Obituaries 01-03-2019

H. Bill Sabat

Chef, baker, guitarist and lifelong Winthrop resident

H. Bill Sabat, a lifelong Winthrop resident, lost his year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer on Dec 21. 
He was the son of well loved Winthrop residents, the late James “Jimmy “ Sabat  of Pearls and Swetts Bakeries and  Pearl,  a community thespian, activist and visionary. 

Bill’s passport reflected his constant love for-travel. As a chef and baker, he cooked his way through many exotic locations. His love for sports had him attending many  Olympic games. Bill had a gift for  language and he was fluent in several. 
Music was always an important part of Bill’s life. Many will remember seeing him play his guitar  on Winthrop  Beach or down the Center. 
For the past several years, Bill taught guitar. His students became an intricate part of his life. Teaching opened up a new world for Bill and he enjoyed sharing his love of music with his students.

And he never missed a Saturday afternoon youth hockey game, cheering them on. 
Bill is survived his close cousins Morton, Marcia and Mark Vinocoor of Stoughton,  lifelong friend, Frankie Boyer  of Boston and dear friend, Sandra Sacco of Winthrop. 
In honor of Bill, please support Music Matters Winthrop. 
As Bill always said, “Let’s keep Music alive in Winthrop, it’s so important.”

Mary Alba

Lived life to the fullest

Mary (Ambrosino) Alba of Revere died on Dec. 25 at the age of 100. 

Mary was a devout Catholic who adored her family and friends.  She was a true example of what it meant living life to the fullest.  She will be greatly missed by all. 

The beloved wife of the late John Alba she was the adored mother of Eileen Hope Millman and her husband, Fredric of Danvers, Genevieve Faith Fiorente and her husband, Alan of Danvers and Christine Charity Mahoney and her husband, Stephen of Winthrop; loving daughter of the late Alphonso and Genevieve Ambrosino; dear sister of Frederick and his wife, Margaret, Alphonse and his wife, Mora, Violet Finamore and her late husband, Leo , Gilda Hagstrom and her husband, Donald, and the late Louis , Anthony and Phillip Ambrosino; cherished grandmother of Erica Neu and her husband, Peter, Mary McKinnon and her husband, Matt, Genevieve Anne Fiorente, Daniel Mahoney and his wife, Megan, Kelley Lowe and her husband, Joseph,and Gavin and Shannon Mahoney and adored great-grandmother of Adriana and Michael Neu, Mia McKinnon and Scarlett Rose Lowe. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s name to the Saint Jude foundation 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Shriners hospital 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.  For guest book please visit

Joy Machcinski

Retired bookkeeper and longtime Willis School library volunteer

Joy Machcinski of Cottage Park Road, Winthrop passed away at home on Dec. 28. She was 78 years old.

Born in Buckingham, England, the beloved daughter of the late Mary Ann (Soton) and James Terry, she has been a resident of Winthrop for over 46 years and was employed as a bookkeeper in the accounting field. She was a volunteer at the Willis School Library for many years. She also loved to read, shop and tinker in her garden but she especially loved chocolate.

She was the devoted wife of Stephen Machcinski and the loving mother of Tracy Ann Machcinski of Winthrop. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. Committal will be private. 

Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish® America 4742 North 24th Street, Phoenix AZ 85016 or go to 

For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Mario DiBacco, Jr.

Musician and GE retiree

Mario R. DiBacco, Jr. of Winthrop, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Mass General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. He was 77 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Mario R. and Filomena (Tecce) DiBacco, Sr., he attended schools in Boston, graduated from East Boston High School and also attended Lowell State College.

Mario was employed as a machinist at the General Electric in Lynn for many years until he retired in 1996. He lived in East Boston and Revere until moving to Winthrop five years ago.

Mario was a musician who loved playing the accordion and played with several bands in the local area.

He is survived by his daughter Rhonda L. Sarras of Wheeling, West Va., his companion, Jeanne McDonough of Winthrop and her two children, Michelle Perrin of Las Vegas, and Scott McDonough of East Boston.

Funeral arrangments were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home,  Winthrop. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

William Dacey

Retired Boston Police Dept.

William H. Dacey of Winthrop died on Jan. 1.

William was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a retired Sgt. Det. of the Boston Police Department.

He was the beloved husband of 48 years to Elaine F. (Monahan) Dacey; devoted father of Kevin P. Dacey of East Boston, Susan E. Dacey-Bellis and her husband, Donald of Mashpee, Maureen P. Nevers and her husband, Patrick of Randolph, VT, Kathleen T. Cesareo and her husband, Lawrence of Revere, Brian W. Dacey of Winthrop, and Kristen M. Dacey of Fife, WA; adored grandfather of Nickolas, Lyncoln, and Jacob Bellis and Delaney and Carter Cesareo and dear brother of the late Anne McGovern. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Cremation will be private. Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:

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