Obituaries 11-10-2016

Gerald Solar

Decorated Vietnam veteran, US Postal Service retiree, past member of NALC, AMVETS and past vice president of Chelsea PPC

Gerald L. Solar passed away Sunday morning November 6 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of eight children born to the late Francis L. Solar Sr. and Frances (Parquette) Solar. He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was inducted into the US Army during the Vietnam Era on July 28, 1965 and participated in several battle campaigns earning two bronze stars before his discharge from active service. He returned to Chelsea and continued his education at Northeastern University. He worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier, delivering mail in the same Brookline neighborhood for 34 years before retiring in 1999.

He was a past member of the NALC and the AMVETS. He was also a late member and past Vice President of the PPC in Chelsea. At the PPC, he was active in many club affairs bartending and volunteering to cook for club events and sporting events. In his lifetime he enjoyed day/bus trips to Mohegan Suns and Foxwoods, movies and travel.

He was the devoted father of Frank W. Solar of Chelsea; dear brother of Josephine O’Brien of Chelmsford, Nancy Stock of Chelsea, Eleanor Cotter of Lynn, the late Frank L. Solar, Jr., Marie Britton, Ronald Solar and Evelyn Solar. He is also survived by his former wife, Christine Solar of Chelsea and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, November 10 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment and Military Honors graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Angelina Follis

Devout parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish and past president of OLG Women’s Club.

Angelina M. (Saladino) Follis passed away Saturday afternoon, November 5 at the Rubin & Thompson Assisted Living in Saugus.  She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Ignazia (Ippolito) Saladino,  Angelina attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1941.  She was a loving homemaker, tending to her home and family for many years as her children grew up.  Angelina later worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard as a typist for nine years.  Upon leaving the Navy Yard, she worked as a secretary to the superintendent of the National Park Service in Boston before retiring in 1993.

Angelina has been residing in Saugus, but previously lived in Everett for a number of years.  She was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea and served as a past president of the OLG Women’s Club.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and also enjoyed spending quiet time reading. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Angelina was the wife of the late Robert W. Follis; beloved mother of Robert W. Follis, Jr. and his wife, Rosemarie of Saugus, Michael Follis and his wife, Janet of Maine and the late Peter Follis and mother-in-law of Patricia Follis of Revere.  One of 10 siblings, she was the dear sister of Dorothy Wadland of Somerset, Josephine Durham of Florida, Hilda Fuccillo of East Falmouth and the late Grace Saladino, Carmelo Saladino, Frances Strawn, Elizabeth Mastone, Frank Saladino and Mary Sicarello.  She is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren: Robert J. Follis, Robert W. Follis, III,  Peter T. Follis, Matthew M. Follis, Scott A. Follis, Patrick S. Follis, Kevin P. Follis, Katherine P. Davidson, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea today, Thursday November 10 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will precede the Funeral Mass at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea from 8 to 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Devout parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Angelina’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Grace Parish Restoration Fund, 59 Nichols St,. Chelsea, MA 02150.

Gloria Crotty

Retired teacher and Mass Teachers Union member

Gloria C. (Petrocelli) Crotty, formerly of Revere, died at Greenwood Nursing Home of Lynnfield on November 2. She was 92 years old.

Gloria was a teacher in Wakefield for over 40 years and a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Union.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward; loving mother of Don Crotty; devoted daughter of the late Vincent and Mary (Giella) Petrocelli and dear sister of Walter Petrocelli and the late Viola.

 A graveside prayer service was held on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, 304 Jim Thorpe BLVD, Prague, OK 74864. For guest book, please visit

Daniel Dillon

Long time Revere teacher and local businessman

Daniel R. Dillon, a lifelong Revere resident, died on November 6.

Daniel was a U.S. Army Veteran, teacher in the Revere Public Schools for many years as well as a local businessman.  Daniel enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.

He was the beloved husband of the late Maryann (Anastas); devoted father of Malachy “Steven” of Florida, Douglas of Revere, Maryann Wood and her late husband, David of Manchester by the Sea and the late Daniel; dear brother of Althea Lundberg of South Carolina and the late Loren Dillon and Malcolm Dillon and is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Douglas, Frank, Daniel and Felix.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home,  128 Revere St., Revere on Friday November 11 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For guestbook please visit

John Paul Borden, Sr.

Long time Harvard University animal caretaker/handler and former taxi driver for Tunnel Cab in East Boston

eacefully at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on November 4 from an advancing illness. He was 79 years old.

 Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (MacNeil) Borden, he was best known as Paul to family and friends.  He was first raised in Chelsea where Paul’s father passed away when he was a young boy.  As a school age lad, he settled in East Boston with his mother and step-father Tim Moore and at the age of 17 he enlisted into the US Army and served honorably during the Korean Conflict.  Discharged in 1958, he returned to East Boston, married and began raising his family.

He worked for many years with Harvard University, Dept. of Animal Research, as an animal caretaker and handler.  For the past 15 years, he was the devoted husband and companion of Marie Cifuini, together residing in East Boston.  He also worked as a chauffeur/taxi driver working for Tunnel Cab in East Boston for several years.

During his lifetime Paul enjoyed attending racing sports at Suffolk Downs and Wonderland Park, visiting, socializing and conversing over a good cup of hot coffee with family and friends.  He always held a special spot in his heart for his late pet ferret “Candy” and cat “JJ”.

 He is survived by his beloved companion and wife of 15 years, Marie Ann Cifiuni of East Boston and his first wife, Janet Borden of New Hampshire. He was the devoted father of Raymond E. Borden, Sr. and his wife, Paulina of Winthrop, Ernest DiPiero and his fiancé, Elizabeth Karnofsky of Dracut and the late Joseph Paul Borden, Jr.; cherished grandfather of Raymond E. Borden, Jr., Mariah Rae Borden, Brandon Dunn, Anthony Russo, Daelan DiPiero Efthimios and Evangelos Georgakakis and the adoring great-grandfather of Jayce Ray Borden-Sandborn.

 Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be held a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to an animal rescue league. or the American Diabetes Assoc.


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