Word War II veteran was a postal supervisor
Alfonso was born in East Boston, raised in Somerville, was a graduate of Boston English High School with honors and went on to attend Boston University. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After returning from the war, he resided in Malden for 15 years and Melrose for over 40 years. Alfonso worked as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service at the South Postal Annex in Boston for over 30 years before his retirement at the age of 62.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Melrose for many years and was very active at the Senior’s Club of Melrose. Alfonso was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed gardening and having all of his family together.
He was always honest, kind and a very giving person.
Alfonso was the beloved husband of the late Antonette F. (Moriello) Giangrande for 62 years. He was the loving father of Patricia R. Garrity and her husband Michael of Topsfield, Linda A. Bruen of Reading and Lisa M. Buchert and her husband Scott of Topsfield. He was cherished grandfather of Christalee, Michael, Jason, Andrew and Ryan Garrity, Melissa Osborn, Kimberly Bruen and Scott Buchert, Jr. He was the great grandfather of Alexa. He was the caring brother of Dorothea Bianchi of Arlington, Elaine Giangrande of Somerville and Arthur Giangrande of N. Reading. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral was from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Street, Melrose at 9 a.m.
Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alfonso’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
For directions or to sign online guest book, please visit www.gatelyfh.com