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Gerard J. Joyce

Joyce, Gerard 001 for website and ACS onlyGerard J. “Jerry” Joyce died on May 25, 2016.

He leaves a legacy of 96 years of joyful embrace of life, strong commitment to his Faith and active participation in the civic life of his community. Jerry always had a smile and a hearty greeting for everyone he would meet.  He provided a wonderful example for his family, as a man who was always optimistic and always saw the good in others.

Mr. Joyce was married to Marjorie C (Donovan) Joyce for 61 blessed years.  Marjorie died in May 2007. Jerry and Marjorie were the parents of 8 children: Gerard Jr. of Milton, Robert (spouse, Joanne) of Barnstable, Joanne Stanley (Spouse, Jack) of Milton, Elizabeth of Ostervile, Paul of Florida, Patricia O’Brien (spouse, Thomas) of Lexington, Christopher (spouse, Meg) of Jamaica Plain, and State Senator Brian (spouse, Mary) of Milton. Jerry leaves 18 grandchildren:  Matthew and his spouse Lynn and Michael Joyce, Joseph and his spouse Kate and Robert Stanley, Reverend Kevin Staley-Joyce, Lucas, Nina, Tomas, Dureti and Marisol, (deceased 2008) O’Brien, Seamus, Madeline, and Julia Joyce, and Jake, Mike, Maggie, Jimmy, and Andrew Joyce. Great-grandfather of Owen and Henry Joyce. Jerry is survived by his brother Eugene P. Joyce of Milton and also leaves his very special friend and fellow Fuller Village resident, Myrtle Flight.

Mr. Joyce was born in Roxbury on October 29, 1919.  He grew up near Dudley Square as part of a family of 13 children. He graduated from Boston English High School, and Boston College ’42. Jerry was a Captain in the United States Army. Jerry and his family have resided in Milton since 1963. Jerry was a longtime Town Meeting Member and an active parishioner at St Mary of the Hills Church. Jerry was the President of the Milton Senior Citizens Club, and a very active leader at Fuller Village in Milton where he has lived since 2005.

The Family will welcome visitors at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Monday 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary of the Hills Church, 29 St. Mary’s Road, Milton, Tuesday May 31 at 11:00 AM.  Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Foundation for Marisol’s Journey (


Clarence David Westhaver

Clarence David Westhaver passed away peacefully in his Milton, MA home, May 23, 2016. Mr. Westhaver was 72 years old.

He began boiler refractory repairs at the age of 13 and was known as a master craftsman. “David” was an avid golfer, loved making people laugh, and was known as “Goofy” by his friends. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing Santa Claus during the holiday season.  He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia M. (Meyers); 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  Mr. Westhaver treasured his family, especially his grandchildren.

A wake will be held Thursday May 26 between 4-8pm at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave, EAST MILTON SQUARE followed by a funeral service Friday at 10:00am at the funeral home.

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William H. Walsh

Walsh_ William webpage1William H. “Bill” Walsh, Age 91, forever of Dorchester most recently from Weymouth and Lake Worth Florida, May 23. Bill was a very proud member of that “Greatest generation that ever lived” and proudly served during WWII in the United States Navy as a radioman in the South Pacific. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8699 of River Street in Mattapan as well as a member of the McKeon post of Dorchester. Upon serving his time in WWII he returned to Dorchester and worked 44 years for the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. Bill worked many side jobs also to support his wife and 9 children. Upon retiring he found much joy in spending time with his family and friends on Burke’s Beach in Green Harbor Massachusetts which is where he originally met his wife , Eileen. He was an avid collector of coins and until recently an active member of the “Dorchester Day Parade Committee”. He loved the Red Sox and BC football. He also became a “snow bird” with his wife and spent many quality winters in Lake Worth Florida making never ending friendships with the people of Kokomo and Poinciana. He will be missed dearly by both his family and friends forever. God Bless “Bill”, “Dad”, and “Papa”.

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years Eileen C. “Maloney” of Neponset.  Also his 9 loving children William H. Walsh Jr. and his wife Janet of Weymouth, Helen Dunn and her husband Brian of Plymouth, Eileen Walsh of Alameda California, Maryann Mattes of Abington, Paul Walsh and his wife Linda of Pembroke, Shawn Walsh of South Boston, Coleen McNeill and her husband Jack of Plymouth, Thomas Walsh of Hyde Park, and Kelly Hally and her husband Joseph of Weymouth. Grandfather of Eric, Michelle, Kelly, Brian, Courtney, Amollia, Christopher, Adam, Michael, Patrick, Taylor, Ashley, Brendan, Christopher, Kaitlyn, Brittany, Bailey, Nicholas, Joseph, Liam and Aidan. Great Grandfather of Phoebe, Isabella, Gino, Gianna, Brody, Allison, Christopher and Jasmine, who all loved “Papa” immensely.  Bill is survived by his brother,  Dr. Jack Walsh of Wakefield R.I. and 3 sisters Celia Johnson of West Hartford Connecticut, Mary Stella of Foxboro, Theresa Meekin of Falmouth as well as the late Helen Hunsicker of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Walsh of Mattapan as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church, DORCHESTER, Fri., May 27, at 10 o’clock.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Thurs., 3- 8 pm. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. If desired contributions in Bill’s memory may be sent to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or

James McCarthy

James ” Mac” McCarthy of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Quincy, died at home Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  Born in Milton he was a graduate of  Milton High School. Mr. McCarthy served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He worked for Roadway Tire Co. in Fl for as a salesperson. His passion was power boating.   He was the devoted father of Richard and John McCarthy of FL and Janet Marie McCarthy of Weymouth.. Grandfather of  Joseph McCarthy of FL, Matthew Fisher of Weymouth, Tyler, Madison and Alexa McCarthy all of FL. Brother of Paul McCarthy of Kingston and the late Joan McCarthy.  Former husband of the late Geraldine ((McAlduff) McCarthy. Brother in Law of Paul McAlduff of Fl. Son of the late Harry and Kate McCarthy.   Visiting hour at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Tuesday, May 24, 11:30 -12:30.   Interment Service Mount Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale, Tuesday 1 pm. In lieu of flowers donations Mac’s memory can be made to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284,

Ruth Ann Brennan

Ruth Ann (Maloney ) Brennan   of Braintree formerly of Milton formerly of Hyde Park.  Beloved  wife of the late Paul Brennan. Devoted mother of Nancy (Carrara) LaCroix and her husband James of Braintree , John F. Brennan  and his wife Colleen of Norwell and the late Joseph Carrara.  Grandmother of James LaCroix of W. Roxbury, Jennifer LaCroix of Salem, Joanne LaCroix of Braintree, Nicole Kincaide of NC, Patrick Brennan and Kevin Brennan both of Norwell.  Sister of the late Jean Dolan, Robert Maloney, Joseph Maloney and David Maloney.  Also survived by 5 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary of the Hills Church, MILTON Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 10:00am.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE Monday 3-9PM. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.  If desired contributions in Ruth’s name may be sent to the Jimmy Fund,  P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via For further information please visit


Mary E. Cronin

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Cronin Mary E. of Dorchester died May 17, 2016.  Beloved   sister  of Ann Bennett of Dorchester, David Cronin of Tewksbury, Joseph Cronin of West Roxbury, Tommy Cronin of Middleboro and the late John, Robert, Alice, Michael and James Cronin.   Mary was cared for by her cherished friend Shirley McAuliffe of Braintree and her devoted niece Cristina Allen of Mansfield.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mary worked for Boston Gas Company for many years before retiring.  She enjoyed donating her time to various charities, including St. Matthew’s Food Pantry and the Shattuck Hospital where she could always be found giving to the less fortunate.  Mary was a devoted Catholic with deep faith in her religion.  She will be remembered by all who loved her as a woman with a huge heart and deep compassion for others.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory Church, Dorchester Monday May 23, 2016 at 10:00AM.  Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday 2-5PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street,  Dorchester.  Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery.  See for online condolences. 

Christina Ann McKiernan

Christina Ann (Hurley) McKiernan, May 17, born on County Cork, Ireland, of Milton, beloved wife of John J. McKiernan.  Devoted mother of John J. McKiernan, Jr. and his wife Laura of Dedham.  Frank McKiernan of Weymouth, Steven McKiernan of Hyde Park, and Christine Cox and her late husband Donald of Braintree.  Grandmother of Lauren, Michael and Daniel McKiernan all of Dedham, Ryan  and Anna Cox both of Braintree.  Sister of Finbar Hurley of England and Lil Crean of Ireland and the late Daniel Hurley, Josie Nolan, Michael Hurley and Margaret O’ Halloran. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary of the Hills Church, MILTON , Mon. , May 23,at 10 o’clock.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Sunday 3-6 pm. Interment Milton Cemetery.  If desired contributions in Ann’s memory may be sent to the Hospice of South Shore, 100 Bay State Rd., Braintree, MA 02184.

William J. “Bill” Flaherty

William J. “Bill” Flaherty,  of Kingston, formerly of Milton, in his 87th year, May 15, 2016.

Born and raised in South Boston, he was a graduate of Boston English High School, Class of 1946. Mr. Flaherty served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1948 and then attended Boston University, taking accelerated courses to graduate with the Class of 1950. He then attended Boston University Law School, graduating in 1953. He passed the Bar Exam and was married to Virginia L. McLaughlin in Saint Brigid Church, South Boston in 1953. He began practicing law with Liability Insurance Company for Accident & Life and transitioned to the Sales Department at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1960, retiring in 1991 as Sales Manager.

The Flaherty family  moved to Milton in 1963. Mr. Flaherty was active in Milton Youth Sports, served of the Board of Directors for Milton Babe Ruth Baseball, Saint Agatha Church and My Brother’s Keeper. He received an award from the Archdiocese of Boston for service to God and youth.

Beloved husband of the late Virginia L. (McLaughlin) Flaherty. Loving father of Kathleen Flaherty, Kevin Flaherty and his wife Marilyn, all of Milton, Maureen Savoie of Whitman, Eileen Mullaney and her husband Joseph of Braintree, Mark Flaherty and his wife Nadine of Pleasanton, CA, Stephen Flaherty of Abington, Brian Flaherty and his wife Karen of Braintree, Christopher Flaherty and his wife Stacey of Franklin and Sean Flaherty and his wife Kellie of Canton. Brother of the late Donald Flaherty. Bill is survived by 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear friend and business partner of Laurie Montuori.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Milton, Friday May 20 at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 4 – 8 PM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation’s in Bill’s memory may be made to My Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356 or the Miramar Retreat Center 121 Park St., Duxbury, MA 02332.

Nicholas (Nick) Brian Lashaway

Lashaway, Nick for website and ACS onlyNicholas (Nick) Brian Lashaway, 28, of Hopkinton, a former resident of Montrose, California and New York City, died suddenly in a car accident on May 8, 2016. Nick was the beloved son of Lisa (Conlin) Lashaway, of Montrose, California, and was like a son and brother to Wilf and Sophie Betke of Montrose, California and their daughter, Jade Rosenkranz of Helsinki, Finland. He is survived by his father, Michael Lashaway of Estacada, Oregon. Nick is also survived by his grandparents, Robert and Jean Conlin of Dorchester; his aunts and uncles, Robert Conlin of Wiscasset, Maine, Laura Poulin of Dorchester, Richard Conlin of Whitman, Julie Conlin and Dave Diana of Hopkinton, Mary Jane and John Walker of Milton, and Dina Conlin and Dave Newman of Newton; along with his adoring younger cousins (all of whom thought he was the coolest cousin ever), Liam, Nolan, Patrick, Nora, Iris and Desmond Conlin of Boothbay, Maine, Rebecca Conlin of Hanson, Charlotte Diana of Hopkinton, Jake, Max and Charlie Walker of Milton, and Sam, Rachel and Ben Newman of Newton.

Nick had a great sense of humor and a unique way of walking through the world. He loved his family, goofing around with his cousins, old-school rock and classical music, classic movies and literature, a good round of poker, dogs, and playing the guitar (not so well, he’d say). Nick was an accomplished actor, and acted in numerous major film and television productions. We all feel so lucky to have had Nick in our lives, and will sorely miss his genuine kindness, sense of humor and offbeat perspective. We were looking forward to sharing more good times with Nick, and are so sad that Nick will never have the chance to experience what life had in store for him.

Funeral service at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Saturday May 14 at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to in memory of Nick.

William W. Maker

William W. Maker of Milton, formerly of Bradford, passed away on April 26 at Wingate Rehab Center in Needham at the age of 100. Beloved husband of the late Mary (Barrett) Maker. Father of Mary Catherine Maker of Milton, William A. Maker of Westminster, SC and the late Ann Marie Maker.

Bill Maker was born and raised in North Andover, MA and graduated from Johnson High School in 1933. In 1944, he became a welder at the Portsmouth Navy Yard and remained there until 1945 when he began work as a Purchasing Agent for the construction department at Western Electric retiring in 1979 after 34 years.

An enthusiastic participant in amateur sports Bill was a devoted Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was an avid collector of antiques, repaired and collected antique clocks and tools, was a skilled woodworker, and stayed busy in his garden.

Interment will be on Tuesday, May 17th at 11:30 in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Newburyport. The family wishes to express its warmest gratitude to all the kind and loving staff and residents at Winter Valley in Milton who welcomed and helped care for Bill, as well as Audrey Springer his caregiver.

In lieu of flowers and in his memory donations may be made to the Milton Community Food Pantry, Inc., 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186, or to the charity of your choice.