Suffolk University renamed its oldest and largest residence hall in honor of two of its most esteemed graduates,
Chelsea High School classmates and friends joined Larry Smith and Michael Smith at the dedication ceremony of the Michael and Larry Smith Residence Hall at Suffolk University. Pictured at the ceremony are, from left, Jeanne Blumer, Larry Smith, Barbara Lawlor, Michael Smith, Arlene Taraskiewicz, Helen Dobbyn, and Joanne Chelotti.
Michael and Larry Smith, during a ceremony Friday at the hall located at 150 Tremont St. across from Boston Common.
Shawn A. Newton, associate dean of students, served as master of ceremonies for the program.
“I’m extremely happy to welcome you to 150 Tremont St. today, Suffolk’s oldest and largest residence which is about to have its name changed,” said Newton. “Today we’re honoring with our special guests, Michael and Larry Smith, who without your generosity and support – thank you for being role models and for being great leaders. We truly appreciate your support to Suffolk.”
Marisa Kelly, just hours before her inauguration as the new president of Suffolk University, noted the history of Suffolk’s first residence hall and praised the Smith brothers for their extraordinary history of philanthrophy to the University.
“It really is a great day at Suffolk University and I’m so excited to be a part of this incredible dedication,” said Kelly. “This is the residence hall that launched Suffolk on the new chapter of this educational journey when it opened as the university’s very first on-campus home for students in 1976.”
Recognizing the Smiths’ ongoing generosity to the University, Kelly told the assemblage, “Michael and Larry Smith are really doing so much to build community here, of course by all of their contributions, but specifically what they’re doing to build community as part of our residence life program.”
Kelly said Michael (Class of 1961) and Larry (Class of 1965) each earned business degrees at Suffolk “and they were armed to find great success in the insurance business. They have been incredibly generous to their alma mater. Larry Smith now serves as a member of the University’s board of trustees. We thank you, Michael and Larry, for your loyalty to Suffolk, your exemplary generosity and we’re just so grateful for your involvement here.”
After receiving a warm ovation from the many guests in attendance, the two brothers, who grew up in Chelsea, took the podium for the ceremonial unveiling of the rendering for the new Michael and Larry Smith Residence Hall.
Michael spoke first, thanking the University “for this great honor. “I wish my mom and dad were here to see it.”
“I love this university,” he said. “It helped us grow. I want to thank everyone for showing up today. It’s just overwhelming. When I went to college in the early 1960s, we had one building. It was a great education, great professors and I’m so proud of Boston and Suffolk University. I wish everyone the best success.”
Larry, a basketball star at Suffolk and at Chelsea High School, echoed his brothers’ sentiments, stating, “we’re very, very proud of Suffolk University.”
Larry recalled his humble beginnings as a boy, working early mornings in Boston as a window and floor washer. He said he would then change in to his school clothes at Chelsea High. He became a scholar-athlete on the basketball team and earned a scholarship to Suffolk.
“The tuition at that time was $600 and Suffolk University and Charlie Law came and gave me a scholarship,” he said.
Two Suffolk University seniors, Sean Henry and Andrea Nastri, were the student speakers at the dedication ceremony for the new Michael and Larry Smith Residence Hall.
Henry, an ice hockey player representing Suffolk’s student-athletes, noted the Smiths’ past gifts that led to the creation of the Michael S. Smith and Larry E. Smith Fitness Center on campus.
“When it comes to being a student-athlete at Suffolk, you join a family bigger than you can expect,” said Henry. “Larry and Michael Smith, you came to Suffolk University in the 1960s and I know Larry was a star on the basketball team, so you’ve known for a long time how great this family is. Your loyalty to Suffolk and your numerous generous donations have changed this program and I hope that one day I can show half the generosity that you’ve shown this University. This residence hall is a great tribute to the two of you. We can’t thank you enough for everything you have given us.”
Nastri, a third-year residence assistant at the hall, said as a freshman, she met two of her best college friends in the residence hall.
“I was delighted to live in the city and be at Suffolk University and with that positivity, I met a lot of friends who shared my enthusiasm,” said Nastri. “This is not just a building across the street from the historic Boston Common. This is not just a Suffolk University building to me. This is my home. This is where I’ve grown up. This is where I’ve grown up. This is where I’ve connected with others. This is my place.
“Smith Hall will be the name people remember years from now when they laugh about the memories they made here,” said Nastri. “Smith Hall will embrace students with open arms in to a safe and inclusive environment.”
Chelsea resident Velvet Walsh Smith (right) is pictured with her daughter, Ashley Alexis Smith, and Travis Yohe, who were married on Sept. 8 in a beautiful ceremony followed by an elegant reception at the Tides Estate in New Jersey.
Carol Ann Parrotta
Carol Ann (Tedford) Parrotta of Chelsea died on June 20. The devoted wife of Nicholas Parrotta, she was the beloved mother of Elizabeth West and her husband, Christopher of Tewksbury; sister of Eileen Cronin of Chelsea and Muriel Eremka of Wilmington.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea on Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit: www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ Burge
Patricia Ann “Pat” (Smith) Burge passed away Friday morning, July 8 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76 years old.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late William W. and Ann E. (Connolly) Smith, Pat was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. She was raised in the city and attended Chelsea Public Schools, graduating from Chelsea High School, Class of 1958. After high school, Pat attended bookkeeping school for a couple of years. In addition to caring for her family, Pat worked as a bookkeeper at the former Carmel Credit Union in Chelsea for 17 years before retiring in 2002. In her spare time, Pat enjoyed playing the piano and crocheting. She particularly enjoyed crocheting large Christmas stockings for her children and grandchildren. Most importantly, Pat enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Pat was the wife of the late Arthur J. “Junior” Burge, Jr., the beloved mother of Arthur J. Burge, III and his wife, Janice of Everett, William R. Burge of Chelsea and Dawn M. Sullivan and her husband, Joseph of New Hampshire; mother-in-law of Victoria Burge of Chelsea; dear sister of James Smith of Leominster, Valerie Neaumayer of California, Robert Smith of Milton, Barbara Smith of Weymouth, Richard Smith of Medford and the late William Smith. She was the adored grandmother of Billy, Christopher and Victoria Burge, all of Chelsea and Arthur J. Burge IV and Danielle Burge, both of Everett. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on July 12. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Late proprietor of New Bridge Café Chelsea
Fred J. Mandracchia of Everett, passed away July 11. He was 88 years old.
He was the late proprietor of New Bridge Café Chelsea, and a US Navy veteran of World War II.
The loving father of Mark C. Mandracchia Sr., he was the cherished grandfather of Mark C. Mandracchia Jr., Marisa, Christopher and Christina Mandracchia and adored greatgrandfather of Anthony and Dominic Mandracchia; dear brother of Charlie Mandracchia of Revere, Johnny Mandracchia of Stoneham, Ann O’ Brien of Lynnfield and the late Josephine Saraceno. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Fred’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere on Thursday, July 1h from 4 to 8 p.m.and again at 9 a.m. Friday before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com
George DePietro of Chelsea died on July 9.
George served in the US Army and was a letter carrier for over 30 years.
He was the beloved husband of Susan (Censullo); devoted father of Joseph “Joe” DePietro and his partner, Tony and Shea DePietro, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Elaine and Rosemarie DePietro, both of New Hampshire, Wayne DePietro and Marian of Revere and the late Louis and Anthony DePietro.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Parish at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Pearl Maryann Paradis
Devoted mother of 18 children, 51 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren
Pearl Maryann (Belanger) Paradis of Eagle Lake, Maine and Chelsea, passed away July 5 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston surrounded by her family. She was 95 years old.
Pearl was born on December 21, 1920 on Belanger’s Plantation, Wallagrass, Maine, the daughter of Cyril Belanger and Marie Charette Belanger. She was raised on the family plantation, learned to play the piano and received her early education at home.
On August 29, 1935, she married Arthur J. Paradis from Eagle Lake, Maine. They had 18 children and moved to Chelsea in 1955. She stayed at home and worked throughout her life as a devoted homemaker while raising her children.
Vivid memories of her upbringing along Maine’s Route 11 and her family history live on in the stories she shared with her family. She was well known for her cooking, baking her special cookies and sewing but she will always be remembered for her love of family.
In addition to her parents, Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1988, a daughter Sharon Paradis in 1973, two brothers, Earl Belanger and William Belanger, four sisters; Jane Page, Hazel Martin, Jeanette Bowden and Annette Ryerson. She is survived by 11 children and their spouses: Archie Paradis and his wife, June, Roger Paradis, Gary Paradis and his wife, Madeline, Paul Paradis and his wife, Linda and Darlene Kendall and her husband, Jeff, all of Sumner, Maine, Joseph Paradis and his wife, Linda, Kevin Paradis and his wife, Kathy and Pamela Paradis, all of Revere, Diana Feyler and her husband, Robert of Tewksbury, Paula Govostes and her husband, Nicholas of Everett,, Sandra Gotto and her husband, John of Salem, NH. She is also survived by 51 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett
Should Friends desire, contributions in Pearl’s memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association.