Obituaries 09-19-2018

Salvatore Saldi

Of Washington State, formerly of East Boston

Salvatore Saldi of Washington State, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sept. 11 at the age of 96.

The beloved husband of the late Marquerite (Tango) Saldi, he was the devoted father of Joann Basso of Washington and the late Leonard Saldi and his late wife, Miyoko, dear brother of the late Angelo and Charles Saldi and Josephine Sacramone; cherished grandfather of Tiffany Basso-Jones and her husband, Russell and Salvatore Saldi and his wife, Kathy and Michael Saldi and adored great-grandfather of Nicholas, Brandon, Charley, Madison, Anthony and Matthew.

He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Salvatore’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 2  to 5 p.m. and again on Monday morning, Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church 59 Ashley St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Salvatore’s life. Services will conclude with Salvatore being laid to rest with full military honors at Mass Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon, MA.

John ‘Jay’ Armata

Life-long East Boston resident

John “Jay” Armata, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away on Sept. 10 at the age of 68.

He was the devoted son of the late John and Annette (Brunetta) Armata, dear brother of Jeanne Sandow of Concord, NH and Michael Armata and his wife, Andrea of East Boston, cherished uncle of Russell, Nicole, Michael and Matthew as well as great-nephews and a great-niece.

In accordance with Jay’s wishes, all services are private. In honoring Jay’s memory, Memorial Donations may be made to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center PACE Program 20 Maverick Sq. East Boston.

Martin ‘Marty’ Millerick

Lincoln Lab Supervisor

Martin J. ”Marty” Millerick, a longtime resident of Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, Sept. 11. He was 65 years old.

Martin was born and raised in East Boston’s Jeffries Point section. The well-known family resided on Webster Street for decades and was well associated with the Jeffries Yacht Club. Marty was an alumnus of St. Dominic Savio Boys Preparatory High School in East Boston. Later, he furthered his education at Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business


Marty married Judy R. (Malcolm) Millerick and together they shared 42 years of  marriage. The couple resided in Revere and later settled in Winthrop where they raised their family.

Marty worked at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in East Boston for almost 20 years as a Logistics Supervisor. Due to his nature and love for his family, he worked a second job to further

provide for them at Federal Express at Logan International Airport in the Heavy Weight Division for well over 10 years. He later took a position at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory. Marty rose to the

rank of General Supervisor of the Facilities Department, where he was currently still actively working.

Marty was dealing with some health issues, but was always courageous and optimistic.

Some of Marty’s favorite pastimes were being with his children and his brothers. In his younger years, he would often be bouncing on the waters of Boston Harbor and the Islands. He had  a

fascination for history and enjoyed learning new things. He was known best of his intellect and humorous personality. He will be missed by many and remembered as a man always

willing to help out a friend.

His very wise and dear mother would often be heard using a quote, “pray for a peaceful death.” Marty’s prayers were answered. He is now in heaven with his

parents, brothers and sister.

The devoted son of the late Edward C. Millerick and Imelda (Almond) Millerick, he was the dear husband of Judith R. “Judy” (Malcolm) Millerick, loving father of Robert K. Millerick and Ryan C.

Millerick, both of Peabody, Jennifer L. Millerick – Smith and her husband, Frank and Nicole D. Doyle and her

husband, Patrick, all of Danvers; cherished brother of Gerard E. Millerick and his wife, Deborah and

Peter D. Millerick, all of East Boston and the late Lorraine T. Nazzaro, Edward A. Millerick and Richard J. Millerick; adored grandfather of Lexi N. Millerick, Griffin Doyle, Chase Doyle and an

expected Wesley J. Smith. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, loving cousins and by many family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Autism Speaks, 85 Devonshire St., Boston, MA 02109 or Massachusetts Down Syndrome

Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803.

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Gene Westbrooks

Of East Boston

Gene E. Westbrooks of East Boston passed away on Sept. 7 at the age of 65.

He was the beloved husband of Deborah and the devoted father of Mellissa Westbrooks and is also survived by many loving brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, all services are private.

Jeanne Thompson

Of Virginia, formerly of East Boston

Jeanne T. (Roper) Thompson, most recently of Hopewell, VA and formerly of East Boston, Andover and Quincy, died unexpectedly Sept. 5.  She was 60 years old.

Jeanne was born in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School in 1975.  After high school, she graduated from The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and worked for Dr. Samuel Kane at East Boston Dental Associates as a dental assistant.

She later pursued her love of arts and crafts by attending floral design school, using  her talents to gift her family    and friends with      beautiful arrangements.

She leaves her            cherished son, Vinny Thompson, her mother, Theresa        Roper, her sisters: Cathy Russo and her husband, Johnny, Joany Caponigro and her husband, Doug, Dottie Roper, Loretta DeMarco and her husband, Rob, Patty R.            Rickards and her husband,  Lynn, her brother, Larry Roper and his wife, Laura; nine loving nephews, a great nephew and two great nieces.

Jeanne’s life  was also enriched with the love and parental guidance of Daniel McDuffie IV and Anita Massie.

A Memorial Mass will be  celebrated at The Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., East Boston on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, 335 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or online at www. are appreciated.

Jose Mauricio Hernandez

Floor installer

Jose   Mauricio Hernandez of East Boston, formerly of El Salvador, passed  away   on   Saturday,   Sept. 15, at   the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after suffering a sudden and major stroke several days earlier.  He was 34 years old.

Born in Metapan El Salvador, he was raised by his uncle and aunt, Felix and Bertila Hernandez.  He received his education in El Salvador and came to the United States 15 years ago. He settled in East Boston and has resided there with his wife, Rosa Hercules.  He worked for most of this time as a hard floor installer and had hopes of someday being an independent installer.

He was faithful to his church and enjoyed traveling.

To mourn his tragic loss, he leaves his wife, Rosa of East Boston, his beloved uncle and aunt at home in El Salvador, a brother, Marcial Hernandez in Florida and his first cousins (second siblings) Kelvin, Genaro Jose and Rene Hernandez.

Jose will be returned to El Salvador for final services and burial in Cementerio los Yanitos in Metapan, Santa Ana, El Salvador.  Arrangements were under the care and direction of the

Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit;

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