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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 in 2009.


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 LaFauci.


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

 

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