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Walter F. Maguire

Walter F. Maguire, of Milton, died on August 12, 2016.

Beloved husband of the late Barbara  (Berry) Maguire.  Loving  father of Barbara A. Barrett  of  Milton, Regina M. Maguire  of Milton, Paul W. Maguire of Bridgewater and the late Kevin, Martin, Thomas  and Stephen Maguire.  Brother of Joseph Maguire of New York, Anne Blesedell of Dorchester, Francis X. Maguire of Weymouth and the late Mary King.  Cherished  grandfather of nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Walter was born Boston and raised in Roxbury.  He lived in Dorchester before settling in  Milton in 1970 where he and his wife Barbara  raised their family.  He was a graduate of Boston College, Boston College Law and became a member of the Massachusetts Bar in 1954.  He practiced law for the City of Boston for over fifty years before retiring.  He was an avid shopper, enjoyed traveling and loved to spend time with family and entertaining a crowd for a barbeque.  Walter was a loyal Notre Dame fan and could always be found watching the game and cheering them on.  Most of all Walter was devoted to his family who were the cornerstone of his life.  He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him.

A Mass of Chirstian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 10:30AM in Saint Gregory Church, Dorchester Avenue.  Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday August 16 from 3:00PM – 7:00PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite  Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE.  Interment Milton Cemetery.

Marilyn L. Walsh

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Marilyn L. (Landers) Walsh passed away peacefully on August 11, 2016.  Born  on February 4, 1931, she was raised in Boston and the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Landers.  She was the beloved wife of the late James H. Walsh, M.D. of Milton, MA.

She is survived by her six children: James H. Walsh, III of Weymouth, MA; Mary Ann Walsh of Tampa, FL, Raymond L. Walsh of Milton, MA; Marilyn L. Walsh-Doyle of Randolph, MA;  Elizabeth J. Walsh of Charlestown, MA  and Jennifer A. McArdle  and her husband Chuck of Dorchester, MA.  Sister of Raymond Landers of Wakefield.   Marilyn is also survived by three loving grandchildren.

Marilyn was a nurse for over 50 years and brought her humor and compassion to all she touched.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton, MA, Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.  Visiting hours on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.   Burial in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

Barbara Roper

Catherina Barbara (Murphy) Roper passed away peacefully on August 11, 2016 at the Bostonian Nursing Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Dorchester, MA. Barbara was born in Crookstown, Co. Cork, Ireland.  She graduated from university and sailed to Boston, MA in 1958. While working as the comptroller at the old Shawmut Bank, she met the love of her life, George, at the dances at The Intercolonial on Dudley Street.  They married on October 6th, 1961. Married for almost 55 years, they were inseparable. They were blessed with four children, raising their family on Ashmont Hill in Dorchester.

Barbara was a loving wife and a devoted mother & grandmother to her children & seven grandchildren. She is survived by her adoring husband & best friend, George of Dorchester, MA; daughter Ann Roper Quinn & her partner Vincent Drago of Canton, sons George & his wife Kathleen of E. Bridgewater, Sean & his wife Kristen of Quincy, Michael & his wife Jodie of Quincy and her beloved grandchildren; Caroline Quinn, Cormac & Anya Roper; John, Matthew & James Roper; Liam Roper.

She is also survived by her brother Denis & his wife Mary Murphy of England. She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherina & Patrick Murphy, sisters Agnes Murphy & Philomena Jarecki, & brother, Anthony Murphy. In addition to her family, she is survived by so many friends and neighbors and she will be sorely missed by the Boston Irish community.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church, Dorchester, MA Monday, August 15th at 10:00 am. Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., Dorchester Lower Mills, Sunday 2:00-6:00 pm. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4780 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Thomas F. Kelly

Thomas F. Kelly,  77, Aug. 8, of Milton, formerly of South Boston. Tom died with his family around him after a courageous battle with terminal illness. He leaves his beloved wife of 40 years, Lorraine (Stanley); his son T.J.; his son Kevin and wife Sarah; and his grandson Tillman.  Tillman brought Tom great joy. Brother of Coleman Kelly, of Plymouth; Margie Kelly, of Milton; and the late Mary O’Sullivan, Patrick Kelly, John Kelly and Bartholomew Kelly. Beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha Church, Friday, Aug. 12, at 10:30am. Visiting hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 4-8pm. Interment Milton Cemetery. Late Vet. U.S. Army.

Nathan Lavigne

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Nathan M. Lavigne of Dorchester, August 3, 2016, beloved son of Margaret J. Jamieson and Glendon K. Lavigne of Dorchester. Loving brother of Daniel R. Lavigne and wife Lisa of Hingham. Adored uncle of Skyla, Hannah, Ryan and Olivia. Nathan is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday in St . Mark Church, Dorchester at 10 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 4 – 8 PM, from the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Anne E. McCoole

Anne E. McCoole, of Mashpee, formerly of Milton, August 2, 2016.

Beloved daughter of Alfred E. and Mary M. (Kelley) McCoole. Sister of James F. McCoole of PA and Marie M. McCoole of RI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Christ the King Church, Mashpee, Thursday August 4 at 11:00 AM. Visitation in the church beginning at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Sandwich Town Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne’s memory may be made to Christ the King Food Pantry, 3 Jobs Fishing Road, Mashpee MA 02649.

William C. Kiernan

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William D. Kiernan of Williamsburg, Virginia, died at 93 on July 31, 2016 while staying with family in Milton. Beloved husband of 66 years to the late Eunice Hanssen Kiernan.  Loving father of Leslie Kiernan of Chantilly, VA, Noel MacMaster and her husband Robert of Milton, and Paul Kiernan of Bellmore, NY.  Brother of John Kiernan and his wife Mary of Blairsville, GA and the late Frank Kiernan and Charles Flynn.  Cherished grandfather of Ashley MacMaster of Colorado.

William was born in New York, where he lived and raised his family. As a decorated U.S. Army Veteran, he proudly served his country during WWII in the Army Engineer Corps, earning a Purple Heart. For many years, he was a Quality Control Inspector for Republic Aviation.  As a graduate of Pratt Institute, he pursued his love of art as a teacher, antique dealer, and window, set, and costume designer.

Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Thursday from 4-7 PM at the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE.  A funeral service will be held Friday at 11AM at Saint James Lutheran Church, 214 York Street, Canton, MA  02021.  Burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date.   Donations in memory of William may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or Salvation Army, 281 N. Main Street, Brockton, MA  02301.

Joseph Christopher Higgins Jr.

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Joseph Christopher Higgins, Jr., a leader in the Boston construction business for more than 40 years and beloved husband, father and grandfather, at the age of 82, August 1, 2016.

Joe graduated from Saint Sebastian’s Country Day School in 1952, and from Boston College in 1956. In 1959, he joined JC Higgins Company, following two years of military service in the United States Army.  He became President of the company in 1968 and continued on as President and CEO until 1999, when he became Chairman of the Board. He also served on the boards of the Hancock Bank and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

While his professional achievements are significant, he is more remembered by all who knew and loved him by his larger than life personality which transcended into every aspect of his life. He married the love of his life, Catharine Reagan Higgins, in 1962 and had seven children and 23 grandchildren. Joe was a prolific and colorful storyteller, and kept his audiences rapt with stories from Somerville and Newton, replete with recurring characters including Stinky Finnegan, Louie Veduzio, and Mary Margaret Magoon. An avid golfer, he was President of the Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, where he joined in 1960 and played for many seasons. In recent years he was often found motoring across Buzzard’s Bay on an ever-rotating fleet of boats with a crew of friends and relatives seeking “blues and stripers.”  When he wasn’t fishing, Joe could also be found lunching at Bobby’ Restaurant in Vero Beach (Seat 5E), disseminating his unique opinions to the public via various Letters to the Editor, and reminding his children and grandchildren that, when it came to politics, “One day, you’ll see, I was right.” As a father he was loving but stern, and as a grandfather he was a complete pushover. Whether they knew him as Papa or Dunkum, few left his house without a nickname and none without a smile

Beloved husband of Catharine (Reagan) Higgins of Marion, MA and Vero Beach. Father of Joseph C. Higgins III and his wife Kim, Molly C. Mahn, Catharine M. Higgins, Robert R. Higgins and his wife Michelle, Michael P. Higgins and his wife Maria, Timothy J. Higgins and his wife Kristen and Philip C. and his husband Matthew Smith. Joe is also survived by 23 grandchildren. Brother of Eleanor Rodgers, Alice Slattery, Evelyn Beveridge, James F. Higgins, John Higgins and the late Mary Nash.

His Funeral will be held on Friday August 5th at 10:45 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at Saint Anthony’s Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett at 12 Noon. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday August 4th from 3-7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

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Ruth E. (Jones) Crimp

Ruth E. (Jones) Crimp, of Millington TN, formerly of Milton, July 28, 2016.

Beloved wife of the late Victor Thompson and Frank Crimp. Sister of the late Miriam (Jones) Kellsey. Aunt of Robert Kellsey of Millington, TN, Diane Kellsey of Haddam Neck, CT and Marcia Picands of Delmar, NY.

Graveside Service at Milton Cemetery, Centre Street, Milton, Tuesday, August 2nd at 1:30 PM. Relatives and friends invited.

John F. Healey Jr.

John F. Healey Jr, of Hyde Park, June 25, 2016.

Beloved son of the late John F. Mary C. (Wilcewski) Healey. Brother of Dennis Healey and Mary Anne Massey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Saturday July 30 at 10:00 AM. Interment Gethsemane Cemetery, West Roxbury.