John J. LaFauci
1942 - 2020
John J. LaFauci, a longtime resident of
Melrose, passed away on Wed, October 28th, after a brief
illness. John was born in Malden in 1942, the son of Frank and
Eva LaFauci. He was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden
High School with the Class of 1960. He went on to be a fuel
driver for the Exxon Corporation. After many years with the
company, he became the Forman, working until his retirement in
2004. In 1966, John married his sweetheart, Mary Zampitella, and
the two settled down in Malden to raise their family. They moved
to Melrose in 1983, where they have lived since. John and Mary
shared over 43 years of marriage together until Mary’s passing
John was an avid golfer, playing regularly at Mt. Hood Golf
Coarse, and a member of the Senior League there. He also was a
regular volunteer for the Special Olympic events they hosted at
the golf course. In years past, he volunteered for the Malden
Youth Hockey program, and then the Melrose Youth Hockey program.
In years past he was also a member of the Italian American
Citizens Club in Malden. He loved his dogs, Freddie who he
leaves behind, and Friday, who had previously passed away.
He is survived by his son, John “Jay” LaFauci and wife Jeanne of
Malden, Richard LaFauci of NH, Linda and Stephen Gallant of Melrose, Kenneth
LaFauci of Malden, his longtime companion, Loretta Roddy of
Melrose, his in-laws, Jane and William Z. Murphy of Lexington, his
god children, Christopher, Oscar and Frank, and many nieces,
nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
John was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his son Andrew
LaFauci, and his brothers, Frank”Butch” LaFauci and Stephen
Funeral Services will be held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden, on Wednesday, November
4th, at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St.
Josephs Church, 770 Salem St, Malden, at 10 AM. Interment to
follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, November
3rd, from 4 – 8 PM.
Donations in John’s memory may be made to: Special Olympics
Massachusetts, 512 Forest St, Marlborough, MA 01752