Obituaries 09-27-2011

Alec Alexander

Retired Boston Police Officer

Alec J. Alexander of Boston’s North End died on September 21. He was 91 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a retired Boston Police Officer, he was the beloved son of the late Alessandro and Ella (Schiavone) Alexander; loving husband of Maria (Calitri) Alexander of the North End; cherished father of Kenneth Alexander of the North End and Vietnam and Denise Archila and her husband, Robert of Braintree; loving grandfather of Elyse, Danielle, and Adam Archila, all of Braintree; caring brother of Raymond Alexander of California and the late Joseph, Hector, and Richard Alexander. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home. Memorial donations may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 19 Court Street, Boston MA 02108.

Anna Sinagra

North End resident

Anna (Assenza) Sinagra of Boston’s North End died on September 21. She was in her 96th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Sinagra; mother of Anthony and his wife, Louise of Revere, Nancy of Boston and the late Louis Sinagra Jr.; sister of Lena Assenza, Jennie Ruotolo and the late Mary Riley, Joseph Assenzo and Carmella Renzulli; grandmother of Annemarie, Anthony Jr., Deidre and Stephen. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 would be appreciated.

Michael Sapia

Of Quincy, formerly of the North End

Michael G. “Michele” Sapia of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester and the North End, died on September 15.

He was born in Vallata, Avellino, Italy, immigrated to the North End of Boston and lived in Dorchester for many years before moving to Quincy in 1995. Mr. Sapia was a longtime employee of Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. He belonged to Torre de Passeri Club in Quincy.

He was the beloved husband of the late Doris (Geden) McGonigle-Sapia who died last December; devoted father of Karen MacDonald of Rockland, Michael McGonigle of Humarock, Joan McGonigle of Quincy and the late John P. McGonigle; special family friend of Lynda and Kristen; beloved brother of Frank, Maria, Edna, Phyllis, his twin, Gerard and Grace Sapia, all of Italy; loving grandfather to Lee-Ann, Kim,Theresa, Matthew, and Conor; great grandfather to seven and loving godfather to Andrew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, Weymouth Landing. Burial was in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

Joseph Ippolito, Sr.


Joseph. P. Ippolito, Sr., Esq. of Centerville, formerly of Medford and the North End of Boston, died on September 19.

He was the devoted husband of the late Constance (Amato), to whom he had been happily married for 55 years at the time of her death in 2008. Mr. and Mrs. Ippolito made their home for many years in Medford.

After graduating with highest honors from Boston English High School, he matriculated at Boston University and went on to Boston University Law School, receiving his law degree in 1952. He later obtained an accounting degree from Bentley College. During his professional career, Mr. Ippolito was active in the fields of public accounting and business law in Boston. He was engaged for more than 25 years as in-house counsel and chief financial officer for the air cargo freight company “Dave’s Motors,” which was located at Logan International Airport.

In addition to his bar memberships, Mr. Ippolito was a member of the Elks Lodge in Medford for many years, where he participated in the glee club, which nourished his life-long love of the American songbook. In his retirement, Joe would lovingly serenade family and friends with his favorite popular songs.

But without doubt, his church and his family were the focus of Joe’s personal life. Upon his relocation to Centerville, he became a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church. He was very proud of his children’s accomplishments and took unbridled joy in his grandchildren’s achievements, whether academic or in the sporting arena. Joe and Connie joyfully attended many soccer games, and hockey games and baseball games.

During World War II, Mr. Ippolito served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was born in the North End of Boston on September 21, 1925, the son of Vincenzo and Providenza (Miraglia) Ippolito. He was the loving father of three children: Hon. Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr. and his wife, Marcia (McGair), Esq. of Warwick, R.I.; Stephen F. Ippolito, and his wife, Mary (Valla) of Burlington and Dennis, MA. and Constance Ippolito Leonovich and her husband, Stephen of Centerville; the cherished grandfather of Andrea and Stephen F. Ippolito and step-grandfather of Parker Leonovich. He was the brother of Margaret Giardino of Medford; Connie Leccese of Burlington, VT and the late Mary Piccariello and Michael, Alfonso and Anthony Ippolito.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, Hyannis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Good Shepard Sisters Retirement Fund, 406 Hemenway St, Marlborough, MA 01752, who provided much support and comfort to Joe and Connie during her illness.

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