Patricia A. Brennan, 57

Patricia A. “Patti” Brennan, 57, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at home.

Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan

Patti was born on March 16, 1959, in Quincy to the late Francis F. and Anne B. (Connor) Brennan. She was a graduate of Quincy High School and Bunker Hill Community College and had lived in Quincy for most of her life.

She was employed for 30 years as a cake decorator and wedding consultant for the Montilio Baking Company where she formed lifelong friendships.  She began her career at the original Montilio’s on Chestnut Street in Quincy Center, served in every shop and was currently working at the Brockton baking facility.

She was proud to have been a member of the team that created and delivered the inauguration cake to Washington, D.C., for President George H. W. Bush in 1989.

As a young woman, Patti was a member of the former Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps in Quincy.

She especially enjoyed and was devoted to her family and nothing pleased her more than spending time with them during the holidays and family vacations. She also loved Thursday night shopping with the girls.

Beloved sister of Kevin C. Brennan and his wife Theresa of Attleboro, Gerard M. Brennan and his wife Kate of Brandon, Florida, the late Anne F. Devonshire and her late husband Jay. Niece of the late Colonel Father Gerard M. Brennan, United States Air Force, Retired.

Patti was the devoted “Auntie Patti” to ten nieces and nephews, six great nieces and nephews to whom she was also Godmother.  She had countless friends who she loved and was especially close to her childhood friends, Kathy Hall and Kathy Murphy. Patti was also “cuz” of Elizabeth “Betsy” Gemelli and her husband Nino of Woburn and Mary Sexton and her husband Bill of San Diego, CA.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Wednesday, May 11 at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friend are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 – 8 p.m. At the request of the family, interment will be private.

For those who wish, donations in Patti’s memory may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

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


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Paul R. Hartnett, 75

Paul R. Hartnett, 75, of Sudbury, formerly of Weymouth, died peacefully, Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Framingham Union Hospital.

He was born in Boston, raised and educated in Dorchester and graduated from Boston English High School. Paul graduated from Northeastern University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering. He completed his cooperative education program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Paul lived in Sudbury but had previously lived in Weymouth for more than 30 years.

Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and attained the rank of first lieutenant.

He was employed as an electrical engineer. Paul was the owner and operator of the former P & J Engineering in Weymouth for 22 years and previously worked at Gillette in Boston for 10 years. Paul was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Weymouth for seven years.

Beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Melong) Hartnett. He is survived by one son and one granddaughter. Brother of Robert C. Hartnett and his wife Judy of CA and William D. Hartnett and his wife Lin of FL. Friend of Thomas A. Bryant of Easton. Also survived by two nieces and one nephew.

Memorial Graveside Services with Military Honors will be conducted at Village Cemetery in Weymouth at a date and time to be announced. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

For those who wish, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy.

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

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Robert H. Derbes, Jr., 56

Robert H. “Siney” Derbes, Jr., age 56, of Abington, formerly of Quincy, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Boston Medical Center.

Robert Derbes, Jr.

Robert Derbes, Jr.

Bob was born in Weymouth, raised and educated in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1977. He lived in Abington for thirteen years, previously living in Quincy for most of his life.

He was currently the owner and founder of Derbes Construction of Stoughton, established in 2006. Previously he had worked in his family’s business, Derbes Brothers Inc. of Quincy for many years. He began his career working with his Dad at the age of thirteen.  He was an elite heavy equipment operator.  Bob had a love of machines and automobiles and enjoyed working with his hands.

Bob was very artistic and especially treasured spending time with his family and watching his sons play sports.

He was also an avid New England Patriots fan.

Beloved husband for twenty-two years of Tracey A. (Crocker) Derbes.

Devoted father of Robert H. Derbes III, Nicholas F. Derbes and Jack T. Derbes, all of Abington.

Loving son of Robert H. and Marilyn A. (Critcher) Derbes of Quincy.

Dear brother of Cindylou Ohlson and her husband Stephen of Quincy, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Latini and her husband James of Attleboro, Michelle Routhier and her husband Robert of Quincy, and Nadia “Fuzz” Ohlson and her husband Patrick of Quincy, Michael H. Derbes and his wife Kristen of Valrico, Florida.

Bob was also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Monday, May 9th from 3 – 8 p.m. At the request of the family, funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Derbes Family Educational Fund, c/o Abington Bank, P.O. Box 68, 6 Harrison Avenue, Abington, MA 02351.

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


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James J. Butts

James J. Butts of Rockland and formerly Quincy died May 3, 2016.

James Butts

James Butts

Beloved husband of the late Mary (Curran) Butts. Loving father of Lt. Michael F. Butts, Ret. QFD, and his wife Trisha of Swansboro, NC, James W. Butts of Port Norfolk, Marianne Hemphill and her husband Paul of Marshfield, Cpt. Joseph M. Butts, Ret. Manchester NH FD., and his wife Betty of Allenstown, NH, John L. Butts and his wife Cindy of Baldwinville and Eileen M. Adler and her husband Philip of South Natick and longtime family friend Marlene Faherty of Quincy.

Brother of Elizabeth Mastandrea of Norwood and the late Charles Butts, Helen Walsh, John Butts, George “Donnie” Butts, Anne Marie Gagne and William Butts. Cherished Bumpy of Christopher Butts, Stacey Maloney, Lindsay Babino, Kristen Herget, Abigail Smith, Shaylyn Mckaig, Tara Butts, John and Mark Butts, Sgt. Jessica Butts, Army National Guard, and Evan Adler. Jim is also survived by 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in East Boston and raised in North Quincy before moving to Rockland 10 years ago.  He was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1945. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the European Theater. He was a member of the U.S. Army infantry liberation team.

He worked for more than 35 years as a machinist at Boston Gear Works. After his retirement, he took a part time job at Copeland Liquors. Jim also enjoyed daily walks, which could encompass ten miles or more. He and his late wife Mary enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States, Newfoundland and Ireland. They were extremely good dancers and were always the first couple to take to the dance floor.

Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his strong work ethic and his devotion to his faith, to his country, and more importantly to his family. He will be sadly missed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 2-6PM at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, North Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Servants of Christ Ministry c/o Fr. Mike McNamara, 7 Maple Street, #A, Scituate, MA 02066.

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

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Lori J. Podgurski, 39

Lori J. (Andersen) Podgurski, 39, of Quincy passed away unexpectedly April 25 at Quincy Medical Center.

Born in Boston, she was raised in Milton and graduated from Milton High School. She had lived in Quincy for the last six years, where she was active in Quincy Youth Baseball and Quincy Youth Cheerleading and worked at Stop & Shop in Quincy for several years as a cashier.

Beloved wife of Mark S. Mother of Mark S., Jr. and Rebecca L. Podgurski of Quincy. Daughter of Carol (Willcutt) and James L. Andersen, Sr. of Quincy. Sister of James L. Andersen, Jr. of Foxboro and Michael F. Andersen of Brockton. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held May 2 at Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, Milton.

Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

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