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
or IACD c/o Ethridge, 325 West 45 Street #303A, New York, NY 10003.
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