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Gary M. Cioffi, Sr.

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 from 3 – 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, for Gary M. Cioffi, Sr., who died following a long & arduous battle with melanoma at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, on Monday, January 6th, at 51 years.  His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday, January 10th at 11 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 12 Noon.  Gary was a lifelong Revere resident, & an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1980.  He attended the Contemporary School of Music of Boston, & began playing drums at a very early age.  Although most of his working career was with Revere’s Department of Public Works at the schools & at City Hall, he thought of himself first & foremost as a musician & drummer.  His music career was mostly self-taught & inspired.  However, his father’s family were long-time musicians, both locally & in Florida.  Gary’s group was known as “That’s That,” who played often for the Beach Scene & along Revere Beach Boulevard, & also at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.  He is the beloved husband of some 34 years to Peggy (Mackin) Cioffi.  He is the devoted father of: Gary W. Cioffi, Jr. & his wife Jennifer, Michael J. Cioffi, Derek J. Cioffi & his wife Alexandra “Ali,” & Torre J. Cioffi & his companion Emily Tremonte, all of Revere.  He is the adored “Papa G” to Addison Rose & Noah Ross Cioffi.  He is the cherished brother of Carol Hamilton of Watertown & the late Fred Cioffi.  He is also lovingly survived by his father & mother-in-law, Charles & Mary (Romano) Mackin of Revere, & his brothers-in-law, Charles “Chaz” Mackin & his wife Gloria, & Joseph Mackin, all of Revere.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284, or online at:


Visiting Hours

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 from 3 – 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 12 Noon in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere.


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284, or online at:

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  1. Cassandra Conners
    Jan 11 2014

    I am very sorry for the loss of Gary.. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the lord be with you always and forever. <3

  2. Joseph Freda
    Jan 10 2014

    Gary Cioffi was a wonderful family man who always put family and friends first. He was admired by many and my love and prayers go out to the family and close friends. Joseph freda

  3. Thanya & Robert Ryan
    Jan 9 2014

    Gary Cioffi Sr. Straightforward, a kind and loving
    man not only to his Family but also to people he
    took into his heart. As I ponder with tears in my
    eyes and a crack in my heart, I’ll remember you
    as a giving man, a man when I asked for help to
    skate with the Bruins for the need of a young man
    who was sick, you never hesitated and either did
    your son. When you had the chance to rub elbows
    with the Bruins and their Families after the game,
    you chose to go home and be with Peg and your
    Family. There are times when Angels are walking
    and talking right in front of us and we hardly notice
    them until they are gone. I will miss your Friendship
    and your hugs! I will miss your warm and genuine
    smile that poured out from your heart. I will also
    deeply miss your overall Spirit that encompassed
    your overall being.
    To your Sons, Gary, Michael, Derek and Torre;
    I am truly sorry for the loss of your Dad for you.
    His Spirit will always be around you! We’re never
    really gone, we’ve just moved on to another place.
    To Peg, Thanya and I know you have lots of support
    down your way but, if there is anything, ever, at
    anytime, anyplace, day or night that we can do for
    you, we will be there! No questions asked. Like Gary,
    you are a wonderful, loving and giving person and we
    appreciate the person you are and how you have
    treated us. Peg, we are very sorry for your loss.

    Peace be with you,
    Thanya & Robert Ryan

  4. Lexi Batista
    Jan 9 2014

    My condolences to the Cioffi family I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. Heidi T. Thomson
    Jan 8 2014

    My condolences to the Cioffi Family. Gary was a beautiful and loving man whose memory will live on in the hearts of many.

  6. kerri fouhy
    Jan 8 2014

    To the family of Gary Cioffi, he will be truly be missed. God bless the family at this time always in your heart God bless you all

    Steven and Kerri

  7. Donna Murphy
    Jan 8 2014

    There are no words to express the sorrow for your loss. Gary touched so many lives in so many ways. His words, his jokes, his music all spoke to people. Because of his zest for life and his awesome attitude I didnt even know he was suffering with the disease for a long time. When I found out I was heartbroken for him and all his loved ones. Through his pain he continued to create a life of love and laughter and make so many smile and laugh. He will continue to be a person to look up to and always be remembered. Blessings and prayers to all of his family and friends. With love and hugs, Donna and John Murphy

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