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John Nickerson, 24, store manager

TEWKSBURY -- John P. Nickerson, 24, of Tewksbury, a supermarket manager, died June 29 from injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Whipple Road in Tewksbury.

Born in Winchester, Mr. Nickerson was raised and educated in Tewksbury. He was active in the Tewksbury Youth Sports Association's hockey and football leagues, and played on Tewksbury Memorial High School's hockey and baseball teams. He was a member of the Lowell Softball League's The Suppas and a Boston Red Sox fan.

Mr. Nickerson worked as a manager at the DeMoulas Market Basket in the Pinehurst section of Billerica.

He was a former parishioner at St. William's Church and St. Marie's Church in South Lowell.

He leaves his parents, Linda Lien of Townsend and Richard of Tewksbury; a stepmother, Carol of Tewksbury; a stepfather, Andrew Lien, of Townsend; a sister, Michelle Moro, of Dracut; and a brother, Michael, of Hudson, N.H.

Evelyn McDermott, ex-waitress; at 84

MEDFORD -- Evelyn M. (Thomann) McDermott, 84, of Medford, a former waitress, died June 28 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born and raised in Medford, Mrs. McDermott worked as a waitress at the Club Car Restaurant in Boston's South Station and for many years served the city as an election official.

She leaves her husband, George; a daughter, Jean Fleszar of Reading; a sister, Elizabeth Harnett of Foxborough; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

R. McKittrick, 89; in food services

ANDOVER -- Rita A. (Brown) McKittrick, 89, of Andover, died June 25 at the Peabody Glen Health Care Center in Peabody.

Born and educated in Woburn, Mrs. McKittrick moved to Texas when she married. She lived there until the end of World War II, when she moved to Andover. Mrs. McKittrick worked in food services at Merrimack College before retiring.

While raising her family, Mrs. McKittrick was active in neighborhood activities. She looked forward to family gatherings and holidays. In her later years, she was an ardent bingo player at the Sacred Heart Church of Lawrence.

She leaves a daughter, Brenda Coletti, of Peabody; two sons, Stephen P. of Clearwater, Fla., and Lawrence G. of North Andover; three sisters, Dorothy Brown and Mary McLaughlin, both of Woburn, and Kay Gavin of Medford.

John E. Ralli, 80; was a truck driver

WOBURN -- John E. ''Huck" Ralli of Woburn, 80, a truck driver and former all-scholastic high school athlete, died June 25 at the New England Medical Center in Boston.

Mr. Ralli was born and raised in Somerville. At Somerville High School, he was an all-scholastic athlete, excelling in football and hockey. He went on to play semipro football for the Hartford Pros following graduation.

Mr. Ralli moved to Woburn with his wife, the late Dorothy L. (Ranagan).

He worked as a truck driver at Warren Brothers, later known as Tilcon, a highway paving company. In 1993, he was honored with a safe driver award after having driven 40 years and more than 2 million miles without an accident.

He was a longtime member of the Dante Club in Somerville and the CCC Club in Wakefield. He was a former parishioner of the Holy Name Society in St. Anthony parish. An avid sports fan, Mr. Ralli was one of the original over-30 hockey league players in Woburn.

Mr. Ralli leaves three daughters, Donna M. Longo of North Billerica, Doreen L. Koor of Woburn, and Diane R. Kisiel of Lowell; a son, William G. of Woburn; twelve grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Robert Diette, 68, senior engineer

WESTFORD -- Robert Nelson Diette, 68, of Westford, an engineer, died June 26 at the Genesis Westford House in Westford.

Born and educated in Lowell, Mr. Diette graduated from the Lowell Technical Institute.

He worked for 38 years as a senior engineer with Raytheon Corp. in Sudbury until his retirement in 1998.

Mr. Diette served with the Navy during the Korean War as an aviation specialist.

He was a member of the Fletcher Club in Westford and the Knights of Columbus and was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford.

Mr. Diette loved theater, especially productions of the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell. He also enjoyed boating, camping, music, and traveling with friends at the Chelmsford Senior Citizens Club. Mr. Diette also volunteered at the Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell.

He leaves his wife, Jeanne (d'Arc Lajoie); four sons, Douglas A. of Westford, Kenneth L. of Shirley, Michael J. of Plainville, and Gregory S. of Westford; and seven grandchildren.

R. Richardson, 69, Verizon employee

SALEM, N.H. -- Rodney L. Richardson, 69, of Salem, a longtime Verizon employee, died June 29 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass.

Born and educated in Concord, Mr. Richardson served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked as an estimate assigner for Verizon in Dracut, Mass. for 39 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the VFW Post 8546, all of Salem. Mr. Richardson enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Mr. Richardson leaves his wife of 49 years, Patricia A. (Clark); two sons, James L. and Kevin L., both of Fort Myers, Fla.; two daughters, Donna L. Smith of Salem and Terri L. DiPietro of Derry; a brother, Milton R. Hellen of Altadena, Calif.; a sister, Marilyn E. Stebbins of Epsom; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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