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Civitarese, Raffael

Raffael “Ray” Civitarese, a resident of Dedham since 1955, died Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at his home in Dedham.  He was 91. Ray was born March 3, 1918 in Boston, one of the twelve children of Alphonce and Rita (Marinucci) Civitarese, immigrants from Italy.  He graduated from Hyde Park High School with the Class of 1936 and joined the US Marine Corp from which he was honorably discharged in 1940.  Raffael worked for 42 years as a locomotive engineer with the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Southside Boston Railroad until his retirement in 1985.  Ray was a member of the Old Railroad Wheels.  He was also an avid gardener, and a member of the Dedham Horticultural Society and the Hobby Greenhouse Association of Eastern Massachusetts.  Raffael was the father of the late Marie Marsh-DePinho and the brother of the late Domenic, Louis, Anthony, Nicholas, and Joseph Civitarese, Jean Forgit, and Dorothy Grant.  Raffael is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Louise (Arnott); his son, Paul, and his wife Donna Civitarese of Foxboro; his three daughters, Ann Pucillo of Franklin, Charlene, and her husband Jim Magee of Braintree, and Michelle, and her husband Steven McColgan of Dedham; his sister, Mary Lennon of Walpole; his brother, Edward “Chickie” Civitarese of Port Orange, Florida; as well as 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.  Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 12 from 4-8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Friday, November 13th at 8 AM and proceed to St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham for his Mass of Christian Burial at 9 o clock.  Burial will follow in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, 3 Edgewater Drive, Norwood, MA 02062 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Charlene Civitarese Magee
    November 11th, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    To my Dad…I miss you and love you very, very much.. You will always be in my heart and soul..

  2. November 11th, 2009 | 9:38 pm

    We always enjoyed our visits with uncle Ray and never went home without a plant or two from his special greenhouse.
    We will miss you & keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our love & deepest sympathy to aunt Margie & family.

  3. Joseph R. Grant
    November 12th, 2009 | 4:52 pm

    uncle ray u sure will be missed i was very glad that i got to spend some time with u & aunt margie when i came up in may love & deepest sympathy to aunt Margie & family

  4. Ken Brown
    November 13th, 2009 | 5:10 am

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers, Uncle Ray (Dads Uncle but we all called him Uncle Ray) is well remembered here by Donna and all the Kids, all of our trips to see you all the Kids all remember Uncle Ray and Aunt Margi and Michelle. He will be missed by us all! Kenny

  5. linda sheppard
    November 14th, 2009 | 5:43 pm

    charlene, So sorry to hear about ur dad. i know u were close to him. He will be sadly missed by all.Just remember all the good times u had with him growing up.My thoughts and prayers are with u and ur entire family. Linda Sheppard

  6. Dan Lauzon
    November 15th, 2009 | 10:48 am

    I worked with Ray, how sad to learn of his passing. Ray was a friend to all of us on the railroad! I can assure all of you in his family that he had many friends and no one ever quarreled with him. He was an inspiration to all who aspired to be Locomotive Engineers. He was clearly one of the most skilled and qualified, a real mentor.
    Ray’s love of gardening extended on the rails! I am not sure if many of you in his family knew this, but; Ray actually had a garden in South Station!

  7. Patrick J. Comeau
    November 15th, 2009 | 11:02 pm

    To Civitarese Family,

    So, sorry to hear of his passing. My father, PJ Comeau was an Engineer with Boston and Maine RR. I am sure he worked with Ray for many years. I, Patrick J, am a former Boston & Maine RR, Guildford & Springfield Terminal now Amtrak for 25 years. I am presently working in Portland, Oregon for almost seven years now. Waiting for retirement to head back East.

    I have many good memories of Ray and he was such a good friend to all of us during those B&M years. He will be missed.

  8. Michelle
    December 30th, 2009 | 1:01 pm

    Dad there are things going on in my life that I wish I could share with you. We are looking after mom and walking through the holidays. New years is coming and then your birthday. Steve is going to miss blowing the candles out with you. Love you, miss you. With every train ride I feel you are still with me.

  9. December 22nd, 2020 | 3:09 pm

    Dad? I love you. Dad? Give mom a hug for me please.

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