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Cody, Margaret - North Dartmouth  
Margaret (Christie) Cody of Dartmouth, MA, died peacefully at home on July 13th, 2015 surrounded by family. She was 93. Margaret was born on August 18, 1921 to the late William J. Christie and Margaret (Cooper) Christie at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She spent much of her childhood as an orphan and was a nun with the Little Sisters of the Poor for three years. She met John Edward Cody while at Grailville, a lay Catholic service organization in Loveland, Ohio. They married on May 23, 1950 and had five children. She lived and raised her family in Newton for 50 years. The most important things in her life were her faith, family, and the arts. She was a parishioner and choir member at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, MA for over 40 years. She traveled to Italy, Jerusalem, and even met Mother Teresa. Margaret was a voracious reader, talented singer, and lover of the arts. She was happiest surrounded by family, flowers, and her books. The last ten years of her life were spent in Westport Point and Dartmouth, MA. As her health declined, her daughter Gretchen lovingly cared for her in the home that they shared. She lived her life with resilience, grace, and dignity. She was pre-deceased by her husband, John. She is survived by her five children Mary Cody-Kenney and her husband John Kenney, Michael Cody and his partner Margaret Silluzio, Paul Cody and his wife Elizabeth Holmes, Shawn Cody and his wife Mary Cody, and Gretchen Cody and her partner Dale Goodchild; twelve grandchildren Alycia Kenney Montero and her husband Alejandro Montero, Greta Kenney, Alexandra Cody, Eliza Cody, Liam Cody, Austin Cody, Sara Cody-Larnard and her husband Jeffrey Larnard, Emily Cody, Olivia Cody, Michael Ferrari, Katherine Ferrari, and Margaret Ferrari; twin great-grandsons Gabriel and Xavier Montero; and two nieces Judy Brennan and Martha Nugent. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, MA on Friday, July 17 at 10:30am. A burial will follow at Newton Cemetery. www.BurkeFamily FuneralHomes.com .
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Published in The Newton Tab from July 16 to July 29, 2015
Flynn, Virginia - Newton  
Virginia "Pat" (Gorman) Flynn, of Newton passed away suddenly, Sunday morning, July 26, 2015 at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 91. Born and raised in South Boston to the late Thomas H. and Ellen V. (McCarthy) Gorman, she moved to Newton in 1956 where she has been a resident ever since. Pat worked for Sears in the customer service department for many years before her retirement in 1994. Mrs. Flynn was a very devout Catholic and active member of Corpus Christi parish in Auburndale. The most important things in Pat's life were her family and her faith, there is nothing she would rather do than spend time with her family. Pat's family is grateful for the care she received from the staff of Senior Place at Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury. Pat was the beloved wife of the late Paul S. Flynn, who passed away in 2008, and the devoted mother of the late Michael Flynn. She was one of 16 children all deceased except her two sisters Rita Walsh of Quincy and Dorothy Manning of Hyannis. Besides her sisters she is survived by her loving children Paula Flynn of Saddle Brook, NJ, Thomas P. Flynn and his wife Shirley (Nottage) of St. Clairsville, OH, Joseph A. Flynn and his wife Debbie (O'Sullivan) of Waltham, Patricia Cotrone and her husband Stephen of West Roxbury, Susan Giroux and her husband Mark of Andover, Marie Caruso and her husband Pasquale of Newton, and Steven Flynn and his wife Marinalva (Aredes) of Worcester. Pat is also survived by 13 beloved grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend funeral services from the Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody St., Waltham, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Church, 45 Ash St., Auburndale at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Parking attendants will be on duty. For guestbook, please visit www.BrascoFuneralHome.com . Expressions of sympathy may be made to Deutsches Altenheim, Senior Place Adult Day Health Program, 2222 Centre St., West Roxbury, 02132.
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Published in The Newton Tab from July 28 to Aug. 5, 2015
Grossman, David - Newton  
David Abraham Grossman, 57, Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Beloved husband of Stacy, doting father of Lev and Shayna, loyal brother to Rachel, devoted nephew to Helen Kaplan, admired son in law of Leonard and Madeline Soave, respected brother in law of Dina and James Bouloukos and Joe and Ashley Soave, loving uncle to Mike, Lu, Luca, Eva, Amelia, Nico and Stella, dearest cousin to many cousins, and adored son of the late Harold and Gloria Grossman died peacefully in his home at the age of 57. He succumbed to cancer after a seven year long battle. David, like his musical hero Bruce Springsteen, was born and bred in New Jersey. However, for his adult life David called Boston his home. David graduated from Harvard University Summa Cum Laude in 1980, received a Masters Degree in Eastern Religions from the Divinity School at Harvard in 1982 and earned his JD at Harvard Law School (HLS) in 1985. As a law student, David enrolled in the Legal Services Center or LSC established by Gary Bellow and Jeanne Charn Bellow. The aim of the Center then and now is grandiose -- to promote social justice by providing free legal counsel to those in need while simultaneously providing hands on training to green law students. It was here that David found his professional calling and a life long friend, mentor and role model in Gary Bellow. David said about Bellow, Gary was one of the few people about whom it can accurately be said that he devoted his life to performing mitzvot, or good deeds, to trying to fix a broken world, a concept known in Jewish thought as tikkun olam. But what was even more remarkable about Gary than his own mitzvot was his ability to both inspire and enable others to perform mitzvot of their own, to carry out the work of tikkun olam. Gary was the only one who really inspired me. He was the only professor I knew who was not only thinking about and analyzing how to do the right thing, but was actually spending his life doing it. For that reason, he became my mentor and, in a sense, my hero -- someone whom I sought to model my life after. In 1995, after a short stint working for the law firm, Kramer Levin in NYC and a few years at Community Lawyers in Jamaica Plain, MA, David rejoined LSC as a clinical instructor in the housing unit and then for eleven years as the Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit. Among the highlights of Davids time at LSC was his role in reviving the partnership between LSC and City Life/Vida Urbana -- a community organization with a focus on tenants rights. Together with Steve Meacham - Coordinating Director at City Life/Vida Urbana -- David developed a combined lawyering/ organizing approach to gentrification-driven rent increases that resulted in numerous collective bargaining agreements with developers/landlords guaranteeing long-term stability and affordability for buildings full of tenants who had been threatened with displacement. David was also involved in initiating, developing, and staffing a lawyer-for-the-day program in Boston Housing Court that has both provided assistance each week to scores of otherwise unrepresented tenants facing eviction and given numerous law students unparalleled educational experience in staffing the law equivalent of an emergency room. In 2006, David was tapped by then Dean Elena Kagen to be the new Director of the Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) at HLS. Like, LSC, HLAB provides free legal counsel to indigent clients while simultaneously providing hands on training to HLS students. At HLAB David continued to work collaboratively with City Life/Vida Urbana to broaden the scope of HLABs role so that it not only provides free legal counsel to those in need, but also enacts real social change to benefit the community at large. In 2007 enormous waves of foreclosure devastated neighborhoods throughout the country and in Boston. Under Davids leadership, HLAB along with City Life/Vida Urbana, adapted their anti-gentrification model into a fierce anti-foreclosure movement. The anti-foreclosure movement -- which now encompasses HLAB, CityLife/Vida Urbana, LSC and many other organizations -- works with homeowners and tenants to thwart the efforts of lenders to displace families after foreclosure. David and HLAB students played a key role in this mobilizing effort, canvassing foreclosed properties on a weekly basis, conducting weekly clinics in which they educate occupants about their rights, and deploying a legal shield for all of the movements members by vigorously defending post-foreclosure evictions through a variety of creative and successful approaches. (The shields work is complemented by that of the sword: rallies, protests, and other demonstrations, including acts of civil disobedience, coordinated by City Life/Vida Urbana organizers as a means of calling public attention to the problem of post-foreclosure displacement.) Indeed, the movement that David helped to initiate has become so effective in Boston that it has inspired other activists in cities throughout the country to do the same. And, these successes have been well documented by PBS, the NY Times, The Nation, local media and even the subject of a documentary produced by by French Television. Moreover, David helped to secure generous funding from the Oak Foundation to help finance these efforts for years to come. Although Davids life was prematurely ended, he left an indelible mark and made a positive, impactful difference in the lives of many. At LSC and HLAB he tirelessly worked to provide equity and fairness to the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community. He represented hundreds of tenants against slum landlords and hundreds of homeowners against unconscionable bank foreclosures. He helped draft and get passed fairer laws to protect people from being thrown out of their homes in Massachusetts, and he protested and marched in the streets -- often with his son Lev, his daughter Shayna and his wife Stacy -- to raise awareness of the many injustices working class families had to face. David was a charismatic and effective mentor to his law students and colleagues helping to advance their skill set so that they too could be social justice warriors. It cannot be denied that Davids efforts have done much to heal this broken world. Services took place at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, on Tuesday at 11:30AM. Burial in Or Emet Cemetery, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury. If you wish to pay tribute to Davids memory, you may do so by making a contribution to CityLife/Vida Urbana 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 23 Everett Street #1, Cambridge, MA 02138. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com
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Published in The Newton Tab from July 15 to July 29, 2015
Schwartz, Marvin - Newton  
Marvin L. Schwartz passed away on June 27, 2015 in Weston, MA. Marvin was a resident of Larchmont, NY for over 40 years. He was a loving husband to Gloria, father to Robert M. Schwartz, the late Janet E. Hill, John J. Schwartz and his wife Lynda H. Schwartz, and grandfather to Joshua D. Hill, Jack Schwartz and Laura Schwartz. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn College and NYU Law School, he proudly served in World War II in England, France and Italy as a technical sergeant with the 442nd Troop Carrier Command. After his army service, he practiced law in Manhattan for over 50 years with skill, care and compassion. Marvin was a long-time member of Larchmont Temple and trustee of Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club. He will be fondly remembered for his wit, appreciation of music and sailing. There will be a private interment in Newton, MA.
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Published in The Newton Tab from July 24 to Aug. 5, 2015
Virgilio, Maria - Needham  
Maria Virgilio Of Needham, July 20, age 90. Beloved wife of the late Giovanni "John" Virgilio. Born in Navelli, Italy. Loving mother of Antoinette M. Virgilio of Newton Upper Falls, Fred M. Virgilio and his wife Andrea of Needham, Clemente Virgilio and his wife Carol of Needham. Grandmother of Angela, Lisa, Karla, John, Maria, Daniella, Paul, David and Donna. Sister of Lionice Lalli of Framingham. Also survived by 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 1305 Highland Ave. (Exit 19B off Rt 128), Needham, was held on Friday at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Needham at 10 a.m. Visiting hours were held on Thursday 4-8. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Maria's memory to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions and online guestbook, gfdoherty.com .
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Published in The Newton Tab from July 23 to Aug. 5, 2015
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