NEW HAMPTON, NH: R.W. Raymond E. Ramsdell II, 68, husband of Janet I. (Foucher) Miller Ramsdell of Salisbury and New Hampton, N.H., died Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, following his brief illness.
GLOUCESTER: Esther (Whitmore) Craig of Gloucester, Mass., passed away at home, surrounded by her husband and children after a valiant fight against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Esther was treasured by her husband, Roy Craig and children Elizabeth Craig of Boulder, Colo., and Stephen Craig of Austin, Texas. She was a beloved mother-in-law to Jennifer Swinton, and grandmother to Maxwell Craig. She is survived by her sister, Mary Cronmiller and brother, Stephen Whitmore; and was proceeded in death by her sister, Martha Hickman. She is remembered by many cousins, nieces, and nephews in the extended Whitmore family.
GLOUCESTER: Marcia Ann O'Connor, 79, wife of the late David W. O'Connor, passed away on Monday, February 1, at Seacoast Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, with her daughter by her side. She died from renal failure. She was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Groves) Hubbard. She was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1954. She earned a certification from Boston Comptometer in 1955. She was employed by the Boston and Maine Railroad, from 1955 to 1962, as a comptometer and keypunch operator. There she met her love of her life and future husband, Dave. They celebrated 50 years of marriage, before his passing in 2010. From 1977 to 1979, she was employed at Tymeshare as a keypunch operator. Then in 1979, she was hired by Gorton's as a records control clerk. She recorded the company's documents on microfilm. She retired in 1993. Marcia loved to spend time outdoors. She took great pride in her gardens and home. She and Dave would cycle around the coastline of Magnolia and the backshore and explore our beautiful parks and beaches. She also loved to travel. They enjoyed traveling with their close friends, Rosemary and Ralph Parker, to Alaska, Bermuda, Spain, and Florida. Her favorite weekend trip was to Ogunquit, Maine, where they would attend the local theater. She loved to square dance and enjoyed music. She learned to braid rugs from her mother-in-law, Marion. She also created quilts. In her later years, she was an avid reader and loved to solve the daily crossword puzzles, until her stroke earlier this year. She was a loyal Patriots fan and enjoyed watching the games. She was a devoted daughter to her parents, and a loving mother and nana, to her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. She is survived by her three children, Sheila, wife of Michael Ciaramitaro, Brian O'Connor, Bruce O'Connor and his wife, Kim O'Connor; as well as her four grandchildren, Michael Jr., Meghan, and Matthew Ciaramitaro and Lauryn O'Connor. She also leaves behind her sister, Marion, wife of Dexter Murray and sister-in-law, Patricia O'Connor; nieces and nephews, Kevin O'Connor, Peter O'Connor, Jennifer Hubbard, Amy Hubbard, Marcia Jean Andrus, Debra Murray, Dan Murray, Carol Unis, Marilyn Pratt, Dean Murray, Dexter Murray, Jack Palazola, David Palazola, Donna Nasser, Paula Gary, Jay Palazola, Kris Kahn, Marc Palazola, Sandra McCollum, Lori Wertz, and Jeanne Palazola. Marcia was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Jean and her husband Joe Palazola; her brother, Jim Hubbard; and brother-in-law, Peter H. O'Connor.
ROCKPORT: Arthur F. Neal, 90, of Rockport, husband of the late Virginia (Green) Neal, passed away on Friday February 5, 2016, after a short illness at the Addison Gilbert hospital. Art was a true native Rockporter, born at the family residence with his twin sister on Upper Main Street on January 15, 1926. He attended Rockport schools, graduating from the high school early to serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II. While in the Navy, he attended Dartmouth College and Navy Radio School. He served until the end of the war on an attack cargo ship station at the US Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His ship sailed much of the Pacific War Theater, at one time surviving going through an open ocean typhoon with its waves rolling over the ships bridge for three days. His ship was in Japan for the close of the war.
GLOUCESTER: Providenzia (Giammanco) Bertolino, 91, wife of the late Albert A. Bertolino of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday afternoon, February 4, 2016, at the Blueberry Hill Nursing Home in Beverly.
GLOUCESTER: Mrs. Constance (Pike) Blunda, 93, of Gloucester, formerly of Essex passed away on Wednesday February 3, 2016 in Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation after a brief illness. She was wife of the late Joseph Blunda.
GLOUCESTER: On Sunday, February 1, a broken heart was mended as Stella Byard joined her husband, best friend and soul mate George in eternal rest. Stella passed peacefully surrounded by her family and close friends. Stella was born on May 11, 1934. The daughter of the late Ruth (Johnson) Murray, she was a lifelong resident of Gloucester. She graduated from Gloucester High School, class of 1952, graduating 4th in her class. She was proud of her Sawyer Medal and her membership into the National Honor Society. After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper with D.O. Frost Company. She continued her love for numbers working for the Seafood Workers Union Pension Office, The Patio Restaurant and several other local businesses. For many years, Stella took pride in her involvement with her son, Mark's business, the FV SS Melon, which she continued until her illness.
LAUREL SPRINGS, NJ: Robert Lee Mobley Jr. age 48, passed away Feb. 1, 2016 at Kennedy Hospital in Sratford, N.J. Born in Vineland, N.J. and lived in Laurel Springs, N.J. for the past four years. He attended Clayton High School. Robert was a Security Officer for Planned Lifestyles Securities in Philadelphia.
GLOUCESTER: Mr. George S. Anderson, Jr., 58, of Gloucester passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in Lahey Clinic Medical Center after a brief illness with his loving family at his side at a beautiful sunset. He was the loving husband of Nancy L. (Johnson) Anderson.
GLOUCESTER: Estella V. (Murray) Byard, 81, wife of the late George O. Byard, of Gloucester, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016. She is survived by her daughter Donna Lupo and her son Mark Byard.
GLOUCESTER: Mr. Robert W. "Bob" Low, 82, of Gloucester passed away Thursday January 28, 2016, in the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with his wife, Joan at his side. He was the loving husband to Joan N. (Nelson) Low, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.
GLOUCESTER, MA: Jean S. (Carter) Maciel, 75, of Gloucester, passed away with her loving family at her side on Saturday morning, January 30, 2016. Jean was born in Gloucester on August 30, 1940, the daughter of the late James H. and Lillian E. (Rose) Carter. She graduated from Gloucester High School. An extremely hard working woman, she raised five sons, while working at various jobs. She worked as a stitcher at Mighty Mac, continued on with Strong Leather, and had been a waitress for quite a few restaurants in the area. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, needlepoint, embroidery, and even sewed a wedding dress for her daughter-in-law, Melinda. All her handiwork was made and given with love to her family and friends. Jean loved living in the woods of West Gloucester, and she could be seen right alongside her sons working in the yard, gardening, mowing and planting flowers. A home handywoman, she would try to fix everything herself and as a last resort would call her sons. Her most precious and valuable time was spent with her grand and great-grandchildren and her family. On December 5, 2015, in the house that her dad had built, there was a violent gas explosion that started a fire. Jean was not there at the time, but the lasting effects were felt in her heart. She put up a valiant and courageous battle with stage 4 lung cancer for one and a half years, doing everything she possibly could with chemo and radiation therapies. She did anything that would prolong her life. She fought with everything she had, with the help of her extraordinary family and friends at her side, until nothing more could be done. She was on exceptional lady and will be loved and missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her three sons, Bruce Maciel and his wife, Melinda of Albion, Maine, Kenneth Maciel and his wife, Bonnie of Gloucester, Richard Maciel Jr. of Florida; grandchildren, Branden Maciel and his fiancée, Jessica Serrin of Rockport, Mass., Maranda Maciel and her significant other, Nareth Say of Augusta, Maine, Daniel Maciel of Gloucester, and Raven and Kyle Maciel of Florida; and two great-grandchildren, Branden Maciel Jr. and Cameron Say. She was predeceased by her two sons, James and Ronald Maciel. The family would also like to thank the nurses in the Oncology Unit at Addison Gilbert Hospital and Lahey Health Home Care for their wonderful care and compassion that was given to Jean.
ESSEX: Warren F. Low II, 78, husband of the late Nancy J. (Silver) Low and longtime North Shore resident died Saturday, January 30, 2016, in Twin Oaks Healthcare Center, Danvers, following his long illness.
PLANDOME, NY: Constance (Connie) Trapp MacCrate, 95, long time resident of Plandome, Long Island, N.Y., passed away on January 21, 2016. She was the beloved wife of Robert; sister to Harry, Virginia, and Jackie; mother to Christopher, Barbara and Thomas; mother-in-law to Kari, Chuck, and Claire; grandmother to Ryan, Kyle, Samantha, Matthew, Elisa, Kristia, Danielle, Caitlin, Juliet, and Isobel, and great-grandmother to Brandon, Charlotte, Maverick, Daemon, Wade, and Aurora. She was the guiding light of the MacCrate family.
GLOUCESTER: Dorothy L. (Waugh) Wrightson, 87, wife of the late John C. "Jack" Wrightson J.D., of Gloucester, passed away on Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by her loving family. She was affectionately known as "Dottie", "Dodie," "Dot" and "Wrightsie" to her many family and friends.
GLOUCESTER: Louise L. (Flisak) Deacon, 97, of Gloucester, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at home with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Archie K. Deacon with whom she shared 58 years of marriage.
ROCKPORT: Ina B. Hahn died at her home at Windhover in Rockport on January 22, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was the oldest child of Simon and Belle Aronson. Born in Dorchester, Ina was raised in Newton and graduated from Newton High School. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1950 as an Honors Scholar, majoring in English Literature; however, dance was always her prime love and passion.
IPSWICH: Lewis E. Story, 88, husband of the late Ruth B. (Connolly) Story, died peacefully Tuesday night, January 26, 2016 in his home, after a short illness. Born in Essex on July 15, 1927, he was the son of the late George G. and Harriett (Hood) Story.
GLOUCESTER & BEVERLY: Vera (Warburton) Buchanan, 93, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Gloucester, after living at the Girdler House in Beverly, for some years. Vera, or "V" as she was known by family, was born in Leeds, England on February 12, 1922, daughter of the late Arnold and Ethel (Blades) Warburton.
ESSEX: Norma A. (Millett) Young, 83, formerly of Story Street, Essex and the beloved wife of the late Donald P. Young, died peacefully Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield after a long illness.
WOBURN: Carolyn E. (Lentz) Johnson, 91, of Woburn, passed away at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Sunday morning, January 24. She was the wife of the late Richard C. Johnson, who died in 1995.
ALTADENA, CA: M. Jane (Halloran) Lewis, 71, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2016, at her home in Altadena, Calif., after a seven-year and second battle with breast cancer. She was born March 26, 1944, in Newport, R.I., to Paul and Alice (Murphy) Halloran, grew up in Quincy, and later moved to Gloucester with her father and stepmother, Theresa (Connor) Halloran. She graduated from St. Ann High School in Gloucester and Salve Regina College in Newport, and became a registered dietitian. She moved to California in 1971 and later became the director of the Women, Infants, and Children program in Pasadena and participated in nutrition programs focused on women and children. She loved to travel and had visited Greece, Russia, Eastern Europe, Alaska, Peru and the Grand Canyon in just the last few years, in addition to several trips to visit family and friends in New England. She was also an avid reader and Elvis lover. She is survived by two daughters, Samara (Craig) and Lindsay; beloved granddaughter, Elliot; sister, Sue; brother, Paul; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
CHELSEA: Wallace Curtis Collins, aged 90, died peacefully on Jan. 20 at the Soldier's Home in Chelsea. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Collins and Ernest Collins of Boston. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he graduated from Villanova University where he was affiliated with Phi Kappa Pi, the engineering honor fraternity. He retired from active duty in the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain, married Patricia Lowery of Los Angeles, and fathered five children.
GRANBURY, TEXAS: Ellsworth "Ed" Dare, 73, passed away January 9, 2016. Ed was born June 27, 1942 in Gloucester, Mass. He joined the U.S. Navy after high school, and served 16 years destroyer duty, seeing action in the Cuban missile crisis, and four tours of duty in Vietnam. Ed was a Mason; past Master of the Bay City Lodge; a member of the Scottish Rite of Houston; member and past president of Bay City Town Clowns Shriner unit. It was in Bay City where he worked at the South Texas Nuclear Operation Project for 19 years. He retired in early 2000. He was a member of Triple Cross Cowboy Church in Granbury. He enjoyed fishing with his boys. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith; stepfather, Maynard Tucker, Jr.; sister, Margaret Fonte; and brother, Forrest Dare.
ROCKPORT, MA: Bob Anderson died peacefully at home on January 18, after a long illness. Born in Chicago, he was the youngest of four children of Ivan George Anderson and Lillian Knaus Anderson. An artist from birth, Bob studied at the Art Institute of Chicago after high school. In 1957, while still a student, he won the Logan Art Institute Prize, and with his prize money he traveled to the Yucatan, where he lived with a Mayan family. His next travels were in Europe as a peacetime U.S. Army draftee. After military service he lived and painted in various lofts in Chicago, where his friends jokingly referred to him as the Swedish carpenter, because of his meticulous attention to detail.
AUGUSTA, ME: Michael Paul Mathieu, 65, of Rangeley, Maine, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Togus VA Medical Center. He was born in Kittery, Maine on April 29, 1950, a son of the late Paul A. & Mary R. (Durant) Mathieu. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School, Class of 1970. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Michael was self employed, working as a carpenter and drywall contractor for most of his life. He also worked on many fishing boats out of Gloucester Harbor. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as wood crafting, reading, and playing cribbage. He is survived by his daughter, Aimee Favazza and her husband, Jason, and his son, Adam Mathieu, both of Gloucester, Mass. He also leaves behind a brother, Tim Mathieu and his wife, Diane of Windham; and two sisters, Paula Coppersmith and her husband, Bob of Windham, and Mary McDonald and her husband, Mike of South Portland; as well as several nieces and nephews.
ROCKPORT: Shirley Phyllis Bernard, 86, wife of the late Robert A. Bernard, died Friday morning January 22, 2016 in the Den-Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport. She was born in Newton on July 22, 1929 to the late Alfred and Gladys (Lamport) Seymour. She graduated with honors from Waltham High School in 1947.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: Alan D. Graham, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., husband of Carol (Moore) Graham, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on January 18, 2016. He was the son of James F. and Mary (Duggan) Graham.
NEW YORK — Glenn Frey, a rock 'n' roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed West, co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane," has died.
WASHINGTON, PA: Mary E. Gosbee Sargent, 90, of Washington, Pa., died January 8, 2016. She was born on February 8, 1925, in Kingston, N.Y., a daughter of the late Albert Roy and Maude Bell Gosbee. Mrs. Sargent spent her early life in Essex, Massachusetts, graduating from Essex High School in 1942 and Salem Commercial School, Salem, Massachusetts in 1943. While in high school, Mrs. Sargent worked for Judge Robert Hill and was awarded the Good Citizen Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
GLOUCESTER: Alan Edward Feener, 53, of Gloucester, died tragically in a house fire at his home on January 11, 2016. He was born on February 10, 1962 and was the beloved son of Sherman and Tawny (Digby) Anderton of Rotonda, Florida and the late James E. Feener, Jr. of Gloucester.
TUCSON, AZ: Dorothy "Dot" Mae (Hendrickson) Frithsen, age 86, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born on June 26, 1929 in Rockport, Mass, the daughter of Thomas and Evelyn Hendrickson.
LONDON (AP) — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, has died. He was 69.
GLOUCESTER, MA: Edith R. Smith, 76, of Gloucester, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Kaplan Hospice House. She was the wife of Donald E. Smith, who passed away in 2010. They shared a marriage of 50 years.
GLOUCESTER: Peter J. Cahill, 74, husband of Ann Joy Cahill of Rockport, passed away on January 9, 2016, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was the son of the late John Roland Cahill and Marguerite Cahill. A graduate of St. John's Preparatory High School and the College of the Holy Cross, he received a law degree from Boston College and practiced law in Gloucester. A member of the Elks Club, Bass Rocks Beach Club, Eastern Point Yacht Club, and a devoted runner of the Back Shore, he also co-founded the Simply Elegant Tennis Tournament.
David Bowie, the self-described "tasteful thief" who appropriated from and influenced glam rock, soul, disco, new wave, punk rock and haute couture, and whose edgy, androgynous alter egos invited fans to explore their own dark places, died Sunday. Bowie had turned 69 on Friday, the same day …
MARLBORO, MA: Joseph Aiello, 93, World War II Hero, husband of Catherine (Demetri) Aiello, died Friday, January 8, 2016, at Marlboro Hills Healthcare Center, Marlboro, Mass., with his family at his side.
ROCKPORT: Ruth M. Burnham slipped away gently on January 6, 2016, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital, after enjoying the holidays with many of her children and grandchildren. She was 88 years old, and lived all of her life on Cape Ann.