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Gennaro “Gino” Donisi

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Died on Saturday, February 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief battle of COVID-19, he was 81 years old.

Gino was an immigrant of Arpaise, Benevento, Italy. He traveled to the United States as a young man with his family, arriving in New London, CT. Two years later, the family moved & settled in Revere, where he remained until his passing. Gino worked alongside his father for several years as a barber. He later opened his own Hair Salon in Wakefield named “Blades”, which he owned & operated for 20 years. Gino had a great love & passion for racehorses. He owned many thoroughbreds throughout the years, mainly stabled at Suffolk Downs Racetrack. Gino married his wife, Marlene, later in life. The couple never had any children, but his four nephews were like the sons he never had. His close relationship he had with his sister was special and they were devoted to each other. Family was most important to Gino.

He is the beloved husband of Marlene (Saturnino de Souza) Donisi of Revere. Cherished brother of Assunta “Susan” Riordan & husband Michael W. of Revere. Devoted son of the late Arduino & Maria Grazia (Parrella) Donisi. Treasured uncle of Thomas J. Riordan & wife Michelle of Georgetown, Atty. Michael A. Riordan & wife Atty. Kate of Methuen, Christopher A. Riordan & Holly of Georgetown & Atty. David M. Riordan of Danvers. He is also lovingly survived by his grandnieces & grand nephews; Emma, Kaitlyn, Charlotte, Grayson, Abigail, Michael & Madison.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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