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Frank A. "Hank" Occhipinti
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  • Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston
    75 Sylvan st., suite B-102
    Danvers, MA 01923

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“The world is a lonelier place without your big beautiful smile, Hungala. I miss you more than I can express. I hope you, Dad and "Ruthie" are...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Kat Occhipinti - Niece

“God Bless you Hank, We miss you great smile. Say Hi to our Dad's for us. Love Cheryl & Joanne ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Cheryl & Joanne - Wells, ME

“My condolences to all of you. I have fond memories of Hank as a child. We all would go away skiing and Hank was the leader of the pack!! Singing,...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Marisa Lombardo DiMascio Scituate

“To Vera and Family,my condolences.....PJ Lombardo ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Paul Lombardo Jr - Scituate, MA

“I am sure, in heaven, the debate goes on - in making meatballs, is it best to slap it hand to hand to form it, as Uncle Hank did, or roll it between...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Kat Occhipinti - San Diego, CA

“On behalf of the Hankard family, our sincere condolences to the Occhipinti family. - ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Candace Hankard Douette - MA

“Dear Maria I don't have to remind you of how lucky you are to have had such a close relationship with your Dad. You had him in your life and in your...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Diane Nicosia - Wilton, CT

“Dear Daddy; Life will never be the same with out you. You were the only one I would go to for life's lessons. You always had the right answers, for...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Andrea Occhipinti - Saugus, MA

“sorry but i will write in italian ,is more easy for me explaining what i have to tell per il pochissimo tempo che abbiamo passato insieme a te e...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: alberto e silvia valeriani

“How lucky I was to come home to your beaming smile everyday. Not many people can say they got to hear their grandfather wish them a great day every...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: francesca

“How lucky I was to come home to your beaming smile everyday. Not many people can say they got to hear their grandfather wish them a great day every...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Francesca - MA

“Vera and family...Kenney and I are so sorry for your loss. Hank was a great man who will be missed by all. I enjoyed the many conversations we had...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Patty DeRosa - Revere, MA

“Dear Uncle Hank, you were a great uncle! And a great man! THE BEST EVER! I have so many wonderful memories! Too many! Some of the best that I...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Keith Lombardo - Naples, FL

“Mr. Occhipinti was a great man and I am so grateful to have met him. His memory will live on forever. ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Stephanie Cafarella - Brooklyn, NY

“Sorry that I never met "Uncle Frank" but I enjoyed hearing about him from Tony. I feel certain that he was a joy to be around and I wish you all to...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Bob and Carol Dorsey - Milton, FL

“I have to tell a little story began 25 years ago when a person from the United States went into a small shop in a small island on the coast of...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Ugo and Fiorella

“May the Blessed Mother keep you in her loving care. ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy DeMaro Rose - Topsfield , MA

“Uncle Hank, Thank you for all the terrific memories ... the ski trips, the cooking lessons, the Thanksgiving gatherings, and all the conversations...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Tony Polson - Burlington, VT

“Zio Frank era una persona straordinaria , generosa con un grande cuore... Mi ha aperto le porte della sua casa ospitandomi in ogni mio viaggio a...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: CESARE PASTORELLI

“Vera , I was so sad to hear of Hank's passing. The closeness you shared with one another was beautiful. You had so many wonderful memories together...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Charlene Williams - Waltham, MA

“Andrea - our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Thinking of you at this very difficult time. ”
21 of 31 | Posted by: Susan and Brian Goss - Kingfield, ME

“I wanted to send my condolences to Andrea and her family. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: Tony Papoulias - Salisbury, MA

“I have very fond memories of Hank. He was a caring person who loved life. I will always remember the fun we all had in Cancun, Mexico. He will...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Eileen Crowley - Lawrence, MA

“To Vera, Maria, Andrea, Mark and Family........ Our sympathy to you all at Hank's passing......He was a bright light in all of your lives....shoes...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Julie And Jack Silva - Friend

“Vera - I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. ”
25 of 31 | Posted by: Elaine Marquard - Naples, FL

“My memories of this wonderful man will always be with me. Hank was smart, generous, a great cook but more importantly he loved his family and always...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon - York, ME - Family Friend

“We love ya Hank ! You will be missed by many.xoxo Love Cheryl & Joanne ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Cheryl Staff - Wells, ME - friend

“My sincere condolences to my friend Andrea and her family. All are in my prayers ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Joette - York, ME - friend

“Uncle Hank,. You will be missed so much, but the memories will be colored by all the wonderful family events we all shared together. Ypur great...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Adrienne and Melanie Montesanti - VA

“Uncle Hank, Thanks for all the wonderful family memories, the holidays, the food and the politics. We will miss you so much. Say Hi to my mother and...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Maria & Jim Powers - spofford, NH

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


"See You Tomorrow"

Frank A. "Hank" Occhipinti passed away at his home in Saugus on December 9, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Boston on November 29, 1927 to the late Antonio & Maria (DeMarco) Occhipinti. He was raised in East Boston, graduated from Brighton High School Mr. Occhipinti played semi-pro football for the East Boston Tornadoes in the Boston Park Department Football League in Boston at the age of 161/2 after never playing high school football and was the first recipient of the Michael Milano Outstanding Sandlot Trophy in 1952.. Hank lived in East Boston for many years before building his home in Saugus 56 years ago and was a longtime member of Incarnation Church in Melrose. He worked as an auto body mechanic, as an insurance adjuster and then as assistant chief of investigations for State of Massachusetts in the consumer affairs office for over 30 years. Hank had a passion for cooking, politics and skiing. Mr. Occhipinti was a great family man who took his family skiing every weekend right up to the age of 70. He enjoyed skiing in New Hampshire, Vermont, Colorado, Utah, California and in Europe. Hank also loved traveling with his wife Vera to Italy every year to visit his relatives . He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing at Winthrop Golf Club and enjoyed playing softball, basketball, football and handball and was a champion at the Double A. Handball Tournament from the Paris Street Gym. But most of all it was all about his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Occhipinti was the beloved husband of 62 years to Vera (Pizzano) Occhipinti. Devoted father of Maria A. Mastromarino & her husband Michael, Mark Occhipinti and Andrea M. Occhipinti all of Saugus. Cherished grandfather of Antonio & Francesca Mastromarino. Loving brother of Gloria Polson. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00-10:30AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 11AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923.