Published in the August 31, 2018 edition

MELROSE — Henry Anthony Ranelli, 79, of Melrose, died at his home surrounded by his family on August 26, 2018.

Henry was born in the North End of Boston, raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1957. Henry proudly served his country as a Demolition and Reconnaissance Specialist in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War, receiving his rifle marksmanship and pistol sharpshooter, Judo and Bar badges; and off the coast of Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. After retiring from the Marines as a Drill Sargent he went on to study Architectural Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

Henry resided in East Boston until 1973 and the past 45 years in Melrose. He worked as an Estimator and Field Superintendent for the Carpenters Union Local #2168 for many years before his retirement at the age of 55. Henry was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church for many years. After his retirement, Henry worked at Ranelli Auto Body, formerly of Woburn, where he enjoyed restoring old cars. He was also an avid collector of Marine Corp paraphernalia. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his family especially his wife Rosemarie and listening to music.

Henry was the beloved husband of Rosemarie (LaMonica) Ranelli for 57 years. Loving father of James Ranelli of Melrose, Steven Ranelli of Revere, John Ranelli and his wife Lynda of Saugus, Paul Ranelli and his wife Carla of Melrose and Michelle Shea and her husband David of Saugus. Devoted son of the late Vincent and Jean (Spadorcia) Ranelli. Cherished grandfather of Danyelle, John, Steven, Joseph, Rachel, Samantha and Carmella. Great-grandfather of Clara and Nadia. Caring brother of Marie VanCampen and her late husband Richard of Everett, Vincent Ranelli and his spouse Lawrence of Florida and the late Carol Kolacz and Donald Ranelli. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, August 29. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, August 30, was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Henry’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. To leave an online message of condolence please visit