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Produce lifer Mario Pallotta dies from COVID-19 complications

Mario Anthony Pallotta, who owned and operated M.A. Pallotta Brokerage Co. for over 50 years, died unexpectedly March 17 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital as a result of complications from COVID-19. He was 82.

MarioMr. Pallotta had a tireless, old-fashioned work ethic that had him up at 2:30 a.m. six days a week, when he would head to his second home — the produce market in Chelsea, MA.

He never forgot his passion and affinity for his childhood home, The Italian home for Children, where he grew up from his infant years until his late teenage years. Throughout his entire life, Mr. Pallotta was an extremely devoted family man and charitable man with both his time and resources. He always made sure that the Italian Home for Children had plenty of produce as well as hosting several charitable events for the home.

Mr. Pallotta is survived by his wife of 60 years, Claire DeCristoforo Pallotta, his brothers Anthony (Cosmo), Louis (Bugsy) Pallotta and sister Dolly Gambale along with many nieces and nephews. Mr. Pallotta was predeceased by his son, Kenny (Bear), daughter, Karyn, and three grandchildren, Mario, Cameron, and Synclair, as well as brothers Jimmy and Peter.

In the spirit of Mr. Pallotta's charitable nature, his family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations are made to the Mario A Pallotta Trust, which has been established for his grandchildren. Mario A. Pallotta Trust C/O People's United Bank, 584 Broadway, Saugus, MA, 01906.

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