Francisco Centeio



Francisco “Franco” “Chico” Centeio, age 51, passed away at his home in Malden on February 24th.

Francisco was born December 17th, 1964 in Vicente Dias, Fogo, Cape Verde, to Aurelio and Aldina Centeio. He was the brother of Maria Centeio-Williams of Framingham, David Centeio of Roxbury, and the late Aurelio Centeio.

He first came to Boston at the age of 16 and soon after moved to Florida where he attended school. He moved back to Boston and joined the Boston Fire Department (Ladder 11) in 1996, where he served honorably until his passing.

Francisco was the beloved husband of Maria Cosma of Malden, and proud father of Aphia Mason of Somerville and Rena Aldina Centeio of Malden.

Most know Francisco for his kind, loving, generous heart, and passion for adventure. He would give almost anything he had to help his family and friends. His smile and laugh alone could light up a room.

Traveling was a major part of his life and he had the gift of exploring the world during his time here. Some of his adventures included, Thailand, Amsterdam, South Africa, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, and many more. He loved meeting new people and seeing new places.

During the last year of his life he spent a lot of time back home in Cape Verde working tirelessly to revamp his family’s estate and create a place for everyone to call home again.

Francisco was taken from this earth too soon to live out all his dreams, including teaching his daughter Rena how to fly an airplane and finish re-building his family’s home in Cape Verde. We hope to honor him and help carry out his dreams while he is on adventures somewhere new.

Francisco will be missed terribly by all of the people that had the divine opportunity to be a part of his life.

Please join us to celebrate the time we had here in this life with him and wish him safe travels on his new journey.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-8 pm, Friday, March 4th  at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave, East Milton Square. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Roxbury on Saturday, March 5th at 10 o’ clock..