Obituaries 04-06-2017

Edward J. Haas

Retired computer engineer

Edward J. Haas died unexpectedly on Monday, March 13 at his Revere residence.

Although Ed has been fighting cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his death was indeed sudden. He spent most of his life in Revere and was a 1965 graduate of Revere High School. He served two tours of duty with the U.S. Army during the Viet-Nam Era from April 11, 1966 through May 2,

  1. He returned to school at Northeastern University and secured a career as a computer engineer. For a brief time, he lived in New Orleans and secured a position as an oil rigger in the Gulf of Mexico. He also spent time as a property manager in New Orleans. While working in thesales end of the computer industry, he was most proud of his association with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

He was the beloved son of the late Robert J. Haas, Sr. and Regina E. (Lewey) Haas; the devoted brother to former Revere Mayor Robert J. Haas, Jr. and his wife, Juanita of Revere, Sheila A. Arsenault and her husband, Arthur T. of Chelsea and Judy A. Cotter and her husband, William of Gilford, N.H. He was the proud uncle of Jennifer Haas and her fiance, John Coyne of Revere, Rachel Shanley of Revere, Robert J. Haas III and his wife, Jennifer of Winthrop, Christopher R. Forestra and his wife, Gina of Ft. Worth, Texas, Robyn Forestra and her husband, Matthew Pollock

of Brooklyn, NY, Joshua Cotter and his wife, Katelyn of Swampscott and Meghan Mazzolla and her husband, Tory of Exeter, N.H. He is also lovingly survived by his faithful and dedicated friends: Louis Caprio and his wife, Elizabeth of Miami, Florida, John Fitzgerald and his wife, Peggy St. Clair of Wellesley and Matthew Martelli and his wife, Debra of Winthrop. He is also survived by many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Boston Pride, 12 Channel St. #503, Boston, MA 02210. Please visit

Robert Belanger, Sr.

US Coast Guard civilian retiree; past Chelsea Housing Authority Commissioner, active member of many organizations

Robert C. Belanger, Sr., passed away early Wednesday morning, March 29 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a recent decline in health caused by overwhelming illness. He was 82 years old.

 Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of 10 children born to the late Adelard J. and Eva (Cormier) Belanger.  Robert attended local schools, played high school football and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1954.  He enlisted in the US Army and served honorably during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged in 1960 and returned to the family home on Spencer Avenue in Chelsea.

Shortly thereafter he married the former Palma M. Tentindo.  They made their home in Chelsea raising a daughter and two sons.  Together they shared 52 years of marriage before Palma’s passing five years ago.  Robert worked as a civilian employee with the US Coast Guard in Boston, ultimately holding the position of Chief Vessel Documentation Officer.  He returned to school and received an associate’s degree in business management from Newbury College.  He also studied and was extremely well versed in Marine law.  He retired from the Coast Guard Station after 40 years of service.

In his lifetime Robert always placed family first, was delighted with the many accomplishments of his children and in his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, lighthouse history and making birdhouses.  He was a past commissioner of the Chelsea Housing Authority, acknowledged and memorialized at the Margolis Building.  He was active in Chelsea Little League and is fondly remembered by countless former Mill Hill children who he instructed in baseball.  He was a past member of the French Naturalization Club, Chelsea VFW, American Legion, the DAV and was admitted to the Sons of the Civil War Veterans.

In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Palma, Robert was also preceded in death by three of his brothers; the late Roger, Frank and Vernon Belanger. He was proud to be the father of: “Chelsea Soldiers Home Director of Nursing” Debra Antonelli and her husband, Francis “Chip” of Everett, Chelsea Police Sergeant Robert C. Belanger Jr. of Chelsea and retired Chelsea Communications Operator, James Belanger and his companion, Barbara Richard of Chelsea. He was the cherished grandfather of Anthony Antonelli of Chelsea, Robert Belanger, III of Hampstead , NH and Sara Belanger of Chelsea; dear brother of Richard Belanger of Malden, Ray Belanger of Hanover, Norma Schroth of Haverhill, Donald “Joseph” Belanger of Medford, Ronald Belanger of Salem, NH and Daniel Belanger of Hopkinton.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews,  family members and relatives.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Arrangements were entrusted to the Frank

  1. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home Recreation Dept. 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150.

Andres Margarito

Retired executive chef, prepared meals for celebrities and a-listers

Andres Margarito passed away on Sunday, March 26 in the peaceful surroundings of the Everett home he shared with his daughter for the past nine years.  He was 85 years old.

Andres was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1931 and grew up with five siblings in Puerto Rico.  As an executive chef, he worked at La Cara Gozana, a well-known and popular island restaurant in the 50’s and 60’s.  There he prepared meals for celebrities and a-listers who frequented the restaurant –like then Mass. Senator John F. Kennedy, Mohamed Ali and several of NASA’s early astronauts.

He moved to New York City in the late 60’s and worked as a head restaurant chef before retiring.

Mr. Margarito returned to Puerto Rico and remained there until nine years ago when he moved to Everett to be close to family.  He enjoyed playing cards and dominos and was best described as a  “Dominologist.”  He will be remembered as bit of a prankster who enjoyed a good laugh with family and friends, manicuring the hedges in front of his Everett home and his love for his little pug-dog “Baby”.

He was the beloved father of Carmen L. Margarito of Everett and Gladys Margarito of Davenport IA; cherished grandfather of Jesenia Mercado, Eleina Camacho, Jorge Davila, Charles Avarello and Jenifer Avarello.  He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and his sister, Lydia Margarita in Puerto Rico.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery 302 Elm St., Everett.

Dewitt Dingman, Jr.

Retired taxi driver

Dewitt Dingman, Jr. passed away on March 25 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief illness.  He was 78 years old.

He was born in Port Chester, NY, the only child of Dewitt and Ida Dingman and grew up and attended school in Scarsdale, NY.  Dewitt enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1964.  He settled in New England and worked in the local area as a professional taxi driver.  He was a dormitory resident at Chelsea Soldiers Home for several years before being admitted into the Quigley Nursing Home a few years ago.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel. Military Honors immediately followed the Mass. Interment was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.


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