Obituaries 01-24-2019

John Cimino

U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and owner of John’s Barber Shop in Winthrop

John A. “The Barber” Cimino of Winthrop passed away on Jan. 16. He was 92 years old.

John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was the owner of John’s Barber Shop on Shirley Street in Winthrop, a life member of the Winthrop Golf Club and a member of the AMVETS-Winthrop Post 48.

The beloved husband of the late Barbara J. (Reardon) Cimino, he was born in Medford, the cherished son of the late Vincent Cimino and Emanuela (LoCicero) Giarrizzo. He was the devoted father of John V. “Jack” Cimino and his wife, Maria and Nanci I. St. George and her husband, Larry, all of Winthrop, Laurie A. Cimino of Derry, N.H. and the late Cindy L. Cimino; adored grandfather of Jackie, Wendy, Cyndi, Taylor, Leah and Bobby and great-grandfather of Grace, Wesley and Emma.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Graveside Service was held at the Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St. Section). Donations in his memory can be made to the Winthrop Golf Club Scholarship Fund, 453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please visit our website at

Thomas Zevolo

Of Florida

Thomas “Tommy” Zevolo of Pompano Beach, Fla. died peacefully on Dec. 30. He was 51 years old.

Born Jan. 21, 1967 in East Boston, the loving son of the late Michael and Christine (Tina) Zevolo, he was pre-deceased by his sister, Christine and his brother, Joseph. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Michael and his wife, Cindy of Apopka, Fla. and his sister Donna (Kincaid) and her husband, Stephen of Lowell and his brother, Patrick and his wife, Anna of Winthrop. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Harbor of Hope Chrirstian Church, 68 Princeton St., N. Chelmsford. Memorial donations can be made to Shepherd Fold, Ala.

Constantinos Tsiotos

A man who embodied compassionate concern and selfless generosity, a wonderful teacher of humane values who strove to inspire others to seek excellence

Constantinos “Dino” Tsiotos, a longtime Winthrop resident, passed away peacefully on his 94th birthday, Jan. 17, surrounded by his loving children.

He was the beloved husband of the late Polixeni (Condakes) Tsiotos, the devoted father of Nick and his wife, Nitsa Tsiotos of Winthrop, Christos and his wife, Angela Tsiotos and Elaine and her husband, Steve Mallios and son John Tsiotos and grandchildren: Vasili, Katerina and Constantinos Mallios, Niki and Polixeni Tsiotos, Constantinos, Vasili, and Polixeni Tsiotos, all of Winthrop. He is also survived by many loving nephews, niece, and cousins, whom he loved, in the US and in Greece. He was the son of the late Christos and Eleni Koumaniotis Tsiotos, late brother of George Tsiotos of Greece and Demetra Zikos of Winthrop. He is survived by his sister Militsa Manoloules and brother in law Antonios Zikos of Winthrop.

He was born in small village named Kokova in the beautiful mountainous region of Kalavrita, Greece, on Jan. 17,1925. During World War II he helped his family survive The Great Famine of 1941-1943, which killed hundreds of thousands of Greeks during Nazi occupation.

He was part of a group of villagers who saved an American pilot whose airplane had crashed. He told his family that the barefoot poor villagers would use the airplanes tires to make shoes.

In 1945, Dino joined the Greek City Police Force in the port city of Piraeus and worked the toughest area of the port city. He joined his mentor, Uncle Ioannis Tsiotos, Police Chief of Piraeus, who was instrumental in issuing fake identity cards to save Jewish-Greek citizens and resistance fighters to escape Nazi occupation.

He graduated Panteion University, in Athens, Greece, with a degree in Political Science while serving in the police force. He truly loved being an officer of the Greek police. During this time, he helped a Greek-American woman named Polixeni Condakes with her suitcases one day at customs in 1948 and corresponded with her for five years. In 1953, they were married in Vassara, Sparta.

After arriving in the United States in 1953, he worked long hours at various jobs eventually working at the famed Jimmy’s Harbor Side Restaurant as a waiter until age 76.

He had a deep and abiding respect for education, paideia in Greek. All four of his children received undergraduate or graduate degrees. His grandchildren have extended this legacy of pursuing higher education. He was a deep reader of the ancient Greek philosophers, and lived according to the classical ideals of truth and human dignity.

He treasured his copious library of great works from the ancient and modern world, especially German philosophy. For Mr. Tsiotos, these texts were always filled with living examples of how to confront the problems of daily life which enabled him to help people ​he came in contact with.

Throughout his life, Dino was the embodiment of compassionate concern and selfless generosity. He was a wonderful teacher of humane values, and strove to inspire others to seek excellence.

He loved America and considered his neighbors as extended family. He had an interest in politics hosting family functions for Sens. Markey and Tsongas, Gov. Michael Dukakis, and family friend, Winthrop resident Speaker of The House Robert DeLeo.

Every year the Tsiotos family at 249 Pleasant St. would host a traditional Greek-Orthodox Easter with lamb on a spit and other scrumptious Greek delicacies. The Easter celebration became a family and neighborhood event filled with lots of laughter, song, and dance.

He delighted in watching his children and grandchildren compete in athletics at Winthrop High School, and always emphasized to them the Ancient Greek emphasis on sound mind in a solid body. He loved the friendships and comradery that sports brought to his family and community.

He cherished the legacy of his heroic ancestry that his family had fought in the Greek War of Independence in 1821, Balkan Wars, and the Nazis. He sang the traditional folk songs and quoted famous Modern Greek poetry. He was a superb Greek dancer of the athletic tsamiko dance.

Throughout his life he had a passion and love for nature and gardening. Since 1961 he created an amazing garden oasis around his home. He shared the fruits of his labor including tomatoes and vegetables with family and friends. He would simply let people come into his garden and enjoy picking peaches, cherries, and pears. Constantinos Tsiotos requested that his tombstone display the famous saying form the great Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, author of “Zorba the Greek:” “I fear nothing. I am free.”

His Funeral was held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S. Common St., Lynn, MA. 01902 for Greek School or to the Viking Pride Foundation, Winthrop High School 400 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please visit:

Robert DeCarlo

Plumber; member of Winthrop Golf Club, Ferncroft Country Club, former member of Point of Pines Yacht Club

Robert M. DeCarlo of Circuit Road, Winthrop passed away unexpectedly from complications of asthma on Jan. 18. He was 35 years old.

Born in Natick, he was the beloved son of Janet DeCarlo-Staples (Killion) and her husband, Jim and Robert DeCarlo and his wife, Valerie. A life long resident of Winthrop he was employed as a plumber working with Local 12. He was a member of the Winthrop Golf Club, the Ferncroft Country Club and a former member of the Point of Pines Yacht Club.

He was the dear brother of Christopher J. DeCarlo and his wife, Nicole of Lynnfield and the loving nephew of Michael and Carol DeCarlo, Deborah and Anthony Zinna, Donna and John Bogan, Joyce Murphy and Deboria Burtt.

Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Rob’s brother Chris, will be participating in the “Fight for Air Climb” in honor of Robert on March 30, 2019 with his colleagues from the Lynnfield Police Department. The funds they raise will help provide patient education, support research and advocacy efforts for everyone living with lung disease including COPD, lung cancer and asthma.

Donations can be made in Rob’s honor by following this link:

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Bonita Barressy

Administrator for MGH Cheif of Surgery

Bonita J. “Bonnie” Barresy of Wave Way, Winthrop passed away at home on Jan. 18. She was 68 years old.

A resident of East Boston and Winthrop for many years, she was employed as an administrator for the Chief of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She was the loving partner of Maureen LaBonte and the dear sister of William Barresi and his wife, Diane of Beverly ad the beloved aunt of Lea Barresi of Beverly and William Barresi of Texas.

The funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Washington St. at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment in the Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. To sign the online guestbook go to

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