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George Salvatore Centola, longtime Newton resident, passed peacefully at home on Aug. 13th at the age of 93. He was the beloved husband of 73 years to his one and only love, Flora "Lovey" (Carpentino) Centola. He was the devoted father to Judith Centola and the late Ruth Centola. 

 

In addition to his children, he was a loving grandfather, known as “Gramp”, to Jennifer Askinazi and Christopher Tracy (wife Jenn), and great-grandfather of Anthony and Emily Askinazi.

 

George spent his entire career in the trucking industry. He began in his early teens working for his family’s business, Rapid Transportation, based out of Brighton, MA. After owning that company for many years, he continued his career by working for Coca Cola Company, New Penn Trucking, and Halls Transportation. His career in trucking lasted 55 years in total. 

 

While raising his family, George summered at his beach house in Marshfield, MA hosting his large extended family for dinners on Sundays, and he also enjoyed boating and relaxing on Lake Winnisquam in NH.

 

For the last 30 years, he spent his winters with Lovey in Tampa Bay, FL enjoying the sunshine and escaping the harsh MA weather.

 

In recent years he enjoyed cooking his homemade spaghetti sauce, watching Boston sports and “the judges” on TV, and his daily calls and frequent visits with his great-grand kids. 

 

He will be missed by many.

 

Visiting hours in the funeral home will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 4-8pm and again on Friday morning at 9AM, followed by a 10:30AM Funeral Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St, Newton. Burial to follow at Newton Cemetery.