William W. Lydon Jr., 77

William W. “Billy” Lydon Jr., 77, of Dennis, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

William W. Lydon Jr.

Born in Boston, he was raised in Dorchester and was the son of the late William W. and Dorothy C. (Meehan) Lydon. Billy attended local schools and graduated from Dorchester High School with the Class of 1960. After high school, Billy enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, and proudly served his country for six years.

Billy’s career was vast and fruitful. He was the proprietor of Bay Area Insulation Incorporated of Quincy. He was the president of health and welfare for Local 6. He enjoyed his work and the relationships he built throughout the years. In 1994, at the age of 52, Billy happily retired.

Family was the most important part of Billy’s life. He loved his wife, his five girls and eleven grandchildren more than anything. A loyal and loving person, there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the people in his life.

In Billy’s spare time, he enjoyed boating, golfing, watching the New England Patriots, wintering in Florida and spending time with his family and friends. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 0488 in Dennis, the Sons of Erin in West Yarmouth and the Boat Owners Association in Dennis. Billy loved his boat, “JOMAR,” a name that was near and dear to him that represented his family. Boating season was his favorite time of year and everyone knew it. His family knew to never schedule big events during that season because Billy would be out on the water.

Billy was the beloved husband of Joan M. (Cunningham) Lydon. The two married on Oct. 2, 1965 at Stow Country Club, Stow, MA and together they shared 54 years of loving marriage. He was the devoted father of Donna M. Price and her husband Scott, Kimberly A. Lydon and her fiancé Kevin Cox, all of Braintree, Jodi M. MacNeil and her husband Donald of Belmont, Kristen M. Sullivan and her husband Joseph of W. Roxbury and Erin M. Gerry and her husband Paul of Braintree. He was the loving grandfather of Lauren Price McNeil and her husband Liam, Michael Lydon Price, Thomas Furtado, all of Braintree, William Lydon MacNeil, Brendan MacNeil, Patrick MacNeil, all of Belmont, Katelyn Sullivan, Shannon Sullivan, Brielle Sullivan, all of W. Roxbury, Emma Gerry and Jack Lydon Gerry, both of Braintree.  He had a very special place in his heart for his seven granddogs.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, January 28th, 8-10 AM at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.  A Funeral Mass will follow at St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of William may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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

George L. Snowling

George Louis Snowling passed away on Jan 20, 2020 at his Camarillo, CA home due to kidney failure.

George L. Snowling

He was born March 23, 1931 in Quincy to William George and Anna Snowling.

After high school, “Buddy” entered the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and proudly served abroad the USS Currituck for 2 1/2 years. He worked in the electronics field, starting with the Raytheon Company in 1965. In 1973, he transferred to Santa Barbara, CA where he retired after 35 years. After retirement, he again served his country with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for more than a dozen years.

George married Melba Ruth Newman on Aug. 24, 1951 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2001. Together they raised eight children: Melba Diane Larsen, Grass Valley, CA; Gail Montagna (deceased), Moorpark, CA; William George Snowling (wife Lotta), Quincy; Teresa Van Son (deceased) (husband Carl), Grass Valley, CA; Michael Snowling, Camarillo, CA; James Snowling (deceased) (wife Anita), Lompoc,CA; John Snowling (wife Marie), Camarillo, CA; Steven Snowling (deceased), San Francisco, CA. “Papa” is survived by 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

During his last month George’s healthcare was provided by his son, John and daughter-in-law, Marie along with outstanding nurses, Toni and Sherry with Livingston Memorial VNA and Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Hills at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Cemetery, Camarillo, CA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Livingston Memorial VNA, Ventura, CA.

Joseph R. Thorley, 37

Joseph R. Thorley, age 37, of Dorchester, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Joseph R. Thorley

Joseph was born in Quincy where he was raised and educated. He recently had moved to Dorchester but had lived in Quincy for most of his life.

As a young man, he was a talented athlete and was an avid Boston sports fan.

Beloved son of Joseph R. Thorley, Jr. of Quincy and the late Donna M. (MacDonald) Thorley. Devoted brother of Danielle D. Hennessy and her husband James of Plymouth and Justin R. Thorley of Saugus. Loving uncle of Abigail Hennessy. Dear partner of Nicole L. Shea of Weymouth. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

At the request of the family, funeral arrangements are private.

For those who wish, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to The Family Restored, 17 Bishop Street, Suite 202, Portland, ME 04103.

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

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

MA DPH Confirms First Influenza-Associated Pediatric Death Of This Flu Season

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Thursday (Jan. 23) confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of this flu season in the state. The child was a teenager, lived in Worcester County and tested positive for influenza B.

Last flu season, there were four confirmed pediatric (individuals under the age of 18) flu-related deaths in Massachusetts.  As of Jan. 11, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported a total of 39 influenza-associated pediatric deaths this flu season nationwide.

DPH continues to urge people who have not received a flu shot to get vaccinated. There is no shortage of vaccine. People who think they may have the flu should call their healthcare provider for guidance and possible treatment.  This is particularly important for people with pre-existing health conditions that may make them more susceptible to serious illness when they get the flu.

“I feel immense sorrow for the family of this child. This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for both children and adults,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Every flu season is different, but January and February are typically the height of flu season. We want people to know that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.”

This season, between 2,000-3,000 Massachusetts residents have been hospitalized with the flu, and there have been 15,000 – 20,000 emergency room visits.  DPH tracks flu severity in its weekly flu report published each Friday.

“Flu vaccination is our best protection against illness,” said Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. “People also should remember to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze, and stay home when they are sick to limit the spread of disease.”

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat.  Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very tired.  Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting.  Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

To stop flu from spreading, DPH recommends that people:

• Contact their healthcare provider if they think they have the flu, especially if they have health concerns that make them more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. The provider may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the illness.  If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

• Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.  Vaccine is still available, and there is likely to be flu activity for many more weeks.

• Stay home when they are sick with fever and cough or a sore throat, if possible.  People should stay at home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

• Wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, or use hand sanitizer.

• Cover their coughs and sneezes.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth. If you are close enough to a person with the flu (3-to-6 feet) when they cough or sneeze, you can breathe in the virus and get sick. The flu virus can also live for a short time on things you touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and toys. Adults with flu can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear to approximately one week after.  Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

For more information about influenza, visit www.mass.gov/flu

For questions, call your local board of health, your healthcare provider, or DPH at (617) 983-6800.

County Sheriff Candidate Jimmy Coughlin Raises Over $67,000

Jimmy Coughlin, a retired State Police detective captain running for Norfolk County sheriff, has closed out the 2019 cycle first in fundraising.  Coughlin, a Dedham Democrat, raised over $67,000 in 2019 and leads the field of Democrats in cash-on-hand.

Jimmy Coughlin

Coughlin’s list of contributors includes support from over 420 individuals and prominent law enforcement organizations, including the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union (MCOFU), Massachusetts Chief Probation Officers, and Massachusetts State Police Commissioned Officers.

Coughlin said, “Since declaring my candidacy in May, we have built a strong, grassroots organization across every community in Norfolk County.  Residents in each of our cities and towns are looking for a sheriff who has the background and vision necessary to make our region a safer place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.”

He continued, “As the only candidate running with professional experience in law enforcement and criminal justice, I have a plan to prevent crime and reduce recidivism – increasing access to addiction treatment, recovery programming, and mental health services for non-violent drug offenders, by initiating education and community programs that engage at-risk youth, saving taxpayers money through a more sustainable department, and working collaboratively with Corrections Officers to ensure safe and healthy conditions for all.”

Coughlin served with distinction on the Massachusetts State Police for 29 years, starting as a trooper in uniform, and being promoted up the ranks as a detective and eventually detective captain, where he held several management positions.

Coughlin is a dedicated member of his community – as a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #18 in Dedham and coaching youth hockey and Little League.  He is a lifelong resident of Dedham where he and his wife, Leslie, raised their four children.  Coughlin is a graduate of UMass Amherst and has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College.

To date, two three other candidates have also announced bids for Norfolk County sheriff. They are Quincy Democrats Patrick McDermott and William Phelan and Westwood Republican Jerry McDermott. Patrick McDermott is the current Register of Probate who is vacating his seat to run for sheriff. Phelan is a former Quincy mayor and also served two years on the Quincy School Committee. Jerry McDermott was appointed sheriff by Gov. Charlie Baker after former sheriff Michael Bellotti vacated the seat to become the interim president of Quincy College.

Ruth S. Dobbie, 96

Ruth S. (Nutting) Dobbie, 96, of Quincy passed away peacefully on January 20, 2020.

Ruth S. Dobbie

She was born and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of Thayer Academy and went on to graduate from Boston University for her Masters.

She was the executive director of the Quincy VNA for 35 years. Mrs. Dobbie was a member of many organizations including the Eastern Star and was on the Board of Directors for Eventide Nursing Home. She was also a devoted member of Christ Church in Quincy.

After retiring, she was a volunteer with her husband for Beechwood on the Bay and enjoyed reading her newspaper, gardening, and spending her time with her family in good old Rocky Nook.

Loving wife of the late John M. Dobbie and mother of the late Sheryl L. Murphy (Dobbie) and her late husband Douglas Murphy. She was Nana to her grandchildren; Heather and David MacWhinnie, Douglas and Ruby Murphy, Victoria and Donnie Doroni, and Renee and Jacob Couture. As well as four great grandchildren Cody, Matthew, Isabelle and Jackson.

A funeral will be held at Deware Funeral Home, 576 Hancock S, Quincy on Friday Jan. 24 at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Milton Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday Jan. 23, from 4-8 pm. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., Natick, MA 01760 cff.org/mass-ri.

Noel DiBona Democratic Candidate For Register Of Probate

City Councillor-at-Large Noel DiBona officially announces his candidacy for Register of Probate of Norfolk County.

Noel DiBona

DiBona, who began his political career in 2013 as a Quincy School Committee member, has served as a Quincy city councillor-at-large since 2016, and has been elected to three consecutive terms.  If elected as the Register of Probate, DiBona said he will continue to serve in his councilor-at-large seat and complete the remainder of his current two-year term.

DiBona has been a small business owner in Quincy for the last 24 years, managing Russ DiBona & Son Landscape & Snow.  DiBona graduated from Quincy High School in 1993, and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

DiBona has been employed by the Norfolk County Sheriff’s office since 2016, where he currently serves as re-entry program coordinator for inmates.  DiBona previously served as a senior community services coordinator for the Sheriff’s office, assisting senior citizens in scam and fraud prevention at facilities for the elderly throughout Norfolk County.  If elected as the Register of the Probate, DiBona said he plans to improve all services provided by the court, and pledges to be a consistent strong advocate for attorneys, judges, clients, and citizens.

“I am seeking the seat as the Register of Probate of Norfolk County because I have a strong desire to serve and assist others.  Virtually everyone will encounter an experience with probate, whether it is a birth, a death, or divorce.  Your experience with the court should be managed with compassion and empathy.  I will apply my business management background to the official record keeping and customer service areas of the court to ensure that the public always has the best experience possible, especially during tough times,”  DiBona said.

“The decision to run for Norfolk County Register of Probate has been a family decision.  Following discussions with my wife, Niamh, and other family members we collaboratively decided that I should seek the seat and they are all 100% behind the decision,” DiBona added.

DiBona will be running as a Democrat.  The primary election is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1st and if successful in the primary, the final election will be on Nov. 3rd.

The Committee to Elect Noel DiBona will be holding a campaign kickoff event at Alba Restaurant at 1486 Hancock St. in Quincy Center on Thursday, Feb. 27th from 5 to 8 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Marcelle B. Mercadante, 96

Marcelle B. (LaCouture) Mercadante of Quincy, formerly of Brockton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 20, 2020 at the age of 96.

Marcelle B. Mercadante

Born in Brockton, Marcelle was one of three daughters of the late Evangeliste and Delina (Harpin) LaCouture. Sister of the late Gloria Soule and the late Doris Lovejoy. She was the beloved wife of 54 years of the late Salvatore J. Mercadante. Loving mother of Rosemary Warren and her husband Richard of Quincy, Anne McDonald and her husband Robert of Brockton, and the late S. Joseph Mercadante and his wife Janice of Mashpee. Cherished grandmother of Joseph, Cheri, Michael, Melissa, Kerri and Elizabeth. Proud great-grandmother of Hannah, Mary, Caroline, Ava, Maggie, Cate, Elizabeth, Ellie, Harper, Lyla, Jaryd, Elijah and Genevieve. Lifelong neighbor and friend of Theresa Moses of Brockton.

Marcelle graduated from Brockton High School and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph Manor in Brockton for 8 years. She was a devout Catholic and parishioner first of Sacred Heart Parish in Brockton and then Sacred Heart Parish in Quincy. Known as Mémère to family and friends, she was proud of her French heritage. Her family was the center of her life and the ultimate source of her joy. She loved them with all her heart. She especially adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she cared for many of them during their early years. She will be sadly missed by all those who were blessed to have known her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday from 2-6 PM  in 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, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in MA National Cemetery, Bourne, Monday at 12:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Marcelle.  Contributions can be made at bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children’s Hospital, to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301.  Please include Marcelle’s name in the memo line.

Harriet A. Colville, 82

Harriet A. (Hames) Colville, age 82, a longtime Braintree resident, died peacefully, Friday, January 17, 2020 at the John Adams HealthCare Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Harriet A. Colville

Harriet was born in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, to the late George E. and Margaret (Ellis) Hames. Raised and educated in Milford, NH, she was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1955. She later attended Simmons College and the Bryant & Stratton Business School. She had lived in Braintree for fifty-seven years.

Harriet was employed as an administrative assistant at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy for over thirty years. As a young woman, she began her career as a legal secretary in Boston and later worked as a secretary at the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where she and her family have been longtime members.

She loved traveling with her friends and celebrating holidays and birthdays with her high school friends who were known as the “Birthday Girls.” Harriet was an avid skier in her youth. She was always health conscious and loved to exercise. She enjoyed mall walking with her Braintree friends and was also an animal lover.

Harriet was a talented piano player and enjoyed playing. Most of all, Harriet was dedicated to her family and especially her cherished grandchildren.

Beloved wife for fifty-nine years of D. Brian Colville. Devoted mother of David B. Colville, Jr. of Westport, Elizabeth Ann Yaxter and her husband John of Braintree, Alison M. Cole and her husband Matthew of Weymouth. Loving grandmother of Brian and TJ Colville, Michael, Kristin, Brittany and Kaitlin Yaxter, Jason, Stephanie, Jennifer and Timothy Cole. She is also survived by several cousins and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church, 270 Franklin Street, Quincy on Saturday, January 25, at 11 o’clock. Pastor Drew Hanson will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted.

For those who wish, donations in Harriet’s memory may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, ATTN: Donations, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy.

Patricia A. Peters, 77

Patricia A. Peters, age 77, of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, in the comfort of her loving family.

Patricia A. Peters

Patricia was born in Boston, raised and educated in Hyde Park and Quincy schools and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1960. She was also a graduate of Bridgewater State College and later earned a Master’s degree from Suffolk University. She had lived in Quincy for most of her life.

As a young woman, with a strong sense of helping others, Pat joined the USO and served in Vietnam and later taught in the central American countries of Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.

Returning to the United States, she taught in Beverly before working in Hanover for fifteen years as a reading teacher. She was also a text book sales representative for the former Scott Forsman Publishing Company for many years.

Patricia loved the ocean and Nantasket Beach. She also enjoyed books, reading, fine dining and trips to Foxwoods with family and friends.

She cherished her family and was the loving care giver to her parents, the late Walter F. and Gertrude M. (Murphy) Peters. She was the devoted sister of Walter F. Peters, Jr. and his wife Donna of Scituate, Loretta M. Oliva McTiernan and her husband James “Macca” of Quincy, James F. Peters and his wife Susan of Taunton, and the late William J. Peters and his wife Noreen of Quincy. Loving aunt of seven nieces and nephews and ten great nieces and great nephews. She was also the aunt of the late Amanda C. Peters.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, January 25, at the Common Market Restaurant, 97 Willard Street, West Quincy from 12 – 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

For those who wish, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to Hanover Permanent Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 67, Hanover, MA 02339.

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

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