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Zachary R. Turner

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, April 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), REVERE for Zachary Raymond Turner, who passed home to God at his Wakefield residence unexpectedly on Monday, April 16th. His Funeral will be conducted in the Funeral Home on Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Zachary was born at Boston’s Brigham & Woman’s Hospital & lived most of his young life in Melrose before moving to Wakefield about 5 years ago. A victim of a rare neurological disease, he has been enrolled as a student in the Campus School at Boston College in Chestnut Hill for the past several years. The family acknowledges with profound & abundant gratitude to the entire staff at Campus School for their incessant patience, care & loving attitude they have bestowed upon, not only Zachary, but to all of them, as well.

He is the adored son of Bonnie A. (Paragona) Turner of Wakefield. He is the cherished Grandson to Betty Paragona of Revere & the late Joseph L. Paragona Sr. He is also the beloved nephew of Brenda L. Columbus & Beverly J. Paragona both of Winthrop & Joseph L. Paragona, Jr. of Peabody. Zachary is also the proud cousin to Lauren, Melissa, Carlos, Stephanie, Matt, Rachel, Joseph, III & Jake.


Visiting Hours

Friday, April 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

 In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Campus School at Boston College, Campion Hall, Rm. 197, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or on line at

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  1. Viki Brown
    Apr 20 2018

    All of my love, Bonnie and family. I am heartbroken to hear of your loss. I had the great privilege of being Zachary’s first teacher from 3 to 7. I think of him often with great love. Thank you for entrusting him to me for that brief time, Bonnie, and thank you for the gift of Zachary. He is one of my fondest memories.

  2. Ellen Cunniffe
    Apr 20 2018

    Dear Bonnie, Betty and family,
    My heart was broken to hear of the sudden passing of Zack. I felt honored to work with him and see his beautiful smile, particularly with music therapy and walks around the neighborhood. It was my pleasure to accompany Bonnie and Betty and Zack into Boston to the Aquarium, the Boston Harbor Islands, the zoo and much more.
    Bonnie, you felt such a deep connection with the BC Campus School and you took comfort in the fact that this school setting was meeting his needs in a positive and fun learning environment.
    May Zack rest in peace in eternal Heaven now with the angels and shine down upon you, Bonnie, giving you his strength and love.

  3. The Winter Family
    Apr 20 2018

    Our hearts are broken. Sending our deepest sympathies to Bonnie and all of her family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers from New Jersey. Rest In Peace sweet Zachary.
    Bill, Wanda and Abby Winter

  4. Bob Taurasi
    Apr 18 2018

    My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to all the souls this beautiful boy touched. I was fortunate to transport him as driver and monitor to the Boston College Campus School from September 2011 to May 2012. I got to know him and his mom during that special time. He is a very special and wonderful boy to spend time with. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. May memories comfort all those lucky enough to know him.

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