Ninety two years ago today in a three-decker apartment on Cottage Street in East Boston, Remo Coradini Sinibaldi was born.
He grew up as a “Dump Rat” which was the moniker the residents of Cottage Street put on themselves because of the area’s proximity to the East Boston landfill. At the age of eight he contracted rheumatic fever, an infection of the heart which in those days called for complete bed rest and you either lived or died. Well, he lived, although in the same epidemic he lost his older sister Amelia.
This left his heart permanently damaged and with a life expectancy of between 40 and 50 years. That was before the days of antibiotics, heart surgery and valve replacements. Despite his ailment which limited him physically, he served his country in WW II and again during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary Kelly, fathered Ruthann, Willie, Yours truly and Nancy. He was Papa to…
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