Cartwright Funeral Homes


FANTASIA, Benjamin A. “Ben” of Braintree, passed away after a long illness February 19, 2013 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 61 years to Patricia E. “Pat” (Gaudreau) Fantasia. Loving father of Philip M. Fantasia and his wife Mervi of Medfield, Mark E. Fantasia and his wife Charlyn of San Antonio, TX, and Yvonne M. Bishkoff and her late husband Charles of Florham Park, NJ. Dear son of the late Eugene and Louisa (Principe) Fantasia. Devoted brother of Carmella Lisa of Watertown, Rose Bateson of Basehor, KS, the late Emma Judd and Manny Fatasia. Also so survived by 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors. Mr. Fantasia was born in Boston and grew up in E. Boston. He has lived in Braintree for over 60 years. While living in Braintree he was a member of the Delta Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Braintree, and was one of their Blood Drive Volunteers, he was a former town meeting member for many years, and a member of the American Legion Post #86, Braintree. He worked in sales and service in the heavy equipment field for many years before his retirement several years ago. During WWII he served in the US Army Air Corp, as a gunners mate, working his way up to the Rank Sgt. And Flight Engineer. He was part of the 373rd Bomber Squadron, the 308th Bomber Group, as part of the Flight Crew of a B24 G named “Nip Nipper”. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as several other Campaign Ribbons. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial visitation period Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree, and a Memorial Funeral Mass Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in Sacred Heart Church, 55 Commercial St., Weymouth, MA 02188. Should friend’s desire memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

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