Obituaries 03-06-2019

Marino ‘Buddy’ Cuozzo

Former Boston Housing Authority Director; once named Veteran’s Council East Boston Man of the Year and East Boston Kiwanian of the Year

Marino “Buddy” Cuozzo, formerly of both East Boston and Lynnfield, passed away peacefully at home in Scituate surrounded by his loving family.  He was 94 years old.  

Born October 9, 1924 in East Boston to Rose and Valentino Cuozzo who came to America in 1913 from Casino, Italy, he was the beloved husband of Barbara (Laurano) Cuozzo, treasured father of Rozanne Saggese of Lynnfield, Janis Pustizzi of Saugus,Debra Roberts and her husband, Brian of Lynnfield, ValeriWilliams, her son Jack and his father, Robert of Scituate, Deirdre Gibbons and her husband, Ed ofLittle Silver, NJ, Marino Cuozzo, Jr. of Wilmington and Kym Buckovich and her husband, Paulof Scituate; cherished grandfather of 16, great grandfather of 17 and great great grandfather of two.

Marino lived a storied life growing up in East Boston during the depression with his eight sisters and only brother, Guy. His mother Rosie was his hero.         

He volunteered throughout the years for the East Boston Columbus Day celebrations and parade for which he was Grand Marshall. This man truly loved a parade.  

In 1969, Marino was named Man of the Year by the East Boston Veteran’s Council. He was East Boston Kiwanian of the year in 1994 and served as Revere Kiwanis President from 1993-1995.

Marino served our country as a Marine Corporal in Okinawa and Guadalcanal from 1943 to 1946 where his love of music and the drums deepened as he was honored to be the drum major proudly representing the Marine Corps Marching Band.

Upon returning from overseas, Marino’s love of style flourished when he opened his clothing store, Bud Elliott, in Lynn.     In 1961 he was appointed Director of the Boston Housing Authority and upon retiring moved his family to Lynnfield. It was here that Marino found his passion for building.

He built strong, beautiful, unique homes ~ each of the five homes he built was a reflection of his extraordinary style.          

Dad loved simple pleasures.    

He would always stop to kiss a baby’s head or smell a beautiful rose.

He loved animals, beautiful music, Christmas, and let’s not forget dessert.

If you were lucky enough, you had the pleasure of seeing and hearing him play his drums. Shopping on a Saturday for the perfect suit, shoes or Fedora just made him happy.

Marino was a man of Grace, a proud father and Marine who loved his country and his family with all of his heart. 

He will be the best dressed man in heaven. There will never be another like him ~ ever. He will never be forgotten. Our very own personal movie star.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 Grove Street, Lynnfield on Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m.

Following the Mass, his family invites you to a celebration of his sweet life at Spinelli’s, Route One South, Lynnfield. Please omit flowers. Remembrances can be made in Marino’s name to Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061. Semper Fi

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Kathleen Virginia

“Katie” Santos

Her love and tenderness knew no bounds

Kathleen Virginia “Katie” (Espinola) Santos of South Berwick, ME, formerly of Lynn, passed away with her family by her side at the Mass General Hospital in Boston on Feb. 20 at the age of 59.

Born Aug. 28, 1959 in Chelsea, Katie was a career Mom – boundless in her devotion to her family as well as friends. A parishioner of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Sanford, ME, she was active with Lent and Advent Book Studies; an integral aide to the Jumble Sale fundraising event and regularly participated in Community Care Day. During her years in Lynn, she was an active parishioner of the former St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

A passionate child advocate, especially for children with autism, she dedicated an abundance of time throughout her life to working with and for children. Her love and tenderness knew no bounds.

She stood as the “Neighborhood Mom” in every community in which she lived, always there to lend support to anyone in need. She will rest as the Patron Saint of the Santos Clan.

The beloved wife of 37 years to Stephen Manuel Santos, she was a devoted mother to Joseph Frederick, Adam Justin and Kenneth Stephen, as well as a loving Vao Vo to Alexia Raquel, Rylee Benjamin, Zandros Michael Manuel and Kenneth Stephen.

She passes to her celestial family above. She was the loving daughter of the late Francis J. and Marguerite I. Espinola and dear sister to Donald F., Nancy A., Joseph F., Phillip A., and Kenneth W.,  as well as loving niece of the late Rod and Phyllis Moore, Bill and Gladys Keefe and Buddy Sheppard.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial — Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Salvatore Tassone

Long time political activist who worked to make East Boston a better place

Salvatore “Sammy” Tassone, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly on March 1 at the age of 87.

Sammy was a US Navy Korean War veteran, a past member of the East Boston Civic Club, an employee of the City of Boston Retirement Board and a long-time political activist. Sammy spent countless hours volunteering on local campaigns and with local organizations trying to make East Boston a better place. He will be missed by all. 

The devoted son of the late Joseph and Maria (Sesito) Tassone, he was the dear brother of Frank Tassone of East Boston, Elizabeth Sharpe of Quincy and the late Rose Carley and Vito Tassone and the cherished uncle of Robert Carley and Kristen Carley. He is also survived by many living friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will honor Sammy’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Thursday, March 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. A funeral service in celebration of Sammy’s life will be held at the Serenity Chapel of the Memorial Home at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Sammy being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Ronald James Eldridge

Late employee of Brandywyne Village

Ronald James Eldridge of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on March 3.

A late employee of Brandywyne Village, he was the beloved son of the late Mary E. (Cutcliff) and Eugene A. Eldridge Sr., brother of Judy Clark, June Dennen, Janet, John and Edward Eldridge and the late Joyce DiGenio, Gene Jr., Jackie and Charles Eldridge. He is also survived by two generations of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston, Thursday morning, March 7, at 10 o’clock.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, March 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the family lot in Knollwood Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory to Beachmont VFW Auxiliary #6712, 150 Bennington St., Revere 02151 would be appreciated.  Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available form 340 Bremen St.  For additional information, visit:

James Sorrento

Retired educator who valued family

James Sorrento, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26.  He was 84 years old.

Jim, who was born and raised in East Boston, was an avid baseball and football player at East Boston and English High.  He joined the army and was a Korean War Veteran, stationed in Europe.  After his military career, he was a Waterfront Director at East Boston Camps in Westford.  It was here that James met his wife, Rita.

James was a graduate of Boston State and worked as an Adjustment Counselor in Boston, a Title 1 Director in Revere, and a teacher at Lynn Public Schools. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish and his favorite pastimes included watching old movies, golfing and dancing. Jim loved to travel, near and far. Above all, Jim valued family, and enjoyed raising his two sons, and later spending time and sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren.  He was the loving father of Dr. Jim Sorrento and his daughter-in-law, Rachael of Rowley and Mark Sorrento of Winthrop. Jim was adored by his grandchildren, Stephen Moniz and Anthony Sorrento. He was the caring brother of the late Sarah Robinson, Marie Mascis and late Joseph, Salvatore, Frank and Charles Sorrento. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will honor James’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere at 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday morning, before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’s name to the Neighborhood PACE Program at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center at  or to St. Anthony of Padua Restoration Fund, 250 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. For guest book and directions, please visit

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