Obituaries 09-21-2022

Giuseppe “Joe” “Charlie” Todaro

The Most Cherished Aspect of His Life Was Family

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church in Saugus on September 19 for Giuseppe “Joe” “Charlie” Todaro, 95, who died peacefully in the loving presence of his family on Thursday, September 15th at his home in Saugus following a brief illness. Interment followed in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Giuseppe was a native of Sciacca, Sicily, where he was the oldest of two children of the late Francesco and Grazia (Taormina) Todaro. He left Sicily when he was in his thirties and settled with family in Queens, NY. He met his lovely wife, Lucy (Puleo) through mutual friends in Boston where Lucy resided. They married in March of 1966, moved to Queens, NY and two years later moved back to East Boston and later settled in Everett.   

Giuseppe was a devoted husband, father and loving family man who was a very hard worker since the age of 14 when his father died and he had to provide for his mother and sister.    

When he moved to Boston, he worked at the South Boston meat market and later worked until 80 years old at Viking Seafood in Malden, where he was a fish packer. He later moved to Saugus to live with his daughter and her family.

He liked to garden and enjoyed fixing cars whether his own or for family.         The most cherished aspect of his life was family, that is what mattered most to him and gave him the most happiness.

The beloved husband for 40 years of the late Lucy (Puleo) Todaro, he was the loving father of Graceann Cirame and her husband, John, the cherished Papa of Joseph C. Cirame and Isabella L. Cirame, all of Saugus and the dear brother of the late Rosa Fazio of Italy. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and Susan Viera, friend and caretaker.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital, 501 St. Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105.

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The staff at Vertuccio & Smith is most honored to have assisted the family in completing arrangements.

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