Obituaries 07-22-2020

James MacDonald

Lifelong Winthrop resident

James A. MacDonald of Winthrop, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 19.

James was born in Boston on May 19, 1989 with his twin brother, John. He was a life-long Winthrop resident and attended the Dalrymple School, Winthrop Middle School and Winthrop High School where he made many friends. He was a fast friend to all that knew him and had a smile that could light up the room. He worked as a waiter and bartender for many years, most recently at JW’s Restaurant in Winthrop.

James struggled with substance use disorder over the last couple years. He joined the recovery community where he made many friends. Sadly, James lost his battle with addiction.

He will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

The beloved son of John A. and Madeline “Dolly” (Shand) MacDonald, he was the devoted father of Giovanna Hurtado, dear brother of John MacDonald and Frank Forsyth and the late Gina Forsyth, cherished grandson of the late John and Virginia (Fitzpatrick) MacDonald and Lester and May (MacLeod) Shand. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

Family and friends will honor James’ life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Friday, July 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. James will be interred privately at Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop.  For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit

John Wyatt

Retired Boston Firefighter

John A. Wyatt of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 10.

John was a late US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a proud retired firefighter for the City of Boston.

The beloved husband of Rose (Sorrentino), he was the loving father of James Thain and his wife, Maureen of Stoneham, David Thain and his wife, Lina of Saugus, Lisa Capogreco and her husband, Pasquale of East Boston and Sandra Gamble and her husband, Scott of Winthrop; dear brother of the late Joseph, Barbara and George and is also survived by nine loving grandchildren: Dianne, Jonathan, Rosemarie, Sara, Domenic, Jake, Grace, Sophia and Sarah as well as three loving great grandchildren, Natale, Alexa and Maria.

At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on Tuesday and all services were held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Mass. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit

Joseph Ross Interbartolo

Founder, Broker, and President of the award winning real estate company Century 21 Birchwood Realty of Cape Coral / Ft. Myers, FL.

Joseph Ross Interbartolo, 81, formerly of East Boston,  Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, Florida, passed away on Sunday, July 12.

Born in East Boston, on Feb. 20, 1939, he was the devoted husband of Camille (Scarpa) Interbartolo of 60 years and the beloved son of the late Joseph Interbartolo and Rose (Gordon). He was predeceased by his son, Joseph Ross, Jr and was the cherished father of Francine (Interbartolo) McCartin and her husband, Patrick McCartin,  Nadine (Interbartolo) Harriott and her husband, Jarrod Harriott and Michael Interbartolo, all of Cape Coral, FL; the dear brother of Rose (Interbartolo) Aldo and her husband, Donald Aldo of Malden and the late Richard Interbartolo of East Boston and was loved by his brother in law Frank Scarpa, Jr. and his wife, Jeannie (Belcher) Scarpa of Winthrop. He was the cherished grandfather of Joshua and Kaleb Harriott and Celina and Nicholas Interbartolo of Cape Coral, FL. and by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Joseph attended East Boston High School in 1953 and graduated in 1957.

Shortly afterwords, he attended Bryant and Stratton College for two years and Bentley College for two years. Then he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bookkeeping and Accounting.

Straight out of college, Joseph enlisted in the United States Air Force 101st  Airborne Division. He served on active duty in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis in France under Major General Charles W. Sweeney. He returned to the United States and served for eight years until 1969.

After leaving the Air Force, Joseph began his love for real estate. It was from 1969-1970 that Joseph worked on getting his Massachusetts Real Estate License. After he acquired his license, he began working for Winn Real Estate. In 1972, he moved to Connecticut and began working for General Development as Broker for four states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

After working with General Development for four years, in 1976 Joseph and his family moved to Cape Coral, Florida. It is here, in the heart of Southwest Florida, where he continued his love for real estate and started his legacy of what became known as Century 21 Birchwood Realty today. Before opening Century 21 Birchwood Realty, he worked on getting his Florida Real Estate License. After acquiring his license, he opened Birchwood Realty in 1977. In June 1980, he expanded into a franchise with Century 21, becoming Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc.

Joseph was an active member of First Assembly of God Cornerstone Church for over 30 years. Joe was one of the founding members of the church. At First Assembly Cornerstone, Joseph was heavily involved in Men’s Ministry, Kid’s Club, Evangelism, and Bible Study.

Joseph’s talents and hobbies were many. First and foremost, Joseph’s faith came first. Joseph loved God and he loved to read the Bible. Joseph also enjoyed praise and worship music.

When it came to serving, Joseph had a big heart. Joseph was on the Teen Challenge Board of Directors for four years and was heavily involved with the Teen Challenge Men’s Ministry for over 25 years.

Joseph was an avid golfer,  pool player,  and bocce player. He loved to golf and play pool with his grandsons, his sister, and his brother in law. He also loved to play ping-pong one on one with his brother in law, Don Aldo. Joseph loved to sing, watch TV, and go to the movies. Joseph loved to vacation and travel to Sevier County, Tennessee.

Joseph always enjoyed a great meal (especially from Massachusetts). He loved family traditions such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, Father’s Day, the 4th  of July and Labor Day.

He was always there to support his grandchildren at their sporting events. He was very proud of each and every one of them.

Joseph was the Founder, Broker, and President of the award winning real estate company Century 21 Birchwood Realty of Cape Coral / Ft. Myers, FL. for over 40 years. “Joe” was always there to listen and provide guidance to many of his agents and brokers inspiring many to open their own business in the real estate field.

Known as “Joe or Jr. Bartolo” to his many friends from East Boston, Joe was a diehard Red Sox fan who was rewarded with their recent World Series titles. Being from New England, he also followed and cheered for the New England Patriots.

Joe was the nephew of the late World Champion Boxer, Sal Bartolo and the son in law of the late World Champion Wrestler, Frank Scarpa, Sr.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

There will be an open house celebration of Joe’s life at Century 21 Birchwood Realty, 4040 Del Prado Blvd., on July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Services will be private for family at the First Assembly Cornerstone in Ft. Myers.

Please send remembrances to Please send offerings  in memory of  Joseph to First Assembly Cornerstone Men’s Ministry and the Wounded Warriors Project.

For more information or to send an online condolence,  please  go to

The Ruggiero Family Memorial Home of East Boston is assisting the Interbartolo Family with local arrangements.

Daniel O’Neill

Of East Boston

Daniel F. O’Neill of East Boston passed away on July 17.

A Vietnam War veteran, he was the loving son of the late Henry and Josephine (Maiolino) O’Neill, he was the devoted father of Dina Beshere, Daniel O’Neill, Michael O’Neill, Jamie O’Neill and Stephen-Michael O’Neill and the dear brother of Stephen O’Neill.

In accordance with Daniel’s wishes, all services will be private. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit 

Mario Pisaturo

Of East Boston

Mario P. Pisaturo of East Boston passed away peacefully on July 17. 

The beloved husband of Angelina (Capobianco) Pisaturo, he was the devoted father of Anthony Pisaturo of Hingham and Maria Grimaldi and her husband, Sosio of Lynnfield, dear brother of the Maria, Guido, Joseph and the late Christina, and Gaetano and is also survived by his cherished grandchildren; Gianni, Stephanie and Giana. 

Family and friends are respectfully invited to the Most Holy Redeemer Church Maverick St (Maverick Square) East Boston on today, Wednesday, July 22 at 11:30 a,n, for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Mario’s life. Services will conclude with Mario being laid to rest in the community Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham 02142. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit 

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