Obituaries 09-28-2022

Edward Boyan, Jr.

Retired Electrician

Edward J. Boyan, Jr.  died at home in East Boston on September 24 surrounded by family. 

Ed was born and raised in East Boston and entered the US Coast Guard in 1964, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a retired electrician and a member of the Jeffries Point Yacht Club.

The beloved husband of Mary A. (Genovitch) Boyan, he was the loving father of Kelly Schacht and her husband, Albert, Edward J. Boyan III and the late Jody Phillips; grandfather of Stephanie Quinn and Erick Schacht and great-grandfather of Alani and Elijah.  He is also survived by many cousins and extended family.

Visiting will be in the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston today, Wednesday, September 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will conclude with a Prayer Service and Military Honors.  Relatives and friends are invited. 

Please leave messages of condolence for the family on his Tribute Page at

Vincent Fiore

He Most Cherished Time Spent With His Family

Vincent R. Fiore of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Wednesday, September 21 surrounded by the comfort and love of his family.

Vincent was a sports enthusiast who especially loved the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, Vincent cherished time spent with his family. 

The cherished son of the late Salvatore “Pee Wee” and Madeline (Fiorillo) Fiore, he was the devoted husband of Marianne (D’Ortona) Fiore with whom he shared 57 wonderful years of marriage, loving father of Christine Fiore and James “Jim” and his wife, Joanne, all of Revere; adored grandfather of Ricky Cioffi of Saugus, Bianca Fiore of Revere and granddoggie, Milo; caring brother of Ronald Fiore and his wife, Gail of Avon and Doreen Federico and her husband, Anthony of Revere. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincent’s memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or by going online to

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Sebastian “Benny” Zappulla

Formerly of East Boston

Sebastian “Benny” Zappulla, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, the husband of the late Yolanda Zappulla, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 93 years of age from Dementia.

He was the father of a loving son, James of Middleboro and his wife, Margaret. The grandfather to his pride and joys, Catherine and Alice. Benny served as a Marine in WWII in Guam as a runner. After returning home he met his love of his life, Yolanda and they married in 1950. He enjoyed music and had his own orchestra in the 1950’s. He played guitar, organ, and his all time favorite instrument saxophone, until he wasn’t able to play anymore. He attended Berklee School of Music and later taught guitar to children as a side job. He worked as a presser at Picarello and Singer, upon leaving he went to work for the Federal Government as a printer until his retirement in 1990. He did painting and wallpapering as a side job when James was growing up. Benny loved cars and took pride in his car even at 93 he was still outside tending to his car. He passed that love of cars onto his songs and granddaughters. Two of his son’s favorite memories were going to the slot cars races with his dad and spending the day racing his slot cars. He would help his son set his trains up in the living room and they would play them for weeks until they were told to take them down so they could have the living room back again. Besides his son and his family, Benny is survived by his loving sister-in-law, Mary Zappulla of Winthrop, brother-in-law, Joseph DiMartino of Revere, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Vincenzo and Rose Zappulla and his brother, Salvatore Zappulla. He will be missed by all those who knew him and loved him. Family and friends will honor Benny’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Friday, September 30th from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. before leaving in procession to Saint John’s Church, Winthrop, for a funeral Mass celebrating Benny’s life at 11:30 A.M. Services will conclude with Benny being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. May he rest in peace. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 for research for dementia and Alzheimer’s. To leave an online condolence please visit

Anna Ciano

Longtime Devoted Parishioner of Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church

Anna Ciano of East Boston passed away surrounded by her loving family at the age 94. 

A longtime devoted parishioner of Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church in East Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late John Ciano, devoted mother of Paul Ciano and his wife, Theresa, Barbara Milnick and her husband, Kent and Edward Ciano; dear sister of the late Filomena Cioffi and Frank Gazzero; cherished grandmother of John, Gino, Christopher, Anthony and Caitlyn and adored great-grandmother of Jackson and Ava. 

Family and friends will honor Anna’s life by gathering for a Funeral Mass at Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church on Thursday, September 29 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Anna being laid to rest with her beloved husband, John at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale. May they rest in peace.

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Lucy “Babes” Clifford

Longtime Parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston and Member of the Sons of Italy

Lucy “Babes” (Cavaleri) Clifford of Winthrop passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 20 at 85 years of age. 

Babes was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston, an avid bingo player and a member of the Sons of Italy.

The beloved wife of John Clifford, she was the devoted mother of John Clifford Jr. and his late wife, Patricia, Leonard Clifford and long-time partner, Brian Viarella, Mary Lou Clifford and partner, Michael Dalli and Lisa Clifford; dear sister of the late Josie Mirasolo, Gina Blackwood, Tina Polsonetti, Lewis Cavaleri, Frank “Chubby” Cavaleri, Joseph Cavaleri and Salvi Cavaleri; cherished grandmother of John Clifford III and spouse, Shannon, Patrick Clifford and spouse, Amanda, Richard Morton and spouse, Diana and Gina Clifford and partner, Mike Robles and adored great-grandmother of Jackson. 

Family and friends honored Babe’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Monday, September 26 and again on Tuesday morning, September 27 followed by a prayer service in our Serenity Chapel at 11 a.m. Services concluded with Babes being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  May she rest in peace.

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