James P. McGuire

James P. McGuire of Weymouth and Harwich passed away suddenly on June 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was the son of the late James and Carol (Frey) McGuire of Quincy Point.

James P. McGuire

Born in Quincy on May 27, 1952, Jim graduated from Quincy High School in 1970 and Babson College in 1974. He enjoyed his days playing soccer at both schools and because of his leadership abilities, he was the captain of both teams. Early on, he worked for the Shawmut Bank, but knew in his heart his true calling was to work with children, so he earned his Master’s Degree in education at Eastern Nazarene College.

Jim impacted the lives of so many throughout his life.  His career in education began at Broad Meadows Middle School (a junior high at the time) as a math teacher, and in those hallways, he met the love of his life, Cookie. Their journey can best be defined in one word, togetherness. Rarely did you see one without the other.  Jim returned briefly to Babson College as the associate director of admissions, but when given the opportunity, he did not hesitate to accept a math position at North Quincy High School. Soon after, he began his career in administration. He was the assistant principal at Broad Meadows Middle School and later at Sterling Middle School, only to return to his roots as principal at Point Webster Middle School until his retirement in 2013. He considered his staff and students his second family.

Jim was an avid sports fan and faithfully followed the New England Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, and if a soccer game was televised, he was glued to the TV. He coached soccer at Quincy High School, and later at North Quincy High School.  His love of coaching continued in the town of Weymouth where he coached soccer, hockey, and baseball youth teams.

A wonderful husband and father, his children, Philip and Stacey, were the lights of his life.  He was proud of their academic achievements, their athletic accomplishments and, most importantly, the outstanding individuals they have become. He was their biggest fan and never missed any of their high school games, and he made a point of attending many of Phil’s college soccer games. Jim treasured his time being Papa to Kendall and Colin, and admired and loved Phil’s wife, Jen and her entire family.  A humble man, he appreciated the simple things in life and after retirement loved spending memorable times with his family in Harwich on Cape Cod.  He was admired and respected by his family, friends, colleagues, and students.  He will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

Beloved husband and best friend to Christine (Cookie) Guest McGuire of Weymouth.  Loving father of Philip McGuire and his wife, Jennifer (Cox) of Hingham and Stacey McGuire of Weymouth.  Brother of Jane Sherman and her husband, Cliff, of North Attleboro and Jill Swanton and her husband, David, of Foxboro.  Devoted Papa to Kendall and Colin McGuire.  Also survived by many loving nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main St (Rte. 18 opposite South Shore Hospital).  Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 AM at Quincy Point Congregational Church, Quincy.  Burial will follow at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: James P. McGuire Scholarship Fund, Quincy Public Schools, Business Affairs Office, 34 Coddington St., Quincy, MA 02169.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Norma L. Conley, 95

Norma Lucille (Carlson) Conley, 95, of Hingham, formerly of Scituate, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Norma L. Conley

Born in Millbury on May 23, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Carl W. and Barbara L. (Moore) Carlson. A graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1944, Norma married her high school sweetheart, Thomas J. Conley.

Norma traveled extensively throughout her life, first with her husband and later with family and friends. From a young age, one of her favorite places to visit was Cape Cod. She enjoyed visiting casinos, playing bridge and bingo, and keeping active at the Hingham Senior Center. An avid sports fan, Norma loved going to and watching Boston College football games. Norma had a very engaging personality and will be greatly missed by all the lives she touched.

Norma was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Conley with whom she shared many loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Thomas J. Conley and his wife Diane of Quincy, Stephen Conley and his partner Miki Tanabe of Scituate, Barbara Chiuve and her husband Richard of Weymouth, Elizabeth Lus and her husband Michael of Hingham, and Brian Conley and his wife Valerie of Winchester. Norma was the proud grandmother of Jennifer, Michael, Christina, Jessica, Thomas, Alyssa, Juliana, Gregory, Rachel, Brian, Stephen, Nicole, Daniel, and Michael, and the loving great-grandmother of four. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Olga Conley, her sisters-in-law Jean Carini and Mary DeLuca, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear friend Larry Schell.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Norma’s funeral service on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 3:30 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street (off Central St.) Hingham, MA. Visiting hours will follow from 4 to 7 PM.

Norma will be interred privately in Saint Mary of the Nativity Cemetery, Scituate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Norma may be sent to Hingham Veterans, 210 Central St. Hingham, MA c/o Keith Jermyn.

Alice J. Deady, 83

Alice Josephine (Rouleau) Deady, a longtime resident of Houghs Neck, Quincy, passed peacefully at her home on Friday, June 18, 2021. She was 83.

Alice J. Deady

Alice was the beloved wife of the late James J. Deady, Jr., who passed in 2018. Together they shared 60 years of loving marriage. She was the devoted mother of Karin Duggan and her husband Fran of South Glastonbury, CT, Ellen Reardon and her husband Michael of Georgetown and the late Linda Dracoules and her surviving husband Chris of Holliston. Loving grandmother of Danielle, Kerri, Kevin, Chris, Michael, Colleen, Matthew and Abby. Loving great grandmother of Sophia and Walker. Alice was preceded in death by her siblings: Jean, Raymond, Alfred and Paul.

Family was the most important part of Alice’s life, and she was devoted to those she loved and cared for. Her life lessons and example are her legacy that continue through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Parish in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to church.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alice may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Five Councillors Oppose Pine Island Bridge

By SCOTT JACKSON

Five city councillors will introduce a resolution on Monday voicing their opposition to a proposed pedestrian bridge inside Merrymount Park that would connect Pine Island to Ryan Boathouse.

Councillors Charles Phelan Jr., Anthony Andronico, Noel DiBona, Anne Mahoney and Brian Palmucci are sponsoring the resolution against the proposed bridge inside Black’s Creek.

In the resolution, councillors say they are concerned about chemicals leaching from the wooden bridge into the salt marsh and say the island should remain untouched.

“At this point we do not know the type of pressured treated wood being used and that could cause great leaching of hazardous chemical into the salt marsh,” they wrote.

“The area known as Pine Island is one of the last untouched and undeveloped parts of Quincy and home to several different species of wildlife that call Black’s Creek home.”

The proposed bridge would be 450 feet long and 17 feet wide, the councillors state in their resolve. It would require 66 pile towers driven into the salt marsh to support it.

Monday’s City Council meeting is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a series of public hearings starting at 6:30 p.m. and an ordinance committee meeting at 6:40 p.m.

The meeting is being held remotely via Zoom. Those wishing to watch the meeting on the Zoom app can do so by entering the meeting ID 951 4678 9655 and the password CY0j2M. Those wishing to listen by phone can do by calling 929-436-2866 and entering the same meeting ID and the password 198931.

Margaret T. Tausevich

Margaret T. “Peggy” (Doyle) Tausevich passed away peacefully at home in Quincy, Sunday June 13, 2021.

Margaret T. Tausevich

Born in NY, NY, Peggy was married 64 years to Ray; they were high school sweethearts and raised six children together.

Peggy worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Mass Tool and Saw Service, for over 40 years. She also worked at Quincy Auto Auction as manager of Peg’s Coat Room.

Peggy was known for her friendly, warm, caring nature. She created beautiful works of art through her paintings displayed throughout the home. Peggy enjoyed bowling and participated in a bowling league for many years.

She enjoyed cooking, photography, scenic travels and especially loved spending time with family at home and on annual family vacations. She will be remembered as a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, always happy to lend a compassionate ear, offer loving hugs and soothing words and was a motherly figure to many. She remembered every birthday, anniversary and dates of all memorable events, thoughtfully selecting just the right card for each person.

Peggy and Ray were inseparable, wherever one was, the other was close by. Their love, respect and affection for each other and the family they created is special.

Beloved wife of Raymond. Loving mother of Karen Tausevich and her husband Mark Proulx of Center Barnstead, NH, Tracey Cooley and her husband Michael Cooley of Westminster, Sharon Cintolo and Paula Capobianchi, both of Quincy, Lynn Borden of Braintree and the late Raymond T. Tausevich, Jr.  Grandmother of Christopher Tausevich, Colleen Tausevich, Michael Cooley, Stephen Cooley, Corin Capobianchi, Dante Cintolo, Jack Borden and Alec Borden. Great-grandmother of Brock and Owen Tausevich.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary Church, 115 Crescent Street, Quincy, Friday June 18 at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 2-5 PM. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

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

Three New Developments Seen In Quincy Center

Artist’s rendering showing the three new announced developments along Quincy Center in Hancock Street. The building at the top left would house a performing arts center and 350 residential units. The other two buildings are located near the bottom right, separated by a proposed new green space, and would contain residential units and new restaurant and retail spaces. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

By SCOTT JACKSON

Mayor Thomas Koch on Thursday unveiled plans for three new developments along Hancock Street in Quincy Center featuring nearly 600 residential units between them.

One of the buildings would also be home to a performing arts center.

Koch announced plans for the new buildings at a City Hall press conference joined by Sam Slater and Joey Arcari, the developers behind the projects. The three buildings represent private investments of $300 million into Quincy Center, Koch said, and will include 800,000 square feet of new development. The projects will also generate $2 million in new tax revenue each year.

Mayor Thomas Koch (center) was joined by developers Joey Arcari (left) and Sam Slater (right) at Thursday’s announcement.

The mayor said the new developments would help transform the section of Quincy Center between Hancock Street and Burgin Parkway.

“It is time for that side of Hancock Street over to Burgin to be developed. It is time to transform that area,” he said. “That is what we are talking about today.”

Koch said he understood some of his critics might take issue with the additional development in Quincy Center, but noted there is a shortage of housing in the Boston area.

“The economy of Boston is heavily based on education and medical, and a lot of young people come to this region in need of a place to live, and that is a challenge right now. We are helping to meet that demand,” the mayor said.

“This creates new vitality, new vibrancy. It creates new jobs, it creates new taxes. And, it is on the spine of the tracks – we are right by the Quincy Center Red Line station…it checks a number of the boxes off, why it makes perfect sense.

“This is where we want density, this is where we want height, this is the center of commerce in our city. This isn’t in the middle of a neighborhood.”

Slater, who is a partner in the NHL’s Seattle Kraken expansion team, would develop two of the buildings.

The first building would be located at 1469 Hancock St., presently home to the Adams Arcade. Slater is proposing a 15-story, 200-unit residential building on that site with 4,000 square of retail space and 4,000 square feet of restaurant space.

The second building would be located on the site of the city-owned parcel of land at 1565 Hancock St., also known as the Messina Lot, where a 14- or 15-story building would be constructed. That building, which is still in the early planning stages, would house the new performing arts center and somewhere in the range of 350 residential units. Koch said the venue would be named in honor of First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Adams.

Arcari, whose firm, the Broadway Hospitality Group, operates the Tavern in the Square restaurants, would construct a seven-story building at 1445 Hancock St., now home to a Family Dollar. The building would include a restaurant on the ground floor, a coworking space on the second floor, and 40 residential units on the upper floors.

Koch said he plans to ask the City Council to acquire the two buildings at 1461 and 1453 Hancock St. which are home to a Tae Kwon Do studio and a coffee shop, among other businesses.  Those buildings, which are located between two of the proposed new buildings, would be razed to make way for a new green space.

The council would also have to approve of a land disposition agreement for the lot at 1565 Hancock St. The three projects would all be subject to review by the city’s Planning Board.

Closer look at the performing arts center, which would be located at 1585 Hancock St. Some 350 residential units would be located on the building’s upper floors.
Another look at the buildings proposed for 1469 Hancock St. (center) and 1445 Hancock St. (far right). A new green space is proposed for the land between the two new structures.

Linda D. Marsney, 70

Linda Diane (Guelfo) Marsney, age 70, of Pembroke (formerly of Weymouth) died on May 19 surrounded by her loving family.

Linda D. Marsney

She was born in Lynn to the late Lawrence Guelfo and Irene Childs. Mrs. Marsney was a loving and incredibly caring sister to her two older brothers: Lawrence Guelfo of Swampscott and Lance Guelfo of Antioch, CA.

Linda and her beloved husband, Nicholas “Nicky” Vincent Marsney Jr., raised their four children in Weymouth where they remained for 35 years before relocating to Pembroke in 2018.

Mrs. Marsney graduated from Lynn English High School in 1969. She married the love of her life and best friend Nicky in 1976. Mrs. Marsney was a natural caregiver and most recently worked as a Nursing Assistant taking care of the elderly at Quincy Hospital. She talked fondly of her patients and had a gift for making them feel comfortable. She was a kind and loving soul who saw the good in anyone she met and could make a stranger feel like a friend. She was a mentor, confidante, friend and role model to so many.

Mrs. Marsney was passionate about sewing, gardening, but most of all she enjoyed the many years she and her family spent in Falmouth camping every summer. She was like a mother to many of the children and cherished the lifelong friendships she made at the campground where they vacationed for over twenty years.

Mrs. Marsney was a devoted mother who loved to attend every sporting event in which her four children participated in. She spent many hours on the sidelines of the soccer and football fields watching her children play and cheer. She was so proud of each of them.

In addition to her husband, Nicky, Linda leaves behind her four children: Nicholas Marsney III and his wife, Meghan, of Hanover; Tanya Blackwell and her husband, Christopher, of Tennessee; Brent Marsney and his wife, Holly, of Pembroke; and Shauna Leary and her husband, Daniel, of Hanover. Linda was also blessed with 7 grandchildren who she adored: Nicholas IV and Adriana Marsney, Greyson and Cassidy Blackwell, Devin and Zoe Marsney, and Hayden Leary. Linda has touched and supported the lives of so many and has countless friends who she cherished.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Thecla Parish in Pembroke on May 26.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral arrangements were made by Sullivan Funeral Homes, Hanson.

Florence L. Steeves, 86

Florence L. (Martel) Steeves, 86, a longtime resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at her home on Friday March 27, 2020.

Florence L. Steeves

Born in Laconia, NH, she was a daughter of the late Irenee Martel and Yvonne (Sevigny).  Proudly French-Canadian, Florence was raised in an entirely French-speaking household and learned English only upon entering first grade in 1939. Florence was employed by the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. in Quincy as a cashier for many years, a job she loved, retiring in 1997.  Additionally, she was a volunteer at the gift shop at Quincy Hospital, and CareOne at Weymouth.

Florence was what some might call a sports fanatic, following all of the Boston sports teams including the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins.  Flo rarely missed a game on television or an opportunity to tell you what one or another of the teams was doing wrong and how it could be corrected.  One of the greatest joys of her life was the Red Sox World Series victory in 2004 when her hooting and hollering from her living room during the late night finish was later reported to have been heard from the International Space Station.  At the time of her death, she remained disappointed in Tom Brady’s tragic decision to leave the Patriots.

Florence was the beloved wife of the late Eugene K. Steeves, and the devoted mother of Nancy M. McDonald and her husband Tim of Quincy, the late Martin L. Steeves who died in 2013, and a dedicated caregiver and constant companion of her daughter, Carol Steeves of Weymouth.  She was the proud grandmother, known lovingly as Meme, of Eliza, Maeve, and Fiona McDonald all of Quincy and attended every single one of their dance recitals and every play and musical in which they ever appeared at St. Ann School, St. Agatha School and Fontbonne Academy. She was the sister of Grace Montplaisir of NH and Alice Parzek of FL, Robert Martel of SC, Donat Martel of NH, Helene Stentiford of Wakefield, and the late Laurette Baillargeon, Rachel Pelczar, Blanche Mansour, Lucille Houde, and Lucien, Edmond, Leo, and Rolland Martel.  She is also survived by more than 100 nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 10:30-11:30 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY followed by a funeral home service at 11:30 AM. Burial to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Florence’s name to Fontbonne Academy for The Good Fountain Players C/O Fontbonne Academy, 930 Brook Rd. Milton, MA 02186.

Quincy Budget Hearings Postponed

By SCOTT JACKSON

A series of hearings to review Quincy’s proposed fiscal year 2022 scheduled for this week have been postponed.

The City Council’s finance committee had been scheduled to hold budget hearings Wednesday and Thursday evening, but both have been cancelled.

Chris Walker, the chief of staff to Mayor Thomas Koch, on Wednesday morning said those hearings would be rescheduled for next week.

The postponement of this week’s budget hearings comes after the finance committee narrowly approved Koch’s proposed $475 million pension obligation Monday evening, casting doubt over whether the measure would have enough support to pass.

The  finance committee voted 5-3 on Monday in favor of giving a positive recommendation to an amended version of the bond. While only a simple majority was needed in committee for the bond to advance, it cannot be approved at a regular council meeting without the support of six councillors.

Councillors Anthony Andronico, Noel DiBona, William Harris, David McCarthy and Brian Palmucci voted in favor of the bond at Monday’s committee meeting while Councillors Ian Cain, Nina Liang and Anne Mahoney voted against it. Ward 5 Councillor Charles Phelan Jr. is recused from the matter because he is a current retire, he told The Sun on Tuesday; Phelan was formerly the city’s IT director.

Koch had drafted his proposed $346.65 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1, based on the assumption the pension bond would pass, saving about $15 million next fiscal year.

Walker on Wednesday said the administration would wait until councillors take a final vote on the pension bond on June 21 before determining what happens to the budget proposal.

“The council meeting and report out of committee will come Monday and we will take it from there,” he said.

Barbara J. McCarthy, 81

Barbara J. (Merrill) McCarthy, age 81, of Pepperell, formerly of Squantum passed away June 14 at Nashoba Hospital.

Barbara J. McCarthy

Born and raised in Quincy, she attended North Quincy High School, lived in Squantum for many years and has lived in Pepperell for the last seven years.

Barbara worked at the Squantum School in Quincy for many years before retiring.

She was an avid Boston sports fan and especially loved the Red Sox.  She loved all of her dogs especially Danny.

Beloved wife of the late James M. Sr.  Mother of Barbara Culhane and her husband John of Littleton and James M. McCarthy Jr. and his wife Mary of Dunstable.  Sister of the late Robert Merrill.  Grandmother of Kayleigh Kirkness, Charlotte McCarthy, Henry McCarthy, and the late Bridgette Culhane.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Thursday 4-7 pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Catherine’s Church Westford Friday morning at 9 am.  Burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Friday afternoon at 12:45 pm.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Boston Fire Department Relief Fund at bfdrelief.org.