Robert E. Invernizzi, who saw action in the Pacific in the years immediately following World War II—he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in September of 1945—and who lost an eye in the Korean War, passed away on Dec. 4 at the age of 84, according to an email from his family and Rogers Funeral Home.
In October, Somerville dedicated the corner of Gussie Terrace and Porter Street as Radarman Second Class Robert E. Invernizzi Square. He was a lifelong Somerville resident and one of the city's most decorated veterans.
After the wars, Invernizzi, a draftsman, helped design guidance systems at MIT and aircraft enigines at General Electric.
Invernezzi was married to Claire (Breen) Invernizzi, who passed away before he did. The two of them are now interred together at the Massachusetts Veteran's Cemetery in Agawam, according to the email and funeral home.
He is survived by seven children and 16 grandchildren.
Below is the email from his family, which includes information about where donations can be made in his honor:
Robert E. Invernizzi passed away December 4, 2012 after a brief illness. The World War II and Korean War veteran was recently honored with a square dedication on October 17, 2012 at the corner of Porter St and Gussie Terrace. He was one of Somerville's most highly decorated war veterans. He was a lifelong resident of Somerville and was a draftsman at MIT, where he worked on guidance systems for the Space Program, and General Electric in Lynn where he designed Aircraft Engines. He was the widower of Claire (Breen) Invernizzi and is survived by 7children and 16 Grandchildren. Services were held at Roger's Funeral Home on December 6th. He and his wife were laid to rest at the Massachusetts Veteran's Cemetery in Agawam, MA with full military honors. Donations may be made in his honor to the VFW post 19 or the MSPCA. He will be deeply missed.
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