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Pasquale “Pat” Attenasio

Pasquale Attenasio
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  Of Revere.  Age 87, passed away peacefully November 19 while surrounded by family in the comfort of his home.  He was born October 2, 1935 in Revere to the late Vincent and Mary (Quasarano) Attenasio. Beloved husband of 65 years to Joyce (Prendable).  Pat is survived by his beloved children Vincent Attenasio and wife Lori of Marlboro, Dorothy Deveau and husband Joe of Peabody, Joyce Horgan and her late husband James of Revere, and Susan Gravellese and husband James of Revere; nine grandchildren, Danielle, Nicolette, Amanda, B.J, Pat, Andrew, Sean, Joey and Kristina; eight great grandchildren, Kelsea, Meghan, C.J, Mikayla, Anya, Austin, Brookelynn, and the late R.J; And two great-great grandchildren, Aiden and Aurora. Also, a beloved brother to Annette, Marie, Leona, Vincent, and the late Richard.

   Pasquale, better known as Papa, was a great man, well-respected all-over Revere and beyond. He was a devoted member of the clubs all around the city, including the Elks, the Moose, the VFW, the Mottolo Post, the Sons of Italy, and the Patriots Civic Club, where he was a past president. Papa loved horse racing, from watching races and picking winners with Joey from the roof at Meadies, to taking the boys to Suffolk Downs and having them scout the horses, to his many trips to Saratoga with Sean, including a visit this past summer. Horse racing was part of his bond with his grandsons and the entire family, all of whom share great memories of spending days at the track. There were many times we walked into a bar, restaurant or club with Papa and people turned and said “there he is – the legend” or referred to him as “the godfather.” Papa was revered all over our community, well-known for his generosity, his good humor, and dedication to making sure everyone was always having a good time. There was nothing more important to Papa than family, and no more cherished memory than spending every Christmas Eve together. It was a special day for all, but especially Papa. Papa loved to put on his Santa hat and create mischief – teasing the kids by making them wait hours to get their gifts, or “accidentally” giving kids the wrong gifts or even taking them for himself. He loved watching the kids eventually open and enjoy their presents. He also loved to not-so-secretly pass out envelopes to the older grandkids, making them promise not to tell mom and dad and more importantly Nana. Papa beamed with pride over everything he made happen for all of us on Christmas. By the end of the night, Papa would always give a colorful retelling of his famous stories of being a truck driver in the rough-and-tumble world of Revere in the 1960s and 1970s; and stories from his cherished vacations and nights out to eat with his wife and kids. Papa was a hard-working man, a strong father, and an amazing grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandfather – but even more than that, he was our best friend, and the rock of our family.  If there is one thing Papa can be most proud of, it’s the amazing family he and his wife Joyce helped create – 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren,2 great great grandchildren, and endless love and memories. Papa’s legacy will live forever in all of us and all of you, FUNNY FACE, WE LOVE YOU!

   Please join us for the Funeral at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours were on Tuesday, November 22.    Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or at www.stjude.org.

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