Robert D. Sacchetti, 87

Robert D. Sacchetti, age 87, of Hanover, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully, Friday, November 15, 2019 at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center – Milton, in the comfort of his loving family.

Robert D. Sacchetti

Robert was born in Quincy, to the late Aurelio L. “Tim” and Eda (Salvucci) Sacchetti. Raised in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy Trade School. He had lived in Hanover for sixteen years, previously in Quincy for most of his life.

Bob began his career as a machinist at the former Mathewson Machine Works and the former Fore River Shipyard. He went on to work as a computer programmer at Pneumatic Scale of Quincy for many years where he was a member of the Quarter Century Club, retiring in 1995.

Bob had many interests including woodworking, golfing, bowling, reading westerns and history books, and was a big fan of Big Band and jazz music. He liked to play poker, visit Twin River Casino, and karaoke on Saturday nights.

He enjoyed many road trips throughout the United States, especially the cross-country trip in a rented camper with Jo, Jimmy, Michael, and Kathy. Bob also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas to visit Jo’s family.

His greatest love was for his family and friends.

Beloved husband for thirty-nine years of Josephine M. “Jo” (Gagliardi) Sacchetti. Devoted father of Robert D. Sacchetti, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Weymouth, James Sacchetti and his wife Christine of Malden, Kathleen Drinkwater and her husband John of Whitman, and the late Michael Sacchetti and his wife AnnMarie of Marshfield. Bob is survived by his stepchildren, Gary Nanni and his wife Laurie, Gail O’Malley and her husband Tom, all of Henderson, Nevada. Loving grandfather of Jimmy, Frankie, Sarah, Samantha, Michael, Robert, Jack, Brandon, Michael, Bobby, Katy, and Dillon. Dear brother of the late Carol Fuller and her late husband Harry. Step-brother of Jimmy Gagliardi of Las Vegas. He is also survived by his nieces, Donna Allison, Denise Lyons, Diane Mason, Doreen Campbell and their families. He was the uncle of the late David Fuller.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Wednesday, November 20th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Tuesday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or by visiting

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Woman Rescued Off Wollaston Beach

State Police and first responders from Quincy rescued a woman from Quincy Bay Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy Quincy Police Department.


State police and first responders from Quincy rescued a woman from the waters off Wollaston Beach Friday afternoon.

At 12:40 p.m. Friday, State Police were notified that a woman had entered the ocean off the beach and appeared to be in distress about 100 yards off shore, being swept by the current. State Police and the Quincy Fire and Police Departments all responded to the scene.

Trooper Michael Bucca located an abandoned kayak and paddled out to the woman, who appeared to be drowning, State Police said. Bucca reached the woman and kept hold of her as MSP Marine 15, with Troopers Vernon Hubbard and Matthew Braga aboard, navigated alongside. As  Hubbard piloted the boat, Braga pulled Bucca aboard, and they immediately pulled the woman aboard and began CPR.

Initial indications were that the CPR was successful and the woman was breathing, State Police said.

MSP Marine 15, with the woman aboard, rushed to the Wollaston Yacht Club , where an ambulance was waiting. The woman was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center.

The woman was in critical condition at the hospital, according to State Police. Further investigation by State Police, based on witness statements, revealed that she removed all her clothing and entered the water from the beach.

All first responders are safe and uninjured, State Police said; a Quincy police officer who entered the water in a wetsuit during rescue efforts was transported via EMS to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.


Marjorie A. Pitcher, 85

Marjorie A. (Malboeuf) Pitcher, age 85, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Alliance Health at Marina Bay, in the comfort of her loving family.

Marjorie A. Pitcher

Marjorie was born in Boston, to the late Walter and Grace (Goodwin) Malboeuf. She was raised and educated in Brighton and Allston. She had lived in Quincy for forty-one years.

Marjorie was a devoted homemaker. After raising her family, she was employed for many years at the former Bargain Center in Quincy, working in the fabric department. She loved knitting and crocheting and was a creative person. She also enjoyed cooking, spending Sunday dinners with family, visiting friends and enjoying a cup of tea with lemon cookies.

She was proud to have earned her GED later in life. Although living with her large family in Dorchester, Winthrop, and Brighton were great life experiences that taught her she still wanted to say I can.

Marjorie was very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association for over forty years and had proudly served as regional president, secretary and chaplain. She attended many conferences over her years of service before and after her husband’s passing. She loved to travel and visited far off places, including Tennessee, Colorado, Texas, and two trips to Hawaii, which was her favorite.

She was a devoted mother, sister, and grandmother. She adopted numerous pets from her children and grandchildren providing them with a lovely, caring home. Lucky the dog was found walking the streets in Quincy and quickly became another member of the family. Poochie 1, II and Lucy (Jack Russell terrier) were adopted from the animal shelter. Since moving to Quincy, Marjorie maintained a wonderful garden of flowers and vegetables with morning glories being her favorite. She passed that love of gardening along to her children.

She loved the local sports teams. Her father took her to Red Sox games as a child. She cheered on the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox teams. Many hours were spent listening to music. The best part of her day was enjoying a cup of tea, watching her garden grow, listening to the birds and saying a prayer to the statue of Madonna in the backyard.

Beloved wife of the late Paul E. Pitcher, Sr., USN, Ret. Devoted mother of Judy A. Granada of Lakeville, Marjorie A. O’Neil of Brockton, Susan M. Jacobs of Portsmouth, RI, Jeanette M. Maher of Revere, Virginia L. Cross of Winthrop, Arthur Jacobs of Quincy, Walter W. Jacobs of Braintree, Pamela J. Taylor of Quincy, Brian D. Pitcher of Quincy, and the late Paul E. Pitcher, Jr.

Marjorie loved her stepchildren like her own. She loved traveling to Washington with her late husband to visit Gary Pitcher of Bellingham, WA, Paula Hayward of Olympia, WA, and the late Charlene Pitcher.

Loving grandmother of 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Dear sister of Janet Keoughan of Revere and the late Walter Malboeuf II.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, November 18th 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 Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

For those who wish, donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.

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Pamela E. Connor

Pamela E. Connor (Peterson) of Quincy passed away Nov. 13th.

Born and raised in Quincy, she graduated from Quincy High School.  Pam worked as a hair stylist at Anthony Palmer Hair Salon in North Quincy for 25 years.  She also worked at the Germantown Neighborhood Center for many years and as a Personal Care Attendant for Tempus Unlimited in Stoughton.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Braintree and loved motorcycles.

Beloved mother of Madison P. Connor of Quincy and Cameron J. Connor and his significant other Stephanie Feeney of Los Angeles, CA.  Daughter of the late Alfred E. and Gladys T. Peterson.  Sister of Alfred E. Peterson and his wife Sandra of Boynton Beach, FL, Diane M. O’Donnell of W. Roxbury, Jan Peterson-McGrath of Quincy, and the late Barbara Hickey, Gary and Michael Peterson.  Also survived by her former husband James Connor of Canton and her significant other Kenneth Dickey of Weymouth and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Sunday from 1-5 p.m.  Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Most Blessed Sacrament Parish 1015 Sea St., Quincy Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Burial private at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

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North Quincy High Closed Thursday


Classes were cancelled Thursday at North Quincy High School Thursday following after a nearby water main break, but the school is expected to re-open on Friday.

The water main at the intersection of Hancock and Hunt Streets broke during the early morning hours of Thursday, according to Laura Owens, an assistant to Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro.

She said the break would be repaired in time for the start of school Friday.

“We expect water to be restored and school to be open tomorrow,” Owens said.

There was no damage to the school itself, she added.

Phyllis Schiarizzi, 96

Phyllis “Bunny” (DiSciullo) Schiarizzi, 96, passed away on November 12 at her home in Abington, surrounded by her loving family.

Phyllis Schiarizzi

She was the beloved wife of 47 years of the late Vincent Schiarizzi.  She was born in Boston and lived most of her life in Quincy, graduating from Quincy High in 1940. As a young woman she worked at the Selective Service Board and Squantum Naval Airbase. When her children were older, she returned to work at the BU School of Public Health.

She was a devout Catholic, active at St Ann’s parish for many years as a CCD teacher, member of the Legion of Mary and Marianns. She was a fantastic cook of all things Italian, a fanatical animal lover, and enjoyed gardening. Most importantly, she was completely devoted to her family.

She is survived by her children, Francis of Quincy, Donna White and her husband Fred of Abington, Richard and his wife Sandy of Halifax, and Mary Welsh and her husband Jim of Scituate.  Also survived by her cherished grandchildren Andrea Evans, Emily, Nicole, Maria Venturelli, Jenna Oliver, Ryan Welsh, and great-grandson Henry. She was the sister of Kay Fredette of Braintree and Anita Carter of Connecticut. Also survived by many nieces and nephews she loved like her own children. Predeceased by her siblings and best friends Vinny DiSciullo, Eleanor Saluti, Lorraine Mavilia, and Violet Driscoll.

Services were previously held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local food pantry, animal shelter, or Boston Catholic Television 34 Chestnut St. Watertown.

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Charles Donnelly

Charles “Chuck” Donnelly, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away after a long and brave battle against multiple myeloma on November 7, 2019.

Charles Donnelly

Chuck worked as a letter carrier in Quincy for several years. He was a drummer in various local bands throughout his life, and a music aficionado.

He loved to travel and spend time with his devoted wife, Elissa Donnelly, of Quincy. He was a caring and giving father to his daughter, Michelle Donnelly Shain of Marshfield and her husband, Kevin Shain. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, Maia Shain and Nathaniel Shain. He was supported and loved by his brothers: William Donnelly and his wife, Melissa Donnelly, and Paul Donnelly and his partner, Neil DaSousa. He was also a beloved brother-in-law and uncle.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 10 at the Quincy Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund.

Gerard D. Britt, 73

Gerard D. Britt, age 73, retired State Police sergeant, of Quincy, died Nov. 12.

Raised and educated in Quincy, he lived there most of his life. Gerry spent his career with the Massachusetts State Police, retiring as a sergeant.

The son of the late Gerard P. and Frances D. (Stefanik) Britt, he was the loving father of Sgt. Gerard W. Britt, Yarmouth PD, David Britt, Norfolk County Sheriff of No. Scituate, RI, Mary Frances Britt of Quincy and Rory Britt of Dorchester; dear grandfather of Lauren and Alex Britt; beloved brother of Thomas E. Britt of Quincy and Richard D Britt of Naples, FL; and is also survived by his girlfriend, Janice Degravio of Hanover and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Sunday, November 17 from 2:00 to 6:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. On Monday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:00M followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at St. Joseph Church 550 Washington St. Quincy. Cremation will follow.Ger

Stephen J. Feel, 76

Stephen J. Freel of Quincy passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at age 76.

Stephen J. Freel

A lifelong Quincy resident he graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and worked as a boiler maker for the Boiler Makers Union, Local 29. A lifetime member of the Town River Yacht Club, he most enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.

The devoted husband of Karen L. (McCarthy) Freel, Stephen was the loving father of Stephen R. Freel and his wife Sarah of Braintree and Stacey J. Kirves of Quincy; doting grandfather of Marcus, Matthew, Meghan, Molly and Stephen; great grandfather of Allen; dear brother of Robert J. Freel and his wife Arleen of Hanover; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass which will be held on Thursday, November 14 at 10:00AM at St. Joseph Church 550 Washington St. Quincy. Burial is at Pine Hill Cemetery, W. Quincy. Visiting hours are omitted.

Donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105