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Ronald James Vacca

April 12, 1936 ~ May 21, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old


Vacca, Ronald J. of Melrose, formerly of Everett, beloved husband of the late Sylvia A. (Finos), on Sunday May 21, 2023, at the age of 87.  Loving father of Ronald Vacca of Hawaii, Lauren and David Guiney of Florida, Christine (Sam) Bibb of Maryland, Donna and Mark Armstrong of Andover, Richard and Kim Vacca of Vermont and the deceased Tracy Vacca.  Cherished grandfather of Matthew, Colin, Ian, and Jack Guiney, Presley (Bibb) Hackey, Reid, Trevor, and Owen Bibb, Nichole (Phipps) Silva, Morgan and Zachary Phipps and great grandfather of Hendrix Hackey and Sophie and Audrey Silva. Predeceased by parents Herman (Hum) and Rita (Robitaille) Vacca, brother Frank Vacca and sister Valerie Vacca- Fournier. 

Mr. Vacca was a graduate of Everett High School, University of Massachusetts – Amherst and Suffolk University Law School.  He also graduated from O.C.S. in Newport, RI and served 4 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

After completing his Naval Service, he joined his father, Herman Vacca, as a partner in Everett Fence Co. and worked there for 45 years.  He also worked 16 years for the IRS.

His interests were many and varied, in high school he participated in sports, school and civic activities.  In college he was active in extra-curricular, fraternal and community activities.  During both high school and college, he was elected to leadership positions in various activities.  He has been an active member of the UMass – Amherst Alumni Association where he served on the Board of Directors and Athletic Council.

As an active member of the Everett community, he was:

    Member of the Everett School Committee for 10 years.

    Member of the Everett High School Building Review Committee.

    President – Everett Parents Advisory Council for Academically Talented Children.

    President – Everett Youth Hockey

    Chairman – Everett Stadium Commission

    Charter Member – “E” Club of Everett

    Everett Chamber of Commerce

    Board of Directors – South Shore Center for Brain Injured Children

     Chairman – Shore Educational Collaborative

     Charter Member – Crimson Tide Football Club

     Board of Directors – Mass. Assoc. of School Committees

     Member – Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Council

Mr. Vacca was also a member of the ANEFO & ECFA-EAIFO, High School and College football officials’ organizations.

In their retirement years, he and his wife Sylvia enjoyed traveling, both home and abroad and checking locations off their “bucket” list. 

He was an avid reader and golfer, but the love of his life was Sylvia, who he took to his Junior Prom in 1953 starting their 66-year love story.

Funeral from Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main Street, Everett on Friday, May 26th at 9:00 am. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church 489 Broadway Everett at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Complimentary valet parking Thursday at the Main Street entrance. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. 

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May 25, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SALVATORE Rocco & Sons Funeral Homes Inc.
331 Main St
Everett, MA 02149

Funeral Mass
May 26, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Church
487 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149

May 26, 2023

11:15 PM
Glenwood Cemetery
124 Washington Ave
Everett, MA 02149


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