Obituaries 05-14-2020

Carmen Arroyo

Of Winthrop

Carmen R. Arroyo of Sturgis St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 10. She was 94 years old.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the beloved daughter of the late Maria Romana and Pedro M. Rodriquez, she was the devoted wife of the late Juan Arroyo and the loving mother of Thomas Burns and his wife, Barbara of Winthrop and Diane Fowlkes of Michigan, dear sister of Candida Santiago of Queens, New York, Pedro Rodriquez of the Bronx, New York and the late Victor Rodriquez and cherished grandmother of Myles, Thomas and Maria.

Services and committal are private.

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Arrangements under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Joseph Flammia

Retired Salesman

Joseph M. Flammia of Lincoln St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 2. He was 87 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Angelina (Puopolo) and Joseph Flammia, prior to his retirement, he was employed as a salesman in the fish industry.

He was the devoted husband of Josephine (Repucci) and the loving father of Christopher Flammia and his wife, Paula of Chelmsford and cherished grandfather of Elise and Andrew. He was the dear brother of the late Helen Chiulli, Mary King, Frances Candeliere, Michael, Carmine, Anthony, Phillip and Lawrence Flammia and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

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Services and interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery are private.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Joann Pifalo

Well Known for Her Loving Kindness and Giving Nature

Joann Pifalo of Winthrop passed away peacefully on May 5 at the age of 77 years old.

Joann touched many lives as a “surrogate” mother and grandmother for many. She was well known for her loving kindness and giving nature. She cared deeply for her family and neighbors, both in Winthrop and in Acton, Maine, where she and her family spent many summers.

The beloved wife of John Pifalo, Joann was born in Winthrop to the late Angelo and Flavia (Pino) Casamento. She grew up in Winthrop and graduated, as valedictorian, from Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1960.

Joann was the devoted mother of Maria Marden and her husband, John, Ann Papavassiliou and her husband, Paul and Johnny Pifalo, all of Winthrop. She was the adored grandmother of John Marden III and Joseph Marden and Nikki Pinard and the dear sister of Louisa Languirand of Gardner. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Due to current CDC and Massachusetts guidelines, her funeral service and burial in Winthrop Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. To sign Joann’s guestbook, please visit our website at

Richard Ralph Diaz

Longtime Delta Airlines Employee

Richard Ralph Diaz, 73, of Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford passed on April 26 after a valiant battle with COVID-19. 

Richard was born on August 31, 1946, graduated from Winthrop High School in 1966 and served in the US Navy in the Vietnam War.  He worked for many years and in various positions with Delta Airlines.

Prior to moving to Bountiful, Utah in 1981, Richard enjoyed his daily trips to Samuel’s Pharmacy to catch up on town news and shoot the breeze with his buddies over a cup of coffee. 

Richard was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Virginia Diaz, his wife of 41 years, Nany Diaz and two of his children, David, 41, and Suzanne Inez, 6.  He is survived by his daughter, Lesli, four grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Raven and Wolfram, two sisters, Rose and Ruth, two brothers, Robert and Ramon, three nieces, Alexis, Marissa and Darcy and three nephews, Zach, Bo, and Michael.

 After Suzanne’s passing at age 6 from kidney failure and his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) following exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins in Vietnam, Richard spent many years researching the occurrence and impact of heavy metal poisoning.  He spent his later years passionately trying to educate and warn others about the accumulation over time of lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic and copper in the body and the connection to chronic illnesses prevalent in our industrial society. 

Please pray for Richard that he may rest in peace.  A private family service will be held after the state of emergency has passed.

Dr. Donald Clayman

Podiatrist, Long Active in the Winthrop community

Dr. Donald W. Clayman, 84, of Palm Beach, FL passed away on Thursday morning, May 7 at the Blair House in Tewksbury.

He was born on August 26, 1935 in Boston, to Celia (Shoiket) and Samuel Clayman. Donald grew up in Dorchester, attended local schools and earned his Doctor of Podiatry Medicine at Kent State University. He married the love of his life, Natalie (Shulman) on June 30, 1957 and they raised their family here in Winthrop where they resided for 40 years.

Donald had his own Podiatry Practice in Winthrop and Boston. He was a proud member of the Kiwanis Club and was very involved in the Winthrop Community, serving on the School Committee, as a hockey coach, and working with people with special needs.

Donald is survived by his children, Bryan Clayman and his wife, Debbie of Stoughton,  Cynthia McKeon and her husband, Tony of Salem, NH and Alycia Avery and her long time partner, Jeff Ouellette of Hudson, NH; five grandchildren: Bradly, Jayme, Alexa, Dylan,and Zachary; his brother, Burton Clayman of Destin, FL; his sister, Marcia Drieker of Florida as well as a great-grandchild expected this fall. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Natalie (Shulman) Clayman.

There will be no services at this time.

Arrangements are in the care of the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Road, Windham, N.H. 03087. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

Darlene Edith Amendola

Though she moved a lot, her Heart Remained in Winthrop

Darlene E. (Woods) Amendola passed away on Thursday, April 16 at the age of 61 after a short illness.

Darlene moved a lot during her lifetime, but her heart always remained in Winthrop. A graduate of Winthrop High School Class of 1976, Darlene had many friends who she stayed in contact with through Facebook including her childhood friend, Ruthie Allen and all her Tewksbury Street friends.

Darlene lived a simple life – never cared about extravagant things. Her most worldly possession was her love for her family.

Darlene also loved the ocean, was an avid animal lover and adored her cat, Bubbas. She was a very caring and compassionate person and had a great sense of humor. All who knew her will miss her dearly.

Born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Roy Bowles, Edith Woods and step-father, Charles Woods, she was the beloved wife of James Amendola for 16 years and loving mother to Deborah Collins, Michael Collins and his wife, Jennifer. Darlene also leaves behind six beautiful grandchildren: Jennifer, John, Jayden, Adrien, Lucas and Gabby. She was the dear sister of Elaine Stimpson, Paul English and Dawn Dagg. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to the current CDC guidelines, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Floyd Porter

Established and Owned F.P. Enterprises/Porter Products

Floyd H. Porter, 82, of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, May 3.

Floyd grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1954.  He attended Northeastern University as an accounting major and later earned a Certificate in Radio/TV Repair from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, IL, passing his 1st Class FCC License-Radar Endorsed.  

He was a Korean War and Cold War Era Veteran, having served from 1954 – 1962 as a SP4 in XIII U.S. Army Corps., Yankee Division, Chemical Corps. at Camp Drum, Utica NY, during which his service time was extended due to the Berlin Wall Crisis.  

Following his Army service, he worked as a civilian contractor at Eglin AFB in Florida developing and working on F105 aircraft Doppler radar systems; during that period, he was involved in the rescue of F105 pilot that crashed into the Everglades and subsequent recovery of the onboard Doppler equipment. 

After his military and military contractor service, Floyd returned to Massachusetts, where he worked for companies including: Xerox Corp., Anelex Corp, Savin Business Machines, Whittle Communications, Fiore Bus Company, and several other technical companies. He established and owned F.P. Enterprises/Porter Products, all while raising his family.  

Once retired, Floyd enjoyed trips to Poland Springs, ME, Cape Cod and leaf peeping around the New England area with his lovely wife by his side.  

Floyd was a loyal listener and periodic caller to talk radio shows and would occasionally write letters to the editor. Floyd was never one to shy away from a discussion or debate and took pride in being well read and well informed.

Building upon his knowledge in the restaurant/food industry, he was a frequent visitor to the Chelsea Market Basket where he made the rounds and cultivated some very good relationships with managers and workers over the years, was interviewed by local TV news for live-shots outside the store before snow storms, and met and spoke with a person he had tremendous respect for, President and CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas.  

Floyd was immensely proud of his children and their accomplishments, their families, and everyone’s individual successes.

In his later years, he enjoyed his role as Grampie to Kayla and Emily, having many fun and cherished moments including their favorite, “The Grampie Dance.”

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Deborah (Meredith) Porter of Chelsea; two children, daughter Mandy (Porter) Piscitelli and her husband, Frank J. Piscitelli, III Esq. of Millbury and son, Nicholas G. Porter and his partner, Annette Gonzalez of Seattle, WA; two granddaughters, Kayla and Emily Piscitelli of Millbury who he adored; a sister, Dorothy Langer of New York, NY; his mother-in-law, Shirley (Norton) Meredith of Melrose; two sisters-in-law, Susan Treasure of Wales, UK and Christine Meredith and her husband, Denny of Melrose; his nephews and nieces, Jonathan and Eric Meredith of Melrose and David and Laura Treasure of Wales, UK and many cousins and friends.  

He was born to the late Harold A. Potcherkoff and Goldie (Fineman) Potcherkoff on May 23, 1937 in Boston.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Kenneth B. Meredith of Melrose and two brothers-in-law, Thomas G. Coccovillo of Revere and Michael Treasure of Wales, UK. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions on gatherings, immediate services will be private with family and close friends, with a memorial service at a later time when restrictions are relaxed.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, in Floyd’s name. Services are being provided by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose.

Robert Patrie

Owned Delta Fuel Oil Co.

Robert E. Patrie of Winthrop passed away on Thursday, May 7.

Robert was the owner of Delta Fuel Oil Company. He was also a Paul Revere bus driver and a coach for Malden Pop Warner, Little League and founded the Golden Tornadoes Booster Club. Robert was also a member of the Winthrop Elks.

The longtime partner of Frances Spinazzola, he was the devoted father of Robert Patrie Jr. and his wife, Sherri of Wilmington, Laurie Cooley and her husband, George of Stoneham, Steve Patrie and his wife, Theresa of Lynn, and the late John Patrie; dear brother of Paul Patrie and his wife, Linda, Janet Lanni and her husband, Jack  and Judy Berry, all of Malden, and the late George Patrie and his late wife, Constance; cherished grandfather “Grumpy” of Ryan Patrie and his wife, Ashley, Kyle Patrie, Justin Patrie, Timothy Patrie, Cory D’Entremont, Jessica Todd and her Husband, Cody, Cameron D’Entremont, Steven Patrie, Andrew Patrie and Matthew Patrie and beloved great-grandfather of Jameson and Adalyne.

He was the former husband of the late Loretta Patrie and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In accordance with the CDC, Mass. Department of Public Health, Archdiocese of Boston guidelines and local restrictions on gatherings and congregations due to COVID-19, all services will be held for the immediate family privately. If you have any questions or would like to express your condolences please contact the funeral home during normal business hours or leave a message for the family on the tribute wall.

Robert will be laid to rest at Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle section, Winthrop.

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