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In Praise of Richie Sasso

Sasso, RJ
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HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED: Richie Sasso was not your typical restaurant owner; he was a regular guy who was hands-on in his every day life as owner of the 8/10 Bar & Grill on Norwood Street. Always approachable, unless you were either selling something or became too rowdy at the bar, Richie was a friend to all – especially those in the Everett community. When the pandemic closed the schools, the Everett Kiwanis Club couldn’t find a place to host their weekly luncheon. Once the bans were lifted, Richie was there for the club allowing us to gather together for our community efforts – and with a discount to the club. On Monday evening, the city council, some who would host their campaign fundraisers at the 8/10, paid tribute to Rich and all that he did for Everett – as a businessman and friend. Richie, born and raised in Everett, was a true Everett kinda’ guy – keeping an eye out for his fellow businesses on Norwood Street while offering excellent Italian cuisine at modest prices. He would also hire another Everett legend, the late Michael Matarazzo, former city clerk, who was a gifted musician and local personality who hosted New Year’s Eve and holiday events at the 8/10. And he only expected the best out of his employees – many with personalities like his own – and that was a good thing. In his younger days, Richie was a standout hockey player having played Malden Catholic and then Div. 1 Boston College Eagles and it was always fun talkin’ hockey and the Bruins – and just about any other subject – whether local or national political to the ever-changing culture in Everett. Any subject – no matter how controversial or ludicrous – always ended with a laugh. Rich was a regular guy and will always remain in Everett’s heart. Rest in Peace, Rich. You are truly missed. – JDM

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