Rockport, MA — David R. Harris, 68, of Rockport, husband of Judith (Francis) Harris, passed away on Saturday evening, August 10, 2013, at Massachusetts General Hospital, with his loving family at his side. David was born in Gloucester, Mass., on October 26, 1944, and was the son of the late L. Ellsworth and Mary E. (Harvey) Harris. He had been a high school athlete, playing catcher for the baseball team at Rockport High School, and graduating with the Class of 1962. David was a substitute teacher for the Rockport School System for grades pre-K through 12. He played tennis for many years, and loved a good mystery book. He was an office manager for the Wichita Wranglers, which was a farm team of the Kansas City Royals. He and Judi traveled extensively to Hawaii, California, Florida, New Orleans, La., and Branson, Mo. He proudly served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, including Vietnam. During those years, he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He had worked in every embassy in the world, as well as at the White House, for 8 years on the IG Team. David was very happy when he returned back to his roots in Rockport in 2002, and to his friends who affectionately called him “Dickie.” He was a member of the Vasa Order Spiran Lodge #98, American Legion Edward Peterson Post # 98, both of Rockport, and the Gloucester Elks Lodge #892. He was a previous member of the Masonic Temple in Rockport and Wichita, Kan. But his most special interests were his family and his friends. David was quick-witted and had a wonderful sense of humor. As he always said, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” David is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Judith; a son, Jeffrey D’Antonio and his wife, Sara, of Danvers, Mass.; a daughter, Amy D’Antonio of Peabody, Mass.; a granddaughter, Alli Jean D’Antonio of Danvers; a brother, James L. Harris of Salem; brothers-in-law, Charles Francis and his wife, Mary, of Rockport, John Francis and his wife, Judy, of Panama City, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. He leaves a very special cousin who was like a brother to him, William Patriquin, of Glendora, Calif., and a close friend, Robert Contrino of Rockport. He also leaves his special dogs, Charmin and Chloe. He was predeceased by his two former wives, Suzanne (Cook) Harris, and Dorothy (Ruddick) Harris.
Peter G. Briggs, 77
Gloucester, MA — Peter G. Briggs, 77, devoted husband of Maura L. (Resk) Briggs of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness.Continued ...
Mary Gilmore Helming, 96
BEVERLY — Mary Gilmore Helming passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 24. Born May 5, 1918, second child of Martin and Catherine Veronica Phillips Gilmore in Magnolia, Mass.Continued ...
Robert E. Holloway, 76
Rockport, MA — Robert Evan Holloway, Ph. D., a gentle and compassionate man, passed away on July 23, 2014, with his loving wife, Christina Doyle at his side. Bob was a man of much accomplishment and many joys. One of his favorite activities was gardening, whether in Bakersfield, Calif. or at his home and church in Rockport, Mass. He loved growing and nurturing vegetables, particularly chilies, garlic and onions, and flowers, especially his beloved sunflowers. Birdsong and the light on leaves, all of nature, brought him great joy. Another deep pleasure was his days hiking in the Southwest – the Grand and Havasupai Canyons, the Four Corners area, the high desert around Flagstaff; he loved it all as well as the native people who lived here.Continued ...
Rose E. Hindy, 99
Gloucester, MA — Rose E. (George) Hindy, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, in her sleep. She was born in Onset, Mass. on Sept. 13, 1914, the second child of Joseph and Hassnie George. In 1924, the George family moved to Gloucester. She was the oldest daughter of nine children. In 1934, she married George Hindy and they moved to Boston where they raised their five children. "Rosie" was the sweetest, most precious little lady with nothing but kind words always and was never judgmental.Continued ...
Clifford F. Brennan, 98
Gloucester, MA — Clifford F. Brennan, 98, known to all as Cliffy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014 at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Continued ...
Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93
Peabody, MA — Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93, of South Peabody, died peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late James E. Allen. She was born in Somerville, Mass. on Dec. 26, 1920, the daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Hickey) Sullivan and was raised and educated there. After her marriage, she and her husband had resided in Arlington, Mass. and Hamden, Conn., before moving to Peabody 48 years ago. She had worked in her earlier years as a comptometer for First National Stores in Somerville. Mary loved to cook and the family enjoyed her famous clam dip. She also traveled with her husband and enjoyed playing Bridge and other card games. In her healthier years, she was a devout communicant of St. Ann’s Church.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014
L. Lee Harrington, 84
Gloucester, MA — Lewis Lee Harrington, 84, of Gloucester, passed away on Monday morning, July 21, 2014, in Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester.Continued ...
- Monday, July 21, 2014
Film, TV legend James Garner dies
NEW YORK -- Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his poContinued ...
Joseph J. Orlando, 90
Gloucester — Joseph J. Orlando, 90, of Gloucester, passed away on Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his family.Continued ...
Thomas M. Cusick, 54
Amesbury — Thomas M. Cusick, 54, of Amesbury, formerly of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, at his Amesbury home.Continued ...
- Friday, July 18, 2014
Joan M. Oliver, 72
Gloucester — Joan M. (Hurlburt) Oliver, 72, of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at Beverly Hospital, surrounded by her familyContinued ...
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70
GENEVA (AP) -- Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world's consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat. His contrasting appeContinued ...
Diane Nelson, 60
Punta Gorda, FL — Diane Nelson passed away suddenly on July 15, 2014. She was born on Sept. 30, 1953 in Chelsea, Mass. She grew up in Saugus, Mass.Continued ...
Thomas F. Keohane, 80
Magnolia — Thomas F. Keohane, 80, of Magnolia, died Monday, July 14, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.Continued ...
V. Geraldine J. "Gerry" (Nettles) Mills, 82
Salem, NH — V. Geraldine J. (Nettles) Mills, 82, of Salem, wife of the late William A. Mills, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Sunday, July 13, at Salemhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. Gerry was born in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of the late Velma (Arens) and John Nettles.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Deborah T. Ketchopulos, 67
Rockport, MA — Deborah “Deb” (Tyne) Ketchopulos, 67, wife of James “Jim” G. Ketchopulos of Rockport, Mass., passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, following a brief illness at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family.Continued ...
Garrin T. "Gabba" Orlando
Gloucester — Garrin T. “Gabba” Orlando, 44, died unexpectedly Friday, July 11, 2014, at his home.Continued ...
Helen Atwood, 90
Formerly of Athol and Gloucester — Helen E. Atwood, 90, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., passed away July 10, 2014. The second child of George and Helen Grant of Athol, Mass., Helen graduated from Athol schools at 15 and from Mass State College, now UMass-Amherst, at 19. She married Milford W. Atwood upon graduation in 1943, and they had three children. That marriage ended in divorce. Helen was a dietician who ran the general’s dining room at the Pentagon during World War II, and served as the dietitian for an elementary school in Gill, Mass. Later, she earned a master’s degree in math education from Salem State College in Salem, Mass., and had a long career as a 7th grade math teacher, retiring in 1987 from Beverly Public Schools in Beverly, Mass. Helen spent more than 30 years as a hospital volunteer, first at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, and then at Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs. A lifelong church member, Helen was clerk of her church in Massachusetts, served on a pastoral search committee, and taught Sunday school. In Tarpon Springs, she served on board committees for the Green Dolphin Condominium Association. Helen was devoted to her children and grandson, and spent her life making wonderful opportunities available to them. She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Fred and Carol Atwood-Lyon of Tarpon Springs and Dover, N.H., and Mark and Sally Hamilton of New Port Richey; and her son and his wife, Skip and Cindy Atwood of Tarpon Springs and Nobleboro, Maine. She is also survived by one grandchild, William Curtis Tawney of Tampa; her sister, Barbara Grant Donahue of Shrewsbury, Mass.; and three nieces. Helen was predeceased by her life partner, Doric J. Alviani of Wenham, Mass.; her brother, G. William Grant of Anaheim, Calif.; and her parents, George and Helen Grant, of Athol.Continued ...
- Monday, July 14, 2014
Joseph P. Randazza
Haverhill — Joseph P. Randazza, 80, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, after living with pancreatic cancer for more than six years. He was surrounded by the love of his son, daughter and wife. Joe was the husband of H. Jacqueline “Jackie” Randazza, who shared her love of life with Joe and lovingly cared for him during his declining years. Jackie would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the Merrimack Valley Hospice home care providers. Their professionalism and respect was evident.Continued ...
Ronald M. Reardon Sr., 83
Gloucester — Ronald M. Reardon Sr., 83, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Peabody, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis M. (Susanno) Reardon.Continued ...
- Peter G. Briggs, 77