Tina Delellis

Dec. 20, 1937 – April 8, 2008

My mom, Tina, was one of the strongest women I will ever know and so much of what I have learned has come from her wise ways. She was such a fixture here that I still respond to any business decisions with WWTD. She was quintessential old school post WWII Italian, working hard and never taking anything or anyone for granted. In April 2008 Johnny D’s had the stage dark, while the door remained open, welcoming all those mourning her sudden loss. Sarah Rodman composed a great story about my mom’s legacy for the front page of the Boston Globe. I thank you for the respect and affection so many of you conveyed on the Boston Globe legacy page — seeing the impact she and her life’s work had on so many others encouraged us to keep Johnny D’s alive and well. Our staff was unparalleled. If you looked on the brunch menu, you would see pictures of my four kids. The two oldest worked here part time and it was great to see them rolling up their sleeves and pitching in.

That is what family businesses are all about. Thank you for the opportunity.

–Carla DeLellis

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