Obituaries 02-14-2018

George Hoey, Sr.

Longtime political activist

George J. Hoey Sr., an East Boston native, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4 with his family around him at his home in North East, Maryland after a long battle with cancer.

George, who was born on June 5, 1934 to Evelyn and Albert Hoey, was a longtime political activist. He was the former president of the East Boston police community relations. George was also a democratic ward committee member, involved in many political campaigns. He was a precinct captain for Kevin White, campaigning in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He later retired from the city in 1990.

The beloved husband of Catherine E. (Lightbody), he was the devoted father of Cheryl O’Sullivan and her husband, Charles Knopp of North East, Maryland, Colleen and her husband, Brian Bailey of Florida, George J. Hoey, Jr and his wife, Julie of Lynnfield, Regina Beane of Stoneham, David Hoey and Sean Hoey and his wife, Barbara, all of Winthrop, and Catherine and her husband, Matthew Tierney of Walpole; cherished grandfather of Patrick O’Sullivan and his wife, Kari, Sean O’Sullivan and his wife, Denielle, Brittany Langenbach and her husband, Ben, Samantha Tierney, Cassidy Bailey, Sydney Tierney, Alexandra Beane, Erica Hoey and Madison Hoey. He was the son of the late Albert F. and Evelyn (McMahon) Hoey, brother of Ruth Carter of New Hampshire, Evelyn Mackey and Michael Hoey, both of East Boston and the late Marjorie Mackey, Albert Francis Hoey, Charles H. Hoey, Barbara Hoey Fagan and Regina Hoey

Marie Butera

Of East Boston

Marie R. (Puopolo) Butera of East Boston passed away at the age of 94

on Feb. 10.

The beloved wife of the late Vincent Butera, she was the loving mother of Vincent Butera and his wife, Nancy of Revere, cherished daughter of the late Raffaele and Rosina Puopolo, dear sister of the late Anna Leo, Mildred Ruocco and Augistino Puopolo and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor

Marie’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262

Beach Street, Revere on Thursday, morning Feb. 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a service in our chapel of the resurrection at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. For guest book and directions, visit:

Thomas Boyan Sr.

Died recently

Thomas Boyan Sr. passed away on Feb. 5. He was 60 years old.

Thomas was born in Winthrop to Robert and Mary Boyan. He was the husband of Andrea Boyan; devoted father of Thomas Boyan Jr. of Revere, Christina Boyan and her fiancé, Elliot King of Falmouth, and Andrew Boyan of East Boston; dear brother of Mary Kennedy, Robert, John and Carol Boyan and the late Trudy Lumia. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis TN 38105.

Alfred Capobianco

Long time Raytheon employee

Alfred A. Capobianco of East Boston passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 7.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a long time employee of the Raytheon Company.

He was the cherished son of the late Joseph and Mary (Sersanti) Capobianco, brother of Anna Webb and her late husband, Frank of Burlington, the late Duilia Alfano and her late husband, Mario of Winchester and the late Rose Donovan and her late husband, Joseph of Winchester and dear friend of Dorothy Smith of Stoneham. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book, visit:

John ‘Jack’ DeFusco

Retired US Government Electrical Engineer

who was loyal, wise, fair, funny and tough as nails — a character and true original.

John M. “Jack” DeFusco, of Seal Beach, CA and Fremont, NH, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Monday, Jan. 29 at the age of 88.

Jack was born in Boston to Albert DeFusco and Margaret Beninati DeFusco.  He attended Boston public schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1950, he married the love of his life, Margaret Petrola DeFusco, and they had four children.

Jack worked as an electrical engineer and retired from the U.S. Government after more than 30 years of civil service.

He was a Mason since 1962 and a past Master of Faith Lodge, formerly located in Charlestown, MA. One of his proudest accomplishments was purchasing land on Cape Cod and designing and building a cottage so that his wife and children could enjoy summers at the beach.  The cottage was a family gathering place and provided many wonderful memories for all who visited.

During his life, Jack traveled the world.  He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hunting, as well as crossword puzzles, movies, reading, cooking and baking (especially for family and friends). At the age of 62, he discovered road biking/cycling, which became his passion for the next 20 years.  For his 71st birthday, he completed a solo 3,000mile cycling trip that began in New Hampshire, continued down the East Coast to Florida, and ended in Texas — all while camping along the way.

The most important thing to him, however, was FAMILY — his beloved Margaret, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His favorite words of wisdom were “family is forever.”  He was loyal, wise, fair, funny and tough as nails — a character and true original.

He was preceded in death by his wife and soulmate, Margaret, his parents, and his two sisters, Angela Choate and Rita Griffin.

He is survived by his children, Devah [Debra] Emma DeFusco (Patricia), Jean Hulke (Larry), John M. DeFusco, Jr. (Sara) and Dara Margaret Brillant (Sam); eight grandchildren: Isa Donnelly DeFusco, Jessica Cunningham (Kevin), Nicholas DeFusco (Natalie), Michael Hersh DeFusco, Anthony Joseph DeFusco, Cheri A. Ramada (Ameer), Matthew Brillant (Victoria) and John Brillant; five great-grandchildren: Cooper, Mia, and Olivia Cunningham, Bentley DeFusco and Samantha  Brillant. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Jack will be laid to rest beside Margaret at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Boston. At his request, no service will be held. For further information: Weir Funeral Home (781) 322-0834

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