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Richard A. Recchia

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, December 8th, 2014 from 2 – 4 p.m. & 6 – 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, for Richard A. Recchia, who died following a lengthy illness at his Winthrop residence on Friday, December 5th, at 79 years.  His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, December 9th at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, at 10 a.m.  Born & raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools & graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1953.  He was also an alumnus of Bentley College of Accounting.  Briefly, Richard worked for the United States Post Office as a mail carrier, a job he dearly enjoyed.  However, family illness necessitated his assuming the operation of the family business, “Day Square Tailors” at Day Square, East Boston.  Subsequently, for the next 27 years, with his dear parents, they ran & operated the business with Richard at the helm.  His dear Mom, Adeline (Cataldo), died in November of 1978.  His Dad, Vincenzo, “Bruzzi” Recchia, passed in July of 1980.  In the fall of 1982, Richard sold the business.  The business had been fully operational since the early 1930’s.  Richard served with the United States Army National Guard from June of 1960 through June of 1963, as a Specialist 4th Class, during the Viet-Nam Era.  He was a long-time member of the Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge Sons of Italy & was their treasurer for many years, until they disbanded.  He was, until his death, the Treasurer for the International Order of Odd Fellows (the Kearsage Lodge of Swampscott), for the past 15 years.  He is the beloved husband of 46 years to Marie (Mastrangelo) Recchia.  He is the adored & devoted father of: Maria Lucia Recchia & her husband Todd Watts of New Brunswick, Canada, & Vincent M. Recchia & his wife Stephanie of Winthrop.  He is also the proud & cherished grandfather to Lorenzo Michael Recchia.  Richard is also survived by several loving cousins.  Interment will be in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118, or to My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.


Visiting Hours

Monday, December 8th, 2014 from 2 – 4 p.m. & 6 – 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop.


Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118, or to My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.

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  1. Sharon Martin
    Dec 8 2014

    Dearest Marie:

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I know this is a difficult time but please remember you have friends who care and you are in our thoughts and prayers. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

    Sharon Martin

  2. John Costanzo
    Dec 7 2014

    Dear Marie, Maria, Vincent, & family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of a very special man. I am deeply sorry I cannot attend the services at this time, I will be lighting a special candle in his memory. Anyone who ever had the chance of knowing Richie will be able to understand what I am referring to. If you ever needed anything, yes! Richie would be one of the first people to offer his assistance, without expecting anything in return. Marie, you were such a sweet, & devoted wife. & Richie was the best husband, Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather, & friend a person could ever ask for. I know the good lord will be welcoming our dear Richie into the pearly gates of heaven. He will be welcomed by all of his loved ones that have passed those gates also. Richie, I had nothing but love. & respect for you always. Marie, & family I hope the good lord gives you the needed strength it will take to help you with this great loss. Please try to remember all of the wonderful, & precious memories together, & hold them deep within your hearts forever. Richie, may you rest in peace with the good lord in heaven above. Your good friend Johnny Costanzo

  3. John Cataldo
    Dec 6 2014

    Richard, the bond between us will live forever. I will always love you as my “older brother”.

    Love, John

  4. Eddie DiLorenzo
    Dec 6 2014

    Marie, I am so so sorry for your loss. Richie was a good friend and we talked a lot at the Oddfellows. I will always remember that when my mother wanted to get rid of the marble stones from her house in East Boston at Lawn Ave, it was Richie who took 90% of them. He made several trips with his pickup truck. I will also always remember the story he told me when he used to work out at the YMCU in Boston and he would hear someone yelling and say oh JJ DiLorenzo -my uncle – must be playing handball. Richie grew up with my dad’s family. They lived on Gove St. and then Cottage St. and Richie lived on Maverick St. near Cottage St. Anyway, I cannot believe that he is gone. I have been praying for him everyday since I heard that he was very sick when I spoke to you on the phone. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Fast Eddie

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