|New England|  Phil Buccola

Birth: 1886 - Palermo, Sicily

Death: 1987, he became 101 years old.

Philip Buccola was an early leader of the Boston Mafia and would eventually live up to become 101 years old.

Philip Buccola was born in 1886 in Palermo, Sicily, and immigrated to America in 1920 where he worked as a fighting promoter. He got involved with organized crime and connected with Gaspare Messina. When Messina died in 1924 Buccola assumebly took over. In 1931 he and his second in command, Joseph Lombardo, ordered a hit team to whipe out the rival Gustin Gang to stop them from taking over their liquor business. By 1932 Buccola was recognized as the leader of Boston's mafia. In 1947 Buccola was targeted by the law for taking over the Rhode Island operations of Frank Morelli, who was regarded as the boss of the Providence area and retired that year. In 1954 Buccalo retired and moved back to Sicily, leaving his business to Raymond Patriarca. However, during the 60's and 70's Buccola was spotted several times in Boston and it is believed he still operated as a senior advisor. Buccola eventually died at the age of 101 years old in 1987.


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