By Cary Shuman
City Council President Leo Robinson and the Chelsea community are fondly remembering retired Chelsea firefighter Darren Moore, who died on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the age of 52.
Many of Darren’s classmates and friends learned of his passing during the Chelsea High School Class of 1982 35th Reunion Saturday night at the Merritt Club. Reunion co-chair Allen Andrade called upon the gathering for a moment of silence in memory of their beloved classmate, teammate and friend.
Robinson remembered his cousin Darren Moore’s exploits while wearing the Chelsea High Red Devil uniform in three varsity sports. A handsome, personable young man with a warm smile, Darren Moore had confidence in his abilities and developed in to a team leader who conducted himself with sportsmanship and grace on the court and on the field.
“Darren played football, basketball, and baseball at Chelsea High when the Red Devils were a hoop powerhouse in the Greater Boston League,” said Robinson. “Darren was also a coach of the Chelsea Pop Warner ‘A’ football team that rallied to defeat the San Francisco Bombers, 18-14, to win the 2001 national championship.”
Robinson said that following Darren’s athletic career, he wanted to help young kids in Chelsea enjoy the benefits that he had gained from playing sports.
“Darren wanted to give back to the city that was so good to him as a kid,” said Robinson. “He really enjoyed his years as a coach and winning the national championship was a thrill for everyone involved in that historic season.”
Robinson recalled that he was a member of the Board of Aldermen when Darren Moore took the oath as Chelsea firefighter.
“Darren’s family and I were so proud to be at City Hall and see him become a Chelsea firefighter,” said Robinson. “He served in the department for 20 years.”
Robinson said that Darren enjoyed accompanying him, his brother, Ron Robinson, and family friend Dale Johnson on camping trips and excursions to Newport, R.I.
“Darren was a just a good, fun-loving to be around,” said Robinson.
Former CHS cheerleader Debbie Cronin, one of Darren’s childhood friends, remembered Darren’s friendly and congenial nature.
“Darren was a lifelong childhood friend and a genuinely good guy,” said Cronin. “His passing is a tough one. Over the last few years, I’d bump in to him at the most random of places and even though it was clear he had health issues, he always had a smile. Darren will be missed by all.”
Robinson said he will ask the City Council to join him in a moment of silence in memory of Darren Moore at their meeting Monday night at City Hall.
A memorial gathering and visitation for Darren Moore will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Frank Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A life tribute and service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home beginning at 7 p.m.
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins Warrior Ice Arena opening
Next Thursday (September 8th), the Boston Bruins will officially cut the ribbon on their new practice facility, the Warrior Ice Arena (80 Guest Street, Brighton) at 7:00pm. Currently a handful of B’s players have been participating in ‘Captain’s Practice.’ The grand opening will have, from the Bruins organization, Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Don Sweeney and a few current Bruins players. Political attendees will include Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” with local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston, West Roxbury. The Youth All-Stars will team up with Bruins alumni and together they will play the first official game on the Warrior Ice Arena surface. Doors will open at 6:00pm with festivities set to begin at 7:00pm.
On the business end, general manager Don Sweeney continues to be a ‘busy man,’ announcing that the Bruins have signed four players to one-year deals. Amongst those signing were former Harvard University star, Dominic Moore, to a one-year, two-way contract. The 36-year old Moore has a lengthy travel history, having already made appearances with nine NHL teams prior to signing with Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the San Jose Sharks. His most recent stay was last season with the New York Rangers who originally drafted Moore in 2000. The Bill Masterton Trophy winner in 2013-14, Moore was honored for exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
In addition, Sweeney also announced the recent signings of defenseman Chris Casto, three year Providence Bruins, forward Brian Ferlin, two-year Providence Bruin, and defenseman Alex Grant, previously with the Arizona Coyotes organization, all signing one-year, two-way contracts. July signings had: defensemen Colin Miller and Joe Morrow, defenseman Tommy Cross, former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin, defenseman John-Michael Liles, forwards Riley Nash, Tyler Randell and Tim Schaller. Not to be lost in the mix is the July 1 signing of free agent, winger David Backes, who spent ten seasons with the St. Louis Blues before agreeing to a five-year, $30 million deal with the Bruins. Backes’ five seasons as Captain of the Blues, should put him in a good position of a leadership role with the Bruins.
Alfonsina Caraballo passed away on Thursday, February 4 at the South Shore Hospital. She was 86 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Ramon Caraballo.
Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday February 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
Avid video gamer, enjoyed socializing and dancing “James Brown” style
Joseph H. Laukaitis, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away after a long illness on Sunday evening, February 7 in the peaceful and caring surroundings of his daughter’s’ home. He was 64 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of eight children of the late John and Jessie Laukaitis. Joseph attended local schools and enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged and returned to Chelsea. Joseph worked as a hand laborer with various local companies: American Biltrite, “Panco Rubber,” Sweetheart Paper, The Thos. Strahan Co., Gillette and Marsons Corp.
In his lifetime, Joseph most enjoyed socializing with family and friends, dancing in his “James Brown” Style and he was an avid video gamer.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary and Maria. To mourn his passing and cherish his memory, he leaves behind his beloved daughter and her husband, Kimberly and Robert McGuirk of Athol. He was the dear brother of John Laukaitis of Orlando FL, Robert Laukaitis of Chelsea, Henry Laukaitis of East Boston, Barbara Doyle and Joanne Robinson, both of Revere; the cherished grandfather of Michael McGuirk and Jacob Lovato and the adored great-grandfather of Sierra Lovato. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday February 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the MSPCA. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Dorothea ‘Dot’ Zarni
Retiree of Host-Marriott and Stuarts Discount
Dorothea P. (Sexton) Zarni passed away following a long illness on February 6. She was 85 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended Chelsea Schools and was a 1948 graduate of Chelsea High School. “Dot,” as she was affectionately known, worked as a salesperson for the former Stuarts Discount Store of Malden before moving on to Host-Marriott at Terminal D Logan Airport where she worked for over 20 years as a bartender before retiring at age 75 and making many friendships over her long tenure of employment. “Dot” was a long time supporter and member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community.
She is survived by her husband Alfred A. Zarni – aka Zani. She was the devoted mother of Bernadette H. Moore, James A. Zarni and his wife, Paula G., all of Revere, John A. Zarni and his wife, Elizabeth of Chelsea and the late Richard N. and Robert F. Zarni; the cherished grandmother of Eric S. R. Moore of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Jessica A. White and her husband, Brian of Melrose, Katie E. Lombardi and her husband, Carl of North Reading and Amanda E. Zarni of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by her five great grandchildren: Erica T. Moore, Eric J. and Devon R. Moore, all of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Jacob C. Lombardi of North Reading and Jaxson T. White of Melrose.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, February 13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue., Revere) at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street,
Boston, MA 02108. For additional information, please visit www.Vertuccio&Smith.com
Loved music, dancing, singing and family celebrations
Connie Lento passed away Wednesday evening, February 3 at the Boston Medical Center after an unexpected and brief illness. She was 92 years old.
She was the beloved and precious child of the late Joseph and Sara (Magno) Lento. Loved, cherished and cared for throughout her life by her siblings, their spouses and children, Connie loved music and to dance and sing. For the past six years she was a resident of Connors House, a group home where she shared love and companionship with her dear housemates. Five years earlier she had convalesced at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and previously she resided at Phillips Manor in Lynn for 25 years. She enjoyed family gatherings and celebrations.
She was truly the dearest sister and sister-in-law of Catherine Torra and her husband, Alessandro of No. Reading, Mario Lento of Nashua, NH, Audley Freehling of Revere and his late wife,, Anna Freehling, the late Joseph and Rachel Lento and the late baby, Antonia Lento. She was the cherished aunt of 12 nieces and nephews, 17 grandnieces and grandnephews with their spouses, and adored great grandaunt of four.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to Bay Cove human Services/Connors House, attn. Development, 66 Canal St., Boston, MA 02114 or online at WWW.BayCove.org/donate
U.S. VeteranRetired Drafting and Design instructor for Northeast Regional Vocational Technical High School
James ‘Jim’ “Mr. G.” Gagliano, a longtime Chelsea resident and resident of Henderson, Nevada since 1999, passed away on February 2 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas after being diagnosed with an advanced stage of leukemia five weeks ago. He was 85 years old.
Born in Lodi, NJ, he grew up in San Fernando, CA, attended schools in California and graduated from San Fernando High School. He enlisted in the US Navy serving during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Cuba as a weather observer aboard naval icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.
While in the service, he met and married Chelsea native Helen P. Mickiewicz. He was honorably discharged and came to Chelsea with his young bride and together they raised two sons and shared nearly 50 years together up to the time of Helen’s passing in 1997. He worked as a draftsman for Pratt and Whitney in Boston and Hesse-Eastern in Everett. Jim continued his education attending Northeastern University and Fitchburg State College receiving his BS Degree and Masters in Education. He began teaching Drafting, Mechanical Drawing and Design, first at the Boston Trade School and in 1970 he was one of the first instructors hired to teach at the newly established Northeast Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield. There he was best known simply as “Mr. G.” by students and faculty alike. He retired in 1995. He was a former member and past Chaplain PAV Post 13 of Chelsea,
He settled in Henderson, Nevada 16 years ago and was a Past President and committee chair of the Kiwanis Club of the Las Vegas Strip.
In addition to his parents and wife, Helen, he was also predeceased by his brothers Marcel and Rene Gagliano and a granddaughter Ryhan Gagliano. He is survived by his two sons and their spouses; Dennis Gagliano and his wife, Lisa of Peabody, Richard Gagliano and his wife, Renee of Manassas, VA. He was the cherished grandfather of Richard, Jr., John and Anthony Gagliano, Christine Losciuto and Lorigan Sudak and the adored great grandfather of Gianna, Rylee and Lily. He was also expecting the arrival of his fourth great grandchild at the time of his passing.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.