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Barbara P. (Morgan) Rubbico

Rubbico Barbara (3)Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, June 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Barbara P. (Morgan) Rubbico, who passed away at her Lynnfield home on Tuesday morning, June 23rd, following a lengthy illness in the presence of her loving family. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield.



Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in Revere, graduating from Revere High School, Class of 1951, and continuing onto Katherine Gibbs Secretarial College of Boston, graduating in 1953. In 1954, Barbara married her soul mate, Joseph M. Rubbico, who died in October of 2011. The couple worked as a team to establish a profitable and respected produce market, but also an amazing family of 10 children. In 1955, they established Crystal Fruit in Wakefield, which soon became known as J.J. Fruit. They expanded their business to Lynnfield and Saugus, they were successful in introducing fruit to the Hilltop. They supplied their patented “FruiTree” which was sold to national supermarket chains. While in business for over 50 years, Barbara and Joe worked alongside each other, almost as a unit. The couple were especially generous and active in local organizations, schools, churches and sports teams. Barbara had a magnanimous and exuberant personality, filling the room with her presence, especially when the room was full of family and extended family. She lived for her family and they for her.



She is the cherished mother of Barbara P. Studdert and her husband Edward, Ellen E. Crawford and her husband Philip B., Chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen, all of Lynnfield, Joseph M. Rubbico of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Susan M. Castadoro and her husband Edward A., Sherri L. Harvey and her husband Alex J., Patricia R. Torosian and her husband Thomas R. and Marilyn A. Rubbico, all of Lynnfield, James M. Rubbico, John M. Rubbico and his wife Vanessa, all of Las Vegas, NV and the late Joan M. Rubbico. She is the very proud grandmother of Courtney and Edward Studdert, James Crawford and his wife Michelle, Ashley Crawford and her fiancée Philip Anderson, Brittany and Nicole Crawford, Christina Castadoro, Morgan Rubbico, Jackie Harvey and her fiancée Jared Saramago, A.J. Harvey, Michael Harvey, Tucker, Nicholas and Vanessa Rose Torosian, Johnny Rubbico and Victoria Rubbico. She is also survived by many caring nephews, nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Barbara was the last of her siblings, they were; Genevieve O’Brien, Marie Churchill, Regina Kennedy, Eleanor Bruce, Madeline Taggart, Marilyn A. Malatesta, Mildred Curtis, Robert and James Morgan. Barbara’s Dad, James W. Morgan, was one of the pioneers of Revere Beach Boulevard, owning and operating concession stands and amusement rides. She was the daughter of the late Jennie M. (Steele) Morgan and the late James W. Morgan.


Visiting Hours

Sunday, June 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Monday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 122 Chestnut St., Lynnfield

(Please meet directly at Church)


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Lynnfield Townscape Inc., P.O. Box 172, Lynnfield, MA 01940 or Greater Lynn Senior Services, 8 Silsbee ST. Lynn MA 01901

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  1. Jeff Sawin
    Jul 16 2019

    She was one of those special few individuals who was adored by all who knew her. She was a woman who was a loving, devoted wife, as well as her best friend. She was an amazing mother to, not just her 10 children, but also to many individuals who were in need of guidance, and some people who were just not important in their own families houses, she made sure that they knew they were extremely important. to her and her husband’s family, to those inndividuals who did not have a happy home, filled with the loving an supporting family members that the Rubbico family house was in abundance of.. Mrs Rubbico and family, made sure that they received the void in their lives from her, her husband, and any/all of her several children.

    She was an amazing woman, Thee world is not as amazing, and the sun, not as bright, with her no longer a part it.

    RIP MY dear friend, you are forever going to be missed by those who you touched with your interest,time, and generosity.

  2. Roberta Davidson-Stratton
    Jun 29 2015

    Ellen, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Phil and the rest of your family. Roberta

  3. Michael and Bette Aia
    Jun 27 2015

    Our sincerest condolences to the large and wonderful family she left behind. Barbara and Joe were among the dearest friends of our youth when we shared so many happy moments together. Fondly remembered by all who knew them..

  4. Willie Ralph Weeden
    Jun 26 2015

    READING THE NORTH READING TRANSCRIPT TODAY…..I came across this sadd news of Mrs. Barbara Rubbicos’ Passing. My thoughts & Prayers are with The Rubbico Family at this devasting time of Loss. Dear Ellen : always the “Heart” of NRHS Class of 1979; all ClassMate Friends sending only their Best Wishes to You & Phil and The Crawford Family. The Loss Of A Mother is one of the most emotional & heartbreaking, my Prayers are with You. With Love, “Willie”

  5. Thomas Hurley
    Jun 24 2015

    Sad news has reached my ears, and my heart felt a lot of pain. For a woman that I loved and respected, as my throat fills with sawro for Barbra I remember the love she had for everyone she meet, and that made me smile.a big hug to everyone who ever had the chance to know her. I know joe is waiting for her and with his arms open and his heart is filled with joy and love. Tommy.

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