Janet M. Crowley

Janet M. (Connor) Crowley of Quincy, formerly of Fields Corner, died April 27, 2017.

Janet’s focus in life was her faith, family and community. A longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, she was a past president and life member of the North Quincy Catholic Women’s Club. She adored her husband, children and grandchildren.

As for her community, the city of Quincy, Janet was a civic-minded resident. She was involved in the Montclair Koch Club girls softball and bowling, Montclair School PTA, past president of Fontbonne Academy Mother’s Guild, a founder of the Montclair/Wollaston Neighborhood Association and past president and 40-year member of the Quincy Community Action Programs.

A proud graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School in 1956, Janet never forgot her Dorchester roots.  She will be remembered as a caring, generous and giving lady.

Beloved wife of Howard F. Crowley of Quincy. Loving mother of Michael Crowley and his wife Vicki of Scituate, Gail Minchello and her husband Rick of Abington, Diane Spurling and her husband Steve of IL, and the late Donna Salem. Cherished sister of David Connor of Quincy, and the late Marjorie Glendye. Nana to Sean, Meagan, Steven, Brittney, Michelle, Lindsey, Ricky, Sarah, Samantha, and Matt. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.  Burial in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Janet may be made to Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc., 1509 Hancock St., 3rd Floor, Quincy, MA 02169.

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John L. Bleheen

John L. Bleheen of Dorchester and Quincy died April 22.

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John Bleheen

Beloved companion of Janet A. Wynne, and her sons Patrick and Ryan Wynne, of Dorchester. Son of the late Michael C. and Mary V. (Sullivan) Bleheen. Loving brother of Michael Bleheen of Weymouth, Marie “Susan” Bartlett of Quincy, Mary Kerwin of Whitman, Robert Bleheen of Quincy, Patricia Mangino of Boxford, Virginia Santosuosso of Canton, Timothy Bleheen of Randolph, Thomas Bleheen of Quincy, and Deborah Papay of Weymouth. Nephew of Lorraine Shuck of Braintree and Ruth McFetridge of Millis. Survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Visiting hours in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, Wednesday 4-8 P.M.

Funeral Mass in St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, Thursday morning, April 27, at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited.

John was a driver for the Boston Globe and member of the Teamsters Union Locals #259 & #25. He was also a member of the James J. Rice Amvets Post #28.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370.

Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

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Margaret T. Kelly, 87

Margaret T.  “Peggy” (Lydon) Kelly, age 87 of Milton, passed away peacefully on her 64th wedding anniversary on April 25, 2017.

The beloved wife of the late Francis M. Kelly of Brookline. Loving mother of Francis Kelly of Tequesta, FL., William Kelly and his wife Patricia of Abington, Michael Kelly and his wife Teresa of Milton and James Kelly and his wife Teresa of Quincy. Sister of Mary Logan, Barbara Ridge and William Lydon, all of Quincy, and the late Claire Carmody, Alice Mahoney, James Lydon and John “Jake” Lydon.  Cherished grandmother of Laura and her husband Drew Maly, Malcolm, Sophia, Sean, Allison, Liam Kelly and the late Nicholas Kelly. Great grandmother of Nicholas and Gabriella Maly. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Peggy grew up in South Boston. Her childhood was rich with family traditions that would later become the foundation of all that was truly important to her. She married Francis Kelly and they raised their family in Quincy. Peggy had a strong work ethic and worked for many years for local 26. Both she and her late husband Francis always enjoyed spending winters at their second home in Hobe Sound, Florida.

She enjoyed the simple things in life, going out to dinner, spending time with her grandchildren, but nothing was more important to her than family gatherings.  She cherished these times spent with her family. Peggy will be dearly missed by all those who were blessed to have known her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Agatha Church, Milton at 10:30 AM. Burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Brookline.

Donations in memory of Peggy may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, 72 E. Concord St., Boston, MA 02118 or online at apdama.org.

See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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John M. Gillis, 91

John M. Gillis

John M. Gillis

John M. Gillis, age 91, former Quincy City Clerk and Norfolk County Commissioner, died peacefully, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Quincy, after a brief illness.

He was born in Boston on May 16, 1925 to the late Jack and Nora (Kineavy) Gillis. He was raised in Quincy Point. John was a graduate of the former Adams Elementary School, the former Point Junior High School, and Quincy High School, Class of 1943. He was a lifelong resident of Quincy.

John was proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He enlisted on July 27, 1943, attained the rank of Corporal, and earned an honorable discharge on April 16, 1946. During that time he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

Following his military service, he was appointed to the Quincy Fire Department but ultimately chose to further his education under the G.I. Bill, earning a degree in accounting from Northeastern University in 1953.

John served as a state auditor for four years before becoming Quincy’s Assistant City Clerk in 1957. In 1959, he was elected by the Quincy City Council as City Clerk, becoming the first Democrat to serve in that capacity. He went on to become the City’s longest tenured City Clerk, resigning on October 19, 1992 after 33 years of service, spanning the administrations of seven mayors.

John truly loved his job and had a unique talent for connecting and helping people from all walks of life.

Following his retirement from the City Clerk’s Office, John was elected Norfolk County Commissioner in 1992. He won re-election five times, retiring in 2015, at the age of  90, after 23 years of service to the county.

He was a member of the Quincy Lodge of Elks, Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294, George F. Bryan VFW Post #613, and William R. Caddy Marine Corps Detachment #124. John was also a member of the Quincy Democratic City Committee, Quincy Veterans Council, and Knights of Columbus.

John was honored in 2011 with the Henry W. Bosworth, Jr. Memorial Citizenship Award, named for his late childhood friend and longtime Quincy Sun publisher. He was also a member of the Quincy High School Football and Baseball  Halls of Fame.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time at his summer home in Falmouth for many years. John was dedicated to his family and especially to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for 60 years of the late Violet M. (Johnson) Gillis.

Devoted father of Pamela J. DeGennaro and her husband Peter of Weymouth, the late Mark S. Gillis, Sr. and his wife Diane of Hanson.

Loving grandfather of Mark S. Gillis, Jr. and his wife Tenny of Abington, Lauren Barbagallo and her husband Sebastian of Milton, Derek DeGennaro and his wife Lindsay of Milton.

Cherished great grandfather of Landon, Olive, and Nolan.

Brother of the late Edward A. Gillis, MA State Police and his late wife Anne. John is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, May 1st,  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 with military honors in Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Salvation Army, 6 Baxter Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

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Mary C. Duggan, 91

Mary C. (Brady) Duggan, 91, of Quincy died April 24, 2017, in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loved ones.

Mary Duggan

Mary Duggan

Mary was a Quincy native who eventually met the late John P. Duggan on the local bus commuting to work; from there together they nurtured their family in North Quincy. Mary loved shopping, traveling, writing, dancing (specifically tap dancing) and watching her children and grandchildren prosper. Her generosity and unconditional love to all was something one could detect from afar. She lived her life with a profound sense of faith and commitment to God.

Beloved wife of the late John P. Duggan. Loving mother of Kathie Duggan Calitri of Lincoln, Ann E. Hawkes and her late husband Michael of South Carolina, Paul J. Duggan and his wife Nancy of Scituate, and the late John P. Duggan. Sister of the late John Brady. Cherished Nana of Jameson Calitri, Ashley Hawkes, Patrick and Emily Duggan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A funeral mass will be held in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy, on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to Eternal Word Television Network, Mother Angelica, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210.

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