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Harry C. Terenzi


Harry C. Tertenzi

Harry C. Terenzi

Harry C. Terenzi, age 98, of Revere, died on Monday, February 9, 2015, surrounded by his family.Harry was born on July 7, 1916 in Lynn, MA and grew up in the Brickyard neighborhood of the city, the son of Lorenzo and Julia (Poretta) Terenzi.  He was a baker before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps.  When war broke out he was drafted by the US Army.  He fought proudly in the Pacific theater with the 32nd ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division, spending more than three years in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines.  He engaged in the battles of Buna, Leyte, Luzon, and others.  Telling stories of these battles and long treks in the jungles of the South Pacific, Harry often recalled his promise to himself that if he got out alive, he’d count every day after a bonus. He was one of six siblings who served in the Armed Forces in World War II, all of whom survived.Upon return home, Harry joined the US Postal Service.  He married the love of his life and had three children.  He was an avid stamp collector and amazing cook.  He enjoyed being surrounded by his family, sharing his love for books, stamps, and information about everything from golf to astronomy to family history.  He was a great storyteller and always got as much a kick out of himself as those around him did.  A proud patriot, he wore his 32nd Division hat with its dozen pins wherever he went.  His kindness, generosity, and laughter will be greatly missed by his loving friends and family.He leaves behind his wife of 75 years, Angelina (Polcari) of Revere, their three children, Ronald, Karen (Crane), and Richard, son-in-law Frank Crane, and daughters-in-law Rose (Imbrescia) and Mary Jane (Wemmelmann).  He was the grandfather of ten, Althea Terenzi, Tanya Valverde, Alyssia Sebastian, William Crane, the late Danielle Crane, Nicole Crane, Liane Terenzi, Valerie Terenzi, Domenic Terenzi, and Anthony Terenzi.  He also leaves eleven adoring great-grandchildren.  He was the eldest brother of the late Angelo Terenzi, Matthew Terenzi, William Terenzi, Antonio Terenzi, Frances Cashman, and Mary Jarzylo.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Anthony’s Parish, 250 Revere Street, Revere, on Saturday at 10 A.M., followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, with reception immediately following at the Revere Historic Society, 108 Beach Street, Revere.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Vertuccio & Smith Funeral Home, 773 Broadway, Revere on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, Remembrances may be made to: The American Legion Post #61, 249 Broadway Revere, MA 02151.


Visiting Hours

Friday, February 13th From 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 10a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Holy Cross Cemetery (Malden)

In lieu of flowers, Remembrances may be made to: The American Legion Post #61, 249 Broadway Revere, MA 02151.

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  1. Maureen F. Madigan
    Feb 13 2015

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although it has been many years, I remember Harry as a warm and welcoming host, a man who enjoyed good food, good company, and a good story! Long may he live in the memories of all his family and friends.

  2. Maureen Murray
    Feb 13 2015

    Dear Auntie Angie,

    I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Harry’s passing. He was a soft spoken, kind & wonderful man, and I have wonderful memories of him. I believe he lived an exemplary life – his service to his country, as well as his firm and loving commitment to his large family. It is very hard to lose one’s life partner and I hope you can seek comfort in all your cherished memories, and with the loving support of your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren – who are the legacy of your love.

    May his soul rest in peace and may he find life everlasting.

    With love & deepest condolences. Maureen Murray

  3. Karen Wemmelmann
    Feb 13 2015

    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of a husband, father, grand father and great grandfather. You and the world have lost a good and kind man. He will be missed.

  4. Bill Conlon
    Feb 11 2015

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for lost.
    When we loose a loved in death it is very hard to deal with, a helpless feeling.
    Even Jesus Christ gave way to tears when is friend Lazarus died at John 11:21-44. Jesus spoke of a resurrection in fact at John 5:28,29 he said that all those in the memorial tombs will come out. Even when he died he told the evil doer that died next to him that he would be in Paradise. John in Revelation 21;3-5 wrote that even death would be no more, when the tent of God is with mankind. Jesus even spoke about this in his sermon on the mount at Mathew 5:5, here Jesus was referring to Psalms 37:11 and how long would they live? Note verse 29. What a wonderful hope for mankind. The Bible has much to say about the resurrection and hope.
    May the God who gives peace and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you with his spirit. Bill Conlon

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