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Joseph A. “Red” Terenzio

Private Funeral Services & entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery – Sheffield Mausoleum were held for Joseph A. “Red” Terenzio, who passed away on March 30th at 96 years. Joe, also known to many as “Red”, was a lifelong resident of Revere. He was born & raised in Revere and attended Revere Public Schools. At the young age of 17, Red enlisted in the United States Army at the height of World War II.  He proudly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 43rd Infantry Division 169th Regiment. During this time, Red was awarded three Purple Hearts on 3 separate occasions.  He was wounded in the Solomon Islands & Luzon, Philippines & New Guinea. Each time Joe was wounded, he fought to get back with his group to continue to fight alongside his fellow soldiers. Joe was honorably discharged for his valiant & courageous service to his country. He was also awarded a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Distinguished Unit Badge. Red returned home and he married to the “Love of his Life” Delma Signore. The couple remained in Revere where they raised their family. Red was also an entrepreneur. He worked at the Chelsea Naval Hospital as a painter and he also began his own business called “Red’s Painting & Plastering” & he also owned BT Cuttery, since 1976 with his daughter Brenda. He also worked as a Custodian in the Revere Public Schools. Red was completely devoted to whatever he did. When he did anything, he gave 100%. He was a loving, dedicated and hardworking family man. He was certainly a true definition of being a part of the Greatest Generation. He was a well decorated war hero, who loved his country. It was fitting to his personality and his life that he was married for 70 years to his wife and when his health began to fail, he became a resident at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. He was back with his fellow soldiers, all sharing a common ground. Red was approached to be a part of a book, titled “The Rifle” written by Andrew Biggio, which is to be published this June. Red, along with many other WWII veterans are featured in this book. Red also signed a rifle that he and thousands of U.S. Soldiers used during the war. Red was also interviewed by Channel 5 about his time during the war & about the upcoming book. He was a longtime member of the Revere Moose Lodge 1272 and enjoyed playing pool there as well as being a member of their softball team. He also enjoyed baseball and was a devout Boston Red Sox fan.

He is the beloved husband of 70 years to Delma A. (Signore) Terenzio. Devoted father to Faith A. Caporiccio & husband James of Wareham & Brenda A. D’Errico & husband James J. of Revere. Cherished grandfather to Diandra D’Errico of Revere, Jenna Fascoldi & husband Eric of Wareham, Marc Caporiccio of NH & the late Michael A. Caporiccio. Dear brother of the late Phyllis A. Capuano, Ralph & Domenic Terenzio, Mary Siciliano, Concetta “Connie” Messina, Antoinetta Horton & Rose Sunderland. He is also lovingly survived by 2 great grandchildren, Maria & Isabella & many respected nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.

A memorial mass & “Celebration of Life” for family & friends will be held at a later date and announced on social media and here on our website.


Immediate Funeral Services will be held privately. Future services will be announced at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to the Patient Activities Fund at Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.


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  1. Samuel Njubi
    Apr 9 2020

    My condolences Delma, Brenda and your whole family. Papa Joe will be dearly missed, was blessed to know him and the many smiles he put on our faces. I know how much he loved and cared for you . I pray he Rest In Peace, and May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. We love you papa Joe and thanks for what you did for our country. God bless you.

  2. Linda Mauro Grasso
    Apr 5 2020

    Delma and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Red. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Linda Mauro Grasso

  3. David Cino
    Apr 4 2020

    Delma and family so sorry to hear that Joseph has pass away.

  4. Marguerite Bova
    Apr 3 2020

    Delma and family,
    God bless and protect your family during this very difficult time and always. My heart and my prayers are with you. ❤️

  5. Zoe Stitt
    Apr 3 2020

    I am so sorry to hear that “ Papa Joe” passed. Your family is in my prayers- Jerry’s daughter, Zoe

  6. Joyce DiNuccio
    Apr 3 2020

    Delma, Brenda, Jimmy & Diandra, just wanted to let you know we are thinking about your family at this very sad time.
    Please let your memories be your consolation at this very sad time.

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