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Robinson Funeral Home

Family Ownership - Over 70 years of family service.

Robinson Funeral Home was established in 1941 by Norman P. Robinson. At that time, there were many funeral homes in Melrose and opening another funeral home took great courage. But Norman was committed to staying in Melrose, and built a beautiful and spacious funeral home that would serve the people of Melrose for generations. At that time, funeral homes were often just renovated houses, and to this day, Robinson is one of the only funeral homes in the area that was specifically designed as a funeral home and has ample private parking.

In 1974 Norman's son, Jeffrey, began working alongside his father. Jeff and his wife, Nancy, raised their three children in Melrose, and in 1989 they embarked on a substantial renovation and addition to the funeral home, nearly doubling its size. In 2010, Jeff's son, Mark, became the third generation funeral director in the Robinson family. He graduated from the Funeral Institute of New England with honors and from Boston College, Class of 2005. After working as an apprentice, Mark gained the necessary experience to serve families of Melrose and the surrounding communities with as much devotion and care as his predecessors.

How We Promise to Serve You Better
Ethics
From 1941 to this day, we practice funeral service with only the best interest of your family in mind. From beginning to end, and in everything we do, we are only concerned with caring for your family. We are serving you and we do not take that for granted.
Trust
At Robinson Funeral Home we consider the opportunity to care for your loved one as a sacred trust. We know that trust is paramount in selecting a funeral home. Please know that we treat everyone as if they were a member of our own family; from the transfer to our facility, to ensuring that burial is completed properly, with dignity and respect.
Compassion
Because we are meeting you at a time of great emotional stress, we want to make the process as simple as possible. At our conferences, we take the burden off you, and address all your concerns with care. We continue our tradition of going far beyond what is expected from a funeral home.
Professionalism
We believe it is our privilege to provide you with the most meaningful, appropriate, and affordable service possible. We are led by our commitment to our community and we never compromise in our ethics, compassion and professional service.


Our Obituaries

Frank D. Thomas

November 5, 1940 - March 21, 2019

Mr. Frank D. Thomas, a resident of Saugus and formerly of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, at age 78. Frank was born in Chelsea on November 5, 1940, one of four children of the late Edgar W. Thomas and Effie (Penney) Thomas. Raised in Melrose, Frank graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1959. While in high school, Frank met...
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John P. Duggan , Jr.

September 27, 1942 - March 21, 2019

John P. Duggan Jr., longtime Lynnfield resident, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. He was 76. Born in Concord Massachusetts on September 27, 1942, John is one of three children of the late John P. and Elizabeth (Slimond) Duggan Sr. John grew up in Lynnfield and graduated high school in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart,...
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Frank N. Dente

November 10, 1927 - March 13, 2019

Mr. Frank N. Dente, a longtime resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester, at age 91. Frank was born in East Boston on November 10, 1927. Raised in East Boston during the Great Depression, Frank graduated from East Boston High School and entered the United States Navy at age 17. He served as a Seaman, 2nd Class during...
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Andrew T. "Andy" Savage

May 17, 1980 - March 12, 2019

Andrew T. "Andy" Savage, a Melrose resident, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at age 38. Andrew was born in Winchester on May 17, 1980, one of two sons of Thomas Savage and the late Kathlene "Kathy" (McLaughlin) Savage. Raised in Georgetown, he graduated from Georgetown High School, and from the University of New Hampshire, Class...
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Karl W. Barnstead

May 7, 1954 - March 8, 2019

Karl W. Barnstead, resident of Swampscott, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers with his family by his side. He was 64. Karl was born on May 7, 1954 in Melrose, one of three children of the late George W. and Edna M. (Carleton) Barnstead. Karl grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High. He enjoyed playing sports in his younger years,...
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Meiling (Wong) Hong

March 6, 2019

Meiling (Wong) Hong, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, at age 91. Meiling was born in Boston in 1928, one of nine children of the late Wong Jee and Woo Suen Gail. While visiting the Hoiping district of China in the mid 1930's with her parents, all U.S. citizens, Meiling and her family were kept...
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William A. Reale Jr.

December 26, 1963 - March 6, 2019

William A. Reale Jr., longtime Melrose resident, passed away from a sudden illness on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 55. Bill was born on December 26, 1963 in Malden, one of four children of the late William A. and Ann M. (Shea) Reale. He grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School in 1981. While in school, he developed a love and passion for...
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Peter A. Rossetti

November 26, 1942 - March 2, 2019

Peter A. Rossetti, a resident of Melrose, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age 76. Peter was born in Cambridge on November 26, 1942, and raised in the North End of Boston. After graduating from Christopher Columbus High School in the North End, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He served for four years and was honorably discharged in 1964. Peter was...
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Shirley Barter Washburn

June 27, 1920 - March 1, 2019

Shirley (Eaton) Barter Washburn, a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, and formerly a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019, at age 98. Shirley was born on June 27, 1920 in Melrose, one of two children of the late Frank S. Eaton and Florence (Worcester) Eaton. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Shirley was married to...
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Joseph A. Lettieri

January 16, 1944 - February 18, 2019

Mr. Joseph A. Lettieri, a longtime resident of Wakefield passed away suddenly on February 18, 2019, at age 75. Born in Boston on January 16, 1944, Joseph was raised in East Boston and graduated from English High School. He enlisted into the US Air Force in 1967 and served his country faithfully during the Vietnam War. After serving four years, Joseph received an honorable discharge as a Staff...
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Deanne M. (MacDonald) Clough

July 24, 1934 - February 15, 2019

Deanne entered the presence of her Lord February 15, 2019. Born in Boston, MA on July 24, 1934, she was the daughter of Harold MacDonald and Marion Elizabeth (Morgan) MacDonald. Deanne grew up in Medford, MA, became a lifelong resident of Melrose, MA, and relocated to Loudon, TN in her later years. She was married to her husband, Bradford H. Clough (predeceased) for nearly fifty years. ...
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John S. "Jack" Driscoll

August 31, 1934 - February 5, 2019

Mr. John S. "Jack" Driscoll, of Rye, NH, formerly of Melrose, and Topsfield, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital in Boston on February 5, 2019, at age 84. John was born in Melrose on August 31, 1934, one of ten children of the late James F. Driscoll and Mary E. (Fallon) Driscoll. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, and from Northeastern University. Jack...
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Robert J. Sammataro

August 17, 1946 - February 3, 2019

Mr. Robert J. Sammataro, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 3, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, at age 72. Robert was born on August 17, 1946 in Stoneham, son of the late Francis and Josephine (Castro) Sammataro. Raised in Everett, Bob graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1964, and enlisted into the United States...
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Edward F. Buckley

October 8, 1945 - January 30, 2019

Edward F. Buckley, a resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at the age of 73. Ed was born in Gloucester on October 8, 1945, one of six children of the late Dorothy (Walters) Robinson and his step-father Dewey Robinson. He was raised in Ipswich, and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1963. In 1965, he married his wife and...
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Mary M. Cail

December 16, 1926 - January 30, 2019

Mrs. Mary Milne (Beverley) Cail, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Oosterman's Rest Home in Melrose, at age 92. Mary was born on December 16, 1926 in Dorchester, one of three children of the late John G. Beverley and Barbara H. (Bruce) Beverley. Following a transcontinental voyage, young Mary was baptized into the Christian faith in...
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Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret

October 31, 1929 - January 25, 2019

Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, January 25, 2019 at her home. She was 89. Barbara was born in South Boston on October 31, 1929, one of seven children of the late Joseph J. and Barbara J. (Madden) Geary, who were originally from Ireland. She grew up in South Boston and enjoyed spending time going to Carson...
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William S. "Bill" Downie

February 20, 1931 - January 25, 2019

William S. "Bill" Downie, of Melrose, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Friday, January 25, 2019 at his home. He was 87. Bill was born on February 20, 1931 in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, one of eight children of the late William M. and Jane (Smith) Downie, originally of Scotland. He grew up in Sydney Mines until the family moved to Somerville in...
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Marshall Levy

June 28, 1933 - January 22, 2019

Marshall Levy, of Rockport, and formerly of Wakefield and Malden, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. He was 85. Marshall was born on June 28, 1933 in Malden, one of four children of the late Hyman and Frances (Swartz) Levy. He graduated from Malden High School in 1952 and Boston University in 1956. After...
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Norman E. Campbell

July 9, 1924 - January 21, 2019

Mr. Norman E. Campbell, of Lowell, formerly of Saugus and Malden, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019, at Lowell General Hospital, at age 94. Norman was born in Cambridge on July 9, 1924, one of five children of the late James P. Campbell, Jr. and Gladys E. (Slade) Campbell. At the request of his father, he waited until graduating from Cambridge Rindge Tech to enlist in the...
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Eva (Stubra) Yadgood

June 23, 1914 - January 14, 2019

Eva (Stubra) Yadgood, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Windsor Place in Wilmington. She was 104. Eva was born in Ziaukai, Lithuania on June 23, 1914, one of twelve children of the late Jurgis and Ilsa (Kilius) Stubris. Having graduated from teachers college in 1938, Eva taught school in Piktupenai, a town near the...
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Donald E. "Don" Garron

December 31, 1934 - January 13, 2019

Donald E. "Don" Garron, longtime Malden resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 84. Don was Born in Malden, one of eight children of the late Thomas and Irene (Broussard) Garron. Growing up in Malden, Don was very close with his brothers and sister, and it was a closeness that continued all throughout their lives. He developed a...
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June M. (Tuell) Cameron

April 9, 1926 - January 12, 2019

June M. (Tuell) Cameron, of Derry, NH., and formerly of Melrose and West Newbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Aurora Senior Living on Derry. She was 92. June was born in Melrose on April 9, 1926, one of three children of the late Ivan and Erma (Gould) Tuell. She grew up in Melrose living at the Tuell Nursing Home, the facility that her mother Erma founded. A 1944...
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Carolyn P. (Peebles) McLain

January 28, 1927 - January 9, 2019

Mrs. Carolyn "Carol" (Peebles) McLain, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Saugus Nursing Center. She was 91. Carol was born on January 28, 1927 to Professor Waldo C. Peebles of Boston University and Elinore J. (Cutting) Peebles in Newton, MA. She attended Chapel Hill School in Waltham, MA graduating in 1945 and Boston University, graduating...
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Marion B. (McCarron) Hebert

February 28, 1965 - January 8, 2019

Marion B. (McCarron) Hebert, a resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at age 53. Marion was born in Boston on February 28, 1965. She was raised in Malden where she graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1983. Marion resided in North Conway, NH for many years before moving to Melrose to be closer to family. Marion was a compassionate caregiver...
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Marilyn A. (Goss) DeRosa

April 24, 1935 - January 6, 2019

Marilyn A. (Goss) DeRosa, a resident of Melrose and formerly longtime of Everett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Wingate at Sudbury, at age 83. Marilyn was born in Everett on April 24, 1935, one of three children of the late William E. and Marion (Lynn) Goss. Raised in Everett, she graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1953 and began working for the telephone...
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Emilie P. (Pepper) Carpenter

June 29, 1919 - January 2, 2019

Emilie P. (Pepper) Carpenter, longtime resident of Winchester, passed away peacefully at Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She was 99. Emilie was born and raised in Melrose. She is the daughter of the late Chester L. and Flora M. (Gaillac) Pepper. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1937, and Bradford College in 1939. She...
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John C. "Jack" Twomey

April 1, 1955 - December 31, 2018

Lt. Col. John C. "Jack" Twomey, Jr., a resident of Melrose, passed away at home peacefully and unexpectedly on Monday, December 31, 2018, at age 63. Jack was born in Boston on April 1, 1955, one of two children of John C. Twomey, Sr. and Katherine (Mahoney) Twomey. He was raised in Reading and graduated from Austin Preparatory School, Class of 1973. In the spring of 1975, he attended the...
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David P. Jenney

January 19, 1939 - December 30, 2018

David P. Jenney, 79, of Melrose, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Seaview Retreat in Rowley. David was born on January 19, 1939 in North Reading to Kenneth and Margaret (Dulong) Jenney. David grew up in Reading, graduating from Reading High School, Class of 1957. While in school, David acquired a love of sports, and excelled in football, basketball,...
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Barbara E. (Elliott) Charlton

March 16, 1927 - December 26, 2018

Barbara E. (Elliott) Charlton, longtime resident of Melrose, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at her home. She was 91. Barbara was born in Arlington Massachusetts on March 16, 1927, one of five children of the late Claude V. and Beatrice (Ramsay) Elliott. She grew up in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School, and then graduated from Katharine Gibbs College in Boston. In her...
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Harold D. "Harry" Clark , Jr.

November 15, 1936 - December 25, 2018

Harold D. Clark, Jr. passed from this earth on December 25, 2018. He left us as he lived—kindly, gently, and full of love. He will remain in our hearts forever. We can honor him by seeking to live up to his standards: deep love for family and friends, perennial interest in and respect for people of all types, pleasure in museums and music and the power of art, constant curiosity and intellect,...
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Pauline "Polly" Porter

April 3, 1925 - December 22, 2018

Pauline "Polly" Porter, a longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford, at age 93. Pauline was born in Melrose, one of five children of the late William and Lillian (Ricker) Porter. She was raised in Melrose where she graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1943. Polly worked in banking as a bookkeeper for many...
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Barbara "Betty" Shea

October 2, 1924 - December 18, 2018

Mrs. Barbara M. (LaFave) "Betty" Shea, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Melrose Healthcare on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at age 94. Born on October 2, 1924, she was one of two children of the late Frederick R. LaFave and Bertha M. (Von Schoppe) LaFave. She worked as an administrative secretary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for over 30 years, retiring in 1998....
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Robert A. Pigeon

August 22, 1952 - December 11, 2018

Robert A. Pigeon, a longtime Melrose resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 66. Born on August 22, 1952 in Winthrop, Bob was one of six children of the late Ernest W. and Ruth M. (Luke) Pigeon. Bob was raised in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in English from Salem...
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Marion V. (Snow) Taylor

November 26, 1923 - December 9, 2018

Marion V. (Snow) Taylor, of Melrose passed away at home surrounded by family on Dec. 9, 2018, at age 95. Marion was born in Newfoundland Canada on November 26, 1923, one of ten children of the late William and May (French) Snow. Marion loved her family dearly. Time spent with her husband Val and her children was cherished. Around the house, Marion took joy in knitting, gardening, cooking...
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Marilyn J. (Hamilton) Stiles

September 6, 1928 - December 9, 2018

Marilyn J. (Hamilton) Stiles, of Norton, formerly of Harwich and Melrose, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Wingate of Norton, at age 90. Born on September 6, 1928 in Stoneham, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mary (Bucci) Hamilton. She was raised on Slayton Road in Melrose and enjoyed playing softball at Melrose High School. Known as "Mal" in high...
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E. Charlotte Pfizenmayer

May 31, 1916 - December 8, 2018

Charlotte Pfizenmayer, resident of Melrose, and formerly of Hollywood, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, December 8, 2018. She was 102. Charlotte was born on May 31, 1916 in Queens New York, one of two children of the late Frederick W. and Edna (Wilson) Pfizenmayer. Charlotte grew up in Woodhaven and Hollis, New York. She graduated from Hemstead High School in New York, and in 1937,...
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Nancy A. (Brooks) Sassone

September 8, 1945 - December 6, 2018

Nancy A. (Brooks) Sassone, of Melrose, and formerly of South Boston, died peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at her home. She was 73. Nancy was born on September 8, 1945 in Quincy, one of nine children of the late George W. and Alice Marie (Culkin) Brooks. She grew up in South Boston and graduated from South Boston High School in 1963. Nancy met Vincent J. Sassone II, while they...
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Rev. Patrick J. Kelly

April 3, 1924 - December 6, 2018

Rev. Patrick J. Kelly, a kind and humble priest for 70 years in the Archdiocese of Boston, passed away peacefully in Boston on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at age 94. Fr. Pat was born in Boston on April 3, 1924, one of two children of the late Patrick J. Kelly and Margaret (Mitchell) Kelly. He was raised in Brookline, where he graduated from St. Mary's High School. Fr. Pat went on to graduate...
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Jonathan P. Simpson

November 10, 1941 - November 30, 2018

Jonathan P. Simpson, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Daniels House in Reading, at age 77. Born in Winchester on November 10, 1941, he was one of four children of the late Raymond and Lorna (Pratt) Simpson. Raised in Lynnfield, he graduated from Wakefield High School, Class of 1959, and from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1963....
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Barry L. Blackwell

March 21, 1941 - November 29, 2018

Barry L. Blackwell, a longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at age 77. Barry was born in Burlington, Vermont on March 21, 1941, one of two sons of the late Alice C. (Story) and Irving W. Blackwell. Raised on a dairy farm on the edge of Lake Champlain in North Hero, VT, the importance of resourcefulness...
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Walter L. Coffin

September 4, 1933 - November 20, 2018

Walter L. Coffin, longtime Melrose resident, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. He was 85. Walter was born in Melrose on September 4, 1933, one of two children of the late Vaughn A. Coffin, Sr., and Ila (MacKey) Coffin. He grew up in Melrose, and enjoyed going swimming at Ell Pond, and walking through the woods with his friends. He...
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Kenneth Forbes

November 28, 1959 - November 13, 2018

Kenneth Forbes, of Newton, New Hampshire, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at age 58. Born in Malden on November 28, 1959, Ken was one of four sons. He was raised in Andover where he graduated from Andover High School. A hard working man, Ken was employed as a truck driver for Lily Corp. for many years. Ken enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved a classic...
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William S. "Bill" Kennedy, Sr.

July 13, 1933 - November 5, 2018

William S. "Bill" Kennedy, Sr., lifelong Melrose resident, died peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2018 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 85. Bill was born in Medford on July 13, 1933, one of two children of the late Stanford and Grace M. (Bratten) Kennedy. He was raised in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1951. After graduation, he enlisted in the...
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Janet L. (Miner) Benard

November 7, 1953 - November 2, 2018

Mrs. Janet L. (Miner) Benard, a resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital on Friday, November 2, 2018, at age 64. Born on November 7, 1953 in Stoneham, Janet was one of four children of the late Walter C. Miner and Lucy A. (Hermann) Miner. Raised in Melrose, Janet was a freshman at Melrose High School when she met Ed Benard at the Fireman's Carnival on...
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Shirley A. (Holmes) Anastas

January 26, 1939 - October 31, 2018

Mrs. Shirley A. (Holmes) Anastas, of Peabody and formerly longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Brooksby Village on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at age 79. Shirley was born on January 26, 1939 in Boston, one of five children of the late John L. Holmes and Ruth B. (Mackay) Holmes. She was raised and educated in Brighton and graduated from Westbrook Jr. College in Maine....
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Warren C. Clark

February 9, 1950 - October 26, 2018

Warren Chase Clark, lifelong resident of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 26, 2018. He was 68. Warren was born in Melrose on February 9, 1950, one of four children of Elinor B. (Bickford) Clark, and the late Glenn G. Clark. Warren grew up in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School. He went on to work for the City of Melrose Department of Public Works, and was also an...
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Audrey F. (Johnson) Cameron

August 31, 1935 - October 25, 2018

Audrey F. (Johnson) Cameron, longtime Melrose resident, died peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Brooksby Village. She was 83. Audrey was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, on August 31, 1935, one of the three children of the late Lewis and Helen (Whiteway) Johnson. Audrey grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia, eventually graduating from college with an Associates...
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Alyssa Rose Conte

September 15, 1989 - October 25, 2018

Alyssa Rose Conte, full of life and a strong young woman, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Reading surrounded by the love of her family. She was 29. Alyssa was born on September 15, 1989 in Winchester, the daughter of David W. and Janice M. (Corso) Conte. She was raised and educated in Melrose and Wakefield, before graduating from Woburn High School. Alyssa lived...
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Sally E. (Marsolais) Kennedy

July 14, 1935 - October 22, 2018

Sally E. (Marsolais) Kennedy, proud and lifelong resident of Melrose, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2018 at Life Care of Merrimac Valley. She was 83. Sally was born in Tewksbury on July 14, 1935, one of two children of the late Dr. Roland Marsolais and Elizabeth (Whittaker) Marsolais. Sally grew up in Melrose, and enjoyed spending summers on Conomo Point with her family. Sally...
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Martha Ann Finigian

September 27, 1965 - October 17, 2018

Martha Ann (Aversa) Finigian, a resident of Ft Myers, Florida and formerly of Methuen and Stoneham, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at age 53. Ann was born on September 27, 1965 in Melrose, one of three children of the late Martin Finigian, Jr. and Mary G. (Kelley) Finigian. Ann was raised in Stoneham where she graduated from Stoneham High School. She...
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Joanne (Carr) "Jo" Field

June 10, 1934 - October 16, 2018

Joanne (Carr) "Jo" Field, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Oosterman's Rest Home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at age 84. Joanne was born on June 10, 1934, one of three children of the late Harris A. and Edith (Peterson) Carr. A true "island girl" Joanne was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard where she grew up working at the family candy store, Darling's in Oak...
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Patricia L. (Stumpf) DiGiantommaso

December 9, 1930 - October 15, 2018

Patricia L. (Stumpf) DiGiantommaso, age 87, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover. Patricia was born on December 9, 1930 in Saugus, one of eight children of the late Howard Stumpf and the late Mary (Flaherty) Stumpf. Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Edward A. DiGiantommaso. Loving mother of Robert J....
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Bertha F. Richardson

September 10, 1915 - October 13, 2018

Bertha F. Richardson, resident of La Jolla, CA., and formerly of Melrose, died peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2018. She was 103. Bertha was born in Melrose on September 10, 1915, one of four children of the late Francis H. and Mabel F. (Palmer) Richardson. Bertha grew up in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1933, and the Massachusetts College of Art in 1938. She worked...
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Rosamond K. (Smith) "Posy" Parks

January 14, 1925 - October 12, 2018

Rosamond K. "Posy" Parks, longtime Stoneham resident, died peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was 93. Posy was born on January 14, 1925 in Malden, one of three children of the late Fred C. and Ruth E. (Williams) Smith. She grew up in Malden, graduating from Malden High in 1943. While in school she developed her love of music. She played...
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Constance M. "Connie" Rand

September 30, 1932 - October 10, 2018

Constance M. (Leving) "Connie" Rand, longtime resident of Melrose, died peacefully, Wednesday October 10, 2018 with her family by her side at the age of 86. Connie was born in Melrose, the youngest of five children of the late Leonard and Theresa (Grassie) Leving. Connie spent many summers in Cohasset as a child and later enjoyed summers on the Parker River in Newbury. She was a graduate of...
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Alice (Powers) DeSimone

September 29, 1925 - October 5, 2018

Alice (Powers) DeSimone, a resident of Medford, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 5, 2018, at age 93. Alice was born in Medway, Maine, one of eight children to the late Nicholas and Stella (Lee) Powers. Born during the Great Depression, Alice was forever shaped with the mindset of independence and hard work. She supported her young family as a hostess at Logan Airport...
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Ryan Killian O'Connor

March 9, 1989 - September 19, 2018

Ryan Killian O'Connor, 29, a resident of Braintree, passed away from a broken heart on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, after the loss of his beautiful wife Tara Gildea O'Connor. The oldest of four children, Ryan was born in Stoneham on March 9, 1989. He was raised on the U.S. Army's Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ryan graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 2007 before attending...
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Robert E. Delaney

August 5, 1926 - September 19, 2018

Mr. Robert E. Delaney, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at age 92. Robert Delaney was born in Melrose on August 5, 1926, one of three sons of the late Grace (Carlan) and Daniel J. Delaney. He was raised in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School, and served as a Corporal in...
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Robert E. Sherman

May 12, 1939 - September 12, 2018

Mr. Robert E. Sherman, a resident of Stoneham, and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at age 79. Robert was born in Melrose on May 12, 1939, son of the late Dorothy E. (Burgess) Sherman. After graduating from Melrose High School, Class of 1957, Bob served in the US Coast Guard Reserves. He then...
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William H. Woolley

May 28, 1930 - September 3, 2018

Mr. William H. Woolley, a resident of Wakefield and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away at home on Monday, September 3, 2018 at age 88. William was born in Melrose on May 28, 1930, one of three children of the late George W. and Margaret (Morrison) Woolley. Raised in Melrose, Bill graduated from Melrose High School. In the late 1940's, he starred on an undefeated Melrose High Football...
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Arthur F. Mahoney

October 9, 1936 - August 30, 2018

Arthur F. Mahoney, 81, of Eliot Maine and formerly of Malden, died on August 30, 2018 at his home. Arthur was born on October 9, 1936 in Malden, to Irish Immigrants, the late John and Mary Mahoney. He grew up in Malden, and graduated from Malden Vocational School in 1954. He met his future wife Joan L. Selig, and was married on January 10, 1954. They went on to share 63 wonderful years...
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Arnold C. Wilson

May 31, 1931 - August 25, 2018

Arnold C. Wilson, long time Melrose resident, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Chestnut Woods in Saugus with his family by his side. He was 87. Arnold was born on May 31, 1931 in Malden, to the late Swedish immigrants Henry and Anna (Johnson) Wilson. Arnold served in the United States Air Force from 1949 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Barbara J. (Ogilvie) Wilson for...
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Donald C. Roche

April 16, 1956 - August 25, 2018

Don Roche died peacefully on Saturday, August 25,2018 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a valiant battle against Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, a very rare blood cancer. He was 62. Born on April 16, 1956 in Stoneham he as was a son of the late Frederick F. Roche Sr. Raised and educated in Melrose alongside his two older brothers, he was a graduate of Northeast Regional...
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Robert L. Durette

April 12, 1926 - August 23, 2018

Mr. Robert L. Durette, of Malden, died at home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. He was 92. Bob was born April 12, 1926 a son of the late Joachim P. 'Pete' and Isabella (Roy) Durette. A graduate of Durfee High School he then attended business school in Providence. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Bob married Pauline G. Tremblay on June 11, 1949 in Saint Anne's Church in...
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Thomas M. Loftus

October 30, 1940 - August 13, 2018

Thomas M. Loftus, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away into eternal life peacefully at home on Monday, August 13, 2018, at age 77. Tom was born in Somerville on October 30, 1940, one of seven children of the late Redmond and Catherine (Flaherty) Loftus. Raised in Dorchester and East Boston, Tom graduated from Don Bosco High School in E. Boston. A proud Irish-American, Tom served his...
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Therese M. "Terry" Crowley

January 28, 1946 - August 1, 2018

Therese M. (Boyes) Crowley, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at age 72. Therese was born in Medford on January 28, 1946, one of six children of the late Joseph Boyes and Mary (Hickey) Boyes. She was raised and educated in Malden. Therese, known as "Terry" was first and foremost a...
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Corinne E. Faulkner

May 15, 1935 - July 30, 2018

Corinne E. (Kellington) Faulkner, a resident of Everett, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital on Monday, July 30, 2018, at age 83. Corinne was born in Stoneham, one of four children of the late John C. Kellington and Elizabeth (Stanley) Kellington. She was raised in Malden where she graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1954. She worked as a cook at Mass General Hospital and...
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Joan D. Azevedo

July 12, 1940 - July 29, 2018

Joan D. (Mahoney) Azevedo, longtime resident of Melrose, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully, with her loving family at her side, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at age 78. Born on July 12, 1940 in Boston, Joan was the second of three children born to the late Michael J. and Mary C. (O'Donnell) Mahoney. She was raised and educated in...
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Phyllis Grace (Martin) Henderson

September 17, 1938 - July 27, 2018

Phyllis G. (Martin) Henderson, of Effingham, NH and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, NH on Friday, July 27, 2018, at age 79. Phyllis was born in E. Boston on September 17, 1938, the daughter of the late Walter S. and Dorothy (Jones) Martin. She was raised in Melrose where she graduated from Melrose High School,...
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Katherine E. (Kelly) "Katty" Ryan

April 27, 1935 - July 25, 2018

Katherine E. (Kelly) "Katty" Ryan, of Reading, formerly longtime of Malden, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Care One in Wilmington, at age 83. Katherine was born on April 27, 1935 in Malden, one of four children of the late Timothy Kelly and Lena (Radley) Kelly. Raised and educated in Malden, Katherine was married to the late Edward F. Ryan and they settled in Malden to...
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George F. Roberts

December 21, 1949 - July 19, 2018

George F. Roberts, longtime Melrose resident, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 with his family by his side at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68. George was born on December 21, 1949 in Cambridge, one of six children of the late John Roberts and surviving mother Alice (Goffredo) Roberts. He grew up in a large Irish/Italian-American family in Cambridge and...
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William K. Faulkner

November 14, 1947 - July 10, 2018

William K. Faulkner, a longtime resident of Marblehead, passed away peacefully at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at age 70, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born on November 14, 1947 in Melrose, a few minutes after the birth of his twin sister Janet, surprising his parents. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1965....
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Dominic "Buddy" Parro

September 24, 1923 - July 9, 2018

Dominic "Buddy" Parro, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 9, 2018, at age 94. Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Michael Parro and Olive (Kimble) Parro. As a young man, Buddy met the love of his life Ernestine Nicolini who he married on October 18, 1946 and they shared 62 years of marriage before her death in 2009. Buddy was proud of...
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Maryse Lafrance

January 11, 1976 - July 8, 2018

Maryse Lafrance, resident of Rockland, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. She was 42. Maryse was born on January 11, 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, a daughter of Max Stephen and Antonide Lafrance. The family moved back to Haiti when Maryse was very young, and she spent the first part of her childhood there, then moved to the United States at the age of nine....
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Lois (Sharpless) Pfatteicher

June 22, 1936 - June 30, 2018

Mrs. Lois (Sharpless) Pfatteicher, a resident of Melrose, MA, formerly of Pittsburgh and East Stroudsburg, PA, passed away at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at age 82. Lois was born on June 22, 1936 in Philadelphia, one of three daughters of the late Thomas and Adelia (Cunningham) Sharpless. She was raised in Philadelphia where she graduated from Overbrook...
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Patricia A. "Pat" (Leeman) Thomas

December 5, 1941 - June 28, 2018

Patricia A. "Pat" (Leeman) Thomas, a resident of Saugus, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was 76. Pat was born on December 5, 1941 in Melrose, one of two children of the late Wilbur C. and Lillian (Pace) Leeman. Pat grew up in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1959. Pat and Frank D. Thomas went all through school...
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John B. "Jack" Fandel

August 20, 1929 - June 26, 2018

John B. "Jack" Fandel, of Melrose, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford with his family by his side. He was 88. Jack was born in Everett on August 20, 1929, one of eight children of the late William J. and Marion (Burns) Fandel. Jack was a US Navy Veteran, serving 2 terms of service on the USS Macon during the Korean War. Upon completion of his service...
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Jessie A. (Smith) Freda

November 11, 1931 - June 22, 2018

Jessie A. (Smith) Freda, lifelong Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, June, 22, 2018 with her family by her side. She was 86. Born on November 11, 1931 in Stoneham, Jessie was one of two children of the late Harry F. and Grace (Stewart) Smith. Jessie grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1950. After High School, she attended Chandler College in Boston...
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Tara Gildea (Wadsworth) O'Connor

August 5, 1988 - June 19, 2018

Tara Gildea (Wadsworth) O'Connor Of Braintree, unexpectedly passed away on June 19, 2018, at age 29. Tara is survived by her beloved husband Ryan K. O'Connor, her treasured daughter Mackenzie Rose, her devoted mother Catherine Gildea and her husband Michael Stacy of Braintree, her loving brother Johnny Wadsworth of Lewisburg, WV, loving sister Mary Wadsworth of San Diego, CA, loving mother and...
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Priscilla M. (Murch) Copeland

August 17, 1932 - June 18, 2018

Priscilla M. (Murch) Copeland, of Reading, and a long time resident of Melrose, died on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading with her family by her side. She was 85. Priscilla was born on August 17, 1932 in Stoneham to the late Charles Murray and Janie Laura (Gratto) Murch. She was the youngest of three daughters and raised in Everett. As a teenager she worked at...
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Garry N. Bean

March 28, 1925 - June 17, 2018

Garry N. Bean, a resident of Westwood, and formerly of Peabody, MA and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at age 93. Garry was one of two children of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth (Parkes) Bean. He was raised in Melrose where he excelled as a student-athlete, playing football, hockey and basketball. After graduating from...
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Isabelle J. (Longo) Adinolfi

March 17, 1932 - June 16, 2018

Isabelle J. (Longo) Adinolfi, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age 86. Born on March 17, 1932 in Melrose, Isabelle was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. She attended beauty school in Boston, and became a hairdresser at Chatelein's on Franklin Street in...
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Louise R. Chase

March 22, 1932 - June 14, 2018

Louise R. (Farrell) Chase, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at age 86. Louise was born in Melrose on March 22, 1932, one of three children of the late John J. Farrell, Sr. and Ada A. (Goff) Farrell. Raised in Melrose, Louise graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1950. After graduating, Louise worked in bookkeeping...
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Nancy A. (Corvino) Ingemi

March 2, 1936 - June 8, 2018

Mrs. Nancy A. (Corvino) Ingemi, a resident of Peabody and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 8, 2018, at age 82. Born in Boston on March 2, 1936, Nancy was one of nine children of the late Pasquale and Rose (Ferrante) Corvino. Raised in Everett, Nancy learned the value of family from a young age. As the second oldest of nine...
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George J. Jannino, Jr.

April 9, 1939 - June 7, 2018

Mr. George J. Jannino, Jr., a resident of Melrose and formerly of Everett, passed away peacefully at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on June 7, 2018, at age 79. George was born on April 9, 1939 in Chelsea, one of three sons of the late George J. Jannino and Mary (Gymziak) Jannino. Raised in Chelsea, George graduated from Chelsea High School where he excelled as a star athlete...
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Frank P. Rinfret

December 19, 1927 - June 5, 2018

Frank P. Rinfret, President and Owner of East Coast Electronics and resident of Saugus, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at age 90. Born in Boston on December 19, 1927, he was one of two sons of the late Francis R. Rinfret and Mildred (McWade) Rinfret. Frank was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford...
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Philip D. "Phil" Wetherbee

August 20, 1952 - June 2, 2018

Philip D. "Phil" Wetherbee, 65, of Hampton, NH, died suddenly on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his home. Phil was born on August 20, 1952 in Melrose, one of three children of the late Alfred and Elizabeth (Churchey) Wetherbee. Phil grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1970, where he excelled in sports, particularly, wrestling and soccer. He attended Northeastern...
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William F. Mokeler, Jr.

April 18, 1942 - June 1, 2018

William F. Mokeler, Jr., a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Dexter House in Malden, at age 76. Born in Boston, on April 18, 1942, he was the son of the late William F. Mokeler and Mary Hilda Mokeler. He was raised in Revere where he graduated from Revere High School. Bill enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 at the beginning of the...
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Alexander L. Johnston

March 14, 1933 - May 30, 2018

Alexander L. Johnston, longtime Melrose resident, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Lahey Hospital in Burlington. He was 85. Alexander was born in Glasgow Scotland on March 14, 1933, one of two children of the late Henry and Isabella (Storrar) Johnston. He grew up in Dennistoun Glasgow, where he enjoyed playing soccer, and graduated from the White Hill Secondary School. He joined the British...
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Edward P. "Eddie" Kelley

August 13, 1964 - May 25, 2018

Edward P. "Eddie" Kelley, age 53, President of Kirkwood Printing Co., and a resident of Boxford, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. Eddie was born on August 13, 1964 in Melrose, one of three children of Catherine (Canzano) Kelley and the late Charles O. Kelley. He grew up in Melrose and Wakefield, and graduated from the North East Regional...
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Sze Kee Yee

December 9, 1943 - May 25, 2018

Sze Kee Yee, a resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 25, 2018, at age 74. Kee was born in Canton, China on December 9, 1943. Married to Li Fang Chen in 1973, Kee immigrated to the United States in 1979 to start a life for his family. He began working at his family's restaurant in Brooklyn, NY where he learned skills to become a...
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Susan D. (Allen) "Dixie" Clark

June 23, 1937 - May 20, 2018

Susan D. (Allen) "Dixie" Clark, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2018 after a long battle with cancer at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. She lived 80 full years of life. Born on June 23, 1937 in Melrose, she was one of three children of the late Ralph W. Allen and Helen W. Allen. Susan, who was known as "Dixie" from the time she was born,...
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G. Dana Bill

May 6, 1926 - May 16, 2018

G. Dana Bill, a longtime resident of Boxford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody, at age 92. Dana was born in Boston on May 6, 1926, one of two children of the late George Dana Bill and Bertha (Wood) Bill. Raised in Malden, Dana was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of '44 and was proud to represent...
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Rhoda H. (Churchill) Schermerhorn

June 21, 1927 - May 16, 2018

Rhoda H. (Churchill) Schermerhorn, longtime Melrose resident, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital at the age of 90. Rhoda was born on June 21, 1927 in Troy, NY., the only child of Randolph P. and Hope E. (Young) Churchill. At a young age, her family moved to Melrose Massachusetts, where she grew up. She graduated from Cushing Academy in 1945, and Mt. Ida College in...
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Jean B. (Barnard) Corliss

June 17, 1921 - May 13, 2018

Jean B. (Barnard) Corliss, resident of Melrose and Wakefield, died peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in her home at Brightview in Wakefield. Jean was born on June 17, 1921 in Everett, one of three children of the late Bradford and Pearl (McGinnis) Barnard. Jean is the beloved wife of the late Richard F. Corliss. Devoted mother of Janet C. Kazo and her husband Hiroshi of New York City,...
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Angelo R. D'Ambrosio

October 24, 1942 - April 29, 2018

Angelo R. D'Ambrosio, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age 75. Angelo was born on October 24, 1942 in Boston, one of five children of the late Joseph T. and Molly (Ciocco) D'Ambrosio. Angelo was raised in the North End of Boston before moving to Melrose with his family where he graduated from high school with ...
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George R. Kelloway, Sr.

April 17, 1928 - April 20, 2018

Mr. George R. Kelloway, Sr., of Epsom, NH and formerly longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 20, 2018, at age 90. George was born on April 17, 1928 in Winchester, one of ten children of the late William and Gertrude (Parsons) Kelloway. Raised in Wakefield, George enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17 before graduating from high school. He served...
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Joan B. Gardner

January 23, 1929 - April 16, 2018

Mrs. Joan B. Gardner, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House on Monday, April 16, 2018, at age 89. Joan was born on January 23, 1929, the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Bertha (Hawes) Batchelder. Raised in Melrose, she graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1947 and received training to become a dental hygienist from the Forsyth...
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Marion F. (Crosier) Ewell

November 14, 1929 - April 13, 2018

Marion Frances (Crosier) Ewell, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham, at age 88. Marion was married to the late Philip L. Ewell for 36 years before his early death in 1984. Marion was born in Waltham on November 14, 1929, one of two children of the late William W. and Edith Marion (Winslow) Crosier. Marion...
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William L. "Bill" Donovan

March 21, 1933 - April 12, 2018

William L. "Bill" Donovan, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at NCH North Naples Hospital in Naples, FL on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at age 85. Bill was born on March 21, 1933 in Melrose, one of two sons of the late John H. Donovan and Dorothy (Livingston) Donovan. Raised in Stoneham, Bill attended St. Mary's School in Melrose and Stoneham High School. In 1953, he married...
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