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Richard J. “Dickie” Mangino Sr.

Richard Mangino
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Of Revere.  Died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness, he was 76 years old. Dickie was born on June 7, 1946 in Boston to his late parents, John & Anna (Sonn) Mangino, he was one of three children raised & educated in East Boston. He was an alumnus of East Boston High School, Class of 1964. Dickie went into the U.S. Army Reserves. Dickie was a lead guitarist in a band, and it was at a one of his performances where he met his future wife, Carole (Langis). The couple married several years later on April 19, 1969. They moved to Revere where they would raise their three sons.

   Dickie left the band to work for United Airlines as a Lead Ramp Agent at Boston’s Logan International Airport, where he worked for 37 years, until he became ill. Tragically, an infection claimed Dickie’s limbs, where he was left with no arms or legs. This tragedy didn’t stop Dickie, instead he forged on, and was relentless to do most of the things that he could do before. It certainly was a trying time for the entire family, but Dickie didn’t give up hope. He was a mentor to many young men and kids along the way, even with the loss of his limbs, he was still someone that people admired and looked up to. In 2012, Dickie was the recipient of a bilateral hand transplant. With many meetings, and countless appointments, made the impossible, possible. Dickie, along with his wife Carole by his side had a deep bond with the entire transplant team, and especially Dr. Simon Talbot of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dickie was also a patient at the Spaulding rehab, where he was a standout patient, giving inspiration & hope to some of the others, who had some similar setbacks. After Dickies rehabilitation, he was doing many of the things he could do before. Dickie even skied again. He played the guitar, wrote songs, drew pictures, and painted. He leaves his family & friends as someone who never gave up and didn’t take no for an answer.

   He is the beloved husband of 53 years to Carole A. (Langis) Mangino of Revere. Loving father of Richard J. “Rick” Mangino, Jr. & wife Rhonda Quigley of Qunicy, Robert M. “Rob” Mangino & companion Shayla Anderson of Portand, OR & David J. Mangino & companion Kerrin Johnson of Revere. Cherished grandfather of Trevor & Nicholas Mangino. Dear brother of Michael Mangino & wife Pauline and Judith Pryor–Fezzouglio & husband Joseph, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews & friends.

   Family & friends were invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, March 13th in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, please include in memo: Division of Plastic Surgery Upper Extremities Program & mail to Brigham & Women’s Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.

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