Dolan Funeral Home

Mary Jane Dwyer

Mary Jane Dwyer, formerly of Milton, aged 73, died peacefully on June 14, 2017 at her home in Easton, MA, after a long illness. Mary Jane was born May 30, 1944 in Boston, daughter of the late Roger and Constance Dwyer.

Mary Jane was a graduate of Milton High School, Class of 1962.   A loyal and wonderfully supportive mother, she raised her children in Milton. In 1986, Mary Jane found her second calling when she went back to school at the Lemuel Shattuck School of Nursing and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She greatly enjoyed a more than 20 year career caring for the elderly in nursing homes in the Milton and Hyde Park areas.

After her retirement, she took much pleasure in spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, seeing them on a daily basis after moving to Easton, where she was also kept company by her loving and loyal dog, “Trouble”

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Williams of Easton, daughter Colleen Jerome and her husband James of Easton, daughter Tracy Dehbi of Easton and son John Williams Jr. and his wife Barbara of Sharon. She is survived by her grandchildren Lindsay, Ryan and Brady Jerome, Justin and Caden Dehbi and preceded in passing by grandchild Destin Williams. She is survived by sister Judy Ebbs of Rockland, brother Roger and his wife Cathy of Brockton, sister Jean Enos and her husband Billy of Milton and sister Jody Shannon and her husband Jerry of Milton and lovingly remembered as “Aunty” to many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary of The Hills Church, Milton, Monday June 19 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Sunday 2 – 6 PM. Interment private.

Mercedes A. (Iglesias) Collins

Mercedes A. (Iglesias) Collins, born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico and a former resident of Milton and Hull, Mercedes passed away peacefully on June 9, 2017 at the Marina Bay Skilled Nursing Center in Quincy, where she had lived for the past five years. She would have celebrated her 98th birthday in November.

 The beloved wife of the late John D. Collins, Sr., she loved to travel with her late husband, who always referred to her as “Madame Queen.” Mrs. Collins was an avid cook and a gracious hostess who loved to entertain her family and friends and was celebrated for her elegant dinner parties. A noted and talented seamstress, she was instrumental in forming “The Gulliver Street Sewing Club” in the early 1950s in Milton. She was also hailed for her “green thumb,” especially with houseplants. She loved to dance and was a champion bowler. An active member of the Wollaston Golf Club, when it was originally located in Quincy and after it relocated to Milton, she also enjoyed the card games and friendly repartee with her golfing friends after each game.

Loving mother of Hilda M. Morrill and her husband Ronald Morrill of Milton, MA; Deborah A. Collins and her husband Martin Maffeo of Natick, MA; Daniel J. Collins of West Palm Beach, FL; Laurie M. Selby and her husband Arthur Selby of White River Junction, VT; Mercedes “Merci” A. Collins of Whitman, MA; and John D. Collins, Jr. and his wife Susan Collins of Weymouth, MA.

Adored grandmother of Maria M. Morrill of Brooklyn, NY; the late Laurie M. Morrill, of Cambridge, MA; Michael Morrill of Norwood, MA; Lauren Maffeo of Bethesda, MD; Eva Collins Alves of West Palm Beach, FL; John D. Collins III of West Palm Beach, FL; Sarah Selby of Allston, MA; and Christina Collins of Weymouth, MA. Cherished great-grandmother of Christopher Morrill of Norwood, MA; Aiden Alves and Alexandra Alves of West Palm Beach, FL. Dear sister of the late Maria Esperanza Quinones of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico and the late Francisco Iglesias of Puerto Rico.

It being her wish, there were no public visiting hours, and interment in Milton Cemetery was private.

Joseph Bien-Aime

Joseph Ulrick Bien-Aime, of Hyde Park, passed away on June 9, 2017, surrounded by family.

Beloved husband of Rose Marie Bien-Aime. Loving father of Linda and Valerie Bien-Aime. Joseph is also survived by his 12 siblings.

The funeral service will be held at The Christian Life Center, 839 Washington Street, Dorchester, Saturday June 17 at 10:30AM. Visitation will be at the church from 9-10:30AM. Interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Dorothy A. Bates

Dorothy A. Bates, of Canton, formerly of  Milton, died June 15, 2017.

Beloved daughter of the late John and Ellen Bates.  Sister of the late Marion Bates and Thelma Kohler.

Dorothy was a proof reader at Thomas Todd Company for many years before retiring in 1986.  She was a United States Marine Corp WWII Veteran.

A funeral service will be held on Monday June 19, 2017  at 11:00AM  in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE.  Interment in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

James L. Potter

James L. Potter, 37, of Squantum, MA died peacefully on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Carney Hospital surrounded by his loving family, following a long struggle with drug addiction.

James was a graduate of North Quincy High School and received many certificates from Wentworth Institute. He advanced to the level of Journeyman as a skilled finish carpenter in the Local 33 Carpenter’s Union. James’ childhood summers were spent at the family summer home in Sandown, NH, where he loved playing in the woods and swimming in the lake and pool with his cousins and close friends. As an adult, James was a talented carpenter, known for being a perfectionist when crafting with wood. James was also an avid Boston sports fan, possessed exceptional artistic talents, enjoyed attending music concerts and listening to his favorite band, Guns N’ Roses.

James was the proud father of Jase Potter of Braintree. His love for his son continually motivated him to fight a heroic battle with addiction. He also leaves behind longtime friend and Jases’ mother, Kristy Barry of Braintree;  devoted and loving parents, Robert and Paulette Potter;  brother, Mark Potter and wife Shauna and niece Charlee Rose all of Quincy. He was grandson to Jackie Halpin and the late Walter Halpin of Dorchester and the late Reverend Leicester and Verna Potter of Quincy. James also leaves many loving cousins, aunts and uncles who all did their best to support him with his struggle.

A kindhearted soul, James will be missed, never forgotten, and always loved by those whose lives he touched.

Funeral Service in Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS,  Friday, June 16,  at 11:00 AM.  Visiting hours Thursday, 4- 8 pm.  Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in James’  name may be sent to either Gavin Foundation Development Department, 675 East 4th Street, P.O. Box E-15, South Boston, MA 02127 or to Learn2 Cope, 4 Court St #110, Taunton, MA 02780.

Arthur H. Barham

Arthur H. Barham, of Dorchester died at home June 6, 2017.

Beloved husband of  Cherry  Barham of Dorchester.  Devoted father  of sons; Granville, Harrington and Vernon, daughters;  Jackie and Merva.  Loving  stepfather of Chadric and Barbara.  Brother of Denver, Eva, Peggy, Kitty and Sibble.  Grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Cherished buddy to C.J.

Arthur was born and raised in Jamaica.  He  was a security guard at Boston Symphony Hall for 14 years, before that he worked  at Quincy Shipyard  and a paper mill in Hyde Park.  Arthur always had a smile on his face and  was considered to be a fun man to be around and was great with children.  He enjoyed cooking, wrestling, watching planes from his front porch and was an avid baseball fan.  He will be missed by all those who had the great pleasure to have known and loved him.

Visiting hours Friday June 16, 5-8PM at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS.  Funeral service on Saturday June, 17 at  10:00AM  in Saint Mark Episcopal Church, 73 Columbia Road, Dorchester, followed burial  in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Nancy Langton-Christians

Nancy Langton-Christians,79, died on Friday April 7, 2017.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Rolland Christians, her beloved sons Timothy Murnane and Gregory Murnane of Boston, her adored grandchildren, Jennifer Noonan and Nicholas Noonan of Boston and Milton, her son-in-law Christopher Noonan of Milton, and many other family and friends. Nancy is pre-deceased by her parents, William and Clara Langton, her sister, Ethel Hultin, her daughter, Clarisa (Lisa) Noonan and her son, Matthew Murnane.

Born in Nantucket and raised in Dorchester, Nancy graduated from Boston College and began a teaching career while raising her family of 4 children. Nancy was exceptionally skilled in many ways, particularly with space planning and design, which later in life allowed her to have a career in interior design and develop many properties. Lovingly known as “Nana” to many, she loved cooking, knitting, telling stories, and being with dear friends and family. She was an avid reader, and watching Jeopardy was a “must” every night. Her warmth, impeccable taste and fearless drive pervaded everything and everyone she touched, and she will be missed immensely. She is now reunited in peace and love with her cherished loved ones who have passed on before her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Saturday June 10th at 11:00 AM. Visitation at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, 9:00 – 10:30 AM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

Please remember Nancy with donations to The Jimmy Fund. Donations may be mailed to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215.

Marie Demese Jean Louis

Marie Demese Jean Louis of Randolph passed away Monday, May 29 2017 at the age of 95.

Beloved mother of the late Philistin and his wife Marie Lourde, Serge and his wife Lillian, Evelyne and her husband Schneider, Ketly Bertho and her husband Herby Desir, and Adler and his wife Erna Jean Louis. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Visiting hours at the Valley of Blessings Pentecostal Church, 1000 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, Friday June 9 from 6-8 PM. The funeral service will be Saturday at 9:00 AM. Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Paul C. Sullivan

Paul C. Sullivan, of Milton, formerly of Dorchester, died at home after a short illness, surrounded by his family, Monday June 5, 2017.

Paul was born in Boston and graduated from Brighton High School. He served in the United States Navy. Paul was a hardworking, passionate man who enjoyed working on cars. He also loved boating and alongside his family and friends, enjoyed many days vacationing on the water.  Paul was proud to be a grandfather, his granddaughters were the light of his life and he spent every day he could enjoying their company.

Beloved husband of Suzanne L. (Travis) Sullivan. Loving father of Jason Sullivan and his wife Casey and Michael Sullivan. Grandfather of Ava Sullivan and Aurora Sullivan. Son of Nick Calos and the late Christine (Adams) Calos. Brother of Jim Sullivan, Michael Sullivan, Joanne Peterson, John Calos, Benjamin Calos, Nicholas Calos, Christopher Calos and Susan Keane. Paul is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral service at Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, Friday June 9 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 4-8 PM. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

William J. O’Brien, Sr.

On June 2, 2017 William Joseph O’Brien (75), surrounded by his family, passed peacefully.

The story of William began on July 8, 1941 as the second son of Norton and Mary Kelly O’Brien.  Bill or Billy, as most of his friends called him, grew up on Bentham Road and was a member of St. Peter’s Parish in Dorchester.  Bill and his brother Neil grew up playing baseball at Ronan Park as part of the Holy Child Baseball League which their father ran.

Bill attended Christopher Columbus High School in the North End of Boston where he was a member of the baseball team and graduating class of 1959.  From there, he went on to earn a degree from Bentley College and then on to Williams College of Banking.  Bill began his working career as a state bank examiner and remained in banking for his entire working career.

On August 1, 1964 Bill married his best friend and the woman he would share the rest of his life’s journey with, Joann LaTora.  “Bill & Joann” was a phrase that became forever locked at that point.  They started their life together in Braintree, MA welcoming 3 children, William Jr., Diane, and Timothy.   They then moved to Quincy where they had their 4th, Mark.

Bill had a passion for baseball, playing for the Boston Park League at Town Field and coaching Quincy Youth Baseball.  Bill also enjoyed being involved in the community and service; he was a Knight of Columbus and a Knight of Malta, he was recognized with the prestigious Lion of Judah award and, most notably, he was the former Captain Commander of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of the Massachusetts.  But Bill greatest love was his expanding family.

Bill and Joann watched their children grow, marry and have children of their own.  Bill Jr. married Christine Mulvey (of Quincy), Diane married Eric Brooks (of Richmond, NH), Tim married Lesley Bolick (of Framingham) and Mark married Jennifer Mercadante (of Medfield).  What happened next was a small population explosion of 14 grandchildren.  The proud grandparents welcomed (in order): Devin O’Brien, Jared Brooks, William O’Brien III, Ryan Brooks, Kelly O’Brien, Dennis Brooks, Mark O’Brien Jr, Erin O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Lily O’Brien, Jason Brooks, Christopher O’Brien, Rebecca Brooks and Kevin O’Brien.  Bill loved being surrounded by his children and grandchildren, whether in Quincy or at their cottage in Humarock walking on the beach or enjoying a cookout.  Bill also loved the holidays, especially Christmas and the 4th of July where his brother Neil, brother-in-law John LaTora and his wife Nancy, and his only niece, Maria Santiago and her husband PJ would join his kids and grandkids celebrating.

Please join us in continuing the celebration of a life well lived…  Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Tuesday 4-8 p.m.  There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, East Milton, Wednesday, June 7 at 11 o’clock. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

If desired contributions in Bill’s memory may be sent to either Lung Transplant Fund  c/o Brigham & Women’s Hospital Development Office, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115  or  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105