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Dallaire, Rita - Littleton  
Rita (Arsenault) Dallaire, 90, of Littleton, MA passed away on January 28, 2015 at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She was the beloved wife of Gerard J. (Jerry) Dallaire for 57 years. Born in Lawrence, MA she was the daughter of the late Richard and Claudia (Willett) Arsenault. Rita grew up in New Brunswick, Canada and moved to United States in her early 20s. She met her husband in Waltham. They lived in Cambridge and eventually settled in Littleton where they made their home for 46 years. Rita worked as homemaker, and helped to provide day care for her grandchildren for many years, a parishioner of St. Annes Church in Littleton, avid bingo player, a gardener and an accomplished seamstress. Devoted wife of Gerard, of Littleton, loving mother of Eva Regan and her husband Kevin of Westford, MA, Nancy McAlpine and her husband Scott of Lancaster, MA, Richard Dallaire and wife Christi of Tenino, WA, and the late David J. Dallaire. Memere to Lauren Regan Frisch, Kyle Regan, Kellen Regan, Jonathan McAlpine, Jenna McAlpine, Marissa and David Dallaire. Survived by a brother Edward and wife Winnie Arsenault of NB, Canada, sisters Elise White of Somerville and Delia Arsenault of NB, Canada. She was also the sister of the late Emile and Arthur Arsenault. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting Hours will be held the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St, Littleton on Wednesday, February 4th from 4-7 pm and Thursday, February 5th at 9:00 before proceeding to St. Annes Church, 75 King Street, Littleton for a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 a.m. Burial at Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton. In lieu of flowers donations in Ritas memory may be made to Alzheimer Associations, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. For additional information please see www.badgerfuneral.com .
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Published in The Littleton Independent from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2015
Kavanagh, John J.  
John Jack James Kavanagh, age 85, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015, surrounded by his family in Charlottesville, VA. He was the husband of Christine (Dodge) Kavanagh, originally from East Boston, MA. They married on October 10, 1959 in Revere, MA. Together they had five children and resided much of their lives in Westford, MA. John held numerous public offices in Westford and served the community for many years. At the age of 27, he was the youngest person ever to be elected Selectman in the state of MA. He served as Selectman for 13 years from 1956-1965, and again from 1974-1977. He also served on the Board of Appeals (1969-1984), Special Town Forest Committee (1970-1971), Personnel Board (1970-1983), Civil Service Study Committee (1975-1977), School Committee (1975-1977), and the Cable TV Committee (1984-1992). John was born in Westford, MA on June 9, 1929, to the late William J. Kavanagh and Marie W. (Hines) Kavanagh. He graduated from Westford Academy in 1947 and Bentley College. He worked at Gilchrist in Boston and in sales for Sweda International. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, and was a Korean War Veteran with the 2nd Division Headquarters Company. In addition to Westford, John and his family were also longtime residents of HamptonBeach, NH where he first spent summers and later lived full-time. Most recently, he and his wife were full-time residents of Sarasota, Florida. John enjoyed reading, the beach, a good joke, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters; Patricia (Kavanagh) Goldsmith and her husband, Gary Goldsmith, of Amagansett, NY and their son, Charles; Janice Kavanagh, of Charlottesville, VA; Christine (Kavanagh) Chase and her husband, Jerry Chase, of Pleasanton, CA and their children, Natalie, Janice, Aurora, Halsey and Austin. He is also survived by his son, David Kavanagh, and Davids wife, Jill (Parkhill) Kavanagh, of Charlottesville, VA and their children, Dylan, Michael, Patricia and Andrew. Johns eldest son, John James Kavanagh Jr., passed away on August 17, 2012. John is also survived by John Jr.s children, Kristopher Kavanagh, Jennifer (Kavanagh) Tucker, and their mother, Michele Kavanagh, of Westford, MA and by Jennifers husband, Tony Tucker. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Margaret M. (Kavanagh) Donahue whosehusband, Edward, passed away in 2013, and by his brothers; William J. Kavanagh and Williams wife, Joan, of Westford, MA, Brian F.Kavanagh and Brians wife, Elizabeth, of Hampton, NH, and Bernard B. Kavanagh and Bernards wife, Antoinette Toni, of Naples, FLA. He also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Gabriella Tucker, Grayson Tucker, and Hadley Chase, as well as many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the J. A. HEALY SONS FUNERAL HOME, 57 N. Main St., WESTFORD, MA on Friday, Jan. 23, from 5 PM until 8 PM. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9AM on Saturday morning at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 N. Main St., Westford. Friends are asked to please meet at the church. Burial with military honors is planned at St. Catherine's Cemetery. Reception to follow. Share your memories of John by visiting www. healy funeralhome.com . Funeral Director, Scott Laurin 978-692-6502.
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Published in The Littleton Independent from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2015
Rymes, Frank - Lexington  
Rymes, Frank E., 86, a life-long resident of Lexington, passed away on January 23, 2015 surrounded by his adoring family. Beloved and devoted husband of Margaret A. (McEleney) Rymes, they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on October 11, 2014. Loving father of Diane Celi and her husband Michael of Westford, William and his wife Kathleen of Keene, NH, Elaine Celi and her husband Richard of Burlington, Julie Smith of Burlington and her partner Richard Barry of New Jersey. Dear and cherished grandfather of Steven Celi of Westford, Kathleen Sanfacon and her husband Matthew of Billerica, Joseph Celi and his wife Serryn of Billerica, Rebecca Rymes and her partner Kevin Grab of Jacksonville, FL, Christopher Rymes and his wife Elizabeth of Westford, Kristina Sanfacon and her husband Peter of Norwood, and Andrea Carruthers and her husband Joseph of Medway. Adoring great-grandfather of Isabella Sanfacon of Billerica and Lilianna Sanfacon of Norwood. Brother of Beverly Rymes of Lexington, and Carol Kirkland and her husband Frank of St. Augustine, Florida. Brother-in-law of Patricia Libby and her husband Fred of Deerfield Beach, FL. and James McEleney and his wife Jane of Woburn. He is also survived by many loving and caring nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. Frank loved his family beyond measure and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a U.S. WWII Navy Veteran serving aboard the USS Providence in the Mediterranean Sea. He was an estimator and Vice President of Duval Sheet Metal Works in Lexington for 35 years and later enjoyed his work as a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Bedford for 15 years. The Boy Scouts of America provided the foundation for Franks life. He proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945 as a member of Troop 23 at the Follen Church in East Lexington. He was the much respected Cubmaster of Pack 119 and then Scoutmaster of Troop 119 at the Hancock Church for many years. He shared his passion for scouting with all who knew him. He was extremely proud of his son Bill and his grandson Christopher when they too attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1982 he was the honored recipient of the council-level Silver Beaver Award. In 1988 he was again honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, an award reserved for those who have distinguished themselves on a national level 25 years after having attained Eagle. Funeral from the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, Lexington, Saturday, January 29th at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Brigids Church, Lexington at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday 4PM to 8PM. Donations in his memory may be made to the Minuteman Council, Boy Scouts of America, 411 Unquity Road, Milton, MA 02186. Interment Westview Cemetery, Lexington.
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Published in The Littleton Independent from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 2015
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