Obituaries 12-22-2016

Friday, December 23, 2016
By Transcript Staff

Leo O’Hara

American Airlines retiree; pianist and organist at local clubs and churches

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, December 22 from 1 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Leo F. O’Hara, who passed peacefully and in the presence of his Lord on Sunday, December 18 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he has been a resident for the past five hears. He was 88 years old.

His Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, December 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 11 a.m.

Born and raised in Revere, he attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and High School and he was a 1946 graduate of the High School.

Soon after graduation, he joined the US Army in October of 1946 and served with the rank of Private 1st Class through February of 1948. He began a career with American Airlines and rose to the rank of supervisor, retiring after 40 years of service.

Leo lived in Revere until moving to Winthrop in 1978. He was an accomplished musician of the organ and at the piano. He played for many years at many of the induction services for the Revere Lodge of Elks, the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and at many events held at these facilities over the years. He was also a long time member of the Revere K of C #179, the Revere Lodge of Elks, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose and the Winthrop Elks Lodge.

He loved crossword puzzles, football, ballroom dancing and good food. But most of all, he loved deeply and unconditionally his partner, best friend and loving wife, Isabel. His gentle spirit, impish smile and twinkly blue eyes lit up our lives and made our world complete.

A special thank you to the staff of 1W-west at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for the wonderful care and attention to Leo these past five years.

He was the cherished step father to Judith A. “Judy” Nee and her husband, John “Jack” and Isabel J. Silva, all of Winthrop. He was the adoring “Pop” to John J. “Jackie” Nee III of South Boston, Thomas J. “Tommy” Nee and Isabelle A. Nee, both of Winthrop; dear brother of the late Revere Police Lt. Joseph O’Hara, Edward T., Thomas P and Revere Patrolman Vincent J. O’Hara. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 024172. For additional information, please visit:

Roy Wells

Committed provider and protector whose family always came first

Surrounded by his loving family, Roy A. Wells entered into Eternal Rest on December 15 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The previous two years were a gift as his astonishing strength to survive defied all odds. Typically, employment history, etc. is noted, however; we choose to spotlight what was by far his greatest achievement as husband and father. His easy going mannerism, work ethic, zest for life and fun was infectious and inspiring. As a man of few words, he spoke volumes. What you couldn’t do, he did for you. What you could do, he helped. As a committed provider, protector, his family always came first. Not many were as reliable as he, regardless of time or place. His talents far exceeded a college education. If you needed anything, he was there no questions asked. Often the butt of jokes, he loved the attention nonetheless. Our New England Patriots have lost one of their biggest fans. Our family has lost our Patriarch, but feel the need to share his deepest wish, for all to just get along.

Roy was the devoted husband of Alice V. (Pitts) Wells of Winthrop; brother of Virginia (Ginny) Roberts; loving father of Darrin R. Wells and Kimberly S. Wells of Winthrop, Roy A. Wells, Dominic Cerulli and Cecilia of Winthrop, Donna Cerulli and Rob Grady of Brockton, Deborah Cerulli of Winthrop, Frederic Cerulli and Jenn of Wakefield, Kathleen Cerulli-Hickey of Winthrop, and John Cerulli and Kelly of Salem, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren Jamin, Charise, Justin, Robbie, Corey, Alicia, Jessica, Sarina, Madison, Kylie, Nico, Jake and Luke.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, December 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 1 p.m. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House c/o Care Dimensions.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice 75 Sylvan Street, B-102 Danvers, MA 01923 or online at [email protected]

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