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BENJAMIN A. FANTASIA

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FANTASIA, Benjamin A. "Ben" Of Braintree, passed away after a long illness, February 19, 2013 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 61 years to Patricia E. "Pat" (Gaudreau) Fantasia. Loving father of Philip M. Fantasia and his wife Mervi of Medfield, Mark E. Fantasia and his wife Charlyn of San Antonio, TX, and Yvonne M. Bishkoff and her late husband Charles of Florham Park, NJ. Dear son of the late Eugene and Louisa (Principe) Fantasia. Devoted brother of Carmella Lisa of Watertown, Rose Bateson of Basehor, KS, the late Emma Judd and Manny Fantasia. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors. Mr. Fantasia was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown. He has lived in Braintree for over 60 years. While living in Braintree he was a member of the Delta Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Braintree, and ran the Knights-Masonic Blood Drive for many years. He was a former town meeting member for many years, and a member of the American Legion Post#86, Braintree. He worked in sales and service in the heavy equipment field before his retirement. During WWII he served in the US Army Air Corps as a tail gunner working his way up to the Rank of Staff Sgt and Flight Engineer. He was part of the 373rd Bomb Squadron, the 308th Bomb Group, as part of the Flight Crew of a B24 G named "Nip Nipper". He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star, as well as several other Campaign Ribbons. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial visitation period Friday evening from 4-8PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St, BRAINTREE, and a Memorial Funeral Mass Sat. morning at 11:00AM in Sacred Heart Church, 55 Commercial St., Weymouth, MA 02188. Should friend's desire, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American , 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message visit our website at www.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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Published in The Boston Globe from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013
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