Obituaries 10-17-2019

Joseph Vaccaro

Self Employed Electrical Contractor

Joseph D. Vaccaro of Grand View Ave., Winthrop passed away at the Alliance Health at Rosewood in Peabody on Oct. 10. He was 75 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the the beloved son of the late Mary (Merrow) and Joseph W. Vaccaro. A long-time resident of Winthrop he was self employed as an electrical contractor. He loved to travel, as well as spend time with family and friends. He especially loved Christmas when he could spoil all his family.

He was the devoted husband of Kathleen (Gentile) and the loving father of Tracy Vaccaro of Maine, Joseph Vaccaro and his wife, Mary of Winthrop and Cindy Vaccaro and her fiance,Todd Green of Winthrop; dear brother of Linda Vaccaro of Wellesley and Robert Vaccaro and his wife, Marie of New York; cherished grandfather of Nicholas and his wife, Milene, Michael, Dylan, Christa and Holly, great-grandfather of Alexandra and loving son-in-law of Anna Gentile.

His funeral service was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Services concluded with interment in the Calvary Cemetery, Portsmouth, N.H.

Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or go to To sign the online guestbook go to

Mary Porter

Member of AMVETS and VFW

Mary C. Porter of Bowdoin St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Oct. 4. She was 95 years old.

Born in East Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Sarah (Sevetella) and Thomas J. Ryan, she has been a resident of Winthrop since 1951 and worked as an assembler at Sylvania and General Electric. She was also a member of AMVETS Post 48, Winthrop, AMVETS Post 79, Natick and the VFW in Beachmont.

She was the devoted wife of the late James T. Porter and the loving mother of Norman Porter and his wife, Joan of North Canton, Ohio, Sharon Bolger and her late husband, Kevin and Thomas Porter, all of Winthrop. She was the dear sister of the late Fredrick Ryan, cherished grandmother of Sharon, Marlaina, Shawn, Jim and Katy and is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home. Committal was private.

Memorial donations may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., #2601, Boston, MA 02108 or go to

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Scott Sears

Hockey team captain and graduate of Winthrop High School Class of 1989

Scott T. Sears of Andrew St., Winthrop passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 10. He was 48 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of William E. Sears and his step mother Anne Clancy and his late mother Shirley (Trybendis).

A life long resident of Winthrop, he was a 1989 graduate of Winthrop High School where he excelled in hockey being named captain of the team his senior year. He went on to work for the Sheriff’s Department and later on became a chef working in several local restaurants and clubs. He helped feed the homeless at the Holy Rosary Church in Winthrop as well as rescue stray animals bringing them to the Copeland Center at the MSPCA. He was also a Friend of Bill W.

He was the dear brother of William “Mickey” Sears of California, Carolyn Lyons of Winthrop, Colleen Cassavaugh of Methuen and the late Sharon Sullivan and the loving companion of Jessica Pesta. He is also survived by his dog Jaxx, his dear friend Kara Bonita and several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Holy Rosary Church 993 Shirley St., Winthrop at 10:00 AM. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA at

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Charles Beattie, Jr.

Retired Travel Agent

Charles (Chuck) E. Beattie, Jr. of Winthrop died Oct. 5 from complications of Parkinson’s at the age of 88.

Charles was the son of Helen (Robbins) and Charles E. Beattie, Sr. He was the beloved brother of Patricia McGee, Norma Gobiel, Genia Cerulli, Brenda Bertino and her husband, Joe, all of Winthrop and Joan Pitts of Palm Springs, Calif. and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-and great grand-nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Chuck was drafted into the Army as a Private and retired as a Master Sargent. After earning a purple heart for his two tours of service in Korea, Chuck became a travel agent and tour guide and traveled the world.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire wonderful and caring staff at Winthrop Place 26 Sturgis St., Winthrop and also Tom the barber. Your kindness and compassion while caring for Chuck was so appreciated.

Visitation was held in the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop followed by a funeral mass in the Holy Rosary Church, Winthrop.

To our brother Chuck

We will hold onto our memories

The ones that are so dear

And will keep you always close

As now you are not here…

You were so very special

And we want to say

We feel lost in many ways

As you are not here today.

We will never forget you

As we know we have been blessed

To have you for our brother

Because you were the  very best.

Love always, your sisters…Pat, Norma, Joan, Genia and Brenda

Joanne Schreibman

Of Winthrop, Formerly of Chelsea

Joanne (Gilman) Schreibman, 86, of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, beloved wife of the late Melvin (Manny) B. Schreibman of Winthrop died on Oct. 14 after a brief illness.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she was the loving daughter of the late Maurice (Murray) and Ida Gilman and much-loved daughter-in-law of the late Rose Schreibman. 

Joanne was past president of the Shurtleff St. Sisterhood, a skilled bookkeeper and partner with Manny in many adventures including their lifelong love of horses.  Joanne enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Joanne is survived by her son, Phillip Schreibman and his wife, Amy of Lexington and her four grandchildren Brian, Helena, Matti and Ariana. She was predeceased by her son and daughter in law, Nathaniel and Michelle (Rosenzwaig) Schreibman and her sister Paula Movitz with whom she enjoyed spending winters in Boynton Beach, Fl.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Interment was in AAA Sfard Cemetery, Lynn. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book:

Margaret Gavin

Mother of retired Revere Fire Captain

Margaret Gavin of Revere died on Oct. 9 at the age of 83. 

The devoted mother of Retired Captain RFD Robert DiSalvo and his wife, Gina of Peabody, Kim Graham of Lynn, Tara DiSalvo of Winthrop and the late Dino DiSalvo, she was the dear sister of Mary Sullivan  and Mike Gavin, both of Winthrop, Eileen Lewis of Maryland and the late Robert Gavin, Patricia Gavin and Joanne Beaudoin. She is also lovingly  survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home , Revere.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike St, Suite 202 North Andover, MA 01845  For guest book please visit

Marie Tarantino

Mass. Dept. of Revenue Retiree

Marie R. Tarantino of Winthrop passed away at home on Oct. 15. She was 82 years old.

 Born in Boston’s North End, the beloved daughter of the late Anna (Maniscalco) and Carlo Sutera, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 48 years and was employed as a clerk for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for over 20 years.

She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent G. Tarantino and the loving mother of Steven Tarantino and his wife, Blanche of Hopkinton, Carl Tarantino and his wife, Kathy of Winthrop and Susan Martucci and her husband, Gus of Winthrop; dear sister of Lucy Graffeo of Somerville, Mario Sutera of the North End, Salvatore Sutera, her twin, of Somerville and the late Beatrice Catanzaro, Freddy Sutera, Jimmy Sutera, Josephine Catanzaro, Leo Sutera, Katherine Cadigan, Annette Papa and Carl Sutera; cherished grandmother of Suzanne, James, Andrea, Vincent, Christine, Matthew and Julie. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Funeral Mass in the St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA Hospice and Palliative Care 120 Thomas St., Worcester MA 01608.

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

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