Well Known Revere Beach Bartender, Member of Revere Elks, Special Needs School Bus Driver
Walter M. Bruce, a lifelong Revere native, died January 19 at Genesis of Wakefield following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he lived in Revere all his life and was a 1954 graduate of Revere High School. He was also a 1950 alumnus of the Immaculate Conception Grammar School. He soon entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and served for over four years.
Walter spent many years driving special needs children in the early busing days. He is most remembered for his many years on the Beach (Revere Beach), working many of the local cafes and lounges as a bartender, especially at Buddy’s Cafe and Bill Ash’s Pizza. He was a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171.
He was the beloved son of the late, M. Walter Bruce and Eleanor (Morgan) Bruce; the dear father of Steven Ryan of Raymond, NH and Kimberly Richard and her husband, Mark of Hanover, NH; the devoted brother of Retired State Police Sergeant James R. Bruce of Winthrop and his late wife, Carole P. Bruce, Eleanor “Sissy” Bruce-Kelley and her husband, Robert N. Kelley of Fort Lauderdale, FL and New Hampshire, Barbara Bruce-Meade and her husband, Franklin “Frank” Meade of Revere and Marilyn A. Symmes of Winthrop. He is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and the large extended Morgan family on his Mom’s side in Revere and throughout the North Shore.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue), Revere. Internment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.
Thomas Murphy Jr.
Worked for Army Corps of Engineers; Real Estate Broker and Longtime Member of Revere Council K of C
Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere, died on January 17 at Golden Living-Elmhurst following a long illness. He was 92 years old.
Born and raised in Somerville, he was a 1938 graduate of Somerville High School. He also attended Boston University. Mr. Murphy joined the US Navy in September of 1942 and served until March of 1946.
Most of his working career was spent with the Army Corps of Engineers, as a Property Manager. He held a Mass. Real Estate Broker’s License and worked within the industry for more than 20 years. He was a principal in the firm of “Mallard, Moriarty & Murphy” of the North Shore and worked until his late seventies.
The family lived in Revere for more than 50 years and moved to Lynnfield in 1996. He was a long time member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus #179 and the Lynnfield seniors. Both he and his wife were devotees of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield and were both Eucharistic Ministers at the church.
He was the beloved and faithful husband of 62 years to Catherine F. (Countie) — the couple would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 20. He was the devoted father of Joan M. Marks and her husband, Peter W. of Winthrop, Anne M. Russell of West Peabody and Thomas J. Murphy, III of Natick and the late Karen M. Zappala; cherished grandfather to: Meredith Cooke and her husband, James Cooke, Jonathan and Ashley Marks, all of Winthrop, Kevin Russell of Stoneham, Matt Russell of Los Angeles, California, Shannon Russell of Reading, Brittany Zappala-Acciavatti and her husband, Thomas and Miss Alex Zappala, all of Lynnfield and Coleman Murphy of Paris, France. He was the brother of the late Rita Zappelli and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery of Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. www.vertuccioandsmith.com
John ‘Jack’ Moriarty
Loved Life, Sports and a Good Cigar
John ‘Jack’ Moriarty passed away on December 20 at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Tracy, California.
He was born on January 23, 1949 in Boston to the late Frank and Gerry Moriarty and he has been a resident of Tracy for 21 years, previously living in Framingham.
Mr. Moriarty enjoyed being involved in his children’s activities. He loved life, sports and a good cigar. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend to many.
He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Susan K. Moriarty of Tracy, California; his children, Trista Marie Fahey of Framingha,, Jason Moriarty and Geoffrey Moriarty, both of Tracy; his sister, Nancy Goulet of New Hampshire and five nieces and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Nicholas G. Carangelo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 16.
Nicholas served his country honorably as a US Marine during the Korean Conflict.
He was the beloved husband of Elena (Cataruolo) Carangelo with whom he shared 30 years of marriage; loving father of Gregory Carangelo and his wife, Maria of Revere, Sabrina Colombo and her husband, James of Peabody, Nicholas Carangelo of Maine, Pamela Corrado and her husband, Joe of Winthrop and Brendalee Scolaro and her husband, Peter of East Boston. He was the dear brother of Domenic Carangelo and his wife, JoAnn of Melrose, Carmella Traniello and her husband, John of Medford and the late James Carangelo; brother in law of Michael Cataruolo and his wife, Patricia of Watertown; cherished grandfather of Jared, Nicholas, Ashley, JJ, John, Alycia, Olivia, Taylor and Nick. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com
Master Mason; Gifted Athlete; Member of Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont
Robert J. Yett of Revere entered into rest on January 16. He was 87 years old.
From an early age, Bob was a gifted athlete. He skied, played golf and tennis and was a Vermont state ping pong champion. He also loved fishing.
Modest and humble, Bob never bragged about his five holes-in-one. An avid golfer, Bob was a long time member of Kernwood Country Club. During World War II, Bob served with General Patton’s troops in Europe. He was a member of Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont-Revere and a Master Mason from the lodge in West Rutland, Vermont.
Robert was born in Burlington, VT and has been a resident of Revere for many years. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Lauralee (Goldstein) Yett.
He was the loving son of the late Benjamin and Ethel (Haberman) Yett of Burlington and the brother of the late Temaly Yett Jacobs of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Renee Currie and nephew Richard Currie and was predeceased by his nephew, the late Robert Currie.
Bob will be remembered and missed by his many wonderful friends and business associates.
Services were held in the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in the Rabbi Issac Elchonon Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Dr. Allan Goroll, Mass General Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For more information: www.torffuneralservice.com
Of East Boston
Lorraine A. (Laramie) LaVertue of East Boston, formerly of Laconia, NH, died on January 16.
She was the beloved wife of the late George A.; devoted mother of Annette D’Agostino and her husband, Richard and Robert A. LaVertue, all of East Boston, Ronald and his wife, Diane of Winthrop, Linda Lockhart and her husband, Raymond and Rita Buono and her husband, James, all of East Boston and the late George and his surviving wife, Barbara of Wilmington. She was pre deceased by four sisters and two brothers and was the cherished grandmother of 13 and adored great grandmother of 21. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Mrs. LaVertue was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Assoc., 330 Congress St. 5th floor, Boston 02210. For more information: www.ruggieromh.