Michael F. Gates, 68

Michael F. Gates, 68, of Quincy died December 12, 2018.

He was the loving husband of 47 years to Frances M. (Foley) Gates.

The second of four children born to the late James and Patricia (Doherty) Gates, Mike served his country with honor in the US Army during the war in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of Nickerson Post 382 of the American Legion, and worked as a teamster, driving with Local 25 for many years. His favorite times were those spent with his family and closest friends, especially in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where camping and fishing were relished pastimes.

In addition to his wife Fran, he leaves behind his loving children Michael Gates and his wife Jennifer (Clancy) of Quincy, Loren McBride and her husband Daniel of Norwell, Brian Gates and his wife Angela (Maietta) of Weymouth and Kathlyn Reed and her husband Jason of Amherst NH.  Cherished grandfather of Thomas, Ella and Henry Gates, Jonathan McBride, Abigail and Charlotte Reed, and Leah Gates. Dear brother of Patrick Gates and his wife Theresa of So Boston, Margaret Visconti and her husband Mark of Merrimack NH, and the late James Gates. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, brothers and sisters-in-laws and dear friends.

Visiting Hours Tuesday December 18 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Hamel Lydon Chapel and Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St, Wollaston. Funeral Mass Wednesday Dec. 19 at 10:00am in Sacred Heart Church, 328 Hancock St, North Quincy. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to: MA Fallen Heroes Fund, 100 Hallet St, Dorchester, MA 02124 or online at MassFallenHeros.org


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Janet Williamson, 94

Janet (Gibson) Williamson of Squantum entered into rest December 10, 2018 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of Thomas H. Williamson.

Devoted mother of Scott Williamson and his wife Maria of Worcester.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, December 15 at 11:30 AM in First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, North Quincy, MA 02171. The family will begin to receive visitors at 11:00 AM with a luncheon to follow.  Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations, in Janet’s name, may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

For online condolences please visit dewarefuneralhome.com

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Mark S. Bertman

Mark S. Bertman of Quincy died December 12, 2018.

Mark S. Bertman

Mark S. Bertman

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Isobel (Nathanson) Bertman of Quincy, his sons Jeffrey and Bruce Bertman and grandchildren Wade, Natalie, Jason and Rebecca.

Mark graduated from Boston University and owned Rogers Jewelry in Quincy Square since 1960.  As a community activist, Mark was the founder of the Quincy Center Business and Professional Association, board member of the South Shore Bank, board member of Quincy 2000 and Quincy Tourism, past director of Quincy Historical Society, founder of The Quincy Partnership, member of the Quincy Rotary Club, being honored as a Paul Harris Fellow, a former director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincy College Board of Governors, being a past president of Quincy College Trust.  Mark was honored by the college as the recipient of the 2017 Quintessential Award.  He also received the Good Scout Award, the Quincy Lions Award and the Quincy Court Jason Feldman Outstanding Citizen Award.

Mark was a global traveler who loved to see the world with his close friends and family.  For his commitment to his family and to his community, Mark will be greatly missed by all.

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 funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 AM in Sharon Memorial Park Chapel, 120 Canton Street, Sharon, with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mark’s memory to The Quincy College Trust, 1250 Hancock St, 7th floor, Quincy MA 02169.

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Adelaide Durkin, 88

Adelaide Durkin, 88, formerly of Hingham, Marion, and Quincy, died on December 8, 2018.

Adelaide Durkin

Adelaide Durkin

She was the wife of the late John Durkin. She was born in Dorchester on Jan. 7, 1930, to the late Francis and Adelaide Sweeney, and was the last survivor of the six Sweeney siblings.

Adelaide attended Dorchester High School and graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in home economics. In 1953, Adelaide married John Durkin and together they raised their family in Quincy. Her six children have fond memories of her involvement in their lives, whether she was swimming with them at Wollaston Beach, pitching at Koch Club, or teaching sewing at Sacred Heart School.

As her children grew older, Adelaide and her friend and fellow entrepreneur Karen Menz started a successful slipcover and drapery business.  It was said that they “slipcovered the South Shore.” In 1996 Adelaide and her husband, Jack, retired to Marion where they were active in the community and made many new friends.  After 52 years of marriage, her husband passed away and Adelaide once again moved and established new bonds of friendship at Linden Ponds in Hingham.

Wherever she lived, Adelaide accumulated new friends and continued to treasure her old friends.  She always loved her church and her family.

In return, Adelaide was greatly loved and will be missed by her entire family: her children, Michael (wife Janet), Ann Wiener (husband Allan), Vincent (wife Jan), Adelaide Grandfield (husband John), Margaret Gallagher (husband James) and Kathleen Waller (husband Peter); and 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends will gather at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY,  at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 17th  prior to the funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church North Quincy, at 10 a.m. Burial is Tuesday, December 18th at 10:30 a.m. at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Adelaide may be made to Concord Regional VNA, Hospice Program 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.

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

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Ann M. Callahan, 87

Ann Marie Callahan, 87, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2018.

Ann M. Callahan

Ann M. Callahan

Ann was a beautiful person who was loved and cherished and will be missed dearly. Ann enjoyed a full life working for Selective Service and then at the accounting firm of Darmody Merlino & Company, in Boston, Mass. Ann’s life exemplified one in the Catholic faith, serving as a Eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy for many years. She enjoyed weekly card games with her friends and trips visiting family or a nearby casino for entertainment.

Ann was legendary for being that one of a kind sister and aunt some are blessed to have in their lives.  Her generosity and willingness to help so many will never be forgotten. “E” as she was affectionately called never missed a birthday, anniversary, or the little events of life like the passing of an important school test, a horse show, a basketball tournament or a football game.   Memories of pool parties, parades, player pianos and the sound of her voice will always bring a smile to our faces but most importantly the unconditional love she showered on everyone will be etched in our hearts forever.

Loved ones who cleared the path for Ann are her parents, Anna and James J. Callahan; and her nephew Thomas Edward Welch 3rd.  She is survived by her four sisters; Barbara Callahan, Claire Welch Majeski and her husband Anthony, Ellen Callahan and Cathy Snodgrass, her nieces; Tracy Elizabeth Welch Portmann and Leslie Welch Campbell and her husband Jay, her nephews; John Gibbons and his wife Terry and Brian Snodgrass, her grand nephews; Oliver Portmann, Thomas Welch IV, Jack Campbell, John and Thomas Gibbons,  her grandnieces; Blake, Lili and Chase Portmann, Ella Campbell, Shannon and Noelle Welch, and Katie Gibbons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association 25 East Spring Valley Avenue #210, Maywood, NJ 07607. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan.

To send condolences to the family please visit orenderfamilyhome.com.


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