Americo “Rico” Speranzo, Capt., Quincy Fire Dept., Ret., age 91

of Randolph

Americo “Rico” Speranzo, Capt., Quincy Fire Dept., Ret., age 91

Americo “Rico” Speranzo, Captain, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 91, of Randolph, formerly of Quincy, died, Thursday, May 28, 2020, at home.

Born and raised in Quincy to the late Frank and Giselda (Troiani) Speranzo. He was also a thirty-year winter resident of Naples and North Fort Myers, Fla.

Americo served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Recalled to active duty on September 6, 1950, he attained the rank of Corporal during the Korean conflict.

Rico was proud to have served as a Captain in the Quincy Fire Department. He was appointed to the department on March 27, 1954. During his career, he was assigned to Hose 1, Engine 4, Special Service, Ladder 3, Engine 1, Engine 8, Fire Alarm Officer, and at the time of his retirement, served with Ladder 3 in West Quincy. He retired on September 28, 1984 after thirty years of service.

Rico was a member of Local 792, the William R. Caddy Marine Corps League Detachment #124, Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a former trustee of the Quincy Credit Union, a member of the Quincy Sons of Italy and the South Quincy Bocce Club, and a longtime supporter of Quincy youth sports.

Rico and his wife, Claire, were dedicated volunteers for the Department of Veterans Affairs for twenty-three years. He had also volunteered for FEMA, responding to several disaster areas.

Rico enjoyed helping people. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for seventy-one years of Claire T. (Coletti) Speranzo.

Devoted father of Frank L. Speranzo and his wife Arlene of Plymouth, Richard A. Speranzo and his wife Diane of Quincy, and William J. Speranzo and his wife Diane of Randolph.

Loving grandfather of Frank L. Speranzo, Jr., Dina McHugh, Jill Rinehart, Keri Luggelle, and Dominick Speranzo, and great-grandfather of Zachary, Thomas, Alexa, Salvatore, Zoe, Vincent, and Matthew.

One of six siblings, he is survived by his sisters, Julie D’Andrea and Ginny Sherrick, and was predeceased by Tony, Gary, and Fred Speranzo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by his faithful and loving dog, Tiger.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Wednesday, June 3, at 10 o’clock for family. Interment, with military honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree will take place privately.

For those who wish, donations in Americo’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • He will be missed so much such a great man neighbor friend prayers to whole family love the Tucks


  • Rest In Peace Rico, you will be greatly missed by friends and family. You were the best of the best, our condolences to Claire and the boys. Hang on to the memories and hold them close to your heart. So sorry for your loss.

  • My most sincere condolences to the Speranzo family. I worked with Rico as a Fire Alarm operator. He was a good man.

    John Barber
    Lieut, QFD (Ret.)

  • Billy and Diane,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Barbara Davis

  • To The Speranzo Family So Sorry For The Lose Of Rico He Was A Wonderful Man I Always Looked Forward To Seeing Him Bocce Night. I Had A Lot Of Fun With Him.. He Will Be Missed Very Much..Prayers Out Out To You All.

  • So sorry for the loss of your husband and father. God bless.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a kind man with a big heart.