Read the obituary for Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, the victim of the Cape Cod shark attack

“He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, selfless ways and huge heart."

Arthur Medici.

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, an engineering student and active church member who is being remembered for his kindness, compassion, and ability to touch the lives of “all he met,” according to his obituary.

Medici, a native of Brazil, moved to the states four years ago and was currently enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College, his obituary said. He was planning on proposing to his girlfriend, Emily Rocha, of Everett, when he was killed in a shark attack off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Saturday.


“He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, selfless ways and huge heart,” his obituary said.

In addition to his studies, Medici participated in a variety of outdoor and athletic activities, including hiking, soccer, and surfing, according to his obituary.

Read the obituary, shared by Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, in full below:

Revere — Arthur Gava Medici, 26, of Revere, died Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Cape Cod Hospital. He was born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil, the son of Itamar Alfredo Medici and Denise Lucia Gava. Arthur was a graduate of Godofredo Schneider High School in Vila Velha, ES, and was studying Civil Engineering at Universidade Vila Velha before moving to Revere four years ago. He was a student at Bunker Hill Community College where he majored in Engineering. He worked at The Capital Grille in Burlington for several years and also in a restaurant in Boston. He was a member of the Maranatha Christian Church in Revere and was very active in the Church. He was also part of its Praise Group. Arthur loved surfing, snowboarding, paintballing, hiking, fishing, fresco ball and soccer. His favorite team was Botafogo. Arthur touched the lives of all he met, through his kindness and compassion. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, selfless ways and huge heart.

In addition to his parents, he leaves his brother Marcos Gava, of Sao Paulo, Brazil; his maternal grandmother Angelina Erlacher Gava and paternal grandmother Odete Mattos Medici, both of Vila Velha, ES, Brazil; many uncles and aunts, including Marisa Medici and Marco Coutinho, of Revere; many cousins, including Sarah Coutinho, of Revere, and his fiancée Emily Rocha, of Everett.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, September 19, at the First United Methodist Church-Brazilian Ministry, 493 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Burial will be held in Vila Velha, ES, Brazil. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home (, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. All are invited to sign Arthur’s online guestbook at