Obituaries 08-23-2018

George ‘Red’ Bacigalupo

Retired captain and acting chief of Boston Fire Department

George ‘Red’ Bacigalupo of Morton St., Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away at home on Aug. 16. He was 95 years old.

Born in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Mary (Dolan) and Walter Bacigalupo, he was a resident of East Boston until 1955.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After his discharge, he went to work for the Boston Fire Department serving on Engine 5 and Engine 56 in East Boston. He reached the rank of captain and also served as the acting chief of the department. He also worked for the United States Postal Service. He was a member of the Martin Pino Center in East Boston, the Beachmont VFW and an active communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mary (Paolini) and the loving father of Carol Costello and her husband, Pat of Winthrop, George Bacigalupo and his late wife, Janine of North Reading, James Bacigalupo and his wife, Diana of Winthrop, Mary DeStefano of New Hampshire and John Bacigalupo of Revere; dear brother of Marie Johnson of Ashland and the late Katherine, Louise Gallagher, Walter, Jr., Joseph and Louis Bacigalupo and the cherished grandfather of Michael, Matthew, Kristen, Laura, Bridget, Keith, James, Daniel, Elizabeth, Mark, Stephanie, Brooke and Emily. He is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow the mass will be in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

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William Porter

Longtime Winthrop Town Meeting member, sports lover, active in the community

With deep sadness we mourn the loss of William L. ‘Bill’ Porter who passed away surrounded by his loving family.

Billy was raised in East Boston and was a 1967 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He proudly served in the Marine Corps from 1967-1969 and was stationed in Phu Bai, Vietnam. Following his military service, he worked in the local air-freight trucking business for many years and then the Winthrop Marketplace.

Bill was an active member of the community and one of the first ice hockey coaches for the youth hockey league in East Boston. He also served the community as a Winthrop Town Meeting member for many years. Billy was a life-long member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and played on their softball team. With a love of sports, Billy took pleasure in coaching his son’s Little League and his daughter’s CYO Basketball teams. He treasured being able to play basketball alongside his son on the “Mondo’s” and softball with his daughter.

Bill loved spending time with family and friends– whether grilling, camping or attending sporting events. Over the past 30 years, Billy and his family treasured spending fun family times at their cottage in North Conway, NH.

He was born on October 6, 1948 in East Boston to the late Arthur E. Jr. and Mary Jane (Sullivan.) He was the beloved husband of Anne (McDermott) for over 42 years, loving father of Timothy Porter and his wife, Diana of Framingham and Christine Caruso and her husband, Michael of Peabody, tremendously loving grandfather of Benjamin Porter and he also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends and his dear brother, Arthur Porter, III of Epping, N.H.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a celebration of his life from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. The funeral will conclude with military honors being presented immediately after the funeral mass.

Donations in Billy’s name may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St., P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.

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James ‘Jimmy’ Fay Jr.

Chelsea Housing Authority employee

James R. “Jimmy” Fay, Jr. of Winthrop and Revere died on Aug. 17 at the age of 43.

Jimmy was a talented athlete at an early age, excelling in youth hockey and Little League baseball and achieved major accomplishments and awards. His athletic talent carried on through his youth, teenage and high school years where he won major championships and even broke a pitching record in high school. Jimmy was employed by the City of Chelsea, working in with the Housing Authority.

He was the beloved husband of Carla M. Petruccelli. Born in Lynn, the cherished son of James R. Fay Sr. and Elizabeth M. (Kinnally) Fay of Saugus, he was the dear brother of Erin L. Considine and her husband, Glen of Brighton, loving uncle of Glen Jr. and Ashley Considine, David Petruccelli Jr, Kayla Rose Petruccelli, and his godchild, Victoria McCrann, son-in-law of Roger and Mirella Petruccelli and brother-in-law of David Petruccelli and Paul Petruccelli and his wife  Cheri all of Winthrop.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St. ,Winthrop, on Friday, Aug. 24, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Please go directly to the church.

Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery-Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the 11 Foundation-In Memory of Michael Mason at or to the Adult Brain Tumor Research Fund, c/o Patrick Wen, M.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:

John Thomas Barry

Had a long career in aviation industry

John Thomas Barry of Salem, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at home on Friday, Aug. 17. He was 97 years old.

Born Sept. 12, 1920 in Lynn, the son of the late Dr. Thomas Barry and Ethlyn Barry, John had a long career in the aviation industry starting as an aircraft mechanic for Pratt & Whitney at La Guardia Airport in New York to superintendent of maintenance for Eastern Airlines at Logan Airport in Boston.

With a career that spanned 41 years, John saw tremendous changes in aviation. He enjoyed traveling after his retirement along with being an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

He was predeceased by his wives, Clara Barry, Gertrude Barry and M. Elaine Berardi (Barry). John is survived by his daughter Eileen Barry Johnson and her husband, Bruce Johnson of Winthrop, his sons, Thomas Leonard Barry of Salem and Kevin John Barry and his wife, Marcella Barry of Pleasanton, Calif., and his daughter, Patricia Ann Vernstrom and her husband, Jon Vernstrom of Hagerstown, Md.

He was also predeceased by his dear sisters, Ethyn, Betty and Shirley.

Friends and family are invited to visit with the family today, Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop followed by Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary

Cemetery in Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to North Shore Elder Services Program, Salem Ma. For guestbook, go to

Norman Siefert

February 7, 1920 — August 13, 2018

Norman F. ‘Norman’ Siefert was a longtime Winthrop resident.  He was born on a snowy day at the Old Winthrop Hospital to Fredrick and Irene (Loeffler), who arrived there by sleigh from their home in Beachmont.  He peacefully passed away at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln.

He attended Revere High School, was employed by GE in Lynn and later was foreman of the Model Shop at GTE Sylvania’s Applied Research Lab in Waltham.

A World War II Navy Veteran and fixture along the Winthrop waterfront, he was an avid fisherman, champion sailor and advocate of clean water. He worked tirelessly to return the waters of Boston Harbor to the cleanliness he enjoyed in his youth as a Sea Scout. He was also instrumental in the completion of his dream that the town would have its own multi use boating facility for all to use. For his efforts the Ferry Terminal Building at the Winthrop Town Landing bears his name.

He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for “rendering meritorious service” from the Secretary of the United States Air Force for his rescue of an Air National Guard Pilot whose jet, flying in heavy fog, crashed into the waters behind his home on Court Road.

A Lifetime member and Past Commodore of the Cottage Park Yacht he was also a past Chairman of the “Regatta to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.” This regatta has continued for 24 years.

Norman is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons: Peter (Deborah), Jonathan (Jean), and David (Deborah), and grandchildren: Alec, Jackson, William and Jessica. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert, and son, Jeffrey.

A celebration of his long, well lived life will be held at 3 p.m., September 22

at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, 76 Orlando Ave. Winthrop 02152. Memorial charitable donations can be made to “Make a Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island”.

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