Obituaries 02-22-2024

Adrian Hassell

June 27, 1932 – February 11, 2024

On Sunday, February 11th, 2024, Adrian Hassell passed away at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury at the age of 91.  Adrian was a Chelsea resident for the last 40 years where he proudly raised his two sons.

Adrian spent his young adult life in Newport, Rhode Island where he attended public school. He played sports such as Baseball, Football and ran Track. The mile run was his favorite.

Adrian had a love for uniforms. He would watch the military cadets running during their drills at a nearby military base and as they marched in parades by his house.

At 17, Adrian enlisted in the Marines and served for 17 years. He received a Good Conduct Medal (3rd, 4th, & 5th awards), a Rifle Expert Badge, in addition to a Sharpshooter Badge. During his time in the military, he traveled to Korea, Philippines, Guam, and started boxing with a record of 18-1, his only loss taking place in Quantico.

Upon his honorable discharge in 1967, he settled in Boston where he became a licensed plumber through the GI Bill. Adrian worked in plumbing and property management. He then entered the maintenance field within bio tech companies until his retirement. Adrian truly enjoyed working with his hands and using his tools.

Adrian leaves behind his wife, Rosemary Hassell, He was a devoted father to his two sons, Andre, and John Hassell. Affectionately known as “Papa” to his grand-daughters, Jaylen, and Juliana Hassell, he also leaves behind stepchildren; Thomasena Saunders, Tyrone Saunders and Michael Saunders, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In honor of Adrian’s wishes, services will be held Friday March 8th promptly at 11:15 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, on Connery Avenue in Bourne, MA.

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Edward A. Colella

He Will Forever Be Cherished by All Who Loved Him

Edward A. Colella entered eternal rest Saturday afternoon, February 17 at the Alliance at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody.  

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Angelo and Rose (Nigro) Colella,  Edward was a longtime Chelsea resident before taking residence at the Nursing Home in Peabody. Ed resided at Rosewood for the last several years and enjoyed his time there.  He loved all the staff and appreciated their dedication to providing loving care to all  the residents and patients. 

 Edward was a retired piece worker and binder at the Green Shoe Company in Roxbury and also at Emerson Textile Company in Chelsea.  Edward’s favorite pastime was football.  He loved going to the Kowloon restaurant with family and friends to enjoy a nice meal together.  He will be forever cherished by all who loved him.

Edward was the husband of Edith R. (Allen) Colella, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage before her passing in 2019.  He was the beloved father of Sherry A. Chipman and her husband, Bruce of Everett and the late Anthony Wayne Griffin, Joseph James Griffin and Mildred Madaline Griffin; dear father-in-law of Gwen Griffin; cherished grandfather of two grandchildren, Ann-Cheri Woods and her fiancé, Matt Fleming and Mike Morsett and his wife, Dawn; four great grandchildren; Holli Woods and her fiancé, Charlie Khlung, Crystal Morsett, Zachary Woods and his fiancé, Lexy Clarkson and Brian Morsett; and one great-great grandson, Jackson LaFontane. 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, February 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.   Funeral services will follow the visitation in the Funeral Home at 12 Noon.   All services will conclude at the Funeral Home.  Interment is private.

We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Amado Valle

Family, Home and His Salvadoran Heritage Were Most Important to Him

Amado Valle passed away on Friday, February 16th in the peaceful surroundings of his home surrounded by his loving and caring family by his side.  He was 66 years of age and was living courageously with cancer for the past 12 months.   Born and raised in Chalatenango, El Salvador, he has been living in Chelsea for the past 20 years.   Amado was married to Yolanda (Torres) for 27 years and together raised five sons and two daughters.  Amado was passionately devoted to home and family.   He began working as an interstate truck driver with J.B. Hunt Co. After a few years, he transitioned into the construction field and worked as an independent sub-contractor, carpenter and iron worker.  Family and home were most important to him, along with his Salvadoran heritage. He also enjoyed his time outdoors, fishing and swimming, watching the Patriots, traveling cross country and trips to El Salvador.  Amado was the beloved husband of Yolanda Valle, devoted father of David Valle, Jasmin Valle, Daniel Torres, Alberto Valle, Eduardo Valle, Jazlyn Valle, and Amir Valle and the dear brother of Ricardo Valle, and Arminda Figueroa.  He is also survived by many grandchildren, extended family members and friends.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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