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Henry C. “Hank” Sarno, Jr.

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, December 9th  from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE for Henry C. “Hank” Sarno, Jr., who died on December 2nd after a brief battle with lung cancer, he was 86 years old. A funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. REVERE at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Henry was born & raised in Boston’s North End. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and was an alumnus of Brighton High School, Class of 1951. On April 13th, 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served his country with great pride until he was honorably discharged on April 1955. He rose to the rank of Corporal. He soon began a career with the Teamsters Local #25 for several years. He was married during this time & he and his wife, Lorraine moved to East Boston, where they raised their family. In 1990 he & the family moved to Revere. Henry later took a position at Montvale Plaza, in Woburn as a M`aitre d’. This position portrayed the great personality he possessed. He was a people person through & through, and he made everyone feel like a celebrity or just simply special. He later took a position as a chauffeur driving limousines. He drove businesses men & women as well as celebrities that not only requested Henry but became lifelong friends, as he did with so many. During this time, he also began a career of driving within the funeral industry, he in his own right, became highly requested by many of the area funeral homes he drove for, because, everyone wanted Henry representing their funeral home. Henry didn’t just work his job, he did it with vigor & genuine compassion and kindness for all people, and it showed. Henry truly was an asset wherever he worked. He was well known and highly regarded by his peers in the industry. Through the years he became especially close with the late Ronald C. “Ronnie” DeFronzo & his with Dolores of Medford, the former owners of Ciro Cincotti Funeral Home. He had a very witty sense of humor as well, that drew people in to want to be around him. He was a devoted & dedicated family man. He worked very hard and diligently to provide for his family & did it with & humility. He had a deep love & closeness for his siblings as well. He was known to them affectionately as “Sonny”. He carried on a tradition of going to his sister Maryann’s home every Sunday with fresh bread & donuts, just as his father did.  Henry & his brothers all moved their brother Carmen in a most memorable trip from Florida to California. The trip was filled with endless laughs & fun but just being together was so important to each of them and a time in their lives they treasured. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, California & New Orleans. Those are just a few of his favorite places. He will be greatly missed by so many of the people that he touched. He was a man who did deeds, without ever seeking recognition or gratitude. If he was your friend, he was a friend for life. Whenever someone would mention his name, you instantly smiled because he was a true gentleman and you were glad be his friend.

He is the devoted husband of 64 years to Lorraine A. (Lauretano) Sarno of Revere. Loving father of Lydia A. Paoletta & husband Anthony of Revere, Joanie Sinclair of Wakefield & Lorraine S. Sarno of Revere. Cherished Papa of Kristopher J. Sarno, Bianca A. Paoletta, both of Revere, Desiree S. Sinclair of Lynnfield and the late William J. “Billy” Sinclair, IV. Adored great grandfather of Billy & the late Arianna Olivia. Dear & loving brother of Richard Sarno & wife Josephine of Las Vegas, NV, Maryann Moore & her late husband Charles of Revere, Ronald Sarno & wife Gloria of Laguna Beach, CA & the late Carmen F. Sarno & Brenda Katramados. He is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews and most respected friend to many.


Visiting Hours

Monday, December 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne

In lieu of flowers, in honor & memory of his grandson & great granddaughter remembrances may be made to: Arianna’s Army, Webster First Credit union, 509 Main St. Saugus, MA 01906 or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St. Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481.

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  1. Denise Giglio
    Dec 9 2019

    My condolences to Lydia and family.

  2. Lori Natola Swanson
    Dec 8 2019

    Classy, funny, handsome, happy, kind-hearted. Uncle was all that and so much more. I know that Heaven is a better place with him there, but he will be so missed on Earth. Love, Lori

  3. Daniel P. Hanlon, Jr.
    Dec 7 2019

    One of the best in the business. Henry will be truly missed by all. A great loss to all that knew him.

  4. John Ranelli
    Dec 6 2019

    I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Henry. I have work with Henry for many years. While working with him I learned that he knew my grandfather. When he became sick he constantly asked about him. He was a gentleman and sincere. Thank you Henry for your services to the families we served and most of all for the kindest of heart.

  5. Richard Sullivan
    Dec 6 2019

    Thank you Henry
    Thank you for being a friend,
    Thank you for being the best at whatever you do,
    Thank you for being there in Malden,
    Thank you for driving to Canada with me,
    Thank you for having more hair than me.
    Thank you, Grazie, Merci, Domo, Gracias,
    My condolences to the family and all that knew him.

    Richard Sullivan
    formerly of the Sullivan Funeral Home Brighton MA

  6. Sherry Dee Mobley & Jack Mobley
    Dec 4 2019

    How blessed we were to have known Henry! When Henry and his gentle smile arrived at the funeral home, he became another member of our personal family. We shared his excitement of traveling to New Orleans a few years ago. Most of all, he spoke so lovingly of his family.
    Thank you for sharing him with us.

  7. Maria Natola
    Dec 4 2019

    Rest In Peace Uncle. You will be missed

  8. Amy Torf Feinberg
    Dec 4 2019

    I am so saddened to hear of Henry’s passing. He was always a gentleman and a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed.

    Amy Torf Feinberg – Torf Funeral Service

  9. Tanya
    Dec 4 2019

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Hank was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace and you all find comfort at this sad time. Our deepest sympathy.

    Frank, Tanya, and Adriana D’Amelio

  10. Brian O’Connell
    Dec 4 2019

    He was a true gentleman and great friend everyone that knew him will miss him terribly

  11. Phyllis Connell Poulin
    Dec 4 2019

    So very sorry for the loss of Henry. I met Henry when he drive me to my nieces wedding and also assisted my niece into the church carrying her train up the steep stairs. Henry was a wonderful gentleman always so caring and kind.

    My brother Jeff Connell and I wish Henry’s family our deep condolences.

    RIP Henry

  12. Claudia Freda
    Dec 4 2019

    What a beautiful tribute.

  13. Kevin J. Burke
    Dec 4 2019

    I am so very sorry to hear about Henry. I was a free-lance licensed funeral director for 45 years and have known him for most of that time. Henry was a gentleman, a man of integrity and always reliable. His kind and sincere manner, positive disposition, and his keen street smarts made him one of the best limo and livery drivers that I have ever met. I admired his strong work ethic and the devotion he has shown to his entire family. Henry and I enjoyed many great conversations, and I was honored when he attended my recent retirement gathering. He will be missed by many people in the Greater Boston funeral service community.

    My sincere condolences to his family.

    Kevin J. Burke – Pompano Beach, Florida

  14. Claudia Freda and Lou Amaral
    Dec 4 2019

    Rest in peace, Uncle.
    Condolences to my Aunt Lorraine and my cousins.

  15. Warren Kirby
    Dec 3 2019

    It is with profound sadness to here about the passing of Henry. He was not only a co worker of mine, but had driven for me for many years at my funeral home. Always a gentleman and professional. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
    Warren Kirby, Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home-Winthrop

  16. John Arena
    Dec 3 2019

    I’m so sorry to learn that Henry has passed. He has been incredible over the years assisting us at Dee Funeral Home with countless services where he took exceptional care of the families in his limo. His caring personality and gentle demeanor made him an invaluable asset to the funeral profession and the countless families he helped during a difficult time. We so grateful to have been lucky enough to work with him – he will be forever missed.

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