A sneak peek at Aspire

Touring the building, from left, are David Solimine Sr., Solimine Funeral Homes; capital campaign committee member Diane Edgett; Aspire Assistant Program Director Christine Brown; board members Mary Louise Daly and Marianne Britton; Tom Demakes, Old Neighborhood Foods; campaign member Debby Regan and Nick Meninno of Meninno Construction; and Aspire Executive Director Lori Russell.

LYNN — Lori Russell, executive director of Aspire Developmental Services, offered a sneak peek to board members, committee members, and donors of progress inside their new headquarters on Franklin Street. The building will open in September.

When the renovation of the former O’Keefe Alternative School is finished, the nonprofit will have 15,000 square feet of space, triple its home on Johnson Street.

The new building will allow Aspire to provide twice as many play groups for children receiving early intervention services, and space for parent training, according to a previous Item report.

Aspire has been serving children with developmental needs and their families since 1951. Last year, the organization provided services to nearly 2,000 children.

Its mission is to provide early intervention services to children up to age 3. Children served are eligible for a variety of reasons, including Down syndrome, autism, hearing and vision loss, speech and motor delays, and mental health issues.

We need more police on the streets, Ford says

Rick Ford is running for city councilor at large.


LYNN  — Rick Ford, the former city councilor who gave up his seat two years ago, wants back in.

“I miss being involved,” he said. “I got three calls from constituents during the last snow storm who don’t even know I’m out.”

Ford, who served as the Ward 7 councilor from 1998 to 2016, chose not to seek re-election following a foot injury. On Tuesday, he pulled papers from City Hall to run for councilor-at-large.

The 60-year-old is co-owner of the Little River Inn, the popular diner on Boston Street where the McNulty sandwich a fried egg with bacon, ham or sausage, topped with cheese on an English muffin is a customer favorite.

He joins a field that includes incumbents Buzzy Barton, Brian LaPierre and Hong Net. Daniel Cahill chose not to seek re-election, leaving one at-large seat open.

Additional candidates include Taso Nikolakopoulos, owner of John’s Roast Beef & Seafood, Jaime Figueroa, a 28-year-old Suffolk University student, Brian Field, who works at Solimine Funeral Homes, and John Ladd, president of Precision Property Brokers.

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The top issues facing the city, Ford said, are police protection, building new schools, and development of the city’s waterfront.

“I’d like to help police,” he said. “We don’t have enough officers on the street and anything I can do, like finding grant money would be good. The waterfront development is key to the city’s economic growth.”

On last month’s school election, Ford said he voted for the controversial $188.5 million project to build a pair of middle schools. But the measure failed by a lopsided margin.

“My son is a teacher at the Thurgood Marshall Middle School,” he said.

Ford’s proudest accomplishments as councilor, he said, included constituent work helping to get homes built on the former Lynn Convalescent Home site on Boston Street, supporting construction of a new Washington Street police station, keeping the Ward 7 fire stations open, and ensuring environmental cleanups at the former Empire Laundry and Carr Leather sites.

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Peter A. Carvel, 91

PEABODY — Mr. Peter A. Carvel, age 91, of Peabody, formerly of Saugus and Lynn, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Salem Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Mary (Vrakas) Carvel.

Born in Kamares, Greece, he was the son of the late Penelope and Andrew Karvelis. He had lived in Lynn when he first came to this country and then in Saugus for more than 35 years prior to moving to Peabody in 2008.

Peter had worked for Champion Lamp until his retirement in 1990. He was a longtime member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. Peter loved gardening and walking.

He is survived by four children; Patty McLaughlin and her husband Michael, with whom he resided of Peabody, Debbie Aldrich and her husband David of Lincoln, R.I., Drew Carvel and his wife Clare of Danvers, and Penny Georgenes and her husband Mike of Northridge, Calif., five grandchildren; Kara McLaughlin of Peabody, Kristen McLaughlin of Brentwood, Calif., Peter Aldrich of Huntington, Vt., Stephanie Carvel of Danvers, and Tara Ahern and her husband Chris of Sylmar, Calif., and two great-grandchildren; Rosalie and Bruno Ahern of Sylmar, Calif. He was the brother of the late Nicholas, Eva and Bishop Pavlo Karvelis.

Service information: His funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Church prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church 54 S. Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at

Lucille C. Alimenti, 73

PEABODY — Lucille C. (Mauro) Alimenti, age 73, of Peabody, died Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, after a lengthy illness.

Born and raised in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Lucy (DeBenedictis) Mauro, she had lived in Peabody for the past four years.

She enjoyed walking and knitting and loved the time that she spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children, Julie Hasselmann and her husband Paul of Brookfield, Conn., and Stacie Grasso and her husband Neal of Newburyport; four grandchildren, Dylan, Emma, Mia and Michael; and a brother, Vincent Mauro of Las Vegas. She was also the aunt of Paul Mauro and the late Gina Mauro.

Service information: A memorial funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 10923. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at

Patrick J. O’Connor, 81

Patrick J. O’Connor passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on March 18, 2017, he was 81 years old. He was the husband of Diane (Phaup) O’Connor, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Born on Nov. 13, 1935, he was the son of the late Christopher and Carmel (Rynn) O’Connor.

He is survived by four children, Jill O’Connor Trentsch  and her husband Lee, and her two children, Kelly Gillis and Michael Gillis, Elaine O’Connor Sullivan and her three children, Sheana Grieves, Corie Grieves and Jordyn Sullivan, Patrick “PJ” O’Connor and his wife Dina and their two children, Ryan O’Connor and Evan O’Connor, and Danny O’Connor and his fiancé Angela Dambrosio and their children, Jake and Brody O’Connor; two sisters, Christine O’Connor Howard and Linda Christensen and her husband John; two brothers, Jimmy O’Connor and his wife Joan and Timmy O’Connor and his wife Nina, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Johnny “O.”

Patrick attended Nahant schools, St. Mary’s High School and Northeastern University. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy on submarines for four years.

Patrick was employed by Sylvania Electric for 22 years and had his own construction company, Rynn Corporation, for many years.

He loved the game of baseball more than anyone and was a former Little League and Babe Ruth coach. He enjoyed skiing in North Conway, playing golf and softball in Nahant, and, most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Service information: A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Nahant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 715 Albany St., Suite C329, Boston, MA 02118. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at

Timothy E. Ring, 62

LYNN — Timothy E. Ring, 62, of Lynn, passed away on Saturday, March 4, at Salem Hospital. Born in Lynn, Tim was the son of Robert A. Ring of Concord, Calif., and the late Eileen A. Ring.

Tim graduated from Lynn English High School (LEHS), Class of 1972,and Salem State University, Class of 1976, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Tim was a Lynn Public Schools teacher for 39 years at Cobbet Junior High School, Lynn Tech, and Marshall Middle School and finished the last 15 years as a psychology and Lynn history teacher at LEHS. His love of teaching and his genuine compassion for his students was evidenced by his deep involvement within the school’s extracurricular activities such as the student council, senior yearbook, class advisor and teacher at the school’s night program, LEEP. Among his many accomplishments, Tim brought the school mascot, “Champ,” the bulldog statue, to LEHS and spearheaded the restoration and preservation of the Lincoln statue and foyer. His humble, easy-going attitude and grand sense of humor made him a favorite among students, faculty and staff.

Tim was also a master craftsman and former licensed auctioneer, specializing in antiques. During his years as vice president of Lynn Museum, he developed educational programs and fundraising events. He was an integral part of linking the museum to Lynn schools, developed a Lynn History curriculum, and instructed workshops for teachers about the museum and the city’s rich history.

Tim is survived by his beloved children, David and Diana Ring; his life partner Lauren Mezzetti and stepchildren David, Kristina, Garrett and Marysa Mezzetti. He is also survived by his brother Robert M. Ring and his wife Judy; his sister Colleen A. Ossman of Concord, Calif., and her husband Terry. Tim was also the stepfather to the late Kathleen Barr, daughter of Karen Malionek of Lynn.

Service information: A Celebration of Life will be held for Tim at Lynn English High School on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in the school’s auditorium, located at 50 Goodridge St., in Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Please enter at the Lincoln Foyer.

Funeral services under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes 426 Broadway (Rte 129), Lynn, will be private. Guestbook at

Memorial donations may be made to the “Tim Ring Scholarship Fund,” payable to Lynn English High School, 50 Goodridge St., Lynn, MA, 01902.

James H. Lavrentios Sr., 55

LYNNJames H. Lavrentios Sr., age 55, of Lynn, died suddenly on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation at St. George Greek Orthodox Church prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Complete obituary, directions and guestbook at

Restaurant owner announces city council bid

Taso Nikolakopoulos is the latest candidate for councilor-at-large.


LYNN Taso Nikolakopoulos is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for an at-large seat on the City Council.

“I see a lot of disconnect between the council, the mayor’s office and the community,” said the 47-year-old owner of John’s Roast Beef & Seafood. “We need more of a collaborative effort and I really think I can change things.”

Married with two children, Nikolakopoulos said he will focus his campaign on a handful of issues that promise to advance the city.

“The key is economic growth,” he said.

First, the city must invest in a planning department, he said.  While other communities like Salem and Somerville have robust planning divisions that guide development, he said Lynn is lacking.

“When you call the city of Salem and tell them you plan to invest $2 million, you get someone who will guide you through the process,” she said. “Within a few steps, you know where you stand.”

On how the cash-strapped city would pay for a new department, he said, “I think we can find $300,000 in a $300 million budget.”

The other thing needed to spur growth, he said, is streamlined permitting.

“It still takes as much as four times longer to get permits in  Lynn than competing municipalities,” he said.

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Nikolakopoulos would also update the city’s plans for the Lynnway and add manufacturing to the mix of allowed uses on the non-waterside section of the busy road.

“My idea is to create a unique overlay district for manufacturing to bring in revenue,” he said.

On schools, he favors the controversial ballot question scheduled for March 14 to support construction of two new middle schools at a cost of $188.5 million.

“I am voting yes,” he said.

If approved, a 652-student school would be built near on Parkland Avenue and a second facility to serve 1,008 students would be constructed on Commercial Street. While parents in the Pickering Middle School district support the project, there’s opposition from many Pine Hill residents who oppose the new school on Pine Grove Cemetery land near Breeds Pond Reservoir.

Nikolakopoulos said he also favors teaching trades at Lynn English and Classical high schools.

“Teaching trade skills at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute is not enough,” he said. “We need to offer it at the other high schools. Not every family can afford a four-year college.”

On how to pay for expanded services, he suggested returning  parking meters to the downtown as a way to generate revenue.

Nikolakopoulos emigrated to the U.S. from Kalamata, Greece in the 1970s with his parents at age 4 during a time of political unrest in the southeast European nation.

He was enrolled in a Greek bilingual program at Washington Elementary School, attended St. Mary’s High School and later graduated from the College of St. Joseph’s, a small Catholic school in Vermont, where he was soccer captain.

After graduation, he worked a few jobs at the State House, including as a research analyst for the Joint Committee on Transportation. All the while, he helped his family at the restaurant.

“I’ve been working more than 70 hours a week since I was 22,” he said. “I don’t have free weekends, unless I go away.”

Nikolakopoulos joins what is expected to be a crowded field that includes incumbents Brian LaPierre, Buzzy Barton, Hong Net and Daniel Cahill. It’s unclear whether Cahill, who was elected as a state representative last year, will seek reelection.

In addition, Jaime Figueroa, a 28-year-old Suffolk University student, hopes to be the city’s first Latino councilor and Brian Field, who works at Solimine Funeral Homes, said he is considering a run.

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Jennifer Marie O’Neill, 34

LYNN — Jennifer Marie O’Neill, age 34, of Lynn, died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. She was the daughter of Brian O’Neill and his wife Elizabeth, of Lynn, and the late Marilyn (Sisson) O’Neill.

In addition to her father and step-mother, she is survived by her sisters and brother; Chantelle O’Neill, Brian O’Neill Jr. and his wife Amy, and Emma O’Neill, many aunts and uncles including Daniel O’Neill III and his wife Marie, and Joanie O’Neill and many cousins. She was also the granddaughter of the late Daniel Jr. and Joan C. O’Neill.

Service information: Funeral services under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn, will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer’s name may be made to St. Pius V Scholarship Fund c/o the St. Pius V School Development Fund 202 Maple St. Lynn, MA 01904. Guestbook at

Michael A. Bassi, 65

DANVERS — Michael Anthony Bassi, 65, of Danvers, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at the Hogan Regional Center in the Hathorne section of Danvers, following a long illness. He was the son of Catherine T. (LaPlante) Bassi Waldron and the late Henry A. Bassi. Born in Lynn on Oct. 18, 1951, Michael was educated at the Walter Fernald School in Waltham.

Besides his loving mother Katherine of South Hampton, N.H., he is survived by his sister Denise M. Bucknell of South Hampton, N.H., his brothers, John M. of Kodiak, Alaska, James A. of Great Barrington, N.H., Stephen G. of Rome, N.Y., and David F. of Danville, N.H., as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Anthony “Peter” Bassi and Dana H. Bassi.

Service information: Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, Lynn, MA. Guest book at

Middle school offers a lesson in NIMBY

Residents of 103 Parkland Ave. in Lynn are against building a new middle school in their back yard.


LYNN — Residents will get a chance to sound off on the potential new middle school that would be built near Breeds Pond Reservoir off Parkland Avenue. A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Pickering Middle School Auditorium..

The third public forum on the construction of two new middle schools will be hosted by the city, Lynn Public Schools and the Pickering Middle School Building Committee.

The forum will focus on the Breeds Pond Reservoir site, which Project Manager Lynn Stapleton said has provoked the most opposition from residents in prior sessions.

In October, the city’s School Building Committee approved the construction of two schools that would serve students in the Pickering Middle School district and West Lynn.

Under the $183 million proposal, a 652-student school would be built near Breeds Pond Reservoir off Parkland Avenue and a second facility to serve 1,008 students would be built on McManus Field on Commercial Street.

The fourth public forum, which will focus on the McManus Field site, will be held before Thanksgiving, Stapleton said.

Plans have been submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the quasi-independent government that funds public schools. If approved, the agency would contribute $114.5 million towards the two schools, or 62.5 percent of the cost.

If approved by the MSBA and taxpayers, it would add $163 annually to the real estate tax bill for 25 years.

Stapleton said Wednesday’s forum will be about informing residents that the city is proceeding with the Reservoir and McManus sites.

“There is a great need for two schools because of the population and at this point, the city is willing to pay a significant share of the cost of two schools,” she said. “If we pass on this opportunity, the city is never going to be able to afford to pay for these two schools on their own. We’re really looking to find a compromise so we can take the benefit of the state paying the majority share of this, while attempting to minimize the impact on the city.”

Stapleton said studies are underway to look at the traffic on Parkland Avenue and Wyoma Square. Part of the studies will look at how to choose the correct school entrances and exits that will have the least effect on traffic.

Michael Donovan, the city’s Inspectional Services Department chief, who is also a member of the school building committee, acknowledged that there will be more traffic at the new school site.

“No matter where the school goes, there will be traffic impacts in the morning and the afternoon because we will be bringing 650 students in and out daily,” he said.

But he said the Parkland Avenue location near Breeds Pond Reservoir will have less impact than another proposed site on Magnolia Avenue because it’s near the Sisson Elementary School and the existing Pickering Middle School, which will likely be reused as an elementary school.

“Parkland Avenue is better suited to handle traffic than Magnolia Avenue,” Donovan said. “This small school won’t even be seen from Parkland Avenue or Lynnfield Street.”

A drawback to the Magnolia site is that there is a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) pipe located on the property that provides water to Swampscott and Marblehead. The pipe would have to be relocated, which city officials estimated would cost up to $800,000.

Another potential issue with the Parkland Avenue site comes from documents from 1893 the city’s law department recently became aware of suggesting the land belongs to Pine Grove Cemetery.

Brian Field, Lynn resident and funeral director at Solimine Funeral Homes, said he thought the proposed land for the Reservoir site would become an extension of Pine Grove Cemetery in the future. In the next 10 to 15 years, he said, Pine Grove is going to become full, leaving people to travel up to 15 miles away to bury their loved ones at a greater expense.

Field said in the city, there is still a large religious community that prefers a traditional burial.  

“The city obviously needs schools,” he said. “The issue I have with Parkland Avenue is the intended use was to be for a cemetery. It’s almost like they want the courts to decide.”

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Thomas Grillo contributed to this report.

Dorothy V. Gregory, 91

SWAMPSCOTT — Dorothy Violet Gregory, 91, of Swampscott, passed away at home on Aug. 18, 2016.

She was born on April 18, 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Charles and Freda (Krebs) Gothe. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class in 1943 and went to work as a chemist assistant at Hall Laboratories, where she met her husband, the late John Aston Gregory Jr., and they were married in Pittsburgh in September, 1944.

Dorothy and John moved to Swampscott in 1947 and raised five sons in the home where she lived for the rest of her life. She was active in Cub Scouts as a den mother with her sons and for many years participated with the First Congregational Church. After receiving a certification at Northeastern University, she enjoyed being the Activity Director at several local nursing homes over the years. Her creative outlets included painting, poetry, writing and crafts. She was an accomplished seamstress, designing and making most of her own clothes. In her later years, she found pleasure in gardening, reading and solving crossword puzzles.

Dorothy was sister to the late Gertrude Krebs and Charles, August, Marie, Martha, Barbara, Harry, Rose, Richard and Earl Gothe. She was the proud mother of five sons, Bruce of Swampscott, Derek and his wife, Betty, of Marblehead, Kevin and his wife, Patty, of Stoneham, David and his wife, Susan, of West Chester, Ohio, and Keith and his wife, Deborah Wyse, of Philadelphia, Pa. She will be greatly missed by her nine grandchildren, Dawn, Erica, Sean, Seth, Jason, Eliza, Jonathan, Jillian and Stephanie. She was great-grandmother to Conor, Declan, Finn and Miles, and the late Colin Gregory.

It was Dorothy’s wish that in lieu of flowers or donations, anyone who wishes to remember her may plant a rose, because “as death follows life, life can be renewed by a living plant.”

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Greater Lynn Senior Services, Freedom Home Care and the hospice team from Care Dimensions for their compassion and care.

Service information: The family is having a private service under the direction of the Solimine Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Guest book at

Warren E. Carlson, 93

NAHANTWarren Evert Carlson was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 6, 1923 to Carl and Ruth Carlson. His father Carl had emigrated from Sweden as a teenager and found success in Chicago as a sheetmetal worker. Warren spent his childhood in NW Chicago, with summers at his uncle’s farm near Ogema, Wis.

He graduated from Amundsen High School in 1941. Not long after the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and completed basic training at Farragut Navy Training Center, Idaho, and attended aviation machinist mate school at Navy Pier in Chicago, where he was advanced to S1C (AMM). Selected for the Navy V-12 College Training Program, Warren was sent to Ohio Wesleyan University and ultimately NAF El Centro, California, where he was discharged in 1946.

Returning to Chicago, he married his high school sweetheart, Virginia (Jean) Leibinger, and continued his education at the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering. Then settling in Evanston, Illinois, their son, Richard, and daughter, Marny, were born. Other residences in the 1950s and ‘60s included Des Plaines and Park Ridge, Illinois.

Corporate transfers led to other homes in Prairie Village, Kan., Wheaton, Illinois and Stamford, Conn., where he retired as an executive at McKesson, Corp. Warren and Jean’s first retirement home was in Essex, Conn., and he became an avid wood craftsman.

Warren was a loving and devoted father and participated in many activities with his family. He had a marvelous singing voice and was active in high school choral groups and church choir. His love for the Navy never left him, and his love of the sea ultimately brought him to Nahant.

Warren passed away peacefully at Kaplan House in Danvers on Saturday, July 23, 2016, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Jean (of the home), Richard and Rebecca Carlson (Overland Park, Kan.), Marny and Timothy von Aschwege (Nahant), grandchildren, Michael and Richard Carlson (Overland Park, Kan.), Virginia (Carlson) and Ben Lafser (Urbandale, Iowa), Eric von Aschwege (Williamsburg, Va.), and Anders von Aschwege (Brunswick, Maine). He was predeceased by his sister, Bernice Ruese.

Warren was acclaimed by all who met him as a consummate gentlemen and gracious host. He was a quiet, unassuming man who embodied the highest ideals of the Greatest Generation. His presence on his family will remain forever.

Service information: A small, private service is planned with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant. Arrangements by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES of Lynn. Guest book at

Louis Wolfe, 84

Louis Wolfe, 84 years, died on June 9, 2016 at Mass General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Lou was the husband of the late Winifred (Murphy) Wolfe.

He grew up in Chelsea and attended St. Rose school and graduated from Chelsea High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War aboard the USS Tripoli. After his years in the service he worked many jobs before becoming a Lynn firefighter being stationed at Engine 9 on Tower Hill.

Lou had several hobbies, tinkering with cars among his favorite. You could always find him in his driveway under the hood of a car or on the ground finding what was wrong underneath. He also enjoyed football, both college and pro. Fishing, boating and anything to do with the ocean was his idea of relaxation.        

He had a keen mind, sharp memory and a vast knowledge of many things.

Lou was the father of 11 children including Karen Chadbourne and her husband Bruce, Donna Ward, Michael and his fiancé Doreen McLaughlin, Patricia Resse and her husband Mark, Kevin and his wife Hung, Kathleen Edwards, Sheila Dixon and her husband Ali, Timothy Wolfe and Kerry Wolfe. He also leaves nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Two brothers, Eddie of Port St. Lucie and John of Plante City, Fla. He was pre-deceased by his son Daniel, daughter Marybeth and grandson Jeffrey Resse.

Service information: A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Guestbook at In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice.

William N. Clark Jr.

LYNN — William Nelson “Willie” Clark Jr., of Lynn, died on Friday, June 24, 2016, at his home with his family at his side, after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Irene Rose (Malo) Clark, with whom he shared 15 years of marriage.

Born in West Stewartstown, N.H., he was the son of the late William and Mildred (LaFountain) Clark. He was raised and lived for many years in Colebrook, N.H.

A union carpenter, William had worked out of Local 33 in Boston for over 30 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jamie Lavallee and her husband, Nicholas, of Magalloway, Maine, Antonette White, of Beverly, and Scott White, of Magalloway, Maine, two stepsons, Derek and Bernard White, of Lynn, his grandchildren, Lily, Orion, and Perrin Lavallee, all of Magalloway, Maine, Eve Shaw-White, of Concord, N.H., and Rashard Willis Jr., of Beverly, three sisters, Carol Tremblay and her husband, Donald, of Salisbury, Md., Cathy Trieshmann and her husband, Gerry, of Winsted, Conn., Rose Jandro and her husband, Bruce, of Colebrook, N.H., a brother, Michael LaFountain, of Colebrook, N.H., and several nieces and nephews.

Service information: The family invites you to attend a celebration of his life on Monday, July 4, 2016, in Magalloway, Maine. Arrangements are under the direction of the Solimine Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn, MA 01904. Guest book at

Joseph M. Klink, 78

NAHANTJoe was known for his selfless, loving nature and his sincere care for others. His quick wit and the sparkle in his eyes touched many hearts.

Joe was born on July 21, 1937, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Nora and Joseph Klink, originally from Pittston, Pa.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Ellen (Purcell) Klink, whom he called his angel for over 29 years, by his sisters, Mary Tout and husband, Frank, of Cumberland, R.I., his sister Eleanor Ryan Eagan and husband, William, of Buffalo, N.Y., and her husband, Bill, and his sister, Janet Reger of Buffalo, N.Y. He lovingly joins his sister, Ann DeGal and her husband, Paul, of Buffalo, N.Y., along with his sister, Dolores McCullugh of Santa Cruz, Calif. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen Aiello and her husband, James, by his son Joseph Klink and his wife, Johanna, by his daughter Patricia Gorham and her partner, Leonard Russo, by his daughter Constance Carman, and her husband, Daniel.

Papa Joe was an everyday hero to his grandchildren, Lauren and Henry Lorraine, Philip Aiello, Jon and Melissa Aiello, Matthew Klink, Bethany Klink, Frank and Alison Gorham, Katherine Gorham, Shauna Gorham, Daniel Carman and his fiancé, Christina Gallo, Christian Carman, by his great-grandchildren, Caroline and Ben Lorraine, and survived by an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Joe, the son of a widowed mother who raised six children, was the “man of the house” by age five. He did not have the financial means to attend college so, instead, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Joe married Marilyn (Hess) Kucera of Buffalo, N.Y., and while stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, they had their first two children, Kathleen and Joseph.

Upon return, they raised their children in South Buffalo, a place Joe called Camelot. Joe was proud to be a Buffalo Firefighter for almost 25 years and was awarded a Medal of Bravery. But, rather than speak of his own accomplishments, he proudly spoke of his fellow firefighters and the wonderful fraternity. December 27, 1983, was the darkest time of Joe’s life due to the loss of five close friends fighting a propane blast on North Division Street that left 16 children fatherless.

After retirement from the Buffalo Fire Department, Joe moved to Boston and he met his “soul mate,” Ellen Purcell. They dated for five years and were married for 24 years. They moved to the seaside island of Nahant to be near family. Joe was a Renaissance man with a sense of humor.

Joe decided to attend Harvard Extension School and earned a degree in History.

Little League games, drama performances, his grandchildren’s piano lessons and Buffalo Bills games were favorite past times. Every Sunday in summer, Joe and Ellen would be surrounded by family as they danced at Kelly Greens. Rain or shine, a Sunday didn’t go by without Joe commenting, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

Joe was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant and an active member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Joe enjoyed “hanging out with his buddies for morning coffee.”

Joe often said, “You can tell how happy a man is by his buddies.” Needless to say, Joe was a very happy man.

Joe’s spirit lives on through his family and friends.

Service information: A memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nahant. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be held in the church on Monday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either: St. Vincent DePaul Society – St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 248 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908 or Buffalo Professional Firefighters Good & Welfare Fund. Terry LaRusch, administrative assistant, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, Local 282, 500 Southside Pkwy., Buffalo, NY 14210. This fund benefits Buffalo firefighters, their families and friends in need of assistance for many different reasons. Funeral services are by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, 426 Broadway, Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Thomas A. LeVangia Jr., 89

NAHANTThomas A. LeVangia Jr., of Nahant, died Thursday, March 9, 2016 at his home, on his 89th birthday. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Creamer) LeVangia, and the son of the late Thomas A. and Isabel (Collins) LeVangia.

Born in Lynn, he was graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1944, and Northeastern University, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering.  

Thomas was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. After returning from the military, he continued his career at the General Electric Riverworks plant as a draftsman, then as a mechanical engineer, for 43 years until his retirement.

Shortly after marrying Peggy, he moved to Nahant in 1954. An active communicant and choir member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant, he was a charter member of the Nahant Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was also an avid golfer and member of Kelly Greens in Nahant. He enjoyed various hobbies, including carpentry and philately.

He is survived by his three children, Timothy LeVangia and his wife Leticia of Lynn, Paula Phipps and her husband Jeffrey of Lynn, and Michael LeVangia and his wife Sherry of Lynn; three grandchildren, Kevin Phipps and his wife Natalie, Andrew Phipps and Emma LeVangia, and two great grandchildren, James and Hayden Phipps.

Service information: A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant, followed by interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant. A reception will be held at Kelly Greens Golf Club, 1 Willow Road, Nahant, following the services. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Beacon Hospice for their kind help and support. Memorial donations may be made to the Agganis Foundation, 85 Exchange St., Suite 218, Lynn, MA 01901. Arrangements are by SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Joan R. Ward, 84

LYNNJoan R. (Clements) Ward, age 84 years, of Lynn, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at a local nursing home, following a brief illness. She was the wife of Charles D. Ward and the daughter of the late Bertie E. and Ruth E. (Cummings) Clements.

Born and raised in Lynn, she was a graduate of Lynn English High School. She lived in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania before moving back to Lynn 10 years ago. She worked as a nurse’s aid and cook for nursing homes, and in store set-up and as a cashier for department stores, including Giants and Kmart. She enjoyed music, dancing and ceramics. She also enjoyed cooking and was well-known for her pies, especially her apple pie. But, most important to her was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Besides her loving husband Charles, of 45 years, she is survived by her daughter, Joan E. Tyler and her husband, Ralph, of Lynn, and her son, Brad L. Smith and his wife, Deidre, of Waynesboro, Pa. One of 16 children, she leaves her sister, Susan Hagborne of Lynn, as well as 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Sidney Arthur Smith and Emma Lorraine Miller.

Service information: Her funeral will be held in Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adam Street Extension, Lynn, on Thursday, at 12 p.m. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., in the church. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Arrangements are by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Hazel Inkpen, 98

LYNNHazel Inkpen, of Lynn passed peacefully on Feb. 14, 2016, at the age of 98.

She was predeceased by her parents, Eleazer and Thurza Inkpen and her sister, Beverly Rayna. She is survived by her cousin and best friend, Edith Hayden of Salem, her Godson, Bruce Hayden and his wife, Cyndi, of Warsaw N.Y., her niece, Jude Toner and husband, John, of Marblehead and her great-nephew, Alec Vegan of Somerville.

Born in Great Burin, Newfoundland, Hazel had a successful career at Fidelity Investments and traveled the world.

Service information: She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with the family at Westlawn Cemetery in Littleton. Donations in celebration of a life well-lived can be made in Hazels memory to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place #201, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements under the direction of SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, Lynn. Guest book at

J. Raymond Smith, 75

LYNNJ. Raymond Smith, age 75, of Lynn, passed at home, unexpectedly, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

A lifelong resident of Lynn, he was the son of the late Charles James Smith Sr., and Anne (Greeley) Smith. He was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, where he was Senior Class President and a varsity football player. He earned a bachelor’s degree from African Missions Seminary, a graduate degree from the University of Lowell, and a master’s degree and PHD in psychology from Boston College. He had a very successful and illustrious work history as a psychologist in private practice, and as a school psychologist in the Cambridge and Lynn school systems and a rehabilitation counselor and teacher. He had also served on the Lynn School Committee for several years. His love of learning continued up until the present time.

He was an avid sports fan of the Boston teams and his passion was for the theater in all capacities; actor, producer and writer. He truly was an entertainer and never missed an opportunity to tell a joke. He performed with the Winthrop Playmakers, as well as many local theater groups, and was also a member of the Barbershop Quartet. A parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish, he had also served as an usher at the Church.

He is survived by a brother, Charles James Smith Jr., and his wife, Susan, nieces, Laura Sullivan, Lisa Robinson, Linda McInnis, Maura Jones, Sylvia Sheridan and Sarah Lee, as well as many other family and friends. He is predeceased in death by his parents, his brother, Lawrence Joseph Smith Sr., and his nephew, Lawrence Joseph Smith Jr.

Service information: A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Mary’s Church. Following Mass, there will a celebration of Ray’s Life at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 177 Lynnfield St., Lynn. At Ray’s request there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, 426 BROADWAY (Route 129), Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Daphne Ward, 77

WAKEFIELDDaphne (Digby) Ward, age 77, of Wakefield, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the Sawtelle Hospice in Wakefield after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late George Ward, and the daughter of the late Frederick and Marjorie (Eldrett) Digby. Born in Kelvedon, England she moved to the United States in 1956. Educated in schools in England, Daphne worked as a homemaker and a bookkeeper for her husband George’s business, Ward’s Mobil Station in Lynn from 1968-1985. She enjoyed reading, traveling and going on cruises.

She is survived by her three children, Christopher Ward of Nahant, Deborah Ward of Marlborough and Tracey Ward of Clinton, her five grandchildren, Christopher and Amanda Ward, Matthew, Melanie and Michael Bakas. She also leaves her son-in-law, Kevin Bakas.

Service information: Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, Lynn. Directions and guest book at

John R. Stemniski, 82

SWAMPSCOTTJohn R. Stemniski, age 82, of Swampscott, died on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Grosvenor Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from the lingering effects of a fall. He was the husband of Dorothy (Beehner) Stemniski, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Born in Nanticoke, Pa., he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Klos) Stemniski. He attended Nanticoke Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. He would continue his education earning a B.S. from Fordham University, and M.S. and P.H.D. Degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

John had worked as a staff chemist C.S. Draper Co. in Cambridge. While at Draper Lab, he worked on projects for major missile systems, researched new materials for NASA, and was active in contamination control of manufacturing processes and alternatives for the CFC-based procedures, and alternatives to CFC’s in guidance system technology. John held 15 U.S. and international patents. He had also worked as a private consultant for many years.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1954, Sigma Xi Honorary Society, American Society of Testing Materials, ACS Science Advisor for the 6th Congressional District 1977-1985, the New York Chemical Society, a member of UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, helping reduce chlorofluorocarbon emissions and phase out ozone depleting chemicals worldwide. A member of CTOC, the Chemical Technical Options Committee of the Montreal Protocol, a member of the C.S. Draper Quarter Century Club since 1990, and the recipient of the 1993 Individual EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.

He was an avid Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots fan, holding season tickets for each for many years. He especially enjoyed spending time at his vacation home in Campton, N.H., near some great ski areas.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark, of Vienna, Va., John, of Lucas, Texas, and Peter and his wife, Kerrie, of Alexandria, Va., his beloved grandchildren, Michael and Katie, of Alexandria, Va., his brother, Michael and his wife, Anne Marie, of Hockessin, Del., his in-laws, Chuck Beehner and his wife, Esther, of Mt. Home, Texas, and Margy Williams, of Latrobe, Pa., as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Service information: A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be held in the Church, prior to Mass from 10-11 a.m. Donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish or St. Vincent DePaul at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 178 Humphrey St., Swampscott, MA 01907, Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or St. John’s Prep., 72 Spring St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are under the direction of the Solimine Funeral Homes, 67 Ocean St., (Route 1A), Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Kenneth L. Robinson, 86

Waco, TexasMajor General K.L. Robinson Jr., USMA (Ret.) passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2016. He is grieved by family and friends from the many circles in which he lived and served during his 87 years. Returning to the community that he claimed as home, he will be laid rest among several generations of family who are buried in the Swampscott cemetery.

Ken Robinson was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Lynn to Frances R. (Leighton) Robinson and Kenneth L. Robinson. He grew up in Swampscott surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. Industrious from an early age, Ken served as an altar boy and worked as a soda jerk at Eaton’s drug store while attending St. Mary’s High School. He proudly earned his Eagle Scout designation, which hangs in his office to this day. He funded his education by joining the Marine Corps reserves, graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1950. He attended Basic Officer School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, USMC in June of that year.

Ken married his high school sweetheart, Marie Louise Cormier, also of Lynn, and they raised a family of five children while following his career. Together, they adventured through tours of duty in Arlington, Va., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Vallejo, Calif., San Diego, Calif., and Okinawa, Japan. They weathered several remote tours of duty, including combat stints in Korea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit with combat “V” for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services” during that duty. While stationed in Northern Virginia, Ken served at Headquarters Marine Corps, as well as at the Pentagon, providing daily briefings and support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He attended the Naval War College and subsequently earned his MS degree in business administration from George Washington University. Over the course of 33 years in the Corps, he held various commands, including the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa and, ultimately, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where he served as Commanding General until his retirement in 1983. Ken’s avocational involvement with board of Navy Federal Credit Union laid the groundwork for what would become his second career.

After retiring from military duty, Ken and Marie returned to Northern Virginia and settled in the neighborhood where they had retained a home and several of their children lived. He became the president/CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), where he worked with the White House and numerous committees of Congress in service of “doing well by doing good” within the financial community. During his 17-year tenure, NAFCU contributed significantly to legislation that secured the charter of Credit Unions. Ken was a consultant to the treasury under Alan Greenspan and was named one of the country’s 40 most influential financial leaders, yet retained a spirit of humility, service and good humor within that arena.

Lifelong, Ken was active in the Catholic church, and after retiring from NAFCU in 2000 he took on various tasks in support of the financial health of Saint Agnes Parish in Arlington, Va., and subsequently, the local diocese. He helped Marines leaving active duty to network and become acclimated to civilian life and work, and served as a coordinator of military funerals and burials in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. He remained connected to friends from the USMC, NAFCU and the broader community, as well as traveling each year back to New England to visit family and friends. Ken was widowed in 2009.

On a subsequent visit to Swampscott, Ken reconnected with high school friends, including Sally Knowlton Bryant. Originally from Belmont, Sally’s family had summered at the beach in Swampscott while growing up. She and Ken shared a circle of friends, and both maintained ties to New England. They married in 2010 and Ken moved to Waco, where Sally had lived while raising three children. Ken quickly became immersed in the community and enjoyed time with Sally’s family for the five years they shared there. He served as the president of the Heart of Texas Chapter Military Officers Association (MOAA) in 2014 and, at the time of his death, was serving as President of the Kiwanaws Club of Waco Seniors.

Ken was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Marie, and grandson, Jason. He is survived by his wife, Sally Bryant Robinson, his five children, Ed Robinson, Elaine Bickel, Ruth Cook, Danae Hamlin and Gordon Robinson, and their respective spouses, children and grandchildren, as well as Sally’s children, Leslie Chechen, Lisa Vickers and Chip Bryant, and their children and grandchildren. Ken was known for his good nature, involvement and service. He’ll be missed by many who were impacted by his leadership, kindness and generosity, and by a large and loving family.

Service information: A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 579 Boston St., Lynn, followed by burial in the Swampscott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Arrangements are by the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, Lynn. Directions and guest book at

Pauline G. Holland, 90

SWAMPSCOTT Pauline G. (White) Holland, age 90 years, of Swampscott, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at a local nursing home, following a lengthy illness.

She was the wife of the late William E. Holland Sr., and the daughter of the late Paul T. and Elsie B. (Huber) White. Born in Boston, she was raised in Boston and Braintree. Pauline worked for Marshalls Department Store in Vinnin Square, Swampscott, for over thirty years as a clerk in the shoe department. She enjoyed playing Bingo and her cats and was a longtime member of T.O.P.S. Pauline was a foster mother to several children over the years.

She is survived by her son, William E. Holland Jr., and his wife, Terri, of Saugus, her two daughters, Helen Lee Walsh and her husband, Thomas, of Carver and Valerie Carone of Swampscott, her grandchildren, Thomas Walsh of Wareham and Brian Walsh of Carver, Brenda Rehal of Beverly, Paula Carone of Swampscott and Andrew Holland of Malden. She also leaves her brother, Stephen White and his wife, Maureen, of Weymouth and former son-in-law James Carone.

Service information: At the request of the family, private graveside services were held at Swampscott Cemetery. Arrangements are by the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. Guest book at