Americo “Rico” Sandonato, age 91

of Quincy

Americo “Rico” Sandonato, age 91

Americo “Rico” Sandonato, age 91, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, December 30, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Americo was born in Prezza, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Pasquale and Giovanna (Pasqualone) Sandonato. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen, and had lived in Quincy for sixty-nine years, in the home that was built with his late father.

He was self-employed as the owner and operator of R.S. Masonry in Quincy for over forty-five years.

Rico enjoyed gardening, toiling in his workshop, and golfing. He loved Italian music and spending time with his longtime friends.

Beloved husband for sixty-three years of Dora (Spadorcia) Sandonato.

Most of all, Americo was devoted to his family and was especially proud of his cherished grandchildren, supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Devoted, loving, and supportive father of Lina McLean of Cape Cod, Anna T. Scurti of Easton and her late husband Michael, and Jeannie Sandonato of Weymouth.

Loving grandfather of Chelsea and Zachary McLean, Ariana and Steven Scurti, Matthew and Mikayla Murphy.

Brother of Andrea Sandonato and his wife Cristina of Quincy and the late Arnaldo Sandonato. Brother-in-law of Lillian Ascenzo and her husband Oscar of North Reading. Americo is also survived by many nieces and a nephew who absolutely adored him.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and at the request of the family, funeral services and interment were private. A celebration of Rico’s life will take place at a later date when it is safe to gather.

If you would like to share a memory or a message with the Sandonato family, you are invited to send an email to:

For those who wish, donations in Americo’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Contributions, for the Multiple Myeloma Unit, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • I had the honor and privilege of meeting this wonderful, humble and kind man many years ago because of my friendship with his daughter Lina. I always found him to be so interesting to chat with and just being in his company always made you feel so welcomed, so loved. He was such a pleasure to know and he will be missed beyond expression. I know you’re up there “Papa Rico” building one of those fabulous masonry creations, tending to the beautiful gardens in Heaven that you so enjoyed taking care of at home and more. Be at peace now, rest easy, you will forever live on lovingly in the hearts of all those who had the pleasure, honor and privilege of knowing you. Love, Ellie

  • To the family of Mr Sandonato, Gary and I are so very sorry for your loss . We are sending our love to all of you during this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. 💜

  • America Sandonato is the truest measure of a man, the truest measure of a husband and Dad, the truest measure of a friend, and the truest measure of a human being. Rico and his family is the reason for my family’s wonder-filled life here in the United States of America. For that, we sincerely thank them. His engaging voice, that warm smile that held you in the sparkle in his eyes and his keen attention to your words and presence was magical. How I will miss you good and faithful friend❣️
    Godspeed Amico💕
    Silvina and Bill Miller
    Fabiano Faiella

  • Rico left his mark in my heart from the moment I met him. Lina introduced me to her parents and immediately I was invited to stay for dinner. Family and friends meant life to
    Rico. His family is so blessed to have had him to inspire them. My deepest sympathies.

  • Rico, my heart is broken…you were my second father. I remember you letting Anne and I work with you:). You showed me how to use tools, you taught me how to ski on the many ski trips you let me come on with the family. Growing up I’m pretty sure I slept more at your house than my own. So many happy memories I will always cherish. I’ve always felt like a part of the family, you will always be in my heart❤️

  • Thank you so much to everyone who have left such beautiful messages on this website and to the incredible amount of people who have sent emails about my Dad and how much they loved him and the impact he had on their lives. They are all so comforting to read in our grieving process. I was so lucky to have him as my Dad, my role model and my friend !! I love you Dad and miss you so much !!!!