Joan F. Conti, 74

Joan F. (Blake) Conti, age 74, of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, October 19, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Joan Conti

Joan Conti

Joan was born in Boston to the late John F. and Gladys M. (Fournier) Blake. She was raised and educated in Quincy and was a lifelong Quincy resident.

She was employed for South Shore Mental Health for many years but her passion and life was centered on her family.

Joan was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She especially loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, watching them grow and actively participating in their many activities and accomplishments.

Along with her husband, Joe, she enjoyed traveling and winters in Marco Island, Florida for many years. She also enjoyed ceramics and knitting, and was well known for her cooking skills, especially her Italian dishes. Joan also loved her loyal dog, Jack.

Beloved wife for fifty-four years of Joseph Conti, Sr.

Devoted mother of Kim E. DiBona and her husband Peter, Quincy Fire Dept., Retired, of Quincy and the late Joseph Conti, Jr.

Loving grandmother of Kristen E. Russell and her husband John, Lauren M. DiBona and Daniel O’Connell, all of Quincy.

Cherished great grandmother of Lydia and Luke.

One of fourteen siblings, Joan was the sister of Thomas Blake of Wareham, James Blake of Quincy, Patricia Miller of Dorchester, Kathleen Tusi of Raynham, John Blake of New Hampshire, Carol McArthur, Debra Pomar, both of Weymouth, Elaine Barer of Taunton, Robert Blake of Hanover, Donna DiSalvio of Rockland, and was predeceased by Barbara Nigro, Mary Sturgeon, and Paul Blake.

Sister-in-law of Judith Kelcourse and her husband Edward of Weymouth, John “Jack” Conti of Quincy.

Joan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, October 23rd  at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Sunday 2 – 6 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Joseph Conti, Jr., “89”, Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive., Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 or VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Fund Development Office, 199 Rosewood Drive, Suite 180, Danvers, MA 01923.

You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.

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Concern Over North Quincy Hotel’s Branding


City officials expressed concern over the branding of a planned North Quincy hotel, with the neighborhood’s city councillor likening it to a “bait and switch.”

Cathartes, a Boston-based real estate development firm, received permission from the Planning Board to build the five-story, 180-room hotel at the corner of Arlington and West Squantum Streets. During the approval process, Cathartes said the hotel would operate under a Marriott or Hilton brand.

On Wednesday, however, Robert Harnais, the attorney representing the developer, told the Planning Board the business would operate as a dual-flag hotel under both the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands.

Harnais appeared before the board seeking approval for changes to the exterior of the proposed building, resulting from the change in branding, as well as additional landscaping improvements. He said there would be no structural changes to the building – it will remain at 180 rooms – and the hotel would still be marketed towards business travels with the same price points as a Marriott or Hilton would have had.

“The price points are the same because we’re attracting the same people,” Harnais said. “It’s not a hotel that they plan on having families come in…it’s a hotel in which business people are going to stay.”

Harnais acknowledged the Holiday Inn Express branding might make board members hesitant to back the change, given that Wednesday’s hearing came one day after a man was shot to death inside a Holiday Inn Express in Dorchester. He said the proposed North Quincy hotel would be an upscale hotel – the same company that operates Cathartes’ Marriott-branded properties will run the North Quincy one.

“This is not the Dorchester hotel. This is an upscale hotel,” Harnais said.  “Their history and their reputation is known for running upscale hotels.”

Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain, in a letter to the Planning Board, compared the change in branding to a bait and switch.

“This was a last-minute surprise following the approval of the project by this very board, which has given me the impression of a bait and switch situation. For the two years I have been aware of this project, the brand of the hotel was reported to be that of a Marriott or a Hilton, but now it’s something else,” said Cain, who did not attend the meeting.

“While I understand that this project is a fait accompli, I just hope that this is not a bad omen for the future of what was once a smooth and positive process until now. I kindly ask that you encourage the developers to stick to their promise of being a good neighbor and partner in Ward 3. I can only wish for the success of their project, for that in turn will benefit our great city.”

Coleman Barry, the board’s vice chairman, also had reservations about the change in branding. He said the board had always been told it would be a Marriott or Hilton, two brands he is familiar with, unlike Holiday Inn Express or Staybridge Suites.

“I know every time I said ‘what flag is going to be flown,’ it was Hilton or Marriott,” Barry said. “I’m not quite on board that this is a minor modification.”

Barry and board member Maureen Glynn also asked Harnais to consider changing the signage on the façade. Under the new plans, both the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites logos would be placed side by side on the corner of the top floor facing the intersection of Arlington and West Squantum Streets.

“It’s clunky looking to me,” Glynn said. “It’s a different aesthetic than what we were expecting.”

Harnais said he would ask his client to reconsider the signage.

The Planning Board did not vote on the changes to hotel’s exterior and landscaping Wednesday. The applicant will be back before the board Nov. 8, and Harnais said he would have the operator appear before the board that night to assuage officials’ concerns.

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Alfred P. DiCarlo, 93

Alfred P. “Fred” DiCarlo of Milton passed away suddenly on Monday, October 16, 2017 at South Shore Hospital. He was 93.

Alfred DiCarlo

Alfred DiCarlo

Born in Revere, Mr. DiCarlo was the son of the late Joseph and Louise DiCarlo. Fred lived in N. Quincy for most of his life before moving to Milton 22 years ago. He worked for Mass Engineering and Boston Gear Works. He was a veteran of the Army during WWII.

Fred was a member of the Presidents Men’s Golf Association, Elks Lodge in Quincy and the American Legion Post in Milton. He was an avid bowler with Montclair Couples’ Bowling League. Fred was known by many as the Frankie Lane of Quincy as he preformed in many establishments throughout the South Shore. Fred loved being with his family and friends.

Beloved husband of 53 years to the late Nancy DiCarlo. Loving father of Nancy DiCarlo of Ogunquit, ME, Alfred DiCarlo of Hanson, Laura and Bobby Jordan of Stoughton, Donna and Peter Harvey of Hingham, Philip and Fredda DiCarlo of Boca Raton, FL, Karen and Frank Guido of Norton, and David and Patty DiCarlo of Braintree. Brother of Marilyn Nestor of N. Quincy and brother of the late Joseph, Sully, Michael, Camille, Angie, Sarah, Louise and Mildred DiCarlo. Devoted grandfather of 18 and great grandfather of 9. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 2-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fred may be made to VA Boston Healthcare, 940 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301.

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Frances G. Kelly

Frances G. (Shields) Kelly of Quincy entered into eternal peace October 17, 2017.

Frances Kelly

Frances Kelly

Fran was born Aug. 18, 1932, and lived in Quincy most of her life. She adored her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling all over the world, painting, and playing cards with the girls at 1000 Southern Artery. Fran worked for over 30 years as an office manager at Hart Supply in Hingham, a special thank you to the Ryan family for treating her so well over her time there. Her family would also like to thank the staff at John Adams Nursing Home for their care. She was a sociable woman who was caring, active, and would do anything for anyone. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Beloved wife of the late Daniel J. Kelly, Jr. Loving mother of Daniel J. Kelly III and his wife Carole of Ashburnham, Mary Frances Kelly of Quincy, and the late Thomas M. Kelly. Cherished sister of the late Martin T. Shields, Jr. and his surviving wife Peggy. Devoted Nana of Tanya, Tim, Nicole, and Tommy Kelly and Elizabeth Amrock. Loving great Nana of Isaac Cornier. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 10:15 AM on Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 11:30 AM.

Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fran may be made to Alzheimer’s Assn., MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

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Catherine Ledger, 52

Catherine “Cathy” Ledger 8/11/1965 – 10/10/17 of Quincy passed away on October 10, 2017 after her battle with cancer at the age 52.

Catherine Ledger

Catherine Ledger

She is survived by her loving son Joshua. Daughter of Bernard and late Kitty and sister of the late Noel. Her brothers Tony, Bernard, Gary, Paul, Stephen, Christopher; Sisters Marie McNamara, Valerie Maher, Bernadette McMahon. Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces & Friends. She also leave a behind her longtime soulmate Barry Presta.

Cathy grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and moved to the United States in 1985. While here she worked at St. John’s, Roche Brothers and lastly Target.

She began her fight with cancer in 2012 and fought it hard and stayed positive throughout even with all the pain she encountered. Plus with the support of friends and family she beat cancer in 2013. She was in remission for 6 months until she found out that the cancer returned then continued to fight it until her last days.

Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend Mass Service on Friday October 20th at 10am at St. John’s Church, 21 Gay St. Quincy, Ma / 44 School St. Quincy, Ma 02169. Following lunch at 12:00 at McKay’s located at 144 Franklin St, Quincy.

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