Paul G. Coste, 85

Paul George Coste, 85, of Ormond Beach, Fla., entered into eternal rest on Aug. 4.

Paul G. Coste

Paul G. Coste

He was born in Boston on Jan. 28, 1932. He raised his family in Quincy Point on River Street and lived there for 31 years. Paul worked for the railroad for 30 years before retiring in 1994 with his late wife Barbara; they had been married for 58 years.

Paul loved the ocean and would sail from Wollaston Beach often. He was a car enthusiast and loved to dance. Paul will be remembered for the love of family and his sense of humor.

Paul was a Navy veteran and served in the Korean War.

He is survived by his three daughters, Nancy Coste (Thomas Ploof), Lisa Coste, Julie Kraunelis (David) and his son Alan Coste. He also leaves behind grandchildren Andrew, Abigail and Emily Kraunelis and Hunter Ploof.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Quincy Point Congregational Church. A reception will follow at Maria’s Restaurant, Braintree.

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Phyllis Knight, 92

Phyllis (Hanson) Knight of Squantum on August 7, 2017 at the age of 92 passed peacefully at her home with her family by her side.

Phyllis Knight

Phyllis Knight

Wife of over 50 years to the late Paul E. Knight.  Survived by her sons James R. Knight and his wife Karen of Methuen and Christopher Paul Knight of Squantum.  Mother of the late David E. Knight and the late Stevan E. Knight.  Loving Grandmother of Stacey, Kristina, Lindsey and Stephen P. Knight.  Great Grandmother of Riley, Calvin and Orion Aunt of Carol Hanson Morgan and Brian Hanson. .

Affectionately know as Squantum’s Landscaper, she will be missed by many friends and family.

A memorial service to be held Sunday, September 10, at 1pm at the First Church of Squantum 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171.  Burial Private.

“Mom We Love You and Miss You. Travel With Angels.”

Arrangements by Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service of Massachusetts 26 Adams St. Quincy Center.

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William F. Degan Remembered On 25th Anniversary Of Tragic Death

United States Marshal John Gibbons announces Mayor Thomas P. Koch has proclaimed Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 “William F. Degan Memorial Day” in the City of Quincy. This reverence occurs on the 25th anniversary of his tragic line of duty death.

William F. Degan

William F. Degan

Inspector “Bill” Degan, a native of Quincy, was a Supervisory Criminal Investigator in the Boston office.  He was also a senior member of the Marshals Service’s elite tactical unit, the Special Operations Group (SOG).  He served in the capacity as SOG Commander during the humanitarian and enforcement responses after Hurricane Hugo devastated approximately 90% of the buildings on the Virgin Islands in 1989.  Because of his unwavering leadership during those crucial days, he was presented both the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Marshals Service Director’s Special Achievement Award.

At the time of his death, Degan was on a covert SOG surveillance mission on Ruby Ridge, in Northern Idaho when his team was suddenly encountered by the fugitive, a family member & a family friend.  At the end of the firefight that immediately ensued, Bill laid mortally wounded.  Bill died a hero, attempting to cover two fellow SOG Deputies, allowing them to get to a position of safety.

Prior to joining the Marshals Service, Bill served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.  He served active duty during Operation Desert Storm.

Posthumously, he was awarded even more honors. He received the Marshals Service’s Robert Forsyth Valor Award, which is named for the first Deputy United States Marshal to be killed in the line of duty in 1794.  Bill was also elevated to the level of Colonel by the United States Marine Corps.

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Patrick B. Clare, Jr., 84

Patrick Bernard Clare, Jr., Captain, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 84, of Braintree and formerly Quincy passed away peacefully, Saturday, August 19, 2017, at home, surrounded by his beloved wife and loving family, following a brief illness.

Patrick B. Clare, Jr.

Patrick B. Clare, Jr.

Patrick was born in Quincy to the late Patrick Bernard and Teresa (Broll) Clare, Sr. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1951. He had lived in Braintree for thirty years and previously many years in Quincy.

He was a member of the Quincy Fire Department for twenty-eight years. Appointed on May 27, 1961, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on June 16, 1973, and to captain on July 28, 1979. He also served as an acting deputy chief before retiring as a captain on September 22, 1989. During his career, he had worked at various stations throughout the city and was assigned to Ladder 2 in Wollaston when he retired.

Patrick was a proud veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Army. He received several medals, including the Korean Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation (ROK). He was dedicated to his family and especially to his cherished grandchildren, supporting all their activities and accomplishments.

Married in 1956, he was the beloved husband for sixty years of Barbara A. (Dhooge) Clare. Devoted father of Patrick J. Clare and his wife Dot of Nashua, NH, Susan M. McGrath and Joanne E. Scaringello, both of Braintree. Loving grandfather of Jason and Daniel Clare, Johnathan and Timothy McGrath, Elise and Emily Scaringello.

One of four siblings, Pat was brother of Walter Clare, Lt. Q.F.D., Retired of Quincy and pre-deceased by Bernadine Hamilton and Joseph Clare. Cousin of Frank Broll of Needham and Peggy MacDonald of Hudson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on   Wednesday, August 23rd at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Pine Hill Cemetery in West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370-1055.

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

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Dr. Robert H. Lofgren, 86

Dr. Robert H. Lofgren of Hingham, formerly of Quincy and Needham, died August 19, 2017, at the age of 86.

Dr. Robert Lofgren

Dr. Robert Lofgren

With an education from Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine, Bob spent time in both Texas and New Hampshire as a flight surgeon while enlisted with the U.S. Air Force.  He was an otolaryngologist affiliated with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General and Newton Wellesley Hospitals.  His career spanned over 50 years and included serving as an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Medical Advisory Committee and chairman of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Bylaw Committee.  Bob cherished his profession as a doctor and was dedicated to the many patients he cared for throughout his career.  With an interest in bagpipes, he enjoyed his association with the Sutherland Pipe Band of Natick, MA and serving on the Board of Directors and the Chief Steward Committee for the New Hampshire Highland Games for almost 30 years.  He moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham in 2004 and was one of the first 10 residents.  While at Linden Ponds, he was elected to the Resident Advisory Committee and served on many resident committees.  In retirement he was able to fulfill his passion for U.S. and worldwide travel.

He was the beloved husband of Helene (Hawrilenko) Lofgren and the late Nancy (Kerr) Lofgren.  Loving father of Susan Lofgren-De Paolo and husband Alan of Porter, ME; Jean Lofgren Doherty and husband Shawn of Bedford, and Peter H. Lofgren and wife Paula of Chatham.  Cherished grandfather of Jessica, Scott, Robert, Daniel, Adrian and Jon.  Great grandfather of Alainna, Zoë, Eric, Andrew, Jillian and Ava.  Bob was a loving and caring man who will be missed by all.

Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at Linden Ponds in Hingham at a later date.  See for online condolences and memorial service updates.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Lofgren may be made to the Linden Ponds Scholarship or Resident Care Funds, 300 Linden Ponds Way, Hingham, MA 02043.


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