Ronald J. Jannino passed unexpectedly on June 20 at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was 75 years old.
Born in Chelsea, Ron was a lifelong Revere resident. He was an alumnus of Everett Vocational School, Class of 1963, Fitchburg State College, Class of 1967, he received his master’s degree in 1971 from Boston State Teachers College and was the recipient of a second master’s degree in advanced education from the University of Massachusetts. He had a 20-year career with the Revere School System as a cabinetry and woodworking teacher. There he made many friends as a mentor with the students he taught. He became their teacher, mentor and lasting friend. Since 1986, he was elected to the Northeast Regional Vocational School, Wakefield, as a District School Committee Member. He remained as chair of the Safety/Security Committee and never ceased working for the good and safety of his students. Following retirement from the Revere School System, he began a six-year stint with Parkside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire, teaching in the Computer Division.
Ron’s affiliations and memberships were many. He was longtime member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus 179, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose 1272 and the Revere American Legion Post 61. He was a proud Navy veteran of Vietnam and carried a lifetime membership with the Disabled American Veterans Association. Ron and his family had an intense working relationship with St. Mary of the Assumption Parish for over 80 years, serving as a member of the Holy Name Society, past president and member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the Parish and also as past president and member of St. Mary’s Baseball League. Furthermore, He was the master of ceremonies for the annual telethon for the Revere League for Special Needs. A strong advocate for diabetes research, he served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Joslin Patient Family Association of Boston.
His entire working career has been a journey of caring, giving & sharing. The characteristics that drew people to Ron were instilled in him by his dear late parents, Anthony J. “Tony” and Louise (Verderico) Jannino.
He was the beloved husband of 48 years to Linda D. (Roche) Jannino, and the devoted father of Melissa A. Elam and her husband, Craig, of Revere, and John A. Jannino and his wife, Elizabeth, of Hopkinton. He is the cherished Papa of Catherine M. Elam and Jack W. Elam, both of Revere, and Ava D. Jannino and Rachael E. Jannino, both of Hopkinton. He was the dear brother to the late Anthony J. “Slim” Jannino, Jr. and his late wife, Dorothy M. (Smith) Jannino. He also is lovingly survived by many cousins.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled in St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Revere on June 27 at 1 p.m. Masks and/or facial coverings are required, and social distancing guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Services are under the care of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.