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Ad-hoc memorial in memory of Vittorio Recupero in front of his Salem Street tailoring shop

Family, friends and neighbors have been leaving flowers, candles and remembrance notes in front of the Salem Street Tailor Shop as a memorial to Vittorio Recupero. Victor was hit by a car and killed earlier this week while in the breakdown lane on Interstate 95. Vittorio was a tailor by trade in his beloved North End as well as an Instructor at the Tohoku Judo Club in Somerville.

Obituary for Vittorio Recupero:

Vittorio Recupero at his Salem Street Tailor Shop (Photo: Brian Gannon)
Vittorio Recupero at his Salem Street Tailor Shop (Photo: Brian Gannon)

Recupero, Vittorio of Wakefield formerly of Boston’s North End on November 19, 2013. Beloved and devoted husband of AnnaMaria (Manganiello) of Wakefield. Loving father of Anna Recupero-Faiella and her husband Mark, Theresa Recupero-Raymond and her husband Michael and Sandra Recupero- Medrano and her husband Tommy. Dear brother of Luisa Grieco, Minuccia Recupero, Rosa Silvano, Emilio Recupero, Elena Guarino, Aldo Recupero, Alba DeSimone and the late Pasquale Recupero and Carmelina Draba. Cherished grandfather of Gianna, Joseph, Dante, Alessandro and Samantha. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Vittorio’s life by gathering Monday November 25 from 4-8pm in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home 262 Beach St. REVERE and again at 8:30 am Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to St. Leonard’s Church 320 Hanover St. Boston for a funeral mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10:15 am. Entombment will immediately follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Vittorio was a tailor by trade in his beloved North End as well as an Instructor at the Tohoku Judo Club in Somerville. At the family’s request floral contributions are respectfully omitted.

Service Information:

  • Victor’s wake is at Vazza Funeral Home (262 Beech St, Revere) on Monday 11/25/13, 4pm-8pm.
  • The funeral mass is on Tuesday, 11/26/13, 10:15 am at St. Leonard Church on Hanover St. in the North End.
  • Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
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16 COMMENTS

  1. Vittorio was a real nice man, this is way too tragic to comprehend. While I was the Grand Knight at the K of C in the North End, where Vittorio was a member, he always had a kind word and wished me good luck.

    He will be sadly missed by all in the neighborhood!

    God Bless my Friend Vittorio.

    JR

  2. Janet Gilardi
    November 21
    Janet Gilardi Thu, Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm #
    Small business in the North End was bonded by something special !!! Years ago, “That Really Meant Something” !!!
    I grew up in a family that had this deep-hearted bond ~~~My Grand Parents, Great Uncle, Cousins and my parents owned their own small businesses here in the North End !! As did Victor Recupero ! They all watched out for each-other !! This is what you would call a SOLID BOND IN BUSINESS MEN !!!

    A few years ago, I happened into Victor’s Tailor Shop~~I needed something, and of course, he searched every where and found it for me !! At that time, while he was searching, we talked ! I asked him if he remembered my Dad~~
    Eddie Pal ?? He replied~~~Are you kidding me~~we were close friends !! Then he preceded to tell me a few “choice stories” that I would have NEVER KNOWN !!! I left there ~~bright eyed, and bushy tailed !!! What a Character !!
    I’ll never forget him~~May he Rest-in-Peace !!!! Victor~~~~Please Tell Eddie Pal I Love Him !! Thank You
    Lik

  3. Our deepest condolences to your family from ours. Your father was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you and I hope you find strength and peace in this very difficult time. These tragedies will never be understood. May he rest in peace.

    You are in my thoughts,
    Maria Marchetti
    The Marchetti Family

  4. My deepest condolences for the family miss you uncle Victor wé had some. great times and lots off fun me you and uncle Frank sorry i cant bée with you from your godson Victor and family in London love you RIP .

  5. He was a warm and friendly man.Prayer and strength to his family.May he teach the angels how to judo chop their enemies!!!God Bless!!!

  6. I am sorry for your loss I didn’t know him but I am truly sorry and just wanted you to know I was with him until the cops got to the scene . I really am sorry.

    • I am anna and I am vittorios oldest daughter and I only knew a woman named kathleen trainor was with my dad, can you please email me what you saw and was he awake any info painful or not may answer some questions. I am having a very hard time with all of this . I miss him so very much.

      • This is Krystal brown me and my friend Amanda Stevens was there at the time. It’s very hard to talk about what I have seen
        You may contact me there where people that stopped to after us so there where other people I just don’t know there names I am sorry

        My email is kgbjbn05@yahoo.com

      • Dear Anna: I just learned of your father’s death when I tried to call him to make an appointment for some alterations. I first met Vittorio when I moved to the North End, more than 25 years ago. What a wonderful man – so friendly and an excellent tailor. I would not let anyone else touch my clothes. I introduced him to my friends and they too are so sad to learn of his death. He will be missed by so many people, more than you are probably aware of…I feel as though I have lost a family member – My sincere condolences…Carol Ball

        • Thank you for your wonderful sentiment but I did know how much my dad was loved by many, my dad when my uncle died I spent lots of time with him not wanting him to be alone and that’s when I learned that his door was a revolving door with friends coming in and out I miss him more than words can say he took a piece of my heart with him when GOD took him to heaven.

  7. So sad to hear this news. May God bless your family during this difficult time. It was my privilege to know him as a customer and to have him call me friend.

  8. I am so sad for the loss of my very dear friend Vittorio..I lived in the North End and had many wonderful talks about life and family for many years with Vittorio who worked tirelessly and could mend anything… I recently stopped by and saw Vittorio and we had a beautiful conversation about how blessed we both truly were…Vittorio was truly one of the nicest kindest people I have ever met…His love and adoration for God and his family was pure and refreshing…his kindness toward all his fellow mankind was without prejudice and never ending. I will always remember my dear sweet friend…I pray for the healing of Vittorio’s family….Our world was so blessed with his presence… God bless you!!!

  9. We are Italian-Canadians that were walking in North End one day last May (2013) as we were visiting our son who attends a Boston Med School.

    The sign on the Tailor Shop intrigued me so we walked in (me first) later my husband. We ended up spending a couple of hours so sharing stories about Italy, Canada and USA.

    I learned Vittorio’s life story and he got more than he bargained for from me about life and how we loved North End and Boston. He insisted on making me a coffee which I couldn’t drink as it got cold from talking so much – he kept asking why I didn’t finish.

    I left that day with his card, his godson’s name who is a doctor at MGH (helped Boston Marathon victims) and a new friend.

    I last called Vittorio from Canada August/ September 2013 when I called to ask if he would adjust my son’s new suit. He did so gladly and did a great job from what I hear.

    We are coming to Boston for our son’s graduation end of May 2014, and I wanted to let Vittorio know our plans and ask if he knew of any rentals in the area. I just called him today as yesterday I tried and couldn’t get an answer – now I know why.

    I am in disbelief. He was larger than life as a personality. I will share the memory of our encounter as very special.

    God rest in peace, Vittorio.

    I wish your family strength during these difficult times.

    Carmela

  10. Sensei Recupero was one of the best Judo instructors I have ever had. He was funny, kind, and never gave up on his students. In just a few practices with him, I really learned a lot. He was a truly amazing human being. We will always miss him.

  11. I am reaching out to everyone that knew and loved my dad, when you find yourself driving on route 128 between exit 38 a and b you will see a cross that has been placed at my dads accident sight honk your horn to let him know we are still thinking of him, pass this message on I am praying that he will hear us and rest in peace, for his death was a horrific death and this passing on of good will and wishes may put his soul at rest. thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and prayers my life will never be the same without such a wonderful man. anna

  12. I am speechless. I use to stop by every week and sit down a and listen to stories. I even had VIP treatment down to the basement to share some home made wine out of Seagrams 7 Bottle. I just found out about this. I use to conduct business in the North End and had rented out one of his units for him. We hit it off immediately. I am so sad. Late I know but…

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