25th Annual Salvation Army Community Leader Kettle Dec. 1, Dec. 8 At Hancock-Adams Common

The 25th annual Community Leader Kettle to benefit The Salvation Army Quincy Corps will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 8 near Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., Quincy Center.

Salvation Army Logo

The kettle will be set up in the Hancock-Adams Common near the John Adams Statue.

Kettle hours both days are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last hour shift will start at 3 p.m.

More than 40 civic and city leaders are volunteering their time to ring the bell at the community leader kettle. The kettle to benefit The Salvation Army was established in 1997 – 25 years ago – by the late Henry W. Bosworth, Jr., founder and longtime publisher of The Quincy Sun.

 

Mr. Bosworth, who coordinated the kettle for many years, passed away in February 2009. He was a longtime member of the Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board. For the last 13 years, Mr. Bosworth’s son – Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth – has coordinated the community leader kettle. Robert Bosworth has also served as a member of The Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Over the past 24 years, the kettle has raised more than $110,000. Last year’s kettle raised $4,300 bringing the 24-year total to $113,416. That amount also includes several “Christmas In July” kettle standouts held in Quincy Center during some summer months that also supported the Quincy Salvation Army and its mission of helping the needy during the holiday season and year-round. The July kettles raised $9,249.

Capt. Adam Boynton, corps officer of The Salvation Army on Baxter Street in Quincy, said the Red Christmas Kettle campaign continues to be the strongest form of fundraising for the Salvation Army in Quincy. Donations are used year round to support the less fortunate. This year’s kettle campaign goal is $120,000.

“As we continue to deal with the effects and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see more people in need asking for our help with food, utilities and rent,” Boynton said.

“Please consider donating as you pass a Red Kettle, located at Walmart, Star Market, Shaw’s, Hobby Lobby, South Shore Plaza and Stop and Shop. Think about it: if even half of the residents of Quincy gave $5 we would exceed our goal.”

Here is the line-up of volunteers manning the Community Leader kettle:

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

9 a.m. – Mayor Thomas Koch and Auto Dealer Dan Quirk.
10.m. – School Committee Member Frank Santoro, Don Uvanitte, Eastern Insurance and Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board; City Clerk Nicole Crispo and Norfolk County Commissioner Joe Shea.
11 a.m. – School Committee Member Emily Lebo and Ed and Joan Keohane, Salvation Army Advsiory Board.
Noon – School Committee Member-Elect Tina Cahill; Tim Cahill, president, Quincy Chamber of Commerce and School Committee Member Paul Bregoli.
1 p.m. – State Rep. Tackey Chan, QATV Executive Director Jonathan Caliri and School Committee member Kathryn Hubley.
2 p.m. Quincy Veterans Council Commander Daniel Tinney (2022), QVC Past Commander Robert LaFleur and Christine Cugini, administrative secretary Quincy Veterans Services.
3 p.m. Quincy Veterans Council Commander Charles Hurd (2021), QVC Senior Vice Commander Steve Dunlea and Councillor at-Large Noel DiBona.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

9 a.m. – Ward 5 Councillor Chuck Phelan, Maralin Manning, Salvation Army Advisory Board; and Dr. John Pasciucco, Salvation Army Advisory Board.
10 a.m. – Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell, Rep. Bruce Ayers, Quincy Veterans Services Director George Nicholson and Veterans Services Graves Registration Officer George Bouchard.
11 a.m. – Karen Giovanniello and Carol Lowd, Quincy Lions Club and Amy Huber, senior vice president, NorthEast Community Bank.
Noon – Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott; Barbara Clarke, president, Quincy Rotary Club; and Isobel Bertman, Rogers Jewelry and Salvation Army Advisory Board.
1 p.m. – NQHS Principal Keith Ford, QHS Principal Larry Taglieri, Norfolk County Dist. Atty. Mike Morrissey and Norfolk County Treasurer Mike Bellotti.
2 p.m. – Ward 2 Councillor Anthony Andronico, School Committee Member Doug Gutro and Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth.
3 p.m. – Quincy College President Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Jack Raymer, director of Athletics, Quincy College; and School Committee member Courtney Perdios.

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr., 87

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr., of Quincy, formerly of East Weymouth.

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr.

Family and friends mourn the death of Tom Curtin, 87, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and all-around terrific guy who fought hard, despite his medical challenges, to spend more time with them.  He passed away on November 28.

Tom leaves his wife of 62 years, Barbara; his three children, Barbara Graceffa and her husband Philip, Thomas Curtin III and his wife Deborah, and Carole Corthell and her husband Bruce; and grandchildren Samantha and Thomas Curtin and Haley Corthell. A long-time resident of East Weymouth, he was raised in South Boston, son of Thomas and Ruth Curtin. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia.

As a younger man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and many sports including football, handball, softball, and swimming. In later years, he played golf with his son and friends from the Weymouth Elks. He was often in the bleachers as his children and grandchildren played baseball, softball, and soccer.

Always one to volunteer when needed, Tom gladly stepped up to play Santa at the company Christmas parties, to coach Weymouth Little League, and to care for his grandchildren whom he loved “the mostest.” He was an avid reader and craftsman and enjoyed his annual vacations to Cape Cod. As a supply specialist in the United States Army, Tom proudly served his country and was recently recognized in a veterans’ event in Quincy. Tom leaves a lasting legacy of love, hard work and, most of all, good humor.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Weymouth Senior Center or Weymouth Food Pantry.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Thursday from 9:30-10:45 AM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home EAST WEYMOUTH at 3 Charles Street (corner of Charles & Middle Street) followed by a service at 11 AM in the funeral home. Burial in MA National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 PM.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr., 64

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr. of Quincy passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at age 64.

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr.

Frank was raised and educated in Weymouth. He worked as a plumber for Spataro Plumbing and Boston Medical Center for over 40 years.

Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Santina “Sandy” Spataro; his loving parents Frank C. Magnoli and Helen Tanguay; He is survived by his loving children Ross Magnoli and his wife Brandi of Whitman, Melissa Robinson and her husband Matthew of Quincy; dear brother of Patricia Carey of Whitman, Michele Fitzgibbons and her husband Charlie of Marshfield; loving grandfather of Bryan, Johnny, Kiera, Nathan, Giana and Reese, and dear great grandfather of Arya; Frank was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, December 2nd 4:00-8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm Street, Quincy Center. On Friday there will be a Mass at St. Joseph Church at 10:00AM. Following there will be a burial at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Firefighters Battle Quincy Center House Fire

Quincy firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire on Granite Street in Quincy Center on Sunday afternoon. Courtesy photo.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy firefighters on Sunday battled a two-alarm house fire on Granite Street in Quincy Center, the cause of which remained under investigation on Monday afternoon.

The fire at 166 Granite St., which is located on the corner of Fort Street, was called in around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Baylis said the decks on the rear exterior of the house were “fully involved” when firefighters first arrived, with the fire extending into the attic of the home.

A second alarm was struck soon after firefighters arrived for additional manpower, Baylis said. Five engine trucks, three ladders and the department’s rescue truck all responded to the scene. Firefighters remained on site for three hours, with a fire watch posted until 11 p.m. Sunday.

“The guys did a good job keeping it in check,” Baylis said.

The fire displaced a man who had been living inside the home. The man was able to escape from the residence after a neighbor alerted him to the fire.

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries but were able to remain on scene, Baylis said.

The house was severely damaged by the fire, the deputy chief said, with fire damage in the attic, roof and the rear exterior of the building and water damage on the first and second floors.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Monday afternoon, Baylis said, but it did not appear to be suspicious in nature.

 

Photo courtesy Quincy Firefighters IAFF Local 792. 

Marc A. Darois, 36

Marc A. Darois, age 36, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Marc A. Darois

Marc was born and raised in Quincy and was a graduate of the Class of 2003 at Quincy High School where he was a proud member of the football team.

He was an accomplished electrician and licensed journeyman and member of IBEW Local 103.

Marc enjoyed coin collecting, a hobby he shared with his father, Al. He also enjoyed fishing and was a sports enthusiast. Marc cherished spending time with his daughter, Sadie, and her mother, Erin.

Beloved father of Sadie M. Darois and loving longtime partner of Erin Smith of Wareham. Devoted son of Alfred A. Darois and his wife Aileen of Weymouth, Debra J. “Debbi” (Quintiliani) Zeboski and her husband Stephen of Holbrook. Dear brother of Matthew A. Darois of Holbrook and Jillian B. Darois of Weymouth.

Grandson of Adele (Bessette) Quintiliani of Weymouth and her late husband Anthony Quintiliani and the late Sadie (Napoli Darois) Pittsley and Thomas Pittsley. Nephew of Denise and Wayne Milford of Quincy, Anthony and Laurie Quintiliani of Las Vegas, Nev., Adele Quintiliani of Weymouth, Paula Darois Verlicco of Weymouth, Thomas and Maureen Pittsley of Milford, the late Dana Sullivan and Lorna Darois. Mr. Darois is also survived by many cousins and extended family members and friends.

Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, December 4, from 9 – 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Marc’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.

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

Beatrice Lund, 89

Beatrice “Bea” (Bennett) Lund of Quincy, died peacefully on November 22, 2021, surrounded by her family. Bea was 89 years old.

Beatrice Lund

Cherished mother of Cathy Ann Bergen of Quincy, Barry Bergen and his wife Zhen of Quincy, beloved grandmother of Linda Bergen and her partner Edward Chapin of Randolph, Annie Bergen of Boston, and Alexander Bergen of Lowell. Loving great grandmother of Travis Testa and his husband Timothy of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Leo Cleary of Dorchester. Dearly beloved “Aunt Bea” to her many nieces and nephews. Bea is now reunited with her five brothers and sisters, Fred, Herb, Millie, Estelle (Dolly), and Caroline who have gone before her.

Born on June 9, 1932 in Amesbury, Bea earned a degree from Boston State College, and made a career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools System. A longtime resident of 1000 Southern Artery, Bea delighted in being a member of that vibrant community. She participated in many classes and activities, including yoga, computer class, and her beloved meditation group. She loved spending time with her friends; having a talk, sharing a meal, and always having a laugh.

Quick to help out, Bea was always there with a helping hand, or a willing ear. Bea had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was a member of the local chorus Belles and Beaux. She went often to Nantasket Beach, finding tranquility and inspiration in the sea and sun. She loved, with a little paint, to turn ordinary rocks into works of art. Bea loved sunflowers, geraniums, and dandelions.

Right to the end, she was excited about learning something new, making discoveries about the world around her, finding beauty in simplicity. She was a pillar of strength for her family; the glue that held it all together. She is missed every day. We will always aim to honor her favorite phrase: “Be friendly, kind, and generous.”

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Bea’s Life, to be held at the Common Market, 97 Willard Street, Quincy, on Friday, December 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Buffet at 1:00, eulogy and remembrances at 2:15.

For those wishing to donate in Bea’s name, contributions to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated.

Funeral arrangements were made by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

Alexander A. Parzych, 75

Alexander A. Parzych, 75, of Quincy died November 25, 2021.

Alexander A. Parzych

The beloved husband of 55 years to Kathryn (Manning) Parzych of Quincy.  Beloved father of Kimberly, Alexander and Daniel Parzych and his wife Lori. Grandfather of Danielle, step grandfather of Rebecca Gray and Nicholas Gray and 4 step great grandchildren. Brother in law of Rita Manning, Peggy Mullen and her husband William and the late Roberta and Stanley Pridham. Son of the late Alexander and Louise (Santosuosso) Parzych. Brother of Louise, Irene, Mary and Steven and the late John, William and Edward. Alexander is also survived by many loving nieces, nephew and friends.

A proud Vietnam Navy veteran. Al worked as a boiler plant operator for the VA Hospital in West Roxbury and retired from the VA Hospital in JP. He was the former owner of Bix Furniture in Watertown for many years.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday 3-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Quincy.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Leo R. Verrochi, 86

Leo Robert Verrochi, aged 86, of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Leo R. Verrochi

Leo was born on January 21, 1935, in Boston and raised in Dorchester on Wilrose Street, named in part after his mother, Rosina. Leo attended Boston Technical High School, then went on to graduate with a degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University in 1957. After beginning his career in  Boston, he moved to southeast Alaska to build roads and highways throughout the region.

While in Alaska he married the love of his life, Lottie Minnie (Hellested), who came to join him from her home in Boston. In 1964, they returned to Massachusetts where Leo would complete his near 50-year career in construction, working on many infrastructure projects and mentoring the next generation of engineers and tradespeople, until retiring in 2006. Leo and Lottie shared a 60-year marriage, during which they had many adventures, including raising their four children: Melissa Gae, Leo Croce, Kara Rose, and Peter Louis.

As a young man Leo ran track, learned to fly, earning both pilot and instrument licenses, and also served in the National Guard as a tank captain. He was a great fan of music and humor, an avid ballroom dancer, and continued to ski into his 70s. Leo earned his Coast Guard captain’s license and was a lifetime member of the Dorchester Yacht Club and enjoyed boating with family and friends and passed on his love of sailing to his children. Leo was active in many community groups and could always be found enthusiastically supporting his children’s many activities. Having grown up on a farm in Dorchester, Leo was an avid gardener and could be found working in his yard daily, giving him great joy until the end. He loved and was active in his church community, Faith Lutheran Church. There, he served as a deacon, church council member, and self-appointed arbiter of coffee-hour. Leo also served on the Board of Directors at Camp Calumet in Ossipee, NH, where he and Lottie spent many summers enjoying family camp.

Leo is survived by his wife, Lottie, his children Melissa, Croce, and Kara, son-in-law Edward Silva, daughter-in-law Susan Wyard Verrochi, grandchildren Paris and Henry Wyard, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, two sisters, and son Peter. Truly blessed, Leo will be missed by a loving network of relatives, friends, and colleagues with whom he shared his opinions, advice, and numerous humorous stories.

A wake is scheduled from 3pm-7pm on Friday, Dec 3, 2021, at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave, Milton, MA. A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00 am in Faith Lutheran Church, 201 Granite Street, Quincy, where a facial mask and maintaining social distance protocols will be required.

A time of fellowship and good cheer will follow.

Funeral arrangements were made by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

William Kenerson, 68

William M. “Bucksie” Kenerson, passed away on November 24, 2021 at the age of 68, in his hometown of Hull. His battle with serious medical issues in recent months showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile.

William Kenerson

He was the beloved husband of Julie Kenerson (Clancy) of Hull, with whom he shared 45 loving years of marriage. Devoted father of Sean and Kelly Kenerson of Hull, Timothy and Laura Kenerson of Marshfield and Robert Kenerson of Hull. Papa Bucks to William, Charles, Samuel, Joseph, Maxwell, Theodore, Christina, and George Kenerson. He is survived by his siblings Drs. John and Lisbet Kenerson of Hampton, VA, Paul and Lainey Kenerson of Wenham, Thomas and Hirity Kenerson of Manor, TX, Marie Kenerson of Sanibel, FL, Carol Wilson of Brighton, and Dr. Kevin and LuAnn Kenerson of Yarmouth, ME.  He is predeceased by his brother, Brian Kenerson who is survived by Kathy Kenerson of Aptos, CA.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

He was born on July 17, 1953 to the late John and Marie (Parkes) Kenerson, raised in the Allerton Hill area of Hull. Bill grew up with a large extended family and many lifelong friends. Bill often spoke fondly of his close knit family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Bill met the love of his life Julie (Clancy), whom he married in 1976.  They spent the next 30 years in the Wollaston area of Quincy where they enjoyed raising their three boys and making lifelong memories.

Bill was a proud graduate of Boston College High School, class of 1971 and Bridgeton Academy in Maine. He was a 35-year member of Teamsters Local 25 as a mechanic at Stop & Shop. He was a lifelong member of Hull and Quincy Yacht Clubs and a member of the Nantasket Beach Salt Water and Hull Lions Clubs.

Bucks will be missed dearly, but we will think of him fondly when enjoying some of his favorite things; sailing in the bay, a game of cribbage on the front porch of the cottage or watching one of his favorite Hallmark movies. Love you Bucks!

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4 to 8 PM on Wednesday, December 1st, at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at St. Mary of Assumption Parish, Hull.

Services will conclude at Hull Village Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.