OBITUARY

Jerry M. Maffeo

8 May, 193610 September, 2021
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Jerry Maffeo, 85, of Melrose, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2021. He was born in Boston, a son of the late Nicola and Maria (Guarino) Maffeo. He was a legend in the restaurant and nightclub industry where he ran some of the best venues in Boston. He called himself the official “hand shaker of Boston” and was known as the “Unofficial Mayor of the North End”. His greatest joy was found in playing cards in the North End with his lifelong friends, spending time laughing and eating with his family, watching the birds and chipmunks, dancing, and enjoying his favorite foods. He is survived by his beloved wife Sara Donovan Maffeo, his loving daughters Nicole Russo and her husband Joseph “Jay” of West Roxbury and Christina Maffeo of Melrose, his brother Anthony Maffeo and his wife Mindy of Chicago Il, his sisters Rosemary “Chickie” Brown of Irving, TX, Elena Flynn of West Roxbury, Rita Guarino and her husband Aldo of Naples, FL., and Maria Ryan and her husband William of Westwood, his two adored granddaughters, Sophia and Isabelle Russo and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers in law Frank Flynn and Buddy Brown. Funeral Services will be Saturday September 18th, at 10AM at St. Leonard Church, 320 Hanover St., Boston, followed by burial in West Wyoming Cemetery, 205 Sylvan St., Melrose. The funeral procession will form on Saturday morning at 9:30AM at J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109, anyone wishing to follow the procession to church should arrive at that time. Visiting hours at the funeral home, are Friday September 17th from 4:00PM-8:00PM, complementary valet parking will be available in front of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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Johnny Cirigliano

20 September 2021

To my friend Jerry a great conversationalist with a tough exterior with a heart of gold, Shuffle em up Jerry it's your deal, you had a great run,and you have a loving family,you will be missed

Robert Ferrara

18 September 2021

Sorry for your family's loss. My heartfelt condolences!
Great guy, Great friend, and Great mentor!
Will truly be missed.

From: Robert Ferrara
and the Ferrara Family
RIP Jerry

Anthony (Pezzy) Pesaturo

17 September 2021

Gerry was a great guy. Another icon of the North End has gone to Heaven.

Mary Ann OConnell

17 September 2021

Sarah, my heart goes out to you Christina, Nicole and family. Gerry was a great man and will be missed.

Jennifer Knapp

12 September 2021

Jerry was a kind and friendly spirit, so glad to have known him and been a friend to him. Will always remember when he made important adjustments to help himself, was so proud of him for that. He loved his life and kept going with a strong will through any adversity.
Sarah and Christina, I’m so very sorry for your loss, and we know he’s in heaven with some of the best shining down now. Much love and blessings to you and the whole family. May he rest in eternal peace.

Mary Carey

12 September 2021

Leo and I will be forever grateful for the many laughs and good times we shared with this incredible Man. We loved him so and will cherish the memories and his delightful stories.

Matthew Viti

12 September 2021

Sara,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for God to comfort you and your family.

-Matthew Viti

Stephanie Dionne

11 September 2021

My heart is broken. Heaven got quit an addition! He has touch so many lives. The “dash” he lived was beyond words. The last time I saw him he told me he loved me and I told him that I loved him. I am so glad I had that finally memory. Sara his was your best friend and an amazing husband. He adore you. Christina and Nicole - your dad could not have been more proud of the two of you, amd loved you both so much. He loved his granddaughters and of course scottie. I am going to miss him asking me to get him snacks on my sleep overs. Heaven just got a little brighter! Thank you Jerry for touch so many of us with your love, humor, and kindness. To know him was to love him. Can’t wait to see you again. Love you always Jerry. Steph

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