By SCOTT JACKSON
With the calendar turned over to a new year, all eyes will be on Mayor Thomas Koch to see if he decides to seek a new term in Quincy’s municipal election this fall.
Koch, who turns 56 on Jan. 22, has been the city’s chief executive since 2008 and is now in the final year of the first four-year mayoral term in Quincy’s history. In a recent interview, Koch said he has not yet decided if he will run again this year.
“I will be making a decision in the coming weeks,” he said.
Koch said he would not announce his decision during his annual State of the City address, scheduled for Jan. 28, because he wants the speech to be apolitical.
“They will be separated,” Koch said when asked if he would make his announcement during the Jan. 28 event. “That’s the State of the City. It should not be political.”
The decision would likely be announced after the State of the City, he added.
Koch said he would speak with his wife and family first about running for re-election, and then consider his agenda and what he wants to accomplish.
“The personal part, the family stuff, having that conversation with the Mrs. Then it’s where are we with our agenda and our vision and take it from there,” Koch responded when asked what factors he would consider when making his decision.
If he were to win a new four-year term in the fall, Koch would become the longest-serving mayor in Quincy’s history. Two other mayors – Amelio Della Chiesa and James Sheets – each served for 12 years. Della Chiesa served for four years under a Plan E form of government and then eight years under Plan A; Sheets’ entire tenure was under Plan A, the city’s current form of government.
Koch said the chance to become the city’s longest-serving mayor would not factor into his decision.
“I could care less about that, quite frankly. That’s just a stat,” he said.
Koch, who worked in various roles in city government before becoming mayor, said his 11 years in office have gone by quickly.
“It’s funny, because you know I’ve been in government for a lot longer than that. So there are times I feel like I’ve been around a long time, but, as far as being mayor, it’s just whipped by,” Koch said.
Koch had $343,700 in his campaign account as of Dec. 31, according to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. He said he spent about $750,000 during his last re-election campaign in 2015, which included a four-way preliminary race.
In addition to Koch, all nine city councillors will be up for re-election in the fall. Three of the six seats on the School Committee – those held by Paul Bregoli, James DeAmicis and Kathryn Hubley – will also be up for grabs. City councillors serve two-year terms while school board members have four-year terms.
Walter J. Hurley, Jr. of Merrymount, Quincy, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2018 at age 87.
A lifelong Quincy resident, he was the owner and founder of Hurley’s Boat Rental in Houghs Neck. He started out clamming in Quincy Bay and began his venture in 1955 with 10 boats to rent. The fleet grew to over 100 boats with people coming from around the country to fish in the “Flounder Capital of the World.”
Walter was also an avid skier and he enjoyed trips to his New Hampshire home. He was a lifetime member of both Quincy Yacht Club and Town River Yacht Club.
The beloved husband of Joyce M. (Marcel) Hurley, Walter was the loving father of Janeen M. Hurley-Kardoos of Hingham and Kris-Anne Hardiman of Norwell; dear grandfather of Chloe, Natalie, Rebecca and Walter; beloved brother of Jack Hurley and his wife Carol of Scituate, Janice Wood of E. Sandwich and Stephen Hurley and his wife Christine of Hingham; and is also survived by his nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many close friends.
Family and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held on Wednesday, January 16 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. On Thursday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM at Holy Trinity Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church 1015 Sea St. Quincy. Cremation will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or the American Cancer Society 125 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.
Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Johnson) Triglia, age 81, of Marshfield, formerly of Quincy and Humarock, died peacefully, Sunday, January 13, 2019 at South Shore Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Betty was born in Quincy to the late Edwin G. and Anna (Monti) Johnson. Raised in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1955. She had lived with her daughter, Anita, in Marshfield for several years, previously all her life in Quincy. She was also a longtime summer resident of Humarock.
As a young woman, she as employed at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy as an administrative assistant for several years. Betty later worked for the former Granite Trust Company in Quincy. Betty was a longtime active parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in West Quincy. She was involved in the religious education program, the RCIA program, served as a Eucharist minister and was always a willing volunteer. In Humarock, Betty was a member of the South Humarock Civic Association and served as treasurer for the bingo program for several years.
Betty was devoted to her family and was a compassionate healthcare provider for her parents and many aunt and uncles. Most of all, she was dedicated to her children and grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.
Beloved wife for fifty years of the late James Gaetano Triglia, a former Norfolk County deputy sheriff and former retired Quincy police officer. Devoted mother of James E. Triglia of Marshfield, Anita T. Aldoupolis, director of civil process for the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department and her husband Thomas of Marshfield, the late Elizabeth T. Beth Pollara and her husband Stephen of Marshfield. Loving grandmother of Kara Hesketh and her husband Matthew, Kristen O’Brien and her husband Terrence, Rachel Pollara, Stacia Triglia, James Triglia II, Therese Triglia, Nicholas Kintigos, Ryan Kintigos, Domenic Aldoupolis, Catrina Morgan and Kyle Aldoupolis. Cherished great grandmother of Michael, Abigail and William. Dear sister of the late Edwin C. Johnson and his wife Francena M. Johnson of Norfolk. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy, Friday, January 18, at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 6 Baxter St., Quincy, MA 02169.
David James Evans, Sr. age 83, of Plymouth, died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth.
He was the son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth G. (Campbell) Evans. Born in Quincy, he was a graduate of North Quincy High School. He went on to further his education in business and earned his Associate’s degree.
David was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked for Local #25, Teamsters as a truck driver for St. Johnsbury trucking company for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman especially enjoying his fishing trips to the Cape Cod Canal. He enjoyed camping at Scussett Beach where he met his companion, Lorraine, motor cross when he was younger, and riding his Harley. He volunteered at Avon High School as a coach and referee for the hockey team. Playing golf was another favorite pastime for David, and he enjoyed making four hole-in-ones during his golfing days. He was a past commander for his DAV Chapter, and a member of the Manomet Mystery Riders.
Besides his beloved companion Lorraine Ouellette of 19 years of Vero Beach, FL, he is survived by his children, Diane Dickman and her husband Mark of Raynham, Lynn Sidok and her husband Hank of Seekonk and David Evans, Jr. and his wife Julie of Avon, his siblings, Ernest Evans of Manomet, Joan Fabrizio and her husband Dan of Braintree and Carole Brockmeier and her husband Bill of Raynham. He also leaves his grandchildren, David and Derek Evans, and Lynn Dickman as well as two great granddaughters. He was the brother of the late Bruce Evans and Mary Pagliaro.
Committal services will be held at the National Cemetery of Massachusetts, Connery Ave., Bourne on Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Family and friends are invited to meet at the Davis Funeral Home, 619 State Rd. Plymouth (Manomet) at 11:30 a.m. to follow in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nathan Hale Foundation, 763 State Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360.