Retired Bank of America Senior Vice President
Anthony F. Solomita of South Dennis, formerly of Everett, died at home after a long illness on December 17. He was 79 years old.
Born and raised in Everett, he was a graduate of B.C. High School, Class of 1952 and continued his education at Boston College where he earned a B.A. In Economics, Class of 1956. After graduation, Anthony went to work for John Hancock Life as a programmer. He retained this position for 11 years. It was then that he found his passion in Banking. He worked in the Trust Department and remained in Trust Banking for over 30 years. He retired from Bank of America as a Senior Vice President and manager in their bank-wide Trust Services Division. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Louise P. Savignano. They settled in Everett and began their family, later moving to Bedford, raising their three children.
Anthony maintained a very active life in organizations such as Toastmasters, where he held an office for several years and as a member and Chairman of the Banking Committees in Massachusetts Bankers Association. He also found time to give of himself to his community in Bedford, as a Trustee of the Bedford Free Public Library. He was a Lector and CCD Teacher at St. Michael’s Church in Bedford.
Although through his busy career and his associations, his best time and favorite role was as husband and father. In later years it was “Papa” and he was quoted that “He took his responsibility seriously to spoil his grandchildren and hopefully did it well.”
After retiring, he and his wife relocated to Cape Cod where they became active members and supporters of “Our Lady of the Cape.” and where he would spend half of the year playing golf and enjoying the beautiful beaches. The couple would retreat to Florida in the winter where they did the same.
He was the loving and devoted husband of Louise P. (Savignano) Solomita with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; the cherished father of Anne F. Rascoe and her husband, Thomas D. of Queensbury, NY, James M. Solomita and his partner, Douglas Watson of Portland, OR and Lauren M. Mello and her husband, Matthew P. of Kingston; the adored “Papa” of Maria L. Mello, Kathryn J. Rascoe, Antonia R. Mello and Matthew J. Mello; the beloved brother of Michael Solomita and his wife, Sharon of Stoneham and Rosemarie Spurr of Everett and her late husband, Raymond. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
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Mechanical Engineer With 34 Patents
Suel G. Shannon of Orange City, Florida passed away Monday, December 8. He was 88 years old.
Born in Everett, he proudly served in the Merchant Marines and later attended Northeastern University to gain a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He spent the bulk of his working career with Amp, Inc. in Harrisburg, PA. There a variety of talents emerged resulting in 34 patents bearing his name. Suel lived to paint, and used his voice to sing and entertain in retirement.
He leaves his wife, Patricia, at John Knox Village and six sons: Douglas Shannon of Santa Rosa, CA, Peter Shannon of Oveido, FL, Gordon Shannon of Boulder, CO, Stephen Shannon of Harrisburg, PA, David Shannon of Harrisburg, PA and Bruce Shannon of DeLeon Springs, FL; 13 grandchildren and four great grandsons.
A Memorial service will be held at Volusia County Baptist Church, Orange City, FL, January 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. A light luncheon will be served for family and friends. Donations in Suel’s name may be given to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia Flagler, www.hovf.org.