Richard Yannantuono of Arlington, MA. (affectionately known by the family as “Dicky”) passed away peacefully on August 5, 2020. Richard was born in Mt. Vernon, NY to Nicholas and Jean Yannantuono on May 5, 1941. Dick, a Political Science major began his career in the Appalachia area of West Virginia where he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Years later, he migrated to New England and settled in Portland, Maine as a Community Organizer where he assisted impoverished communities confronting their challenges head-on to improve their living environment. He was truly respected and admired for his strength in bringing these diverse communities together in a way that was inclusive and supportive. His organizing skills, his genuine concern for people, his gregarious personality and intense dedication to helping the needy is how Dick will be remembered. He was instrumental in the construction of the “People’s Building” in Portland which was a meeting ground for various celebrations, family and political gatherings and where he was married in 1971. His genuine caring ways were instilled in him by his Dad, Nick Yannantuono and a trademark of all the Yannantuono brothers, reaching out to help people unselfishly. Dick leaves behind his loving son, Colin ( Brenda ) Wills, two grandchildren Ethan and Lauren Wills, beloved sister, Sandee (George ) Stanton, niece, Jennifer ( John ) Mecca, Will and Sophie Mecca, great niece and great nephew and step-sister, Marilyn (Niesz) Caravetta, step-brother Craig ( Tita ) Niesz ,deceased step brother, Richard Niesz, and deceased step-mother, Kay ( Orsenigo ) Yannantuono and many extended family and dear friends. Visiting hours from 4 – 8 PM will be held at Yannantuono Burr Davis Funeral Home on Monday, August 10th. A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, August 11th at 10:00 AM followed by the Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetary in New Rochelle, NY.
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