Obituaries 03-03-2022

James Richards

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

James C. Richards of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on February 19 at the age of 67.

James worked for many years at the Stop & Shop in Revere and Leonard Silver in East Boston.

The loving father of Gloria, Teila, Paula and Hannah Richards, he was  the dear brother of Veronica Richards – DiGregorio  and her husband, James and Sheila Richards; cherished grandfather of Star, Jacob, Catalina, Ronald and Mikie; caring uncle of Ianmichael, Christopher Pedi, Evan, Jonathan, Shara, Yvonne, Keith, Ernesto and Danielle.

Family and friends will honor James’s life by gathering at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Sunday, March 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m.  Interment will be private. 

The family would like acknowledge the physicians Dr. Simon at the East Boston Health Center, and Dr. Phillapedes, formerly of Boston Medical Center and presently at Newton Wellesley Hospital, for the care that was given to James.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place,

Memphis, TN 38105.

At the family’s request, we ask that all visitors and attendees please wear face coverings throughout all services.

Christopher L. Smith

Of Chelsea

Christopher L. Smith of Chelsea, unexpectedly, February 22. Christopher, devoted life long companion for over 35 years of Cynthia Velleca. Beloved father of Zach, Ethan and Hailey Smith all of Chelsea. Brother of Bill, Danny, Alex, Eric, Connie and Virginia Smith. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Celebration of Life in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, March 5th from 3-5 PM. Committal Services will be private. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris’s name be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Foundation at the addresses listed below.

Born in Hardwick, Vermont 61 years ago, Christopher passed away unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after suffering a cardiac event at work. For over 5 years he was employed as the maintenance supervisor at the Charlestown YMCA and previously held similar positions at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge as well as the Midtown Hotel in Boston. When not working, he enjoyed hiking and camping.


American Heart Association

300 5th Avenue-Suite 6, Waltham MA 02451-8750


American Diabetes Association

P.O. Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215


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