Obituaries 05-26-2016

John ‘Raff’ Raffaele

Member of International Union of Operating Engineers

John “Raff” Raffaele of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 20.

John was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local #4.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy “Dolly” (Noto) Raffaele; cherished son of the late Angelo and Jennie (D’Agostino) Raffaele; loving father of John Raffaele Jr. and Melissa Wasson and her husband, Scot all of Winthrop; adored grandfather of Cody and Derek Wasson and John Raffaele III and brother of the late Joseph Raffaele.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Donations may be made in John’s name to The Marie C. Petrilli Cancer Research & Treatment Memorial Fund, 11 Nahant Ave. Winthrop, MA 02152

Carmen Domenico

Raytheon retiree

Carmen S. Domenico of Winthrop passed away at home on May 22 after a long battle with cancer.

After 43 years of service, Carmen retired from Raytheon where he was Project Manager of the Office Machine Repair Dept. He was very talented, cooking, sewing, building lighthouses and toys, being just a few of his hobbies. In his younger years, Carmen was a member of the P.P.Y.C., where he served as treasurer and Scout Master of Troop 75.

He was married to his beloved wife Theresa (Indresano) for 60 years and was the devoted father of Robert and Sharon, Donna and Bill and cherished grandfather / great grandfather of Joseph and Tabitha, Richard and Hattie, Ashley, Nicole and Jordan, Tomi and Lily, as well as brother to Althea Paige and John Domenico. He is also survived by many loving family members and friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, Winthrop, today, Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Interment will follow the mass in the Cross street section of Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods,1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the Woods, IN 47876.

Alice McGillicuddy

Lifelong Winthrop resident

Alice M. McGillicuddy of Bay View Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Grosvenor Park Nursing Center in Salem on May 22. She was 95 years old.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mary and Harold Winter, the devoted wife of the late Robert E. McGillicuddy, Sr. and the loving mother of Arlene F. Graham of Florida, William McGillicuddy and his wife, Kathleen of Maine and the late Robert E. McGillicuddy, Jr.; the cherished grandmother of Jennifer Graham, Tara McGillicuddy, Michael Graham, Amy Waldman and great grandmother of Cameron, Paige and Jane Alice Waldman. She was the dear friend and longtime companion of Louis Abrams. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home today, Thursday, May 26 from  9 to 11a.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment to follow the service will be in Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to

William Poor

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop

William R. Poor of Laconia, NH, formerly of Winthrop, , died on May 21 at the Blaire House in Tewksbury. He was 77 years old.

Born in Winthrop on July 6, 1938, he was the son of the late Ralph E. and Nathalie (Striebeck) Poor. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1956 and a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps serving from 1956 to 1958.

He worked for many years as a self-employed contractor. He enjoyed carpentry, John Wayne, animals and pets and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Bill had a great love for his wife and family. He had a dry sense of humor and a quiet acceptance and appreciation of what life offered him.

Family members include his loving wife of 22 years, Elizabeth (Snow) Poor, of Laconia, NH, formerly of North Reading; sons, Matthew E. Poor of Englewood, FL and Thomas J. Murphy, IV of Pepperell; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Melissa Dejesus and Katherine Poor; brother of the late Alan and Richard Poor and husband of the late Grace McDonald.

His Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, June 3 at noon. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:50 a.m. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. For additional information, visit:

Patricia O’Leary Kelly

Lifelong Winthrop resident

Patricia O’Leary Kelly, born April 28, 1949 and a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away on May 11 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones.

The beloved wife of William Kelly, she is survived by her daughters: Jennifer (Manning) Reth and her husband,  Sunday Reth  and Amy (Manning) Carey and  her husband, Jonathan Carey, all of Winthrop and her four grandchildren: Juliana and Jack Carey and Sunday and William Reth and her sister, Gail Bozzelli.

A celebration of her life was held on May 21 at the Winthrop Arms. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Elder Service Plan of Winthrop, 26 Strurgis St. Winthrop, MA. 02152.

Gloria Bruxelles

Led exercise classes at Winthrop Senior Center

Gloria Bruxelles of Hockessin, Delaware, formerly of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on May 19. She was 92 years old.

 Gloria was born on March 20, 1924 to the late Pascal and Agnes (Dunn) Bruxelles  in East Boston and  graduated from Girls High School of Boston in 1941. Gloria aided the World War II effort and joined what is now the Defense Logistics Agency as a civilian employee in 1943, working there for more than 30 years.

She was a resident of Winthrop for the past 41 years prior to moving to Hockessin, Delaware in 2015 to be with family.  A long time parishioner of St. Lazarus Parish in East Boston, she enjoyed gardening, reading, music, following politics and staying active at the Winthrop Senior Center where she led exercise classes.

Her parents, her brother Gregory N. Bruxelles and his wife, Mary and nephew, Paul J. Bruxelles predeceased her.  She is survived by her niece, Mary Bruxelles, nephew, Gregory M. Bruxelles and his wife, Gina, great niece Denise Bruxelles-Griffin and her husband, Edward, great nephew, Mark Bruxelles, niece Michele Bruxelles and great nieces , Annie Bruxelles and Katie Bruxelles.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin on Wednesday May 25.  Burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery in Everett, MA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph & St. Lazarus Parish, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston, MA  02128

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