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Atty. Michael A. Laurano, III

Attorney Laurano was born on January 30th, 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia, where his Dad was assigned to the U.S. Navy Base at Norfolk. He spent the early years of his life, and until 1993, was a resident of Orient Heights, East Boston, where upon he made the move to Newbury, Massachusetts. He attended St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Grammar School, East Boston graduating in 1957. He was an alumnus of Sacred Heart High School – East Boston, Class of 1961 and an alumnus of Boston College, Class of 1965 and then onto Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1968. As a young man, he developed a keen interest in politics, which drove him into a successful campaign for the Democratic Ward Committee. He began his law career with the late Attorney Joseph Oteri in Downtown Boston. However, soon he would set his shingle out at 71-73 Meridian St., East Boston, the home of the Michael A. Laurano Insurance Agency. The agency was founded by his paternal grandfather in 1923, maintained and carried on by Michael A. Laurano, Jr. (Attorney Laurano’s father) and subsequently carried on by Attorney Laurano until 2011. Michael continued his practice of law until his failing health made it impossible to fulfill his duties in 2018. Michael’s interests were vast and most interesting. He was a student of everything and anything and would have the ability to teach the subject with thorough knowledge and deliverance. He held an uncanny appreciation for his Italian heritage, particularly for the history and language of his forefathers. Michael was fluent in English, Italian & Spanish. He was an excellent chef, baker, gardener & teacher. From a very early age, his love for antiques and antiquities was unmatched. However, above and beyond, was his dedication and love of family and extended family. He carried a wealth of precise information regarding art and the sciences. As an avid reader, he would begin and complete reading a book in the same evening. He was a remarkable self-taught musician, mostly and especially in piano, organ and the mandolin. Michael played organ for the 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Weekly Mass at St. Pius Chapel in the Don Orione Nursing Center in East Boston for 10 years. He was fascinated with the old “roller pianos” of which one was always in the finished playroom at 719 Bennington St. The Laurano home was always the go-to place for a party, gathering, fun & music. Yes, always music, & of course after all, Michael’s mother was the founder and Senior Teacher of the Lillian Arden Chiampa Laurano School of Dance & Performing Arts, which made its home over the family insurance agency for over 65 years. Attorney Michael A. Laurano, III was a frequent traveler to Europe and especially to Italy and the small real to life villages in Avellino, from whence his ancestors came. Aside from the sights that most travel to, Michael made it mandatory to locate and visit with the Chiampa & Laurano cousins. Michael’s memberships included The Boston Athenaeum, The Justinian Society, the Dante Aligheri Society. He was a Founder & Member of the East Boston Historical Society from the late 1960s until the time of his passing. He was also a member of Riverfront Marina of Newbury, MA & a member of Fitton Council, K of C # 84 of East Boston.

He is the precious son of the late Boston Deputy Fire Chief Michael A. Laurano, Jr. & Lillian Arden Chiampa Laurano. Treasured brother of Jeannine A. Lesburt & her husband Henry of Pompano Beach, FL & Karyn A. Laurano of Peabody. Cherished uncle of Eric M. & Erin E. Trigilio, Attorneys Marc E. & Leigh R. Trigilio, Peter M. Vadala, David L. & Erin Vadala. “Uncle Michael” will be unforgettable to his grandnieces Liliana, Carlina, Amalia, Aria & Mia. He was the beloved friend & companion of Ellen C. Hynes. He deeply loved his faithful Welsh Terrier, Reggie Barney, III. He was also the valued cousin of the late George E. McGee, Jr. & many other loving Laurano & Chiampa cousins.

A Private Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 2nd at St. Adelaide Church of Peabody, followed by a Private Committal Service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden in accordance with the mandates & regulations issued by the Comm. of MA & the Boston Archdiocese regarding the ongoing pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in support of the Mass General Center for Lymphoma in honor of Dr. Ronald Takvorian. Checks may be mailed to Massachusetts General Development Office, Attn: Tyrone Latin, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks should be made payable to “MGH Center for Lymphoma”.


A Funeral Mass & Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden was held Privately.


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  1. Mariateresa Bonasera (Scrivo)
    Jun 9 2020

    Karyn and Jeannine,

    My family and I send our condolences for your brother’s loss. You are in our prayers! Hope everyone is doing well! Miss you all!!

    Love always,

    The Bonasera and Scrivo Families

  2. Jerome Falbo
    Jun 5 2020

    My condolences to the Laurano family.

  3. Victor Santaniello
    Jun 1 2020

    So terrible sorry for your loss. As a young boy growing up, I’d just pop into the office of Mike and Mike Jr. to say hello. My parents and me were longtime customers. But what I remember most is learning about the rich historic details of our East Boston community from your father and your brother. Rest in Peace Michael.

  4. Linda Harrington Wickert
    May 31 2020

    Jeannine, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I shall pray for you and all who loved him as you navigate the waters of grief. I hope to hug you one day when this is all a memory. What a wonderful man he was! Sending you love!

  5. Lorraine Butler
    May 31 2020

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing he is Now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all In my prays always remember the good times you had with him

  6. Linda and Joseph cintron
    May 30 2020

    May you fly where eagles soar… may you hold the love forever more..my special friend , I will miss you… ❤️

  7. Fran Ippolito Riley
    May 30 2020

    To all of. Mike’s family,
    I had the chance say to Mike the things friends share and talk about before he got so sick .
    I knew Lillian, but never had the opportunity to meet any of your family he so dearly loved and spoke so often about, with such Pride. He wrote so much about The Laurano Family. And his love ❤️ of Noddle Island East Boston. His undisputed research of our rich history gave us all as friends, a deep respect heightened by his shared knowledge. I am the same age as Mike we often joked about it. But I was humbled by him to appreciate the fact I was and still am a perpetual student of life…His teachings gave us all so much to be proud of. To understand and to experience…We will all miss Mike as friends… Mike missed Billy when he passed, now Ralph will miss both of them…… they were exemplary friends….
    You are his family, and will miss him in a way that only family can….May the past memories that may hurt right now stay with you…They are the gifts of love from family…one day you will all again share them with the laughter and the tears we as Italians know ….May God Bless everyone of you with the same love of family,,,and good health…
    Thank you all for sharing Mike with us…
    Fran Ippolito Riley

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