Dolan Funeral Home

Mary Elizabeth Kelliher

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and teacher

Mary Elizabeth (Pierce) Kelliher passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. She was 87.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 43 years Charles F. Kelliher and her son Michael J. Kelliher. She was dearly loved by daughters Michelle Kelliher Lane of Wellesley, Margaret Foley of Southborough and Suzanne Steffens of Concord and by sons-in-law Paul Lane Jr, Daniel Foley and Peter Steffens. She is survived by nine grandchildren Paul (III), Elizabeth and Caroline Lane, Christen and Brendan Foley, Alexandra, Abigail, William and Kate Steffens. Mary was predeceased by her brother Richard Pierce and sister Margaret Pierce. She is survived by her loving sister Katherine and her husband Robert Whyte of Lexington and her sister-in-law Mary (Burke) Pierce of Cumberland, RI and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

Mary graduated from Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy and Boston State Teachers College. She taught kindergarten for many years in Boston and then nursery school at the Carriage House School in Milton until she retired. In addition to her family, Mary loved to read, garden and travel.

Services are private.  Burial Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Retired Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, 637 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02135

Rupert A. M. Davis

Rupert A. M. Davis of Arlington, Massachusetts died suddenly from a heart condition on June 4th.

Named after the English poet Rupert Brooke, Rupert was born in London, England in 1949 and raised in Norfolk.  After the death of his father, Col. Peter Davis, a doctor, in 1961, his mother, Valerie (Martin) Davis, married Dr. Jack N.P. Davies, a renowned medical pathologist.  Following his stepfather’s postings, the family lived for several years in Uganda, and emigrated to Albany, New York where Rupert attended the Albany Academy.  Rupert is survived by his half-brother Nigel Davis and his sister-in law Anne Davies, both of New York State, and by his cousin Cherry Edgerton-Bird of Maryland. 

Rupert studied art history and historic preservation at Boston University, and worked as an archivist and researcher at Harvard’s Widener Library and the Bostonian Society, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance, and store manager of Schoenhof’s Foreign Books and Shaker Workshops. He was a devoted congregant at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, where he sang in the choir. He was a longtime member of the Boston Athenaeum and an avid reader, deeply informed on subjects ranging from Medieval architecture and liturgical vestments to the peccadilloes of the British royal family. Rupert was a committed preservationist and antiquarian, active in the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, the Gibson House and the Old Schwamb Mill. Although he lived his entire adult life in the United States, he never lost his English accent, nor his courtly charm and delightfully raffish sense of humor. In every setting, he cultivated lasting friendships, and will be keenly missed.

A service will be held at St. Peter’s Church once social distancing restrictions allow in-person gatherings. Donations in Rupert’s memory can be made to St Peter’s Church, 15 Sellers Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 or https://saintpeterscambridge.org/donations/ or to the Boston Athenaeum, Attn: Development Office, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 or  https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/.

Maureen Lyons

Maureen (O’Sullivan) Lyons, of Dorchester, June 15, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Timothy Lyons. Devoted mother of Eileen Sullivan and her husband John and Ann Feeney and her husband Brendan all of Braintree, Timothy Lyons and his wife Denise of Dorchester, Kevin Lyons and his wife Bethany of Braintree and Maureen Lyons and her partner Dan Gill of Quincy.  Sister of Jimmy O’Sullivan of Sagamore Beach, Ann Timlin, Paddy O’ Sullivan and John O’Sullivan all of Milton, Michael O’Sullivan of England, the late Margaret O’Sullivan of Quincy.  Angela O’Neill and Noel O’Sullivan of Ireland and Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and twin great grandchildren on the way soon. Maureen is survived by large extended family in England, Ireland and the Boston area.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, Services and Funeral Mass will be private. Graveside service at 12:00 Noon Thursday, June 18 at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Family and friends are all welcome.

Lillian Ott

Lillian (Larose) Ott aged 94, of Boston. Passed away on June 10, 2020.  Lillian was born in Boston in 1925 she went to the Boston Public schools and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School in 1943. She was a graduate from Stanford Secretarial School. She worked as a secretary at the Boston Public School Department long time member of the Church of the Advent Boston. Sister of the late Robert Larose and Veronica Alexander Sullivan.

Aunt of James Larose and the late Robert Alexander and Rita Kelleher. She is survived by many great nieces and great nephews.

A private funeral service will be held.  If desired contributions in Lillian’s memory may be sent to the Church of the Advent, 31 Brimmer St. Boston, 02108.

James M. Reilly

James M. Reilly of Quincy, passed away June 8 2020, beloved husband of Diana (Buccelli) Reilly. Devoted father of Colleen Dolan of Quincy, Shannon Reilly of Quincy and Ann Marie Johnston and husband David of Quincy, Kelly Lewis and husband John of Milton and James Reilly and his wife Annemarie of Quincy. Brother of Maureen Reilly and Patricia Clifford both of Braintree, Eileen Rayne of Rockland, Theresa O’ Donnell of Plymouth and the late Rev. Thomas Reilly. Dear grandfather of Kayla, Jessica, Joseph, William, Sophia, James, Gabrielle, Thomas, Maggie and Noah. Beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Funeral Services were privately held. Late Army Veteran of Vietnam.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory may be made to the VA Boston Healthcare System Attn: Voluntary service 150 S. Huntington Ave. Boston Ma 02130.

Larrieux Orisma

Larrieux Orisma of West Roxbury passed away on June 2, 2020.  Beloved husband of Hosanna Orisma of West Roxbury.  Loving father of Hugues Joseph Emmanuel Orisma of Stoughton and  Natanaelle Orisma Barrie and her husband Abdul-Karim Barrie of Weymouth.  Brother of Marc-Aurel Orisma, Thomas Aurisma, Martha Orisma, Josette Bernard, Renette Gilles and Dominic Orisma. Cherished grandfather of Ayman Luqman Barrie.  He is lovingly survived by many extended family, friends who miss him dearly.

Larrieux was born in Cavaillon, Haiti and immigrated to the United States. An ardent worker, he built and operated his own business in Boston where he raised his family. He enjoyed family gatherings and is especially remembered for his infectious sense of humor and gregarious personality. His country Haiti was very close to his heart and he kept close to home over the years. A devout Catholic, he loved to sing at church and lived his life Biblically. Most of all, Larrieux was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.  

Visiting hours will he held Saturday June 13, 2020 in the Dolan Funeral Home,1140 Washington Street, Dorchester lower Mills 9:00am- 11:00am .  Funeral Mass will follow in Saint Angela Church, Mattapan.  Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Boston.

Courtney Chanel Stewart

Courtney Chanel Stewart of Boston, MA passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the tender age of 26. She is of Jamaican-American heritage and a force that will always be in our hearts. She loved roller-skating at Chez Vous, skateboarding, dressing up and spending a lot of time with friends and family. She enjoyed life and all that it offered. She was affectionately called CC spelled like the namesake Chanel brand logo. She strived to be the best she could be and was a star that always shined. She loved hard and often put others ahead of herself, always had words of wisdom to uplift you and could be the best shoulder you can lean on.

She will be missed forever and leaves behind parents Kamala Jones and Derval Stewart, grandparents Clarence B. Jones Sr. and Fannie Jones, Beverly Orgill Sylvester (deceased), aunt Gwendolyn Jones, uncles Rohan Hardy, Relva Sylvester Jr. and Clarence B. Jones Jr, siblings Daryl Morency, David Morency, Kasia Stewart, Jaylen Stewart, Ethan Stewart, Kyle Bonny and Chase Bonny; cousins Dajeh Jones, Kevin Boswell, Marcus Jones, Clarence B. Jones III, niece Rihanna Morency, nephew Daniel Morency, and many extended family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday June 14, 2020 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester Lower Mills. Followed by a private service.

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Francis Beirne Lovely Jr.

Francis Beirne Lovely, Jr.–proud Marine, Vietnam war hero, stalwart attorney, community leader, advocate for the underprivileged, avid golfer, motivating coach, faithful Catholic, loyal friend, cherished Papa, beloved father, treasured father-in-law, adoring and adored husband–died at his home, surrounded by his family, on June 7, 2020. Even in the face of his sudden cancer diagnosis, Beirne displayed his trademark qualities of grit, fortitude, faith, dignity, humility, and, most of all, enduring love. Beirne leaves behind a widespread network of heartbroken friends, colleagues, fellow veterans, admirers, and family who, if they were lucky, were on the receiving end of his signature selflessness, unending gratitude, and, most certainly, his contagious belly laugh.
Like so many who have passed during the pandemic, Beirne will not get the sendoff that he so deserves, and his friends and family will not be able to gather to toast (and roast) him. These are unconventional times, Beirne was an unconventional man, and this is an unconventional tribute. So, buckle up, his life was quite a ride!
When 10 of Beirne’s 12 grandchildren (those old enough to talk) recently answered the question, ‘What do you love most about Papa?’, their responses were personal, yet strikingly similar: ‘I love that he’s brave’, ‘I love that he fought for our country’, ‘He is always in a good mood’, ‘He is caring no matter who the person is’, ‘He taught me how to play golf’, ‘He’s supportive and loving and kind’, ‘He takes care of us’, ‘He loves my drawings’, ‘He’s a great coach’, ‘He has an ability to make everyone laugh and smile’. These sentiments paint a poetic picture of a man who lived in service to his country, God, his community and, above all, his family. In these reflections, one common theme emerged, summed up whimsically by his 4 year old granddaughter, Taylor: ‘I love that Papa is the best.’ All who knew him will certainly agree that Beirne Lovely was, indeed, the best.
Beirne was born on January 5, 1946. Contrary to what his red hair, fair skin, and loathing of the beach might’ve indicated, Beirne was raised in the seaside town of Nahant. After graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 1963, Beirne matriculated to Dartmouth College where, despite a questionable performance in his freshman chemistry class (a story he loved to regale), he made his mark, forming a close bond with his brothers of Chi Phi fraternity and scrumming on the rugby field. As the conflict in Vietnam brewed, Beirne heeded his instinctual desire to serve his country. While he began his military career in the Army ROTC at Dartmouth, he chose to accept his commission as an Officer in the Marine Corps on June 10, 1967, alongside so many of his fraternity brothers. After earning the designation of Infantry Officer at Quantico, Beirne deployed to Vietnam in January of 1968, courageously leading his men in the 1st Battalion 9th Marines (notoriously coined ‘The Walking Dead’) into battle in Khe Sanh during the Tet Offensive. For his heroism, Beirne was awarded two Bronze Stars as well as a Purple Heart and, later, a Navy Commendation Medal and a Navy Achievement Medal. In an effort to preserve the histories of combat veterans, Beirne gave his voice to a number of publications. His oral accounts for the web series, Witness to War, reveal stories of bravery, humor, and heartbreak that will endure the test of time. Beirne was profoundly committed to veterans, principally through the New England Center and Home for Veterans, where he tirelessly volunteered his time and expertise, most recently as Chair of the Board.
Following Vietnam, Beirne became Executive Officer of the Marine Corps Barracks in Newport, RI, and immersed himself in the community by volunteering and coaching. It was also in Newport where, one beautiful night, he first met his perfect match, his soulmate and future wife, Joan. Ever the charmer, Beirne coaxed Joan into a date and, after a whirlwind courtship, they married on February 19, 1972, after just 8 months together, in order to ensure a military wedding. Even a blizzard on the day of their ceremony at St. Gregory’s Church in Dorchester did not prevent Beirne and Joan from having an arch of swords (albeit, indoors). Thus began a partnership brimming with mutual admiration, respect, support, and unadulterated love that lasted nearly 50 years.
Upon completing his service and being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Beirne enrolled in law school at Boston University, where he expertly balanced work with his budding family, submitting his paper for the Law Review (of which he later became Managing Editor) on the night that his first child, Kristen, was born. He graduated cum laude in 1975 and began a successful career in corporate law at Herrick Smith, before being recruited to Goodwin Procter, where he was selected for early partnership. As a Senior Partner, he acted as sage mentor to new lawyers and founded the Children’s Fund at Goodwin, collecting toys, clothing, and money for children and the homeless. In 2007, after over 30 years, Beirne ‘retired’ and began his next career as the first in-house General Counsel for the Archdiocese of Boston. As a lifelong Catholic with a deep-seated faith, working for Cardinal O’Malley was the privilege of a lifetime. Beirne’s steady presence, sharp wit, and intellectual prowess were mainstays at the Pastoral Center for over 12 years.
For all of Beirne’s impressive professional accomplishments, he also made a conscious decision that his career was his livelihood, but not his life. Beirne always made time for his community and was actively involved in the Town of Milton for over 25 years. He served in many capacities, including as a member of the Warrant Committee, a Corporator at Milton Hospital, a Town Meeting member, President of the Milton High School Boosters, and Chair of the School Committee. During his years as Chair, Beirne was instrumental in initiatives to build new schools, and was a Founding Member of the Milton Foundation for Education. So indelible was his impact on Milton schools that Beirne was presented with a pair of ‘reserved seats’ painted on the wall of the Milton High School fieldhouse in 2010.
Even in the midst of his many hours of volunteering, working, and being a family man, anyone who knew Beirne knew that there was always time for golf. He loved spending time on the course–any course–with colleagues, friends, and most especially, his sons. However, even golf was never purely recreational for Beirne. He steadfastly organized memorial and charity
golf tournaments, and was actively involved in the leadership at Wollaston Golf Club, where he held multiple positions, including Director, Governor, advisor, and sounding board. In acknowledgement of his dedication, Wollaston recently recognized Beirne with the Distinguished Service Award, an honor that meant the world to him. Beirne was many things to many people, but nothing was more meaningful to him than family. When given an option between family and anything else (yes, including golf), Beirne never wavered. He lived by the mantra, ‘Family First’. Whether globe-trotting with Joan from Hawaii and Alaska to Ecuador and Italy, or just staying put, nothing brought him more joy than being surrounded by family. In particular, he and Joan treasured family gatherings; whether it was a holiday, their annual family trip, or a spontaneous weeknight barbecue, there was sure to be copious amounts of food and drinks and, inevitably, a mishap amidst the laughter.
Eternally selfless, a conversation with Beirne was never complete without his trademark, ‘What can I do for you?’ He was the physical manifestation of what it means to show up. From day one, he enthusiastically coached his kids and grandkids (and countless Milton youth) in every sport; cheered–not so quietly–at hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey games from Hingham to Arizona; picked up and dropped off his grandkids at school (with an occasional secret detour to Wendy’s or Dairy Freeze); stood in line without complaint at TJ Maxx for holiday returns. Most of all, Beirne was never shy in his unwavering support of his kids. He faithfully drove with Joan to Bowdoin to catch David in every basketball game and to watch Greg play shortstop; ventured to UVM to give homesick Michelle a warm hug; and, when he felt the conditions were unsatisfactory for play, single handedly mowed and weed whacked the Milton field hockey field before one of Kristen’s games.
Beirne had a rare ability to be there at just the right time: to listen or offer advice, make up songs to the delight of his grandchildren (and the playful eye rolling of Joan), celebrate occasions with gusto, teach his grandkids how to give a ‘real’ handshake, and offer comfort in times of grief and put things into perspective with a classic, ‘this too shall pass’. Mostly, he showed us how to speak and act with dignity, kindness, and humility. In essence, he taught us to lead by example. This is the beautiful legacy that Beirne has bestowed upon generations to come.
Beirne is survived by his rock, his biggest supporter, his beloved wife, Joan, and their 4 children and their families: Kristen, Dennis, Camden, and Maggie Carr, of Milton, MA; Michelle, Shannon, Zoe, Hailey, and Orin Staiger, of Fairbanks, AK; David, Kerri, Dylan, Jackson, and Taylor Lovely, of Hingham, MA; and Gregory, Sarah, Scott, Wesley, Eliza, and Mae Lovely, with whom he shared his home in Milton. He is also survived by his brother, Ed, and his wife, Barbara, of Topsham, ME; countless in-laws, nieces and nephews; and, of course, a wide array of loyal friends. Beirne was predeceased by his parents, Francis Beirne and Dorothy Lovely.In the final weeks of his life, Beirne was cared for by a loving team of doctors and nurses at Beth Israel in Boston, who offered comfort when pandemic regulations prevented his familyfrom being there. Once Beirne came home, South Shore VNA offered compassionate care, answering our questions and late-night calls. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Cindy Getman, Beirne’s hospice nurse, who went above and beyond to help us navigate our heartbreak.
Beirne’s services will be private for now, and a memorial mass and celebration of life will occur when it is safe. If you’d like to help carry on Beirne’s legacy, please consider a donation to the following causes: The New England Center and Home for Veterans
(https://www.nechv.org/donations/tribute-giving/ ), Campaign for Catholic Schools ( https://www.campaignforcatholicschools.org/support-ccs ), or a scholarship established in his name (checks payable to the Beirne Lovely Memorial Scholarship Fund can be mailed to James McAuliffe, Town Treasurer, 525 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186).

David M. Butler

David M. Butler, 70, of Milton, Mass, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 5 after a long and heroic struggle with lymphoma.

Mr. Butler was born in Boston to Charles Kingston Butler and Eleanor (Hannon) Butler and grew up in Roslindale. He attended Sacred Heart School, was a member of the Class of 1967 at Boston Latin School, and graduated from The New Preparatory School in 1968. He received his B.A. from Boston College in 1973, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1977.

He practiced law in Quincy for almost 40 years.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Gavin Butler, (Betsy) and his three sons, David M. Butler Jr. and his wife Hillary of Austin, Texas, Patrick G. Butler and his partner Meghan Foley of Hull, Mass, and Andrew Chadwick Butler of Dorchester, He was the adored “Papa” to his grandchildren, Bridget and Rory Butler of Austin, Texas.

 He is also survived by three brothers, Charles K. Butler and his wife Ellen of Plymouth, Kevin Butler and his wife Marylou of Scituate and Thomas J. Butler and his wife Rosalba of  Allandale, New Jersey, and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary E. Butler (Lynn) and his brother Christopher Butler. He is also survived by his cousin and godmother, Virginia Fortin of Quincy. He was a much-loved brother-in-law to the Gavin family.

An extended trip to Europe in the late 1960’s, with his lifelong friend, John Craven, ignited his love of travel. Over the years, David and Betsy travelled extensively in Europe and the United States. A recent visit to Liverpool, England in August was a particularly happy time. David was a member of the Erie Society of Boston, and the Squirrels Club of Quincy, and was involved with Boy Scout Troop 3 of Milton, when his sons were younger. He was a past member of the Neighborhood Club, various professional associations and groups, and for a time taught paralegal studies at Quincy Junior College. He was a voracious reader, an almost daily visitor at the Milton Public Library and enjoyed political discussion and analysis.  

Visiting hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Street, EAST MILTON SQUARE on Wednesday, June 10 from 4 to 8pm.  Funeral services are private.  Burial will be in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Joseph E. Corcoran

Joseph E. Corcoran passed away on June 3, 2020 peacefully in the company of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild at his home in Milton.  He was 84. 

Since founding Corcoran Jennison in 1971, he built and managed 20,000+ housing units and thousands of acres of real estate, including housing, hospitality, office, retail and mixed-use projects in more than 15 states. A pioneer in advancing the concept of mixed-income housing and converting troubled public housing projects into successful communities, he led the partnership that transformed Dorchester’s Columbia Point into Harbor Point, a community that became a national model for the federal government’s HOPE VI program. In 1994, he founded The American City Coalition to advocate for innovation in urban revitalization. In addition to housing, Mr. Corcoran developed and owned Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club on Cape Cod, and CJ Hospitality continues to manage the property.

A 1959 graduate of Boston College and former board member, Mr. Corcoran created the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at the Carroll School of Business at Boston College in 2014 to educate and inspire the next generation of professionals to use real estate as a catalyst for turning struggling neighborhoods into stable, flourishing communities. He is recognized for his abundant philanthropic pursuits and leadership positions with many organizations, including with the Boston Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston College, Boston College High School, the American Ireland Fund, the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Urban Land Institute, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester and St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester. 

Joe was predeceased by his wife, the former Rosemarie Gildea of Dorchester and is survived by his sister Frances Richer of Milton.  He is also survived by his children, Joseph J. Corcoran, and Gayle (Donovan) Corcoran of Milton; Suzanne Corcoran Early and Dennis J. Early of Alexandria, VA; Michael J. Corcoran and Linda (Donovan) Corcoran; Tricia (Corcoran) Chapple and Paul Chapple of Milton, MA; Kathryn Corcoran and Russell Deane of Quincy, MA; Sean Gildea Corcoran and his partner Alisa Kasmer of Los Angeles, CA; and Patrick Corcoran of Arlington, MA. Joe leaves 16 grandchildren; Rosemarie Corcoran; Jennifer Corcoran; Joseph Corcoran; Olivia Corcoran; Owen Corcoran Early; Cole Joseph Early; Mari Corcoran Egan; Kayla Corcoran; Michael Corcoran; Rachel Corcoran; Aiden Corcoran; Samantha Chapple; Nicola Chapple; Mickey Chapple; Kelly Chapple; and Charles Deane. He also has one great-grandchild, Alexis Egan. 

Cause of death was congestive heart failure. Funeral services will be private. 

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester give.bgcdorchester.org or St. Mary’s Center stmaryscenterma.org/donate-now