Lorenzo P. Billante


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Gloucester - Lorenzo P. Billante, 82, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, husband of Josephine (DeFranco) Billante, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.
He was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on September 10, 1936, son of the late Joseph D. and Vincenza A. (Scola) Billante.
Lorenzo received his GED from Gloucester High School. He proudly served in the United States Army. Lorenzo worked for many years as a commercial fisherman aboard various trawlers retiring from that industry. He also needed to keep busy so he started working for Monserrat College of Art first as a custodian, and later became a security guard, a job he truly enjoyed doing. The students truly loved his companionship and his sense of humor. He was their confidant and beloved member of the community.
In his spare time, Lorenzo enjoyed his card crew at the St. Peter's club. He enjoyed his regular coffee gang on Friday mornings and his Sunday coffee crew. He was proud of his activities with his lifetime group of friends in the Night Prowlers and what they did. Spending time and keeping in touch with his large family was very important to him.
Lorenzo is survived by his wife of 54 years, Josephine Billante of Gloucester; his daughter, Gisela Billante of Gloucester; three sons, Joseph Billante of Gloucester, Lorenzo Billante and his wife Stefani of Florida, Peter Billante and his wife Rozlyn of California; eight grandchildren, Joseph Billante, Aurora Billante, Zariah Billante, Matina Billante, Daunika Billante, Bella Billante, Ellie Billante and Audrey Billante; his sister, Antonina Frontiero of Florida; two brothers, Joseph Billante and his wife Maria of Gloucester, Marco Billante of Florida; many nieces and nephews, including niece and godchild, Theresa Mahoney and special nephew, Lenny Billante.
He was predeceased by sister, Concetta Favazza and brother, Leonardo "Leo" Billante.

His memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Our Lady of Good Voyage at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. A visitation will be held prior to the Mass in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to St. Peter's Club, Inc. Scholarship, 10 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the St. Peter's Club starting at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 8, 2019
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Rena Tello Pallazola
Jul 11, 2019
Dear Connie and the Billante Family, I am truly sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father and brother. May he Rest In Peace.
Giovanna ingram
Jul 11, 2019
Larry you were such a bright light in this world. You will be missed by our family. The short time we knew you, you brought us such joy and fond memories. Next time in Gloucester we will see your beautiful wife and we’ll think of you. May you Rest In Peace.
Terry Ingram
Jul 09, 2019
I will miss Larry and his east coast hospitality a great deal. My family and I always looked forward to visiting with the Billantes each time we visited the Gloucester area. Larry was somebody special and his fisherman stories were the highlights of our dinner gatherings. He was welcoming, warm, funny, and hospitable to our family each time we visited from Minnesota. My sincere condolences to Josephine and the children. Rest In Peace, Larry. I will think of you each time I return to Gloucester. 😢
Linda Nix
Jul 08, 2019
Larry was a great guy. He was there when most needed. We created Larry's Limo which was Larry driving people to Logan, first me, then other friends and family of mine. We also talked about sports. He knew a lot about how the larger competitions worked. And of course he was very opinionated, as New Englanders are, about most anything. I will miss my friend. I can still hear his laugh.
Barbara Berry Leach
Jul 08, 2019
Joe and Maria so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with your family.