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Meriden, CT 06450
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Raffaele Cassala

Raffaele Cassala

Wednesday, March 9th, 1927 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Raffaele Cassala, 92, husband of the late Maria Rosa (Papandrea) Cassala, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Born in Cambruso, Contrada di Grotteria, Provincia di Reggio Calabria, Italy, on March 9, 1927, he was the son of the late Gottardo Salvatore Cassala and Teresa Papaluca. He immigrated to the United States with his spouse and daughter in 1966 and settled in Meriden. Raffaele worked for International Silver Company, the Napier Company, Walmart in Wallingford, and lastly, Stop & Shop, Broad Street, Meriden. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden.

Raffaele was proud of his service as an Alpine Sentinel in Italy. He lived in Milan for about 20 years where he started his own street-food business vending chestnuts and ice cream. In Meriden, Raffaele sold novelties of the sort from car-dashboard bobble-head dogs to Elvis Presley tapestries, and was sought after for garden tilling, and for pruning grapevines and fruit trees. His pastimes included playing cards at The Bocci Club, sitting at his front lawn with a glass of wine and smoking Winstons, playing slot machines at the casino, and especially, playing scratch games. Raffaele was devoted to Saint Anthony and his family, who remembers him as a gentleman and a good provider, and who has admired him for his strength and dedication.

Raffaele is survived by his daughter, Maria T. Volo and her husband, Anthony; his son, Antonio Cassala; five grandchildren, Daniela Volo-Nunes, Marisa Volo-Robison, Jadalize Erika Grimes, Bianca Shay Grimes, and Isa Mercedes Cassala; two great-grandchildren, Joseph Antonio Nunes and Ava Lucia Nunes; one sister, Vincenzina (Cassala) Letteri of Grotteria; one brother, Salvatore Cassala, and his spouse, Maria (Femia), of Milan. He is also survived by a close cousin, Frank Papaluca of Meriden, and two other sisters-in-law, Maria (Papandrea) Fazzolari of Meriden, and Rosa (Papaluca) Cassala of Italy. Raffaele was predeceased by three brothers and one sister in Italy, and one sister locally, Rosa (Cassala) Carabetta of Wallingford. He is welcomed into heaven by his daughter-in-law, Jaida E. Diaz-Cassala.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden CT 06450, and at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Campus, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Entombment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. For online condolences and directions, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady Queen of Angels, Mt. Carmel Campus
    109 Goodwill Ave
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Interment

    Sacred Heart Cemetery Mausoleum
    250 Gypsy lane
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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Renee Bryant

Posted at 07:24am
Toby & Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father and grandfather. Praying peace over your family during this most trying time.
Blessings, Renee Bryant

Luca Cassala e famiglia

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Gli alberi sono gli esseri viventi piu' nobili e importanti che esistono sulla memoria dello vogliamo bene...Mari Luca e Nina
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Robert Nesci

Posted at 08:39pm
I can recall visiting Ralph after he had received open heart surgery. I was expecting to see an elderly man in bed suffering from pain. I asked the nurse where I could find him. The nurse advised me that the gentleman who just rounded the corner going for a walk was Ralph. I was sure she was mistaken and again stated, no I meant Ralph Cassala. She assured me that the man was in fact him. I basically jogged to catch up with him. He looked twenty years younger. I was astonished to see how wonderful he was doing. His son Anthony always spoke of his father’s strength and I simply could not believe it. Ralph was a true gentleman who has helped me and my family through some difficult times. I thank him for his friendship and support. I know the Lord has reserved a VIP room for him in heaven!
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