Raffaele Masella. Clarinetist, cabinet-maker, wood-carver, b Ischitella, Italy, 12 Mar 1865, naturalized Canadian 1908, d Montreal 31 Dec 1952. He was a clarinetist in 1898 in the Banda Bianca in San Severo, Italy, before coming in 1905 to Montreal, where his family joined him four years later. He was a member of the Montreal Concert Band and the Victoria Rifles Band. He made furniture for the Montreal firm McAndrew, Cerini, and Jenkins.
See also Frank (his son), and Rafael, Pietro, Joseph, Rodolfo, Alfred, Paul, Mario, and Giulio (his grandsons).
Suzanne Thomas, Betty Nygaard King
Johnstone, Ken. 'How Papa Masella made his boys make music,' Maclean's, 1 Mar 1954