Legendary Boston advertising, marketing and public relations executive
Ray Barron, legendary Boston advertising, Marketing and public relations executive, who was referred to by many as a “renaissance man” for his accomplishments in business and creative arts, passed away
peacefully on October 15 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. He was 93 years old.
Ray was president and founder of Barron, Hillman and Mellnick for close to four
Born in Boston, his given name was Joseph Barisano. He began to use the professional name of Ray Barron at age 16 during his career as a musician and orchestra leader. A gifted and talented drummer and pianist, Ray lived in New York City during the early years of his music career where he
Met his future wife, actress Marilyn Mitchell.
Ray was a World War II Army Veteran who served his country in the European Theater and was awarded four battle stars and other citations.
Ray was a marketing instructor for more than a decade at the New England School of Art and Design and served as a member of the School’s Board of Directors. He was also a prolific writer, television and radio commentator, lecturer, and a mentor to many people, including George Regan, the
founder, Chairman, and President of Boston’s Regan Communications.
Regan referred to Barron as a second father, adding, “he is one of two people in advertising who helped me financially when I was starting my business; he gave me a $25,000 loan with no expectation
of being paid back,” he said. “He was a real mentor to me, and he referred to me as his son. Where I am today, I give Ray the credit and the blame.”
Upon selling his ad agency, Ray was Public Relations Director of the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston.
A life-long resident of Nahant, Ray was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Marilyn. He is survived by his daughters, Robin Waters and her husband, Paul of Swampscott and Karen Barisano Gordinas of Nahant; his sisters, Eve Barisano and Joan DiCenso and her
husband, Sal, all of East Boston and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his granddaughter Kerry
Gordinas Voznyak and her husband, Michael; his grandson, Kyle J. Waters and his great granddaughter, Teagan Voznyak.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nahant Council on Aging, 334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908. Arrangements were under the direction of the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. Lynn, MA 01902. For guestbook, visit:
Of East Boston
RoseAnn (DeLuca) Palermo died in East Boston on October 20.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Palermo, she was the loving mother of Lisa Heres and her husband, Donald of Revere and Roxanne Capezzuto and her husband, Richard of East Boston; devoted grandmother of Jennifer, Richard and Brittany Capezzuto and Paul Heres; dear sister of Anthony DeLuca and his wife, Inga of Nahant, Bernadette Cantalupo and her late husband, John of Revere, the late Marie Palmieri and her surviving husband, Joseph “Sonny” of East Boston; cherished aunt of Rev. Louis Palmieri, Maria Moore, John and Jessica Cantalupo.
Her Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Thursday morning, October 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, October 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett.
Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Francis E. Hibbard of Revere, formerly ofEast Boston, died on October 15 at the age of 73.
The beloved wife of the late Richard Hibbard, she was the devoted mother of Robin Lennon of Brockton and Debra Woodside of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Kristina Frances and John Richard Lennon, Kevin Woodside, Analiese and Ariana Bruno and adored great-grandmother of Kayden Woodside.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Frances was laid to rest with her beloved Richard in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett.
Of East Boston
Joseph J. Picardi of East Boston died on October 17.
The beloved husband of of 58 years of the late Ann C. (Murray) Picardi, he was the father of Gail and her husband, Philip Brown of Pembroke, Linda and her husband, Anthony Gallotto of Tewksbury and Joseph and his wife, Roseann Picardi of East Boston. He was the son of the late Mary (DiMarzo) and Massimino Picardi; brother of the late Ralph Picardi and his surviving, wife Patricia; brother-in-law of Daniel Murray; grandfather of Katelyn and Lindsey Brown, Lauren Foster, Anthony Jr. and Jason Gallotto, Tiffany Clark and Peter LaCascia and is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Joe’s funeral was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on Saturday and he was interred with his wife in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Donations in Joe’s memory to the Michael Jones Scholarship, Account #210261074, c/o East Boston Savings Bank, 10 Meridian St., East Boston, MA 02128 would be appreciated.
Arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.
Commonwealth of Mass DPW retiree
Maxine T. Teixeira, a lifelong resident of East Boston, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 20 at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital. She was 74 years old.
The daughter of the late Massimiliano “Max” and Archetta “Annie” (Saccardo) Tassinari, she attended St. Mary-Star of the Sea Grammar School in Orient Heights, East Boston and graduated in 1957 with honors. She continued at Fitton’s Girl High School (Fitton Catholic Central) in East Boston and graduated in 1961. She was also a 1963 alumna of Windham
Secretarial School of Boston. Maxine was an active member of the former Star of the Sea Young Adult Club of East Boston from about 1963 to 1977.
She began her career with the Commonwealth of Mass. Dept. of Public Utilitie in 1983, after raising her family and worked until she retired in 2013. At the time, she was Executive Secretary within the complex Dept. of Public Utilities as their Executive Payroll Admr. All of the time spent at the DPU, undoubtedly, Maxine held positions at the Administrative Level.
She was an active member of the Fitton
Alumni, forever and maintained a close relationship with many former “college” friends and former colleagues at the DPU. Along with her work, she became an activist for the fight against the Logan Airport Expansion, working with members of her Dad’s (Tassinari) family; the late
Emilio J. “Legs” Vertuccio and Mary Ellen Welch.
She was the beloved wife of the late Roger F. Teixeira; cherished mother to Brian J. Teixeira of East Boston, Carole J. Rizzo and her husband, John F. of Swampscott, Maria J. Votava and her husband, Michael of Richmond Hill, GA and Michael J. Teixeira of Taunton. She was the dear sister of Thomas J. Tassinari and his wife,
Deborah, Mark J. Tassinari and his wife, Therese, all of East Boston and Atty. Stephen J. Tassinari and his wife,
Sandra of Peabody and the Proud “Nonne” to Gabrielle, Samantha and Veronica Rizzo, all of Swampscott, James R. and John P. Votava, both of Richmond Hill, GA, and Lucy Rose and Mason R. Teixeira, both of
Middleboro. She is also lovingly survived by her faithful “In laws”, Edmund J. Teixeira and his wife, Mary of Wakefield, Ellen T. Selnick and her husband, Mitchell of Foxboro and John P. Teixeira of East Boston and her best friend, Joyce Scialabba. She was also the devoted companion to the late William Meloni
who passed in March of 2016 and the amazing aunt to many nieces and nephews, to whom she became a surrogate Mom.
Her Funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere at 10 a.m. today followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by visiting
www.MakingStridesWalk.org. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.