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Audrey H. Darling

Audrey H. Darling of Charlestown and Somerville, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 20, 2020 at the age of 84.

She was born in Franklin, on October 14,1935, the fourth child and third daughter of Henry and Mary Josephine (Morris) Darling. She was educated in the local schools of Franklin and Charlestown.  

Audrey was a kind and creative soul who loved all things beautiful: color, light, nature, people and animals, music and dance. Her passion for dance was inspired by Jeanne, her sister and dance teacher.  For thirty years on Monday nights, you would find Audrey twirling and sashaying with her “Still Dancing” friends at the First Church in West Newton. While a resident at an assisted living in Somerville, she never missed a ballroom dancing session. Loving its grace, she was always a willing partner and especially enjoyed being “dipped.” Those blessed to see her knew they were watching a truly beautiful dancer. 

Audrey was a devoted fan of the city of Boston and embraced all it had to offer, from her weekly shopping trips to Filene’s basement, stopping in for Van Otis Chocolates on Devonshire Street, to lunching at The English Tea Room on Newbury Street. She loved Boston’s culture and traditions, its museums, strolls along the Esplanade at sunset, and the splendor of the Boston Pops and fireworks on the 4th of July. She was a true Bostonian in heart and soul.  

On June 23,1957, she married Carmen Cafasso and became a mother of five and a homemaker. Her family members include daughters Helene Linehan and her husband Michael of Billerica, Kim Dunne and her husband John of Ipswich; sons, Matthew Cafasso and his wife Lynne of Deerfield, NH, and David Cafasso of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Erika, Austin, James, Matthew, Michael, Malia and Ava; sisters, Barabara Jamieson of Stoneham and Roberta DeCarlo and her husband Kenneth of Charlestown; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Carmen “Chucky” Cafasso, sister Jeanne Cann, brother Frank Darling, and former husband Carmen M. Cafasso.  

Burial to be private. A celebration of Audrey’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Audrey’s memory should be directed to the International Association for Creative Dance at www.dancecreative.org, or IACD c/o Ethridge, 325 West 45 Street #303A, New York, NY 10003.


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