Served in U.S. Navy in WWII
SAUGUS — Pasquale J. “Pat” Emma, 89, of Saugus died at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Hospital in Bedford on Aug. 31.
Pat was born in East Boston, raised in Saugus and graduated from Boston Vocational School. After high school, Pat served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the naval ship LST Number 993. After returning from the war, he worked as an auto body repairman for many years before his retirement.
Pat was a lifelong Saugus resident and enjoyed spending his time at the Wonderland Dog Track in Revere, Foxwoods and playing bingo. He was a member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus, both in Saugus for many years. Pat’s family was the most important part of his life and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pat was the beloved husband of the late Alice M. (Beck) Emma for 54 years. He was the loving father of Frank Emma and his wife Donna of Beverly, Catherine Mitchell of Salem, Donna Rose and her husband Mike of Manchester, N.H., Joseph Emma of Saugus, Salvatore Emma and his wife Deanna of Taunton and the late Patricia Stephanides. He was the cherished grandfather of Crystal, Angie, Ashley, Jillian, Jessica, Michael, Melissa, Mikaya, Isaiah, Lisa, Teddy, Alison, Costa, Troy, Trevor and Taylor. He was the devoted great-grandfather of Alexis, Evan and Norah Mae. He was the caring brother of Phyllis O’Hearn, Tessie Woodward, Doloris, Joanne and the late Mildred and Billy. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8:30-9:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Margaret Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial with full military honors will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Miles for Miracles program at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602 Boston MA 02215 or www.bostonchildrens.org/givenow. For directions and to sign online condolence visit www.gatelyfh.com.