Maintenance worker at local apartment buildings

Published in the February 26, 2016 edition

Paul-Mantero-webLAWRENCE — Paul W. Mantero, of Lawrence, formerly of Malden and Melrose, died unexpectedly at home on Feb. 22 at the age of 67.

Paul was born in Somerville, raised in Medford and attended Medford schools. He resided in Medford until the age of 25, Malden for 19 years, Melrose for several years and the past 22 years in Lawrence. Paul worked in maintenance for several Melrose apartment buildings for over 33 years before his retirement.

He was a “Jack of all trades” and could fix anything and would help anyone that asked. Paul was a friendly quiet man, kind and gentle soul, a proud man, loved to talk and was a real gentlemen. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, the New England Patriots and spending time with his dog “brown eyed baby” Buttercup. Paul was a great husband, “the greatest dad” and loved all animals.

He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Charlotte T. (Lepore) Mantero. He was the loving father of Lisa A. Valdivieso and her boyfriend Eric Santos of Haverhill; and Christina M. Mantero Villanueva and her husband Cristian of East Boston. He was the cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Jared, Xavier, Isaiah, Cristian and Juliana. He was the caring brother of Robert Kulas and his late wife Virginia of Somerville; Josephine Guillama and her late husband Rolando of Melrose, and the late Leroy Mantero. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Feb 25. His funeral from the Gately Funeral Home is on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant St., Malden at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and to sign online guest book, visit