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Donahue Jr., James W. - Walpole  
James W. Donahue, Jr., age 73, passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Barbara, in the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on August 13, 1942, he was the son of the late James W. and Arlene V. (Ober) Donahue. He was raised in Walpole, attending Walpole Public Schools. His childhood summers took him to the seashore in Falmouth. A summer vacation turned into Jims first call to duty at the young age of 15, he rescued a girl from drowning. Upon entering high school, Jims love for athletics were demonstrated on the football field and the ice hockey rink, before graduating with the Class of 1960. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Guam as an Airman 2nd Class clearing runways. He was also stationed in Laramie, Wyoming, where he later made his home after his honorable discharge in 1964. Jim turned to his entrepreneur side, purchasing a wheelbarrow and a posthole digger, establishing a very successful fencing company and later, after hearing the call to help others, became a Laramie firefighter. Always missing his beloved hometown of Walpole, he returned to Massachusetts and became a Walpole police officer in 1975. While serving on the police department, he also enjoyed working alongside of his Dad, installing windows and doors as well as earning his BS in Law Enforcement. Upon his retirement in 1999, Jim and Barbara settled in Chatham surrounded by his love of the sea. Their house was filled with joy and laughter from friends and family visiting, especially his 5 grandchildren whom he adored! Jim and Barbara enjoyed traveling throughout the Caribbean with many of their wonderful friends. This humble hero wore many hats and badges not only within his community but most importantly his family. To some he was Jim, Jimmy, Dunny and Detective Donahue. To his family he was a Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Father and Grandfather Grampy. This courageous man served his community, his country and his family with love, honor and integrity. May he be an inspiration to us all. Beloved husband of Barbara (Paglari) Donahue. Loving father of Danielle and her husband Kevin Anderson of N. Kingstown, RI, Warren and his wife Kimberly Plante of N. Attleboro, and the late Michael Donahue. Cherished grandfather of Bryson, Isabel, Molly, Travis and James. Brother of Donna J.and her husband Ralph DelMonico of Yarmouthport. Also survived by his favorite niece Maura Chadwick of Dracut. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Jims Life Celebration on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 3-7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole on Friday at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole. The family would like to send their deepest gratitude for the loving care he received while at home from his nurse Kristin and his aide Steve. Most recently all the love and support from everyone at the McCarthy Care Center. In lieu of flowers, donations at be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.
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Published in Walpole Times from June 21 to June 30, 2016
Griffin, William C. - Walpole  
William C. Griffin, age 83, passed away in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Massachusetts on Thursday, June 16, 2016, with his loving wife by his side. Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on September 7, 1932, he was the son of the late William and Ann (Dean) Griffin. Bill was raised in Norwood and attended Norwood High School. After his fathers early passing, Bill, like his brothers and sisters, entered the working world to help support his family, taking a position with the A&P in Norwood. Bill began his construction career helping to build and complete the high rises in Boston and New York. He married his wife, Marilyn Stanhope, on August 26, 1955 and together they made their home in Walpole. At this time, Bill transitioned from working on high rises to operating his own carpentry business after taking classes at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He continued working at his trade until 1986, when he took a security position with Raytheon in their Burlington location. Bill spent 10 years with Raytheon, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed staying active, and even though he was officially retired, Bill always found a carpentry project to take on. In 2001, Bill and Marilyn purchased their motor home and began spending 6 months every year in Holiday, Florida. With Bill at the wheel they navigated the East Coast, enjoying time spent in Maine and South Carolina in addition to their snowbird home in Florida. While constantly on the go, Bill always found time to play a round of golf with his brothers. Beloved husband of Marilyn S. (Stanhope) Griffin. Loving father of William Timothy Griffin and his wife Jillian of Walpole, Valerie Flaherty and her husband James of Attleboro, Denise Griffin of Westfield, Michelle Griffin of Attleboro and the late Brian Griffin. Cherished grandfather of James Flaherty, Jr. of Attleboro, Janelle Flaherty of Quincy and Joshua Griffin of Westfield. Brother of Thomas Griffin of Norwood, the late John Griffin, the late Dorothy Miller, the late Jane Russau, and the late Joseph Griffin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Bills Graveside Service on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Washington Street, South Walpole. A gathering will follow the service at Bills home, 11 Nottingham Way, South Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.
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Published in Walpole Times from June 18 to June 30, 2016
Levy, Ira A. - Walpole  
Ira Allan Levy, age 68, of Walpole, MA., passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ira was born on November 24, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Sydney and Bertha (Feder) Levy. His family settled in Queens, NY, where Ira was raised with his sister and brother. Ira graduated from Bayside High School in 1965. He attended the School of Engineering at City College of New York (CCNY) which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and graduated in 1971. Before graduating from CCNY he gave his subway seat to a fellow student and told her chivalry is not dead. He married that fellow student, Ellen (Yesalonis) Levy on July 5, 1971. While in college, Ira and Ellen went on hikes, and they walked and explored all of New York City. Ira led youth groups on bicycle for the American Youth Hostels, including a summer-long cross-country trip on a tandem bike with Ellen, which he spoke fondly of his entire life. Ira loved trains since he was a boy. He knew and rode the entire New York City Subway System. Following college, Ira began his long and successful engineering career at Frederick R. Harris. Ira dedicated almost his entire career to the same company, including through its name changes to DMJM Harris and eventually AECOM. Ira started his career as an engineer in training in 1971, quickly went on to become a Professional Engineer and closed out his career as an Executive Vice President of the same company that has since grown into a leader in its industry with 85,000+ employees. Early in his career, Ira and Ellen lived in New York City, Taiwan, West Virginia and the Dominican Republic for Iras work before settling in Walpole, MA., where they raised their family and made lifelong friends in a fantastic neighborhood in a great town. In Walpole, Ira served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for many years, enjoyed annual trips to the Village Fair and concerts on the Common, and spending time with family and friends each year at the Night before the Fourth town fireworks. Ira excelled at his career. He quickly moved up in his roles and competencies, to the point he returned to New York City to take a corporate role as an executive in the company. His corporate roles included eventually becoming the last President of DMJM Harris until it and the other operating companies were combined into the new and current AECOM at which point he became an Executive Vice President. His career accomplishments included taking lead roles in such major projects as the Morgantown, WV Personal Rapid Transit (the prototype for downtown and airport automated people movers), Tren Urbano in Puerto Rico, the Second Avenue subway system in New York City, the New York World Trade Center Transportation Hub, serving as an advisor to the Louisiana Governors office and the State Recovery Office on post-Hurricane Katrina strategy and implementation, and the Riyadh Metro Project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ira was a renowned expert in the engineering field. He had a talent for giving speeches, and was often asked to deliver them. He received many accolades for his numerous professional accomplishments. He was a dedicated mentor and many people described him as a second father. Ira liked to play just as hard as he worked. He was the life of the party and was also well known for throwing an amazing party. He loved to dance, even if he was the only one on the dance floor. He had a passion for music, especially classical and musicals. While he travelled all over the world for work, he also loved to travel for pleasure with his family. He loved a fine wine, but more importantly he loved sharing it with others. One of his lifes greatest pleasures was food, and his taste buds knew no limits. He enjoyed a street corner hot dog as much as the juiciest filet mignon from the finest restaurant. He also loved to cook. He was known for his bananas foster and he made the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving. He was a very social person and people gravitated towards his energy. He was a great storyteller. Ira loved his family. He loved spending time with them and throughout the years building traditions such as welcoming spring with a trip to the Flower Show, numerous summer vacations throughout the world, and enjoying fall with a day at the Big E. Ira was an extremely generous individual who loved to treat people to everything. He would help anyone who needed help. He was forever grateful for his tuition-free education at CCNY, and gave back generously with donations and his time throughout his life. Ira had an impeccable memory and sense of direction. He could return to a location twenty years later and remember the route to take. He was very smart and knowledgeable. He knew the answer to almost any question. He had contagious enthusiasm. He was funny and fun to be around. He had a great smile. Ira had a zest for life. Ira is survived by his wife, Ellen of Walpole, MA; children, Gregory Jacob Levy and his wife Karen of Franklin, MA, Jason Anthony Levy of Arlington, MA, and Alison Viola Jerome and her husband William of Wrentham, MA; sister Susan Lingel and her husband George of Belle Mead, NJ, brother David Levy and his wife Diane of Berthoud, CO; sister-in-law Deborah Farruggia and her late husband Alfonso of Staten Island, NY, granddaughters Sarah, Julia, Violet and Annabelle; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and countless friends and colleagues. His grandchildren will especially miss the chocolate munchkins he brought every time he saw them. Visiting hours are from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2016 in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole, MA. Iras Life Celebration service is at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in the James H. Delaney & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole, MA. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery on Kendall Street in Walpole. All are welcome to attend all events and celebrate Ira's life. Memorial donations may be made in Iras name to the American Cancer Society or the City College of New York. The family would like to thank hospital staff at Mount Sinai for their care in Iras fight against cancer. They would also like to thank everyone for their outpouring of expressions of care and sympathy and love for Ira, who is already greatly missed.
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Published in Walpole Times from June 21 to June 30, 2016
Loftus, Thomas P. - Norwood  
Thomas P. Loftus, of Walpole formerly of Norwood passed away on June 11, 2016 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Nancy J. (Mahar) Loftus. Devoted father of Kate E. Loftus of Allston and Christopher J. Loftus of Norwood. Son of the late Thomas F. and Rita C. (Gannon) Loftus. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and his best buddie Seamus. Thomas grew up in Worcester, graduating from St. Peters High School and then went on to Graduated from MCLA formerly N. Adams State College in 1964. Thomas was a retired Guidance Counselor for the Walpole School Dept. He was a highly decorated US Navy Airman receiving 12 Air Medals during the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam from 1965-1969 and then served in the US Navy reserves for a total of 23 years, retiring as a LT. Commander. He was also a member of the Norwood ELKS. Funeral from the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home 1248 Washington St. Norwood, MA Thursday June 16, 2016 at 9am followed by a funeral mass at 10am in St. Timothys Church Norwood. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-8pm. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery Norwood.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to a Veterans Charity of your Choice. www.kraw-kornackfuneralhome.com Family Owned And Operated 781-762-0482
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Published in Walpole Times from June 14 to June 23, 2016
Morgan, Dorothy A. - Walpole  
June 20, 2016; Surrounded by her loving family, Dorothy Ann Morgan (Glebus) 80, from Walpole, MA, passed away peacefully. Dorothy was born on September 13, 1935. She grew up at 317 North Street and graduated from Walpole high School in 1955. She met her husband, Joseph Michael Morgan in her church, Blessed Sacrament, in Walpole, and they were married there three years later. She worked in the accounting offices of Mar-El Jewelry Distributors until her husband became manager of the Boston Red Sox in 1988, whereas she left to support and travel with him whenever possible. Dottie deserves all the credit in the world, Joe insisted. Unless you have been a baseball wife, you have no idea what it is like. She resided in Walpole Massachusetts her entire life, even when Joe managed teams in other states, always maintaining their home in Walpole, (the center of their universe). They vacationed in Naples, Florida, in the winter months. Beloved wife of Joseph Michael Morgan Sr., former Red Sox Manager and Pawtucket Red Sox Manager, loving mother of Catherine Ann Cisternelli (Morgan) and her spouse Edward, of Walpole MA, Joseph Micheal Morgan Jr. and his spouse Robin, of Foxborough, MA, William Gabriel Morgan of Walpole, MA and Barbara Jean Malatesta (Morgan) of Plainville, MA. A devoted grandmother to Anthony Cisternelli and his spouse Annabelle and Ashley Franciosa of Walpole, MA, Rachel and Paige Morgan of Foxborough, MA, Jake and Michael Malatesta of Plainville, MA. Great grandmother of Marco, Evelyn and Vincent Franciosa of Walpole, MA. Loving sister of the late Lillian Pataskas (Glebus) and her spouse Victor of South Boston, MA, her brothers, the late Richard Glebus and his surviving spouse Maria, of Walpole MA, Edward Glebus and his spouse Elaine of Sharon, MA and her sister Barbara Lorusso (Glebus) and her spouse Antonio J. Lorusso Jr. of Walpole, MA. She was also a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Funeral Home info: Wednesday, June 22 from 4:00 PM to 8 :00 PM at Thomas Funeral Home, 45 Common Street, Walpole, MA 02081 Dorothys life will be celebrated at a 10:00 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Walpole on Thursday, June 23 Cemetary: St. Francis Cemetery in South Walpole, MA. A special thanks to Dr. James Januzzi and the entire medical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital for their care and thoughtful service to Dorothy and her family.
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Published in Walpole Times from June 22 to July 2, 2016
Rosano, Rita F. - Ivoryton  
Rita Fleming Rosano, age 84, of Ivoryton, CT passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016 at Saybrook at Haddam, Haddam CT. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Louis E. Rosano. Loving mother of Michael J. Rosano of Ivoryton, CT, Mary K. Rosano of White Plains, NY, and Elizabeth Rosano Francis and her husband Stephen C. of Frisco, CO. Rita also leaves her grandchildren, Thomas L. Francis and Elena K. Francis of Frisco, CO, as well as her brother Thomas and his wife Bobby Jo Fleming of Georgetown, TX, sister-in-law Denise Fleming of East Hartford, CT and her brother-in-law, Joseph L. and his wife Elizabeth Rosano of Portland, CT, and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Rita was predeceased by her brother Donald Fleming. Rita was born in Hartford, CT on September 29, 1931 to Thomas J. and Louise (Lally) Fleming. She graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Springfield, MA and obtained her BSN from Southern Connecticut State University. Rita was a lifelong nurse. She was also an active member of the Old Saybrook Estuary (and theatre group), the Acton Public Library and the Ivoryton Playhouse. Prior to moving to Ivoryton, Rita was a resident of Walpole, MA. for many years. Ritas visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main St., Centerbrook. Mass of Christian Burial will held on Thursday, June 23, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect St, Essex at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ritas name to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453 an organization that funds operations for those with cleft lips, palates or other facial deformities. To share a memory of Rita or a condolence please visit www.rwwfh.com .
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Published in Walpole Times from June 21 to June 30, 2016
Waldron, Constance L. - Walpole  
Constance Lillian "Connie" Waldron, age 91, passed away in the Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida on May 21, 2016. Born in Randolph, MA. on January 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late George and Hazel (McCormick) Iverson. She was raised in Hyde Park and graduated from Hyde Park High School with the Class of 1943. Connie married her husband, Howard J. Waldron, in 1943 and since he was on active duty during war time, they made their home in Virginia. During his deployment, Connie returned to Massachusetts, where Howard joined her a few years later. They lived in Dedham before moving to Needham for a short time. Ultimately, Connie and Howard settled in Walpole, MA., where she raised her young family. As a talented dancer, Connie opened the Friendly Dance Studio in Walpole, where she taught many children the arts of ballet, tap, and jazz dancing. As she began teaching gymnastics, in addition to dance, Connie renamed the school, the Academy of Dance Education and Gymnastics. After her retirement in 1987, she and Howard moved to Florida, spending a short time in North Miami Beach and later making their home at the Villages in Lady Lake. She loved staying active and began volunteering, teaching "Villagers" lessons in tap, ballet, jazz, clogging and Drill Team synchronization. Connie loved preparing for her annual shows under the names of Connie Waldron and Show Biz Productions. Her groups performed at Disney World, Silver Springs, The Villages' Town Squares, Club Group Functions, and at local area nursing homes. While Connie did enjoy the spot light, she also enjoyed quiet time too, she was an avid reader, who had a deep commitment to her family. Her nurturing personality was demonstrated throughout all the care and support that she gave to them over the years. Beloved wife of 54 years of the late Howard J. Waldron. Loving mother of Howard James Waldron, Jr. of Lady Lake, FL and Karen Saltzman and her husband Michael of Foxborough, MA. Cherished grandmother of Nicole, Howard James, III, Tara, Katrina, Kristi, Michael, Jr, Robert, and Daniel and great grandmother of Sophia, Heba, Ava, Frank, Veronica, Ezekiel, Grace, Chad, Henry, Avery, and Hazel. Sister of David Iverson of Medfield, Robert Iverson of Dedham, the late Doris McIntyre, the late George Iverson, Jr, the late Gloria Brunt, the late John Iverson and the late Peter Iverson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Connie's Memorial Service on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. Interment will follow in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St June Place, Memphis, TN 38105
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Published in Walpole Times from June 18 to June 30, 2016
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