In Our Care

Consilvio, John Anthony of Arlington, died December 20, 2022, peacefully at home with his family, at age 101. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (Taylor) Consilvio for 43 years. Son of the late Benjamin and Concetta (Delizia) Consilvio of East Boston. Devoted father of John Consilvio Jr. and his wife, Jan Streitburger, Edward Consilvio and his wife, Marcia (Collins), and Jean Consilvio, all of Arlington. Grandpa to Sean Consilvio and his partner, Carlyn Robinson, of Chelmsford, Erik Consilvio and his wife, Stephanie, of Foxborough, and John M. Consilvio of Cambridge. Great-grandpa to Justin Petterson and Anya, Mason and Brady Consilvio. Brother of the late Vincent and Anna Consilvio, Anna and Nunzio “Bucky” D’Innocenzo, Francis and Anna Consilvio, Paul and Eda Consilvio, Felix and Nancy Consilvio, Joseph and Susan Consilvio, Rose Consilvio (Sister Gervase), and Clara and Richard Clements.

John worked as a machinist at GE for more than 20 years in Boston. When the company moved out of state, he went to work for his brother, Paul, as a store manager and salesman at Lambert Art Supply in Boston. As a boy, John spent a total of 3 years in the House of the Good Samaritan in Boston’s Longwood area under the care of T. Duckett Jones, director of one of the first institutions in the US to specialize in the study and treatment of rheumatic fever and its sequelae. His stories of living through medical breakthroughs and advancements have fascinated his family friends over the years. Most notably, the girth of the early electrocardiogram machine and the staff and cooling system needed to run it.

Because of his early and severe heart disease, he was not able to serve in World War II. He instead followed the news reels and read anything he could get his hands on about the war, becoming quite the historian. In later years he enjoyed traveling and making interesting and unusual carpentry pieces in his home workshop. He also enjoyed volunteering for the Shriners and was amazed at the resiliency of the young patients he would meet from time to time in tours of the Boston hospital.

Most of all, John loved being with his family. He was always ready for a gathering or a trip to Home Depot or to give a helping hand. We will miss his carefully crafted biscottis, pizzelles and fudge.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Wednesday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am and to attend his funeral mass at 11:30 am in St. Agnes Church. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of John to: Shriners Children's Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or Please visit to view an online guestbook.