Paul A. Bright Sr.
Retired Revere Firefighter, Fought Chelsea Fire of 1973
A funeral Mass will be celebrated today (Wednesday) at noon in the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for Paul A. Bright Sr., of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, who died on May 7 following an illness. He was 81 years old.
As a youth, he attended the Williams School in Chelsea and Chelsea High School, where he was class president for four consecutive years. He also starred on the football and basketball teams, all while working various jobs to help his family. He loved to recount memories of his childhood in Chelsea throughout his life.
After graduation, Mr. Bright served in the US Army as a medic in the Korean War. Following his service time, he worked in construction and then joined the Revere Fire Department, serving honorably for many years until his retirement in 1992. He was a past vice president of Local 926, the Revere Firefighters Union, and a past officer of the International Association of Firefighters and the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. Mr. Bright and his late wife were devoted members of the Immaculate Conception Parish and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Throughout all his years, Mr. Bright’s greatest joy was time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His wife, Kay, was his best friend and partner in all that they did. After her death four years ago, Mr. Bright visited her grave nearly every day of his surviving years. He attended countless Little League games and dance recitals.
He was passionate about his job and his brother firefighters. He loved to tell stories about his service, including many years spent with Engine Company 5 on North Shore Road. Among the numerous fires to which he responded was the famous Chelsea conflagration of 1973.
Mr. Bright was the beloved husband of the late Katherine "Kay" J. (Toomey). He is survived by four children, Kathleen M. Bright Procopio and her husband, David, of Revere; Paul A. Bright Jr. of Chelsea; Revere Fire Department Deputy Chief Christopher P. Bright and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Wakefield and Amy Bright Ciccone and her husband, Eric, of Marblehead. He was the grandfather of Carl Aloupis Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Shrewsbury; Ashley E. Aloupis of Revere and Amanda, Dayna, Diandra and Danae Bright, all of Revere; Fallon M. and Aidan R. Bright of Wakefield; and Eric B., Adrienne E. and Annelise C. Ciccone, all of Marblehead. He is also lovingly survived by two great grandchildren, Bridgette and Edward Aloupis; his sister-in-law, Marilyn C. Longden and her husband Raymond of Fairfield, Conn., his brothers-in-law, Dennis C. and James R. "Bobby" Toomey of Revere, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bright was the last survivor of 12 siblings born and raised in Chelsea. His dear sister, Winnifred E. Levko, died on April 1
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, followed by his Funeral Mass at noon. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Mr. Bright’s memory may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, Massachusetts 02118.
Oak Island native
Eleanor M. Sullivan, a native of Oak Island and a long time resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on May 7 at the York Hospital in York, Maine, surrounded by her daughter, Janet Marotta and her granddaughters.
An Oak Island native and a long time resident of Revere, she was the sister of Arthur S. Olsen and his wife, Florence, Henry L. Olsen and his wife, Dorothy, Eunice "Bunny" King, Helen Greene and her husband, Jack, Virginia "Ginger" Tuite and her husband, Thomas, all of Revere, Sigrid "Dolly" Vacca of Saugus and the late Ralph A. and Virginia Olsen, Lillian Glass-UHR and Rudolph and Wilma Olsen. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Martha L. Olsen of Revere and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Thursday, Ma 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere followed by her funeral service in the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
30-Year US Army veteran
John Esposito of Port Saint Lucie, FL, lost his battle to cancer on May 8. He was 64 years old.
Mr. Esposito was born in Winthrop, moved to Port Saint Lucie from Salem and was a 30 year veteran of the US Army, former President of AFGE Local #1900, and President of the Port St. Lucie Sons of Italy.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Esposito, of Malden; his loving partner of 23 years, Kathy Kessel, of Port St. Lucie, FL; his granddaughter, Paige Esposito, of Revere and his sister, Phyllis Lurie, of Tilton, NH.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Hills-Byrd, Young & Prill Funeral Home in Port Saint Lucie. Condolences may be registered online at: www.ForestHillsFunerals.com.
Eugene Godfrey Goyetche
Of Nova Scotia, formerly of Everett
Eugene Godfrey "Bucky" Goyetche of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, former long time resident of Everett, died peacefully on April 21. He was 83 years old.
He was a son of the late Felix and Beatrice Goyetche and the husband of the late Mary Almeda (Samson.) He was the brother of the late Henry Goyetche and Florence Benson. He will always be remembered as a simple man who loved golf and his family and friends. He is survived by his godchild, Mary Donovan of Lynnfield, his brother, Phil, of Ohio and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to The Richmond Villa, 9361 Pepperell St., St. Peters, Nova Scotia, BOE 380 Canada
Anna F. (Falzone) DePatto of Revere died on May 7.
The beloved wife of Louis A. DePatto, she was the devoted mother of Kenneth L. and his wife, Sharon, of Saugus, Louis B. and his wife, Janet, of Marshfield, Dana A. of Rome, Italy and the late Stephen J. DePatto; dear sister of Carmelo Falzone of Weymouth and the late Salvatore Falzone and Cecelia Karagozian. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Matthew, Stephen, Jared, and Andrew DePatto and Krystina Sullo.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Malcolm ‘Mike’ Simpson
Former Owner of Cynthia Michaels Bridal Salon of Revere
Malcolm J. "Mike" Simpson, long time Revere resident, died at home on May 6 following a long illness. He was 87 years old.
He was born, raised and educated in Worcester. He entered the US Navy in September of 1942 and served during World War II until November of 1945. While a student at Mass. College of Art, he met and married his soul mate and love, Cynthia (DeCristoforo), a Revere girl, in January of 1955 and the couple continued to live in Revere.
He worked for 30 years at Financial Publishing of Boston where he held the position of Lead Gold Stamper for many years.
He and his wife owned and operated "Cynthia-Michael’s Bridal Salon" of Revere for more than 30 years, running the business from their Fenno Street home. They were designers and artisans in the true sense of the word. Often brides and mothers of brides would rely on their talents to design and create their gowns and dresses.
After his official retirement, Mr. Simpson returned to the workforce as a "Concierge" for "The Longfellow" and "416 Marlborough Street," both in Boston and, lastly, at "The St. George" on Revere Street Boulevard until the middle of 2007. Mr. Simpson always conducted himself as a "Gentlemen’s Gentlemen." _
He was the beloved husband of 55 years of Cynthia (DeCristoforo); devoted father of six children, Michelle B. MacDonald and her husband, James, of Peabody, Christopher M. Simpson and his wife, Laurie, of North Reading, Teresa E. Ryan, Joseph E. Simpson and his wife, Lee Ann, all of Revere, Maria L. Simpson of Beverly and Gina A. Simpson of Hermosa Beach, CA. He was the brother of the late James M. Simpson and is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass today, Wednesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 660 Washington Ave., Revere. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.
Lifelong member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett
Lillian (Kipnes) Forman of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on May 9. She was 87 years old.
Born in Chelsea, she attended Revere schools and graduated from Revere High School. She was a homemaker and extremely dedicated mother and wife who enjoyed spending her time cooking and sewing and in the company of family and close friends. She was a lifelong member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett.
She was the beloved wife of 65 years of Max Forman, the devoted mother of Michael P. Forman and his wife, Meryl; the dear sister of the late Hannah Rich and Albert Kipnes.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance will continue at her late residence today, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Cong. Tifereth Israel of Everett, 34 Malden St., Everett, MA 02149. For online guestbook, www.torffuneralservice.com
Mildred "Millie"(Pagliuca) Chiarella of Revere died on May 7. She was in her 97th year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent; devoted mother of Jeanette Leonard and her husband, Robert, of Brockton, Louise Baldyga of Connecticut, Rose Marie Paulson of Revere, Carol Kellog of California, Anthony Chiarella and his wife, June, of Revere and the late Lauretta Chiarella; dear sister of Dominic Pagliuca and his wife, Ann, of East Boston and the late Josie Perella and Mary Smith; the cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren as well as many loving great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life at the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In honoring Mrs. Chiarella, memorial donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Home, Proctor Avenue, Revere. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send online condolences www.ruggieromh.com
East Boston resident
Emilinda ( Pagliuca) Saia of East Boston died on May 6. She was 95 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Saia; dear sister of the late Angelina Damiano, Elvira Fasano, Michael and Carmen Pagliuca and cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01301. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Mary C. (Ferreira) Conners of Somerville, formerly of Provincetown, died on May 6. She was 94 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late William P. Conners; loving mother of Doris Ford, Mildred Kelly, Helen and her husband, Stelio Maniadis, Mary Conners, William and his wife, Marilyn Conners, Jr., Margaret Baldwin, Thomas and his wife, Patricia Conners and the late Marilyn (Conners) Maniadis and is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Joshua Ford and great-grandmother of the late Amelia Stracqualursi.
Burial was in St. Peter Cemetery, Provincetown. Arrangements were under the direction of Gately Funeral Home, Provincetown.
Frances A. (Procopio) Callahan of Revere died on May 5.
She was the beloved wife of the late George B. Callahan and loving mother of Patricia A. Callahan of Revere, Michael Callahan and his wife, Linda, of Everett, Paul Callahan of New Jersey and Barbara and Kim Callahan, both of Revere. She is survived by her loving grandchildren Michael, Tara, and the late Jason, as well as one great granddaughter, Kyleigh. She was the loving sister of Virginia Buttafuoco, Mary Capra, and the late Rose Kiel. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Of Boston, formerly of East Boston
Michael D. Murree of Boston, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on May 5. He was 48 years old.
He was the husband of Barbara (LeMoure) Murree of Winthrop; devoted father of Michaela Murree of Winthrop; loving son of Joyce (Muise) Murree of East Boston; dear brother of Steven Murree of Revere and Charles Muise and his wife, Jodi, of Wakefield; cherished uncle of Amanda, Rose and Brandon and is also survived by his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, 209 Broadway, Saugus. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Baby Alexander Cook
Infant son of Marvin and Christine Cook
Baby Alexander W. Cook died on May 4.
He was the beloved son of Marvin and Christine (Cronin) Cook of Everett and precious grandchild of Flora Cook of Chelsea and Ann and William Harrington of Everett.
Arrangements were completed by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.
Lived with Cystic Fibrosis
Michelle Zaccaria of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on May 3 after a valiant and courageous battle with "Cystic Fibrosis" at Brigham and Womens’ Hospital. She was 35 years old and went home to God in the company of her family. (Statistically, the normal survival age for Cystic Fibrosis patients is 15.)
She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1993, and lived in Revere until moving to Saugus with her family in 1996.
She completed her Junior Year at Emmanuel College when failing health prevented her from continuing. Deeply religious and spiritual, she never became sullen or depressed since her firm faith in God and his mercy sustained her.
She leaves her devoted parents, Anthony M. Zaccaria, a retired Revere School teacher, and Deborah A. (Tango) Zaccaria. She was the devoted sister of Lisa Zaccaria and cherished granddaughter of Robert and Phyllis (Cimino) Iudica, all of Saugus, and the late Anthony and Betty (Palermo) Zaccaria. She is also lovingly survived by her best friend, Tommy Geer of Revere, her faithful canine companion, "Jake," several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of MA/RI Chapter, 220 No. Main St., Natick MA 01760. Arrangements were in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.
Retired Postal Employee
Joseph P. Amorose of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on May 5.
A US Army veteran of World War II and a retired postal employee, he was the beloved husband of Margaret ( LoConte) Amorose with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; loving father of Theresa Gallagher and her husband, William, of Woburn, Doreen Di Martino and her husband, Mario, of Revere and Susan Iocco and her husband, Rocco, of Lynn; dear brother of Angie Deeb and her husband, George, and Rico Amorose, all of East Boston and the late Dolly Mueller, Pasquale and Angelo Amorose. He was the cherished grandfather of seven and great grandfather of one.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden.
Benjamin Fisher of Stoughton, formerly of Newton, died on April 29. He was 87 years old.
He was the beloved husband of the late Edna "Penny" Fisher; devoted father of Eileen Shankle and her husband, Scott, of Mays Landing, NJ, Larry Fisher and his wife, Cris, of Santa Ana, CA and Philip Fisher of Waltham; loving brother of Charlotte Fine of Revere and the late Samuel Fisher; cherished grandfather of Jaime, Amanda, Gregg, Amy and Steven and cherished great-grandfather of Kyle and Madison.
Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Canton. Burial was in the American Friendship Cemetery, West Roxbury. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lung Cancer Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.