Obituaries 07-30-2020

David Norman Powell
True essence of a father figure will be remembered by all

David Norman Powell, known to many as either Dave, Uncle Dave, Uncle David or Dad; and known to one as Husband, died on July 15 and with his wife by his side, he peacefully returned home. 

David was born in Boston on Sept. 22, 1957 to the late Samuel and late Mamie Powell, the fifth of eight beloved children. He enjoyed playing the drums, art, speaking phrases in several different languages and making great first impressions. Affectionately, he always had a loving embarrassing story about his family. No matter who you were to him; brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, sons and daughter, no one is without a story. 

David attended Boston Trade and Boston University. He worked for GE as a Machinist in the Jet Engine Division & Millennium Pharmaceuticals as the Laboratories Facilities Manager. It was during this time that he met his wife, Maria Luz Powell. Together they were members of the Catholic church, Immaculate Conception Parish Community, in Revere. David was more than an uncle to some; he was the true essence of a father-figure. With all the love he could give, he made sure his family knew he loved them by either simply saying “I love you,” calling, just stopping by to say “hello,” having a heart to heart conversation about life, telling you “I am so proud of you” or by just being available.

He sang his children’s praises at every opportunity. He appreciated family gatherings and meeting new friends. He had a passion for working on both minor and major household projects. Indeed, he was the man with every tool in the toolbox. David’s hobbies included architecture, art, language, design, wood working, photography, cinematography and laughter. 

David now joins both his parents, his brothers: Lynn Eric Powell, Jethro (Jeff) Powell and sister, Ruby Powell. David leaves to cherish his legacy: his wife, Maria Luz Powell, his children: Edward C. Harris, John M. Powell, and Diana M. Powell. To celebrate his life, he leaves his mother-in-law, Lucia Hanao, his sisters: Mary Tillman and her husband, Ronald, Daphne Massey and her husband, Alonzo, his brother: S. Phillip Powell  and his wife, Phyllis, his sister, Ginnette Powell and his sister-in-law, Amparo Henao. He leaves his Goddaughter, Nicole Massey, his lifelong brother (cousin) Bill Alston, and dear niece, Xaviera Cox, several aunts, uncles, cousins and over 60 nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and close friends. 

David will be remembered by all from the memories he gave us, the moments we’ve shared, and the impact of his love. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Roslindale.  For guest book please visit

Jeffrey Jean-Charles
Of Everett

Jeffrey Jean-Charles of Everett passed away on July 11 at the age of 31. 

Born in Boston on Feb. 17, 1989, he was the cherished son of Micheline Jean-Charles of Everett, adored father of Nasir Jean-Charles, dear brother of Fara Maurice of Everett, Wilhelm Maurice of Amityville, NY, Stanley Jean-Charles of Utah, Eureka Ravilus of Brooklyn, NY, Vanessa Fernandes of Boston and Wilner Maurice Jr. of Brockton and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  A Funeral Service will be held privately at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 455 Washington Ave, Revere. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit 

Arthur Romano
Will be sorely missed by all who knew him  

Arthur Romano of Revere died on July 22 at the age of 70.

 Born in Everett on Sept. 22, 1949 to Edith (DiOrio) Romano and the late Arthur Romano, he was the cherished brother of Donna LeBlanc and her husband, Ed of Revere. adored uncle of Samantha LeBlanc of Colorado, Anastasia LeBlanc, Arrielle LeBlanc-Pagan and her husband, Luis, all of Revere and their children, Soveida, Vita, and Lui. He is also survived by his dear cousins, George Romano and his wife, Linda of Peabody and by many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. He was the beloved godfather to Joe Romano and Joe Prezioso. 

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home Revere.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For guest book please visit

William Gulla 
Avid sports fan 

William “Billy” Gulla, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away suddenly on July 21, at the age of 52. 

Born in Revere on April 5, 1968 to Linda (Tempesta) Gulla and the late Joseph Gulla, he is survived by his beloved life partner of 23 years, Marisa Birritteri. He was the devoted father of twin daughters, Jayla and Gianna Gulla and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was an avid sports fan who never missed a game, especially if it was his Boston teams. He truly will be missed by all who knew him. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated today, Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St, Revere (Everyone to meet directly at church). Due to COVID19 requirements, masks are mandated once entering the church and capacity limits are in effect. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For guest book please visit

Dorothea DeSisto
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Dorothea H. DeSisto of Rochester, NH, formerly Chelsea,  passed away unexpectedly on July 25   while convalescing at the Colonial Hill Center in Rochester.  She was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved daughter of the late   Henry   and   Frances   (Chiuchiolo)   DeSisto,   Dorothea attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She resided for most of her life in the family home on Parker Street in Chelsea and performed clerical office work for several Boston based businesses.  She relocated to New Hampshire 20 years ago to be closer to family.  

She retired from full time work, completing her career with Seacoast Health Center in Hampton NH.   She became a resident at Colonial Hill Center in Rochester, receiving supportive care for the last several years. 

In her lifetime, Dorothea enjoyed passing time watching TV game shows and caring for her pet dogs, Champ and Lady and several feline companions.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Carol Ann and Robert A. Weed.  She was the dear aunt of Robin F. Rich, Brian A. Weed and Cheryl A. Vezeau, all of New Hampshire and is also lovingly survived by many other nieces, nephews,   grand,   great-grand   and   great-great-grand   nieces   and   nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends. 

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, August 3  from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.  Funeral Services will follow immediately in the funeral home at noontime.   Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Ample parking opposite funeral home. 

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory should be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501   St.   Jude   Place, Memphis TN,   38105.  

For   online guestbook,  to   send   a   personalized   sympathy   card,   flowers   or       for   directions   visit:

Frances Fisher
Of Revere

Frances T. (Elliott) Fisher of Revere died on July 21 at 90 years of age. 

The beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Fisher, she was the cherished mother of Robert Fisher and David Fisher, both of Billerica, Keith Fisher of Revere and the late Kevin, Arthur and Gail Fisher, adored grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13. 

Due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19, all services will be held privately and under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. At the family’s request and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fran’s memory to Mass Eye and Ear at The Foundation of the MEEI, Inc., 243 Charles Street, Development Office, Boston, MA 02114 or via For guest book, please visit

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