Attilio (affectionately known as “Nono”, “Brad”, “Tilly”) Bratica Jr, 90, a lifelong resident of Framingham, died on Friday, June 25, 2021 after a short period of declining health. He was the son of the late Attilio and Josephine (Costella) Bratica, and the beloved husband of Dorothy (Savi) Bratica who died in 1991.
Educated in the Framingham school system, Attilio worked for the City of Framingham for 41 years. In his retirement years he worked as a seasonal laborer for the City of Framingham for an additional 15 years, retiring again at the age of 87.
He was a lifelong member of St. Tarcisius Church in Framingham where he was an usher for over 60 years. He was a member of the Columbus Hall in Framingham and the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E Aeirie 1264).
In semi-retirement, he enjoyed tending to his garden on the family’s homestead, taking pride in maintaining his home. All family and family events were very important to Attilio. He enjoyed his weekly trips to Milford to spend time with Steve and Annette and his grandkids, he enjoyed his conversations with his daughter-in-law and personal barber. Holidays were special to him, especially hosting Christmas Eve. He enjoyed making cappellettis with Alexis and doing projects with Anthony, his handyman. He enjoyed dinners on the deck and dinners out with Joe and his dear friends Maria and Charley Cantor, playing Keno and trips to Dairy Queen. He enjoyed day trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. He was a fan of all the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox.
Attillio was the devoted father of two sons, Stephen Bratica and his wife Annette of Milford MA, and Joseph Bratica of Framingham. Cherished grandfather of Anthony and Alexis Bratica of Milford MA. He is also survived by his brother Albert Bratica of Ashland, his brother and sister-in-law Paul and Anne Santoro of Ashland, his cousin Rita Dinunzio of North Carolina, his best man and friend for over 70 years Michael Santini and his wife Constance of Framingham, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Dorothy, he was predeceased by his siblings, Raymond Bratica, Charles Bratica, Louise Croci, Florence Croci, and Olivia Lee Bratica.
To all his friends at the Parks and Recreation Department, and a special thanks to Linda Libby, to him you were all family.
Also, a special thanks to all the caretakers at Deaconess Abundant Life Services, The Carlyle House, JFS Elder Care Services and Bethany at Home, for the care, love, support and kindness you gave over the past 18 months.
Family and friends will honor and remember Attilio’s life by gathering for a time of visitation in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Tuesday morning, July 6th from 8 – 10:30 A.M. His Funeral Mass will follow at 11 o’clock in St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverly St. Framingham. Interment will follow in St. Tarcisius Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Attilio’s memory may be made to Deaconess Abundant Life Services, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord, MA 01742, www.nedeaconess.org, or to the Christopher Columbus Society, 11 Fountain Street, Framingham MA 01702.
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