Annie L. Campitelli, 101

Annie L. (Gould) Campitelli, age 101, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in the comfort of her son’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Annie L. Campitelli

Annie was born in Quincy, to the late James and Frances (Clawson) Gould. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1937.

She was a homemaker but as a young woman had worked as an assembler at the former Raytheon Corporation in Quincy and later for the Allied Box Company in Dedham.

Annie was a strong and active woman all her life. She was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Carmine C. Campitelli. Devoted mother of William G. Campitelli and his wife Derelyn of Hanover, the late Charles C. Campitelli and his late wife Linda.

Loving grandmother of Dean Campitelli of Weymouth, Nancy Campitelli of Florida, Darin Campitelli of Taunton, Charles Campitelli of Quincy, William Campitelli and his wife Michelle of Bridgewater, Scott Campitelli and his wife Jill of Hanson, Tina Cary and her husband Neil of Rockland.

Much loved great grandmother of Courtney, Giovanna, Isabella, Mia, Darin, Jr., Dylan Campitelli, and Abigail Cary. Cherished great great grandmother of three.

Dear sister of Lillian Barrett of Kingston and pre-deceased by Thomas Gould and Frances Kyller. Annie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Annie’s memory may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370.

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.

Nellie Dryer, 99

Nellie Dryer of Quincy passed away peacefully on October 16 at the age of 99.

Nellie Dryer

Nellie was devoted to her family and many friends.  She was a gifted seamstress and knitter, able to craft designs from ideas.  Babies were welcomed into the family with crocheted hats, sweaters, and blankets.  Her grandchildren’s homes are filled with the beautiful items she made: lace tablecloths, quilts, and afghans.

Nellie was predeceased by her beloved husband, William H. Dryer, in 2000.  She is survived by her son, William H. Dryer, Jr; and her daughters, Mary Johnson, Nancy Dryer, and Kathleen Tuffy; her son-in-law James Tuffy; her sister Delia Donovan and brother-in-law Joseph Donovan. She leaves behind her grandchildren: Max Tuvloff, David Tuffy, Gregory Tuffy and his wife Danielle, Kevin Johnson and his partner Elizabeth Pepdjonovic, Brian Johnson, Michael Dryer and his wife Cortney, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Nellie grew up in Merrymount in the home her father, John Santagata, built.  She was a student in the first class to attend Merrymount School and was a parent there.  After her children were grown, Nellie returned to Merrymount to work, retiring as cafeteria manager in 2012.  She loved the children and staff, and enjoyed being part of the Merrymount School community.

Nellie and her husband, Bill, met at a dance prior to World War II.  Their letters while Bill was stationed overseas provide a glimpse into what families separated by war endured.  They were married for 53 years.  They loved long drives and slow dances.

Committal service and burial will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, on October 26 at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nellie’s memory may be made to Merrymount School, 4 Agawam Road, Quincy, MA 02169.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Voting In Presidential Election Underway Now


More than 1,400 residents cast their ballots this weekend at North Quincy High School as voting in the presidential election got underway.

Early voting will continue this week and next and residents can also submit a ballot by mail ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

City Clerk Nicole Crispo said 812 residents voted at the high school on Saturday, the first day of early voting, and 589 did so on Sunday, for a total of 1,401.

“It was very good,” she said of the first weekend of early voting. “Social distance and all that was a priority.”

There were lines waiting outside the school each morning, Crispo said, and a steady stream of voters for the rest of the day.

The city is using two locations for early voting this year.

Residents can vote in the council chamber on the second floor of the McIntyre Government Center (Old City Hall), 1305 Hancock St., on weekdays through next Friday, Oct. 30. The polling place there will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days.

Early voting will once again take place at North Quincy High School, 316 Hancock St., this coming weekend, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Voters are asked to use the Hunt Street entrance to access the school’s gym, where voting will take place.

Residents can also vote by mail during this election. As of Tuesday, nearly 23,000 ballots had been mailed to voters who requested them, and 6,000 had already been returned to the election department.

Those who have requested mail-in ballots have four ways to return them. Residents can hand deliver the ballots to the early voting locations while they are open; hand deliver them to the election office on the second floor of the City Hall annex building during business hours, including until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3; drop them off in a kiosk located outside City Hall until 8 p.m. on Election Day; or mail them through the postal service.

Additional five-minute parking spaces are available in front of City Hall for voters. Residents can call the election office when they park to have an employee meet them curbside and pick up the ballot that way if they prefer; the number for the office is posted on the signs.

Ballots cast by mail need to be postmarked on or before the day of the election in order to be counted. Unlike the Sept. 1 primary, ballots received after Election Day will still be counted, provided they were postmarked by Nov. 3 and received at City Hall prior to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Crispo said her office will release unofficial election results after polls close on Election Day. Final results will be available once all ballots are counted.

Mail-in ballots can be requested online at the secretary of state’s website, The deadline to apply is Oct. 28, but the secretary of state’s office recommends residents apply as soon as possible. Residents can also check the status of their mail-in ballot through the secretary’s website.

The deadline to register to vote is 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The elections office will be open at City Hall until the deadline passes and residents can also register to vote in-person at North Quincy High School Saturday while the polling place is open.

Quincy voters will cast ballots in up to seven contested races.

Topping the ballot is the race for president and vice president. The race features four candidates: incumbent Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence; Democratic nominees Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; Libertarians Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen; and Green-Rainbow candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Edward Markey of Malden faces a challenge from Republican Kevin O’Connor of Dover. Markey was first elected to the Senate in a 2013 special election and won a full six-year term in 2014.

In the eighth congressional district, which includes all of Quincy, incumbent Democrat Stephen Lynch of South Boston faces a challenge from independent candidate Jonathan Lott of Stoughton. Lynch has served on Capitol Hill since winning a 2001 special election.

Two incumbent members of the state legislature who represent Quincy, both Democrats, are facing challenges this year.

Sen. John Keenan, a Hobomack Road resident, is facing a challenge from independent candidate Alexander Mendez of Shore Avenue to represent the Norfolk and Plymouth District. The district includes all of Quincy, Abington, Holbrook and Rockland as well as part of Braintree. Keenan is seeking his sixth two-year term in office. Mendez is challenging Keenan for the third straight election.

Rep. Ronald Mariano of Falls Boulevard will face Republican Stephen Tougas of Gilbert Street in the race to represent the Third Norfolk District in a rematch from 2018. The district includes all of Ward 2 in Quincy as well as Ward 4, precinct 5, and extends south to parts of Weymouth and Holbrook. Mariano was first elected to Beacon Hill in a 1991 special election and is the House majority leader.

The three other representatives who represent parts of Quincy – Bruce Ayers, Tackey Chan and Daniel Hunt, all Democrats – are unopposed. Ayers has served on Beacon Hill since 1999, Chan since 2011 and Hunt since 2014.

There are also a pair of contested Norfolk County races on the ballot in Quincy.

The race for sheriff pits incumbent Republican Jerry McDermott of Westwood against Quincy Democrat Patrick McDermott, presently the county’s register of probate. The winner of the special election will serve for two years and be eligible to run for a full six-year term in 2022. Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Jerry McDermott to the sheriff’s seat in December 2018 after the resignation of Michael Bellotti.

Three candidates are in the running for two seats on the county commission. They are incumbent Joseph Shea, a Quincy Democrat; Canton Town Moderator Richard Staiti, a Democrat; and Heather Hamilton, a Brookline selectwoman running as an independent.

Two Democrats are unopposed in their bid for county seats: Colleen Brierley of Norwood, who is running for register of probate, and Bellotti, the former sheriff from Quincy who is running for treasurer.

Democrat Christopher Iannella Jr. is running unopposed in his re-election bid for a seat on the Governor’s Council.

Residents can also vote on two ballot questions this year.

A yes vote on Question 1 would provide motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities with expanded access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data related to their vehicles’ maintenance and repair. A no vote would make no change in the law governing access to vehicles’ wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.

A yes vote on Question 2 would create a system of ranked-choice voting in which voters would have the option to rank candidates in order of preference and votes would be counted in rounds, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes until one candidate has received a majority. A no vote would make no change in the laws governing voting and how votes are counted.

Lynne Fountaine, 68

Lynne Fountaine, 68, of Quincy and formerly of Worcester, died on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Lynne Fountaine

Born in Boston on April 24, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Skerry) Fountaine. Lynne attended local schools and graduated from North Quincy High School with the Class of 1970. After high school, Lynne continued her education, earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts. Following graduation, Lynne went to work as a florist for the Stop & Shop Corporation. While working, she attended Bryant University part-time to earn her Master’s in Business Administration.

In her spare time, Lynne enjoyed spending time with her nieces and family. Lynne was a voracious reader and loved mystery novels. Lynne was an outgoing and friendly person. She had a lively personality and was a people person. Lynne will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Lynne was the dear sister of Christopher Fountaine of Quincy, the late Janice Charbonnier and her surviving husband Rick of Worcester and the late Stephen Fountaine. She was the loving aunt of Sara Charbonnier of Dorchester and Megan Charbonnier of Boston.

Following cremation, Lynne’s funeral services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lynne may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.

Normally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Lynne’s family at this time, friends may still offer their support by visiting and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

Quincy Looks At Regulations For Short-Term Rentals


An ordinance now pending before the City Council would regulate short-term rentals within Quincy.

Ward 5 Councillor Charles Phelan Jr. introduced the legislation to regulate short-term rentals in September. The ordinance would apply to short-term rentals – defined as a rental of up to 31 days – offered through companies like Airbnb and Vrbo as well as to those arranged without a booking agent. The council’s ordinance committee met Oct. 19 to begin reviewing the bill but took no action that night.

Phelan and Mayor Thomas Koch have also proposed adopting portions of state law authorizing a local 6 percent excise tax on short-term rentals plus a 3 percent community-impact fee.

As proposed, Phelan’s ordinance would prohibit short-term rentals within parts of the city zoned as Residence A, where only single-family homes are allowed by-right. Phelan said the state is facing a housing crisis and short-term rentals make it difficult for prospective homeowners to purchase properties in single-family neighborhoods.

“If you look around the city, some of our strongest neighborhoods are ones that are Residence A, and they are the ones we want to protect,” he said.

“In Residence A neighborhoods, families coming in were being outbid on single-family homes… people were buying them [because] they were going to make a business out of it, which is not why we have Residence A homes.”

Stephen Durkin, the assistant city solicitor who helped draft the ordinance, said the legislation was based on steps Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have taken to regulate short-term rentals as well as an ordinance proposed previously by Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci that was not acted upon.

The ordinance would allow property owners to offer short-term rentals in three circumstances. Home-share units within the owner’s primary residence would be allowed – with occupancy limited to three bedrooms and six guests at a time. Limited-share units – in which the unit is rented while the owner is present – would be allowed with occupancy limited to two bedrooms and four guests. Rentals would also be allowed in owner-adjacent units, meaning owners of two- and three-family homes who reside on site could set aside one of those units for short-term rentals.

Operators of short-term rentals would be required to register with the city. The annual registration fee for limited-share units would be $50 and the annual fee for the other two categories would be set at $200. The owners of short-term rental properties would also be required to notify direct abutters within 30 days of registering with the city.

The Inspectional Services Department would be tasked with maintaining the registry and also enforcing the rules of the ordinance. The department would be able to assess fines of $200 per day for offering an ineligible unit as a short-term rental. Violations of the ordinance or other city codes, such as noise violations, would be subject to a $100 fine per day. The registration could be revoked for two violations within six months or three violations within 12 months.

Durkin said the proposed ordinance, like Boston’s, would not allow an owner to rent out a property they do not reside in on a short-term basis. He suggested councillors would have to determine whether or not they should be allowed as the committee continues to review the ordinance.

Durkin also suggested the council could ban short-term rentals outright, like the town of Lynnfield has done.

Several councillors who spoke during the Oct. 19 meeting said they have had issues with short-term rentals in the neighborhoods they represent.

Ward 6 Councillor William Harris said short-term rentals have turned some homes in his district into “weekend frat houses.”

“Since day one, I’ve been dealing with Airbnbs that have been a problem. It’s taxing to the people who are in the neighborhoods,” Harris said. “I support everything that we are putting forward. Anything that can be added on that can put more teeth, more bite, into this, I welcome it.”

Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy said he has had similar issues with parties at houses rented on a short-term basis and asked Durkin what value short-term rentals provide to the city.

“What do these do for Quincy…what do they do at all if say the owner doesn’t live in Quincy and just disrupts any neighborhood with an Airbnb?” McCarthy said. “I would love to see what [Lynnfield] did in regards to how they were able to ban Airbnbs completely.”

Durkin said short-term rentals are a business and would leave the decision on their value to the councillors and mayor to decide.

Palmucci, the Ward 4 councillor, asked Durkin to provide councillors with more information on the number of short-term rentals offered presently in the city. State law requires owners of short-term rentals to register with the state.

Palmucci said he understood neighbors’ concerns about short-term rentals but wants to hear from the owners of such properties before voting on the ordinance.

“I would just like to hear a little bit more from the folks who are running these Airbnbs. I don’t know who they are. I don’t know if we are talking about professional mini-hoteliers who own an apartment building and they are all Airbnbs or if we’re talking about a middle-aged couple who have a two-family and they rent out the other one,” Palmucci said.

“Especially in these difficult times with COVID, if this in any way impacts the way somebody makes money and makes a living, I would like to know how much and how much of an effect we are going to have.”

Councillor Anne Mahoney, the chairwoman of the ordinance committee, said it would be important to hear both perspectives.

“What Councillor Palmucci is a great starting point to be able to come back and discuss how many people are registered and to take a look at it from a different direction so we’re looking at it from both sides of the issue as we are trying to create an ordinance that is protective of our neighborhoods but also conducive for the people who are doing it right,” Mahoney said.

A public hearing was held prior to the committee meeting. One resident, John Rodophele of Grenwold Road, said he supported the ordinance because it would provide the city with additional tax revenue.

Palmucci said three people – two residents who live near short-term rentals and one operator of such a rental – submitted letters ahead of the meeting.

Paul F. Johnson, 72

Paul F. Johnson, 72, of Quincy passed away Tuesday October 13, 2020 after a short illness.

Paul F. Johnson

Son of the late Francis and Paula Johnson.  Former husband of Catherine Johnson. Beloved father of Melinda (Johnson) Parsons of Kingston, and her former husband Harold Parsons, Jr. Grandfather of Victoria and Emelia Parsons and the late Julia Parsons.  Brother of Mary Johnson, Beth Harvey and her husband Steven, and the late Peter and Gregory Johnson.  Brother in law of Kathleen Johnson.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam War.  He was a retired employee as a supervisor for Howard Johnson Co in the meat commissary in Quincy.

Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Services to be held at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Funeral arrangements were made by MacKinnon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Whitman.

Susan McGowan, 68

Susan (Field) McGowan, age 68, of Quincy said goodbye on October 13, 2020 with family and friends at her bedside, including her companion, Robert McIntyre of Quincy, and joined her mother, Florence (Florita) Field and sister, Janet Field-Pickering, in the loving embrace of the Almighty.

Susan McGowan

Loving mother of Sara M. McGowan of Scituate, and “Grammy Sue” to grandchild Grace McGowan, Mrs. McGowan was known for her creative spirit and deep empathy and compassion for others challenged by mental illness and addiction. Following a twenty-year career as a registered nurse, she shared her extraordinary artistic talents facilitating an art studio at the Crisis Center at South Shore Mental Health in Quincy. She received state-wide recognition as a certified Peer Specialist among the South Shore mental health community.

She is survived by her father, Charles Field of Scituate and siblings Amy Chessia, and Charles Field, Jr., both of Scituate.

A Funeral Mass will be held in her memory at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cohasset, MA on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am.  People wishing to attend must register at or call the church at 781-383-0219.

Funeral arrangements were made by McNamara- Sparrell Funeral Homes

Marie A. Marini, 94

Marie A. (DeNicola) Marini, age 94, of Quincy, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Marie A. Marini

Born in Quincy, to the late Luigi and Mary (Chignola) DeNicola, she was raised there and was a graduate of North Quincy High School. She had lived in Quincy for the past ten years, previously in Braintree for thirty years, and earlier in Quincy.

Marie worked alongside her late husband, Gino, at their family-run business, the former Fashion Quality Cleaners in North Quincy, for twenty years.

Marie was a homemaker who was devoted to her family, especially her granddaughters, actively supporting their activities and accomplishments. She loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Beloved wife of the late Gino Marini. Devoted mother of Roger R. Marini and his wife Cheryl of South Carolina, Darlene M. Marini of Braintree, and Robert E. McAdam of Bourne. Loving grandmother of Meredith, Angela, Rosina, Aleta, Christina, Gianna, Bianca, and Kristin. Cherished great-grandmother of ten. Dear sister of Joseph DeNicola of Hingham and Norma Twomey of Norwell. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Flora Marini of New Jersey, and many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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.

Irene McMullen, 92

Irene “Rene” (Durand) McMullen, 92, of Quincy left our lives suddenly at her home on October 14, 2020.

Irene McMullen

Born in Acushnet; daughter of the late Leo and Armelia (Hebert) Durand; she was the sister of Teresa Suprenant, the late Alice Mailloux, Raymond Durand and Leo Durand. Survived by her children, Joyce McMullen of Quincy, Cheryl Johannessen of New Bedford, and William D. McMullen and his wife Haydee of Florida;  her grandchildren; Jacob, Sofia, and Margaret McMullen all of Florida, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rene had a long varied, and vibrant life. Right up to the end she left smiles and friends wherever she went. For many years she worked at Long’s Jewelers and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Transportation Department. Irene also volunteered at the Interfaith Bureau Drawer in Quincy. She was also a Mary Kay rep, and went monthly to give manicures to the residences at an assisted living facility. Many at the Quincy Senior Centers would know her knitting, playing pool, and attending the trips and parties. Irene loved dressing up for Halloween, being in her garden, knitting, reading books and the newspaper, and helping her friends and family.

Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. A Memorial Service for Irene McMullen will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Rivers End Park, River Rd, New Bedford, MA.

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Ralph E. Richardson

Ralph E. Richardson of Quincy, formerly of S. Boston, died peacefully at his home on October 16, 2020.

Ralph E. Richardson

Beloved husband of the late Margaret J. (Neff) Richardson.  Loving father of Ralph W. Richardson and his wife Stephanie of Quincy, Rachael Ferris and her husband Steven of Weymouth, and Renee Ceglie and her husband Michael of Braintree.  Brother of Walter Richardson of Weymouth, Barbara Barton of Dorchester and the late Dorothea Richardson.  Cherished grandfather of Thomas & Michael Richardson and John, Lyla & Samuel Ceglie.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Ralph enjoyed traveling with his wife, Margaret, especially onboard various cruise vacations.  He was also honored to visit many WWII European countries with his friends, including England, France and Belgium.  Ralph could also be seen at many of his grandchildren’s school and sporting activities.  He was most proud of the time spent with his family.  Ralph was a retired Massachusetts State Trooper and a United States Marine Corps veteran.  He will be remembered for his quiet, easy going nature along with his willingness to help anyone in need.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM on Monday.  Burial in MA National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund, 1549 Ringling Blvd, 6th Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236.