Obituaries 03-28-2018

Brandon Francis Bottari

Of Saugus, formerly of Everett

Brandon Francis Bottari of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died suddenly on March 22 at the age of 29.

The son of Denise Doherty and her husband, William of Saugus and the late Frank Bottari, he was the step-brother of Amanda and Alysia of Maine, grandson of Priscilla and Richard Ruzzo of Lynnfield, the late Richard and Louise Vitale and the late Stephen and Pauline Bottari. He is also survived by many loving and devoted aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brandon’s memory may be made to the Herren Project, P.O. Box 131, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or the charity of your choice. For more information, visit: 1-877-71-ROCCO or

James Joseph Obrien

Retired Registry of Motor Vehicles employee

James “Jim” Joseph O’Brien of Everett entered into rest on Palm Sunday, March 25 in the Life Care of Stoneham.  He was 79 years old.

Born in Everett, Jim remained a lifelong resident.  He graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1957 and Burdett College with an Associate’s Degree, Class of 1959. He retired from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles as a data processor.  Jim also served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

He was the beloved son of the late James R. and Gertrude L. (Grassa) O’Brien and dear and devoted brother of Richard “Dick” Francis O’Brien of Washington, DC. Jim is also the loving uncle of Catherine Lynch O’Brien and Miles Edward O’Brien and his wife, Sara Fitzgerald O’Brien and great-uncle of Everett Y. O’Brien, Oliver G. O’Brien and Cassidy L. O’Brien.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jim’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett on Monday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. His funeral will be from the funeral home on Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Church “Restoration Fund” 489 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149, would be sincerely appreciated.

John Ricci

Long time member of the IBEW, served on Everett Board of Fire Commissioners

John F. Ricci of Everett entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 19 in the Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn.   He was 86 years old.

Born in his family’s residence in Everett, John remained an Everett resident for his entire life.  He attended the Everett Vocational High School and was a graduate of Wentworth Institute with an electrical degree.

A U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, John was a member of IBEW Local 103 for over 67 years of which many of those years included service at Fenway Park in Boston, making sure that the electrical lighting was operating flawlessly. He formerly served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for the City of Everett and was a member of the former St. Therese Holy Name Society.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary F. (McSweeney), son of the late Pasquale and Genoveffa (Falco) Ricci, dear and devoted father of Denise Vitale and her husband, Ralph of N. Chelmsford, Cheryl Morecroft and her husband, Stephen of Burlington, Maureen Morelli and her husband, Louis of Everett, John F. Ricci, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Stoughton and Kevin Ricci of Everett; brother of Madelaine Doctors of California and the late Philip, Adam, Thomas, Edward and Beatrice Ricci.  John is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his former daughter-in-law, Aniela Ricci.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  Everett. Interment, with military honors, was in the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. Contributions in John’s  memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Ste. 202, Cambridge, MA 02140 would be sincerely appreciated.

Mary ‘Mimi’ Gillis

Lifelong Everett resident

Mary J. “Mimi” (Giggie) Gillis of Everett entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 24.  She was 94 years old.

Born in the family home on Pierce Avenue, Mary remained a lifelong Everett resident.  She retired from an insurance company as a clerk.

She was the beloved wife of George J. Gillis for over 54 years, loving daughter of the late Mary (Croce) and Joseph Giggie, dear and devoted sister of the late Dorothy Giggie, Joseph A. Giggie and James V. Giggie loving aunt of David and Maria Giggie, Joanne and Thor Johansson, Donna and James McCune, Patricia Giggie and her partner, Donna, John Gillis, Mary Jones, the late Paul Gillis, Kim Cerna, Sean Lambert, Mark Lambert, Michelle Gillis, Christopher Gillis, Kelly Gillis, Stacey Gillis, Debra Rogers, Cindy Russo, James Russo, Elizabeth Field, and Richard Milley, Jr. Mary is also survived by 20 loving great-nieces and great- nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Charles Follett

Verizon retiree

Charles H. Follett of Lynnfield, beloved husband of Jean A. (Winsor) Follett, died peacefully on Saturday, March 24 at the Brudnick Centers for Living in Peabody following an extended illness. He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Eli and Mary Ann (Moore) Follett. He was a graduate of Revere High School. He later enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and was a longtime, dedicated employee of Verizon.

Charlie, affectionately known as “Flash”, was a quiet family man and a true gentleman, very patriotic and proud of his Newfoundland heritage. He enjoyed photography, loved flowers, and was an avid gardener. He loved the ocean, the New England Patriots, and passed on his love of music, particularly jazz, to his daughters; he enjoyed playing the Harmonica to the amusement of his grandkids. He was very handy around both homes and cars, for which his daughters relied on him as their personal handyman, a perfectionist in all he did. He was respectful of others and passed that value on to his daughters. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Jean Follett of Lynnfield, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage; three daughters, Charlene Follett and her husband, Kevin McLaughlin of Lynnfield, Elaine Simonelli and her husband Paul of Newburyport, and Lynne Forgione and her husband, Steven of Lynnfield; , grandchildren, Lauren Silva, Jenna Iannetta, Nicholas, Matthew and Jake Forgione, and step-grandson Colin McLaughlin; two great-grandchildren, Lily and Jonathan Silva, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by his brother, Frederick Follett and sisters Rosamond MacWilliams, Evelyn Conley, and Virginia Bottcher.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Thursday, March 29 for a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. in the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody. A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or online Please visit for online obituary and to sign condolences.

Ronald D’Onofrio

Served the City of Everett in many capacities

Ronald V. D’Onofrio of Everett died on March 21.

Ronald attended Everett High School, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the University of Lowell. He was the former President of Everett Youth Hockey, a member of Everett Youth Baseball Board, Association of New England Football Officials, former civil engineer for the city of Everett, former head of the Everett Retirement Board in the city of Everett, former Head of Parks, Playgrounds, Stadium and Cemeteries in the City of Everett for 36 years.

Beloved husband for 56 years of Mary (Aubrey), he was the loving father of Ronald D’Onofrio of New Hampshire and Anthony “Nino” and Christian D’Onofrio, both of Methuen; loving brother of Edward “Fonzi” D’Onofrio and his wife, Norma. He is also survived by his two beloved grandchildren, Isabella and Mia as well as his loving nephews, Paul and Stephen D’onofrio. Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to The “Eclub”, PO Box 490135, Everett, MA 02149. For more information: 1-877-71ROCCO or

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