On Sunday, the New York Times published the names of thousands who have died, filling pages of their newspaper with short descriptions of the people who are being mourned by their loved ones. Among the thousands of names were more than 80 Massachusetts residents.
In the Bay State, 6,640 people had died from complications of COVID-19 as of Thursday. The ones named in the New York Times represent less than 2% of that total.
Below, read more about the Massachusetts residents who were featured in the New York paper’s tribute to those who have been lost in the pandemic.
Frederick Carl Harris, 70, of Northampton, died March 25
“If you were lucky enough to know Fred, you knew what a warm, lively personality he had, on top of an exuberant laugh. His smile was truly magnetic and in turn, made you smile. If you saw Fred around town, you could expect to be greeted enthusiastically and always have an engaging conversation.” Read his full obituary.
“He wanted a younger generation to bring younger ideas to the building and the plaza,” Mark Pasnik, an architect and author, told the Boston Globe of the man who helped design Boston’s City Hall. “Rather than being protective of his work, like many architects are, or wanting it to stay static, he had this idea that it should change over time and that people should adorn it.” Read his full obituary in the Globe.
Joseph J. Deren Jr., 75, of Turner Falls, March 30
“Joe was a graduate of West Springfield High School and Franklin Technical Institute. He was a Navy veteran during the Vietnam War. Joe enjoyed being with his grandsons, bringing them to and from school and being at all their games.” Read his full obituary.
Regina D. Cullen, 81, of Shrewsbury, March 31
“Her home and her kitchen were always open to family, friends and especially her grandchildren; where Nanny’s bacon & eggs, chicken, beef stew, cookies and other simple, hearty fare were always available, cooked to order. At barely 5 feet and wearing a size 2, Jean was small in stature but strong in spirit.” Read her full obituary.
John E. (“Uncle”) Broadley, 84, of Scituate, April 2
“Uncle served in the Air Force for twenty years, retiring in 1972, and was extremely proud and humbled by the experience. He was honored to march with the American Legion in many parades including the Humarock Horribles Parade. The greatest joy in Uncle’s life was the relationship he shared with his wife, Kathleen, for forty years.” Read his full obituary.
Judith Plotkin-Goldberg, 88, of Longmeadow, April 3
“In her spare time, Judy was a noted voice over artist for radio and television while also appearing in numerous local commercials and local television programming. Judy will always be remembered for her impeccable style, her fashionable sunglasses, as well as her red lipstick. She was an avid international traveler, reader, and had a deep love for her family and animals of all kinds.” Read her full obituary.
John A. Bailargeon, 72, of Dennisport, April 3
“John was active in the Jaycees, a member of the Glastonbury Sportsman Association, and thoroughly enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball teams and working at the Girl Scout Camps. John was a true outdoorsman. He was either pheasant hunting with his trusty dogs, Bandit or Racky, deer hunting or out boating and fishing, always looking for the elusive “keeper,” and of course as a true New Englander he was a dedicated Red Sox and Patriots fan.” Read his full obituary.
Chester “Chet” Dwulet, 68, of Burlington, April 3
“Very active in life, he was a proud Union Ironworker of Local 7 for forty-five years from 1970-2015. Chet often remarked that he had found his true vocation. A solid worker and mentor, he remained involved with union affairs until his demise. Energetic and engaging, Chet enjoyed and actively participated in many activities such as completing daily crosswords.” Read his full obituary.
Kimarlee Nguyen, 33, of Everett, April 5
Robert LeBlanc, 87, of Millis, April 6
“‘In his 87 years he had learned countless skills working in construction and serving in the Army that allowed him to be able to solve a multitude of problems that came up at the marina, both with the buildings and the dock system. He treated the business like it was his own and I could always count on him to be there to help with anything, day or night. Any fellow employee would tell you that Bob would be the first one to offer a helping hand or advice on a project.’” Read his full obituary.
William D. Greeke, 55, of Gloucester, April 7
“Will used to read obituaries thoroughly whether he knew the person or not. He thought it was important to know a person’s life story … Most recently Will had been employed as a private driver and caregiver to the elderly. His favorite jobs were the ones where he was working with young or elderly people. Some of his best attributes were his kindness and caring for those that didn’t have or couldn’t do for themselves.” Read his full obituary.
Thomas Tarbell Russell, 83, of Longfellow, April 7
“Tom graduated Cum Laude and began his career at UNIVAC where he was mentored by computer science pioneer and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Dr. Grace Hopper. He joined IBM in 1964 where he spent 29 years, retiring as a Senior Programmer in 1993. Tom and Patty retired to Plymouth, MA, where he taught himself to sail and became a recreational lobsterman. There were many happy days spent sailing on both the Hudson River in N.Y. and on the Cape Cod Bay. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, reading, traveling, exercising, tinkering in his workshop, and living a good life.” Read his full obituary.
Rodger Mckinney-Wagner, 73, of Lowell, April 8
“Roger was a Professor at The Salter School for many years.” Read his full obituary.
Vera Flint, 97, of Beverly, April 8
“Vera was the welcoming face behind the counter at the family-owned grocery stores, Pisani Market and Shop-A-While, both of Beverly … Vera will be remembered for her kind and loving nature, as noted in her high school yearbook, ‘Gentleness to all mankind,’ which was truly her life’s motto; her love of animals, especially her beloved cats, most recently ‘Sandy’ and her other feline friends over the years, and her devotion to her family.” Read her full obituary.
John B. Ahrens, 96, of Newton, April 10
“As a ballistics officer on the USS Arkansas, he and his fellow sailors participated in the D-Day operations for the invasions of Normandy and Southern France and then joined the naval assault forces for the invasion of Iwo Jima, and, finally, the battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of World War II. Jack was a lifelong pacifist and struggled with the dilemma of participating in violent combat, ultimately putting his ‘beliefs on the shelf’ in the name of fighting a greater evil. He rarely spoke of his experience in World War II until writing his three-part memoir, ‘One Man’s Journey,’ several decades later.” Read his full obituary.
Bernard “Bernie” David Seckler, 95, of Newton, April 10
“He supplemented the family income for twenty-five years by translating Russian math textbooks into English after teaching himself to read Russian. For 20 years, he was a math reader at Recordings for the Blind and received an award for his service. He loved movies, animals, opera, fine art, good food, puns, baseball and playing and watching tennis. No Sunday was complete until he had finished a New York Times acrostic puzzle in pen in record time.” Read his full obituary.
Margaret Laughlin, 91, of Medfield, April 11
“She graduated from Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education with a B.S. in 1949, launching a lengthy career as a physical therapist. At the height of the polio epidemics of the 1950s, she treated hundreds of stricken and paralyzed children and young adults. After marrying in 1956, raising five children, and surviving breast cancer, she returned to the career she loved for two more decades. She approached her home healthcare work through the Visiting Nurse Association as a kind of religious vocation, offering skillful physical therapy, humane, hands-on support, and warm cheerfulness to thousands of recuperating, homebound, and bedridden patients.” Read her full obituary.
Ben Doherty, 83, of Boston, April 11
“Ben was an important member of the boxing community, first as a Silver Mittens, Golden Gloves and All-Army boxing champion and 1960 Olympic trials competitor, then as a fight trainer, Chairman of the Boxer’s Fund Board, and, ultimately, Massachusetts Athletic Commissioner. A great proponent of ‘the sweet science’ and a fearless fighter in and out of the ring, he had the flattened nose yet high profile that made him, for many in Massachusetts, the face of boxing.” Read his full obituary.
John B. Lynch, 76, of Wilmington, April 12
“Jack spent his entire career at Wilmington High School; working first as a math teacher and then as an assistant principal. Fondly referred to as ‘Mr. Lynch,’ Jack made a long-lasting impact on the students of WHS for over 20 years before suffering a stroke in 1987 forcing him to retire from the job he loved. Jack was known for his sense of humor, persistent optimism, love of life, and family.” Read his full obituary.
Helen Silvia, 96, of Brockton, April 13
“She did what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it.” Read her full obituary in the Brockton Enterprise.
Delia Regina DiTullio, 91, of Jamaica Plain, April 13
“She was a selfless, sacrificing and loving woman who always put her children first. Regina’s talent and love for cooking and baking was legendary. Her radiant smile always filled the house with cheer and good tidings. She will be missed by all her family and friends.” Read her full obituary.
Richard Kiddle Jr., 76, of Beverly, April 14
“His employment with the Beverly Public Works Department for many years included a term as president of their union. Richie was a Beverly High School sports fan who had attended every Beverly-Salem Thanksgiving Game for over 60 years. He was also a boxing aficionado. At age 76, he still lifted weights and exercised each day. He also enjoyed walking several miles every day.” Read his full obituary.
Sandra McCauley, 83, of Quincy, April 15
“Sandra was a strong advocate for one of her passions in life: reading. A champion of Quincy’s Thomas Crane Public Library, she served for many years on its board of trustees and played a leading role in the construction of the new main library building. Similarly, she channeled her love for history into support for the Quincy Historical Society. But the true joy of Sandra’s life was always her family, including her five children and 13 grandchildren.” Read her full obituary.
Alan F. Krupp, 83, of Newton, April 16
“Alan adored his wife Judy and together they raised four children. Family and concern for others were always the center of their lives. Even after his retirement, Alan remained an avid learner and traveled extensively. Alan wrote essays and poetry and studied Jewish teachings, quoted Longfellow and Tennyson from memory, and loved thoughtful discussions on almost any topic.” Read his full obituary.
Robert “Bob” Stout, 95, of Dennis, April 17
“He graduated from Plainfield High School and went directly into the Army to serve overseas during World War II. On the way to The Battle of the Bulge, his troopship, The SS Leopoldville, was torpedoed while crossing the English Channel to France, and was sunk by a German submarine on December 24, 1944. Christmas with his family was always so meaningful for him in later years – perhaps having thought on that night in 1944 that he would never celebrate another one again.” Read his full obituary.
Arthur Winthrop Barstow, 93, of Hadley, April 17
“His first school was a one room schoolhouse in the village of Hockanum where he was fond of saying he was the tallest, brightest student in his one-student class … Arthur loved the American West and westerns. He took his family on memorable car camping vacations to the Rocky Mountains and the canyons of the southwest. There is not a Louis L’Amour western he has not read three times. His family will always remember the butterscotch candies in the car and his peppermint stick ice cream in the freezer.” Read his full obituary.
Justin Liuba, 95, of Springfield, April 18
“Chief of Desk for Romania, Radio Free Europe.” Read his full obituary.
Alice Fraher-Mason, 91, of Weymouth, April 19
“She enjoyed all of the pleasures life has to offer including reading her books, women’s bible study, dancing, and having fun with her endless amount of friends, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family whom she was constantly surrounded by up until the very end … She will be remembered for her lovable yet feisty personality and her sarcastic sense of humor that always made everyone smile.” Read her full obituary.
Stephen J. Clinton, 94, of Rockland, April 19
“He was the owner and administrator of the Crestview Nursing Home in Quincy along with his wife, who was the director of nursing. Together they ran the Crestview for 27 years before their retirement. Stephen came out of retirement to take a part-time position at Lombardo’s Function Facility as doorman and shuttle diver which he enjoyed very much! He enjoyed skiing, boating and loved luxury cars and drove many Lincolns. He especially enjoyed his bright red Saab turbo convertible!” Read his full obituary.
Audrey L. Ercha, 92, of Beverly, April 19
“She was a graduate of Beverly High School. Audrey was employed by the New England Telephone Company prior to staying home to raise her children. When she returned to the workforce, she was employed by the Salem Five Bank rising from the switchboard operator to the manager of the IRA/Keogh dept.” Read her full obituary.
Ethel R. Fonti, 77, of Beverly, April 19
“Ethel had a zest for life. She enjoyed singing, dancing, listening to music and connecting with people. She had strong faith in Jesus and the power of prayer. Her fondest memories were made at Disney World and SeaWorld, Florida, with family.” Read her full obituary.
Vincie Teresa DeRose, 57, of Arlington, April 20
“She enjoyed traveling to her parents’ home town of Trappeto, Sicily also to Calabria, Italy and Florida to visit family and friends. She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eyes. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and loved her.” Read her full obituary.
Kenneth Richard Coombs, 75, of Methuen, April 21
“He retired from a 30 year career at the Gillette Company. He loved to drive, manning a milk delivery truck in his younger days, and an airport limousine after his retirement. Ken enjoyed watching sports and movies, and collecting baseball cards, but found his greatest joy spending time with his family. He loved taking many trips and vacations together over the years with his extended family and friends.” Read his full obituary.
Stephen J. Chamberlin Jr., 91, of Topsfield, April 21
“In 1990 he was inducted into the Aircraft Engine Hall of Fame in Evendale, Ohio. Steve married his true love, Jean Zink in 1957. He and Jean settled in Topsfield where they lived for over 40 years. However, they found their paradise at Great East Lake in Maine, where so many happy memories were made. One of his favorite activities was towing water skiers for miles and miles around the lake.” Read his full obituary.
Norman Leslie Jenkins, 91, of Hingham, April 22
“In addition to being an avid and talented golfer, he loved reading, writing poems, seeing the full moon rise over the ocean, tending his vegetable garden, woodworking, watching baseball (especially the Chatham Anglers), learning new technologies, barbecuing chicken for his grandchildren, coming up with ideas for Linden Ponds’ Great Decisions series, and doing puzzles with Drusie. Above all, he treasured times spent with family and friends, never taking these for granted. He is greatly missed, but his zest for life lives on in those he knew and loved.” Read his full obituary.
Carol A. Castle, 80, of Weymouth, April 23
“She was a longtime parishioner of the Church of Saint Clare in Braintree and enjoyed participating in the church’s women’s bowling league. She was an avid hockey and Boston Celtics fan. Carol was a dedicated homemaker. Most of all, she was devoted to her family and especially enjoyed supporting the activities and accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.” Read her full obituary.
Elizabeth “Betty” Tevenan, 82, of Dennis, April 24
“Betty was a social butterfly at Pleasant Bay, always wanting to help out with arts and crafts activities, doing jig-saw puzzles and getting the friends in her wing to play Rummy. She was a sweetheart and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.” Read her full obituary.
Margaret Skaliotis, 92, of Boston, April 24
“She was raised and schooled in Salem where she showed talent as a budding artist. At the age of sixty, Mrs. Skaliotis began a twenty-year career in the Salem school system as a high school library aide and a teacher’s aide in schools throughout the city where she made many friends.” Read her full obituary.
Richard J. Rome, 91, of Roslindale, April 25
“Richard’s family was able to be with him via FaceTime during his last days, which was a great comfort.” Read his full obituary.
Barbara J. Norris, 90, of Weymouth, April 25
“A mother of two and active member of the church, she was awarded The Massachusetts Young Mother of the Year and often reflected on sitting at lunch and meeting JW Marriott in New York. In her spare time she enjoyed crafts, painting and decorating. Barbara’s favorite spot to enjoy breakfast and lunch was Bob’s Muffin Shop in Weymouth where she had patronized them for decades.” Read her full obituary.
Louise N. Walsh, 71, of North Andover, April 25
“Louise was employed at the Internal Revenue Service in Data Entry until her retirement. She loved karaoke, dancing, singing and playing bingo with her special group of friends. Known for touching the hearts of so many, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.” Read her full obituary.
Richard M. Glidden, 95, of Orleans, April 25
“In April 1944, he became a combat infantryman … After landing in Cherbourg, France, in September 1944, he was sent to the front line near Nancy, France. He was wounded in battle in November 1944, and after recovering, was assigned to the 25th Postal Detachment in France. He was transferred in December 1945, to Wurzburg, Germany, again to the 25th Postal Detachment until February 1946, when he was ordered back to the U.S. He was honorably discharged and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star.” Read his full obituary.
Mary Gilbert, 84, of Mansfield, April 26
“She had made her home in Mansfield for the past thirty-eight years and prior to retiring, had been employed as an attendant for twenty-five years at Taunton State Hospital … Mary cherished the times spent with her adoring family, enjoyed gardening and cooking and always had a sweet tooth for strawberries.” Read her full obituary.
Richard Daniel Harris, 86, of Danvers, April 26
“He served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War … A kind and generous man, Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved days spent at the horse races and at the beach and had a knack at games of chance. Richard made friends wherever he went and his prince charming like personality endeared him to many.” Read his full obituary.
Catherine Drouin, 69, of Methuen, April 27
“Cathy will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, Nena and friend to many. She enjoyed spending weekends riding on the back of their Harley-Davidson to the beach, mountains or anywhere the road took them. She was always the first person to volunteer to help with fund raisers, making baskets to raise money for Grayson’s Fund, Stroke Awareness or MS. If someone needed a ride, a helping hand or just to talk, Cathy always made the time for family and friends. Cathy made a positive impact on countless people in her life and was loved by so many.” Read her full obituary.
Robert N. Winsor, 78, of Peabody, April 27
“He enlisted with the United States Army Reserve and served as an MP for six years before he was discharged. Following his discharge, Bob began a 56-year working career as a manager of the produce department at Stop and Shop and later as a selector in the produce department at Market Basket before he finally retired. Bob enjoyed being outdoors and especially enjoyed spending time in his garden. He also enjoyed reading and taking day trips in his car all over New England and to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Canada.” Read his full obituary.
Daniel James Callahan, 90, of Peabody, April 27
“After high school, Dan enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country during The Suez Canal Crisis in the mid-1950s. Following his time in the service, he spent many years working for General Electric as a pipefitter. Dan was known for his ability to build or fix anything and everything. He was a master of all tools!” Read his full obituary.
Robert C. Blades, 84, of Groveland, April 27
“Educated in the Saugus school system, Mr. Blades graduated from Saugus High School, class of 1954. For over 30 years he was employed as a ground mechanic for TWA from where he retired in the mid 1990s. A Groveland resident for over 60 years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends.” Read his full obituary.
Dorothy (“Sue”) Murphy, 83, of Salem, April 27
“A longtime resident of the City of Salem, Sue was devoted to her faith and family, she was communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and was a wonderful mother. She shared a special bond with both her sons and will be deeply missed by them. Sue was known for her love of animals and children, her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor.” Read her full obituary.
Jean Adele Walkins, 92, of Whitman, April 28
“Jean was a fierce competitor in sports and academics. She loved to ice skate, swim, dance and was an ace bowler. Jean was masterful in all trivia. She cheered for the Patriots and Tiger Woods. An avid movie fan, she knew countless facts about the stars from her day. Jean was a fashionista and there was not a day she was not dressed beautifully with matching jewelry, painted nails and perfectly styled hair.” Read her full obituary.
Virginia Bettencourt, 92, Peabody, April 28
“Virginia’s greatest joy was spending time with her family … While a resident of Rosewood Nursing Home, Virginia brought joy, laughter, and countless smiles to the residents, staff, and visitors of Rosewood by playing the piano for them. She was so proud of the nickname that she earned … The Piano Lady.” Read her full obituary.
Daniel James Parr, 60, of Harwich, April 29
“Danny was a loving and compassionate person to all. His sense of humor, patience, and generosity will be remembered by those fortunate enough to have known him. He was an artisan at crafting and building anything he put his mind to. He would dependably and magnanimously use his skills and resources to help others in need. His friends and family knew him as a non-judgmental and empathetic listener who was always there.” Read his full obituary.
Frederick Anthony Palazzo, 87, of Woburn, April 29
“Fred graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and went on to become a Korean War veteran. Fred enjoyed a 49+ year career at Stop & Shop as both a Produce and Store Manager. He enjoyed international, square, and round dancing. He was an avid golfer, which he and his wife started together later in life. He was lovingly referred to as a ‘Holiday Family Chef.’” Read his full obituary.
Arthur Louis Thibault, 75, of Andover, April 29
“Arthur loved his whole family and his joy came from spending time with them. He especially loved going to the mall for his Wayback Burger or out to eat with his family at the 99 Restaurant or Mary Ann’s Diner or to go for ice cream at Peach Tree Farm or Mann’s Orchard. He loved rides to the beach or mountains as well as going to plays, concerts, and movies. He enjoyed playing cribbage and listening to the oldies station and watching all the old shows and movies on TV.” Read his full obituary.
Helen Wall, 91, of Lawrence, April 29
“Helen was a sweet, vivacious, and energetic mother of seven children. She was a fabulous cook and author of children’s stories. Helen always had a full cookie jar, and open door, a ready cup of tea, and welcoming home to everyone.” Read her full obituary.
Mercedes Santiago, 82, of Lawrence, April 29
“He owned one of the first Spanish bodegas in the city of Lawrence. In his free time, Mercedes enjoyed playing dominoes, listening to music, and spending time with his family and friends.” Read his full obituary.
Nancy Reid, 97, of Topsfield, April 30
“She curtailed her early artistic interests to become a fashion designer to support the war effort of World War II in the field of Electronics in New York City and Long Island. Later in life, Nancy resumed her interest in the arts and worked as an artist, working from home while raising her three children. Her talents were numerous!” Read her full obituary.
Emmanuel Demetri, 61, of Gloucester, April 30
“Manny was one of the first in Massachusetts to compete in the Special Olympics. He was competitive in track and basketball. Another favorite pastime of his was listening to music, particularly Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Manny would dance and sing along for hours.” Read his full obituary.
Steward Markham Fish, 58, of Hingham, May 1
“He continued to enjoy learning and writing for most of his life as well as sailing, fishing, skiing, baseball, gardening and tennis. His love of wildlife and the marshes fueled his soul. He served in the United States Navy and continued to bring joy to his family and friends. Despite having more than a reasonable share of life’s challenges, Mark personified the idea that happiness is all about your perspective.” Read his full obituary.
Marjorie L Goolsby, 89, of Marblehead, May 1
“As an educator she taught for 43 years at the Glover School where she spent several years as principal. During her long tenure she enjoyed each of her classes and even taught many offspring of her former students. An avid reader, in her retirement, she traveled extensively and also enjoyed spending time with her family.” Read her full obituary.
Jeanette M. Brown, 94, of Amesbury, May 2
“Jeannette was a World War II Defense Worker at Henschel’s in Amesbury and after the war effort concluded, she went on to work at Hoyt’s Peanut Butter in Amesbury as well as AT&T for some years. It was her devotion to family that brought her the greatest joy and satisfaction. She was the proud mother of two sons and the even prouder grandmother of four grandchildren and great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren.” Read her full obituary.
Maria Tassiopoulos, 78, of Braintree, May 2
“Maria was a member of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree for many years. She was known for her baking skills and made the best baklava ever.” Read her full obituary.
Nancy A. Richard, 83, of Marblehead, May 2
“Nancy was an excellent home maker and an especially great cook for her family, all the while working part time at Empire Clothing Company in Salem to help with the family finances and to keep her children well dressed. Her dinners were mouth-wateringly good and were usually topped off with a home-made pie or cake for dessert.” Read her full obituary.
Edgar Orlando “Chicki” De La Roca, 64, of Peabody, May 2
“He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, nephew and cousin who had a deep love for his family. He was a passionate Boston Sports fan and especially loved supporting the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A hardworking man, Chicki had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh.” Read his full obituary.
Clementine E. Jamgochian, 95, of Peabody, May 2
“Clementine was known for her open hospitality to family and friends who never left her home hungry. She was very resilient, always facing the challenges of life with a smile and positive attitude. Clementine’s main focus was always on her family who she loved and gave of herself so they would always have a good and better life.” Read her full obituary.
John Pope, 53, of Haydenville, May 3
“He joined the Williamsburg Fire Department in 1996, proudly serving for the next 24 years. He also spent many years serving as an EMT with Goshen Ambulance. He loved baseball, football, history — especially the Civil War — and cooking. John had a great sense of humor and was known for his infectious laugh. He had such a big heart and wanted to help people. And he did — so many friends and strangers over his lifetime.” Read his full obituary.
Muriel E. Lundgren, 91, of Haverhill, May 3
“Muriel was full of adventure and loved being active. She was a talented tennis player and one of Cedardale’s first members, continuing to play the sport she loved into her 80s. She also loved biking, skiing and traveling throughout the country, her favorite vacation spot being Popponesset Beach on Cape Cod.” Read her full obituary.
Robert M. Shaw, 69, of Beverly, May 3
“Very active and involved in his children’s lives, he served as an assistant coach with the Beverly Little League Association from 1995-1998 and was a Scout Parent Volunteer with Cub Scout Pack #1 and Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop #49 in Beverly from 1991-2001 in addition to all of the many school, sporting and social activities that they participated in.” Read his full obituary.
Marsha Lee Holiday, 75, of North Andover, May 3
“Before moving to Beverly from Boston in 1975, Marsha worked for the Joint Center of Inner City Change as an Executive Assistant. She then went on to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 20 years and retired from Tewksbury State Hospital. Marsha was also a foster mother for over 10 years. Marsha had a love for cooking, photography, family gatherings, music, movies, Boston sports, collecting African art and elephant figurines. But most of all, she loved her family!” Read her full obituary.
Kenneth A. Rago, 85, of Pocasset, May 3
“His proudest achievement was always his family. Peg and his four ‘dollies’ and their families were the center of his life. ‘Dad’ was a role model for all with his strong work ethic, moral character and kind, humble heart. His infectious laugh, often at his own jokes, engaging story-telling and loving spirit, will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.” Read his full obituary.
Robert F. Brady Jr., 65, of Avon, May 4
“Bob was an elected official in the town of Avon as selectman in 2011 to present. He started on the Zoning Board in Avon in 2003 until 2011. He had been in local government for 17 years. He also served for many years as Norfolk County deputy sheriff.” Read his full obituary.
Mary T. King, 94, of Dorchester, May 4
“Born on June 4, 1925, in the town of Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland, Mary was raised there by her forever cherished grandmother Grace (Bracken) Hackett in a busy, happy household. In search of employment, Mary later moved to London, England, where she had family members, arriving during wartime. Still a teenager, she bicycled to and from her job in a secretarial pool, often dodging the flying bombs known as doodlebugs on her way home and then sleeping in an Anderson shelter during the nighttime air raids. However, with the indomitable spirit of youth, she found joy even amidst the terror of war, loving her work, making friends, and attending the Irish Ceili dances in London.” Read her full obituary.
Anna M. Gayton, 82, of Salem, May 4
“Anna, a lifelong Salem resident, was a long-time toy department manager at the old Ann & Hope at the Liberty Tree Mall. She enjoyed knitting, and was best remembered for her ‘nana blankets’ she made for her newborn grandchildren and others.” Read her full obituary.
Donald Martin Puffer, 84, of Foxboro, May 4
“He was an avid skier and served as president for the Massachusetts Ski Club for two years. Moving to California, he was the former owner/operator of Winona Design Services. Returning to Foxboro in 1993, Don became a local certified residential appraiser. Upon retirement he devoted his time to the Foxboro Farm Stand.” Read his full obituary.
Jeanne Madden Cibroski, 79, of Sandwich, May 5
“She could set a beautiful holiday table, make a rockin’ Danish potato salad, invent creative solutions to everyday problems, and take compassionate care of the sick and the underdog. She loved being quiet at the beach, word puzzles, shopping for clothes, Christmas, a perfectly grilled steak, feeling cared for, Judge Judy, storing stuff in baskets, a wicked hot cup of coffee, McDonald’s drive thru, making lists and saying her rosary.” Read her full obituary.
Geraldine Marie McGovern, 72, of Hyannis, May 5
“Gerri was an extraordinary artist, specializing in pastels and sketches. She had a great talent for design aesthetic, and could cook anything, crochet anything, and make any fruit or vegetable grow in her garden. She had a particular love of animals, owning several cats and dogs over the years. She loved The Beach Boys, ABBA, The Beatles, and dancing. In fact, she was an integral part of establishing our now legendary, family-wide wedding dance-offs.” Read her full obituary.
Thomas F. McDermott, 84, of Braintree, May 5
“Before Tom died, he told hospital staff who asked that his favorite song was ‘God Bless America.’ He then stunned them by singing it aloud in the same strong voice that he’d loaned to many church congregations, and to The Pacemakers, a singing group he took part in at Grove Manor Estates in Braintree.” Read his full obituary.
Florence Cahill Flaherty, 96, of Brewster, May 6
“Florence loved dancing, Bingo, playing cards and bowling. She had that Irish wit.” Read her full obituary.
Dale A. Boston, 81, of Beverly, May 7
“Senior residents of Gloucester may remember him and his older brother, Ernest, as workers and co-owners of Johnnies Sandwich Shop on Hancock Street in Gloucester.” Read his full obituary.
Roberta Gulick, 90, of Wrentham, May 7
“From a very early age Roberta showed great strength and fortitude. She carved herself a life with an amazing career, extensive travel, a loving husband, family, and many friends. She was also a dedicated advocate for a cause close to her heart, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.” Read her full obituary.
Douglas H. Diamond, 82, of Chelmsford, May 7
“Doug was not just an officer, but a true gentleman. A profoundly kind and gentle soul with an air of quiet authority, he was a man of abiding faith and boundless love. He was an ardent father. A dedicated hockey dad, for years he shuttled his boys to rinks and served as Treasurer of the Chelmsford Hockey Association. Later, he doted on his grandchildren to whom he was their beloved, ‘Boppa.’” Read his full obituary.
Donald Geoffrey Helliwell, 86, of Westfield, May 8
“He was a man of simple pleasures. A perfect day for Don consisted of an autumn hike in the valley with Judy and his daughters, an evening by the fire with the dog curled up in its warmth, and good food and laughter shared with family and friends.” Read his full obituary.
Robert Grant Connor, 96, of Easthampton, May 8
“Bob’s life was centered on family, and he took great pride in the endeavors and accomplishments of his three sons, as well as his grandchildren. As he and Bernice raised their family, nothing brought him greater joy than taking his boys on hikes and teaching them about wildflowers along the way, bringing them fishing to local streams, and reminiscing about his own childhood growing up in Easthampton.” Read his full obituary.
Michael Baillargeon, 75, of Springfield, May 9
“He had an esoteric sense of humor which was once described by a physician as ‘sophisticated.’… Michael was a loving and altruistic human being. He wanted to help those in need, or find ways to let his friends know they were special and important to him.” Read his full obituary.
James Ventrillo, 77, of Methuen, May 10
“James will be remembered as one of the good guys – a humble man, a family man, a kind and brave man, never forgetful of his roots. He enjoyed living a simple life, but anyone who sat in his presence would tell you that there was always a life lesson to be learned there. It is through those lessons and tremendous love that his memory will live on in those who had the privilege of knowing him.” Read his full obituary.
Roland Henry Lacasse, 88, of Methuen, May 11
“Father Roland loved being a priest. His profound faith was first nurtured by the deep Catholic faith of his parents, especially that of his mother Eva. When he was six years old his father died suddenly and left his mom with four small children to raise alone. Her example and that of the Good Shepherd Sisters, the Marist Brothers and Marist priests who educated him at St. Anne’s Parish in Lawrence are probably the reason that his brother Eugene and he both became priests.” Read his full obituary.
Genowefa Kochanek, 98, of Chicopee, May 12
“Genowefa survived the German invasion and occupation of Poland during World War II. She was a devoted communicant of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr. Genowefa’s faith was a very important part of her life. She was a remarkable woman with many talents. She loved to sing. She was an excellent seamstress. She worked at Chicopee Coat Company, Emilie’s Bridal Shop, and other garment companies. She loved politics and was looking forward to the 2020 Presidential election.” Read her full obituary.
David F. Savitt, 86, of Ludlow, May 14
“David had a lifelong career, as an Advertising Sales Executive, with WHIL Radio in Boston, MA, WARE Radio, in Ware, MA, and retired from WHYN Radio and TV in Springfield, MA. His creative energy and charming smile lent to his success. David did not miss an opportunity for a practical joke or a good laugh. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, listening to music, singing Karaoke, and was an avid fan of his cherished Red Sox and Patriots.” Read his full obituary.
Paul A. Hamel, 80, of Westminster on May 14
“He graduated from Lunenburg Junior and Senior High School in 1960. He served in the U.S. Marines as a Private during the Vietnam war. He worked as a blaster for Steel Fab for many years.” Read his full obituary.