Obituaries 04-22-2020

Dan Gritti

AKA “World’s Best Big Brother”

Dan Gritti, a North Andover resident and a native of Everett, formerly of Naples, Florida, was born on July 5, 1949 and passed on April 16, 2020.

Dan graduated from Everett High School, North Shore Community College and Boston College. He was the proud father of Dan Gritti, Jr. of Illinois and Stephen Gritti of Connecticut.

As a teenager, Dan volunteered at the Everett Rec. and was a “Big Brother” to special needs children.  To serve our country, Dan joined the US Air Force immediately after graduating from Everett High School, Class of 1967. Early on, Dan discovered his true passion – helping others.

Dan managed to fit a lot into a 24-hour day. To spend more time with his sons, Dan coached ad volunteered for their football and hockey teams. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Business Administration at Boston College.

Dan retired from the US Post Office. During his tenure, he served as a union shop steward, tirelessly helping his co-workers resolve issues and obtain their earned benefits.

For a while, Dan owned an ice-skate shop at the Burlington Ice Palace. Dan picked up a love of golf and moved to Naples, Fl. He joined the Italian-American Club-Naples and offered to help and was asked to serve on the board as well as to organize fundraisers and events. Dan excelled in these roles and served on multiple boards over the next 15 years. He brought his event skills to North Andover and organized social activities there. No matter where Dan lived, he was a die-hard fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Boston College Eagles.

 While Dan loved his life in Naples, he loved his granddaughters even more and he returned to Massachusetts to be closer to his family. Dan enthusiastically attended dance recitals and school events. He LOVED being a grandpa. Both of Dan’s sons coach football. If he could not attend a game in person, Dan would listen online to every play, never missing a game and boast for the rest of the week. TO anyone who ever met Dan, there is no doubt that he enjoyed sharing his pride in his family.

Dan joined the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as Commander of North Andover’s DAV Chapter 37 and helped other veterans obtain benefits. Dan lived the DAV motto of helping to build better lives for American disabled veterans and their families.

Dan was a big guy, a true gentle giant – and every bit of him was filled with heart. He has countless friends scattered around the country. And, as busy as Dan was, he always had time for his 101-year old mother and his sisters. Dan proudly wore his title of “World’s Best Big Brother.”

Dan is survived by his sons, Dan Griffi, Jr. and Stephen Griffi, daughter-in-law, Kara Fox Griffi, granddaughters, Harper and Nealy, mother, Mary, sisters, Theresa and Lisa, nephew, Adam Lattanzi and brother-in-law, Tom Divilio.

Dan will be interred at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution checks may be mailed to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 37, 45 Heywood Road, Acton, MA 01720 – please add “in memory of Dan Griffi” in the memo of your check.

A memorial service will be held later this year. The family is monitoring Dan’s Facebook page and invites posts of photos and great stories.

Dan’s spirit will always be present. He is loved and missed.

Fredy Alberto Ramirez

Great Chef Who Will Be Sorely Missed by All Who Knew Him

Fredy Alberto Ramirez of Revere, formerly of Colombia, passed away unexpectedly on April 10 at the age of 50.

Fredy was a great chef who enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He was an avid Barcelona futbol fan who never missed a match. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Goodbye hurts the most when the story wasn’t finished.

Born in Santa Rosa De Osos, Colombia to Maria (Gomez) and the late Gonzalo Ramirez, he was the devoted father of Christopher and Brian Ramirez and cherished step father to Duvan Lopera and Mateo Tobon; adored brother of Luz Ramirez, Jader Ramirez and Astrid Ramirez, all of Colombia and Sandra Ramirez of Revere. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately.  For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Nicholas James Forrestall

US Postal Service retiree

Nicholas James “Uncle Jim” Forrestall of Everett, 90, passed away on April 15.

A US Army Korean War veteran, he was a longtime US Postal Clerk. 

He was the son of the late Nicholas Forrestall and Margaret (King), loving brother of the late Katherine Pizzano, Lucy Furman, Marion O’Hare, Cecelia Forrestall, Michael Forrestall, Francis Forrestall, Margaret Kotkowski, Helen DeSantis, Dennis Forrestall and Carole Julian. Uncle Jim leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews and caring family members and friends.

 In light of the recent development with the COVID-19, all funeral services will be private. Donations may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA  01970. For more information:  http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

Alice Carli

Leaves Behind the Enormous Legacy of the Family She Treasured More than Anything Else

Alice (Kearins) Carli passed away peacefully, with her characteristic dignity and grace, on April 15, 2020. Our hearts are broken as we mourn her loss and share our tremendous grief with all those impacted by COVID-19.  

Born February 15,1934, Alice was extremely proud to have lived in Everett her entire life. After graduating from Everett High School, she was employed at General Electric. While raising her children, Alice ran her own business. She later worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration and retired from the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Alice was an avid reader, enjoyed politics and current events and was a frequent caller to talk radio. She loved to swim and sit on the beach in the late afternoon. 

Above all, Alice cherished the time she spent with family and her many true and lifelong friends. To each and every one of them she would say they are embodied in the lyrics from a favorite song, “If anyone should ever write my life story – For whatever reason there might be – Oh, you’ll be there between each line of pain and glory – Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Alice leaves behind the enormous legacy of the family she treasured more than anything else – Christopher and his wife, Michelle (Raso) of Beverly, Lorraine and her husband, Jay Bluestein of Weymouth, Paul and his wife, Jacqueline (Johnson) of Charlestown, Patrick and his wife, Mary (Mandell) of Saratoga Springs, NY, Andrea and her husband, Michael Bunar of Lynnfield, and Chief Anthony Carli of the Everett Fire Department and his wife, Diana (Cucchi) of Peabody. She adored and reveled in the antics and accomplishments of her grandchildren: Arielle and her husband, Ryan Mortimer, Gregory, Michael, Nicole, Andrew, Sabrina, Samantha, Nicholas, Brendan and Shawn. She loved meeting her great-grandson, Dylan. 

In Alice’s last years, her constant refrain was that she was blessed with a wonderful family, content in her surroundings and didn’t have a care in the world. It is those thoughts that console us. We too are blessed to have had her as our mother.  We learned from her, laughed with her and sometimes at her, and admired everything about her. Her wisdom, boundless strength, and endless optimism will continue to be guidance in our lives.

In immense sadness we are buoyed because of the wonderful woman she was, what she meant to so many, and the indelible mark she left. All that we are and all that we are not is because of her.

Alice was predeceased by her parents James and Grace (Morrow) Kearins and her three brothers: Jimmy, Paul and Harry. 

We will celebrate Alice’s life at another time. For now, may the Lord raise her up on eagle’s wings and hold her in the palms of his hands. 

With all our love – Chris, Lorraine, Paul, Patrick, Andrea and Tony

Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund. For more information: http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

Rosemarie Guerriero

Lifelong Educator

Rosemarie (Moscato) Guerriero, 80, a resident of Revere for 51 years, formerly of Everett, died on April 9.

Rosemarie grew-up in Everett and was a life-long educator who taught at the Chandler School for Women in Boston, St. Rose High School in Chelsea, and Everett High School. She was a graduate of Everett High School, Salem State College and Boston University.

Rosemarie was a wonderful family-centered woman who gave her children and grandchildren unconditional love. In her later years, her grandchildren Karina and Nicholas provided her with much love and joy. She greeted everyone with a smile and was always quick to offer a helping hand to anyone who might need one. Rosemarie was not just a mentor to her students but also to many of her friends and family members. She was a wonderful mother-figure known for her kindness, warmth, generosity, and famous Italian storytelling and cooking. Rosemarie loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and never missed a loved one’s birthday. She will be deeply missed.

She was the beloved wife of Nicholas for 50 years, mother of Anthony Thomas Guerriero of Lynnfield and Rosanne Guerriero of Reading, loving granddaughter of the late Rosina Moscato and is also survived by her two grandchildren, Karina Rose Olson and Nicholas Anthony Guerriero, her daughter-in-law, Diana Ubinas and her son-in-law, Jim Olson, Jr.

In light of the recent development with COVID-19, all funeral services will be private. A Celebration of Life Memorial mass will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Rosemarie’s name to: The Italian Home for Children. For more information: http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

Nicholas Guerriero

Of Revere

Nicholas Guerriero, 86, a 51 year resident of Revere, passed away suddenly on April 19.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rosemarie (Moscato) for 50 years, father of Anthony Thomas Guerriero of Lynnfield and Roseanne Guerriero of Reading; son of the late Anthony Guerriero and Mary (Napolitano); brother of Catherine Cardello and Olympia Mastrocola, both of Everett, the late Philomena DiSessa of Beverly, the late Dominic Guerriero of Everett and the late Pasquale Guerriero of Wakefield; proud grandfather of two grandchildren: Karina Rose Olson and Nicholas Anthony Guerriero. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Diana Ubinas and his son-in-law, Jim Olson, Jr.

In light of the recent development with COVID-19, all funeral services will be private. A Celebration of Life Memorial mass will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mr. Guerriero’s memory: American Lung Association of the Northeast and the Northeast Shelter. For more information:  http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

Helen Rita Canty

Devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Helen Rita (Ingram) Canty, 76, of Everett, passed away after a short illness on April 15 at the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea.

Born in Arlington, the daughter of the late John W. Ingram and Alfreda (Cruiser), she graduated from Arlington High School and worked as a Patient Care Assistant for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Helen loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to music, dancing, playing cards, pool and bowling with her friends and family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The beloved wife of the late James “Jim” Canty, she was the loving mother of Denise Canty Turilli of Everett and James M. Canty of Salisbury and the late Richard J. Gannam; sister of George Ingram and the late John W. Ingram Jr. and the sister-in-law of Nancy Ingram; proud grandmother of three grandsons: Nicholas Canty, Matthew Turilli and Ryan Canty. She is also, survived by two nephews, one niece and several great nephews, great nieces and friends. 

 In light of the recent development with COVID-19, all funeral services will be private. For more information:  http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

James Zanor

Long Time Teacher and Administrator at Boton Latin and Boston Girls Latin Academy

James “Jim” Zanor, 94, a lifelong resident of Everett, passed away on April 14.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Zanor was a long time teacher and administrator at Boston Latin and Boston Girls Latin Academy. 

The beloved husband of the late Edith, he was the son of the late Benjamin Zanor and Catherine (Juliano), brother of the late Walter P. Zanor and Mary Zanor and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews

In light of the recent development with the COVID-19, all funeral services will be private. For more information:  http://www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

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