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“Floyd and I were childhood friends. I am very saddened by his passing. Floyd was a great guy. My deepest sympathy to all his family and loved ones. ”
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“Debbie, Sorry for the belated response. Cathy and I are truly sorry for your loss. Please express our sympathies to the whole family.Bill Doucette ”
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Floyd H. Porter (82) of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday May 3, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Deborah (Meredith) Porter of Chelsea; Besides his wife he leaves two children, daughter Mandy (Porter) Piscitelli and her husband Frank J. Piscitelli, III Esq. of Millbury and son Nicholas G. Porter and his partner Annette Gonzalez of Seattle, WA; two granddaughters, Kayla and Emily Piscitelli of Millbury, who he adored; a sister Dorothy Langer of New York, NY; mother-in-law Shirley (Norton) Meredith of Melrose; two sisters-in-law, Susan Treasure of Wales, UK and Christine Meredith and her husband Denny of Melrose; nephews and nieces Jonathan and Eric Meredith of Melrose and David and Laura Treasure of Wales, UK, along with many cousins and friends. He was born to the late Harold A. Potcherkoff and Goldie (Fineman) Potcherkoff on May 23, 1937 in Boston. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his father-in-law Kenneth B. Meredith of Melrose and two brothers-in-law, Thomas G. Coccovillo of Revere and Michael Treasure of Wales, UK.

Floyd grew up in Winthrop, graduating from Winthrop High School in 1954. He attended Northeastern University as an accounting major and later earned a Certificate in Radio/TV Repair from DeVry Technical Institute Institute in Chicago, IL, passing his 1st Class FCC License-Radar Endorsed. He was a Korean War and Cold War Era Veteran, having served from 1954 - 1962 as a SP4 in XIII U.S. Army Corp., Yankee Division, Chemical Corps. at Camp Drum, Utica NY, during which his service time was extended due to the Berlin Wall Crisis. Following his Army service he worked as a civilian contractor at Eglin AFB in Florida developing and working on F105 aircraft Doppler radar systems; during that period he was involved in the rescue of F105 pilot that crashed into the Everglades and subsequent recovery of the onboard Doppler equipment.

After his military and military contractor service, Floyd returned to Massachusetts, where he worked for companies including: Xerox Corp., Anelex Corp, Savin Business Machines, Whittle Communications, Fiore Bus Company, and several other technical companies. He established and owned F.P. Enterprises/Porter Products , all while raising his family. Once retired, Floyd enjoyed trips to Poland Springs, ME, Cape Cod, and leaf peeping around the New England area with his lovely wife by his side.

Floyd was a loyal listener and periodic caller of talk radio shows and would occasionally write letters to the editor. Floyd was never one to shy away from a discussion or debate and took pride in being well read and well informed. Building upon his knowledge in the restaurant/food industry, he was a frequent visitor to the Chelsea Market Basket where he made the rounds and cultivated some very good relationships with managers and workers over the years, was interviewed by local TV news for live-shots outside the store before snow storms, and met and spoke with a person he had tremendous respect for, President and CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas. Floyd was immensely proud of his children and their accomplishments, their families, and everyone's individual successes. In his later years, he enjoyed his role as Grampie to Kayla and Emily, having many fun and cherished moments including their favorite, "The Grampie Dance."

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions on gatherings, immediate services will be private with family and close friends, with a memorial service at a later time when restrictions are relaxed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, in Floyd's name.