Topsfield — Saverio Iovanella, 95, longtime resident of Topsfield, Mass., husband of the late Mary (Marciano) Iovanella, died March 11, 2014, at his home.
Born in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Francesco Iovanella and Carmella (Russo) Iovanella.
He was a 1936 graduate of Roxbury Latin and a 1938 graduate of the North Bennett Street School of Arts.
Saverio was an entrepreneurial man from an early age. As a young boy he shined shoes and ran a fruit and produce business in Haymarket Square. In the 1940s he established a limousine business. In 1949, Saverio started his wholesale automotive business, Henry’s Auto Sales. He was a pioneer in the automotive wholesale business sector, as in that era auto wholesaling had been very limited. Saverio ran his automotive business from 1949 – 2010. Saverio was also active in real estate development and established Topsfield Construction in the 1960s and managed it to the late 1980s. Saverio was also employed for 50 years as a ticket agent at Suffolk Downs in Revere, Mass. Until the time of his death he continued to work as a business consultant and strategist for his son, Frank Iovanella, with his many business ventures.
Above all, Saverio will be most remembered as a “True Family Man.” He was always willing to advise, help, and nurture his family and his many friends. He inspired people to “Think Big” and that anything is attainable with hard work and dedication. He was a true Renaissance man and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his dear sister, Rose Iovanella DeSimone of Malden; his children, Frank and his partner, Carol Foster, of Topsfield, devoted daughter, Teresa and her husband, Nick Jacobellis, of Ipswich and son, John and wife, Kimberly, of North Andover. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Yolanda and Grace Marciano, both of Topsfield; his grandchildren, Gregory and wife, Kristen Iovanella, Angela and husband, Elshad Kasumov, Joshua and wife, Anne, Brittney and Zachary Iovanella; his step-grandchildren, Natalie Talas, Nicholas Jacobellis, and Lisa Caputo and nine great-grandchildren. Saverio had many nieces and nephews along with good friends including Shirley Baker Russell and Sean Fenton, and Marilyn and Dallas Washington. He was predeceased by a sister, Antoinette D’Onfrio.