Served his country in World War II
David J. Allan, 98, formerly of Revere, and Gilford, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 19 at The Beach House Assisted Living in Naples FL with his wife by his side.
David and Jean (DeMauro) Allan had recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with some of their family and friends.
Born in Malden on November 11, 1921, he was the son of the late John W. and Evangeline (Rice) Allan. He graduated from Malden High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1939. After receiving basic training he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for specialized training and for the formation of the 1st Marine Division in February 1941. Advanced training at Quantico, VA and Parris Island South Carolina was the prelude to machine gunner training in New River, NC in September 1941.
Promoted to Line Corporal in March of 1942, he was shipped out to the Pacific to Wellington, New Zealand for rehearsal landings for island battles in the Solomons. David landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942 and participated in the Battle of the Tenaru, Edson’s Ridge, Matanikau River, and Henderson Field.
He was then deployed to Australia in February 1943 to assist in the training of new troops for additional island offensives. He was relocated to Parris Island in June of 1944 then relocated to the Boston Navy Yard in January 1945 where he received an Honorable Discharge.
After leaving military service David worked for the Gillette razor blade company as a machinist and attended Northeastern University on a work study program and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.
He joined the Massachusetts Electric Company and retired in 1986 as Manager of Consumer Services in Malden handling new requests for electric service by commercial and industrial customers. David served as the company representative in the communities served by Mass. Electric and was very active in the Everett Rotary and various Chambers of Commerce.
David was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles H. Allan of North Reading and Robert Allan of Worcester, and a sister, Constance B. (Allan) DeFabio of Melrose. He is survived by his wife, Jean N. Allan, a daughter, Linda J. Allan, a daughter-in-law Pamela J. Comer, and several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St,, Revere on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. Prayer Service. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Member of the Progressive Club in East Boston
Antonio M. “Tony” Vaccaro of Brandywyne Drive, East Boston passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston of Dec. 11. He was 95 years old.
Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Michelina and Luigi Vaccaro, he was a lifetime resident of East Boston and was employed as a laborer in the construction field. He was also a member of the Progressive Club in East Boston.
He was the loving father of Louis Vaccaro and his wife, Anita, Deborah Battista and Lorraine Consalvi and her husband. Ronnie, all of Winthrop and Ralph Battista of East Boston, the dear brother of Frank Vaccaro of New Hampshire, Mary Ciampolillo of Winthrop and the late Connie Capella and Mike Vaccaro, the cherished grandfather of Tara, Alexis, Mia and Sureya and great grandfather of Daniel, Sara, Ralph and Nicholas. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Services to be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Former East Boston resident
Helen W. (Flynn) Almeida of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died on Dec. 17 in her 98th year.
Helen lived most of her life and raised her family in East Boston until recently moving to Lynnfield.
She was the beloved wife of the late Walter F. Almeida, loving mother of Cheryl A. and her husband, Greg Natalucci of Saugus, Frederick J. Almeida and his companion, Marjorie Hinkley of Westford and the late Frank “Rusty” Almeida; grandmother of Gregory and Crystal Natalucci, Jeffery and Jill Natalucci, Nicole and Mike Newbury, Matthew Almeida and Jenna Almeida and the late Cheryl Grace and Michael T. Almeida; great-grandmother of Isabella, Sofia, Gio, Emily and Tyler Natalucci and Ava and Mia Newbury. Helen was the sister of the late Anna DeRuosi, William, John, Allan and Thomas Flynn and is also survived by many nieces and nephews..
At Helen’s request service were private. Interment was with her husband, Walter in Massachusetts National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.
Christina (Portalla) Kumpel of Saugus passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 18 at the age of 27.
She was the beloved wife of Richard Kumpel of Saugus, cherished daughter of Eddie Portalla of Peabody and Lisa Barone of East Boston, dear sister of Heather Jordan of Everett and Ariana Portalla of Beverly and adored granddaughter of Donald F. Portalla Sr. of Wakefield and her late grandmother Corinne (Santarpio) Portalla. She also leaves behind her loving grandfather, Ronald Barone of Winthrop and grandmother Marilyn (Justice) Penta and her husband, Robert of Saugus. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Her dog Jax will be lost without here.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MSPCA Angel, Donation Department, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.