Leo P. Cardarelli, Sr., age 90
Leo P. Cardarelli, Sr., age 90
Quincy, Leo P. Cardarelli, Sr., age 90, a lifelong Quincy resident, died unexpectedly, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury, surrounded by his loving family.
Leo was born and raised in Quincy to the late Julio and Helen (Fraser) Cardarelli. He left Quincy High School at the age of sixteen in 1944 to join the Merchant Marine Service during World War II. He served on three voyages to Europe and later, his ship was diverted from a convoy to Russia to a port in France in order to bring ammunition which was badly needed by U.S. troops during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 – 1945.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 1945 and participated in the Occupation of China for thirty-three months where he assisted with the surrender of Japanese forces.
Leo was employed as a sales manager in the Quincy office of the W.C. Canniff & Sons Monument Company for over twenty years. He was still working at the time of his passing. It was not uncommon for Leo to provide personal financial assistance to families of veterans by discounting his commission.
Previously, Leo served as the Director of Sales at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree for thirty-three years.
As a younger man, he enjoyed golf and played softball and baseball for many years.
Leo’s lifelong passion was in helping veterans. For over sixty years he was an active advocate for veterans and their families. He was Past State Commandant two times and Life Member of the Marine Corps League, four times Past Commandant of the William R. Caddy Marine Corps League Detachment #124 in Quincy. He was a member of the 1st and 6th Marine Division Associations, the China-Burma-India Association, China Marine Association, the VFW Bryant Post #613, the Morrisette American Legion Post #294 and the Quincy DAV.
He was a driving force in 1961-1962 to have the name of Treasure Island on Wollaston Beach changed to the P.F.C. William R. Caddy Memorial Park. Leo was well-known for organizing the first William R. Caddy Golf Classic in 1990 which still continues and provides funds to help needy veterans. He was also responsible for negotiating a ninety-nine year lease at $1.00 per year for the permanent home of the Caddy Detachment in North Quincy.
During his career, Leo marched with veterans in various parades including Quincy’s Christmas Parade. He participated with the Toys for Tots program and assisted veterans at the Brockton VA Hospital.
Former husband of the late Theresa (Browne) Cardarelli and Patricia (Scholar) Cardarelli of Quincy.
Devoted father of Peter Cardarelli and his wife Katarina of Dorchester, Dennis Cardarelli of Quincy, twins Michael Cardarelli and his wife Samm of Scottsdale, Arizona and Mark Cardarelli of Dorchester, Scott DeMarco of Somersworth, NH, Regina Cameron of Weymouth, Leo Cardarelli, Jr. and his wife Edith of Fitchburg, Christopher Cardarelli of Stoughton, Andrew Cardarelli and his wife Maureen of Carver, Joseph Cardarelli and his fiancée Ali Solimini of Quincy, the late Gerard Cardarelli and the late Pamela DeMarco.
Loving grandfather of eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, November 24th at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 9 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Friday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment, with Military Honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo’s memory may be made to VA Boston Heath Care, ATTN: Voluntary Services, 940 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301.