Alexander "Uncle Sonny" Merola of East Boston and formerly of the North End, on October 5, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy "Aunt Dot" (Cioffi) Merola. Loving father of Rose Merola of East Boston, step-father of Doreen DiNicola of East Boston and the late Joseph and Rocky DiNicola. Cherished grandfather of Kristen Connelly and Richard Sperazzo; great-grandfather of Joseph and Bianca Sperazzo. Dear brother of Pat Merola and his wife Dolores of the North End and Carmela Swafford of Peabody. Also survived by his dear friend Claire Capozzi of East Boston as well as many loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 8:30-10:30am in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) EAST BOSTON with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks & Paris St., East Boston at 11am. Donations may be made at the funeral home. Late US Army veteran of Korea.