Obituaries 02-16-2012

Paul Pistone 

Carpenters Union Member 

Paul C. Pistone of Winthrop, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on February 13.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of Carpenters Union Local 218, he was the beloved husband of Madeline (Pace) Pistone with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; loving father of Marie Mieggs of Saugus, Christine Pistone and Diane Marie Bennett, both of Revere, Paul Pistone of Chelsea, Janet Kay Beach of Florida and the late Torrie Denise Pistone; dear brother of Carol Barone of Connecticut, Marie Caseletto and Gladys Yutkins, both of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of seven and great grandfather of two.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church Winthrop at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section. For directions and guest book:

Arthur ‘Buddy’ Harrington 

Longtime Winthrop Transit Bus Driver 

Arthur “Buddy” Harrington of Florida, formerly of Winthrop, died at his Vero Beach, Florida home on February 1 after a brief illness. He was 66 years old.

Born in Somerville on June 7, 1945, he was the son of the late Rita (McGowan) and Arthur Harrington. He was raised in Winthrop and was a well known bus driver for many years at the Winthrop Transit. He was an avid New England sports fan and had a love for the ocean.

He is survived by his partner of 30 years, David Cooper of Vero Beach, FL. He was the loving brother of Rita Quirk, Carol Adamson, Ann Crossman and Mary Harrington, all of Winthrop and is also survived by his five nieces, Dawn Letterie, Tracy Carlsen, Kelly Adamson, Jill Buccini, all of Winthrop and Robin Murphy of Peabody. He also leaves four grand nieces and three grand nephews. Memorial donations in his name may be made to his favorite charity: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 Tribute#30205038.

Ryan Gilligan 

Burlington Resident 

Ryan J. Gilligan of Burlington died unexpectedly on February 10.

He was the beloved son of Paula J. (Scarpato) Gilligan of Burlington and James T. Gilligan of Winthrop; brother of Shawna Gilligan of Peabody and her companion, Matthew Wood and Jaclyn Gilligan of Burlington; uncle  of Jake Thomas Wood; grandson of Roy and Mary Scarpato of Burlington, Elaine Gilligan of Holyoke and the late John Gilligan; nephew of Mary Bergeron, Jane, Jack, Mary L., Matthew, Lili, Patricia Gilligan and Taso K., Susan and Robert DeMichele, Lisa and James Mortenson, Donna Zugarowski and her fiancée, Darren Jacobs and Matthew Scarpato. He is also survived by seven cousins and many friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, Burlington. Burial was in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Burlington High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Joseph Attubato, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803. For obituary and online guestbook see or

Rafael Gonzalez Soto, MD 

Winthrop Resident 

Rafael Gonzalez Soto, MD of Winthrop died on February 10.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Graveside sevices were held at Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section.

Edna Cantalupo 

East Boston Resident 

Edna (Chase) Cantalupo of East Boston died on February 8.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gaetano Cantalupo; devoted mother of Diane Serra and the late Robert Cantalupo; dear sister of Robert Chase and Clifford Chase; cherished grandmother of three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In accordance with Mrs. Cantalupo’s wishes, funeral services and burial were private with arrangements under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home.

Benjamin Pisano 

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston 

Benjamin L. Pisano of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 8.

He grew up in East Boston and moved to Winthrop after starting his family. A proud US Army veteran who served overseas during the Korean War, he worked in East Boston all his life as a tradesman, developing a loyal group of customers and lifelong friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Patrice Robertie and her husband, Bill, of Arlington, his daughter, Nina Cimini and her husband, Chris, of Scottsdale and his son, Benjamin G. Pisano, of Scottsdale. He is also survived by his two loving nieces; Marie Bauer of Saginaw, MI and Joanne Dule of Boyton Beach, FL.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial with military honors was at St. Michaels’ Cemetery, Boston. To sign the online guestbook go to

Phyllis DeGregorio 

Member of Many Winthrop Organizations 

Phyllis DeGregorio of Sewall Avenue, Winthrop died after a brief illness in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 10. She was 85 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late Marjorie (Joy) and Harold Belcher. A life long resident of Winthrop, she worked for many years as a clerk for DeGregorio Insurance in Winthrop. She was the past president of the Rainbow Club and a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League and the Winthrop Mother’s Club.

She was the devoted wife of Robert DeGregorio and the loving mother of Robert “Barney” DeGregorio and his wife, Michele, Paul DeGregorio and his wife, Marlene, Mark DeGregorio and his wife, Nancy and Tina Donahue and her husband, Sean, all of Winthrop; the dear sister of Marjorie Barry of Norwell and the late Frank Belcher, Alice Bernier, Harold Belcher, Richard Belcher, Ruth Larsen and Ada Beddoews. She is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, February 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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