Honor R. Jutila, 78

Honor R. (Crowley) Jutila, age 78, of Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, July 11, 2021 at CareOne at Weymouth, surrounded by her loving family.

Honor R. Jutila

Honor was born in Quincy, to the late John and Barbara (Reynolds) Crowley. She was raised and educated in Quincy and was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1961. She was also a graduate of Bridgewater State College.

She had lived in Weymouth for fifty years, previously in Quincy, and was also a winter resident of Bonita Springs, Fla. for twenty-five years.

Honor was employed as a sales associate for the former Caldor’s store in Weymouth for twenty-five years.

She and her husband, Bill, loved to travel and enjoyed their many trips throughout the United States.

Honor was dedicated to her family, especially to her cherished grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty-five years of William L. Jutila. Devoted mother of Honor Marie Davis and her husband Jay of Quincy, William L. Jutila, Jr. and Mindy Bregoli of Vt., and Jennifer Grahn and her husband Christopher of Kingston. Loving grandmother of Madison, Meghan, Emma, Caitlin, and Samantha.

Dear sister of Kathleen Sampson and her late husband Edward of North Andover, the late John Crowley and his wife Nancy Crowley of Rockland, and the late Barbara Crowley. Honor was also the aunt of Patrick Crowley of R.I. and Susan Norton of Rockland.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, July 14, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Honor’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 353 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Quincy Commission On Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Named

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy officials have announced the names of the nine members of the newly formed Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The nine members Mayor Thomas Koch has appointed to the commission are:

Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain; attorney Gabriel Cheong; Faries Gray, a leader of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag; Philip Chong, the president and CEO of Quincy Asian Resources; David Murphy, the city’s commissioner of natural resources and formerly the town manager of Randolph; Lola Tom, the director of Asian services and community development for Hamel-Lydon Chapel; Mercy Umoren, a 30-year resident of the city; business owner Tony Patel; and Jean Kutash, who is a member of the city’s Commission on Disabilities.

The commissioners held their first meeting on Thursday evening. Koch, in an interview earlier Thursday, said that meeting was intended to be organizational in nature and would allow the members to get to know each other.

“The commission members, most of them haven’t met each other yet,” Koch said. “It is probably going to be more introductions, set up the ground rules, what kind of a schedule are we looking at…they have got to figure all that out.”

Koch said he planned to ask Cain, who is the first Black person elected to the City Council, to chair the commission at the first meeting. He also wanted to let the members know his office would be available to provide assistance as needed.

“Essentially, I am going to get on, thank everybody for serving, letting them know I have asked Ian to chair the meetings, that my office will be available to do any task they need to be done,” Koch said.

“I don’t want this to become a lot of work for any individuals. They are all volunteering their time, so if there is research they want done, there is information they want, the city, various departments, can handle that aspect, and then I will get out of the way.

“I will say hello, I will let them know my thoughts about things in the city, and then hopefully we get a report sometime in the fall from them and take it from there.”

Chris Walker, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the commission is not subject to the state’s Open Meeting Law. Nevertheless, future meetings will likely be open to the public.

“It’s not subject to it for a couple of reasons,” Walker wrote in an email. “First, the Commission was formed at the sole discretion of the Mayor and not by any law, regulation, or order from the City Council. Secondly, the decisions the Mayor makes based on the work of the Commission are his alone.

“Future meetings are expected to be open to the public regardless of the Open Meeting Law.”

Koch had announced he would be establishing the commission in March, two months after city councillors passed an ordinance to create a Department of Social Justice and Equity, which would consist of a single employee, a director, who would be tasked to, “create equity and inclusion among all populations in Quincy.” The mayor did not include that department in his budget for fiscal year 2022, which began July 1.

In Thursday’s interview, Koch said he has not seen problems other communities across the nation are facing happen in Quincy. The commission, he explained, would probe into those issues.

“I heard the message from some people in the community who felt the city wasn’t doing enough for segments of our population. As you know, I publicly did not agree with that. If you go back a year and a half before the pandemic and before the social justice movement across the country, the city was flying. The school system was doing extremely well. People were moving here because of the schools, the parks, it’s a safe city,” Koch said.

“I’m not saying we’re perfect – nobody is perfect – I just have not seen the types of issues that have been described nationally happening here in Quincy.”

“Having said that,” Koch continued, “I think this will be good for all parties, because I think the commission is going to learn about things the city is doing that they are not even aware of – whether it is rec programs, things happening in the schools, the libraries – and maybe the city learns some things from this process we weren’t aware of.

“I think it is a good exercise for the city to go through and take a hard look at things and make some recommendations going forward. I am open to ideas and suggestions, but at the end of the day, if it is a funding issue, it is my call then of course the [City] Council’s call.”