Obituary: Pasquale Barrasso of the North End

BARRASSO, Pasquale “Pat” 97, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October, 28, 2012. Born and raised in the North End of Boston. He was the son of the late Antonio and Marianne Barrasso. The oldest of nine. He was predeceased by his wife Christine (Guarino) on April 1, 2010. They were married for 64 years. He leaves his daughters Elaine O’Brien and her husband John and Patricia Hogan and her husband James; his grandchildren Tara O’Brien and John O’Brien III and his wife Gretchen; and his great-granddaughter Sophia O’Brien; his brother Anthony of the North End of Boston; many nephews, especially Bobby Ricciardi of Medford who Pat talked politics and sports with and his nephew Joe Como and his wife Linda and their children Cindy and Jeff who were always there for him. He was predeceased by his siblings Ernest, Rico, Joseph, Albert, Helen Ricciardi, Margaret, and Louise Barrasso.

He graduated from the Michelangelo School and Brighton High School. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. After the war he returned home to attend Burdett College under the G.I. Bill and received an Associate Degree in public relations. He then worked for the Navy Department in Boston and became a member of the National Association of Government Employees Union. He later became Vice President of the Union. He worked at City Hall in the Consumer Department for 10 years. Pat worked for Kenneth Lyons, National President of the National Association of Government Employees. In 1946 he joined the committee for the Columbus Day Parade and went on to serve on that committee for over 50 years. He was the Chief Marshall in 1973. He was also a past officer of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the V.F.W. and was the founder of the AMVETS Post 13 and served as its first Post Commander. He also served as AMVETS State Department Vice Commander and Finance Officer. He was a delegate to the AMVETS National Convention which enabled him to travel to many states.

Because of his 55 years of community and veterans service to the North End in December 2004 he received a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was involved in politics for many years starting when he helped James Michael Curley to become Governor. He continued to stay involved for the remainder of his life. He was a well-known figure in the North End of Boston and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St, BOSTON, MA on Monday, November 5, at 8:45AM, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Leonard Church, corner of Prince & Hanover Streets, Boston, at 9:45AM. Family will be accepting visitors from 4-8PM on Sunday. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, MA. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone