May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed 
through the mercy of God rest in peace


Anthony "Tony" Prestera

Anthony “Tony” Prestera, of Whitman formerly of South Weymouth, Plymouth and Boynton Beach, Florida passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on February 21, 2015. Tony was born in the North End and raised in Jamaica Plain, Boston to the late Antonio and Frances (Russo) Prestera of Calabria, Italy.

Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Frances (Craig) Prestera. Devoted father of Theresa Doherty and her husband Mark of Whitman, Elizabeth Whittaker and her husband Mark of Plymouth and Marie DiVito and her husband Michael of South Weymouth. Treasured “Grandpa” of Eric and Jeremy Ashe, Michael, Melissa and Andrew Whittaker, Ian Maguire, Sara DiVito and the late Matthew Whittaker. Cherished companion of Ann Smith of Stoughton. Lovingly remembered by Annelise Pfeiffer, Caitlin Geer, Lindsay Shields and Colleen Pascarelli.

Affectionately known as “Timmy” to his brothers and sisters, he is survived by his sister, Catherine Rouse of Waltham and brother, Joseph Prestera and his wife Esther of Newton. Predeceased by his brother, Francis, sister, Marion Campana and her husband Eddie, and brother in law Arthur Rouse. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

After attending the Boston School for the Deaf in Randolph, Tony married Frances Craig in 1957 and in 1966, moved his family from Jamaica Plain to South Weymouth. He worked as a printer at Smith Print of Norwell, retiring in 1996 after 30 years. Tony and his wife were part of a very close group of friends that ensured the success of the newly formed Boston and Quincy Deaf Clubs, where for many years he participated in a vast array of social events. He loved to travel with his wife and friends and visited all 50 states as well as many international destinations. 

Tony’s favorite pastimes included gardening, model trains and photography. He was a passionate fan of the Bruins, as well as the Red Sox and Patriots. He will be most remembered as an enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s athletic participation. Whether it was football, baseball, soccer or track, Grandpa would be there, cheering from the sidelines. As an animal lover, he held a special place in his heart for his past dogs, Jenny, Dollie and Casper. All who had the pleasure of knowing him will sadly miss him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hosp.) 

Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant Street South Weymouth at 10:30 AM. Burial to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tony may be made to the New England Home for the Deaf, Development Office, 154-160 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or The Deaf Apostolate 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.

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May His Soul & All the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace.

posted Jul 16, 2014, 8:48 AM by Boston Deaf Apostolate   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 8:51 AM ]

John P. “Buddy” McCarthy, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at Woodbriar of Wilmington on July 9, 2014.

John was born on March 13, 1922 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John and Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy.  John was raised and educated in South Boston.  John was born deaf, but he did not let his inability to hear limit him.  John became very independent at a young age and learned to communicate with others through sign language and writing tablets.

John married his beloved wife and best friend the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy; the couple spent many years together before her passing in September of 2012.  Ruth was also hearing impaired, but again, this did not stop John and Ruth from having a wonderful life as they traveled across most of the United States, including a road trip to Alaska and back, and visiting many different countries; they were always so anxious to get back and share their stories.  John was very warm, welcoming, and friendly; he and Ruth loved to throw parties for their friends and neighbors just to get everyone together.

John and Ruth moved to Wilmington over fifty years ago to a street which only had five houses on it.  Those neighbors all became a tight knit group who were more like family than neighbors.  John, Ruth, and the other neighbors all confided in each other, looked out for each other, and shared holidays, weddings, and parties.  Although it may seem that John and Ruth had special neighbors to watch over them; the neighbors felt lucky to have John and Ruth in their lives.

John worked as a machinist at Clifford Manufacturing Company, he had a great work ethic and he also counted many of his co-workers as dear friends.  John retired following many years of dedicated service to the Company.  Following retirement, John liked to spend time in his yard, he tinkered around the house, and took up a passion for Bingo never missing a game at the Dear Center in Quincy every Monday night or at the Danvers School for the Deaf on Fridays.  John was always very active and on the go driving himself from one place to the other until his illness forced him to slow down a couple of months ago..

John was very religious and had a great faith in God; he would faithfully attend Mass for the hearing impaired at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton on Sundays which was celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Shawn Carey.

John was very giving of his time, especially supporting the New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers for many years.  It was here that John and Ruth hosted many benefits and supported many causes.  He also worked at Camp Mark 7 in New York, which was a camp, specializing in helping the deaf.

John will be remembered as a kind, friendly, nice person who enjoyed bingo, baseball, parties and going to church.  He had a dry sense of humor, which made his friends laugh.  John’s independence was one of his great strengths and his friends admired him for it the most, he was truly an inspiration to those around him.  John and Ruth will dearly be missed by those who knew and loved them.

John was the beloved husband of the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy, cherished son of the late John & Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy, dear brother of Dorothy Garofano of Braintree and the late Teresa Dunn, Mary Flaherty and Catherine Estrella.  John is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends including his dear neighbors Lois & Frank Jason and Eileen & Guy Semonelli.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Charity of One’s Choice.

To sign and view Guest Book, click here: John McCarthy's Guest Book

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May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

posted Jan 29, 2014, 11:54 AM by Jenna Kish   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 9:27 AM by Boston Deaf Apostolate ]

Albert DeLisio Obituary

Albert A. DeLisio
Albert A. DeLisio

April 4, 1933 - April 10, 2014 
Resided in Swampscott,MA


Mr. Albert A. DeLisio, 81 years of Swampscott died on Thursday April 10, 2014 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Audrey (Paltrineri) DeLisio. He was born and raised in Swampscott, the son of the late Frederico and Frances (Ceccacci) DeLisio. He was a 1953 graduate of Boston Trade High School. Mr. DeLisio lived in Swampscott all of his life. 

Mr. DeLisio enjoyed bowling, golf and gardening. He was handy around the house. Mr. DeLisio enjoyed spending winters in his condominium in Florida and summers camping on Cape Cod.. Mr. DeLisio loved his family and enjoyed his sons activities all of their lives, whether it was sports or scouting. He was employed as a paste up artist in the printing industry. He retired in 1990 after working over 30 years for the Litho Corporation in Boston.

He is survived by his sons, Michael P. DeLisio of Salem and Mark A DeLisio and his wife Dr. Kesah DeLisio of Raleigh, NC, He leaves his grandchildren Nicholas and Isabella DeLisio, sisters, Jean Smith and her husband Clayton of Salem, Margaret McGovern and her husband Paul of Lynn, Ellen Marino and her husband Louis of Swampscott.. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He is the brother of the late Natalie DeLisio and Mary Legere. 

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM from the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean Street (Rte 1A) Lynn followed by a funeral mass in Holy Family Church, Lynn at 10:00 AM. Burial in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Donations may be made to the New England Home for the Deaf, 154 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923
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posted Dec 2, 2013, 12:39 PM by Boston Deaf Apostolate   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 12:45 PM ]

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posted Nov 18, 2013, 4:51 PM by Boston Deaf Apostolate

George J. Porter, Jr.

George J. Porter, Jr.

George J. Porter, Jr.

At 93 years, Nov. 13th in Revere, following a brief illness. Beloved husband of 59 years to M. Mildred (Surette). Devoted father of George J. Porter, III of Revere & the late Mary McCummings. Cherished grandfather of Catherine A. Porter of Stoneham, Christopher M. Porter & his fiance Beth Caron & Cory J. Porter, R.N. all of Wakefield. Dear son of the late Revere Fire Cpt. George J. Porter & Rose (Holian) & brother of the late Eleanor Maniscalchi, Louise Melchionno & Margaret Fiore. Also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews. Family & friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rt 107), REVERE, on Tues., Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (cor. of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.), Revere at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours Mon. only 5-8 p.m. Parking available left of the funeral home. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. Long time member of the Boston & Quincy Deaf Club. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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