Swampscott teachers sign for 3.5% raise


SWAMPSCOTT — After more than a year of negotiations, the Swampscott Education Association (SEA), or the teacher’s union, and the school committee have come to an agreement on a three-year teachers’ contract with a 3.5 percent raise.

The union successfully ratified the agreement two weeks ago, which was unanimously approved by the school committee last Wednesday. The contract outlines a 1 percent retroactive raise for the 2016-17 school year, 1 percent for 2017-18 and a 1.5 percent increase for 2018-19.

“I couldn’t be happier that the teachers’ contract was ratified unanimously by the school committee,” Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said in an email. “It has been a long 17 months of negotiations for both sides. It’s time to put all of the hurt feelings behind us and continue to move this district forward, and as always, we will do it together.”

The contract includes an early retirement incentive, which was sought by both sides, and the creation of a health and safety advisory committee, according to Carin Marshall, school committee chairwoman.

She said the committee was on the minds of many people, including teachers, parents and the rest of the school district, “to keep the health and safety of everybody in our buildings in mind.” The committee will be made up of one SEA representative from each building and up to five appointees by Angelakis, according to the contract.

The retirement incentive would go into effect upon confirmation of at least six teachers giving notice of intent to retire under the program by April 13. As of last week, Angelakis said there have been eight members who signed up under the program, exceeding the minimum.

Teachers, with at least 12 years of service in the district, receive a single payment of $15,000 and receive any end of year longevity payment which they have earned. Amy O’Connor, school committee vice-chair, said the incentive allows the school district to hire new teachers at lower salaries.

Marshall said “this is the result of a year-and-a-half-long arduous, but ultimately fruitful endeavor that we worked very hard on, both sides.”

Nancy Hanlon, SEA president, could not be reached for comment on the ratification of the contract after numerous attempts by phone and email.

The teachers’ union turned down a proposed contract in January, issuing a statement on Facebook at the time about why they “overwhelmingly rejected” it. The SEA said there was no language in the contract to protect the professional autonomy and educators’ judgment, and no language giving educators sufficient voice in school-based decisions.

As part of the statement, the union also questioned the “dramatic change in statement” of the school district’s budget deficit, which was reported as “$1.6 million at the start of mediation when salary bargaining was underway and was…pegged at $275,000 after a tentative agreement had been reached.”

Hanlon issued a separate statement to The Item at the time that the contract rejection was based on several factors, the least of which was monetary, and that the SEA thought that teachers were not being treated with respect as professionals.

Contract negotiations continued as school officials struggled to achieve a balanced budget while initially facing a $1.722 million spending gap. Officials were able to reduce that gap to $275,000 through salary and expense reductions, but were still faced with the unpopular scenario of potentially eliminating free all-day kindergarten.

Ultimately a balanced budget was achieved through an increase in town allocation to the school department and further expense reductions, and free full-day kindergarten was saved.

Town and school officials have said that 80 percent of the school budget is already devoted to salaries and that contractual increases are outpacing the revenue the town could give to the schools. Before opting to increase town allocation by $200,000 more than was initially projected, town officials argued they would not advocate for allocating more funds to the school department if it would potentially go toward payroll, rather than keeping programs.

O’Connor echoed that sentiment. She said contractual increases take up so much of the school budget that it disallows them from doing other things, and cuts have to be made in other places, such as program updates and maintenance of buildings.

In addition to cost of living increases each year, teachers also get paid step (determined by the number of years a teacher is there) and lane (furthering education may trigger an increase in pay) increases. Teachers can also earn money through stipends from extracurricular and other responsibilities, O’Connor said.

O’Connor said, like the 1.5 percent raise the school committee gave the superintendent, “we would have loved to have given significantly higher raises,  but with the town finances how they are, this was really the maximum of how much we could give, based on how much the cost of all our contracts take up from the budget.” She said all contracts, in addition to the teachers, such as those for custodians, secretaries and other personnel, make up that 80 percent figure.

‘We’re really happy that after 17 months of very difficult negotiations, we’ve come to a contract agreement that both the teachers’ union and the school district is happy with,” said O’Connor. “We think it reflects a good working relationship between the administration and its valuable teachers.”

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Malden hoping to top off stadium

Pictured is a rendering for a possible baseball stadium in Malden.


MALDEN—  A new professional stadium in the heart of Malden Square would have a dramatic and positive impact on the community and the region and not just during traditional baseball season, says the man who wants to bring pro baseball to the city.

“It would be a virtually year-round operation. The intention is to have activities going on basically 12 months a year,” said Alex Bok, whose Malden Field of Dreams group announced a major development earlier this month in a plan to bring a $60 million stadium to the city, a formal agreement to purchase a Major League Baseball (MLB)-affiliated minor league team.

Bok said Thursday he and his colleagues are already prepared to bring a unique element to the proposed stadium by building an overhead covering to provide a “dome effect” allowing full baseball games and other sporting activities to be held on virtually a year-round basis.

“We would have a unique offering. Nowhere in New England or even close to the region has a facility where full, complete-field baseball games can be played in an enclosed stadium,”  Bok said. “We are already in negotiations with one college baseball team in the area and would most likely make agreements with others to use this facility when built.”

In addition to a year-round and vibrant presence on one of Malden’s last and most coveted development sites, the nine-acre National Grid parcel, Bok reiterated the direct benefit the stadium would have to the community.

“The local (Malden High) school team would have a professional ballpark as its home field, in addition to most all teams that use a field of that size like football, lacrosse or soccer if they wished,” he said.

The development group already has an agreement with a professional soccer team, Boston City FC, to play its games at the proposed new stadium. The team is already based in Malden with home games at Malden Catholic High School.

“With the domed addition in the winter season the possibilities are many for indoor, offseason training and games as well,” said Bok.

He has previously described plans for year-round dining and entertainment possibilities at the stadium with restaurant and meeting places. The stadium could also be used for the arts and fairs as well as concert performances in the future.

All plans for the stadium hinge on the Field of Dreams success in finalizing land acquisition of several businesses located adjacent to the National Grid site. To date, those efforts have been largely fruitless.

Mayor Gary Christenson, Rep. Paul Donato and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey are strong supporters of the project.

“It was tremendous news on the letter of intent with minor league baseball and we hope it leads to a professional stadium coming to our city,” Christenson said.

Bok plans to return to the Council in mid-May to give an update on his negotiations on land acquisition. He also told the Council that he has imposed a June 15 deadline on continuing or ceasing the project, a date which coincides with the deadline to sign a purchase-and-sale agreement with MiLB on buying a team.

Two Marathon heroes

When the first bomb exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013, volunteers Alan Day and Lisa Contee looked at each other and said, “what was that?’’

When the second bomb exploded, they knew what to do. Day, a Lynn native, and Contee from Medford, spent the next several hours on that deadly chaotic day guiding runners off Boylston Street and away from a triage scene about to become a gigantic crime scene.

The people they helped, the runners they urged to move along, the terrified spectators who were visiting Boston for the first time on that day, were moved to safety by Day, Contee and hundreds of other Boston Marathon volunteers.

But April 15, 2013 did not end for Day and Contee on Boylston Street. By early evening, they had stripped off their Marathon windbreakers and donned American Red Cross coats.

With almost 10 years of Red Cross training and experience between them, Contee and Day spent the night of the bombings and the next morning parked on Boston Common. They fed and provided beverages to National Guard troops dispatched to Boston to form a perimeter around the investigation site spanning a large neighborhood.

For the next three days, the pair provided food and other assistance to law enforcement agents and police officers scouring Boston’s Back Bay streets, alleys — even rooftops — for bombing evidence. They set up a shelter for people who were evacuated from residences and provided aid to people converging on a “family reunification center” set up at Boston’s World Trade Center.

They were also on hand with other Red Cross workers later in the week during the intensive police effort that centered initially in Cambridge, and then Watertown.

The pair are unsung heroes among hundreds of heroes who stepped forward to do their part when Boston got added to the global terror target list. They stepped up because they wanted to help and because their Marathon and Red Cross training kicked them into action mode once disaster struck.

During the days after the bombing, Americans turned their attention to Boston to hear President Obama and Boston residents praise the city’s resiliency and courage. When law enforcement locked down Boston on the Friday following the bombing, residents did not hesitate to comply with requests to stay off the streets and stay alert.

Contee and Day didn’t have to be asked twice to volunteer to work the Marathon in 2014. On another sunny day like April 15, 2013, they answered runners’ questions and helped minimize confusion on Boylston Street even as runners and spectators celebrated all that is good about the Marathon.

The 2013 attack altered their Marathon Day job description. Prior to the bombings, they helped guide people and answer questions. Beginning in 2014, their responsibilities included moving  the Marathon crowd and checking security zones as part of a small army assigned to keep the marathon a safe event.

Day and Contee returned to the Marathon filled with pride shared by volunteers who took part in the event a year after the bombing and who participate in it today.

Police log: 04-17-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.



Allison Avagianos, 35, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle at 4:56 a.m. Sunday.

Ieisha Clements, 34, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender at 4:52 a.m. Sunday.

Cecilia Gutierrez, 20, of 34 Tudor St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and drug possession with intent to distribute at 6:02 a.m. Sunday.

Patrick Lynch, 48, of 58 Estes St., was arrested and charged with trash/litter, Class B drug possession, Class C drug possession, Class E drug possession and destruction of property at 11:24 a.m. Sunday.

Theodore Meserve, 26, of 282A Bryant St., Malden, was arrested on warrant charges of two counts of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and unregistered motor vehicle at 11:51 p.m. Friday.

Diane Nelson, 47, of 156 Linwood St., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer at 10:11 a.m. Sunday.

Ronald Spraglin, 29, of 508 E 27th Ave., Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

David Torres, 27, was arrested and charged with violation of the open container law and on warrant charges of three counts of trespassing at 9:59 a.m. Sunday.

Lawrence Walker, 45, of 134 Williams Ave., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle/trailer, number plate violation to conceal and Class B drug possession at 11:49 p.m. Friday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:59 p.m. Friday at Hood and Spencer streets; at 5:19 p.m. Friday at Broad and Market streets; at 10:41 p.m. Friday at 608 Western Ave.; at 10:55 p.m. Friday at Brightwood Terrace and Essex Street; at 10:55 p.m. Friday on James Street; at 2:58 a.m. Saturday at 428 Broadway; at 12:42 p.m. Saturday at Walgreens at 21 Joyce St.; at 1:32 p.m. Saturday at 36 Walden St.; at 3:44 p.m. Saturday at PriceRite at 395 Lynnway; at 4:32 p.m. Saturday at 23 Linwood Road; at 5:03 p.m. Saturday at Shaw’s Supermarket at 43 State St.; at 6 p.m. Saturday at 85 O’Callaghan Way; at 10:17 p.m. Saturday at 18 Rockingham St.; at 3:07 a.m. Sunday at 44 Cherry St.; at 5:20 a.m. Sunday at 129 Empire St.; at 6:10 a.m. Sunday at 41 Laighton St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:13 p.m. Friday at McDonald’s at 567 Lynnway; at 3:51 p.m. Saturday at 796 Boston St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:27 a.m. Saturday at 190 Hamilton Ave.; at 2:13 a.m. Sunday at 39 New Park St.


A report of an assault and battery at 10:29 p.m. Friday on Circuit Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:48 a.m. Sunday at 104 Newhall St.


A report of a disturbance at 3:37 p.m. Friday at 501 Washington St.; at 4:46 p.m. Friday at 381 Western Ave.; at 6:49 p.m. Friday at 50 Western Ave.; at 7:52 p.m. Friday at 201 Essex St.; at 8:03 p.m. Friday at 201 Essex St.; at 11:52 p.m. Friday at 30 Surfside Road; at 12:32 a.m. Saturday at 104 Newhall St.; at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at 30 Franklin St.; at 6:46 a.m. Saturday on Lafayette Park; at 8:02 a.m. Saturday on Essex Circle; at 3:43 p.m. Saturday at 100 Willow St.; at 4:19 p.m. Saturday at 307 Eastern Ave.; at 5:41 p.m. Saturday at 409 Lynnway; at 8:53 p.m. Saturday at 164 Essex St.; at 11:49 p.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall at 177 Lynnfield St.; at 12:07 a.m. Sunday at 88 Mall St.; at 1:06 a.m. Sunday at Boston and Cedar streets; at 1:40 a.m. Sunday at 856 Western Ave.; at 3:40 a.m. Sunday at 856 Western Ave.; at 3:57 a.m. Sunday at 9 Salem St.; at 4:03 a.m. Sunday at 209 Fayette St.

A report of a gunshot at 7:25 p.m. Friday at 25 Hamilton Ave.; at 2:50 a.m. Sunday at Sagamore and Washington streets.


A report of a larceny at 12:36 p.m. Friday at 2 Market St.; at 9:50 p.m. Friday on City Hall Square; at 11:18 a.m. Saturday at McDonald’s at 60 Boston St.; at 5:29 p.m. Saturday at 230 Broadway; at 8:19 p.m. Saturday at 123 Jefferson St.; at 2:51 a.m. Sunday at 6 Wardwell Ave.; at 8:06 a.m. Sunday at 4 Regent Place.  

A report of motor vehicle theft at 8:34 p.m. Saturday at 330 Lynnway.


A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 7:20 p.m. Friday at 44 Fernwood Ave.

A report of vandalism at 8:26 p.m. Friday at 55 Laighton St.; at 5:59 p.m. Saturday at 9 Evans Lane; at 12:53 a.m. Sunday at 154 Jenness St.



A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Rockaway Avenue and Humphrey Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a shed broken into at 8:05 p.m. Saturday on Old Salem Road. A caller reported that the realtor dealing with his mother’s vacant house noticed the shed was broken into. He stated the broker didn’t think anything was taken and he was unsure himself.


A report of baseballs hitting the house at 1:56 p.m. Saturday on Gerald Road. A caller complained that two baseballs had hit her house already that day. When there is a baseball game going on at the lower field at MHS, she is unable to use her yard for fear of falling baseballs. She said last year, two windows were shattered and the town paid to repair them. In the past, her son’s bedroom was shattered, along with her bedroom window. She was nervous because her kitchen window doesn’t have a screen. She stated she thinks there should be a tall net up along the length of the fence that parallels the tracks and will be in touch with the school department.

A report of a disturbance at 9:37 p.m. Saturday on Beach Street.


A report of a skateboard taken at 5:32 p.m. Saturday on Elm Street. A caller reported her son’s skateboard was taken while they were playing at the playground.



Franciely Pereira, 28, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor and motor vehicle lights violation at 2:35 a.m. Saturday.

Ariel Yoffe, 26, was arrested and charged with marked lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI liquor at 12:02 a.m. Saturday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:25 p.m. Friday at Qdoba Mexican Eats at 1016 Paradise Road; at 3 p.m. Friday at 224 Salem St.; at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Stop & Shop at 450 Paradise Road; at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fish House at 431 Humphrey St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:37 p.m. Saturday at Humphrey Street and Lynn Shore Drive.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:35 p.m. Friday at 19 Young Ave.


A report of a disturbance at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Bank at 405 Paradise Road; at 7:43 p.m. Saturday at Duncan Terrace and Superior Street.


A report of a larceny at 9:43 a.m. Saturday at 168 Humphrey St.

Kenneth J. O’Donnell Jr., 58

LYNN — Kenneth J. O’Donnell Jr., a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the age of 58.

Born in Saugus on Sept. 8, 1958, he was the son of the late Kenneth J. O’Donnell Sr. and Patricia (Kalapinski). Kenny was raised and educated in Lynn. After high school, he served time in the U.S. Marines from 1976 until 1979 while being stationed in California. Upon his return home, Kenny took employment with Lynn Plastics working as a compound mixer. After 17 years of time spent with the company, he then went on to work at Salem State University for the past 5 years as a cashier in the cafeteria. Kenny was a rabid Boston sports fan and rooted for all the teams; most especially the Bruins. He was an avid reader and self-taught drawing artist. Kenny leaves his daughters, Katelyn O’Donnell and Avamaria O’Donnell, both of Lynn, his former wife, Darlene A. O’Donnell of Lynn, his companion, Monte Snellenberger of Lynn, and his sisters; Sharon Redfearn and her husband, Shawn of Plaistow, N.H., and Madelyn Mars and her husband, Steven of Saugus. He also leaves his nieces and nephews; Paul Bianchi, III and his wife, Angela of Kingston, Kenneth Bianchi and his wife, Angela of California, Michael Bianchi of Salem, Marisa Traskos and her husband, Andrew of Salem, Allison Mars of Waltham and Patrick Mars of California.

Service information: A Memorial Service for Kenny will be held in the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn, on Friday, April 14, 2017, at 4 p.m. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For directions and to sign the online guestbook, please visit:

John Collier Jr.

LYNN — John Collier Jr., “Pee Wee”, of Lynn, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was the husband of Sheila Collier. He was born in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late John Sr. and Mary Collier. Prior to his retirement, he worked at Lynn Plastic. John loved listening to old school music. He was the step father of the late Jamie Wilson, and in addition to his wife, he is survived by his step children Jay, Eddie, Duke, and Kim Wilson, his son Todd Collier, sister Sharon Goycochea as well as several sisters and brothers, grandchildren Angel Smith, Todd Collier Jr., Jordan Collier, Imani Wilson, Isiah Wilson, Sheila Williams and Sophia Collier, great-grandchildren Jakaiden Sutson and Alyasha Smith and best friends David and Argo Eaton and Delores Lewis.

Service information: Visitation will be held in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Michael J. Fletcher, 84

SWAMPSCOTT — Michael Joseph Fletcher, Swampscott, was an NYPD homicide detective, veteran of the U.S. Army, devoted father, and grandfather. He passed away at the age of 84, Thursday, March 30, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in NYC on Aug. 5, 1932, he was the oldest of five children to his parents, Michael and Annie, both immigrants from Ireland.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning an honorable discharge in 1951. He entered the New York City Police Department in 1954, eventually earning a Gold Shield and becoming a NYPD homicide detective, a job he truly coveted. He retired from the NYPD in 1984 and eventually joined the security team at Long Island Jewish Hospital where he would remain until 2010. He lived out his remaining years on the shores of Swampscott with his friends and family. While living in Swampscott Mike enjoyed the company of good friends, his dog Angus, the Patriots, watching public television, sitting on the beach and following the activities of Gov. Charlie Baker.

He married Patricia (McNeill) Fletcher in 1957 and raised their four children on Long Island, N.Y. His loving daughter Patricia Fletcher passed away in 1998. He leaves three children, Mary Ellen Fletcher, Catherine Fletcher and Michael Fletcher, his daughter-in-law Annemarie Fletcher, and three loving grandchildren: Cortney Fletcher, Michael Joseph Fletcher, and Morgan Fletcher. He also leaves his sister Kathleen Kenney, brother Tom Fletcher, sister-in-law Eileen Fletcher and countless nieces and nephews.

Service information: A Celebration of Life will be held, Sunday April 23, 1 p.m. at Tedesco Country Club, 154 Tedesco St., Marblehead MA.

Patricia B. Fannon, 88

LYNN — Mrs. Patricia B. (Harrington) Fannon, age 88, of Lynn, died Wednesday in a local nursing home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late John P. Fannon. Born in Roxbury, she was the daughter of the late William and Marguerite (Ledoux) Harrington. She had lived in Lynn for the greater part of her life.

Patricia was a crossing guard for many years at the Sewell-Anderson Elementary School in Lynn. She had also worked at JB Blood in Lynn and the Charlestown Naval Shipyard. She enjoyed playing bingo and occasional trips to Foxwoods and Las Vegas. She loved music and dancing. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters; Eileen Cole and her husband Norman and Christine Fannon; five sons; John Fannon, Michael Fannon and his wife Judi, Kevin Fannon and his wife Rosie, Robert Fannon, and Joseph Fannon and his wife Theresa; 14 grandchildren; Casey, Lee, Sarah, Kate, Todd, Cory, Eric, Carolyn, Craig, Joseph, Elyse, Dereck, Emily and Jack; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late William “Bud” Harrington, Irene Leach, Marguerite Lincourt, and Mary Needham. The family would like to thank the staff of Grosvenor Park Health Center for the exceptional care given to Patricia.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Friday from 4-8 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. Directions and guestbook at

Marian Ann Kamins, 78

EUSTIS, Fla. — Marian Ann Kamins, 78, passed peacefully in Eustis, Fla.

Born to Russian immigrants Lena and Harry Katz, Marian grew up surrounded by family who lived and worked throughout Lynn.

Marian married Steven Kamins in 1969 and raised Erick, Darin, and Jay.

Marian and Steve owned Hobby City and Marian’s Ceramic Treasures in Lynn. They brought happiness to hundreds from painting classes to R/C car races. Their restored 1949 Mercury was admired at shows across America.

They enjoyed retirement in Arizona until Steve passed suddenly in 2001. Marian then moved near beloved brother Louis in Florida.

Marian’s legacy includes grandchildren, cousins, friends and the many animals she cherished.

Service information: A memorial service takes place at 10 a.m., April 14, at Pride of Lynn Cemetery.

The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Patricia A. Parker, 71

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Patricia Ann (Lynch) Parker, 71, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Agape Hospice in Columbia, SC.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1945 in Lynn to William and Mary Christine (Neville) Lynch.  Patricia grew up in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn in 1963. After high school, she briefly was a novitiate of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Ipswich before moving to Washington, D.C., where she became a secretary for the National Catholic Welfare Conference and later a legislative aid for Congressman Harold Donahue.

Patricia met Dennis Allen Parker in Washington, D.C. and they were married in 1968 in Lynnfield. They were happily married for 48 years, residing in Maryland, Minnesota and South Carolina. Patricia was a loving and dedicated mother of four and served in many varied volunteer positions throughout her life including most recently the Meals on Wheels program. She was a member of the Quail Valley Garden club for many years and served for a time as trustee of the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia. She enjoyed gardening, nature watching, and spending time with her family. She devoted many years to genealogy research and completed multiple volumes of family tree information on the extended Lynch and Parker families.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents. Patricia will be greatly missed by her spouse Dennis of Columbia, S.C.; her daughter, Jennifer (Brian) Zylko of Uniontown, Ohio; daughter, Amy (Doug) Chaffee of Harris, Minn., daughter Elise (Mike) Kloster of Evanston, Ill.; and son, Allen (Autumn Homewood) Parker of Alexandria, Va.; her brother, William (Elizabeth) Lynch of Norwell; and sister, Christine Lynch of Lynn; her eight grandchildren; and her six nieces and nephews.  

Service information: Memorial services will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the National Wildlife Federation.

Al E. Christ, 87

PEABODY — Al E. Christ, 87, beloved husband of the late Marion (Ampeliotis) Christ, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the North Shore Medical CenterSalem Hospital in Salem, following a brief illness.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the son of the late James and Irene (Karakoudas) Christ. He lived there in his youth, then moved to Massachusetts at age 17 and lived on the North Shore in Lynn and Peabody for the last 70 years.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War.

Mr. Christ had a long life in food service. He owned a family grocery store in Lynn and trained as a meat cutter. He later owned and operated the Surf & Turf Restaurant in Peabody for 16 years before retiring in 1993.

Al was a longtime member at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. He was involved with the Forever Young Club along with his wife at the church, and helped on other church activities. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Malden, loved gardening, woodworking, and travel to many destinations, especially Greece and Hawaii.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Timothy Hall of Lynn and Gail and Peter Lawler of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Christina Reale and her husband Michael, Timothy Hall, Thomas Hall, and Christopher Hall, Nicholas Lawler and his wife Michele and Matthew Lawler and his wife Tristina; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late James Christ Jr., George Christ, and Florence Assiminas.

Service information: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather for a visitation on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 12 noon in St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to either the American Lung Association, 14 Beacon St., Suite 717, Boston, MA 02108 or to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 South Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. Please visit for online obituary and sign condolences.

John G. Werner Jr., 82

LYNN — John G. “Buster” Werner Jr., age 82, of Lynn, died peacefully, on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was the husband of Hester (Leger) Werner, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late John and Mary (McMullen) Werner. A graduate of St. Mary’s Boys High School, he has lived in Lynn for the majority of his life.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Buster had worked as a mutual clerk for more than 50 years at Suffolk Downs until the track closed.

He was a member and a past business agent of IBEW Local 103.

Through the years Buster enjoyed traveling, especially to the Bahamas, and going to casinos. He was an avid NE Patriots fan and had attended eight Super Bowls. A “great storyteller,” he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A recipient of a kidney transplant from his son, Buster looked forward to attending and speaking at the annual celebration of life held at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for donors and transplant recipients. Buster and his family spent many memorable Christmas Eves gathered together to watch Lynn’s Christmas Parade.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Douglas Werner, Susan Marshall, Karen Farris, David Werner, Richard Werner, Donald Werner, and Shawn Werner; a sister, Mary “Jerry” Guzman; a brother, Ronald “Joe” Werner; 12 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late John J. Werner, and the brother of the late Ruth Lozzi, Alice Cahill, Robert Werner, and Charles Werner.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Lahey Clinic Transplant Dept. Office of Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Directions and guestbook at

Mary H. Tilley, 82

LYNN — Mary H. Tilley, age 82, of Lynn, died suddenly Sunday April 9. 2017 at Union Hospital.

Born in Lynn she was the daughter of the late Elmer L. and Mary H. (Dwyer) Brown and the beloved wife of Rolfe Tilley with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.

Mary was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, former parishioner of St. Patrick’ Parish and a communicant of Holy Family Church. In her early years she was employed at the General Electric Co. as an assembler in the aircraft division. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed traveling around the country and her vacation at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. She was a member of the Salvation Army Twilighters and enjoyed watching dvd movies with her husband Rolfe and she loved her cat Mittons.

Besides her husband Rolfe she is survived by her daughter Cheryl A. (Tilley) Stetson and her husband Bradley of Concord, two sons Mark T. Tilley and his wife Maureen, David B. Tilley both of Lynn, one brother John T. Brown of Lynn her four grandchildren Christina Hogan and her husband James, Susan Tilley and her companion Randy Keaton, Matthew and Christopher Tilley, three great-grandchildren Olivia, Christina and Chase.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the NADWORNY Funeral Home 798 Western Ave., Lynn Wednesday at 10 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Family Church at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours Tuesday, from 4–8 p.m. For guestbook and directions please visit

Ray T. Austin, 45

LYNN — Ray Thomas Austin, age 45, of Lynn, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Born in Delaware, he was the son of Ray T. Presberry and Jennifer L. Gould, and was adopted by the late Rudolph Austin and Lorraine Gordon Austin. The love of his life was family and music. His best friends are his nephew Shawn Coogan and Shab. Ray is also survived by his siblings, Tonya and Tiffany Coogan, BilliJo Castillo, Sonia, and Amanda Kendrick, Nikitya Clarke, step brother Brooksi Clarke, step sisters Mystique Campbell and Unique Echevarria and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Tina Grillo.

Service information: Visitation is Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn. At the request of Ray’s family, burial will be private. For those desiring, memorials in Ray’s memory may be sent c/o GOODRICH Funeral Home.

William G. Potter, 95

William Goodwin Potter, 95, of Danvers and Hamilton, died peacefully at home on April 10, 2017. Husband of Mary Theresa Potter who predeceased him, he was the son of the late William G. and Margaret Potter.

Born in Salem, Bill graduated from Salem High School in 1939. He worked as a lifeguard at Forest River Park, was active at the Salem YMCA and hiked and skied in the White Mountains. Before volunteering for military service with the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, Bill was on the track team and graduated from Boston College in 1943 and, upon completion of his military service, he graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1948.

He served as a USMC paratrooper in the Pacific Theater before being reassigned to the 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Regiment, which led the invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. military history. The 5th Marine Division sustained the highest casualty rate among the three Marine divisions involved in the invasion and Bill received the Purple Heart for wounds he received there. He also received the Presidential Unit citation, the Asiatic Pacific theater citation and the National defense and service awards for his military service. Bill was recalled to active duty service during the Korean conflict and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. Bill ended his military service with the rank of Major.

Although Bill thought he was going to work in the legal field following his graduation from Georgetown University Law School, he soon realized that his professional life and personal interest was in the field of education so he returned to school and obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Salem State College. He then spent his next very satisfying decades teaching civics and history at Danvers High School.

A month ago and after 70 years of marriage, the love of Bill’s life, his wife Mary, died. Bill was inconsolable; he died of a broken heart. The two of them, Bill and Mary, had been inseparable; if you saw Bill, Mary would be at his side, and together they relished the challenges of raising a large family. In retirement, they enjoyed spending time at their cabin in the Mt. Washington Valley, N.H., and at their residence in Florida as well as their travels abroad, especially to Ireland.

Bill is survived by his 11 children Julie Zohn and her husband Bob of Boston, Adria Lancaster and her husband Bill of Walpole, Judy Potter of Al Wakrah, Qatar, Bruce Potter and his wife Anita of Danvers, Suzanne Allison and her husband Bob of Topsfield, David Potter and his wife Liz of Danvers, Mary LeBlanc and her husband Mike of Danvers, Mark Potter and his wife Ginny of Hamilton, Shawn Potter and his wife Barbara of Hamilton, Richard Potter and his wife Helen of Hamilton, William Potter and his wife Margo of Middleton and New York City. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Salvo of Salem, Gratia Milliken of Windham, N.H., 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sisters Margaret MacDonald and Pauline Papalardo.

The Potter family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the nurses, aides and chaplain from All Care VNA and Hospice who provided professional and compassionate care to their father.

Service information: Visitation will be held at the CAMPBELL Funeral Home at 525 Cabot St., Beverly on Tuesday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Annunciation Church at 24 Conant St., Danvers. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Information, directions, condolences at

Hyppolite seeks to unseat Chakoutis


For the second time, Marven Hyppolite is hoping to replace Ward 5 City Councilor Dianna Chakoutis on the Council.

The 24-year-old caseworker for U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) who works with constituents on immigration and housing issues, said the city needs a new brand of leadership.
“We need someone who will represent the whole ward,” he said.  “I am willing to give power to the people instead of just representing them.”

Hyppolite said while he has no complaints about the incumbent, he would do a better job. He was defeated by Chakoutis in 2015 by a nearly 2-1 margin.

“It’s nothing about her personally,” he said. “This is about the direction of the city and representing people. I don’t think all our voices are being heard, not everyone has access to the decision-making process.”

If elected, Hyppolite said he will promote transparency, a “holistic” approach to governance, and community empowerment. He pledged to make the Council more accessible through regular office hours and community listening events.

Hyppolite said he worked on President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and served as president of student government at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth from 2013 to 2014.

Thomas Grillo can be reached at

All Care announces new house calls program

From left, All Care Vice President of Hospice Services, Kristina Neumann of Peabody, Senior Vice President Jo-Mary Koopman of Marblehead, Dr. Mark Messenger of Swampscott, Beth Gentleman, nurse practicioner of Hamilton, and All Care President CEO Shawn F. Potter, also of Hamilton.

LYNN — All Care Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice announced its latest addition to its home care services, the All Care House Calls Program.

“All Care House Calls expands our continuum of care while better servicing out patients in the community. By offering in-home physician/NP assessment and care, patients will have better chances avoiding frequent emergency room visits or unnecessary hospitalizations while we improve the quality of care that is being delivered,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Shawn F. Potter.

Through the development of the program, All Care provides homebound patients in private residences, assisted living, or skilled nursing facilities the opportunity to receive the same level of care as in a regular medical office.

The health of homebound patients may be too fragile to leave the house for medical appointments which can result in the worsening of symptoms or their decline not being accurately or effectively documented.

All Care started in 1911 with one nurse on her bicycle making house calls. All Care, which serves patients in 50 communities throughout Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the Merrimack Valley, now welcomes Dr. Mark Messenger and Nurse Practitioner Beth Gentleman as full time employees who will lead the new House Calls program.

To learn about All Care’s streamlined continuum of care or for more information on All Care’s House Calls Program, please visit or call 800-287- 2454.

Thinking big in Marblehead

Marblehead Town Hall.

Tucked away at the end of the annual Town Meeting warrant are two articles demonstrating how a small town can simultaneously be a refuge for its residents from rest of the world and a stage for changing the world.

Article 33 asks meeting members to decide if $2,600 should be spent on decorating town commercial areas in December with “garlands, wreaths, ribbon etc.” The request conjures up visions of 1940s holiday movies with soldiers arriving home on leave to find excited relatives waiting for them.

Sponsored by several town residents, the request to spend an absurdly small sum by government standards on making Marblehead holidays happier is a fun example of small town people who love where they live.

In contrast, Article 32 asks meeting members to stride onto a big stage and jump into the never-resolved debate over public campaign spending. The article focuses on the topic of “greater transparency in political donations.”

It goes on to invite Town Meeting members to urge state and federal elected officials to pass legislation providing donation transparency and limit “the influence of money in politics.”

Campaign finance is one of those hot-button subjects almost every candidate for state office of Congress focuses on and points to as a top government reform priority.

Campaign finance is one of those messy and complicated topics that sound good on the surface but can be hard to translate into workable laws.

A long list of legislative bodies have tried and failed to identify who should or should not contribute to campaigns and how much they should be able to contribute.

The question of how political donations translates precisely into influence is often lost or ill-defined during the debate. It will be interesting to see if a clear definition of influence and a prescription for ending campaign finance abuses surfaces during Town Meeting debate.

It will be even more interesting to see if any members raise the “glasshouse” argument — as in, be careful about throwing stones — in regard to campaign finance. A member may well rise and speak on the necessity of Town Meeting addressing campaign spending on the local level before tackling the subject on the state and national level.

In small towns, politics is a personal pursuit with candidates getting to know people and knowing what they want and what they like or do not like. But campaigns cost money and contributors can’t be blamed for having expectations about how far their dollars stretch.

Maybe the more appropriate objective of Article 32 is to focus on transparency in local government and, by extension, on the process of picking local elected officials. That is an exercise that can begin right at home in Marblehead.

Police log: 4-10-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.



Jarrod Bates, 37, was arrested and charged with larceny at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Aquiles Bernabe-Deleon, 25, of 9 Star King Court, Charlestown, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and on warrant charges of motor vehicle operator refuses to identify self, exhibiting another’s license, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding at 6:47 p.m. Friday.

Bridget Christopher, 23, was arrested on warrant charges of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, trespassing, assault and battery on ambulance personnel and common nightwalker at 1:49 a.m. Saturday.

Jose Grullon, 56, of 246 Chatham St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 3:47 p.m. Friday.

Monir Hanino, 29, of 330 Essex St., was arrested and charged with disguise to obstruct justice, failure to appear and on warrant charges of breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, destruction of property, witness intimidation, violation of an abuse prevention order and refusing to produce DNA database sample at 3:56 p.m. Saturday.

Daniqua Hudson, of 3 Alice Ave., was arrested on a warrant charge of unarmed robbery at 10:47 a.m. Saturday.

Omar Lopez, 28, of 74 Rockaway St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 8:41 p.m. Saturday.

Glenna Maher, 29, of 195 Maple St., Danvers, was arrested on warrants at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

John Michelin, 31, of 8 Chase St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 7:52 a.m. Sunday.

Fard Muhammad, 28, was arrested and charged with heroin/morphine/opium trafficking and cocaine trafficking more than 18 grams at 7:07 p.m. Friday.

Darrin Stephens, 50, of 8 Chase St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 8:05 a.m. Sunday.


A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:40 p.m. Friday at 150 Lynnway; at 9:39 a.m. Saturday at Toomey’s Cleaners at 43 Boston St.; at 1:34 p.m. Saturday at Lynnfield Street and Regina Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:22 p.m. Friday at 6 Commercial St.; at 8:28 a.m. Saturday at Market and State streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:40 a.m. Saturday at Boston and Park streets; at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Town Line Service at 805 Boston St.; at 7:38 p.m. Saturday at 6 Commercial St.; at 7:40 p.m. Saturday at 44 Park St.; at 8:02 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Avenue and Williams Avenue; at 2:06 a.m. Sunday on Lynnway; at 9:03 a.m. Sunday at Eastern and Western avenues.


A report of an assault and battery at 10:06 p.m. Friday on Mt Pleasant Place.

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 11:33 p.m. Friday on Lewis Street.

A report of an assault at 11:51 p.m. Saturday on Chase Street.


A report of a disturbance at 8:04 p.m. Friday at 149 Franklin St.; at 1:25 a.m. Saturday at 75 Laighton St.; at 9:13 a.m. Saturday at 67 Silsbee St.; at 9:37 a.m. Saturday at 271 Chatham St.; at 1:09 p.m. Saturday at 33 Lynnway; at 1:46 p.m. Saturday at 200 Lynnfield St.; at 3:11 p.m. Saturday at Congress Street and Western Avenue; at 3:31 p.m. Saturday on Boston Street; at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at 26 Harwood St.; at 5:39 p.m. Saturday at 77 Green St.; at 6:17 p.m. Saturday at 19 Forest St.; at 6:58 p.m. Saturday at McDonald’s at 567 Lynnway; at 9:56 p.m. Saturday at 95 Newhall St.; at 10:18 p.m. Saturday at 271 Chatham St.; at 10:41 p.m. Saturday on Brightwood Terrace; at 2:54 a.m. Sunday on Blossom Street; at 3:14 a.m. Sunday at 188 Washington St.; at 10:13 a.m. Sunday at 700 Lynnway.


A report of an overdose at 6:09 p.m. Saturday on Broadway; at 11:28 p.m. Saturday at Chatham and Lewis streets.


A report of a larceny at 8:41 p.m. Friday at 15 Flint St.; at 12:33 p.m. Saturday at 170 Union St.; at 7:06 p.m. Saturday at 55 Rockaway St.; at 10:18 p.m. Saturday at 43 Laighton St.


A report of vandalism at 1:14 a.m. Saturday at Santander Bank at 35 Market Square; at 10:13 a.m. Sunday at Sonny’s Car Wash at 700 Lynnway.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 11:09 p.m. Saturday at South Street and Western Avenue.



A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:16 p.m. Friday at 990 Paradise Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:16 p.m. Saturday at 330 Paradise Road.


A report of a disturbance at 1:03 a.m. Sunday at 330 Paradise Road.


A report of a larceny at 12:47 p.m. Saturday at 7 Banks Terrace.

Marie J. Hartling, 85

LYNN — Marie J. (Slate) Hartling, 85, of Lynn died Wednesday April 5, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A lifelong Lynn resident, she was born to the late Lamont and Florence (Lockhart) Slate, and was the wife of the late Carl Hartling Sr. Marie attended Lynn English High School and worked in the Medical Records Dept. at Union Hospital in Lynn. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and she loved rescuing dogs and cats from the animal shelter. She spent summers at Rangely Lakes, Maine, and she enjoyed knitting, reading, and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her children; Carl Hartling Jr and his wife Nancy of S.C., Kenneth Hartling and his wife Nancy of Salem, NH, Carolyn Twiss and her husband David of Topsfield, son in law Stephen Butland, grandchildren; Tricia, Brian, Bethany, and Kevin Butland, Carl III and Adam Hartling, Kenneth Jr. and Kacey Hartling, Jessica and Zackary Twiss, Amy and Jody Coffin, great-grandchildren Kyle, Devon, and Dominque, and brother-in-law Gerald Hartling and his wife Patricia. She was predeceased by her parents, and her daughter Karen (Hartling) Butland.

Service information: A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to meet inside the main gate. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Marie’s name to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St. Lynn, MA 01901. For directions and guestbook visit

Cleo W. Hollingsworth Olson, 84

HOOKSETT — Cleo W. Hollingsworth Olson, 84, of Hooksett, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Myrtle (Brannen) Newell.

A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Cleo’s family was paramount in her life. She cherished time spent with her many grand, great-, and great-great-grandchildren. A classy woman, Cleo enjoyed dressing up and donning fashion jewelry. Dancing was one of her greatest passions. Cleo found great comfort and companionship in her Shih Tzu dogs throughout the years. In her spare time, Cleo enjoyed playing Hearts and cribbage with her dear friends. Cleo will be best remembered for her kind heart and dedication to family.

Cleo is survived by her three daughters Marsha Greenwood and husband Bill of Londonderry, Barbara Bamberg and husband Kurt of Derry, and Heidi Miller and husband Michael of Hooksett; two sons, Thomas Atwood and wife Lynn of Alton, and Gary Atwood and wife Denise of Salisbury, Md.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; dear nieces and honorary daughter, Yvonne Rodenhiser of Haverhill; two brothers, Roger Newell and Lawrence Newell, both of Nova Scotia; her niece, nephews, and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Cleo was predeceased by her husband, Donald Hollingsworth; two sisters, Gloria Hipson and Carol Nickerson; and brother, Clarence “Buddy” Newell.

Service information: Her visitation will be held in the PHANEUF Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Sunday, April 9, from 2-5 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9 a.m. Committal to follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, East Broadway, Derry. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Cleo’s memory to the Community hospice house, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054 or The Moore Center, 195 McGregor St., Manchester, NH 03102. To view Cleo’s online tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit

Daniel A. deStefano, 67

NAHANT — Daniel A. deStefano, age 67, of Nahant, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He was the husband of Robin (Roland) deStefano, with whom he shared more than 42 years of marriage.

Born in Medford, he was the son of the late Daniel M. and Adrienne (Spezzaferri) deStefano. He had resided in Nahant since 1976. He graduated Boy’s Catholic High School and received his Bachelor’s of Education from Boston State College, and his Master’s from Simmons. Prior to his retirement, he did research at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, was a histology tech at Mass General, a medical library director at Carney Hospital, and was a director for 22 years at the Nahant Public Library. Daniel was a writer, illustrator and artist who had five published books. He was a member of Beta Phi Mu Fraternity, Librarians and Library Educators, the Historical Commission Society, Recreation Committee, 4th of July Committee, an ADA compliance officer, Johnson School parent council, the Nahant Lyons and active with the kidney transplant and dialysis association.

In addition to his wife, Robin, he is survived by his daughter Katherine A. deStefano of Nahant.

Service information: Memorial visitation for Daniel will be Monday evening, 4-7 p.m. in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn. For those desiring, memorials may be made to Friends of Nahant Public Library, P.O. Box 76, Nahant, MA 01908.

Margaret M. Bishop, 67

LYNN — Mrs. Margaret M. (O’Brien) Bishop, age 67, of Lynn, passed away peacefully at home on April 5, 2017. She was the beloved wife of John Bishop, with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Margaret was born in London, England on June 28, 1949, the daughter of the late Mathew O’Brien and Teresa (O’Brien) O’Brien. She was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1967.

“Margie” was singularly devoted as a mother and wife, tirelessly providing love and care to all those around her. Her compassion extended beyond her family, when she obtained her nursing degree at age 50. She widened her circle of care with countless patients whom she nurtured and tended to with her signature mixture of wisdom, humor and no-nonsense New England pragmatism that made her a favorite among all those who were fortunate enough to receive her care. Margie was a lifelong supporter of the arts, music and theater and was a proud LEHS drama club booster. She played an instrumental role in all of her children’s after school pursuits and created a second home to three generations of kids who affectionately knew her as “Mrs. B.” or simply as “mom.” She was a lifelong advocate of AIDS awareness.

Margie’s greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother, never tiring and always ready to welcome you with an open door, a cup of tea and lots of laughs for anyone lucky enough to sit at her kitchen table. In addition to her husband, John E. Bishop, she leaves behind three children; Sean Bishop and his wife, Kelly of Pasadena, Calif., Matthew Bishop of North Carolina and Molly Ramsay and her husband, Brian of Lynn. Margie also leaves behind four grandchildren; Chloe and Kenley Bishop of North Carolina, Olivia Ramsay of Lynn and Ahbella Bishop-Adam of North Carolina, as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her devoted group of lifelong friends, “The Golden Girls”.

Service information: Margie’s visitation will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 4–7 p.m. at CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA 01904. Her funeral will begin at the funeral home on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 12 p.m. at St. Pius V Church, 218 Maple St., in Lynn. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery on Boston Street in Lynn. Please visit for directions, or to sing the online guestbook.

Anna J. Keogh, 60

SAUGUS — Anna J. (Trevisone) Keogh, age 60, of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on Wednesday, April 5, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was the loving wife of James E. Keogh Jr.

Born and raised in Everett, she later moved to Saugus where she lived for the past 29 years. Anna was a beloved sister-in-law of Robert Keogh and his wife Madeline of Winthrop; Kathleen Keogh of Saugus; and Carol DePaolis and her husband Samuel of Saugus. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus. [Please meet at church.] Interment Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Arrangements by BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences In lieu of flowers, donations in Anna’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Theresa Diachisin, 84

PEABODY — Theresa “Terry” Diachisin, 84, of Peabody, passed away comfortably at her home on April 1, 2017. She was the sweetheart of William Roy Diachisin with whom she shared 55 devoted years of marriage.

Terry was born in Lynn on July 15, 1932, daughter of the late Donato and Antonietta (Caputo) Miraglia, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Forenza, Italy. After graduating from Lynn English High School in 1950 she fondly remembered working in the offices at Hoague Sprague Corporation and Nissen Bakery until shortly after July of 1961, when she married.

Terry had two children and lovingly devoted her life to caring for her family and home. She was understanding and supportive of her children and put their well being above all else. She was handy around the spotless house, taking care of many home-oriented tasks such as wallpapering, painting and sewing. Each week a pot of homemade spaghetti sauce was on the stove, certainly the influence of her Italian heritage. Terry loved to spend time with her sisters, going shopping, talking on the phone and walking along the beach at all times of the year. She enjoyed listening to popular music and would hum along to the tunes. She adored her grandson, whose presence would make her smile joyfully each time he visited.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, William “Bill” G. Diachisin of Peabody and Susan Diachisin of Andover. She also leaves a son-in-law, Susan’s husband Aaron Pawelek, and a grandson, Oliver Pawelek, also from Andover. Her Godchild, Carla Williamson, lives in Colleyville, Texas. Terry was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Miraglia, and sisters Mary DiCrescenzo and Elinor Grant.

Service information: A private burial was held at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody. Donations made be made to Beacon Hospice c/o Amedisys Foundation, 100 Cummings Park, Suite 222C, Beverly, MA 01915.

Mary Klingenberg, 94

LYNNFIELD — Mary Klingenberg, 94, of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully on April 4. She was predeceased by her husband Edward. Mary was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Katherine J. (McNamara) Coyne. She was born on Sept. 23, 1922. She grew up in Lynn and graduated from Lynn English High School.

After the start of World War II, Mary worked at GE until her retirement. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross during that time. More recently, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and performed duties as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Maria Goretti Parish.

In 1975, Mary married Ed and they had 33 wonderful years together until his passing on March 8, 2008. They spent time enjoying their home, going antiquing, and spending time with family.

Mary was predeceased by her siblings Bernard Coyne, Alice McBrien, Helen Dolan, and Frances Rafferty. She leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews from both the Coyne and Klingenberg families.

Service information: Visitation at CUFFE McGINN Funeral Home on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. Her funeral will begin on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, MA 01940. Burial will follow the Mass in Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Please visit for directions, or to sign the online guestbook.

Philip P. Nicoletti, 68

LYNN — Philip P. Nicoletti of Lynn, formerly of Medford, peacefully passed away at the age of 68 on March 28, 2017. Beloved son of the late Philip and Jean (Izzo) Nicoletti. Loving and devoted father of Amanda Jean Nicoletti Izzo-Alessandrini, her husband Ian, and Philip Nicoletti. Longtime companion of Dorothy Mah. Beloved brother of Richard Nicoletti and his wife Mariann, Jeanne Nicoletti-Ayer and her husband Michael, John “Jack” Nicoletti and his wife Susan, Donna Nicoletti and Toni Nicoletti. Beloved grandfather of Aiden, Ella and Mia and several nieces and nephews. Also, his forever faithful dog Carmella.

Mr. Nicoletti was a graduate of Medford High School and went on to contracting school in California. Mr. Nicoletti was a general contractor and worked at Everett Aluminum for many years, as well as for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a federal disaster inspector. He enjoyed volunteering for many years at his son’s baseball and hockey leagues, but his greatest passion was to watch his son “take the mound.” He also greatly enjoyed watching his daughter’s gymnastics meets and horse shows. Mr Nicoletti was known for giving names to those whom he held dear to him: “blubby angel, footsie, the boy, yard bird, marko, baby balooga, wally, stack fish, krish-tin, wilks, cc-montero, loo-loo bird, and guido.” Phil was well known in his community as the guy who walked miles a day with his dogs Lucy and Carmella, and will be sadly missed.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held at the DELLO RUSSO Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following in the funeral home. Interment services will be private.

At the family’s request, flowers are respectfully omitted. Donations can be made in memory of Philip P. Nicoletti c/o Richard Nicoletti, East Boston Savings Bank, 15 Bartlett Road, Winthrop MA 02152. To leave a message of condolence visit

Lloyd H. Caswell Jr., 73

MARBLEHEAD — Lloyd H. Caswell Jr., 73, of Marblehead, passed away at Merrimack Valley Hospice House, in Haverhill on April 2, 2017.

Born on April 23, 1944, he was the son of the late Lloyd H. and Lillian (Williams) Caswell of Marblehead. He is survived by his sister, Carol L. and her husband (James) Guy, as well as his brother Carl B. Caswell. He is also, survived by nephews Mark W. and his wife (Tammi) Michaud, Shawn T. Caswell, and Ryan Caswell, as well as nieces Michelle L. and her husband (James) Karalekas, and Monique C. and her husband (Luke) Buxton, and great-nephews and great-nieces Andrew and Christopher Karalekas, Lyla Michaud, Evelyn and Eben Buxton, and Shawn P. Caswell and a host of cousins.

Growing up in Marblehead, he attended the Marblehead public schools and graduated in the Class of 1964. He continued his education by attending Salem Commercial, a two-year college, where he studied accounting. He worked for Rich’s Department Stores and Brown’s Flowers doing accounting and before retiring, was a greeter at Walmart in Lynn. After retirement, he volunteered at Mass General Hospital delivering the mail throughout the hospital.

Lloyd was an active member of the Philharmonic Lodge F. & A. M., Marblehead; Gerry No. 5 Veteran Fireman’s Association, Marblehead; and the Heritage Pomona Grange, Beverly. He also served on the Marblehead Disability Commission, the Fort Sewall Committee, and Marblehead Jaycees. He has performed duties as president of the Lynn Chapter Indoor Sports Club, and district president of the Indoor Sports Club. He was dedicated to his faith through the Old North Church, Marblehead where he helped with the Sunday School group and was a member of the choir. Lloyd was known and loved by many people throughout the community and beyond. He will be greatly missed.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the EUSTIS AND CORNELL Funeral Home, 142 Elm St., Marblehead on Sunday, April 9, from 3-7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at the Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead on Monday, April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. Final resting place Riverside Cemetery, Saugus, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts, To share a memory of Lloyd or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit the online guestbook at

James J. Driscoll, 67

WAKEFIELD — James J. Driscoll, age 67, of Wakefield, formerly of Canton, died suddenly Sunday, April 2 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in Belmont on April 22, 1949, he was the son of the late John and Catherine (Doherty) Driscoll.

Mr. Driscoll was a graduate of Hyde Park High School in Boston and then went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

His professional life included being the owner of the historic restaurant Simco’s On The Bridge in Mattapan. Later he worked at Verizon and the Boston Globe. In his recent retirement years, Mr. Driscoll enjoyed traveling, fitness and spending time with his family. He also had a passion for cooking and his family always looked forward to his Christmas morning breakfasts and his apple pies. He was a good man who was known for being selfless, loving and understanding. His thoughtful nature always had him thinking of his family and his generous spirit found him picking up gifts for loved ones to express his appreciation.

He was the beloved husband of the late Arlene (Butkewich) Driscoll, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage before her passing in 2008. He was the loving father of James J. Driscoll Jr. and his wife Jacquelyn of Lynnfield. He was the adoring grandfather of Jillian and James. He was the brother of John “Jack” Driscoll and his wife Joan of Centerville, Cathy Lutes and her husband James of Falmouth and Florida, Michele Caruso and her husband Salvatore of Saugus and Kimberly Driscoll of North Carolina and the late Mary Driscoll. He was the uncle of Anne Bastianelli and her husband Larry, Jennifer MacLachlan and her husband James, and Danni and Eileen Driscoll. He was the cousin of Carolyn Punch, Virginia Hall, Marylou Keenan, Anne Marie McDonald, Cathleen Lemmon, Brian, Kevin, Jimmy and Gerry Sullivan and the late Peggy Wentland. He is also survived by his loving companion, Eileen Spencer of Lynn, with whom he shared many happy memories over the last seven years.

Service information: His funeral will be held from the McDONALD-FINNEGAN Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home in Stoneham on Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

Henry J. Fournier Jr., 85

PEABODY — Henry J. Fournier Jr., 85, of Peabody and formerly of Danvers and Lynn, died Saturday evening at the Continuing Care at Brooksby Village in Peabody. He was the devoted husband of Gail (Latham) Fournier, with whom he shared over 60 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Henry J. Fournier Sr. and Hazel (Carpenter) Fournier. He was raised and educated in Lynn, later lived in Danvers for 12 years and has spent the last 2 years living in Peabody.

Henry was a veteran of the Korean War who served with the United States Marines before being honorably discharged in 1954. Upon his discharge, he was employed for numerous glass companies on the North Shore, and retired after 30 years as a glazier with Salem Glass Company.

Henry enjoyed ball room dancing and was a member of the American Legion. He also enjoyed working on projects inside and outside the home and was a skilled carpenter helping family and friends with many home improvement projects throughout his life.  

Besides his loving wife of 60 years, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Bonnie Fournier of Lynn; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and David Eccleston of Swampscott and Sharon and Ernie Stavropoulos of Lynn; his sister, Shirley Nordstrom of Lynn; his beloved seven grandchildren, Nicole Coughlin of Danvers, Brian and his wife Danielle Fournier of Lynn, Keith Fournier of Easton, Natalie Eccleston of Brooklyn, N.Y., Timothy Eccleston of Swampscott and Katherine and Jessica Stavropoulos of Lynn; his three great-grandsons, Christopher Wheeler and Evan and Chase Fournier; his sister-in-law, Sharon and her husband George Beeler of Lynn and dear family friend Jeanne Hillios of Salem. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Rita Nestor and Claire Shipman.  

Service information: Following cremation, his family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. His family will gather at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a graveside service at 11:15 at St. Jean’s Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Parkinson Disease research at For directions and online obituary, visit

Thomas F. Quinn, 77

NAHANT — Thomas F. Quinn, age 77 and longtime resident of Nahant, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 3, 2017.

He was born in Lynn on Feb. 13, 1940, the son of the late Dr. Thomas F. and Gertrude (Scully) Quinn. He was raised in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1958. He also graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Tom owned and operated Quinn of Lynn Insurance agency since 1962. He was the assistant clerk magistrate in Lynn District Court for 23 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, skiing, boating and traveling. Tom was always very active. He was a VP of the Massachusetts Clerk’s Association, a member of the Lynn K of C and the AOH, the Black Rum Golf Association, Salem Country Club, Hickory Dickory Doc’s Ski Club, the LACC and the Nahant Lion’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth “Betty” A. (McCormack) Quinn of Nahant; his daughters, Colleen Quinn Sainato and her husband Paul of Nahant and Kerry Barrasso and her husband Perry of Nahant; his son, Thomas F. Quinn III and his wife Beverly of Nahant; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Shannon and Craig Barrasso, Courtney, Anne and Elizabeth Quinn and Quinn Sainato; several nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews also survive him.

Service information: Family and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. His funeral will begin on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common St. in Lynn. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nahant. Donations are requested to St. Mary’s Jr./Sr. High School, 35 Tremont St., Lynn, MA 01902.

Claire J. Dunnigan, 93

LYNN — Claire J. (Crighton) Dunnigan, age 93, of Lynn, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Abbott House while surrounded by her loving family.

Claire was the eighth child born to the late Walter J. and Mary C. (O’Callaghan) Crighton and resided in the city of Lynn most of her life. She was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School.

Claire quickly learned to fend for herself at the age of 18 when her father died at a young age. She and her mother, who had come over from Ireland at the age of 16, ran the house together and supported the seven siblings. Her three sisters, Mary, Ann and Laurie, went off to work at GE while her four brothers, Wally, Danny, Johnny and Brendy, all fought in World War II. Claire kept everyone strong as news poured in about Wally’s ship being torpedoed and Brendy being wounded and MIA for several months. All four boys made it home safe and the Crightons remained extremely close.

Claire married the love of her life, George J. “Tona” Dunnigan, a Naval chief warrant officer and Pearl Harbor survivor who was also born and raised in West Lynn. They traveled the world together and were stationed at many ports of call during his U.S. Naval career. The two eventually took over the Crighton homestead on Temple Place in West Lynn and began to raise a family of their own.

Once their seventh child was born on Temple Place, Claire and Tona decided they needed more room and purchased a bigger home near Flax Pond in East Lynn. Claire and her family settled in nicely on Carter Road as she and her husband added an eighth child to the mix. Claire established many fond memories and lifelong friendships with the other families on Carter Road.

Claire’s home was always open to anyone who stopped by to visit. She loved to cook big meals, she loved parades, loved to walk, she loved to dance, adored her grandchildren and she loved to make people happy. Claire never complained, was always optimistic and had an unconditional love for everyone she met.  

In addition to raising her eight children, Claire worked several years as a lunch monitor in the Lynn School Department and took on several jobs as a baby-sitter. She put all of her earnings back into the family and was able to help several of her children attend college.

Claire was predeceased by her husband George J. “Tona” Dunnigan, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage and two of her daughters, Joyce C. Petrucelli and Patricia L. Dunnigan.

She is survived by her six children, George J. Dunnigan and his wife Lorene of Salem, Garry J. Dunnigan and his wife Patricia of Lynn, Gregory J. Dunnigan and his wife Cathy of Salem, Glenn J. Dunnigan and his wife Elizabeth of Lynn, Barbara J. Ruggiero and her husband Richard of Nashua, N.H., and Gail M. Rowe and her husband Don of Marblehead. Claire is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Claire will finally be reunited with her four brothers, Walter, John, Daniel and Brendan Crighton and her three sisters, Mary Hingston, Ann Kennedy and Laurie Desrosier.

The Dunnigan Family would like to extend a special thanks to the entire staff of the Abbott House for their endless love, compassion and support of Claire during her time there. The Abbott House staff exemplifies the true meaning of kindness in this world.

Service information: A funeral will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Pius V Church, Lynn, at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Claire’s memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA  02114 or at Directions and online guestbook at

Joseph G. Dwan, 95

LYNN — Mr. Joseph G. “Gerard” Dwan, age 95, of Lynn, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of M. Rose (Gillis) Dwan, with whom he shared more than 61 years of marriage.

Born and raised in St. Peters Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada, he was the son of the late Patrick and Hannah

(Flynn) Dwan. He had served in the Canadian Navy as a chief petty officer during World War II and has lived in Lynn since 1959.  

Gerard was a self-employed carpenter/builder. He was the founder of the Goldfish Pond Association and an active member of the Lynn community. A longtime communicant of St. Joseph Parish in Lynn, he served as a Eucharistic minister, a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Christian Family Movement (CFM), the Cursillo Movement and as a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He had a passion for woodworking and for making all types of furniture.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Kevin Dwan and his wife Tina, Daryl Dwan, Claude Dwan and his wife Ann and Wayne Dwan; two daughters, Lisa Markee and her husband David and Dianna Dwan; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Lorne and Patricia Dwan.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Lynn. Burial will be at a later date. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. Joseph Parish, 40 Green St., Lynn, MA 01902, or the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. Directions and guestbook at

Robert A. Dyer, 80

LYNN — Mr. Robert “Bob” A. Dyer, 80, of Lynn died Thursday, March 30, 2017, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a brief illness. Mr. Dyer was the husband of the late Eleanor M. (LaMonica) (Medros) Dyer.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Leon H. and Suzie (Slingsby) Dyer. He was raised in Danvers and Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School. He has lived in Lynn most of his life.

Mr. Dyer was an Army veteran. Bob enjoyed bowling, collecting hats, model trains and taking train rides. He also liked talking about cars and his 1957 Chevy Belair. He loved watching NASCAR, old movies, the Red Sox and especially enjoyed watching them with some of his wife’s homemade popcorn. He had a love for playing cards and for more than 20 years he was part of a weekly poker game, but nothing compared to his family time. From family vacations to Kentucky, to Sunday road trips, to playing UNO on a Sunday with all the grandchildren. He taught us Love and Family are important.

Mr. Dyer held various positions in the local banking industry. It seemed if he helped out in a certain banking job, he mastered it and was made in charge. He and his brother owned Earl’s Texaco on the corner of Western and Eastern avenues in Lynn.

He leaves his children, Nancy Sorensen of Lynn, Robert Medros and his wife Barbara of South Carolina, a daughter-in-law Mary Anne Medros of Salem, his grandchildren Robert and Christine Medros, Tammy Medros, Denise and James Clarke, Gina Medros, Keith Medros, Kyle and Amanda Sorensen, Travis Sorensen, his great-grandchildren, Adam, Andrew, Natalie and Alyssagrace, his brothers and sisters Leon Dyer of Texas, Barbara Ball and Wendell “Butch” Dyer both of Kentucky. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Mr. Dyer is the father of the late Bruce Medros, grandfather of the late Gregg Medros and brother of the late Charles Dyer, Mabel Boone, Walter “Tony” Dyer, Elizabeth Kardenetz and Harry Dyer.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017, in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, (Rte. 129), Lynn, at 10 a.m. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the Care Dimensions Hospice, Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B 102, Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at

Paul E. O’Brien, 87

SAUGUS — Mr. Paul E. O’Brien, 87, of Saugusm formerly of Lynn, died on April 2 at the Hawthorne Hill Rehab in Danvers. He was the husband of the late Lorraine (Breau) O’Brien.

Born and raised in Lynn, Mr. O’Brien was the son of the late Thomas A. and Mary (Nagle) O’Brien. Paul was a graduate of Boston College. He was a hockey coach at Saugus High School for 23 years from 1955-79. Mr. O’Brien retired as a guidance counselor from Saugus High School in the late 1990’s where he started as a history teacher in the early 1950’s.

Mr. O’Brien is survived by two sons, Michael P. O’Brien of S. Boston, Timothy P. O’Brien and his wife Kelly of Wakefield; one daughter, Jo-Anne O’Brien Fay and her husband Christopher of Peabody; two sisters, Patricia O’Brien of Lynn, Jaqueline Elsmore of Winthrop; four grandchildren, Meghan, Michael, Matthew, Monica. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Richard O’Brien and sister, Eleanor Scanlon.

In lieu of flowers donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Hathorne Hill Activities Department, Attn: Fran Walker, 15 Kirkbride Dr, Danvers MA 01923.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences

Virginia Discolo, 85

SAUGUS — Virginia Discolo, 85, of Saugus, died on March 31. Loving wife of 61 years of the late Paul J. Discolo. Beloved mother of the late Paula Discolo and the late Susan Oxley, Gary Discolo of Florida, Gayle Barbero and her husband James of Peabody, Paul Discolo Jr. of Florida, Lisa Discolo of Saugus. Cherished grandmother to 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild. Dear sister to Lillian Johnson of Saugus and the late Charles Woodell. Also adored by many nieces and nephews.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, Saugus, on Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery. For directions and condolences In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the charity of your choice.

‘You first learn about prejudice from your family’


Am I a bigot?  I believe bigotry is something we all have.  I would also like to believe that it is something we all attempt to master and overcome.  Not necessarily an easy task.  Nor one we ever fully accomplish. Like life, overcoming our biases is a journey, not a destination.

In part, the challenge in overcoming bigotry stems from its connection to our fears. Fears of the unknown, the unfamiliar, and of things and people that are different.  It’s also connected to our frequent belief that different is bad or lesser than; a belief that is handed down from generation to generation.

Over time, prejudice against certain groups becomes normalized, part of our familial and social fiber.  The more we accept prejudices, the harder it gets to even see them, let alone question them.  

As a Latino gay man, I have had to face bigotry at different levels and in different contexts throughout my life. Being Latino in the U.S. has its challenges, for sure. Being gay, however, has subjected me to a more painful type of bigotry.

When you’re an ethnic minority, you usually grow up with and are raised by people like you.  You inherit their skin color and hair texture. You eat the same food and speak the same language.  You celebrate the same holidays and share the same faith.

When you’re gay, you’re more likely to be raised by people who are different from you as far as sexual identity is concerned.  Worse, you frequently first learn about the prejudice against the LGBT community from your own family and the people in your immediate circle.

Personally, I first became acutely aware of societal bigotry against gay men when I was 12 years old. My family had moved to a small town in Puerto Rico. From day one in my new school the rumors started circulating:  “The new kid is queer.” I was criticized for how I spoke, how I walked and for the gestures I made.  And it wasn’t just kids being mean to the newcomer.

The insults and mockery persisted for years. I tried playing sports but wasn’t good enough.  I had girlfriends in high school but wasn’t convincing enough. I was never physically beat up, but the harassment never really let up.  At times I was depressed and suicide always seemed to be an alternative, just under the surface. Unfortunately, suicide is something many LGBT kids face. Indeed, studies suggest that LGBT youth are up to four times more likely of attempting suicide than straight kids.  

I found refuge in my studies and within a small group of friends (some of whom I realized years later were gay themselves). Doing well academically was a way of feeling good about myself. When I graduated from high school, I got as far away from that little town as I could. I moved to San Juan and sort of lost myself in the anonymity of a large college campus within a city far from home.

Turns out that losing myself became a way of finding myself. As I felt less attacked, I became freer to be myself, to meet new people, and to have new experiences.  None of this was easy.  Nor did it come without a price.

My parents found out I was gay during my sophomore year in college. They disinherited me. My dad simply stated that he could not “support my lifestyle” and that I should forget I even had a family. I was extremely hurt and saddened, but also angry.  Turns out that all those years of excelling in school, the top SAT scores in my class, my full scholarship to college, and my early admission to pre-med meant nothing. I had to find a way to stay in school in a hurry (scholarship only covered tuition) but I was determined to stay the course.  I switched majors to psychology (med school was no longer an option) and never looked back. I came to Massachusetts for graduate school and completed my master’s degree at Boston University. In the interim, I was separated from my family for over seven years.  They needed time to overcome their prejudice.  And I needed time to forgive their rejection.

Things did get better. I finished my degree, have a successful career, and just recently celebrated 25 years of shared life with my husband.

The family? The bigotry certainly caused a lot of lost time, bad blood and resentments but we are definitely close again.  They send us Christmas cards and gifts.  They’ve taken trips abroad with us to Central America and Europe.  And they always send their love to him at the end of our phone calls.  Are things perfect?  No.  But life is a journey and, hopefully, we never stop growing.

Ruben Montano-Lopez is Associate Director at Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn.

Students learn ins and outs of college acceptance

Julia Kornerup of Swampscott High School was accepted early to Union College in New York.


SWAMPSCOTT — Spring brings more than April showers; it’s the time of year when many students eagerly watch mail slots and inboxes for college acceptance letters.

For Swampscott High School senior Julia Kornerup, the decision to apply early has spared her some of the waiting anxiety.

When she was accepted into the general studies program at New York’s Union College back in December, she and her mother opened the digital letter containing the good news together.

“My mom started screaming,” said Kornerup. “She tends to be more outgoing about things like that. I was so happy but couldn’t express it.”

Since then she’s made preparations by reaching out to anyone else in the area with plans to attend the same school.

“I love the fact that I applied early decision,” she said, adding that it’s given her the ability to focus on the remainder of high school. “It’s so much better to have everything out of the way.”

Katherine Perez, a senior at Lynn Classical High School, has taken pains to ensure that she has plenty of choices when the fall semester starts.
She applied to 15 schools and has been accepted to most of them, but sees Providence College as the most likely option so far.

Perez, who wants to major in marketing with a minor in sociology, applied to more than a dozen colleges to see what sort of financial aid she would get.

“It was difficult to keep track, but I’m glad I did it,” said Perez. “I can’t imagine putting my whole hopes into one school.”

She said that many of her friends also applied to five or more schools, and that some of them are waiting on Ivy League responses.

Perez did have some advice for high school sophomores and juniors based on her own college application experience.

“Try volunteering, get involved with organizations,” she said. “They really do make a big difference.”  

She named Girls Inc. of Lynn as a program that helped her get through the whole college process. Now she’s moving onto the search for scholarships.

As for the prospect of living out on her own, Perez isn’t daunted.

“I’m actually really excited about that,” she said.  

Restaurant owners boiling over ‘aggressive treatment’ from ISD


LYNN — A group of restaurant owners met with the City Council president last week alleging overly aggressive treatment at the hands of the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD).

Councilor Darren Cyr wouldn’t reveal names of the attendees because he said they fear retribution from the city, but said they complained of unfair treatment.

“They talked to me in confidence,” he said. “They have concerns we are looking to address. The bottom line is the health department is doing their job, but these people are uncomfortable with the way they are doing it.”

Lynn has nearly 400 eateries. Routine, unannounced inspections are conducted three times a year, according to Clint Muche, Lynn’s deputy building commissioner.

Inspectors evaluate the food and its preparation to determine the potential risk to the public for the occurrence of food-borne illness. The inspector also conducts an in-depth evaluation of the facility. Eating establishments are then graded A, B, C or given a notice of closure.

The complaints lodged by the owners included statements that inspectors loudly announced their arrivals in their businesses, they confronted employees during inspections, visited at peak hours when the restaurants were full of customers, and got on all of fours with a flashlight in front of customers.

“I’m just at the beginning stages of looking into it,” Cyr said. “But I’ve told them if there are other people with allegations, I want to know about it.”

Taso Nikolakopoulos, owner of John’s Roast Beef & Seafood, said he was unaware of the meeting with Cyr. But he said similar issues regarding ISD have been brought to the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I have improved because of the inspections,” he said. “But the city could do a better job at communicating and being hospitable. Don’t try to chastise us, they should work with restaurant owners and not come in being confrontational.”

Muche said he was not at the meeting and could not comment. Michele Desmarais, the city’s public health director, defended department inspectors.

“They work hard so that all food establishments in Lynn are safe and diners can feel good about knowing that it’s a safe food-handling establishment,” she said.

She insisted inspectors must visit at the busiest times.

“If they go at 9 a.m. when the kitchen is closed, how will they know they are doing things correctly?” she asked.

She said some of the complaining businesses may have an ax to grind.

“These are good workers who just want to do the right thing,” Desmarais said.  

Thomas Grillo can be reached at

OCPF to host campaign seminar


LYNN — Calling all candidates.

As incumbents and their challengers line up to seek office this year, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) is hosting a seminar on Tuesday on how to comply with the state’s campaign finance laws.

The one-hour seminar will be in the City Council chambers at City Hall on the fourth floor at 6:30 p.m.

“We will go over the rules covering all types of candidates,” said  said Jason Tait, OCPF spokesman. “We do this routinely as a way to give the candidates a chance to hear directly from us before they jump into the world of campaign finance.”

Elections will be held this year for mayor, city council and school committee. The primary is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 12 with the final scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Thomas Grillo can be reached at

Osmond A. Kinney, 92

LYNN — Mr. Osmond Arthur Kinney, 92, a lifelong resident of Lynn, passed away at his home, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey E. (Hudson) Kinney with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.

Born and educated in Lynn, Osmond was the son of the late Ralph V. and Lily Rose (Osmond) Kinney. He graduated from Lynn English High School. He served in the Navy Seabees in the Pacific theater during WWII. He was a machinist at W.J. Young Machine Co. in Beverly for more than 36 years. Osmond was the brother of the late Lincoln Kinney and the late Virginia Poirier and the brother-in-law of Barbara Mitchell of Lynn, Constance A. McCarthy of Louisville, Ky., and the late Donald, Charles, Kenneth and Richard Hudson, and Donna Langevain and Pricilla Cobb. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Service information: Osmond’s funeral will be held at the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Thursday, April 6, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the funeral on Thursday, April 6, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 43 Nagog Park, Ste 110, Acton, MA 01720-3426 or via For the online guestbook please visit

Mary J. Dixon, 85

Mrs. Mary J. (Dunlop) Dixon, beloved wife of the late John J. Dixon, and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 85.

She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Robert W. Dunlop, and Constance (Beardsell) Gumb. She was raised in Lynn, a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1949. She lived in Saugus since 1971. She was married to the late John J. Dixon for more than 60 years, before his passing in 2009.

Mrs. Dixon enjoyed cooking, gardening, the beach and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her fondest memories included winters in Clearwater Beach, Fla., with her husband, and road trips to Atlantic City. She loved time with her family, especially time with grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She leaves three sons, John W. Dixon and his wife Marie, of Saugus, Michael S. Dixon of Saugus, James A. Dixon and his wife Amy of Lynn, her grandchildren, Kevin, Sean, Timothy, Ryan, Christina Doherty, Michael, Mary, Jack, Nicole Dixon, and her great-grandchildren Caitlyn, Arianna, Ryan Dixon and Cameron Trembley. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Mary Dunlop, and several nieces and nephews. She is the sister of the late Robert W Dunlop Jr., William Dunlop and Carol A. King. Her warmth, kindness, and sense of humor will be sorely missed by her friends and family, and all those who knew her.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, (Rt. 129), Lynn. Burial is in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours are on Tuesday, April 4, from 4-8 p.m. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home for Little Wanderers (, or Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers. Directions and guestbook at

William F. Drew, 94

PEABODY — William F. Drew, 94, of Peabody, died peacefully on Monday morning at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Phyllis M. (Hooper) Drew.

Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Harry and Lillian (Primeau) Drew. He was raised and educated in Lynn and has spent the last 66 years living in Peabody.

Bill was a veteran of World War II who served with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945.

Following his service in the military, Bill spent the next 30 years working for various companies, including GTE Sylvania on Loring Avenue in Salem, Avco in Wilmington, and Districtgas in Everett.

In his retirement years he enjoyed traveling with his wife bird watching and volunteering at Parker River Wild Life Refuge at Plum Island, he also enjoyed visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and maintaining his home.

He is survived by his son, David W. and his wife Karen Drew of Beverly, his daughter Deborah “Debbie” Shanahan and her husband Richard of Rowley, her two brothers, George Drew of Lynn and Harry Drew of Beverly, his beloved three grandchildren, Richard and his wife Amy Shanahan, Erin and her husband David Volkmann, and Allison and her husband Kris Hardenbrook, his six great-grandchildren, Beverly Shanahan, Paige Volkmann, Rose Shanahan, Zoey Yi Hardenbrook, Lilah Volkmann and Elliot Hardenbrook and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ray, Paul and Rita Drew.

Service information: His Funeral will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10–11:30 a.m. Burial services will be private. Expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and online obituary, visit

Suzanne A. Doyle, 51

DANVERS — Suzanne Alice Doyle peacefully passed into eternal life surrounded by loved ones on March 28, 2017.

Suzanne was the daughter of Barbara Doyle and the late Martin Doyle of Melrose, prior longtime residents of Lynn; the sister of Mark Doyle and his wife Elizabeth Walters of Melrose; Stephen Doyle and his wife Laura Doyle of Wilmette, Ill.; and her twin Peter Doyle of Long Beach, Calif. She was the aunt of Seamus Hughes, Emily Doyle, Claire Doyle, Hayley Walters-Doyle, Aidan Walters-Doyle and Audrey Doyle.

Suzanne lived a remarkable life and was a tremendous example and a true inspiration to all that she encountered. She thoroughly enjoyed music and her time at her program at Shore Collaborative.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Hogan Regional in Danvers who worked so closely and lovingly with Suzanne during the 49 years she was a resident at Hogan.

Service information: At the request of the family burial services will be private. Arrangements by the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, Lynn. Guestbook at

Irene E. Howard, 86

PEABODY — Irene E. (Marie) Howard, 86, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died late Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of Thomas R. Howard with whom she shared more than 62 years of marriage. It was a beautiful love story.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Franklin W. and Anna K. (Donahue) Marie. She was raised and educated in Lynn and has lived in Peabody for the past 59 years.

Family was everything to Irene and she loved raising and providing for her four children. She especially enjoyed sharing time with her children and grandchildren on traditional family vacations to Martha’s Vineyard and Captiva.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Karen Masino and her partner, Michael Ford of Ipswich, Thomas W. Howard and his wife Melanie of Chelmsford, Barry C. Howard and his wife Gloria of Wakefield, and Debra Taylor of Chelmsford, her eight grandchildren, Kristen Nicholson, Lauren Masino and her boyfriend George Diantgikas, Christopher Howard and his wife Elizabeth, Robert Howard, Lucy Howard and Nicole and Adam Taylor, her two great -grandchildren, Kiley and Peter Nicholson, her siblings Robert and his wife Lois Marie of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Dorothy Macdonald of Beverly, and Frances Laubner of Peabody and also is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandson-in-law Peter Nicholson, granddaughter Julia Howard and by her son-in-law Robert Masino.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, Lowell St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and on-line obituary, visit

Portia S. Rouvalis, 82

LYNN — Mrs. Portia S. (Mourginis) Rouvalis, 82, of Lynn, died on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Nicholas P. Rouvalis, who died Nov. 11, 2016.

She was born in Lowell, the daughter of the late Louis and Angeline (Arvanites) Mourginis. She was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Boston Schools. She also took several courses at North Shore Community College. Mrs. Rouvalis lived in Lynn most of her life.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking and cake decorating. She enjoyed reading. Mrs. Rouvalis was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. She was a hard worker and always loved being with her family.

She worked in the corporate office of T.J. Maxx/Marshalls and taking inventory at West Lynn Creamery. She also worked at John Hancock Insurance and the IRS.

Mrs. Rouvalis is survived by her son, Peter Rouvalis and his wife Nikki of Danvers, and her daughter Angela Tenedios and her husband Kerry of Danvers, her grandchildren Christina Tenedios and her fiancée Jonathan Davis, Amanda Martin and her husband Christopher, Stephanie and Sophia Rouvalis, her brothers Nicholas Mourginis and his wife Yola of Boston and Constantine Mourginis and his wife Cynthia of Worcester. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, (Rte. 129), Lynn, followed by funeral services in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Lynn, at 10 a.m. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Directions and guestbook at