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Eugene D. “Gene” Masella, Sr.

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE on Friday, October 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for Eugene D. “Gene” Masella, Sr., who passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on September 25, 2021 at the age of 93. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the Funeral Home at 1:45 p.m., followed with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Gene was a lifelong resident of Revere. He grew up just blocks away from Revere Beach, where he developed a love and appreciation for all the beach had to offer during its hay day. It was at that very same beach that he met the love of his life, Tudy, his wife of 76 years. As a child, he was an altar server at St. Anthony’s Church and attended grade school at the Paul Revere, but like so many of his generation, he needed to help support his family during the Great Depression. At thirteen, he began his career as a butcher with the First National Store in Winthrop, and later, a meat manager at Stop & Shop. Gene also worked as a chef at his uncle’s restaurant on Revere Beach, where he developed his passion for cooking. A few years later, he began working for his older brother, a local contractor, where he quickly learned and mastered the construction trade. He became a Master Finish Carpenter and built many homes and commercial buildings throughout the area. Gene proudly served as Scoutmaster of the Boy Scout troop in Revere. One of his proudest accomplishments was buying a plot of land on Suffolk Avenue and building a home for his young family, digging the foundation by hand. Growing up during the Great Depression gave Gene an immense sense of humility and an unparalleled work ethic that he carried with him his entire life. Gene was known for his stories, wisdom, and most of all, his legendary cooking. The love story of he and his wife Tudy and their 76 years of marriage is a true testament of love, devotion, and commitment. Gene was a family man, and family is what mattered to him the most.

He is the devoted husband of 76 years to Mary T. “Tudy” Masella of Revere. Loving father of Sheryl A. Yantosca and her husband James of Windham, NH, Domenic E. Masella and his wife Terry of Bedford, NH, and Eugene D. Masella, Jr. and daughter-in-law Phyllis of Revere. Cherished grandfather of James Yantosca and his wife Stacey of Windham, NH, Eugene D. Masella, III and his wife Lauren of Windham, NH, and Jared M. Masella and his wife Kristine of Peabody. Adored great-grandfather of Isabella, Geno, Aderli, and Ben. Beloved son of the late Giovaninna Masella and Domenico Masella. Dear brother of the late Nellie Terminello, Mario Masella, Rudy Masella, Ralph Masella, and Michael Masella. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


Services

Visiting Hours

Friday, October 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Funeral Service

Friday, October 1st at 1:45 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Interment

Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett


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  1. Lynn Female Hornstra
    Oct 1 2021

    So sorry to hear about my uncle

  2. Vicki Joy Terminiello
    Sep 30 2021

    Sending my deepest & heartfelt condolences & sympathy to Gene’s family. I’m saddened by his passing & hope your family finds comfort & solace during this difficult time.

    Just this summer, Donny talked highly of his Dad’s cooking & we shared fond memories of the restaurant. I’m grateful to have a recipe from “Gene’s Famous Collection” my late Dad, Domenic gave to me. His legacy will live on, in many ways.

    Sending you all prayers, love & healing thoughts.
    Vicki Terminiello

  3. Joyce Buonfiglio
    Sep 28 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to my dear friend Gene (Jr.) and the entire Masella family. Sending prayers for peace, stillness, and healing of your hearts. With much love, Joyce

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