Lawrence, MA — Rosario “Ray” Messina, 97, of Lawrence, Mass., died Saturday, June 29, at the Hannah Dustin Health Care Center, Haverhill, Mass., surrounded by his children. Ray was born in Lawrence, and was the son of Joseph and Catherine (Ferlito) Messina. He was raised and educated in Lawrence, where he completed high school and trade school.
Ray worked at various occupations throughout his life, most notably as a welder at Pearl Harbor during World War II, and the Boston and Portsmouth Naval Shipyards, where he earned recognition for his skill and the quality of his work multiple times. He also worked for the Service Wood Heel Shoe Co. and as a barber.
Ray enjoyed the Italian American Social Club, where he served as secretary and played cards with his friends and family. He was an usher at Holy Rosary Church for many years. He loved country western music, and playing the harmonica for family music and social occasions.
Ray is survived by his three children, sons, Joseph Messina and his wife, Dawn Metcalf of Andover, Mass., and Dr. Matthew Messina of Marion, Mass.; his daughter, Catherine Parthum and her husband, Edward of Windham, N.H.; his grandchildren, Donna Messina and her husband, Chuck Jenkins of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Edward Parthum IV, Jaclynne de Monaco and her husband, Paolo of Windham, Sara Parthum of Portsmouth, N.H., Gregory Messina of Mattapoisett, Mass., and Gabriella Messina of Marion, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Grant Jenkins and Christian Jenkins of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Maddison Parthum and Ilanna de Monaco of Windham, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
Rosario was predeceased by his wife, Concetta, “Connie” Messina; his sisters, Lucy, Martha and Rose; his brother, Samuel; as well as by grandsons, Mark and Dominic Messina.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, Mass. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m., in Corpus Christi Parish in Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. Burial will be in St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.com, or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. For directions, or to leave the family a condolence, kindly go to www.cataudellafh.com.