Dolan Funeral Home

Matthew Steven Harker

Matthew Steven Harker passed away in his sleep while at his home in Dorchester, Massachusetts early Sunday morning, May 31, 2020. Although tragic and unexpected, his passing was peaceful and without pain. Matthew was a cherished son, brother, friend and partner. He is already desperately missed by all those who loved him. 

Matthew was many things to many people. Among his most universally known and beloved attributes were his creativity, generosity and loyalty. Perhaps his greatest gift was how present he was with those around him. When Matt’s eyes or love stopped on you, they would make you feel like you were the only person in the room. He was passionate and purposeful in all that he did, and earned every accomplishment to his name with hard work and scrappy dedication. He built a beautiful life for himself focused on the people and things that he loved most.

From an early age, Matthew was a bon vivant, a term he first learned while watching Julia Child’s cooking series as a young boy – one of his favorite shows. He loved beautiful things and delicious food. He loved a good time and made those around him laugh easily and often. These traits would continue throughout Matt’s life. Whether an indulgent day on a sandy beach, a decadent dessert for two, or a hearty laugh, Matt enjoyed life.

Matthew spent his childhood in Vineland, New Jersey, a small town that simultaneously grounded him and left him wanting more. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, where he was a friend to many and a cornerstone of countless clubs and activities. Matthew was involved in theater and public speaking, winning numerous starring roles and many awards for his exceptional performances. He lit up the stage with his presence and his voice. He was also an active part of the school community as a leader in the Samaritan Club, a member of the Student Government Association, and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Service.  

After high school, Matt attended Emerson University where he thrived on and off the stage. He combined his great loves – talking and acting – and created a major: Public Relations and Theater. He made friends easily and traveled every chance he got. After graduation, Matthew pursued his love of acting professionally and landed roles in television, commercials and film. After a few years of headshots and call backs, Matthew put down the Hollywood hustle and realized that his love of art and creating could be satisfied in other ways. 

He went back to school at Johnson & Wales University for a degree in culinary arts, specializing in nutrition and food science. He went on to cook in kitchens across the country, honing his skills with every slice, sip and stir. Matthew thrived in the kitchen and finally felt at home in a professional sense. He was passionate about using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, and was a member of The Chef’s Collaborative, a network of leading chefs working to change the landscape of food. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to create his own culinary company, and his natural talent catapulted him to be named Boston’s Best Private Chef by Boston Magazine. He also was selected to appear on an episode of the hit television show Chopped, where he wowed the judges with his flavors and dazzled the audience with his charm. 

When he wasn’t cooking for others, he was cooking in moms kitchen during holidays, family gatherings, and surprise visits. He loved traveling in search of food for himself. Every chance he got he was off on a plane, a motorcycle, a camel to explore far flung corners of the world and the flavors that came with them. He loved new places and experiences. He believed in the goodness of people and that the best way to really know others was by exploring their kitchens. Matthew made food art. He made cooking a show. He was as much a creator as a chef, as much a caregiver as a cook. He didn’t just feed people, he nourished them. He entertained and engaged them with each plate. He loved them with each bite.  

Matt loved going for a long drive with the top off his Jeep. He adored his sweet, spoiled dogs, including his best bud, Bruce. Matt worked hard in the gym taking great pride in using the body he was given. While he was drawn to the buzz of a city, he also loved the outdoors. Whether at the beach or in the woods, he found great peace in nature. Matt was a proud member of the LGBTQ community. He was an activist, an ally and friend to many when they needed him most. 

Matt is survived by his loving mother Denise Varquez-Hoffman and father Tim Hoffman; his brother Shane Ferguson and sisters Nicki Carnes and Beth Johnston; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind a family of friends who love him dearly.

A celebration of life will take place in the Boston area at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Chef Matt Scholarship Fund (https://gf.me/u/x6c978) or the M25 Initiative (https://www.m25initiative.org/). To best honor Matt’s legacy, please eat well and love big. The world is a darker and less delicious place for his light having gone out. But in the time that he got, Matt lived a beautiful life filled with purpose and pleasure. May everyone be so loved and lucky.

Emmanuel Acloque

Claude Florian Emmanuel Acloque of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  He was affectionately known as “Mano.”  He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on December 19, 1932.  He came to America in the late 1960s and made Boston his home. Mano was an extremely smart and kind man.  His family owned a funeral home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He was involved in theater, played the violin and loved the arts.  He also owned an auto mechanic shop in Haiti and owned one after arriving to the United States. Mano was an educated man as well as self-taught in a variety of areas. He could fix nearly anything with his hands. He always owned his place of business because he wanted to be a true entrepreneur. 

He leaves behind four children, Evans, Marilyn, Moses, and Leland, his ex-wife, Anne-Marie Hermina Dautruche, 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

He loved to share his philosophy with those who knew him, and always had a joke for every occasion.  He had a great sense of humor.  Mano overcame many challenges, but nevertheless, continued to hold a bright outlook on life.  He was quiet, resilient, and unbelievably strong and will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. 

John I. Barr

John Ignatius Barr Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday May 24, 2020.

John was born September 4, 1925 in Verona, PA. John’s parents, John I. Barr, Sr. and Theresa (Taylor) Barr started their young family while John Sr. was on a temporary assignment in Pennsylvania for Gulf Oil’s Boston office. John was raised in Roxbury, attended Abby May and Dudley Elementary Schools, the James P. Timilty Junior High the Mechanic Arts High School. John proudly withdrew from high school to enlist in the Marines Corps during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre. After completion of WWII, John returned to Boston where he enrolled at Boston Teachers College, earning both Bachelor and Masters Degrees.

John moved to Quincy in 1951 and taught at Archbishop Williams High School for two years before beginning a 35-year career with the Boston Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. Upon completion of his Boston Public Schools career, he commenced a position as a Veterans Administration real estate appraiser.

In 2001 John retired and renewed his interest in reading mysteries and poetry. John will be remembered for his eternal optimism, positive spirit, love of woodworking and summers on Cape Cod.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Grace (Shea) Barr, his children, John Barr and Sheila Barr, both of Plymouth, Mary Viseckas and Brendan Barr, both of New York and Justin Barr of Quincy, three granddaughters and one great grandson. John is predeceased by his parents, five siblings and his late wife Jean (Bowen).

Visiting hours and Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Mary’s Church, Quincy will be private. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. As an expression of sympathy for those who wish, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation, 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169.

Claire Lorraine (Journay) McSorley

Claire J. McSorley died peacefully on May 23, 2020 at the age of 86.

Daughter of the late Josephine (Barone) and Arthur Journay, loving sister to the late Arthur Junior, born in South Boston, lifelong resident of Milton MA. Graduate of Milton High School, received her BS in Education from Wheelock College, and her Masters of Education at Boston University. She also completed studies in financial management at Harvard University and received her Real Estate Brokers license from The Lee Institute.

Claire had a passion for learning and teaching. She spent most of her life as an elementary school teacher as well as a reading specialist for public and private schools throughout the metropolitan Boston area. Later in her career she taught English as a Second Language, worked as a Real Estate broker, and studied and worked in business marketing. She loved to spend her time helping others by volunteering for many organizations, including Milton Schools PTO,  Pine Street Inn,  Italian Circolo, and served as President of the Milton Arts Council.

She was an incredible example of love strength and kindness. Spending time with her family was her greatest joy. Survived by her three loving daughters and their spouses, Susan Higgins and her husband Shawn, Martha Susi and her husband Joseph and Deborah McSorley and former son in law Peter Kery. Ten Grandchildren, Tanya, Ashley and her life partner Alan, Sean Christopher and his wife Kylie, Jeremi, Cory Higgins; Lydia & Michael Susi; Joshua, Lucas and Evan Kery; Two Great grandchildren, Arianna & Abygail.

Services will be private.  Burial Milton Cemetery.

Rev. Pastor Saint-Louis Jean

It is with deep sadness that we announce the home going to eternity of the Reverend Pastor Saint-Louis Jean, a pillar of the Haitian evangelical community.

Our beloved husband, father, pastor, advisor and friend was born in Haiti on August 25, 1949. God called him home on April 18, 2020 while he was peacefully resting in his residence in Spring Valley New York.

Our beloved father, patriarch and pastor leaves to mourn his wife Marie Yvrose Charlitte Jean, his daughter Rose-Laure Camicheline Morisset, his son-in-law Reverend Jacques J Morisset Jr and their 3 children Emmanuel Zacharie, Mikha’El Joseph and Gabrielle Sarah Morisset. He also leaves his son Louis Onésiphore Jean, his daughter-in-law Kinta Joseph Jean and their daughter Charlotte Théophina Jean. He also leaves his brothers and sisters Bossuet Jean and family, Reverend Joseph Jean and family, Madeleine Jean Antoine and family, Nozianne Mondelus Pierre-Louis and family as well as a large biological and spiritual family.

May his death bring you to the One that brings and freely gives eternal life: Our Lord and Savior the Lord Jesus-Christ!

Our prayers go out for all those who mourn.

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C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous annonçons le retour à l’éternité du Révérend Pasteur Saint-Louis Jean, pilier de la communauté évangélique haïtienne.

Notre mari, père, pasteur, conseiller et ami bien-aimé est né en Haïti le 25 août 1949. Dieu l’a appelé chez lui le 18 avril 2020 alors qu’il se reposait paisiblement dans sa résidence à Spring Valley à New York.

Notre père bien-aimé, patriarche et pasteur laisse dans le deuil sa femme Marie Yvrose Charlitte Jean, sa fille Rose-Laure Camicheline Morisset, son gendre Révérend Jacques J Morisset Jr et leurs 3 enfants Emmanuel Zacharie, Mikha’El Joseph et Gabrielle Sarah Morisset. Il laisse également son fils Louis Onésiphore Jean, sa belle-fille Kinta Joseph Jean et leur fille Charlotte Théophina Jean. Il quitte aussi ses frères et sœurs Bossuet Jean et famille, Révérend Joseph Jean et famille, Madeleine Jean Antoine et famille, Nozianne Mondelus Pierre-Louis et famille ainsi qu’une grande famille biologique et spirituelle. Que sa mort vous amène à Celui qui apporte et donne librement la vie éternelle: Notre Seigneur et Sauveur le Seigneur Jésus-Christ!

Guy R. Sico

Guy R. Sico, 66, formerly of Norwood, May 23, 2020, passed away after a long illness.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Guy was one of 8 children of   the late Joseph F. and Elvera L. (Santarpio) Sico. In 1966 the family moved to Quincy. Guy attended Quincy schools and graduated from Quincy High School in 1972. He then attended Bridgewater State. In 1974 Guy enlisted into the US Air Force and served in both the active and reserve unit until 1980. After his active and during the reserve service Guy was a Firefighter for the government, first serving at the Weymouth Air Base, then at Hanscom Air Base and then Westover Air Base, where he spent most of his career before retiring.

Guy was the loving brother of Anne Rynne of ME, Anthony Sico of Quincy, Michael Sico of PA, Joseph Sico of Braintree, Mary Ann Sico of Taunton, Paul Sico of NH and the late David Sico. Guy is also survived by 7 nieces and nephews, 6 great nieces and great nephews and 1 great great nephew.

A private burial will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

Donations in Guy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Derek Fitzpatrick

Derek Wesley Fitzpatrick of Dorchester passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, he was 49.

Beloved father of Cherelle Spencer, Derek McClure, Derek Fitzpatrick, Jr., Dayla Fitzpatrick, Darius Fitzpatrick, Damore Samuels, Wesley Soremekun, Desahn Walker, and Drayah Jones-Fitzpatrick. He leaves behind by his 3 sisters, Stella, Tyeashaa, and Shelley. His 3 brothers, Stanley, Isaiah, and Zaccarie. He is also survived by many dear friends and extended family.

Due to the restrictions of Covid-19 Services are private.

Michael Donald Lovejoy

Son of the late Sheila March, Michael Don Lovejoy, of Webster, passed away on May 5, 2020. He was father to Michael Lovejoy of Chelsea and Amber Lovejoy of Norwood.  He also leaves behind siblings: Walter March of Dallas, TX, Danielle March of Webster, Denny March of Worcester, James Marshall of Brockton, Derrick Marshall of Taunton, Walter Marshall of Boston, Terrance Mornin of Hyde Park, Sherman Mornin of Mission Hill, Anita Mornin of Taunton, and the late Charline Mornin. His Grandmother Irene Lovejoy of Worcester, and Aunts Vicki Barry of Uxbridge and Rita Martel of Air.

Michael (a.k.a. “Bird & DJ Lovejoy”) was born in Biddeford, Maine on March 31, 1965, and passed peacefully on May 5, 2020. Beloved son of Sheila Irene March, Michael was raised in the Bromley Heath section of Jamaica Plain, MA.  A graduate of Boston High School Class of 1982, Michael joined the United States Army upon graduating and was stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma where he achieved the rank of Private First Class.  Upon leaving the military Michael attended college in Los Angeles, CA and held many different positions throughout his career in financial services, including at the Bank of Boston and Fidelity Investments.  Though successful in financial services, Michael was more known for the time he spent as a chef, which deeply endeared him to the many people he encountered. 

Michael will be most remembered for his love for family; his willingness to help anyone in need whether it be repairing cars, replacing a roof, building a finished basement or cooking a full course meal; he was always there for those in need.  He also had an undying love for music which often seemed to lead to a dance off with a willing participant, and always ended in his version of the merengue.  He had a love for fishing especially in NH with his family.  And, if you ever played basketball with him, you will always remember that ever reliable jump shot with a little hesitation at the release. 

We will always miss you Mike.

Shoon Him Lee (“Himmy Lee”)

Shoon Him Lee (“Himmy Lee”) of Dorchester, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. He was 78 years old and was a lifelong resident of Dorchester. Everyone from friends at the Paul Sullivan House to South Cove YMCA in Boston’s Chinatown to his relatives called him “Himmy”. Himmy was the son of the late Eye Hi Lee and Neo Quong Lee. Himmy leaves his two brothers in Hawaii: Shoon Wah Lee (“David”) and his wife Shiling Zhu together with their children Mei Fonn Lee, Yew Tin Lee, Mei Lee; and John Lee (“Wee”) and his wife Judy Lee together with their children Kenneth Lee and Tracy Lee.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a private burial will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Joseph F. Mazur

Joseph F. Mazur, age 70, passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on May 18, 2020 from complications due to Covid 19.

He was born on September 8, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Concetta Mazur and his uncle John Mazur. He is survived by his son, Joseph Holsey Mazur and wife, Leigh Mazur and his brother, Stanley Mazur.

Joe worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a computer specialist for many years. Joe grew up living with his grandmother and his uncle on Beacon Hill in Boston where his grandmother taught him how to cook. He was a master at cooking. Joe was a huge sports fan and loved the Bruins. When he was young, he would hang out at Salvi’s Pizza on Beacon Hill and talk to Bobby Orr after a game. Joe had many friends, a great sense of humor, loved music and had a huge love for animals and especially his own dogs growing up. 

There will be a small graveside service for family only, where Joe will be laid to rest with his parents at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale, Massachusetts.