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Gately Funeral Home

John W. Gately, the fourth generation of Gately Funeral Home, received his funeral director's license in 1984 and ran the business with his grandmother Mary J. Gately and mother Elinor T. Gately. John W. Gately married Lorraine (McCarthy) Gately and they have two children: John Henry Gately (5th generation) and Melissa G. Gately. Elinor T. Gately and John W. Gately worked side by side for 15 years. John W., Lorraine M., John H. and Melissa G. Gately will continue the legacy of the Gately Family and Gately Funeral Service Inc.

We have very modern facilities at Gately Funeral Home. The building went through an entire renovation in 1994-1995 with additions, handicap accessibility, handicap bathrooms, and a beautiful entrance way with a lower and upper lobby.

Our facilities consist of two viewing rooms to accommodate all types of funerals from very large crowds as well as an intimate viewing room with a fireplace for private funerals and smaller families that are not expecting a lot of people to attend. The decor is exquisite, with very bright and soft colors, beautiful tile bathrooms and entrance ways and centrally located in the heart of downtown Melrose. Our spacious entrance way allows people to enter the building, get out of the elements, hang up their coats and use the restrooms before paying their respects to the family.


Our Obituaries

Mary A. (Paone) Miano

June 7, 1921 - February 11, 2016

Mary A. (Paone) Miano, of Salem, formerly of Melrose, died at home on Feb. 11, 2016 at the age of 94. Mary was born in Chelsea, raised in East Boston and a graduate of The Fitton School in East Boston. She resided in East Boston until 1967, 38 years in Melrose and the past 10 years in Salem. Mary was a homemaker and member of both St. Mary's & Incarnation Churches in Melrose for many years. She...
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Alfred J. Pawlak

April 23, 1929 - February 11, 2016

Alfred J. Pawlak, of Melrose, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Feb. 11, 2016 at the age of 86. Al was born and raised in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School. He served his country as a Medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he resided in Chelsea until 1955 and the past 60 years in Melrose. Al worked as a Manager for W. T. Grant...
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Mary T. (Aldus) Laskey

August 8, 1932 - February 8, 2016

Mary T. (Aldus) Laskey, of Melrose, died on Feb. 8, 2016 at the age of 83. Mary was born in Boston, raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1949. She resided in East Boston until 1952 and Melrose for the past 60 years. Mary was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose and volunteered at St. Mary's rectory & Mystic Valley Elder Services for many years....
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James S. Cohen

August 30, 1934 - February 8, 2016

James S. Cohen passed away at Lahey Clinic in Burlington on February 8, 2016. He was 81 years of age. James was born in Boston on August 30, 1934 to the late Ira & Arlene (Akers) Cohen, was raised in Allston and Dorchester and graduated from Boston Trade School. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Congregational Retirement Homes in Melrose for over 20 years and had previously worked in...
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Eric R. Haak

July 21, 1956 - February 5, 2016

Eric R. Haak, of Derry, NH, formerly of North Reading, MA, died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2016 at the age of 59. Eric was born in Somerville, MA, a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1975 and played on the Tennis & Basketball teams at North Reading High School. He resided in North Reading for many years and the past 34 years in Derry, NH. Eric enjoyed playing softball for Tops...
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Joan C. Crowther

June 11, 1934 - February 5, 2016

Joan C. (Smith) Crowther of Melrose, MA. June 11, 1934 – February 5, 2016. Beloved wife of William D. Crowther with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. A graduate of both St Mary's Parish School and Salem State College, Joan enjoyed a career spanning 25 years as an elementary school teacher in Melrose. Devoted mother of Carole Crowther of Melrose, Kathleen Calabro and her husband David of...
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Rosemary M. DeRoche

April 5, 1930 - February 3, 2016

Rosemary M. (Crowley) DeRoche, of Melrose, passed away on February 3, 2016 at the age of 85. Rosemary was born in Melrose on April 5, 1930 to Edward and Henrietta (Duggan) Crowley. She was one of eight children. Rosemary was raised in Melrose and attended the St. Mary's School. She later married the late John DeRoche and had three children of her own. Rosemary was a devoted mother and her world...
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Louis D. Santos

September 24, 1936 - February 2, 2016

Louis D. Santos, of Melrose, died on February 2, 2016 at the age of 79, after a courageous battle with cancer. Louis was born in Cambridge, MA to John and Annie (Silva) Santos on September 24, 1936. He was raised in Cambridge and attended Cambridge schools. After high school, Louis joined the National Guard and served honorably for several years. Louis married Joan M. (O'Hare) Santos and had...
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Helen A. (Ostrander) Emerson

January 26, 1932 - January 29, 2016

Helen A. (Ostrander) Emerson of Bradford, MA died unexpectedly at the age of 84 on January 29, 2016, after a short illness. She was born and raised in Windsor, NY the daughter of the late Caroline and William Ostrander. She was one of four sisters, Ginger Colpitts and Wilda Colpitts of Windsor, NY and the late Madge Ellis of Longwood, Florida. All of whom worked on their family farm in upstate...
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John J. Kelley

June 26, 1934 - January 29, 2016

John J. Kelley passed away at his home in Melrose on January 29, 2016. He was 81 years of age. John was born in Malden to the late John & Esther (Jordan) Kelley and was raised in Malden. Graduated from Malden high school class of 1952 where he met his high school sweetheart who became the love of his life for over 60 years. After graduating from Boston University he served his country with pride...
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Ann M. (Madden) Gleason

January 29, 1948 - January 27, 2016

Ann M. (Madden) Gleason passed away at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston on January 27, 2016. She was only 67 years of age. Ann was born in Melrose on January 29, 1948 to the late Thomas & Ann (Herlin) Madden. She was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and Melrose High School. Ann lived in Melrose for many years, Everett for a few years and Malden for the past 20 years...
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Charles A. Hart

May 9, 1926 - January 25, 2016

Charles A. Hart, of Melrose, died surrounded by family on January 25, 2016 at the age of 89. Charles was born in Brookline, MA on May 9, 1926 to Charles and Evelyn (Mahoney) Hart. He was raised in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School. After high school, Charles enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably during WWII. Upon returning from the Navy, Charles continued his...
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Robert Patrick Davey Jr.

December 27, 1996 - January 18, 2016

Robert Patrick Davey Jr. died suddenly in Melrose on January 18, 2016 at the age of 19. Robert was born in Melrose, was raised in Melrose and was currently a junior at Melrose High School. Mr. Davey had a smile that would light up a room. He enjoyed playing recreational basketball at the YMCA, riding his skateboard, dirt bikes & quads and while he was in elementary school he played baseball in...
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Michael F. Keddie

February 26, 1969 - January 16, 2016

Michael F. Keddie, of Peabody, formerly of Melrose, died on January 16, 2016 at the age of 46. Michael was born in Melrose on February 26, 1969 to Edward and Mary (Ozea) Keddie. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1987. After high school, Michael lived in Malden for a few years, then Leominster for several years, before settling in Peabody where he lived for the...
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John Owen Curran

March 31, 1921 - January 14, 2016

John Owen Curran passed away on January 14, 2016 at his home in Wakefield surrounded by family. He was 94 years of age. John was born in Dorchester on March 31, 1921 to the late William & Ethel (Owen) Curran. He was raised in East Boston & Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School. Mr. Curran joined the US Army and served his country with pride during WWII, he also was a Merchant Marine...
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Karen L. (McCarthy) West

May 4, 1951 - January 12, 2016

Karen L. (McCarthy) West, of Lynn, formerly of Peabody, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Jan. 12, 2016 at the age of 64. Karen was born in Lawrence, raised in Andover and was a graduate of Andover High School. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and her master's degree from Salem State University. Karen resided in Peabody for 21 years...
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Paul H. Caron

June 11, 1930 - January 12, 2016

Paul H. Caron passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on January 12, 2016 at the age of 85. Paul was born in Melrose on June 11, 1930 to Elzear & Louise (Doucette) Caron, was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1948 and has been a lifelong resident. He entered the service in 1952 and served his country with pride in the US Army during the Korean War. Mr. Caron was...
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Patricia A. (Farrington) Christanko

December 13, 1946 - January 12, 2016

Patricia A. (Farrington) Christanko passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on January 12, 2016. She was 69 years of age. Patricia was born in Malden on December 13, 1946, was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett Vocational School in 1964. She lived in Lynn for many years, Florida for a few years and the past 5 years in Melrose. Pat worked as a filing clerk and secretary at the New...
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Antonette A. (Barbaro) Hurwitz

July 23, 1924 - January 6, 2016

Antonette A. (Barbaro) Hurwitz passed away at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on January 6, 2016. She was 91 years of age. She was born in Boston on July 23, 1924 to the late Charles & Angelina (Macaluso) Barbaro. Antonette was raised in the North End of Boston, lived in Everett for several years and most of her life in Salem. Mrs. Hurwitz worked as a bookkeeper for over many...
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Albert J. Toomey

August 5, 1944 - January 4, 2016

Albert J. Toomey passed away at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on January 4, 2016. He was 71 years of age. Albert was born in Cambridge on August 5, 1944 to the late Albert & Dorothy Toomey. He was raised in Everett, graduated from the Everett Vocational School with a degree in electrical. In 1966 Albert joined the US Army and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1972...
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Louise J. (Albano) Leone

January 17, 1922 - January 3, 2016

Louise J. (Albano) Leone, of Melrose, died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on January 3, 2016. Born on January 17, 1922, she was 93. Beloved wife of the late Victor J. Leone Sr. for 69 years. Devoted mother of Margaret Leone of Tewksbury and Victor J. Leone Jr. & his wife Carolina of Lynnfield. Cherished grandmother of Matthew Pescatore & his wife Pina of Tewksbury, Melissa...
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Alice D. (Dorn) Flynn

June 12, 1926 - January 2, 2016

Alice D. (Dorn) Flynn, of Peabody & Ft Lauderdale, FL, formerly of Melrose, died at the Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Danvers on Jan. 2, 2016 at the age of 89. Alice was born in Malden, raised in Melrose, a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1944 and The Chandler School in Boston. She worked for the Malden Trust Company in Malden, drove for Meals on Wheels and was also the owner...
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Michael T. Deal

December 1, 1981 - January 1, 2016

Michael T. Deal, of Melrose, Jan. 1, 2016. Michael was born & raised in Melrose and attended Melrose High School. He resided in Melrose for most of his life and Malden for several years. Michael's daughter Isobel was the most important part of his life. He was a talented artist and enjoyed music, sports, fishing, drawing, riding his bike and hitting golf balls at the driving range. He had a...
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Elaine A. Cook

July 22, 1952 - December 31, 2015

Elaine A. Cook, 63, of Melrose, MA passed away on December 31, 2015. Born in Fitchburg, MA on July 22, 1952, to the late Irene and Donald J. Cook. She attended local schools and graduated from Fitchburg High School in the class of 1970. From the time she was very young, she had always wanted to become a nurse. She attended Melrose-Wakefield School of Nursing, graduating in 1973. In 1992,...
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Anna E. (Doucette) Morgan

January 7, 1918 - December 30, 2015

Anna E. (Doucette) Morgan, of Melrose, formerly of Lynn, died at the Wakefield Center in Wakefield on Dec. 30, 2015 at the age of 97. Anna was born & raised in Lynn, resided in Lynn for over 90 years and the past 8 years in Melrose. Anna worked at General Electric for over 44 years before her retirement and was a member of the Riverettes at General Electric for many years. She enjoyed sewing,...
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Carol Ann (Lank) Walker

March 23, 1941 - December 28, 2015

Carol Ann (Lank) Walker, of Old Orchard Beach, ME, formerly of Melrose, December 28, 2015. Beloved wife of 55 years to Charles A. Walker. Loving mother of Charles A. Walker Jr. & his wife Elizabeth of Old Orchard Beach, ME. Cherished grandmother of Chase & Jack Walker. Caring sister of Linda Lee & her late husband Eugene of Hull and the late Eleanor "Dolly" Hoyt. Also survived by many nieces,...
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Kevin B. Martin

May 22, 1954 - December 21, 2015

Kevin B. Martin, of Revere, formerly of Melrose, died on December 21, 2015 at the age of 61. Kevin was born in Charlestown on May 22, 1954 to John & Constance (Dillon) Martin. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 and remained with the Army for fourteen years. He also worked as a carpenter. He had a great sense of humor, always laughing and telling stories. He was an avid Boston Sports...
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Michael E. Clark

July 30, 1990 - December 21, 2015

Michael Edward Clark, of Melrose, died December 21, 2015 at the age of 25. Michael was born on July 30, 1990 to Sharon Beth Demers and Edward M. Clark. He was raised in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School in 2009. Michael was an avid hockey player; he played the positions of goaltender and defenseman. In addition to hockey, Michael enjoyed soccer and baseball. He was most passionate...
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Wallace E. "Wally" Marchant

June 6, 1972 - December 21, 2015

Wallace E. "Wally" Marchant, of Melrose, died at home on Dec. 21, 2015 at the age of 43. Wally was born in Cambridge, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1990. He was a lifelong Melrose resident and worked as a Postal Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 10 years. Wally was a member of the East Side Athletic Assoc., in Malden & dart League for many years. He...
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Daniel J Driscoll

August 18, 1933 - December 16, 2015

Daniel J. Driscoll, of Melrose, died on December 16, 2015 at the age of 82. He was born in Everett, MA on August 18, 1933 to Timothy and Anna (Moore) Driscoll. Daniel was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School in 1951. After high school, he continued his education at Boston College and Bentley. Daniel married the love of his life, the late Dorothy (Marinelli) Driscoll in 1958....
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Mary E. (Hutchinson) Dargan

July 28, 1930 - December 15, 2015

Mary E. (Hutchinson) Dargan, of Melrose died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Dec. 15, 2015 at the age of 85. Mary was born in Somerville, raised in Cambridge, resided in Somerville for many years and Melrose for the past 19 years. She was a homemaker and worked as a lunch mother at the Lincoln School in Melrose. Mary enjoyed dancing, detective shows and was a member of St. Mary's Church in...
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James C. "Jimmy" Mahan

July 6, 1944 - December 12, 2015

James C. Mahan AGE: 71 Topsfield James Christopher Mahan, Jimmy or Uncle Jimmy to all who knew him, passed away suddenly on December 12th with his family at his side. Jimmy was born in Stoneham on July 6, 1944, grew up in Melrose and Malden, raised a family in Peabody, and retired in Topsfield. He is survived by Constance, his wife of 49 years; his son, Christopher J. Mahan of Lynnfield and...
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Kim H. (Higgins) Gobbi

October 11, 1954 - December 10, 2015

Kim H. (Higgins) Gobbi passed away at the Beverly Hospital on December 10, 2015. She was only 61 years of age. Kim was born in Long Island, NY to the late John & Christine (Curran) Higgins. She was raised in Long Island and came to Boston for schooling. Kim graduated from Chamberlayne Fashion Design, lived in Malden, East Boston and Lynn for several years and the past 30 years in Lynnfield. Mrs....
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Anthony "Tony" Serino, Jr.

June 19, 1943 - December 8, 2015

Anthony "Tony" Serino Jr., of Melrose, died on December 8, 2015 at the age of 72. Tony was born in Revere, MA on June 19, 1943 to Anthony and Mildred (Elefson) Serino. He was raised in Melrose and attended Melrose High School. Tony left high school to join the United States Navy in April of 1962. He honorably served in the Navy for two years aboard the USS Wasp Aircraft Carrier and during the...
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Gary James Gaglione

September 21, 1965 - December 6, 2015

Gary J. Gaglione passed away suddenly in Saugus on December 6, 2015. He was 50 years of age. Gary was born in Everett on September 21, 1965, was raised in Chelsea, graduated from Our Lady of Grace Grammar School and Pope John High School, Class of 1983. Gary lived in Chelsea most of his life and the past 10 years in Melrose. Mr. Gaglione worked in sales for Budget Car Rental for 20 years and...
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Leo P. Fennell

November 1, 1936 - December 2, 2015

Leo Patrick Fennell, of Melrose, died December 2, 2015 at the age of 79. He was born on November 1, 1936 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Paul and Julia O'Riordan Fennell. As a boy, he grew up in the "leaky" roof section of Roxbury, along with his four siblings, Marion, Paul, Billy, and Mary. His family was also a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish. Although coming from a humble beginning, he...
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Bonnie (Cairns) Hawkins

July 1, 1945 - November 26, 2015

Bonnie (Cairns) Hawkins, of Malden, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Nov. 25, 2015 at the age of 70. Bonnie was born & raised in Cambridge and a graduate of Cambridge Latin High School. She resided in Burlington for several years, East Boston for 10 years and the past 30 years in Malden. Bonnie worked as an Administrative Assistant for American Airlines for 42 years before her retirement...
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Donna Mae (Ricker) Geehan

December 19, 1946 - November 25, 2015

Donna Mae (Ricker) Geehan passed away at her home in Lakeland, FL on November 25, 2015. She was only 68 years of age. Donna was born in Melrose on December 19, 1946 to the late Laurence & Nora (DiNardi) Ricker; she was raised in Melrose and graduated from St. Mary's Grammar & St. Mary's High School, Class of 1964. Mrs. Geehan was a lifelong resident of Melrose before moving to Florida 11 years...
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Dorothy K. (Kelly) Brambilla

August 25, 1928 - November 23, 2015

Dorothy (Kelly) Brambilla was the only child of hard working immigrant parents, Robert and Josephine Kelly. Raised in Norwich, Connecticut where she attended Norwich Free Academy & met her lifelong friend and future brother-in-law, "Billy" Brambilla. Dorothy worked at the local YMCA coordinating Hi-Y dances with Billy, which is where she eventually caught the eye of Billy's older brother, a...
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Anna M. (Colannino) Amabile

March 29, 1940 - November 20, 2015

Anna M. (Colannino) Amabile, of Malden, died on Nov. 20, 2015 at the age of 75. Anna was born & raised in Malden and a graduate of Girls Catholic High School in Malden. She was a homemaker and a lifelong Malden resident. Anna loved to spend her time with her family and enjoyed creating an "Old Italian Christmas" for her large family. Anna was the loving mother of Cheryl A. Foilb & her husband Bob...
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Elizabeth E. "Lillian" Higgins

March 27, 1937 - November 18, 2015

Elizabeth E. "Lillian" (Harnett) Higgins, formerly of Arlington, died peacefully Wednesday evening at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, in the embrace of her devoted husband and her four children at the age of 78. She was the beloved wife of Lawrence (Mickey) for 53 years, who survives her and loved her dearly. She is also survived by her four loving children Tim, Larry, Liz and Kathleen, and...
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Willa (Johnstone) Williams

May 9, 1925 - November 14, 2015

Willa J. (Johnstone) Williams, of Camden, ME, passed away on November 14, 2015 at the age of 90. Willa was born in Lawrence, MA on May 9, 1925 to Herbert A. and Myrtle (Brown) Cassidy. She grew up in Watertown and Belmont, and graduated from Belmont High School. Willa worked as an office administrator much of her life for several different companies including John Hancock, Raytheon, McLean...
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Philip Andrew Glennon

January 16, 1924 - November 14, 2015

Philip Andrew Glennon, of Melrose, passed away on November 14, 2015 at the age of 91. Phil was born in Lynn on January 16, 1924 to Philip and Catherine (Shine) Glennon. He was raised in Malden and graduated from Revere High School. Phil served honorably during WWII in the United States Navy. Upon returning from the war, Phil married the love of his life, Theresa (Burke) Glennon in 1947, the two...
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Louis Centore

March 27, 1963 - November 13, 2015

Louis G. Centore, of Melrose, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the age of 52. Louis was born in Medford on March 27, 1963 to Louis and Maria (Fionda) Centore. He was raised in Stoneham and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1981. After graduation from High School, Louis continued his education at Daniel Webster College where he graduated with a degree in Aviation Management in 1985...
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Richard Hughes

April 15, 1938 - November 10, 2015

Richard A. "Dick" Hughes passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital, on November 10, 2015. He was 77 years of age. Richard was born in Brookline on April 15, 1938 to the late James & Catherine (Finn) Hughes. He was raised in Brookline, graduated from Brookline High School, Class of 1956 where he was the captain of the hockey & baseball teams and was a member of the golf team. While living in...
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Lois A. (Moore) Drew

August 11, 1928 - November 2, 2015

Lois A. (Moore) Drew passed away at the Dobson Home/ Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Arizona on November 2, 2015. Lois was born in Waltham to the late Gordon & Bernice (Lee) Moore, raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High school, Class of 1945. She lived in Malden for a few years, Melrose for 40 Years, 15 years in Salem, NH and in Chandler Arizona the past 7 years. Mrs. Drew worked as...
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Antonio Constantino

January 10, 1925 - November 2, 2015

Antonio Constantino passed away at the Golden Living Center Elmhurst in Melrose on November 2, 2015. He was 90 years of age. Antonio was born in Belmont on January 10, 1925 to the late Dominic & Maria (Parisi) Constantino. He was raised in Belmont, graduated from Belmont High School, Class of 1942 and then entered the service. He served his country with pride in the US Army during WWII. After his...
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Geza J. Jako

August 9, 1930 - November 1, 2015

Professor Dr. Geza J. Jako from Melrose, Massachusetts was a world famous surgeon, physician scientist, professor, inventor, educator, presidential appointee, loving husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, and visionary. He was the inventor of soft tissue microsurgery, laser surgery, modern techniques of minimally invasive surgery, and a White House Advisor for Cancer to Presidents...
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Mildred R. Pye Curran

April 13, 1916 - November 1, 2015

Mildred R. (Tusini) Pye Curran of Wakefield, MA passed away at home on Sunday, November 1, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 13, 1916 in Worcester, MA, the daughter of the late Alphonso and Rose (Guida) Tusini. She was the loving wife of John O. Curran, and the late Wilson H. Pye. Beloved mother of Joyce Kashgegian of Malden, Louise Bryan Dugas & her husband Norman of Strafford...
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Frank S. Plagenza

June 16, 1926 - October 28, 2015

Frank S. Plagenza passed away at the GRECC Unit at E.N. Rogers Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Bedford on October 28, 2015. He was 89 years of age. Frank was born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 16, 1926 and was raised in California. Frank joined the US Army and served his country with pride during WWII. A self-employed cabinet maker, Frank owned and operated Maverick Woodworking in East Boston for...
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William R. "Bill" Martin

October 5, 1946 - October 26, 2015

William R. "Bill" Martin passed away at Lahey Hospital in Burlington on October 26, 2015. He was 69 years of age. Bill was born and raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1964. Mr. Martin was a longtime resident of Melrose and has lived in Wakefield the past 32 years. He later decided to continue his education and graduated from Springfield College in 1989. Bill followed...
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Rene Paul Deveau

April 3, 1935 - October 26, 2015

Rene Paul Deveau passed away at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston on Monday, October 26, 2015. He was 80 years of age. Rene was born in Boston on April 3, 1935, was raised in Jamaica Plain & Roslindale and graduated from Jamaica Plain High School. He lived most of his life in Roslindale before moving to Melrose in 1998. Mr. Deveau worked as a grounds keeper at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge for...
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Joy N. Hutchins

December 25, 1939 - October 24, 2015

Joy N. (Crowley) Hutchins, of Revere, formerly of Melrose, passed away on October 24, 2015 at the age of 75. Joy was born in Charlestown, MA on December 25, 1939. She was raised in Charlestown by her parents, James Connolly and Helen Crowley. Joy married William P. Hutchins and had their daughter Laura, and raised her in Melrose. Melrose became Joy's home as well, and even after she later moved...
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Dana C. Pierce

September 15, 1927 - October 24, 2015

Dana Charles Pierce, of Melrose, passed away on October 24, 2015 at the age of 88. He was born in Melrose on September 15, 1927 to Ralph and Frances (Mutty) Pierce. Dana served honorably during World War II in the Army 12th Calvary Division and was part of the occupation force in Japan at the conclusion of the war. After the war, Dana chose to continue his education. He attended Boston College...
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Carol Ann Aloi

May 17, 1944 - October 21, 2015

Carol A. (Kennedy) Aloi, of Melrose, passed away on October 21, 2015 at the age of 71. Carol was born in Somerville on May 17, 1944 to Arthur and Eleanor Kennedy. She was raised in Somerville and graduated from Matignon High School. During this time she met the love of her life, Gregory Aloi. The two started dating their senior year of high school and were later married at St. Catherine's...
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Sean Patrick O'Brien

August 15, 1962 - October 18, 2015

Sean Patrick O'Brien died at Massachusetts General Hospital after a valiantly fight with cancer, Sean entered eternal life in the early morning of Sunday, October 18, 2015 surrounded by his devoted family. Born on August 15, 1962 and the 6th of nine children to Gerald and Donalda (Kirk) O'Brien, Sean was a lifelong resident of Melrose. Upon graduating from Melrose High School in 1980, Sean...
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John W. "Jack" Flynn

May 14, 1924 - October 17, 2015

John "Jack" Woodrow Flynn, 91, died peacefully in Danvers, MA on Saturday, October 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born on May 14, 1924 in Malden, Massachusetts to the Honorable Maurice R. Flynn and Nellie (Powell) Flynn. He graduated from Malden High School in 1942. Jack attended Harvard College, then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served during World War II...
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Donald R. Stamegna

June 13, 1925 - October 13, 2015

Donald R. Stamegna passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. He was 90 years of age. Donald was born in Melrose on June 13, 1925 to the late Angelo & Mary (McCafferty) Stamegna. He was raised in Wakefield and Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and Babson College. Donald joined the US Navy in 1943 and served his country with pride during WWII as a US Navy...
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Victor N. Jones

May 26, 1923 - October 13, 2015

Victor Nason Jones passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Overlook Masonic Health Center in Charlton, MA. He was 92 years of age. Victor was born in Knoxford, New Brunswick, Canada on May 26, 1923 to the late Leslie D. & Ruth Gertrude (Pelkey) Jones. He was raised in Canada and came to Melrose in 1952. Victor worked as an elevator operator for many years in Boston, then as the sexton and...
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James L. Hanley

July 22, 1941 - October 9, 2015

James L. Hanley, of Melrose, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 9, 2015 at the age of 74. Jim was born & raised in Jamaica Plain and was a graduate of Boston English High School. He resided in Everett for 8 years and the past 12 years in Melrose. Jim worked as an Auditor for Sears & Roebuck in Boston and Dorn Transportation in Brighton for many years before his retirement. He...
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Richard D. Cerretani

December 23, 1930 - October 7, 2015

Richard D. Cerretani, of Pocasset, died at home on Oct. 7, 2015 at the age of 84. Richard was born & raised in Wakefield and attended Wakefield Schools. He resided in Wakefield for 30 years, Melrose for 40 years and the past 10 years in Pocasset. Richard was a co owner of Cerretani Supermarket's in Melrose, Revere and Reading, a former member of Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose & Hillview Golf Club...
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Clementina M. "Clemmie" Reich

August 19, 1921 - October 1, 2015

Clementina M. "Clemmie" (Antonucci) Reich, of Melrose, passed away on October 1, 2015 at the age of 94. Clemmie was born in Malden on August 19, 1921 to Antonio and Antoinette (Scenna) Antonucci. She lost her mother at a young age and took on her mothers' role of helping raise her younger siblings at the same home on Frances St. where she lived for over 80 years. Clemmie was a product of the...
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Barbara A. Martel

December 7, 1921 - September 30, 2015

Barbara A. Martel, 93, formerly of Vero Palm Estates, Vero Beach, FL, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Pruitt Health Care in New Bern. She was born December 7, 1921 in Windsor, VT, daughter of the late Edward Earl Holden, Sr. and Willa Dale Stickney Holden and was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Martel.She is survived by a son, Ronald Martel and wife, Charlene of Aiken, SC; two...
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Dolores M. (DeRenzo) Marrama

November 2, 1929 - September 30, 2015

Dolores M. (DeRenzo) Marrama entered into eternal rest on September 30, 2015 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. Born in Lawrence on November 2, 1929, she was a long time resident of Melrose. Dolores was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Helen DeRenzo, and her beloved husband Pasqualino V. Marrama. She leaves behind her children, Patricia and Lee of Melrose, Robert Marrama and his wife Erika...
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Charles A. Durney

June 24, 1918 - September 27, 2015

Charles A. Durney passed away at his home in Melrose on September 27, 2015. He was 97 years of age. Charles was born in Everett on June 24, 1918 to the late Charles & Margaret (Smith) Durney. He was raised in Everett, graduated from Everett High school, Class of 1936 and has been a resident of Melrose since 1951. Mr. Durney served his country with pride as a Navy Pilot with the rank of Lieutenant...
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Priscilla E. (McLeod) Chick

April 24, 1929 - September 26, 2015

Priscilla E. (McLeod) Chick passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Saturday September 26, 2015. She was 86 years of age. Priscilla was born in Boston; she was raised in Roxbury and Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1947. Mrs. Chick worked throughout her life with numerous jobs; for Eastern Battery, Cerretani's Market, Cerretani's Gourmet Shop and ended her career...
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Willie L. "Will" McCrorey

November 15, 1973 - September 24, 2015

Willie L. "Will" McCrorey passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 24, 2015. He was only 41 years of age. Willie was born in Hartford, CT on November 15, 1973, was raised in Hartford, graduated from St. Justin School, Northwest Catholic High School and then from the University of Conneticut. He lived in New Hampshire for several years, Lawrence , MA for a few years and the past 5 years in...
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Richard E Sullivan

December 21, 1939 - September 22, 2015

Richard E. Sullivan passed away suddenly at work in Boston on September 22, 2015. He was 75 years of age. He was born in Medford to the late John Patrick Sullivan & Mary A. (Barry) Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1957. He was part of the 1956 Hockey Championship Team and was inducted into the Malden Catholic Hall of Fame....
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Margaret A. Lucey

August 1, 1922 - September 22, 2015

Margaret A. (Forbes) Lucey, of Melrose, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the age of 93. Margaret was born in Melrose on August 1, 1922 to William and Anna (Fahey) Forbes. She was raised in Wakefield and graduated from Wakefield High School. Margaret went on to marry Charles Spiby and two settled in Melrose, where she would live for the rest of her life. Margaret worked at GE for a number of...
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Kenneth S. Rivers

March 13, 1927 - September 17, 2015

Kenneth S. Rivers, of Punta Gorda, Fl, formerly of Melrose, died at the Tidewell Hospice on Port Charlotte, Fl on Sept. 17, 2015 at the age of 88. Ken was born & raised in Everett and a graduate of Northeastern University. He resided in Melrose for over 30 years and served his country in the U.S. Navy. Ken was a Melrose Police Office for 35 years, an Emergency Medical Technian and was involved...
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Paul T. Shelley

August 16, 1948 - September 16, 2015

Paul T. Shelley passed away at Excel Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation at Lexington on September 16, 2015. He was born in Cambridge on August 16, 1948, was raised in Brighton, graduated from Our Lady of Newton High School in 1966. Mr. Shelley entered the US Air Force on November 7, 1966 and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War. He graduated from University of Texas Tech and then...
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Josephine H. (Pavone) Clifford

August 29, 1922 - September 16, 2015

Josephine H. (Pavone) Clifford, of Melrose, died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Sept. 16, 2015 at the age of 93. Josephine was born & raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1941. After high school, Josephine worked as a seamstress and also a welder at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard working on airplanes and boats during WWII. She was a member of the...
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Phyllis A. (Giarratani) Gorman

July 22, 1934 - September 13, 2015

Phyllis A. (Giarratani) Gorman passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Sunday September 13, 2015. She was 81 years of age. Phyllis was born in Boston on July 22, 1934 to the late Nicholas & Catherine (Imbornone) Giarranti, was raised in the North End of Boston, lived in Somerville for several years before moving to Melrose 40 years ago. Phyllis was...
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John G. Harris

January 15, 1940 - September 11, 2015

John G. Harris, of Arlington, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully on September 11, 2015 at the age of 75. John was born in Boston to George and Efrosene (Chickles) Harris on January 15, 1940. After high school, John joined the United States Navy, he graduated from the Officer Candidates School in Rhode Island and served honorably on the USS Lester out of Newport, RI during the Cuban Missile...
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Mabel A. (Rowe) Tryder

September 2, 1917 - September 7, 2015

Mabel A. (Rowe) Tryder passed away at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham on September 7, 2015. She was 98 years of age. Mabel was born in Charlestown on September 2, 1917 to the late John & Mary (Twoomey) Rowe. She was raised in Charlestown and graduated from Charlestown High School, Class of 1935. Mabel lived in Melrose for 30 years, Reading for 25 years and the past 5 years in Stoneham. Mrs....
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Catherine P. Toomey) Fitzsimmons

October 5, 1941 - September 7, 2015

Catherine P. (Toomey) Fitzsimmons passed away at Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington on September 7, 2015. She was 73 years of age. Catherine was born in Somerville on October 5, 1941 to the late Michael & Catherine (Driscoll) Toomey. She was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Somerville. Mrs. Fitzsimmons has been a resident of Melrose for the past 48 years....
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Carrie Ann Doyle

November 15, 1970 - September 3, 2015

Carrie Ann Doyle passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on September 3, 2015. She was only 44 years of age. Carrie Ann was born in Malden on November 15, 1970, raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1988 and lived most of her life in Melrose before moving to Stoneham several years ago. She worked as a medical coordinator at...
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George Daniel Delaney

October 3, 1929 - September 3, 2015

George Daniel Delaney passed away on September 3, 2015 at Epoch of Melrose Nursing Home. He was 85 years of age. George was born in Melrose on October 3, 1929 to the late Daniel & Johanna (Gertsen) Delaney. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1947 and has been a lifelong resident. George owned and operated the Skate & Ski Sport Shop on Main Street in Melrose for...
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John Antonucci

March 18, 1944 - September 2, 2015

John Antonucci passed away at Mount Auburn Hospital on September 2, 2015. He was 71 years of age. John was born in Melrose on March 18, 1944 to the late Alexander & Filomena Antonucci. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, and from Suffolk University with his bachelors and masters degrees. He entered the service and served his country with pride in the US Army during the...
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Norma (Pfizenmayer) Cefalo

May 14, 1923 - August 29, 2015

Norma (Pfizenmayer) Cefalo, of Melrose and Gloucester, died at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea on August 29, 2015. Norma was born & raised in Hollis, NY, resided in Melrose since 1947 and spent her summers in Gloucester for the past 65 years. Norma was the beloved wife of the late Joseph T. Cefalo of Cefalo's Melrose Florist. Caring sister of E. Charlotte Pfizenmayer of Melrose (formerly...
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Victoria L. Parisi

July 16, 1924 - August 21, 2015

Victoria L. Parisi (Magliocca), 91, of Melrose, passed away on August 21 surrounded by her loving family. Victoria was born in Italy, and came to the United States when she was 12. She moved with her husband, the late Louis C. Parisi, and their seven children to Melrose in 1960. Motherhood was her crowning achievement, lovingly raising her children Charles Parisi (Newfoundland, Canada), Linda...
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Philip D. Walsh

July 25, 1947 - August 20, 2015

Philip D. Walsh passed away suddenly at his home in Melrose on August 20, 2015. He was 68 years of age. Phil was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1965 and lived most of his life in Melrose. He lived in Gloucester from 1991-2014 before moving back to Melrose. While living in Melrose Phil was a Melrose Youth Hockey Coach and loved to play hockey. Mr. Walsh was a self...
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Natale L. Simboli

February 22, 1932 - August 19, 2015

Natale L. Simboli, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 19, 2015 at the age of 83. Natale was born in Italy on February 22, 1932 to Pasquale and Teopista (DiCesare) Simboli. He lived in Italy for eighteen years before immigrating to Montreal with his family. While living in Canada, Natale met the love of his life, Angelina (DiMarzio) Simboli, and they spent 55 years happily married. Natale moved...
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William H. "Bill" Ahern

June 28, 1926 - August 18, 2015

William H. Ahern passed away peacefully on August 18, 2015. He was 89 years of age. Bill was born in Chelsea on June 28, 1926 to the late William & Marie (Healy) Ahern. He was raised in East Boston, graduated from Boston English High School and Boston University. Mr. Ahern entered the service in 1944 and served his country with pride for 2 years in the US Navy during WWII. After his discharge and...
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James J. "Jim" Falzarano

September 7, 1926 - August 13, 2015

James J. "Jim" Falzarano passed away at his home in Melrose surrounded by his loving family on August 13, 2015. He was 88 years of age. Jim was born in East Boston on September 7, 1926, to the late Vincent & Angelina (DeFronzo) Falzarano. He was raised in East Boston and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in Boston. Mr. Falzarano entered the service after high school and served his country...
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Victor J. Leone

January 13, 1922 - August 13, 2015

Victor J. Leone Sr. died peacefully at home on August 13, 2015. He was 93 years of age. Victor was born on January 13, 1922 to the late Nicola & Michelina (DeBenedictis) Leone. He was raised in the West End of Boston and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School. Mr. Leone entered the US Army in 1940 and served his country with pride for 5 years during WWII. Victor lived in Everett for many years...
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Timothy G. Byrne

November 11, 1959 - August 12, 2015

Timothy G. Byrne, of Derry, NH, formerly of Melrose, died at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH on August 12, 2015 at the age of 55. Tim was born in Winchester & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1977. He went on to earn his degree from University of Massachusetts and his Master's degree from Emerson College. Tim worked in Human Services for Easter Seals &...
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Jennie (Cotillo) DeAngelis

March 3, 1916 - August 5, 2015

Jennie (Cotillo) DeAngelis, of Melrose, died at home surrounded by her family on August 5, 2015 at the age of 99. Jennie was born & raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1933. She resided in East Boston until 1961 and the past 54 years in Melrose. Jennie was a member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose for over 50 years and volunteered with the Welcome Wagon for...
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Lillian (Ricci) Morelli

January 19, 1929 - July 31, 2015

Lillian R. (Ricci) Morelli, of Melrose, died July 31, 2015 at the age of 86. Lillian was born in Medford, MA on January 19, 1929 to Daniel and Effie (Ramsell) Ricci. She was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. Not long after high school, Lillian married Joseph Costa and the two settled down in Melrose to raise their family. Lillian ended up spending the majority of her life...
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Claire M. McMahon

September 14, 1939 - July 31, 2015

Claire M. McMahon, of Dover, NH, died on July 31, 2015 at the age of 75. She was born in Everett, MA on September 14, 1939 to Walter and Louise (Berry) McMahon. Claire was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. After high school she began working for Liberty Mutual as an administrator and continued to work there for over forty years. Outside of work, Claire had many interests....
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Robert Francis Wedge

June 25, 1931 - July 30, 2015

Robert F. Wedge, of Melrose, died July 30, 2015 at the age of 84. Robert was born in Somerville on June 25, 1931 to George and Lillian (Mayo) Wedge. He was raised in Somerville and attended Somerville High School before enlisting in the United States Army at the age of 17. Not long after his time in the Army, Robert married the love of his life, Joan S. (Stevens) Wedge. They had four children...
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Judith A. Aylward McCormick

January 3, 1946 - July 29, 2015

Judith A. (Falter) Aylward McCormick, of Melrose, died on July 29, 2015 at the age of 69. Judy was born on January 3, 1946 to John and Helen (Howard) Falter. She graduated from Somerville High School and went on to marry Richard Aylward. They had four children together and raised their family in Malden. Judy was a wonderful mother who was always there for her children and she never missed any of...
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Pauline A. (Nigro) Uzzle

May 10, 1936 - July 26, 2015

Pauline A. (Nigro) Uzzle passed away at Epoch of Melrose Nursing Home on July 26, 2015. She was 79 years of age. Mrs. Uzzle was born in Charlestown, MA, raised in Everett and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School. In her early years Pauline worked as an airline stewardess for American Airlines and then she married her husband John and raised her family. After the untimely death of her...
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Marianna T. (Galvin) Cerretani

April 30, 1928 - July 25, 2015

Marianna T. (Galvin) Cerretani passed away at Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington on July 25, 2015. She was 87 years of age. Marianna was born in Charlestown, raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1946. Mrs. Cerretani lived most of her life in Melrose before moving to Stoneham 15 years ago. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and...
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Ward "Smokie" Face III

April 2, 1935 - July 24, 2015

Ward "Smokie" Face III, of Palm Harbor, FL, formerly of Melrose, went to be with his Lord on July 24, 2015 at the age of 80. Ward was born in Stuyvesant Falls, NY, raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1953. After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Ward was the owner of W. Face & Son in Melrose for over 50 years and made a...
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David E. Griffin

June 14, 1943 - July 14, 2015

David E. Griffin, of Wakefield, died at the Pine Knoll Nursing Center in Lexington on July 14, 2015 at the age of 72. David was born in Melrose, raised in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving 2 Bronze Stars and also served as an Honor Guard at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Memorial at...
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James M. Greelish

April 17, 1936 - July 13, 2015

James M. Greelish, of Barnstead, NH, died at the Port Health Care in Newburyport on July 13, 2015 at the age of 79. Jim was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Medford Vocational School, Class of 1955. He resided in Wakefield for 21 Years and the past 31 years in Center Barnstead, NH. Jim was a Wakefield Fire Fighter for 30 years before his retirement in 1986. He was a member of St. Mary's...
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Teresa M Savage

December 29, 1953 - July 7, 2015

Teresa Marie Savage passed away suddenly in Bermuda while on vacation on July 7, 2015. She was 61 years of age. Teresa was born on December 29, 1953 to the late Lester & Jean (Fleming) Savage. She was raised in Everett, graduated from Everett High School and received her associates degree from Bunker Hill Community College in May of 2014. She was currently working on finishing her degree at UMASS...
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Anthony Joseph Carbone

June 8, 1923 - July 6, 2015

Anthony Joseph Carbone passed away at his home in Melrose on July 6, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was 92 years of age. Anthony was born in Boston on June 8, 1923, was raised in the North End of Boston and graduated from English High School. Mr. Carbone served his country with pride during WWII in the US Army. He was a Disabled American Veteran who served in Rhineland, Ardennes,...
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Richard Edward Pryor

November 17, 1987 - July 5, 2015

Richard E. Pryor passed away suddenly at his home in Saugus on Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was only 27 years of age. Richard was born in Dorchester at St. Margaret's Hospital, on November 17, 1987. He was raised in Saugus, graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 2005 and has been a lifelong resident. Mr. Pryor continued his education by receiving his Bachelors in Computer Science at ITT...
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