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David J. Drinan, Sr.

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for David J. Drinan, Sr., who died at the Winchester Hospital on Tuesday, October 11th following a lengthy illness, he was 75 years old. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 3:15 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

David was born in Somerville on December 23, 1946, to his late mother, Patricia (Drinan) Gravell. He was one of five children. The family later moved to Chelsea, where David was raised & educated. He was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1965.  On of David’s first jobs was at Bradlees in Chelsea where he met Rosemarie.  The majority of his working career  was spent at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home as a Purchasing Agent where he worked for many years before he retired  On May 19, 1967, David married his wife, Rosemarie (Mastascusa). They remained in Chelsea until 1987 then settling in Saugus. David was a proud & loving father of his son & two daughters. He was an active parent in his children’s lives and coached baseball & basketball in the City of Chelsea. David was a dedicated family man and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially loved when he & his wife Rosemarie would take their “casino trips”.  Unfortunately, David lost his best friend, on April 10, 2021 and a big part of him went with Rosemarie. They are undoubtedly together in heaven.

He is the beloved husband of 54 years to the late Rosemarie (Mastascusa) Drinan, the loving father of David J. Drinan, Jr. & wife Joyce of Revere, Denise M. Grassa & her husband Nicholas of Saugus & Diana M. LaVertue & husband George also of Saugus. The cherished grandfather of Sabrina, Justin, Katie, & Isabella. He is the dear brother of Carol Rosnov & husband Theodore “Ted” of Wakefield, Joseph Weinstein & wife Patricia of Mashpee, Patricia Weinstein of Somerville, & Jean Gately & husband Richard of Reading. Also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law Joyce Di Nuccio & husband Thomas, Sr. of Revere & many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital 501 ST. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.


Visiting Hours

Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 22nd at 3:15 p.m. in the Funeral Home


Will be Private

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  1. Loretta Gordon
    Oct 17 2022

    So sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. Sincere condolences to the Drinan family. I also worked at the Soldiers Home and have many fond memories of Dave. May he rest in peace.

  2. John S Cronin
    Oct 17 2022

    Please accept my condolences on Dave’s passing. We worked together at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. He always spoke highly about his family and his grandchildren. He was a good man.

  3. Barbara Januluinas
    Oct 16 2022

    I knew Dave and his wife His Rose from way back We used to play cards and had a lot
    fun. Dave was a hard worker at the Soldiers Home and we worked together for a long time/ So sorry to hear of this sad news.

  4. Margaret Riley
    Oct 16 2022

    Frank and I send our heartfelt condolences to Diana, Justin and the Drinan family.

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