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William S. Terranova

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, November 1st in St. Anthony of Padua Church, for William S. Terranova, was passed peacefully on October 29th, just 2 days after celebrating his 104th birthday with his family.

Born and raised in Brighton, he attended Boston College High School. He came to live in Revere in 1943 when he married Pauline (Procopio). He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably during World War II & retired from the Armed Forces with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Bill had a long career working as a Milk Delivery Man for H.P. Hood & Sons in Charlestown, where he would enjoy obtaining new routes and instruct new workers as to their duties and responsibilities. In the early sixties, he would make a career change and become a lead salesman for Armstrong Flooring and Installation, a career that would span over 20 years. Bill was most active in the St. Antony of Padua Parish Community and had a lifelong commitment to the parish even into his early 100s. As a young man, in 1943, he joined the parish and served on many clubs, organizations and subsequent prayer groups. He was the first Deacon to be appointed to St. Anthony’s and he was a longtime member of the Holy Name Society and Past President along with being the founder and director of the St. Anthony’s Marching Band for many years prior to it being dissolved. Bill was also known for his dedication to the Radiation Oncology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital where he volunteered his time for 20 years. He was laid to rest in the Community Mausoleum in Holy Cross with Full Military Honors being rendered and is reunited with his dear wife Pauline (Procopio) Terranova who passed on May 8, 2016.

He is the loving father Dr. William A. Terranova & wife Barbara Cobb of Charleston, S.C., Catherine Mary Terranova of Chelsea, Christina M. Terranova & husband John Asselta of Ramsey, N.J. & Cape Cod. Cherished grandfather of Mary Catherine Provensal & wife Kim of Nashua NH & Gabriella A. Terranova & husband Andrew Merrow of Cuyahoga Falls, OH & adored great-grandfather of Jasper “Matteo”. Beloved step-grandfather of Jameson & wife Coleen Asselta, Ryan & wife Kim Asselta & Meaghan Asselta & their children Michael, Rory, Declan, Tiernan & Kayleen Asselta. Dear brother of Joseph Terranova & wife Teresa of Wells, ME & the late Albert, Anthony & John Terranova & brother-in-law to Gloria Torre of Revere, Andrew J. Procopio & wife Marie of Revere & the late Mavourneen “Marvie” Procopio, Jean Angelone, Mary Alvino, Nicky, Al, Tony, Buck & John Procopio. He is also lovingly survived by 4 generations of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


Visiting Hours

Thursday, October 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Friday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden (Community Mausoleum)

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Christina’s Covenant House Sleep Out by visiting

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  1. Carmine Micciulla
    Dec 7 2019

    Dear Bill, Catherine,and Christine,
    Your dad was such a positive influence on so many of us in the band.
    I remember him and his toughness but also for his softness and smile.
    He always was kind to me when I ran into him and your mom at times on the beach sidewalk. I am sorry for your loss.
    The times we all spent at band practices and at competitions were one of the positive moments of my youth.
    Hope you are all proud of him. Carmine

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