Obituary of John Burgio, Sr.

USNavy
World War II Veteran

JOHN BURGIO, SR. - in Woburn, July 27th. Beloved husband of the late Grace (Molica) Burgio. Devoted father of John Burgio Jr., his wife Bernadette, Joel Burgio, Joyce Burgio, Jacqueline Burgio, Justine Burgio, Jule O'Donnell, her late husband Dennis all of Woburn, and Jan Hastie, her husband James of Cambridge. Dear brother of Rosario Burgio, his wife Barbara of Peabody, Benjamin Burgio, his wife Christine of FL, Marie DeMellia, her late husband Michael of NH and the late Salvatore Burgio, his late wife Marie. Loving grandfather of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John's honor to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust, https://cst.dav.org.

OBITUARY

John Burgio, Sr. of Woburn, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on Thursday, July 27th. The beloved husband of the late Grace (Molica) Burgio, he was ninety years of age.

Named John because he was born on John the Baptist’s birthday, he was born in Everett and raised in South Boston where he attended public school. John was one of five siblings born to the late Benigno and Maria (Campanello) Burgio.

While John was living in South Boston, he met his future wife Grace Molica when he was just twelve years old. Beginning in the 1940’s, John began his lifelong hobby of photography. In 1945, John enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served as a Seaman in the Pacific in the Seabees. After returning to the States, John and Grace were married in the Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston. They started their family in Dorchester, then moved to Woburn where they spent the rest of their lives, raising seven children together proudly. They were together for 60 years until Grace’s death.

John always loved spending time with Grace and their children. In 1964, he, Grace and four kids traveled to and from the World’s Fair in New York in one day!

John traveled to places such as Italy, Alaska, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, and Disney World. But his favorite places to visit were Las Vegas and Foxwoods.

Cook outs during Labor Day, Memorial Day and July 4th were a yearly tradition at John’s house.

Every Sunday, the family would get together and have huge Italian dinners, where John did the cooking. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved spending time with their “Papa” and he adored them all. He loved telling stories and singing Italian songs.

A very religious man at heart, John was a member of St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn since its inception in 1955 and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

John will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, his love for the Red Sox and his love for Western movies.

Sadly, in addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife Grace, and his brother Salvatore Burgio.

John is lovingly survived by his children John Burgio Jr., his wife Bernadette, Joel Burgio, Joyce Burgio, Jacqueline Burgio, Justine Burgio, Jule O'Donnell, her late husband Dennis all of Woburn, and Jan Hastie, her husband James of Cambridge. Dear brother of Rosario Burgio, his wife Barbara of Peabody, Benjamin Burgio, his wife Christine of FL, Marie DeMellia, her late husband Michael of NH and the late Salvatore Burgio, his late wife Marie. Loving grandfather to Maurya Buckley, her husband Matthew, John Burgio III, his wife Shannon, James Hastie, Edward Hastie, his wife Adriana, and Michael O’Donnell and three great-grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John's honor to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust, https://cst.dav.org.