Angelo Licari

December 16th, 2013

Angelo Licari, better known as  “Lefty” to his family and friends, age 92, of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on December 15th, 2013 at the Wingate at Andover, surrounded by his loving family.

Angelo was born in East Boston on October 23, 1921, he was the cherished son of the late Ignazio and Josephine A. (Maffeo) Licari.  Angelo was raised and educated in East Boston.

He was inducted into the United States Army on August 5, 1942 and served overseas from December of 1942 until November of 1944 with the 32nd Battalion Company B.  Angelo was honorably discharged on October 28, 1945, with the rank of Corporal; he returned home to his family in East Boston after he  proudly served his country.

Angelo married his “sweetheart” Elizabeth Leskowicz in December of 1945, they lived in East Boston until relocating to Wilmington in 1958.  Angelo and Elizabeth shared more than 40 years of marriage, raised three wonderful children, and made countless memories to last through generations to come, before her passing in November of 1986.

Lefty was known as a hard worker, he worked in the construction business all of his life and was a very talented plasterer.  Lefty was a perfectionist at his job; earning a great reputation in his field as well as amongst his clients.

Family was everything to Lefty, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and teaching them some of “life’s lessons” whether it was about work, sports, politics, or just showing them how to do something, he was always willing to give “his opinion”.  Angelo had a passion for cooking and made many delicious meals for his family and friends.   Angelo was known as an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching countless Red Sox and Patriots games together with his family.   Angelo was very personable, friendly, and a social magnet; in his spare time he spent many hours volunteering for the E.N. Rogers Veterans Hospital in Bedford where he would talk and listen to fellow Veterans and he made quite a difference in their lives.

In his spare time Angelo loved to golf, he was a member of the Patriot Golf in Bedford and relished in telling his stories of not only one whole in one but he shot three holes in one over his golfing career.  Everyone wanted to golf with Angelo and he always left them laughing. Angelo was also a member of the Elks in Wakefield where he made countless friends throughout the years.

Angelo will be remembered for his sense of humor and his willingness to help others.  He always made you feel comfortable in his presence and was quite a “character” when you go to know him, many will say they “broke the mold” when they made Angelo and he will be greatly missed by all.

Angelo was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Leskowicz) Licari, loving father of the late Dennis Licari, his wife Elsbeth Licari of Reading, JoAnn Botte and her husband Frank of Wilmington and Leonard Licari and his wife Sharon of Haverhill, cherished “Grampy” of Christian Botte, Nicholas, Jennette and Kathryn Licari, Michael, Elizabeth and Anthony Licari, “Great-Grampy” of Kayley Gibbons, Adriana, Victoria and Dennis Licari and Christian and Rachel Botte, loving companion of Dorothy “Jean” Beckler of Newton, son of the late Ignazio and Josephine (Maffeo) Licari, brother of the late James Licari of Andover, cousin of Rose McKenna of Tewksbury and Connie Carlson of Seabrook, NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 19th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Angelo’s name may be made to the VA Medical Center, c/o Voluntary Services to be used for the Care & Relaxation of Inpatients, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA  01730.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Angelo Licari”

  1. Richard Licari says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies to the Licari family on the dealth of ” Lefty”. He was my late father’s first cousin ” Angelo Leonard Licari”
    “Lenny” of ” Lenny’s Spa in East Boston, MA. My father had some good stories about ” Lefty “. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Nichole Carrier says:

    I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing yesterday. I know how difficult it is to lose someone so dear. He sounds like an extraordinary man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.- Nichole, Mike, Dom & Teddy Carrier

  3. Linda Minor says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a kind and wonderful man who was so proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  4. Debbie Schmitt says:

    JoAnn and Leonard,
    Heaven has gained an angel, indeed. So sad to read of Lefty’s passing. He was such a great guy, with wonderful stories to share of his time in the service and of his family. Always a gentlemen, he was a very loving guy. We will definitely miss him at Spectrum – the laugh, the harmonica – we will miss Lefty!! Please accept our deepest sympathies, on behalf of North Andover Spectrum.

  5. Coach Pelletier says:

    Anthony’s greatest fan! Mr. “Lefty” Licari was a tremendous supporter of Central Catholic Baseball and he’ll be missed. Helped us hang that 2013 CCHS Championship banner….our condolences

    Coach Pelletier and the CCHS Baseball team

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