Miscellaneous Norfolk County, Massachusetts Obituaries  - 2002

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Published March 7, 2002

Robert C. McDermott
Robert C. McDermott, 78, died on February 20 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. 
Mr. McDermott was a manager for New England Telephone's equipment installation department where he work for 41 years until his retirement. 
He attended Boston public schools and was a graduate of Mechanic Arts High School in Boston. 
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Friends of Bill W. 
Born in Boston, he lived in Hyde Park for 13 years before moving to Braintree 32 years ago. 
He is survived by his wife, Susan T. (Fosco) McDermott; two sons, Robert C. McDermott Jr. of Braintree and William N. McDermott of Boston, and three grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on February 25 at St. Clare's Church in Braintree. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. 
Donations may be sent to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Thomas S. Mulroy
Thomas S. Mulroy, 89, of Quincy, died on February 24 at the Quincy Medical Center. 
Mr. Mulroy was a Machine Welding Instructor for General Dynamics Co. in Quincy for 40 years until his retirement in 1977. 
Mr. Mulroy was a member of the North Quincy Knights of Columbus Council #2259. 
He was a member of the Furnace Brook Golf Club, President's Golf Club, the Knights of Columbus Golf League and the General Dynamics Golf team and he won numerous golf tournaments. 
He also belonged to the Koch Club Couples Bowling League in Quincy for over 20 years. 
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eleanora V. (Bonomi) Mulroy; a daughter, Paula Giovannucci of Milton; two sons, James P. Mulroy of Quincy and Thomas S. Mulroy Jr. of Chicago, Il.; three grandchildren, Willam Giovannucci and John Giovannucci and Laura Boulay, and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Mary Mulroy, Martin Mulroy, Anne Horan and Ensg. James P. Mulroy. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated on February 28 at St. Ann's Church in Wollaston. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. 
Donations may be sent to the the Ensg. James P. Mulroy Scholarship Fund, c/o Quincy High School, 52 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

Patricia C. Swan
Patricia C. (Powers) Swan, 89, died on February 26 at Milton Hospital after a long illness. 
Born in Cambridge, she was a long-time resident of Milton. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Hills Church. 
Wife of the late Patrick J. Swan, she is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. Lynds of Milton; a brother, Richard Powers of New York; four grandchildren, Michelle A. Lynds of Arlington, Jospeh P. Lynds of Utah, Kevin Lynds of Milton, and Kristen P. Lynds of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. 
A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the Hills Church on February 28. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. 
Funeral arrangements were made by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. 

Margaret Tortorella
Margaret Loretta "Peg" (Hayes) Tortorella, 84, died on March 1 at Caritas Norwood Hospital. 
Mrs. Tortorella was a chef and the co-owner of Wells Grill on Hancock Street in Quincy.
Born in South Boston and raised in Dorchester, she graduated from Boston Public Schools. She moved to Milton in 1950. 
She loved to travel. 
Wife of the late Dominic Tortorella, she is survived by a son, Joseph Tortorella of Milton, who runs the family business; a daughter, June Martin of Canton; a sister, Irene Ferretti of Quincy; eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth's Church on March. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery in Roslindale. 
Funeral arrangements were made by Dolan Funeral Homes. 
Donations may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154, or the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts Street, Newton, MA 02158.

Published March 14, 2002

Alfred W. Branca, M.D.
Dr. Alfred W. Branca, 84, of North Scituate, formerly of Milton, died on March 5 at Carney Hospital.
Born and raised in Dorchester, he graduated from Boston Latin School where he was captain of the track team his senior year and later inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. He went on to graduate from Boston College in 1939 and from Tufts Medical School in 1943. He received his residency training at Boston City Hospital and was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1948. 
Dr. Branca was the director of Boston City Hospital's Radiology Department and he served as an instructor for Tufts, Harvard, and Boston University Medical Schools. He was also the Director of Radiology at Sancta Maria Hospital, the Massachusetts Soldiers' Home and the Mattapan Center for Chronic Diseases. 
Dr. Branca also conducted a private practice with offices in Kenmore Square and Ashmont. Many former Boston Red Sox players were patients at his Kenmore Square office. He retired from private practice in 1990.
He was affiliated with numerous national and state medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology and the American College of Nuclear Physicians. 
Dr. Branca served two years of active duty from 1954-6 as a radiologist in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Commander. He was one of the corporators of the Milton Bank and Trust Company, serving as the bank's first president for 10 years.
He was an active alumnus of Boston College. For the last 10 years he has served as Treasurer for the Alumni Association-sponsored Institute for Learning in Retirement. He served on the Alumni Board for several years and was president in 1967 and 1968. While president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Athletic Advisory Board, Dr. Branca established the Blue Chips organization at Boston College, now known as The Flynn Fund, interested in the continued growth and improvement of the athletic program at B.C. Dr. Branca has received several awards from Boston College including the 1973 McKenney Medal as the university's outstanding alumnus, induction into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1981, the Callen Award as Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 1994 and he is this year's recipient of the Curley Award for distinguished volunteer service to B.C. athletics. 
He was a member of the Hatherly Golf Club in North Scituate and Wollaston Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne (Whelan) Branca; six children, Paul Branca of Milton, William Branca of Weymouth, Richard Branca of Lisle, IL; Jane Branca of Needham, Donald Branca of Hanson and Nancy Branca of Leadville, CO; two brothers, Gene Branca of Quincy and Joseph Branca of San Diego, CA; two sisters, Filomena Guilifa and Lucy Branca, both of Wollaston, and 16 grandchildren. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Agatha's Church on March 9. Burial was in Milton Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by Dolan Funeral Homes. 
Donations may be sent to Laboure College Gereral Scholarship Fund, 2120 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124.

Genevieve M. Byron
Genevieve M. (McCarthy) Byron, 75, of Stoughton, formerly of Milton, died on February 27 at Caritas Good Samaritan Center in Brockton. 
Born and raised in Boston, Mrs. Byron lived 35 years in Milton before moving to Stoughton six years ago. 
She was an administrative assistant for the Milton Police Department for 20 years before her retirement in 1995. 
Mrs. Byron was the former treasurer of the Milton Senior Women's Bowling League. 
Wife of the late Daniel J. G. Byron, she is survived by a son, William G. Byron of Stoughton; a daughter, Nancy Regan of Mansfield; a brother, James McCarthy of Scituate; two sisters, Mary J. Costas of Arlington and Ann T. McCarthy of Franklin; and four grandchildren. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Agatha's Church on March 4. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. 
Donations may be sent to the Milton Police Association, 40 Highland Street, Milton, MA 02186.

George M. DeVoe
George M. DeVoe, 60, died at his home in Malden on March 4. 
Mr. DeVoe was in the investment business and for the past 18 years was a partner with Rampart Investments. 
He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Born in Boston, he grew up in Milton and graduated from Milton High School and Tufts University. He recieved his M.B.A. from Harvard University. 
Prior to a recent move to Malden, Mr. DeVoe had lived in Medford for the past nine years. 
He enjoyed biking and hiking, and often went on extended trips throughout the U.S. 
He is survived by his wife, Terry (Gingrass) Lawlor; two daughters, Kristen DeVoe-Talluto of Burlington, VT, and Laura DeVoe of Medford; a step-daughter, Meghan Lawlor of Malden; a step-son, Ryan Lawlor of Malden; a sister, Carolyn Lane of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Marvin J. DeVoe of Winchester, and two grandchildren, Sienna amd Willow DeVoe-Talluto. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 7 at St. Elizabeth Church. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home.
Donations may be sent to the DeVoe Family Foundation, c/o 124 Dodd Court, Burlington, VT 05401 or Hospice Care, Inc., 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA 02180.

Walter H. Nolan
Walter H. Nolan, 89, died on February 27 at Milton Health Care. 
Mr. Nolan was a retired executive secretary for the Massachusets Commission Against Discrimination. 
He was an intelligence officer during World War II and had worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. 
Born in Boston, he was raised in South Boston and lived in Mattapan and Milton, and in West Dennis for 30 years. 
Husband of the late Catherine F. (Spellman) Nolan, he is survived by three daughters, Patricia MacNaught and Mary Jane Magnaghi of Milton, and Kathleen A. Hurton of Wakefield; a sister, Mary Ward of Scituate; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gregory's Church in Dorchester on March 4. Burial was private. 
Donations may be sent to the David F. Brooks Foundation, P.O. Box 2874, Boston, MA 02101.

Helen G. Sheehan
Helen G. Sheehan, 92, died on February 27 at Hancock Park Nursing Center in Quincy. 
Miss Sheehan was a retired elementary school teacher who taught for 40 years in Dorchester and South Boston before retiring in 1970. 
She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. 
She volunteered at 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Quincy. 
Miss Sheehan was a 1931 graduate of Boston State Teachers College. 
Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in South Boston. She lived in Quincy for 45 years and also lived in Dorchester. 
She is survived by three nephews, Jospeh Sheehan of Braintree, Girard Fortin of Burlington and Dennis Fortin of Hull; and four nieces, Winnfred Trainor od Quincy, Barbara McSweeney of Quincy, Maryellen McDermott of Braintree and Margaret O'Keefe of New Hampshire.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Quincy on March 2. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. 
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Ann M. Duwan
Ann M. (Guinan) Duwan, 76, died on March 6 at her home. 
Mrs. Duwan was a secretary for the Building Trades Employers Association in Quincy for 40 years before her retirement in 1999. 
She was a member and past president of the St. Ann's Marianns in Wollaston and a member of the Neighborhood Club of Quincy, Wychmere Harbor Club of Harwich and the Junior League of Catholic Women. 
She was born and raised in Milton and was a 1942 graduate of Milton High School. She lived in Quincy for 40 years. 
She is survived by her husband, Richard P. Duwan; a brother, John F. Guinan of Quincy, and a sister-in-law, Carmelita Guinan of Quincy. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Ann's Church in Wollaston on March 9. Burial was private. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. 
Donations may be sent to Hospice of the South Shore, 100 Bay State Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.

John T. Kelley
John T. Kelley, 56, died March 3 at his home. 
Mr. Kelley worked at Gillete Co. in South Boston for 10 years. 
He was a member of the Peninsula Yacht Club, South Boston.
Born in Boston, he was raised in South Boston and lived there until moving to Wollaston four years ago. 
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor A. (Barkowsky) Kelley; a son, John J. Kelley of South Boston; a daughter, Cheryl A. Kelley-Powers of Wollaston, and four brothers, James Kelley of Rockland, Robery Kelley of Charlestown, and Paul Kelley and William Kelley of South Boston.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Quincy on March 7. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home.

Mary T. Moran
Mary T. (Sullivan) Moran, 77, of Quincy, died on March 9 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. 
Mrs. Moran had worked at Sears Roebuck in Boston. 
She was a longtime parishioner of St. Agatha's Parish where she was a bingo volunteer. 
She was born in Brockton, raised in Dorchester and educated in Boston schools. She lived in Quincy for 50 years. 
Wife of the late Michael J. Moran, she is survived by a daughter, Barbara M. Plunkett of Brockton; a brother, John Sullivan of Westwood; a sister, Katherine Owens of Weymouth, and three grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Stephen J. Moran. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated St. Agatha's Church on March 13. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Quincy. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home.

Kathleen M. Quinlan
Kathleen M. Quinlan, 89, died on March 6 at Greycliff at Cape Ann Nursing Home in Gloucester. 
Ms. Quinlan worked in the banking and retail industries. She was employed for many years by American All Safe in Buffalo, New York. She retired in 1991.
Born in Buffalo, she lived in Texas for many years. She lived with her sister in South Yarmouth for 10 years and has resided in Gloucester for the past six years. 
Daughter of the late Charles F. and Mary A. (Dempsey) Quinlan, she is survived by a sister, Anne B. Cronin of Gloucester, formerly of Milton, and many nieces and nephews, including Anne Burns of Michigan, Kathleen Cronin Reardon of Gloucester, Paul Cronin of Marshfield and Robert and R.F. Quinlan of Batavia, N.Y. She was the sister of the late Mary E. Klein, Elizabeth Jordan, Lawlor F., John F. and William T. Quinlan. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 8 at St. Agatha Church. Burial was in Milton Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. 
Donations may be sent to the Greycliff Resident Council Fund, 272 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Kathleen Jameson
Kathleen (Buckley) Jameson, 89, of Falmouth, formerly of Braintree, died on March 14 at Harborside Healthcare in Falmouth. 
Mrs. Jameson worked for the Gillette Co. for 20 years. She lived in Braintree for 28 years before she retired and moved to Falmouth. 
She was born in Ireland. 
Wife of the late Sulo W. Jameson, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Hallahan of California; a brother, Timothy Buckley of Wayland; a niece, Sandra Barnes of Quincy; a nephew, Francis Goldie of Chelmsford, two grandchildren, Kate Hallahan of California and Patrick Hallahan of New York, and several cousins. 
Funeral arrangements were made by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
Donations may be sent to the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod, 434 Rt.134, South Dennis, MA 02660.

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