Vincent J. Caliri

  • Died: March 13, 2017
  • Location: Lawrence, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family

LAWRENCE - Vincent J. Caliri, of Lawrence, passed away on Monday, March 13, following a long battle with dementia.

Vincent was born in Lawrence in 1921, the son of the late Giuseppe and Francesca Caliri. He attended city schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1939. He enrolled at Boston University, but was called to serve in the Army Air Corps for nearly four years. He married his wife, the former Mildred Fallon, and shared 70 years of marriage with her. He returned to Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1947.

He joined the family's jewelry business, the former Caliri, Inc. on Essex Street in Lawrence. When it closed in 1966, he entered education, teaching mathematics in the Breen and Kane Schools. He later became principal at the new Salem Street School, and finally was principal of the Leonard School for many years.
Following his school retirement in 1987, he began a third career, operating an antiques business with his wife until 2011.

He and Millie had been active skiers and were members of the Lawrencians Ski Club. He also enjoyed fishing with his close friends at Lake Winnipesaukee, annual ventures to the antiques shows in Brimfield with his wife, trips to Foxwoods with his son in-law, and attending Red Sox games with his son. But most memorable were the many holiday family gatherings that he took pride and joy in hosting, including the huge annual Fourth of July open house parties.

In addition to his wife, he leaves children, Susan Bernardin and husband Joseph of Haverhill and Gregory Caliri and wife Joan of Bradford; four grandchildren, Lindsay Weddell and husband Rick of Mountain View, AL, Jill Patruno and husband Jonas of Southampton, Andrew Hollinger and companion Justine Carleton of Haverhill, Ainsley Hollinger-Flynn of Methuen and Brooke Hollinger DiPietro of Methuen. "Nano" will also be remembered fondly by his eight great-grandchildren, Samantha, Emily, Mackenzie, Liam, Joey, Jackson, Olivia, and Miles; also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Saturday, March 18, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Bradford from 1:00 to 4:00 PM with a Celebration of Vincent's Life beginning at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of one's choice.

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