PASSERI Rev. Richard, OFM of Boston’s North End on March 21, 2016. Richard was the oldest friar in the Immaculate Conception Province at the time of his death, he would have been 97 in May. Born Alfred Passeri, on May 6, 1919 in East Boston, the son of the late Angelo and Giuditta (Caponi) Passeri. He was received into the novitiate on August 28, 1939 taking the religious name Richard. He made his First Profession of Vows on August 29, 1940 and his Solemn Profession of Vows on August 29, 1943. Fr. Richard was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on January 26, 1947. Fr. Richard spent the early years of his ministerial career serving in our Central American Missions spending most of that time in Honduras and in Guatemala. He also served in parochial ministry at St. Anthony Church, NY, St. Sebastian Church, NY, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Watervliet, NY, St. Anthony Church, Troy, NY and St. Leonard Church, Boston’s North End. He was also stationed at St. Joseph Friary in Onset, MA, and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Troy, NY. In recent years, Fr. Richard was living at St. Christopher Friary in the North End. Fr. Richard will be remembered for his fraternal spirit, quick smile, good humor, and easy conversation. Besides his parents, Fr. Richard is predeceased by his siblings Andrew, Joseph, Angie Nardone, Louise Palladino and Mary Cervizzi. He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held in St. Leonard Church, corner of Hanover and Prince St., North End on Tuesday from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10am in St. Leonard Church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Marian Manor Nursing Home, Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirmed, 130 Dorchester St., South Boston, MA 02127. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit: www.bostonharborsidehome.com Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons Waring-Langone 617-536-4110
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Published in Boston Herald from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2016