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William Collins



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William  Collins of Milton ,formerly of Dorchester,  50 + year  owner of Mohawk Insurance & Real Estate , Dorchester,  on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Beloved husband of Maureen (Gallagher) Collins.  Loving father of Michael W.  Collins, Scott T. Collins and Mary Beth Collins of Dorchester.  Brother of the late James Collins, John Collins and Edward Collins.  Son of the late Dr. James J. and Sarah A. (Mulloy) Collins.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Adams at Brook Rd., Milton, Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 AM.  Relatives and friends invited.  Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON, Monday 4-8 PM.  Interment Milton Cemetery. Late Veteran US Army Paratrooper,  Korean War Era.  If desired memorial contributions may be made to  Alzheimer’s Association 480 Pleasant Street Watertown, MA 02472,

Paul V. Fanning

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Paul V. Fanning of Pembroke, formerly of Milton, Jan. 28, beloved husband of Deborah (Meyer) Fanning.  Devoted brother of Kevin W. Fanning of Taunton, Moira E. Fanning of Pembroke, Martha L. Duffley of Milton. Uncle to several nieces and nephews and Great Uncle to several great nieces and nephews. Brother in law of Carole L. Wood of Vineyard Haven, Cheryl McCarthy of Pembroke and the late Warren T. Meyer.  Funeral Service in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460  Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, Tuesday, April 21,  at 11 o’clock.  Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.  In lieu of flowers contributions  in Paul’s memory may be sent to the charity of ones choice.

Paul Fanning always cast a long shadow on everyone he knew, and it wasn’t just because he stretched six feet-six inches from his head to the floor. Yes, he was a big man, big enough to swallow defensive lineman on the football fields of his youth. But that wasn’t it. For those lucky enough to know him well, it was the size of his heart and the weight of his laughter that will linger on long after his passing.
Many people looked up to Paul, but he never looked down on them. Even though he projected a certain toughness to the outside world, he was generous of both heart and wallet. While he seemed frugal on the surface, he was always there for anyone who needed him, whether it was through a kind word, sage advice or a few dollars in your pocket.

Paul died on Jan. 28, 2015, just days before Tom Brady staged yet another remarkable Super Bowl victory for the New England Patriots. Paul had predicted it the night before he passed. He had faith in his team. He had faith in many things – family, friends, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, and of course, in Tom Brady.

But most of all he had faith in his beloved wife of nearly a half century. Debbie meant everything to him. In his final months he wasn’t always a man of many words. He was resigned to his fate and expressed it with a quiet dignity. But in his last days he confessed to being the luckiest man who ever walked this earth. He was able to spend most of his life in the light and love of a wonderful, wonderful woman.
“I would have been lost without her,” Paul said the night before he died.
Paul had a fascinating life. His passions spread in many directions. He played football and golf. He collected mint coins. He was a student of history, often traveling south to visit the gravesites of Civil War veterans and the fields of historic battles. He served in the Army in his younger days, and enjoyed films about the brotherhood of soldiers. He would watch “The Longest Day” whenever it would come on television.

He grew up in Milton. His journey eventually took him to BC High, then to UMass-Amherst, and then to UMass-Boston, where he studied economics. He spent much of his professional career in the insurance business.
When he finally retired he was able to spend his time the way he always wanted – exclusively in the company of those close to him. As he fell ill in his later years he was moved by simple pleasures – the taste of seafood, the soft purr of a tiny kitten, the sound of a ballgame on TV, and the gentle kiss of his wife.
Perhaps Paul could have lived a few weeks or months longer had he chosen the around-the-clock care of a medical facility. But that’s not what he wanted. He had lived an amazing life, with a wonderful wife and family always close by his side.

“I don’t want to be anywhere else,” he said the night before he died. “This is home.”
Paul Fanning always knew where he belonged.

Thelma J. Cluett

Cluett, Thelma Jane for website onlyThelma Jane (Love) Cluett died peacefully April 9th at the Samuel Marcus Nursing Home in Weymouth.  She would have been 82 years old on April 26th.

Born in Boston, raised in Dorchester, Thelma was a graduate of Hyde Park High School.  She began her career working for Boston Gas Company before moving to Milton to raise her family.  She worked at the Milton Public Library before retiring from the Boston Athenaeum.  Thelma was a Past Worthy Matron of the Reliance Chapter Order of Eastern Star.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Milton.

Thelma was the daughter of the late Frederick and Edna Love.  She was the loving mother of Edward G. Cluett, Jr. and his wife Judi of Hanson, Donald R. Cluett, M.D. of Quincy and Peter T. Cluett and his wife Julie of Belmont, NH.  She is also survived by her brother Fred Love and his wife Arlene of Braintree, her niece Joanna Zehme, her nephew Robert Love, 10 grandchildren and her former husband, Edward G. Cluett, Sr. of Milton.

Thelma was a voracious reader.  She had a lifelong love of music, sang in church choirs and would sing and dance whenever the spirit moved her.  She had an infectious smile and a penchant for laughter. She truly understood the gift of love.

Private services were held April 13th at Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider carrying on Thelma’s charitable legacy by making a donation to a charity of your choice in her memory.

Rita N. McCauley

Rita N. McCauley, 95, of Milton passed away on April 10, 2015.  Beloved daughter of the late John and Bridget (Monahan) McCauley.  Loving sister of Marguerite McCauley.  Rita was predeceased by her siblings Eileen Perrotta, Amelia, John, Catherine and Elizabeth McCauley.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.  Rita was born in Boston and graduated from Cornell University.  She was a Professor of Biology at Boston State, Quincy College and Salem State College for over 40 years.  Rita grew up in Dorchester and moved to Milton in 1973.  She was a longtime member of the Girl Scouts, attending meetings until 2009.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 AM in Saint Elizabeth’s Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton.  Relatives and friends kindly invited.  Visiting hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON, from 4-7 PM on Monday.  Interment New Calvary Cemetery. 

Helen R. Szcesuil

Helen R. Szcesuil  of Dorchester, April 7, beloved sister of William Szcesuil of Quincy, Lillian Szcesuil of Carver,  Mary Stock of Sagamore Beach and Paul Szcesuil of Bolton.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  A Prayer Service will be held  in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Monday , April 13, at 1:00 pm. Visiting Hour Noon to 1:00.  Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Sonita Vilbrun


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Sonita Vilbrun died at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  She was 55 years old.

Born in Haiti on August 24, 1954 she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph B. Vilbrun and Marie Anita Vilbrun.  Loving and devoted mother of Giovanni Aaron Thomas of Mattapan.  Beloved sister of five other sisters Eliana Vilbrun, Jocelyne Vilbrun, Nicole Vilbrun, Yolette Vilbrun and Annette Vilbrun and one brother Wesner Vilbrun.  Grandmother of Giovanni Alexander Thomas Jr.  Also survived by special niece Sandra Vilbrun and many nieces and nephews.

She was employed by Massachusetts College of Pharmacy for many years.  Sonita enjoyed cooking for her family and was a sister and best friend of her entire family.

Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St. Dorchester, MA Friday, April 10, 5-9 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial at St. Angela Church, Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 AM.  Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery, Roslindale, MA.

Anstiss M. Collins

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Anstiss M. “Anne” Collins, 79, of Milton passed away on April 4, 2015.  Daughter of the late Charles F. and Margaret (Cunningham) Collins.  Sister of Charles F. Collins, Jr. and his wife Eileen of Reading and John T Collins and his wife Joanne E. of Natick.  She was predeceased by her sister Alice E. Collins.  Anne was a devoted aunt to her loving nieces and nephews.  A Milton High School graduate class of ’53, Radcliff College graduate class of ’57, she was an active member of Saint Agatha Parish as well as the Senior Center in Milton.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 AM in Saint Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton.  Relatives and friends kindly invited.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the mass at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON, from 9-10 AM.  Interment Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers a donation in Anstiss’ name may be made to Saint Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186. 

Edward R. King

Edward R. King of Weymouth, formerly of Milton, April 4, died at South Shore Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Boston, Edward was raised in Milton graduating from Milton High School in 1950.   He was active in CYO basketball with St. Agatha’s and St. Mary of the Hills Churches. He was a graduate of Bentley College.

Mr. King worked as an accountant for Boston Insurance Company. He continued his career at The Gillette Company, retiring after a tenure of 23 years.   Not wanting to sit still in retirement Mr. King went to work at the Turnpike Authority.

Ed was a member of the Cunningham and Wessagusset Men’s Bowling Leagues. Along with being an avid Patriots and Celtic Fan, he was a Milton “Hilltopper” and known to many in Milton as “Bruce Bird”.

Ed was the beloved husband of Joan (Gordon) King.  Devoted father of Anne Newman and her husband Peter of Weymouth, Beth Condon and her husband Timothy of Weymouth and Tina King of Weymouth.  Grandfather of Peter, Jared and Rachel Newman & Daniel and Nicholas Condon. Brother of Eileen Leonard and Uncle of Kathleen McLeod both of Quincy.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Agatha’s Church, Milton Friday, April 10, at 10:30 am.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thurs. 4 – 8 pm. Interment Milton Cemetery.  If desired contributions in Ed’s memory may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sabrina M. Kelley

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Sabrina M. Kelley , 19, of Norwell, MA passed away on April 3rd, 2015 from complications of her long battle with cystic fibrosis. Sabrina was a graduate
of Norwell High School, a freshman at the University of Alabama and a proud member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was more than a best friend; everyone that ever met her knew that she was the light of their life. Beautiful, genuine, hilarious and perfect, Sabrina was the best of all of us. No one has ever been more loved than our Sabrina and no one has ever lovedmore than our Sabrina. Fearless in her fight against cystic fibrosis she never once asked “why me?” Instead she took every chance she had to spread happiness to others. For 18 years, Sabrina’s Shootout was an annual reminder of the power her love and her spirit could inspire raising over $400,000 for Children’s Hospital Boston. She was the soul of her family, with her dad Brian, mother Pam and brother Matty forever grateful and forever thankful for the love she showed and inspired in them. There has never been a more beautiful person, on the inside and out, than Sabrina. “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle, and a very happy start.” Her spark will never leave us and her love will forever live on. We love you Sabrina and we will always be together, forever and always. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Helen Church, 383 Washington St. Rte 53, Norwell on Friday, April 10 at 11:00 AM.  Relatives and friends invited.  Visiting hours Thursday, 3-8 PM in St. Helen Church.

Frederick W. Hoey

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Frederick W. Hoey, a retired financial advisor for Boston Edison, died at Norwood Hospital Saturday April 4, 2015. He was 80 years old.

Born in Boston, Frederick was raised in Jamaica Plain, Forest Hills and Roslindale. He was a graduate of Roslindale High School. After graduation, he joined the US Navy, serving aboard the submarine USS Halfbeak during the Korean Era. Mr. Hoey graduated from Northeastern University after he was discharged and began a long career with Boston Edison. He retired as a financial advisor after over 35 years with the company.

A longtime resident of Canton, he was an active member of Saint Gerard Majella Church.

Beloved husband of the late Joan M. (Trayers) Hoey. Devoted father of Christine M. DeMatteo and her husband Martin J Jr. of Milton and Erin B. McIntyre and her husband Charles R. of NH. Cherished grandfather of Thomas, Stephen and Michael DeMatteo and Connor and Seamus McIntyre. Loving step-grandfather of Olivia DeMatteo. Brother of the late Francis Hoey, Edward Hoey, James Hoey, John Hoey, Eleanor Sheldon, Maureen Dunn, Roseanne Hoey, Mary Driscoll and Agnes Gallagher. Frederick is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gerard Majella Church, 1860 Washington Street, Canton, Wednesday April 8 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Tuesday 5-8 PM. Interment Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.