REZZA, Pasquale “Pat”
Aged 86, passed away after a brief fight with lung cancer on March 10, 2012, at home in South Hamilton. Born on Easter Day, April 12, 1925 in Beverly Farms, he was the son of Vincenzina (Castrachini) and Antonio Rezza, and wife of the late Lucy (Easter). The middle of seven children, he spent his youth in Beverly Farms, graduated from Beverly High School, and served as clerk in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal. He became a civilian truck driver and later a union carpenter (North Shore Carpenters Local 815), participating in building many local landmarks, such as the smokestack of the Salem Power Plant, the Rockport Sewage Treatment plant, and even the stables of TV clown Willie Whistle and the home of Red Sox pitcher Carl Yastrzemski. He loved flying small single-engine planes, playing cribbage, shooting pool, cooking traditional Italian dishes, and tending his vegetable garden. Family was everything to him, and he and Lucy enjoyed their large one over their nearly-50-year marriage. He is survived by two of his brothers: Tommy and wife Mae, and Frank and wife Priscilla; his children: Pasquale (Pat) Jr. and wife Marcia, Helen Calandra, Martha and husband Jon Sanford, David and wife Doris; his grandchildren: Marion, RJ, Andy, Kylie, Aaron, Marcus, Ginny, John, and Nicole; and great-grandchildren: Lucy, Austin, Adam, Tyler, and Bella. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17 at noon, at the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly location. For information, directions or to send a message of condolence: www.campbellfuneral.com
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