Obituaries 01-09-2019

Richard P. “Dick” “Sully” Sullivan

Will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, love of sports and music and devotion to friends and family

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, Jan. 12 in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., for Richard Paul “Dick” “Sully” Sullivan, who passed away on Dec. 24 following a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Following the visitation, a Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held privately at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Born and raised in East Boston with his brothers, Francis Joseph and John, and sister, Kathryn, he graduated from Boston College High School in 1957. Dick worked in Houston and Tripoli before returning home to the Boston area where he lived in Medford, Malden, Revere and Wakefield.

He was an avid skier, devoted supporter of Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey and a committed and active “Friend of Bill W.” with 37 years of sobriety and a dedication to sponsoring others.

Dick is remembered by all for his sense of humor, generosity, love of sports and music, and devotion to friends and family.

The devoted father of Coleen Sullivan Curry and her husband, Joseph, Megan Sullivan Toe and her husband, John and the late Mary Ellen “Molly” Sullivan, he was the adored grandfather of Caroline, Violet and William Curry, all of Atlanta, GA.; cherished brother of Francis Joseph Sullivan and his wife, Esther of Woburn, formerly of Melrose, Kathryn M. Murphy of Saugus and her late husband, John, John L. Sullivan and his late wife, Irene of Ft. Myers, FL and dear son of the late Boston Firefighter Francis C. Sullivan and Mary A. (Cashman) Sullivan. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, friends and extended family.       

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 

20090-6011 or by visiting          

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Joseph Ciulla

Of East Boston

Joseph C. Ciulla died in East Boston on Jan. 5.

The beloved husband of Tomasina, he was the loving son of Marie (Doucette) of East Boston and the late Leonard “Leo” Ciulla, father of the late Joseph Ciulla Jr. and Jason Ciulla; brother of Marie Moscone of Saugus, Lenny Ciulla of East Boston and the late John Ciulla and grandfather of Mariah, Gianna and Jason Ciulla Jr.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial visitation will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq.] East Boston on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. concluding with a Prayer Service at 1 o’clock. In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s memory to the Mass. Commission for the Blind would be appreciated. Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen

Maria Hanton

Of Malden, formerly of East Boston

Maria C. (Spada) Hanton of Malden, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4. 

The loving daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Pessia) Spada, she was the devoted mother of Michelle M. Varano and her husband, Nick of Lynnfield and Amy Hanton of Malden; dear sister of Attorney Len Spada and his wife, Liz of Middleton; cherished grandmother of Nico and Marina Varano and Alec Gonzalez and fond aunt of Jacob and Jessica Spada.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Maria was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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