ life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 12 noon. Full Military Honors will be presented at the Memorial Home at 1:30 p.m. to honor Charles’ service to our nation. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

James L. Sullivan Jr.

Formerly of East Boston

James L. Sullivan Jr. of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, Massachusetts passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at Massachusetts General Hospital on November 12,2018. He was 78 years old. Born in Boston, James was the oldest son of James L. Sullivan and Lillian M. (Rivard) Sullivan and was the second oldest of five children, Phyllis (Nick) DeZenzo, the late Paul Sullivan and the late Donald (Patti) Sullivan and Mary (Ed) Chrisom.

James lived in East Boston, MA for 49 years where he was a member of the Bricklayers and Masons Local 3 for 50 years. He was also a life member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. James had a love of the ocean and loved being on the water. He loved the Red Sox, camping, fireworks, playing cards and spending time with family. James loved his family and he will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sandra (Garland) Sullivan, his children Carol A. Aceto, James L. Sullivan III and his wife Jane, and Albert F. Sullivan and his wife Erin. Four grandchildren, George Aceto, Ashley Aceto, Morgan Sullivan and MiKenna Sullivan and one great-grandchild, Hunter Aceto, also survive him, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor James’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga Street at 9Am on Saturday November 17 followed by an 11AM prayer service in our serenity chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in James’s name to the American Heart Association National Center 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, Texas 75231. For more info please visit our website

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