Obituaries 05-17-2017

May 19, 2017
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Robert Furlong

Revere City Planner, member of Revere Housing Authority, former chairman of the Mass. Racing Commission and joke teller-extraordinaire

Robert J. Furlong, devoted husband, father and joke-teller extraordinaire, passed from this life surrounded by his large and loving family on April 13, one day short of his 93rd birthday.

Born in East Boston, Bob was raised in the Beachmont section of Revere, the son of Michael and Mary Furlong and adored baby brother to the late Tom and Bea Furlong and Peggy White.

He served in the US Navy South Pacific combat theater as a radioman and sight setter on the USS Lovelace PE 198 from 1943 to 1946 and was a proud member of the first graduating class of Merrimack College in 1951.

Married to the former Molly Brodbine for 65 years, the couple raised six children in the house they built steps from the ocean in the Point of Pines and lived there for 63 years.

Bob was city planner for the City of Revere, presiding judge at Wonderland Dog Track, a member and former Chairman of the Massachusetts Racing Commission, Democratic campaign organizer and fundraiser and, until his death, a member of the Revere Housing Authority.

In addition to his family whom he loved like crazy, he also had great fondness for golf, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, his house on Long Lake, Maine, all things Seinfeld, Dove ice cream bars and a good joke.

He is survived by his wife, Molly; children: Donna Eidson and her husband, Bill of Arlington, Bob Furlong and his wife, Maria of Arlington, VA, Carol O’Brien and her husband, Michael of Cincinnati, OH, Michael Furlong of Salem, Peter Furlong and his wife, Marcy of Marblehead, and Christopher Furlong and his wife, Eva of Winchester. He also leaves eight beloved grandchildren: Christopher and Patrick Furlong and their spouses, Annie and Rena; Matt and Scott O’Brien and his fiancé, Jill; Nick Eidson, George Furlong and Nina and Maya Furlong, as well as many dear nieces and nephews.

His funeral service was held on April 17 in the chapel at Brooksby Village, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Merrimack Fund at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845.

The family wishes to extend its great appreciation to the extraordinary and deeply loving staff at Mass General Hospital’s Blake 6 Intensive Care Unit. “Be good to each other.”

Beatrice Procopio

Worked at Pentagon

Beatrice Procopio of Arlington, VA, formerly of the West End of Boston, died on May 9.

Beatrice lived in Arlington, VA while working for the Pentagon. She had many stories of her travels around the world.

The beloved daughter of the late Gioacchino Procopio and Mary (Pasqua), she was the loving sister of Francis Procopio and his wife, Georgia of Lynnfield, and the late Alfred Procopio and John Procopio and his wife, Patricia; cherished aunt of Vincent and his wife, Josie, John and his wife, Vincenza and Michael and his wife, Natasha; great aunt of Michael, Vincent, Maria , Milania and one great great nephew, Michael.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

Lee A. Farley

Operated Tranfaglia Insurance Agency for more than 25 years

Lee A. (Tranfaglia) Farley of Revere passed away with her family around her on Tuesday, May 9 after a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Lee was born on December 19, 1944 to Mary (Fiore) Tranfaglia and the late Frank A. Tranfaglia. She lived most of her life in Revere and chose to raise her family in Revere. She successfully ran Tranfaglia Insurance Agency for over 25 years.

She was married to the late Francis P. Farley and is survived by their three children: James P. Farley of Maine, Christopher J. Farley and his wife, Judy of Florida and Michele (Farley) Nagle of Revere. She was the devoted grandmother of Christopher Jr., Teresa Lee, James F., and Deven; the sister of James Tranfaglia and his wife, Anne of Haverhill, Frances Griffin and her husband, Thomas of Revere, Frank Tranfaglia Jr. and Thomas Tranfaglia, both of Revere, and the late Anthony Tranfaglia and Maryanne Tranfaglia. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee Ann’s name may be made to the Little Ricky Foundation for Autistic Children, 37 Madison Street, Revere, MA 02151.  For condolences, visit: www.bisbeeporcella.com.

Thomas Kulakowski

Retired Firefighter

Thomas Kulakowski, 65, of Revere, passed away on May 15, 2017. Cherished son of Shurley (Welch) Kulakowski and the late Thomas Kulakowski Sr. Beloved husband of Kim Mancini. Loving father of Kristyn and Lauren. Dear brother of Kerrey Kulakowski and his wife Anna of Lynnfield, Karen Rickershauser and her husband Joseph of Reading, and the late Colleen Kulakowski. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Thomas’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “ Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street REVERE on Thursday, May 18 from 4:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. and again Friday morning at 9:30A.M. before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10:30A.M. Committal will be private. Thomas was a Everett firefighter for 17 years and Revere for 6 years before he retired. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com

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