Obituaries 02-20-2013

February 20, 2013
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Edythe Levine

Of Revere

Edythe (Borodkin) Levine of Revere passed away on February 16. She was 92 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Harry Saul Levine, she was the devoted mother of Phyllis Levenson and her late husband, Barry, Roberta Dupont and her husband, James and Steven Levine and his wife, Laurie A. Jacobs; dear sister of Gert Packer and the late Paul Borodkin; loving grandmother of Dr. Robin Levenson, Deborah Levenson, Randi Goodwin, Alyssa Brothers, Joshua Dupont, Zachary Levine, Hannah Levine and Sarah Levine and is also survived by her great grandchildren: Abagail Goodwin, Naomi Goodwin, Brooke Fineman and Sophie Bernstein.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Shiva will be held at the home of Steven Levine and his wife, Laurie A. Jacobs today, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah of Lynn-Swampscott- Marblehead at www.region.nne@hadassah.org or to the American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website: www.torffuneralservice.com

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Dennis Golisano

Of East Boston

Dennis W. Golisano of East Boston died on February 17.

He was the loving son of Dorothy (Maccini) and late Salvatore Golisano; devoted father of Theresa and Nicholas Green of North Carolina; dear brother of Salvatore Golisano of East Boston, Joyce Decareau of Revere, Dorothy and Frankie Golisano, both of East Boston, Anita Altri of Revere, Guy Golisano of East Boston and Grace Golisano of Winthrop and the  cherished grandfather of Antonio, Gianna, Alexa and Samuel.

Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston are today, Wednesday,  February 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com

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Evelyn ‘Ev’ Bennett

Evelyn “Ev” (Bagnera) Bennett of Revere died on February 16 surrounded by her loving family.  She was 87 years old.

Evelyn was a beautiful, caring and loving person who touched the lives of so many throughout her entire life.

Evelyn was born November 13, 1925 in East Boston but has been a life-long resident of Revere.

She was the dear daughter of the late Anthony Bagnera And Lena (Danzi) Bagnera, both from Italy;

the beloved wife of the late Albert “Sipe” Bennett; devoted mother of  Beverly Peluso of Wilmington, Cheryl  Harper of New Hampshire, Bruce Bennett of Saugus, Criag Bennet and his wife, Diana and Kenneth Bennett, all of Revere; dear sister of Mary Pelusi of Saugus and the late Beatrice Masterangelo, Helen Altavilla, Rose Peppino, Arline Rizzutti, Joseph and Anthony Bagnera; cherished grandmother of  Brian Peluso, Michelle (Peluso) Biarrio, Mark Peluso, Melissa Harper, Vanessa Bennett and Kevin Bennett and great grandmother of Trevor, Lilli, Anthony, Dominic, Luca and Ian and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com

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Patsy Ceruolo

Retired Finish Carpenter

Patsy Ceruolo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 15 at his Revere residence. He was 93 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools and was a 1937 graduate of East Boston High School. He moved to Revere more than 40 years ago. All of his working career was spent in the construction business as a finish carpenter for several area firms and he had a long association with the Joseph Farina Construction Co. of East Boston. He was a long time member of the former Progressive Club of East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ella (Napolitano) and the late Edith (Zanick); the devoted father of Marie L. Ceruolo-Anzalone and her husband, Joseph of Revere and Richard A. Ceruolo and his wife, Donna of Orient Heights East Boston; the cherished grandfather of Richard C. Ceruolo and his wife, Stephanie of Annapolis, Maryland, David A. and Paul R. Ceruolo, both of Saugus, Lynn Marie Ceruolo of West Peabody and Christopher J. Ceruolo and his wife, Melissa of Lynn. He is also lovingly survived by: Diane Peak and her husband, Donald of Wilmington and five great grandchildren: Nick, Shawn, Savanna, Sam and Antonio and by many caring nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the brother of the late Nicholas, John, Emilio, Ralph, Arthur and Louis Ceruolo and the late Josephine Rindone, Louise Pepe and Marguerite Cammaratta.

His funeral was conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere on February 19 (his 94th birthday.) Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688  www.vertuccioandsmithfh.com

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Maxwell Curry

MBTA Retiree

Maxwell C. Curry of Lynn, formerly of Revere and Watertown, died at a local nursing home on February 15 after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

A member of the US Marines, he served in Korea for one year during the Korean War and was a train operator for the MBTA for 25 years before retiring.

The son of the late Maxwell C. Jr. and Harriet A. (Stobin) Curry, he was the husband of Karen M. (O’Gard) Curry with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Karen M. Shatto of Boston and one granddaughter, Dakota M. Shatto. He also leaves one niece, Dawnmarie and her husband, Chad Burkett of Peabody and two grand nieces, Shal and  Madison Oliva of Peabody.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services in the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn, today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow in Harmony Grove Cemetery. Graveside services will be held in the Korean Lot in Pine Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday (gather at the Main Gate at 9:45 a.m.) For directions and guest book: www.nadwornyfuneralhome.com

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Peter Brandano

Former Revere City Councillor and School Committee member, Brandano’s Bakery Proprietor and US Postal Service Retiree

Peter D. Brandano of Revere died on February 14. He was 88 years old.

Peter was the Proprietor of Brandano’s Bakery and was also a US Postal Service retiree. He was a US Army veteran of World War II, a former Revere City Councilor who also served on the Revere School Committee and a member of the Moose Club, American Legion and Sons of Italy.

Born in Malden, he was the beloved husband of Antoinette (Nesci) Brandano of Revere and the late Vivian (Draper) Brandano; beloved son of the late Celestino and Emma (DelFuoco) Brandano; devoted father of James Brandano and his wife, Phyllis of Florida, Peter Brandano and his wife, Susan of New Hampshire, Vincent Brandano and his wife, Susan of Revere, Robert Brandano and his wife, Denise of Lynnfield, Paul Brandano and his partner, Greg Zak of Florida, Richard Brandano and his wife, Rosann of Peabody and Carmine Lepore of Chelsea; father in law of the late Joyce (Foley) Brandano; dear brother of the late James, Albert and Daniel Brandano; cherished grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of nine and great-great grandfather of one.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com

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Concetta Mercurio

Retired Sales Clerk; Former Member of the Rossetti Senior Center and St. Mary’s Women’s Club

Concetta J. (Falzone) Mercurio of Revere died on February 14 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center. She was 91 years old.

A retired sales clerk, she was a former member of the Rossetti Senior Center and St. Mary’s Women’s Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carleno; beloved daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Zarba) Falzone; devoted mother of Maryann Moore and her husband, Roger of Revere, Carl and his wife, Kathleen of Danvers, Debra McCraney and her husband, James of Revere, Robert and his wife, Lisa of Revere and Michele Birritteri and her husband, Sebastian of Saugus; dear sister of the late Ida Stoico, Frank Falzone and Salvatore Falzone. She is also survived by 21 loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons –Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, February 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center Activities Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere MA 02151. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Jeanette Koerner

Court Administrator of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Jeanette (Nardone) Koerner of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on February 15. She was 75 years old.

A court administrator, she was the beloved wife of the late James E. Koerner; devoted mother of Denise M. Schepici and her husband, Anthony of Saugus and the late Lorene “Lori” Koerner; dear sister of Charles Nardone Jr. and the late Rosemarie Dellaria, Marilyn Conolly and Joseph “Butchie” Nardone and cherished grandmother of Steven Koerner of Saugus. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Jeanette’s family would like to extend special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Tufts Medical Center Medical Intensive Care Unit, and her caretakers Deedra Magee of Saugus and Jane Kilcullen of Braintree.

Visiting hours will be held today, Wednesday, February 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Her Funeral will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. A Funeral Service will follow in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com

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Dante Coscia

Retired Revere Teacher, Active in Revere Youth Hockey for 25 years

Dante G. Coscia of Revere died on February 14.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he retired in 1995 from teaching in the Revere Public Schools. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Fitchburg State, Master in Education from Boston State and was a member of the Graphic Arts International Local #300 and the Massachusetts Teachers Union. An active member of Revere youth hockey for 25 years, he was a member of the planning committee for the Revere High School “Class of 1946” reunions.

He was the beloved husband of Marie (Cavicchi); devoted father of Danae Cook and her husband, Peter of Indiana and Eugene and his wife, Catherine of Revere; loving grandfather of Danae  Dotolo and her partner, Kathleen Weber of Washington,  Joshua Dotolo and his wife, Jocelyn and great grandfather of Dominic and Isadora Dotolo of Arizona; dear brother of Robert and his wife, Frances, Carmella Coscia, Gilda Coscia, Richard and his wife, Scarlett, all of Revere and the late Josephine Reppucci, Jennie Anzuoni, Joseph, Eugene, Phyllis Coscia,  Phillip, Anthony and Gloria Gazo. He was also the beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Heart Center Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Checks must be made payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and can be mailed to: Heart Center Patient Care in memory of Dante Coscia, C/O MGH Development Office, Mass General Hospital, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston Ma 02114. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Ruth Simonelli

Member of VFW Mottolo Post Ladies Auxiliary

Ruth (DeFeo) Simonelli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 13.

Born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Arnold and Joanina (Solomine), she was a graduate of East Boston High School. She moved to Revere at age 19, then married and raised four daughters. She was a member of the VFW Mottolo Post 4524 Ladies Auxiliary.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony, she was the devoted mother of Joanne Hunter and her husband, David of Nahant, Gail Ferrairo, Diane MacLellan and Doreen Simonelli, all of Revere; dear sister of Alfonso DeFeo of Florida and the late Mary McCormick, Grace Ristino, her twin, Anthony DeFeo, Ralph DeFeo and Arthur DeFeo. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Lester ‘Les’ Butt

US Postal Retiree; Disabled Veteran, Member of Many Organizations and Winner of Seven Topsfield Fair Ribbons

Lester A. “Les” Butt, recently of Topsfield and a longtime  resident of Revere, died on January 12 following a stroke. He was 96 years old.

The beloved husband of Genevieve “Gen” Ash Butt who died on August 10, 2012, his late parents, Bertha Thistle Butt and Moses Butt, were born in Newfoundland. As young adults they moved to the United States and settled in the Chelsea/Revere area.

Les and his late wife, Gen knew each other their entire lives and were friends during childhood. Their friendship turned to love and while he was in the Army during World War II they married on March 7, 1942 at Revere Methodist Church. That love and marriage lasted for more than 70 years.

In February 1941, Les enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country until July of 1945. He was seriously injured during his military duties and was an honorably discharged disabled veteran. The City of Revere recognized his enlistment by presenting him with a special ring.

He was a member of the American Legion, Revere, Post No. 61, and a graduate of Revere High School.

After his military service, Les worked for Happy Home Bakery, then changed careers and entered the banking field, working at Chelsea Savings Bank, Chelsea. He continued his education with courses in the banking field. His final career was with the United States Postal Service. He worked at the Revere, South Boston and Charlestown Post Offices and on the mail train from Boston to New York, his favorite job.

For 60 years, Les and Gen happily resided together in Revere in a home built for them at 234 Vane Street by Les’ brother-in-law, Chet Reynolds. They had wonderful neighbors who became lifelong friends.

Retirement gave Les time to tend to his gardening and he had a spectacular flower garden in Revere. He thoroughly enjoyed caring for his flowers, grapevines, vegetables and trees, of which he planted many. Starting at age 93, he entered his vegetables in competition at the Topsfield Fair where he won many ribbons. In September of 2012, at the age of 96, he won seven ribbons for his vegetables and was looking forward to his 2013 garden, planning this time to plant mostly flowers in his wife’s memory.

Les and Gen enjoyed traveling during their marriage and after retirement they traveled extensively, enjoying one others company and the people they met during their travels.

Les was a self taught organist and had his own organ, a gift from Gen on his 50th birthday. He loved playing and singing for Gen and was the musician at several fraternal lodges. He was also an accomplished wood carver.

He was a member of numerous lodges and fraternal organizations: Bethesda Lodge #30, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Braintree, Past Noble Grand; Veteran Odd Fellows Association of Massachusetts; Aleppo Temple, Legion of Honor Unit, Wilmington; Seaview Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Revere; Star of Bethlehem Lodge A.F. & A.M., Wakefield; Mount Tabor A.F. & A.M., Wakefield; Golden Rule Lodge A.F. & A.M., Wakefield; The Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle, Malden; United Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar, Norwood; St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter, Masonic Temple, Boston; Neponset Valley Royal Arch Chapter, Norwood; St. Matthews Royal Arch Chapter, Dorchester; The North Shore Shrine Club; ASOP Sanctorum #134, Milford; Beauseant-Palestine Commandery No. 10 Knights Templar, Malden; and Shriners International.

Faith was a large part of Les and Gen’s life. They were brought as infants by their parents by open air trolley car from Revere to Hamilton for Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting Services and attended Sunday services and activities at Asbury Grove through the years. Les was a member of Revere Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Malden and Hamilton Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Diana Butt Campbell and his son-in-law James Campbell of Topsfield, son Jon Butt of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren: James, Lisa and Alan Campbell, Pamela Helling, Jon and Ricci Butt; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Ethan and Dylan Campbell, Michelle and Ian Tomlinson, Rachel Beck, Brenden Overseth, Morgan and Jaxon Butt and Jonathan Murphy, sister Dorothy Butt Ash of Texas, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Phyllis Russell Britt of California, sisters-in-law, Eleanor Butt of Revere and Rachel Butt of Alabama and many adored nieces, nephews, cousins and the Appel and Fisher families. He was predeceased by three brothers, George Butt, Herbert Butt and John Butt, brothers-in-law, George “Carl” Ash, N. Chester Reynolds and Donald Aiesi and sisters-in-law, Viola Ash Aiesi, Winona Ash and Cora Butt.

Les’ journey on earth is over but he will remain in the hearts of those who love him. Family and friends are comforted by the knowledge that Les and Gen are together forever with God. Les’ family is thankful for the compassionate care Les received at Lahey Clinic.

A Memorial Service will be held on February 23 at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Methodist Church, 391 Bay Road (Rt 1A), Hamilton. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Arrangements entrusted to the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Home For Little Wanderers, Big Wishes Program, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 or to the Asbury Grove E. Stanley Jones Chapel, 1 Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton, MA 01982. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.whittier-porter.com

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John Barooshian

Of Chelsea

John V. Barooshian of Chelsea died on February 11.

He was the devoted father of Jon Barooshian and his wife, Lisa of Northborough; loving grandfather of John, Daniel and Nicholas Barooshian; dear brother of Prof. Vahan Barooshian of New York, Armen Barooshian of Newton, James G. and Berg V. Barooshian,  both of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Giragosian Funeral Home, Watertown. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 72 E. Concord St., C3, Boston, MA 02118.  For guest book and to light a candle in his memory, visit: giragosianfuneralhome.com.

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Rosaria ‘Sara’ Smaldone

Of Orient Heights East Boston

Rosaria M. “Sara” (Bamonte) of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on February 9.

She was the beloved wife of Edward Smaldone; cherished daughter of the late Matteo and Rosa (Cantalupo) Bamonte; loving mother of Jo-Ann Russo and her husband, Richard and Elisa LaPlante and her husband, Edward, all of Revere; adored grandmother of Richard E. Russo and dear sister of Anna Cogliandro and her husband, Sam of Revere and the late Emily Bean, Bernard Bamonte and Francesco “Tony” Bamonte. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com

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Patrick Tracy

Carpenter

Patrick M. Tracy, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, passed into eternal life unexpectedly on December 31. He was 52 years old.

Born in Boston on May 7, 1960, a son of Mary L. (DeLacy) Tracy and the late Richard C. Tracy, he grew up in Charlestown where he attended the Boston Public School system. ‘Pat’ worked as a carpenter for many years.

He was the devoted father of Michelle Elwell of Lowell and Megan Elwell of Malden; the beloved son of Mary L. (DeLacy) Tracy of Charlestown and the late Richard C. Tracy; the loving grandpa to Jayden, Madelynne and Clancy and the beloved brother of Kathryn Walsh and her late husband, John of Revere, Marylou Tracy of Charlestown and the late Christopher Tracy. He was the loving uncle of Katie and Mike Mason, Johnny Walsh, Christa Day, Skyla Tracy and Rayven.

A Funeral Mass was held on January 5 in St. Francis De Sales Church. To send a message of condolence, please visit www.CarrFuneral.com

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Joseph Fortino, Jr.

Former MBTA and Double Tree Inn Employee

Joseph S. Fortino, Jr of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on February 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 64 years old.

Born in Somerville and raised in Revere, he was a member of the National Guard and a former 20 year employee of the M.B.T.A and The Double Tree Inn Cambridge Brighton. Joe loved to walk, visit Las Vegas and he loved his pets, Bailey and Roxie.

He was the beloved husband of 43 years to Diane (Solano); devoted son of the late Joseph and Mary (Faia); dear brother in-law of Marie Steriti of Melrose, Grace Solano of Revere, Catherin Solano of Arlington and Edward Tobin of Brighton and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday February 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 3 to 8 p.m. 3-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston MA 02284-9168. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Edward Gallagher McFayden

Commercial Artist

Edward Gallagher McFayden, a commercial artist and longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on February 17 in his Lynnfield home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with overwhelming illness. He was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late James and Anna (Dudek) McFayden. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navy, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

After returning home, he continued his education attending Boston School of Art and the Scott Carvey School of Art. Throughout the years, he took many famous artist courses.

He married Mary T. Nelson and together they raised their family in Chelsea. He had been residing in Lynnfield for the past 10 years.

He worked for many years as a commercial artist and a freelance graphics artist and was the superintendent of the Donovan and Sullivan Engraving Co. in Boston.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and also creating many handmade walking sticks for family and friends. He was an avid Red Sox and Ted Williams fan.

He was the beloved husband of 66 years of Mary T. (Nelson) McFayden of Lynnfield and Chelsea; devoted father of Janet McFayden Ruggiero and her husband, Louis of Woburn, Mariellen McFayden Mulligan of Lynnfield and Edward McFayden, Jr. and his wife, Bozena of Ipswich; dear brother of James McFayden and his wife, Lillian of Revere; cherished grandfather of Janeen Bono and her husband, Gene, Stefanie, Melyssa and Shannon McFayden and Allison Mulligan and the adored great grandfather of Gabrielle and Tyler. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

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