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Paul Ralph Parrotta of Watertown and formerly of Cambridge, Mass., passed away peacefully at home in Watertown on May 6, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He had battled for life courageously, with his characteristically unflagging optimism and strong religious faith.
Paul was born in Boston on December 27, 1949, son of Laurelle Baron Parrott and the late Professor Ralph P. Parrotta. The eldest of four, he grew up in Lawrence and Andover, Mass., and graduated from Central Catholic School in Lawrence in 1968, after which he attended Merrimack College, where he majored in English. Paul lived and worked in Boston and Cambridge for most of his adult life.
He was beloved by his family - and many true friends with whom he shared his life - for his natural generosity, kindness, genuine interest in and concern for others, his unique perspectives on the world and on life, his strength of character and resilience, creative expression and characteristic sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to know him, but his spirit will remain always.
Paul Parrotta is survived by his mother; his sister, Anne Parrotta-Rinaldi and Italo Rindali of Passignano, Italy; his brother, Marc Parrotta; and his sisters-in-law, Nancy Parrotta and Dian Parrotta; brother, John Parrotta and Nalini Natarajan Parrotta; his nephews, Dr. Aldo Doerner Rinaldi and his spouse, Dalia, Emile Parrotta, Emir Parrotta and Joseph Parrotta; his niece, Priya Parrotta Natarajan; and his great-nephew, Rafaele Doerner Rinaldi. He also leaves behind his Aunt Rose and Uncle John Pasquale; his uncle, Frank Dardano and his spouse, Annette; and many beloved cousins.
Visiting hours at the Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home, 558 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, on Wednesday, May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown, on Thursday at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Published on  May 9, 2017
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