We are sad to announce the passing of Trainer Buddy Cataldo.
Buddy was born December 15, 1938, the only child and shining light of Louis and Caroline Cataldo, lifelong residents of Chelsea and Revere. Buddy grew up in Chelsea, where he doubled-lettered in both Varsity baseball and football at Chelsea High School. It was at Chelsea High that he met the love of his life, Alice Skerry, whom he married in 1960. Just this past August, Alice and Buddy celebrated 63 years of marriage.
Buddy earned a full scholarship and played football for the Kansas State Wildcats, where he graduated with a B.S. in Science. As well, Buddy earned a master’s degree in education from Boston State.
First and foremost, Buddy was a family man. He is survived by his beloved wife, of 63 years Alice M. Cataldo, as well as his children Mark Cataldo and his wife Barbara of Naperville, IL, Beth Hynes and her husband Kevin of Manhattan Beach, CA, Kim Williams and her husband Walter of Revere, and Carol Bernardini and her husband Jay. He was the cherished grandfather of A.J. Williams, Kathryn Cataldo-Liles and her husband Ben Liles, Michael Cataldo and his wife Meghan, Alexandra Mantini and her wife Amanda, Kyle Bernardini, and Justin and Killian Hynes and adoring great-grandfather of Olivia and Molly Cataldo, Madeline Lisle, and Santino Nunzio Mantini (who made a timely arrival to join the family on September 19, 2023).
Professionally, Buddy was an educator, serving 34 years as the Director of Physical Education for the City of Revere. A man of many talents, Buddy worked in many different capacities, including operating a construction crane, training racehorses, tending bar, dealing cards, and managing delivery teams.
Buddy loved football and enjoyed playing for the Boston Sweepers as well as the Lowell Giants from 1963-1967 following his graduation from Kansas State. As a season ticket holder to the NE Patriots, Buddy loved nothing more than cheering his team on in all kinds of weather and traveling to the Super Bowls and away games.
A world traveler, Buddy and Alice enjoyed many trips abroad to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and his home-away-from-home in the winter, Puerto Vallarta MX. As well, Buddy enjoyed visiting his son Mark and his family in Chicago and daughter Beth and her family in Los Angeles.
Buddy’s legacy of family first, his passionate approach to life, ready smile, and determination to be the last one on the dance floor at every wedding will live on in his devoted family.