BIAGIO “GENE” VASAPOLLI in Woburn, January31st. Beloved husband of Claire (O’Connell) Vasapolli. Devoted father of Ruth McCall, and husband Kevin, Paul Vasapolli, and wife Kathy, and John Vasapolli and his wife Joanne, all of Woburn, Mark Vasapolli and wife Paula of Hudson and the late Eugene Vasapolli. Dear brother of Angelo Vasapolli and wife Elsie of Beverly, Joseph Vasapolli and wife Carole of Billerica, Richard Vasapolli and wife Diane of Middleton and BellaRosensteine and late husband Albert of Burlington. Precious grandfather of Tim and Kate McCall, Dave, Peter, Chris,and Kevin Vasapolli. Along with three great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, February 5th at 9:45a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
Biagio Gene Vasapolli, passed away after a lingering illness, Sunday, January thirty first. The beloved husband of Claire (OConnell) Vasapoli, he was eighty five years of age.
Born in Woburn, Gene was one of five children born to Joseph and Angelina (Morandi) Vasapolli. Raised and educated in Woburn, Gene was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1948. Gene was always an athlete throughout his life and baseball was the game. He played sports throughout high school and was an exceptional short stop player. He was such a good short stop, Gene had several invitations to try out for the Red Sox farm team.
Following high school Gene was introduced to a lovely young lady, Claire, through a very good friend. The dating began, love was in the air and wedding plans were made! Gene was serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, so at one point when he was home on leave and they were married!
After they married, they lived in the South End of Woburn. In 1961, they moved to East Woburn where they have made their home for over fifty years. In 1965 Gene accepted a position with the United States Post Office, with whom he spent over thirty years, retiring twenty years ago.
Three sons and a daughter filled their home and between all their academic and sporting events, they were kept very busy. Whether it was the baseball or softball field, basketball court or field hockey field, Gene and Claire made every attempt to be there to cheer their teams on. Even if their teams went travelling to other states and countries, they were there.
Family gatherings were a priority in the Vasapolli family. Cook outs were always a wonderful time for all the family to gather be it birthdays, holidays or just a fun weekend day. Hot dogs, hamburgers, baseball or football games , it was always a great time and enjoyed by all! Gene and Claire often enjoyed travelling to Bermuda and every once in a while taking a trip out west to Las Vegas and enjoying the happenings out there.
As the children grew older, married and began families of their own, Gene now answered to Grampy! He thoroughly enjoyed his role as Grampy and his new title! Grampy took great pleasure in being actively involved in all their lives! He so enjoyed spending time with them and spent hours in the back yard playing catch and teaching them all they needed to know about the rules, regulations and good sportsmanship. Grampy, was always a true athlete, dedicated to the highest level of integrity not just in sports but in all that he did during his lifetime.
Sadly Gene was predeceased by his son Eugene and his brother in law Albert Rosensteine.
He is lovingly survived by his wife of sixty three years, Claire of Woburn and his dear children Mark Vasapolli and wife Paula of Hudson, Paul Vasapolli and wife Kathy Vas, John Vasapolli and wife Joanne, Ruth McCall and husband Kevin all of Woburn, his siblings Angelo Vasapolli, and wife Elsie of Beverly, Joseph Vasapoli and wife Carole of Billerica, Richard Vasapoli and wife Diane of Middleton, his beloved grandchildren Dave, Peter, Chris and Kevin Vasapolli, Tim and Kate McCall, along with three great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, February 5th at 9:45a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.