Obituaries 06-21-2017

Edward Contilli, Sr.

Boston Police Department retiree, owned of “Eddie C’s” in Maverick Square

Edward Contilli, Sr. of South Hamilton, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday evening, June 16.

Edward or ‘Eddie’ as many knew him, was born in Boston on February 25, 1948 to the late Michael and Santa (Gaeta) Contilli. Growing up in East Boston, Edward was one of Eastie’s greatest athletes, excelling in all sports that he was involved in. After serving his country with dignity and honor during the Vietnam conflict, he returned to East Boston and soon became one of ‘Boston’s Finest’ serving his community for over 26 years in the Boston Police Department.

After retiring from the police force, he purchased the old Vincent’s Bar-B-Que in Maverick Square in East Boston and renamed it “Eddie C’s”. It soon became the place to eat and meet friends and it is still operating today. Working, playing sports, or defending our country and community, his greatest love was his family and his beloved wife Karen. Eddie unfortunately developed a chronic medical condition and his wife, sons and their families were there 24/7 for all of his care.

Right until the end of his life, he had a way to make everyone around him feel so special and his love was always shining through no matter how sick he became. Eddie passed away with the same dignity, grace and courage that he lived his life. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by all who loved him.

He was the beloved husband of over 42 years to Karen (Marsilia) Contilli; devoted father of Edward Contilli, Jr. and his wife, Megan of East Boston, and Michael Contilli and his wife, Ashley of Beverly; dear brother of Pamela (Contilli) Ashman and her husband. Paul Sr. of Saugus and the late Virginia Pallotta and Richard Contilli and the adored grandfather of Mia, Ava, Anthony and Lorenzo. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and many cherished friends.

Family and friends will honor Edward’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Saturday, June 24 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for a celebration of Edward’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations honoring Eddie may be made to The Angel Fund for ALS Research, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880 for more information, visit:

Evelyn Palladino

Of East Boston

Evelyn (Andrade) Palladino of East Boston died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday evening, June 14.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony Palladino, she was the devoted mother of Denise Fiumara and her husband, Richard of Saugus, William J Palladino of East Boston and the late Evelyn Capitumini and Janet Palladino; dear sister of the late Lucinda Andrade, Mary Duval, Alice Avellar, Anthony, James and William Andrade; cherished grandmother of Daniel, Richard, William, Kristin and the late Marc and adored great grandmother of Kia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Evelyn was laid to rest with her beloved husband and daughter at Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring Evelyn and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Make A Wish Fondation, 1 Bulfinch Pl. 2nd FL Boston 02114. For more information, visit:

Gloria Santaniello

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Gloria (Dunbar) Santaniello of Ft Myers, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly in Florida on June 12.

The beloved wife of the lateJosephP.Santaniello, she was the devoted mother of LindaProchiloand her husband, Dominic “Butchie,” Victor P. and his wife, Dora and the lateJosephP.Santaniello; dear sister of Edward Dunbar, Patricia Viola, PaulineSabellaand the late Gladys, June, Jewell andMurlene,;adored grandmother of  Lori, Lisa. Anthony, Erica, Dante and Ella and cherished great grandmother of Anthony, Tyler, Joseph andDyllan. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Cremation service was private. In honoring Gloria and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toAlzheimersAssoc., 480 Pleasant St.,Watertown02472. For more information, visit: .

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