Obituaries 10-14-2021

Camille Manning

July 16, 1928 – October 3, 2021

Camille Manning, 93, of Exeter, NH and formerly of Chelsea – beloved mother, grandmother and friend to all, died peacefully on Sunday, October 3 with family by her side.

Camille was a devoted mother to three children: John Manning of Clinton,

NY, Adele Fee of Seabrook, NH and Amelia Emerson of Sanbornton, NH.  She was a dearly-loved grandmother to four grandchildren: Jessica (Fee) Sprouse of Stoneham, MA, Matthew Fee of Raymond, NH, Janelle (Emerson) Phillips of Hoschton, GA, and Lauren Emerson of Sanbornton, NH, as well as great-grandmother to Zara May, Luna Jane, Violet Ann and Henry Cash Sprouse of Stoneham.  Camille was also a dear mother and grandmother-in-law to: Bonnie Manning, Bob Fee Jr., Randy Emerson, Kelly Scott Sprouse and Ben Phillips and “Auntie Camille” to many nieces and nephews.  All share in mourning the unique and memorable woman affectionately referred to as “Gram.”

Born in Boston on July 16, 1928, Camille was the youngest of Salvatore and Amelia LaRiccia’s eight children: Sylvia (Pennacchio), Angelina (Welsh), Consalvo, Phyllis (Perkins), Anthony, Jane (Pellegrino) and Gloria (Fallstich) – part of a loving Italian family in a close-knit Chelsea neighborhood.  Shortly after World War II, Camille left high school to work as a switchboard operator for New England Telephone, an occupation she worked at throughout her life.  She met her ‘wonderful husband,’ John Dee Manning Jr., a handsome young Coast Guardsman from Arkansas, at a Chelsea High School football game – a love story she enjoyed retelling again and again.  Cherished by her husband throughout their 57 years of marriage, Camille spoke affectionately of him daily after his passing in 2004.

“Camille with the Zeal” was a devout Witness of Jehovah, and spent nearly 50 years enthusiastically sharing the good news of the Kingdom with all.  Her strong faith in a promised resurrection gave her the strength to face her terminal diagnosis of heart failure with courage.

She loved beautiful clothes, shoes and handbags and was always impeccably dressed, often reciting this little poem with a smile “a little powder, a little paint – makes you look like what you ain’t!”  She deeply appreciated the compassionate care provided by the staff of Langdon Place Assisted Living of Exeter, and Beacon Hospice.   She had an abiding love for music, played piano enthusiastically and often and was observed joyfully singing just days before her passing.

Camille was well-known and loved by her large extended family and many friends for her lifelong course of gracious hospitality and warm-hearted generosity.  She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

All are invited to join a Memorial Service for Camille, being held via Zoom video-conference on Saturday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Richard Amorello

Graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1956

Richard Amorello of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 19.

He was born and grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1956. After high school, Richard attended Northeastern University but left to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He trained for service in the Air Police and was stationed in Japan. During his time there, he studied the Japanese language, became a black belt in Karate and, in his free time, worked as an extra for American and Japanese movie studios.  

After his military service, he worked in the real estate and hospitality industries locally and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He retired to Florida where he resided until his death.

Richard was the eldest child of the late Barbara and Orlando Amorello. He is survived by his siblings: Marion Speranza of Lynn, Barbara Parker of Wayland, Alfred Amorello and his wife, Nancy of Venice Florida. He was the brother of the late Kathleen Amorello and also leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made in Richard’s memory.

Final arrangements are pending.

Wayne T. Kerr

November 30, 1941 – October 6, 2021

Wayne T. Kerr was called home into the loving care of his savior and Lord on Wednesday, October 6.  He was 79 years old.

Born in Malden, he was one of four children given to the late Phillip F. and Julia A. (Hurley) Kerr.  His family settled in Chelsea when he was a young lad and he was a resident of Chelsea for over 70 years. 

Wayne attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  He enlisted in the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 126th Signal Battalion, Yankee Division.  He was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant after completing six years of honorable service.  

Wayne worked for Stop & Shop for 24 years retiring as a store manager.  He went on to become the President and Executive Director of the Chelsea Community YMCA for 36 years, retiring in 2016.  He served as Advisor to Chelsea Explorer Post #109 B.S.A. and was an adult volunteer in the scouting program B.S.A.-Boston Council, all for over 50 years.  He was a Fourth Degree Knight and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Chelsea Council #83 and a past member of the Chelsea Rotary Club.

He also served his community as former Chairman of the Chelsea Excise Board and Chelsea Library Trustee.  His lifelong devotion to his Catholic faith was recognized when he received the Bishop Cheverus Award presented by the Archdiocese of Boston. 

In addition to his parents, Wayne was also predeceased by his sisters, Phyllis Manning and Roberta “Bobbie” Brooks. 

He is survived by his dear brother, William Kerr and his wife, Diane of Thornton, NH and he was the most revered and cherished uncle of Patricia “Trish” Johnson and her husband, Myles of Saugus, Wayne Brooks of Wakefield, John “Buddy” Brooks and his wife, Theresa of Danvers, Robert Brooks and his wife, Mary of Braintree, Michelle Solimine of Middleton, Eric Kerr and his wife, Kelly of Lynnfield, Renee Kerr of Woburn, Donna Reese and her husband, Rob of Thornton, NH and Crisshelle Coffey of Bridgewater.  He is also survived by many grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends. 

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  In order to protect the public health, we advise that all visitors wear face masks while in the Funeral Home.  His Funeral will be from the Welsh Funeral Home on Saturday, October 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  

Should friends desire, contributions in his name may be directed to Rev. Patrick Healy c/o St. Michael Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150, or The Daughters of St. Paul, 50 St. Paul Ave., Boston, MA 02130. 

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Marie Perrella

Revere School Department Retiree

Marie (Frongillo) Perrella of Revere died on October 8 at the age of 92. 

Marie worked as a bookkeeper and manager for over 30 years in the School Department for the City of Revere.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Born in Revere on February 10, 1929 to the late Andrew and Jeanette (DeMasse) Frongillo, she was the beloved wife of 69 years to the late John Perrella Sr., devoted mother of Janice Perrella of East Boston, Kenneth Perrella and his wife, Nancy of Revere and the late John Perrella Jr., cherished grandmother of 10 and adored great grandmother of 22.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, October 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

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