OBITUARY

Dr. John A. Gagliardi

October 16, 1932July 26, 2020
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Dr. John A. Gagliardi, DMD, age 87, of Fall River, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Liliana A. (Lodi) Gagliardi to whom he has been married for the past 56 years.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Carmine and Theresa Gagliardi (Fazzina), who emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s. He had been a lifelong resident of the city.

In 1950, John graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School. While in high school, John played trumpet in a band called the Rhythm Makers along with his life-long friend Paul Parente (saxophone) and Joe Raposo (piano player), who is best known for writing the theme songs for the television shows Sesame Street and Three’s Company.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1954. Following college, John served four years in the U.S. Army in Germany. After serving his country, John became a dentist, receiving his doctorate from Tufts University Dental School in 1962. After dental school, John re-listed in the army where he earned the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy where he met the love of his life, Liliana Lodi.

Dr. Gagliardi practiced Dentistry for over forty-six years and was Dentist and Owner of Dr. John Gagliardi, DMD, where he practiced from his home on Robeson Street. He later partnered with North Main Dental Associates until his retirement in 2002. He was an Instructor for the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School Dental Assistant Program for postgraduates. Past President of the Fall River Dental Society, he was a member of the American Dental Association and the Fall River Fluoride Committee. He casted the deciding vote on establishing a dental clinic for the Head Start program. He was a longtime member of the Fall River Rotary Club, a communicant of the Holy Rosary Church, and the Sons and Daughters of Italy.

John was an avid football fan and a season ticket holder of the New England Patriots since 1971. John was also an avid soccer fan attending many New England Revolution games with his wife. John enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, traveling, listening to opera, playing bocce, watching the History and Nature channels, and doting on his dog Daisy. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Stephen T. Gagliardi and his wife Cheryl (Robichaud) of Fall River, Atty. Mark P. Gagliardi of East Greenwich, RI; one daughter, Francesca Gagliardi Karam and her husband Stephen Karam of Fall River; six grandchildren: Arianna Gagliardi, Julia, Justin and John Karam, Jack Gagliardi and Anthony St. Angelo; one brother, Theodore Gagliardi and his late wife Judith of Fall River; sister-in- law, Lida (Lodi) Perry of Fall River and nieces and nephews Theodore C. Gagliardi, Jr. and his wife Janet of Somerset, MA; a nephew William A. Gagliardi and his wife Deneen of Easton, MA; his niece Jennifer Taylor and her husband Jon of Fall River; his niece Patricia Gregory of Fall River; and his nephew Tony Gregory and his wife Andrea of Virginia.

His Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St. Fall River. Due to current occupancy restrictions, please be mindful that guests may have to wait outside while others pay their respects. His Funeral will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00AM in St. Joseph’s Church, 1335 N. Main St., Fall River. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sons and Daughters of Italy Scholarship, Sons and Daughters of Italy #1035, C/O Mario Luciola, President, 54 Chavenson St. Fall River, MA 02723. Burial private.

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private

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Yvette Perry

August 14, 2020

I am so very sorry to learn of John’s passing. I was looking in the obituaries on this site for someone else and saw John’s name. I have such fond memories of working in the office and having the children come bouncing through for a visit with their dad. They were his joy!! Please accept my sincere condolences at this late date.
Yvette

PauI Ferreira

August 3, 2020

Liliana and family.
Please accept my condolences, albeit late, on the passing of your husband John.
Though we were not close acquaintances John impressed as being a thoughtful and generous man.
My estimate of his character was confirmed by a particular memory that I would like to share.
A few summers ago Nancy and I were sitting with you in your lovely courtyard garden after a shared trip to a local nursery.
This was the first time that I met John. If I recall he brought some refreshments out for us and he returned inside.
Our stay was short since we had errands to run and left shortly after.
That afternoon I received a surprising call at home, from John . He contacted us to apology for his rudeness and being a poor host , in that he did join us outside before we had to leave. His gesture of kindness and consideration indeed spoke volumes about your John.
Wouldn't be wonderful if we emulated his display of manners and thoughtfulness,which is so sorely lacking today?
Thank you John !

Odelia Kullander

August 2, 2020

Dr. Gagliardi was my late husband, Bruce, and my dentist for decades. He always treated us with kindness, compassion and respect. I am very sad at his passing, but very happy to have known this wonderful man. My condolences to his lovely wife and family. He always made me smile whenever I saw him. He always seemed so full of joy and love for life. I will always remember him.

Sheila Oliveira

August 1, 2020

Dr Gagliardi was my dentist for many years. Always patient and kind. I remember sitting in the waiting room filled with reading materials and sunlight not often found at a doctors office. My sincere condolences to his family, his lovely wife who sometimes assisted him at my visits. Made going to the dentist a friendly visit. Thanks Dr G... Rest in peace. I will always be thankful you were my dentist.

Tom Alecrim

July 29, 2020

To the Gagliardi Family,
I am so sorry to hear about John ‘s passing. He was a real pleasure to know. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Tom Alecrim
Neighbor

G PETRILLO

July 29, 2020

Dear Liliana,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.
Ann

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