Obituaries 03-20-2019

John Bradley

Special Officer at Boston City Hall

John E. Bradley of Boston passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17.

A Special Officer at Boston City Hall. John was an avid deep sea fisherman who loved going to the racetrack at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. 

He was the devoted father of Jennifer Soares and her husband, Paul of Woburn, John Bradley Jr. and his wife. Stefanie of Stoneham, and Rita Tigges of East Boston, beloved longtime friend of Nicole Giglio, cherished grandfather of Grace, Jack, Nicolas and Michael.

Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, East Boston, for a mass celebrating John’s life at 10 a.m. Other services will be private. For more information, please visit

James Odoardi

Will be remembered for his kind heart,

big smile and generous spirit

James E. Odoardi of Wellingon, Florida died peacefully at his home Friday, March 8 following a brief illness.  He was 91 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he made his living as a masonry foreman and was an expert craftsman.  After retiring to Florida, he transferred his talents into completing projects for his family.  Every family member has a piece of his craftsmanship in their home, be it an entertainment center, a tiled backsplash, or a custom built dollhouse.  

His generosity did not end with his work.  He was a caretaker in every sense of the word.  He looked after his siblings, protected his wife, and most of all enjoyed the company of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Jim was equally loved and respected by everyone who knew him and will be remembered for his kind heart, big smile and generous spirit.  He left this earth having no regrets.  

Jim is survived by his wife of 72 years, Louise (Vecchio) Odoardi; his son, Jim Odoardi (Anne) of Marblehead, his daughter in law, Nancy Odoardi of Hobe Sound, FL; his grandsons: Jamie Odoardi (Alyssa) of Topsfield, Jay Odoardi (Allison) of Hamilton; his granddaughter, Kristen Bixby (Steve) of Essex; his brother, Richard Odoardi (Joyce) of Peabody; nine great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Odoardi, his parents James and Rose (DiBennedetto) Odoardi, four sisters: Antoinetta DeRosa of Malden, Florence Mercurio, Emma Tritto and Anna Fulcino, all of Revere and a brother, Robert Odoardi of East Boston.

Family and friends are invited to gather in remembrance on Monday, March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palms West Funeral Home, 110 Business Park Way, Royal Palm Beach, FL.  A Mass in celebration of Jim’s life will be held Tuesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Therese De Lisieux, 11800 Lake Worth Road, Wellington, FL. A gathering in Massachusetts to celebrate Jim’s life will take place in the coming months.

Doan Le

Owner of Allure Salon in Everett

Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 19, at the Wing Fook Funeral Home, 13 Gerard St., Boston for Doan M. Le, who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 12, after a most courageous battle with cancer at the Care Dimension Hospice House in Lincoln, MA. She was 43 years old. Born in Vietnam, Doan came to the United States in 1989. She furthered her education by studying business and real estate and earned her cosmetology license. She worked diligently in an elite salon until she reached her goal of opening her own business, Allure Salon in Everett.

She was very successful and all her clients and employees loved her for the beautiful person she was.

In 2004, on her birthday, she married the love of her life, George Rozantes (owner of George’s Autobody in East  Boston). The couple had a Las Vegas wedding and began their life together residing in Winthrop.

An avid world traveler, Doan Le will be most remembered for always being fashionable, creative and for having an extremely kind spirit. She would always make time to help anyone in need. Her determination and countless acts of kindness is her legacy.

She was the beloved wife of George Rozantes of Winthrop; loving mother of Raymond Phan, Brian Phan, and Ruth Rozantes;  the cherished daughter of Anna Le of Boston and the dear sister of Thuy Le, Michael Le, Tu Le, Kieu Le of and the late Doa Le. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Doan will be always be remembered, loved and missed.

Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.

Niesa Guarino Hernandez

Of East Boston

Niesa M. Guarino Hernandez of East Boston passed away on March 16 at the age of 27.

She was the beloved wife of Fredy Hernandez, devoted mother of Arianna and Aaliyah Hernandez, cherished daughter of Michael and the late Judith Guarino, dear sister of Michael Guarino Jr. and adored granddaughter of Guiseppe Guarino and the late Grace Guarino, Nicholas Ruggiero and Lillian Ruggiero. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Niesa’s life by gathering at St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church 59 Ashley St., East Boston on Friday, March 22, for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Niesa’s life at 12 noon. Services will conclude with Niesa being laid to rest with her mother at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Services are under the care and direction of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, please

Henry Rudolph Boyd

Retired mechanic and veteran of two wars

Henry Rudolph Boyd of Goldsboro, NC formerly of the North End of Boston and East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 14 at the age of 90.

A retired mechanic and U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was born in North Carolina on October 19,1928 to Jarvis and Virginia (Bass) Boyd. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Gallo) Boyd, devoted father of Marie Ekasala, Phillip Orlandella, Theresa Caruso, Carol Piazza, Henry Boyd, Debbie Dewing, Joseph Boyd, Jacqueline Boyd, Joann Lundin, Robert Boyd, Richard Boyd, Anthony Boyd, Cheryl Murray, Rella Jernigan, Jeanette Jackson, and the late Dorothy Dicedue and Janet Boyd; loving companion of Ruby Woodson. dear brother of Elizabeth Carver and the late George Suppis and is also survived by many adored grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will honor Henry’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Henry’s life. Services will conclude with Henry being laid to rest with full military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Boston Wounded Vet. Run, ITAM Post #6, 60 Paris St., East Boston in honor of Cpl. Vincent Mannion Brodeur. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Robert Gleason

Formerly of East Boston

Robert Gleason of Florida, formerly of East Boston,  passed away on Sunday, March 3 at Sarasota Memorial Rehab Center at the age of 92.

He was born to Joseph and Elizabeth Gleason on Dec. 14, 1926 in Boston, one of nine siblings.  He grew up in East Boston and after graduating from East Boston High School in 1944, he joined the United States Army and served as a Supply Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War ll. After his service, he married Ida Capua and they had three children.

Bob moved from Massachusetts to Sarasota, Florida in 1996. He loved his hometown teams the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. He will be remembered as a stubborn and cheap man who fiercely loved his family and friends.

Robert Gleason is survived by his son, Joey Gleason; son-In-Law, Terry Albright; grandchildren Terry Albright Jr., Sean (Renee) Albright and Kera (Ryan) Schwartz; great grandchildren, Stephanie, Christian, Angel, Noah, Camden and Caylin; brother, Jim Gleason; sisters, Isabel Gleason, Pauline Miozza and Eleanor Bernabei.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Gleason, his parents, Joe and Elizabeth Gleason; his children, Bobby Gleason and Sandy Albright; brothers Joe, George and Charlie Gleason and sister, Alice Corlito. 

Memorial Services will be held on March 29, at Oakwood Manor, Sarasota, FL from 12 – 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert Gleason’s name to his favorite charity the Boy’s Town Organization, PO Box 5000, Boys Town, NE 68010 or

Richard Stanley Saltzman

Of Jamaica Plain, formerly of East Boston

Richard Stanley Saltzman of Jamaica Plain, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Feb. 6. He was 61 years old.

He is survived by his former wife, Joane Viarella Stone and Jason Stone and his daughters, Kristen Saltzman J.D. of Woburn, Desiree Dipaolo and her husband, Peter Dipaolo of Revere and his grandchildren, Joseph Vitale Luca and Mikaelya Dipaolo. He is also survived by his uncle, Leonard  Saltzman of Andover, his brother and sister, Alan Saltzman and Kerri-Ann Tobin and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston. Please omit flowers.

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