Obituaries 04-15-2015

Arthur ‘Artie’ Smith, Jr.

Life long member of Jeffries Point Yacht Club

Arthur “Artie” J. Smith, Jr. of East Boston died on April 13. He was 75 years old.

Artie, who was a life long member of Jeffries Point Yacht Club, was the beloved husband of Janice Florentine; loving father of Tracey, Colleen, Kathleen and Arthur; stepfather of John Giammarco and his wife, Leah; dear brother of Marylou Smith, Charlotte Fobert and James Smith and his wife, Georgina and is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service in celebration of Artie’s life will be held at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., on Saturday April 18 at noon. Family and friends are welcome to gather prior to the service at 11 a.m. The Funeral Home is handicap accessible. Courtesy Valet Parking at front entrance. Ample off Street Parking. Children’s Room Available. For more information, please visit ruggieromh,com

Anthony Giovanniello

Past VP of ASCME Local 804; past employee City of Boston DPW

Anthony Giovanniello of East Boston died on April 11. He was 64 years old.

A past employee of over 35 Years of the City of Boston DPW, he was also a Past Vice President of AFSCME Local 804

The devoted son of the late Amilio and Josephine (Polignone) Giovanniello, he was the dear brother of Rocco Giovanniello and his wife, Sherry of Winthrop, John Giovanniello of East Boston, Richard Giovanniello and his wife, Andrea of Saugus, Robert Giovanniello and his wife, Patricia of East Boston and Gary Polignone and his wife, Cindy of Middleton; cherished uncle of Vanessa, Nikkii, Maria and Stephen and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Anthony by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Friday, April 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, 301 Elm St. Everett for a funeral service at 10 a.m. In honoring Anthony and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home for the visiting hours please call 617-569-0990. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit:

Melody Casaletto

Loved family, friends, reading, bingo, and the ocean

Melody A. Casaletto of Amesbury, East Boston and Fall River passed away peacefully in her home after a long illness on April 6 with her loving husband, Frank J. Casaletto, by her side. She was 66 years old.

Her passion beyond family and friends was her love for reading, bingo and the ocean.

Melody was born on March 2, 1949 in Fall River to the late Donald and Theresa Pratt. She is survived by 10 of her 13 siblings. She was the beloved step-mother to the late Frank J. Casaletto, Jr of East Boston and is survived by her step-children, Julie M. McCann and her husband, Timothy of Newton, NH, Kerri Dalton and her husband, Robert of Amesbury and Anthony Casaletto of Dunnellon, FL along with three granddaughters, four grandsons, many neices and nephews, her life long friend, Donna Mekal and her canine companion, Max.

Private services will be held with arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Haverhill. For online guestbook, please visit

Palma Faldetta

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston

Palma D. (DePerrI) Faldetta of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died recently.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gerlando; devoted mother of Edward Faldetta and his wife, Terry of New Hampshire; dear sister of Gesamino DePerri of East Boston, Mary Bergeron of Danvers and the late Richard, Alfred, John, Joseph and Salvatore DePerri, Mary Vincent and Rose Zappulla; adored grandmother of Danielle and cherished great grandmother of Alysis and Richard,

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Palma was laid to rest in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Edward ‘Eddie’ Gay

Proprietor of ECAS Air Services

Edward J. “Eddie” Gay, a 20 year resident of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on April 11 after being rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 64 years old.

Born in Cambridge, he was raised in the Orient Heights section of East Boston and was a 1968 graduate of East Boston High School. Most of his working career was in the air freight service industry. He worked for Signature Flight Services at Logan Airport from 1998 to 2013. “Eddie” was a long time member of the Winthrop Golf Club and was the proprietor of ECAS Air Services.

The devoted father of Robin N. Gay of Revere and Ralph Sharp of East Boston, he was the cherished grandfather of Kayla N. Gay Quesada of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his former wife, Fiorella Mazzei. He was the dear brother of Rick Gay and his wife, Diane of Milton, Linda Banelis and her late husband, Jack of Malden, James Mazzapica and his wife, Mary, Kathleen Thomann and her husband, Daniel, all of Tewksbury, Mary McGowan of Malden and the late Francis “Franny” Gay and Carl Mazzapica. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 6:15 p.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Eddie Gay Fund at For additional information, visit

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