Mr. Gaetano Lo Conte

  • Born: June 26, 1935
  • Died: June 26, 2021
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Gaetano, "Guy" Lo Conte passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old. Guy was a big hearted and honorable man. Loving husband of Rita (Maddaleni), beloved son of the late Teresa (Sasso) Coico and step-father Tony Coico, devoted father of Patricia Ann Dababneh and her late husband Fares, Guy Richard, and the late Jeanne Marie adoring Papa of Caroline and her fiancé David Tyler, dear brother of Josephine Spires and her late husband Doug, treasured son-in-law of the late Rose and John Maddaleni, brother-in-law of the late John Maddaleni and his wife Augustine. Additionally, Guy leaves behind many lifelong friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Born in East Boston, Massachusetts, along with his mother Teresa, his sister, Josephine, and his grandfathers, Angelo and Gaetano, Guy built solid roots in the community of Malden. He valued lifelong friendships which began on Cross Street, and then grew and strengthened on the ball fields and tracks of Malden High School. As a Golden Tornado (Class of '54) he wore the blue and gold well, leaving his mark in the corridors and within the trophy cases of his beloved high school. He held the state record in the mile, was captain of the baseball team, and co-captain of the football team.

It was at a Malden High School dance that Guy first met "my Rita", and a 65 year love story began. After graduation, marriage, and the arrival of three children, their dreams were realized. While continuing to participate in his love of sport, he trained as a boxer, eventually winning the Golden Gloves Championship twice. Years later, he was honored to be inducted into The Golden Tornadoes Hall of Fame.

A veteran, Guy proudly served in the United States Army. After serving, Guy and Rita resumed their lives in Everett and Malden, and later settled in Reading, where Guy started his own business in the late 1960s. As the first to obtain a liquor license in Reading, Guy built and operated a liquor store for many years. He enjoyed lifelong success in self-employment and enjoyed other business ventures including a sandwich shop, a convenience store, and a small cleaning business.

In 1995, Guy became a proud Papa to his much loved granddaughter, "Caroliney". Taking pride in all his accomplishments, Guy was a proud family man first. Always there for his family, together they met milestones, experienced unconditional love, joy, challenges, and loss. Quality time was spent travelling throughout New England, spending countless hours at backyard pool parties and barbecues, rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots, and watching "Everybody Loves Raymond". Hobbies included reading, driving on local road trips, playing cards, and creative list making. Guy continued to enjoy running, working out, and hitting the punching bag well into his eighties. We are grateful to have had Gaetano Lo Conte in our lives, we will remember him always, and miss him beyond what words can convey..

The funeral mass celebrating Guy's life will be on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn Street, Reading at 12pm, followed by interment at Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Guy's memory to Care Dimensions Hospice, Ste. B-102, Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Rita and family, we are so saddened to learn of cousin Guy's passing. He was one of the kindest people I know and whenever we would see him it always a big hug and of course, he would make like a boxer and throw punches. With much love, our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Love, Dennis & Karyn Sasso and family.

Posted by dennis sasso - peabody, MA - Family   June 30, 2021

Words could never convey the impact that my Dad had in our lives. A generous, loving man, always there to lend a hand, share a story, cheer us on. A hard worker, giving all to make sure we had everything we needed to make us happy, safe, comfortable, and enriched. An adoring husband, devoted dad, and incredible Papa, he made us better people, always open minded, he exhibited the true meaning of strength, endurance, unconditional love, and friendship. We will miss him beyond words, cherish our memories forever, and proudly carry him with us all the days of our lives. ❤

Posted by Patricia Dababneh - Reading - Daughter   June 30, 2021

Rita and Patricia, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Guy was such an amazing and loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and more. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I'm sending you love every day.

Posted by David Tyler - Bristol, RI - Friend   June 29, 2021

Such a loving man, husband, father and grandfather.
The Naber family will cherish our fond memories of him always.

Posted by MaryJo Naber - Nashua, NH - Friend   June 29, 2021

We will miss and love our Papa forever! An incredible dad, husband to Nana, and especially Papa to me over the years. I'll always remember our car rides to go bowling, mini golfing, or for an ice cream or coffee together, where I'd hear all about his sports history, friends, and memories of his store. Love you, Papa!

Posted by Caroline Dababneh - Bristol, RI - Grandchild   June 29, 2021

Rita and family sorry for your loss .He always had time for the younger guys like me.Jackie Ferrick. Malden and Reading

Posted by John Ferrick - Kingston, MA - Friend   June 28, 2021

Guy, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. A man's man. The first time he and I met was tied to Freshman baseball tryouts. He certainly let me know how he felt. To this day it gives me a warm chuckle.

Posted by Bill Tufts - Center Tuftonboro, NH - Teacher   June 28, 2021


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