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Brian B. Simonelli, 88, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband to the late Ruth (Paine) Simonelli. He shared a loving relationship with Mary Harrington for the last 22 years.
Born in Worcester, he was a son of the late Victor A. and Marion H. (Dowd) Simonelli and was educated in Westborough Schools where he played on the Westborough Ranges High School Football team. After High School he played on the M&M Semiprofessional Football team. He proudly joined the United States Army and served in the Japanese Occupation Forces post WWII.
Prior to retirement, he was employed as a crane operator for Grainger Industries in Worcester. Mr. Simonelli was a 69-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 4 of Boston. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Westborough V.F.W., and the oldest member of W.A.S.A.
Brian enjoyed driving his Cadillac, working on small engines, cooking, watching horse racing and was always there with a smile. He was a fan of all New England Sports teams, and played the occasional game of Keno.
He is survived by three children, Victoria Barry and her husband Kevin of South Burlington, VT, Brianne White and her husband John of Westborough, Brian Simonelli, Jr. and his wife Maria of Hanson; seven grandchildren, Megan White Sharp and her husband Eric, Timothy White and his wife Meghan, Molly Barry and her husband Corey Wyckoff, Lyndsey Lamell, Jay Lamell and his fiancé Camille, Ariana Simonelli, and Brian Simonelli, III; five great grandchildren, Ashley White, Bennett White, Adelaide White, Kieran Wyckoff, and Julius Wyckoff.
Mr. Simonelli is predeceased by his daughter, Christina Lamell and his siblings, Bo Simonelli and Gloria McGuire.
His funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 10:30 AM in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main Street, Westborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 7, from 4 to 7 P.M. in the Pickering & Son Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main Street, Westborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Ruth E. Simonelli Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Town Treasurer, 34 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.