Obituaries 12-18-2019

Richard “Dick” Buonfiglio

Of Revere

Richard “Dick” Buonfiglio, 85, of Revere, died recently.

He was the son of the late Pasquale “Patsy” and Theresa (Discenza) Buonfiglio, father of Laura J. Fitzpatrick and her husband, Rick and Lisa J. Oosterman and her husband, James; brother of the late Paul N. Buonfiglio and the late Dr. Ronald Buonfiglio and his surviving wife, Irma, Patricia Fiore and her husband, Ernest and Linda Villiotte and her husband, Richard; stepfather of Michael Shaw; grandfather of Sarah and Sean Fitzpatrick and step-grandfather of Ethan, Jeffrey and Stephen Shaw and brother-in-law of Marie (Tangusso) Buonfiglio. He is also survived by his former wife, Marilyn F. Clarke and by many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Per Dick’s request, there is no visitation. Arrangements by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Dick’s memory to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Guiseppe Amico

Hardworking member of Laborer’s Union Local 22

Giuseppe Amico of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away Dec. 12 at the age of 86. 

Giuseppe came to the United States in August of 1971 with his family, residing in East Boston before settling in Revere in 1983. In 1978, he proudly became a U.S. citizen. He was a hard working laborer in the Local 22 Laborer’s Union.

Giuseppe was an avid gardener, always sharing his homegrown vegetables with friends and neighbors. He took great joy in helping raise his grandchildren. He enjoyed going for walks on the beach with his wife and spending time sharing stories with friends. His love for his wife of 56 years was immeasurable. 

Born and raised in Sicily, Italy to the late Michael and Antonina (Natale), he was the beloved husband of  Matilde (Giambra), cherished father of Antonella Cucuzza and her husband, Carmelo of Revere, Sal

Amico of Revere and Joseph Amico and his wife, Elizabeth of Peabody; adored grandfather of Angelo  Cucuzza and his fiancé, Britney, Melissa Cucuzza and her fiancé, Paul, Joseph Cucuzza, Kathryn Amico and  Joseph Amico and the dear brother of the late Grazia, Josephine, Michael, Antonio and Assunta Amico.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. At the family’s request and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Giuseppe’s memory to the Alzheimer’s  Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452. To leave a message for the family in the guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

James Alfred MacAbee

Grand Knight 4th Degree Bishop Chevrus Assembly, AKA “Jim the Bus Driver” at the East Boston Social Center

James Alfred MacAbee, of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, passed peacefully at Kaplan Family Hospice on Dec. 11. 

Jim was a member of the Fitton Council 84 of the Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight 4th Degree of the Bishop Chevrus Assembly. Jim, also known as “Jim the bus driver” to everyone at the East Boston Social Center, was also former president of IBEW Local 294 at Avis Car Rental. He proudly served in the Merchant Marine and on Boston Tow Boats.

A graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1963, he was the former owner of “Poor Man’s Bookkeeping” and a dedicated volunteer at Horizons House in Wakefield for 15 years.

He was the beloved husband of Mary A. (Culkeen) for over 55 years; loving father of Hope Lyons and her husband, Michael of Plymouth and Faith Wilson-Russo of Saugus and her late husband, John Russo; proud “Papa’ of Walter and Jacqueline Wilson and Zachary Lyons.

Jim’s Funeral was held from Magrath Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 16. His Funeral Mass was celebrated in Most Holy Redeemer Church followed by burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Donations in Jim’s memory to Kaplan Family Hospice, Danvers would be appreciated. MagrathFuneralHome.com.

Ronald Gallant

Chelsea Police Dept. retiree

Ronald Gallant, Ret. CPD, died on Dec. 11 at the age of 72. 

Born in Everett on Jan. 15, 1947 to the late Paul and Gertrude (Spellman), he was the dear brother of the late Paul A. Gallant, cherished uncle of Paula Burns and her husband, Richard of Florida and is also survived by his loving great niece, Kelsi Burns of Forida. 

Ron proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He retired from the Chelsea Police Department after 29 years of service.  He liked his trips to Florida and enjoyed playing cards.  In his free time you would find him on the lake fishing or in the woods hunting.  Ron was a member of the Beachmont VFW and the French Club. 

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 in Ron’s name to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022.  For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Albert Paul Laber

Of Revere

Albert Paul Laber of Revere on December 17, 2019 at the age of 93.  Born in Boston on April 21, 1926 to the late George and Elizabeth (Thomas).  Beloved husband of the late Marie “Wee Wee”(LaBella).  Devoted father of Denise Letizia and her husband John “Bean” of Revere.  Cherished grandfather of Denise Letizia and Anthony Letizia both of Revere.  Adored great grandfather of A.J. and Dominic Letizia of Dracut, and Maura Letizia of Everett.  Dear brother of the late Thelma Little, Maryann Ackerman, George Laber, and Althea Davis.  Albert proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He fought in WWII and received the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with 1 Star, American Area Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Star, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.  After his Honorable discharge in April of 1947 he would again see battle but this time in the Korean War in 1950.  A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM followed by a 12:00 PM Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Church.  Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.  For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Lawrence “Larry” Scannelli

Of Sturbridge

Lawrence “Larry” Scannelli, aged 63, of Sturbridge MA, escaped this mortal realm on December 12, 2019. He died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from complications caused by a seizure. Although he lived all his childhood and adult life in an institution for the mentally disabled, Larry touched many lives, including that of his legal guardian, Mona Lisa, who became his angel on earth at Munson Hospital. She was responsible for securing him a permanent home through Venture Community Services where he was beloved by the various caregivers and four house residents who worked and lived at his group home in Sturbridge, MA. They were his true family.

But genetics is everything! Thus, Larry lives on through his brothers Richie, Ron and Steve, particularly through their uncanny resemblance to Larry. The brothers all share Larry’s appreciation for music, dancing, and good food. Larry also lives on through his younger sister Lisa. Although Larry did not have the opportunity to have a family of his own, his siblings provided him with many nieces and nephews, who also love many of the things Larry appreciated. Larry has now been reunited with his parents, Rose and Alfonso Scannelli, and his older sister Joanne Silva Scannelli. Lastly, Larry’s funeral and burial are made possible by his Aunt Philomena Mario who gave generously to assure that her nephew would be memorialized and buried with dignity. Services will be held at Buonfiglio Funeral Home in Revere, MA, on December 23, 2019. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:30 AM and the prayer service will begin at 11:30 AM. Larry will be laid to rest in St. Michael Cemetery in Roslindale MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ventures Community Services https://secure.qgiv.com/for/vcs in Sturbridge, MA.

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