Paul F. Moody, 75

Paul F. Moody Sr, of Quincy, passed on Dec. 28 surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.  He was 75.

Paul Moody

Born in Quincy, MA, he was the son of the late James B. and Anne V. (Wojcik) Moody. Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years Karen E. (Clark) Moody, his sons, Paul  F. Moody, Jr. QFD and  his wife Debra of Hanover, Michael Moody  and his wife Stacey of Quincy, and his three grandchildren Gavin, Caroline and Aiden. Brother- in- Law of Joseph Yout and his late wife Linda of FL, Elaine DeLuca and her husband Kenneth of Quincy and the late Nancy and Susan Clark and Brenda Norman. Paul is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A lifelong Quincy resident, Paul’s life was immersed in the city he loved. In addition to raising his family and working in his beloved hometown, he was involved in community events and organizations.  He served as Scoutmaster for North Quincy Troop #38 and a member of the Quincy City Club.  An active member of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #294, Paul assumed many roles including Chaplain and Squadron Commander.  In 2009, he founded Flags for Veterans Island in Fort Square.  Honoring the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, the Island that began with 10 flags is now home to over 400 flags and countless memorial bricks.  In 2012, Paul was awarded the Henry W. Bosworth Memorial Citizenship Award for his charitable services to the City of Quincy.

When not volunteering, Paul’s favorite hobby was decorating his home, for every and any holiday.  In his youth he played baseball and basketball for the Koch Club, where he later coached. He and his softball team formed the North Quincy Young People’s Association wanting to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.  Paul was an assistant coach for the North Quincy Apaches in the Quincy Youth Football League.  An avid sports fan, Paul enjoyed watching his 3 grandchildren play the games he loved and was proud to be their Grampy.

Relative and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St. on Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 4 -8 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9:45 a.m. in the funeral home, prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, North Quincy on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations  in memory of Paul can be made to Creutzfelt-Jacob Disease Foundation https://cjdfoundation.org/donate.

Paula M. Kelley, 58

Paula M. (McLarnon) Kelley, age 58, of Braintree, died peacefully, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Paula Kelley

Paula was born in Quincy, to the late Michael C. and Arlene F. (Miller) McLarnon. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1981. She later received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy.

She worked as an administrative assistant for seventeen years at Braintree High School, where she was admired and loved by both students and staff.

Paula enjoyed playing all types of card games with family and friends. She enjoyed winning but preferred the time spent interacting with the other players.

Paula greatly enjoyed planning vacations for her family, including every minute detail. She enjoyed a number of destinations including North Conway, N.H. and Florida, however her favorite form of travel was on the seas. She went on numerous cruises to destinations such as Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Most of all, Paula was a devoted homemaker and mother who dedicated herself to her family.

Beloved wife for thirty-one years of Arthur J. Kelley.

Devoted mother of Sarah M. Kaplan and her husband Matthew, and Christina M. Kelley, all of Braintree.

Dear sister of Harold P. McLarnon of Va., Alice P. Fitzpatrick of Nev., Judith M. Mills of Weymouth, and predeceased by Richard M. McLarnon and James P. McLarnon.

Paula is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy, on Monday, Jan. 3, from 4– 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree, on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 12 p.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paula’s memory may be made to the Matthew M. McLarnon Memorial Fund, c/o Archbishop Williams High School, Office of Advancement, 40 Independence Ave., Braintree, MA 02184 (781-843-3636).

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

Stuart E. Coull, 76

Stuart E. Coull of Quincy passed away Dec. 28, 2021. He was 76.

Stuart Coull

Beloved husband of the late Dale F. (Fanning) Coull of Quincy, he was the loving father of Tracy O’Sullivan and her husband Patrick of Hanover, Stuart E. Coull Jr. and his wife Lisa of Milton, and Tammy Gallagher and her husband John of Quincy; loving brother of Dennis Coull of Plymouth, Kathy Curto of Braintree and the late Jill DiBona of Weymouth; loving brother-in-law to Pamela Fanning of Quincy; cherished Grampie to Ryan, Nicholas and Lauren O’Sullivan, Kyle and Dylan Coull, and John, Emily and Kaitlyn Gallagher;Great-Grampie to Anthony and Jordan. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Stu was a lifelong resident of Quincy who spent three years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army as a Paratrooper with over 60 jumps. Grampie loved to fish and hunt but enjoyed spending time with family the most, especially his cherished grandchildren who were the centerpiece of his life. He will be remembered as a caring, fun-loving person who was quick to forgive and always had something kind to say. He will be sorely missed by his loving family.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours Wednesday, January 5th from 4-8 p.m in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 6th at 11 a.m. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Barbara O’Neill

Our family mourns the loss of our beloved Barbara O’Neill who passed away gently Sunday morning on Dec. 19 after spending a day filled with attention and love.

Barbara O’Neill

She was a truly remarkable woman, having been born in 1941 as a “war baby” while her father was a merchant marine protecting Boston Harbor from potential submarine attacks.

As a struggling mother trying to provide for her family, she broke stereotypes by doing manual labor jobs when women were discouraged from doing so in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She worked as a roofer doing tar and gravel roofs, and was a union laborer from Local 223 in Boston, before eventually becoming a custodian at the Braintree Electric Light Department. She not only persevered in these positions but also was able to earn—and demand—the respect of the men she worked with.

Her strength and determination were legendary but were nothing in comparison to the love she had for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all of whom she adored. She was also a devoted wife and had a deep love and commitment to her husband and soulmate John (Jack) O’Neill. They would love to spend their days together boating, fishing for stripers, playing with their Newfie, and relentlessly teasing each other.  Her passion for boating was so great that she served as the past commodore of the Germantown Yacht Club during which she participated in many of Quincy’s Christmas parades. She was also a talented watercolor artist, often gifting her pieces of art to loved ones who cherished them.

All those who knew her admired her strength, her energy, and her determination to always do things her own way. She will be sorely missed.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband John (Jack) O’Neill; loving mother of Patricia Clark of Marshfield, Donna Connor of Quincy, Barbara Melatesta of Danvers, Walter Wynn of CA, Kevin Wynn of Weymouth, David Wynn of Quincy; dear stepmother of Susan O’Neill of Abington, John O’Neill of Stoughton; loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren and to 6 great grandchildren.

Services have already been held.

Donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at dana-farber.org.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy.

Mary M. Walsh, 78

Mary M. (Landry) Walsh passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her children on December 26, 2021, at the age of 78.

Mary M. Walsh

Mary worked for many years as the manager of the laundry department at Southern Artery Cleaners, Quincy. In her later years, she took great pride working as a companion for seniors at Norwell Works and Visiting Angels.

Mary was very active in softball and bowling leagues with her husband in their early years together and, after her children came, she supported them in every activity they joined. She taught CCD for many years and became active in the mother’s clubs for the Order of DeMolay and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Weymouth. Mary was also very involved in the Blue Hills Girl Scouts and received a Certificate of Appreciation, the council’s highest honor, in 1977, after many years of service to the organization.

She enjoyed many years of camping, bowling, game nights with her lifelong friends, cruising and cheering on the Red Sox. The most cherished activities were time spent with her family through many memorable family vacations, parties, sister’s trips, sibling card game nights, barbecues, and dinners.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, George W. Walsh; loving mother of Christine White of Weymouth, Robin Scott and her husband Ethan of Braintree, George William
Billie” Jr. and his wife Laura of Syracuse, NY; dear grandmother of Patrick, Ashley, Nathan, Alexander, Morrigan, Helen, Hazel, Keith; great grandmother of 6 great grandchildren. Cherished sister of the late Peter Landry, the late Linda Cheney, and her late husband James, Antonitte Beckwith and her late husband Gary, Irma Berio Kutzer and her husband Lawrence, Charles Landry and his wife Carolyn, Joseph Landry and his partner Patricia, Angela Bennett and her husband Kevin, Mark Landry and his wife Karen, Lori Evers and her husband Kenneth. Mary is also survived by many cousins, niece, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and many lifelong friends.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, January 4th 4:00PM-8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. On Wednesday, January 5th there will be an assembly at the Funeral Home at 9:00AM prior to a Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant St., Weymouth. Interment Service will be at Fairmount Cemetery, 168 Cedar St., East Weymouth.

Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the ASPCA at aspca.org/ways-to-give.

Dr. Joseph A. DiMartinis, Jr., 88

Joseph A. DiMartinis, Jr., D.M.D., “Dr. D”, age 88, a longtime resident of Hingham, passed away, peacefully, Sunday, December 26, 2021, in the comfort of his home.

Dr. Joseph A. DiMartinis, Jr.

Joseph was born in Quincy, to the late Antonette M. (Marchetti) and Joseph A. DiMartinis, Sr. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1951. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bates College, Class of 1955, and his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Class of 1962.

Joe lived in Windham, N.H. for the past fourteen months, previously in Hingham for fifty years.

He was proud to have served in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Meade in Laurel, Md., where he attained the rank of captain.

He was the longtime owner and operator of Quincy Adams Dental Associates on Russell Park in Quincy. He established the practice in 1964 and operated it until his retirement in 2018 at the age of eighty-five.

Joe served for several years on the board of Hingham Youth Baseball as commissioner and coach. He adored his family, especially being “Papa” to his nine grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time vacationing with his family at Pleasant Lake in New London, N.H. and family vacations to Florida and California. He was a cigar and wine enthusiast and loyal fan of Boston sports. Joe was always kind, generous, compassionate, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Beloved husband for fifty-seven years of the late Charlotte D. (Dorney) DiMartinis.

Loving father of Brian J. DiMartinis and his wife Robin of Windham, N.H., Steven H. DiMartinis and his wife Kim of Hampstead, N.C., Brett D. DiMartinis and his wife Tricia of Plymouth, Jill C. DiMartinis and her husband Joel Beaule of Lewiston, Maine, and the late Jay P. DiMartinis.

Devoted Papa of Peter, Jake, Jenna, Amanda, and Kristen DiMartinis, Billy and Anna Mahoney, and Joseph and Matthew DiMartinis.

Dear brother of Louis R. DiMartinis and his wife Aliisa of Quincy, and the late Ann E. Starck and her late husband Edward. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, December 31, at 10 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment, with military honors, to follow at High Street Cemetery, Hingham. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’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 Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Eleanor A. Venezia, 89

Eleanor A. (Spinale) Venezia, 89, of Quincy died peacefully on December 26, 2021 after year-long illness.

Eleanor A. Venezia

She was the beloved wife of Salvatore R. Venezia for more than 68 years and the honored and cherished mother of Steven of Boston, Marianne Venezia-Looney (J. Timothy) of Saugus, Angela of Somerville, and Christine Vella (Chad) of Westwood. Eleanor is survived by four exceptional and beloved grandchildren: Olivia, Sophia, Victoria, and Michael Vella, all of Westwood.

Eleanor was the youngest child of the late Sebastiano and Sebastiana (Passanisi) Spinale and devoted sister of the late Concetta, Salvatore, Rose (Staver), Domenic, Mary (Venezia), Connie (Gazzano), Josephine (Mele), and Angela (Pinto) all of whom have predeceased her. Eleanor is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was born in the West End of Boston, during the Great Depression and daughter of a fisherman and homemaker who immigrated more than a century ago from Augusta, Italy.

After raising her children, decades after receiving her high school diploma, Eleanor returned to school and graduated from Quincy Junior College with an Associate’s degree.

Eleanor devoted her life to her family, her community and her faith, volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, as an art docent for several years in the Quincy Public Schools and a docent with the Museum of Science for more than 25 years. Eleanor also served as a Eucharistic minister in Sacred Heart Church – Divine Mercy Parish in Quincy for many years and was a lifelong avid reader and a devoted member of her neighborhood book club.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 3-7pm at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrating Eleanor’s life at Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy on January 3, 2022 at 10am.

Burial will follow at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, 20 Sea Street in Quincy.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

David L. Gray, 87

David L. Gray, of East Bridgewater, formerly of Braintree, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2021, after a brief illness, at the age of 87.

David L. Gray

Born and raised in Westbourne, TN, David was a retired firefighter for the Town of Braintree where he served the department for 35 years, retiring in 1997 as the Superintendent of the Fire Alarm Division. David proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

In his free time, David enjoyed boating and sailing, in which he sailed a boat with friends all throughout Europe. He was also a member and the former Steward of the Braintree Yacht Club. David was also a Licensed Plumber and worked for many years as a plumber in and around the South Shore. He was great at fixing things and enjoyed the challenge of tinkering with anything to make it work.

Above all, David just cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. A devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, David will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

David was the beloved husband of Shirley (Aitken) Gray. Loving father of David L. Gray, Jr. and his wife Donna of Pembroke, Gary W. Gray of Weymouth, Gail E. Farquharson and her husband Douglas of Mendon and Todd N. Gray and his wife Leah of Mashpee. David was the youngest of 11 siblings and survived by Lois Davis of TN. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. in South Congregational Church, 1075 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the South Congregational Church, 1075 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184 or the Disabled American Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133.

Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright Funeral Home, Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit cartwrightfuneral.com.

 

 

Blood Donors Needed To Avoid Delays In Patient Care

As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation’s blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood transfusions for patients.

Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood. The ongoing decline comes at a time of year when donations typically fall. Holiday get-togethers, school breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout, potentially further compounding the situation.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.

In thanks, all who come to give through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate in January will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Eileen M. Leahy, 74

Eileen M. Leahy, age 74, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, in the comfort of her home.

Eileen M. Leahy

Eileen was born and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, Class of 1966, and the former Holy Ghost School of Practical Nursing in December 1967. In 1972, Eileen earned an Associate’s degree from Massasoit College and in 1984, a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in Boston.

She was employed as a registered nurse and during her fifteen-year career, she had worked at Carney Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts N.E. Medical Center, and the former Quincy City Hospital.

Eileen was a woman of faith and a lifelong active member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy, where she sang in the choir and taught CCD.

Eileen enjoyed traveling, making trips throughout the United States, as well as Ireland and Israel. Eileen was well-known as an avid, professional-quality knitter, making sweaters and various items for family and friends. She also liked jigsaw puzzles.

She was always active and had attended many concerts at Boston Symphony Hall where she loved the Concert Series performances. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Eileen was a remarkable woman who overcame many medical and physical challenges. She never gave in and lived her life to the fullest. She set the bar and enhanced the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Beloved daughter of the late Mary Frances (Flanagan) and William J. Leahy, Sr. Devoted sister of Margaret M. Frawley and her husband David of Stoughton, William J. Leahy, Jr. and his wife Carol of Middleboro, and her twin sister, Kathleen M. Sullivan and her husband Thomas Sullivan, D.M.D. of Spencer.

She was the loving aunt of thirteen nieces, nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Kevin J. Frawley of Dorchester and his sons, Kevin, Jr. and Nolan Patrick.

Eileen is also survived by her dear friends, Patricia Young of Philadelphia, Pa., Faye Clay of Randolph, and Joan Fuller of Norwell.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, December 26, from 2 – 5 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 Monday, December 27, at 10 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451-8950 or to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Attn: Orthopedic Dept., 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.

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