Doris Passi

Date of Birth

June 5, 1926

Date of Death

July 22, 2022

Doris Passi passed away on July 22, 2022 at Vista Del Monte, in Santa Barbara, CA at the age of 96. She was born June 5, 1926 in Boston, MA the daughter of John F. Melavin and Anna Gillis Melavin and grew up in the neighborhood of Dorchester. After graduating high school she and her twin sister, Dottie, began work at the Boston Edison Company.

She moved to California in the 1960s and worked at Caltech University. Doris married Robert Grasser, an American Airlines flight engineer, in 1965 and they lived in Thousand Oaks. Doris was a favorite neighbor to all the kids, always baking and handing out treats. She and Bob moved to South Weymouth, MA to take care of her mother in the late 1970s. Her mother passed away and after Bob died in 1979 Doris returned to California.

On Valentine’s Day 1981, Doris married Paul Passi and gained a son, John Passi. The trio loved traveling to Italy. Commenting on her marriage, Doris often stated that she and Paul never had an argument the entire length of their union. They both loved helping others and were dedicated volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

Doris is survived by many nieces and nephews: Lisbeth Caccese, Samuel (Katherine) Caccese, Michael (Louise) Caccese, Carol Caccese, the Baranski’s (Len, Carole, John F., & James R.), Andrea (David) Hays, Julie (Monty) Goodwin, Robert (Linda) Corcoran, Danny Murphy, Michael (Liz) Murphy, John (Kerry) Melavin, Scott Melavin, Lauren (Dan) LePage, Joyce Melavin and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Robert Grasser and Paul Passi, brother John Melavin, sisters Dottie Browning, Rosemary Corcoran, and Kay Murphy. She was the last surviving member of her lifelong friends of Club 14 of Dorchester.

Graceful and dignified, Doris Passi impressed everyone with her charm and humor. Her favorite greeting was, “How are things in your world?” Asked how she was feeling, Doris always answered with, “No complaints.” A memorial services will be held at a later date on the East coast.

Ciao Bella, Aunt Doris


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