Obituary: Vittorio Forcellati of Medford and Formerly Boston’s North End

Vittorio Forcellati of Medford formerly of the North End, unexpectedly passed away at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on October 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 75.

Beloved husband of Erminia (Picillo) Forcellati. Devoted father of Angela D’Esposito and her husband Antonio of Medford, Joseph Forcellati and his wife Cara of Medford, and John Forcellati and his wife Annette of Revere. Adored grandfather of Victoria D’Esposito-Connors and her husband Bobby of Medford, Alex D’Esposito of Medford, Nina & Sarah Forcellati of Medford, Vittorio & William Forcellati of Revere. Dear brother of Rafaele Forcellati of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the late Angela, Anna, Maria, Filippo and Elena. Also lovingly missed by his canine grand-pups Bobby, Sophie, Charlie and Lola. 

Born in Candida, Italy on July 9, 1944, he immigrated to the North End of Boston in 1976 to start a new and better life for his family. He worked every day of his life never taking a day off to just relax. He always had a project in mind. His first major project was purchasing and renovating his own home in the North End for his young family. He learned to fix every aspect of a home from good to bad and even at times having to try it all again, but he never gave up. He did this all with very little help from outsiders, but rather relied on his own hands and those of his immediate family. He did this all without missing a single day of work.  

In the early 90s, he moved his family to Medford, allowing him more space to do what he loved. He brought his knowledge of wine making, tomato jarring, and gardening, providing him all the comforts of back home. He was fortunate enough to watch his children marry and start their own families. With everyone close by, he helped each of his children purchase and rehab their homes. His wife of 55 years was right behind him, supporting and encouraging him each step of the way no matter how “crazy” his ideas or projects were.

Finally achieving his idea of “The American Dream,” he decided to retire three years ago to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Unfortunately, retirement was short lived before cancer interfered with his plans. Faced with many challenges along the way, he bravely battled and fought until the end. Surrounded by his loving family he lost his battle on October 25, 2019 and went on to his final resting place. Although he is no longer here physically, his family and friends will forever keep their memories of him and his spirit alive.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4 to 8 P.M. at Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford, MA. On Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford. Services will conclude with entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Vittorio’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA. 02115. To leave a message of condolence, visit