Francis J. McPartlin, 58

Francis J. “Frank” McPartlin of Quincy, passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by family on Monday, June 27, 2022.  He was 58.

Francis J. McPartlin

He was born in Boston to Mary E. (McGeoghagan) and Francis P. McPartlin and raised in Quincy.  After graduating from Quincy High School, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Suffolk University.  A true Quincy native, his first job was at the Bargain Center and then Star Market. After marrying he moved to Weymouth and later joined the Yankee Candle team.  In 2013, he felt the call home and returned to Quincy, specifically Hough’s Neck. The circle was completed when he later accepted a job as the Store Director at the Quincy Star Market.

Frank was a lifelong fan and season ticket holder for the Patriots.  In his spare time, he also took part in a bowling league, and bocci club.  He loved the ocean and could often be found out on his boat with his brother Chris and friends.

He was extremely personable with a tremendous sense of humor.  Frank was loyal and generous which earned him many friendships throughout the years.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Beloved husband of 30 years to Marlene (Verderber) McPartlin of Quincy.  Devoted father to Patrick “Packy” McPartlin of Quincy.  Cherished son of Francis P. McPartlin of Quincy.  Loving brother of James P. McPartlin and his wife Karen of Braintree, Peter P. McPartlin and his wife Milena of Sao Paolo, Brazil, Sean McPartlin and his wife Nancy of Rockland, Kevin M. McPartlin of Quincy, Brian M. McPartlin of Quincy, and Christopher McPartlin and his wife Heather of Quincy.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Jack, Julia, Christian, Olivia, Mary, Katie and C.W.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, July 6, 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 at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frank may be made to the USO (United Services Organization).

Please see Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

State Public Health Officials Confirm 8 New Monkeypox Cases; Total Now 21

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on Thursday (June 30) announced eight additional cases of monkeypox in adult males within the past week, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to 21 since the first Massachusetts case was announced May 18.

DPH provides public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday. The eight cases announced June 30 had their diagnoses between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain. DPH is working with local health officials, the patients, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious. All eight individuals are currently isolating to prevent spread to others.

Current data from CDC indicate that there have been 351 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents. Regularly updated case counts can be obtained on the CDC’s website: 2022 U.S. Map and Case Count. There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in 2-4 weeks. Although many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, the risk is not limited to the LGBTQ community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. In many of the recent cases, the locations of the rash lesions suggest transmission during sexual contact. Examples where monkeypox can spread and where it does not:

  • Monkeypox can spread through:
    • Direct skin-to-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
    • Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
    • Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox).
  • Monkeypox does not spread through:
    • Casual conversations. Walking by someone with monkeypox in a grocery store, for instance. Touching items like doorknobs.

Clinicians are asked to be alert to the possibility of monkeypox virus infection in individuals who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or may have only a few. Learn more about how to recognize monkeypox.

Actions for people to consider if they want to reduce their risk from monkeypox include:

  • Avoiding large gatherings like raves and dance parties where you may have lots of close body contact with others
  • Asking any partner, especially new partners whose health status and recent travel history you are not familiar with, if they have any symptoms of monkeypox
  • Staying informed by reading information available on the DPH and CDC websites.

As the CDC advises, if you believe you may have monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask and cover your rash or lesions when around others. Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they may have touched.

Clinicians should consult with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 to determine if testing is indicated. Consultation is required before submitting specimens.

For more information about this virus, visit www.mass.gov/monkeypox and www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.

Richard T. McCarthy, 86

Richard T. “Dick” McCarthy, age 86, of Hingham, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Rose Court at Linden Ponds in Hingham.

Richard T. McCarthy

Richard was born in South Boston, to the late Thomas P. and Rose Ellen (McKernan) McCarthy. Raised and educated in South Boston, he was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1953. He lived in Hingham for thirteen years, previously in Quincy for forty-eight years.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1959-1965 and achieved the rank of Sergeant.

As an active member of the I.B.E.W. Local 103 in Dorchester for sixty-six years, Richard had run many jobs as a general foreman and superintendent. His childhood curiosity for all things electrical and passion for his work fueled his many accomplishments, including his selection to install the first MRI in Boston and key roles on capital projects at MIT, Boston City Hospital, and UMass Boston.

Richard was proud of his Irish heritage and loved to sing and dance with his wife and his family. Later, he enjoyed his time and friendships at Linden Ponds in Hingham and could be seen dancing at many locations on the South Shore with his longtime friend, Ramona Lagos, of Linden Ponds.

Most of all, he was dedicated to his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, actively supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for forty-seven years of the late Rita Ann (Banks) McCarthy.

Devoted father of Richard T. McCarthy, Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Westwood, Anne M. Sweeney and her husband Richard of Chandler, Ariz., Janet McCarthy and her husband Paul of Hopkinton, Michael McCarthy and his wife Tiffany of North Attleboro, and the late Tricia Melzard. He will also be missed by Andrea McCarthy of Germany.

Loving grandfather of Kevin, Steven, Mary Kate, Michael, Sarah, Danny, Matthew, Carlos, Juliana, Brittany, Shawn, and Kimberly

Great-grandfather of Brielle, Aaralyn, Cole, Robyn, Emmett, Falynn, Greyson, Hunter, Liam, and Zane.

Dear brother of Terry Bouffard of Rockland and Paul McCarthy of Hingham. Dick is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, July 5, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

City Taking Step Back On Furnace Brook Plans

By SCOTT JACKSON

Neighborhood residents and golfers alike suggested dozens of ideas they want to see incorporated into plans for improvements to Furnace Brook Golf Course and Forbes Hill Park during a community workshop.

More than 60 people attended the two-hour workshop held on June 28 inside the clubhouse at the course on Reservoir Road. David Murphy, Quincy’s commissioner of natural resources, said the city was taking a step back from its initial plans for the site, which were presented at a previous community meeting.

“This isn’t like our first meeting. Many of you – I recognize your faces – were here in February when we presented a plan and got reaction on a plan. We’re actually taking a step back from that based on a lot of the community feedback that we received,” Murphy said at the outset of the June 28 meeting. “Our goal tonight is to have a workshop, a values workshop, about what the community wants to see from the golf course, from the park, from the relationship, and how it impacts the community at large.

“That’s the goal tonight. I’m not here to present a sketch of a building or a park or anything else like that. We want to hear about the values that should inform the design process. We’ve actually put our process on pause to get more feedback based on the type of feedback that we were getting.”

“Originally, our goal was to go before the council and seek an appropriation in the early half of this year, but we said we better take a time out, we better take a pause, we need more community feedback on this, we’re not where we need to be,” Murphy added. “Working with many folks in the community, we’ve taken a deep breath, we’ve taken a step back, and here we are this evening.”

The feedback gathered at the meeting will help inform the design of the improvements for the course and park, Murphy explained. As part of that plan, the city is seeking to find common ground among the various stakeholders involved in the process.

“From this meeting, we go back to the design process. We take a look at the park, we take a look at the clubhouse, we take a look at the relationship with the two and the community, and then we come back here at some point with the presentation with actual plans and get further reaction. That won’t be the last meeting either. There is a process in place that is going to allow everybody to have a seat at the table,” Murphy said.

“Now I don’t think everybody here is here for the same reason. I think there are some people here tonight that are mad we haven’t started construction. I think there are some people here tonight that want us to do no construction. We’ve got to find those places in between as a community and those values that are shared that we can use to inform whatever process we do going forward.”

After Murphy’s remarks, those in attendance were sorted into six groups at random to ensure that each group included a mix of viewpoints and were asked to share values and principles they want to see included in plans for the course and park. Staff from the engineering consulting firm Fuss & O’Neill led the discussions at each table.

The table moderated by Arnold Robinson, the firm’s regional director of planning, featured several area residents, members of the Friends of Forbes Hill Park, as well as a 40-year member of the golf club.

Group members said they wanted Forbes Hill Park to be maintained as a place where children can play, another said the site should be a gathering place for the neighborhood “in the widest sense,” the club member said it would be important to keep a functional golf course on site, and a second person added that it should be made accessible to all. Group members also said the upkeep of both the park and golf course need to be improved.

Ideas for a new clubhouse were discussed by group members. The new clubhouse, one person said, should serve as a shared amenity for both the park and golf course, while others said it could be used to host community events. Those at the table agreed that the new clubhouse should not be used to host functions like weddings.

Other suggestions for the new clubhouse included constructing it within the same footprint of the existing clubhouse but taller to maximize views, providing space for a golf simulator that can provide a new revenue stream during winter months, building a new outdoor firepit and deck space, and raising the height of the building so golf carts and concessions could be located at ground level under the clubhouse.

Group members also discussed the future of the golf course itself. Several said it should be made more accessible to the public, which could mean making more tee times available to non-members and providing club rentals on site. Youth golf programs were also identified as a priority. One person also suggested a tow rope should be run during the winter to make it easier for skiers and sledders to get to the top of the hill – one was formerly located on site.

As to the adjoining Forbes Hill Park, group members said the tennis and basketball courts should be replaced with new ones, said that the lighting on site should be improved, and suggested a walking path could be created around the perimeter. Group members also said they liked that the park is not used for organized sports, like Little League, which keeps noise levels down in the surrounding neighborhood.

There were several suggestions made relative to the trees on site. Members of the group said it was important to keep tree cover at both the park and golf course, called for a tree survey to be conducted, said tired and old trees should be replaced, and suggested invasive plants should be removed.

As for the project itself, group members said the city needs to be transparent about the plans and suggested a third party be brought in to review items like planned drainage improvements. One person also suggested a model should be created showing the plans and that they be staked out within the park to make it easier for community members to understand them.

Following the break-out session, which lasted about 45 minutes, the moderators from each table presented their tables’ values and principles to the larger group. Many of those values and principles were similar to the ones discussed at Robinson’s table. There were also different values and principles discussed at those tables.

At least two of the groups said financial transparency was important, in terms of the proposed improvements to the park and golf course, as well as the annual expenses and revenues associated with the golf course.

Dogs were another point of discussion among several of the groups, with some people suggesting there should be a space for dogs at the park – either on- or off-leash – while others said they should not be allowed at all.

Other suggestions raised by the groups included limiting what type of alcohol is served on site to discourage drunk driving, limiting the operating hours for the restaurant on site and the golf course, building a parking garage under the first floor of the new clubhouse, creating a new pollinator garden or community garden, adding new bocce courts on site, opening up the tower on site as an observation deck, and bringing in goats to eat poison ivy.

Following the workshop, Ryan and Sarah Edwards of the Friends of Forbes Hill Park, described the session as positive and said it revealed common ground between the various stakeholders.

“It was positive,” Ryan Edwards said. “I think it actually probably revealed much common ground…more shared values in design than many of us probably thought coming into it.”

“I would agree with that,” Sarah Edwards added. “There were surprising comments from others that said, ‘actually we do have a lot in common,’ so that is very positive.

“There are still contentious issues that need to be resolved, so there is a big dot, dot, dot at the end of this evening, which is really up to the decision makers themselves – how do they take this information and actually translate it and communicate with us in a way they haven’t been able to do yet.”

Moving forward, Sarah Edwards said she would like to see different options put forward for the community to consider.

“I hope we see a range of scenarios that are possible, and I hope we get many more meetings like this that can be facilitated so that we move forward,” she said. “This is the easy part. Now we have to start to help make decisions and really prioritize our values and for that I really hope they continue to engage with the community.”

Jenn McDonough, a resident of nearby Wollaston Hill, said transparency would help the process as it advances.

“I think it was productive,” she said of the workshop. “Of course, you have people that are really very passionate for either side. I don’t think there has to be division.

“I think…if there is respectfully transparency for everything that is going on, I think it’s good, so every one can be happy with preserving the little oasis on the hill.”

Nancy L. Nicklas, 78

Nancy L. Nicklas, age 78, a longtime resident of Quincy, formerly of Weymouth, died peacefully, Sunday, June 26, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Nancy L. Nicklas

Nancy was born and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of the former Saint John’s Elementary School and Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1961. She was also a graduate of the former Quincy City Hospital Nursing School, Class of 1964.

Nancy was a registered nurse and worked mostly at the former Quincy City Hospital. She retired in 2013 after a fifty-year nursing career.

As a woman of deep faith, Nancy was an active lifelong parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy where she served as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and senior altar server. She enjoyed volunteering and reading.

Most of all, she was dedicated to her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved mother of David N. Rounseville and his wife Diane of Bellingham, John P. Rounseville and his wife Ann of Newton.

Cherished grandmother of David, Danielle, Timothy, Luke, Bree, Colette, and late infant twins, William and Sean.

Loving daughter of the late Alexina “Tina” (Lausier) and John G. “Jack” Nicklas, Jr.

Dear sister of John G. “Jack” Nicklas III and his wife Pat of Plymouth, Suzanne M. Palmer and her husband Donald of Milford, Richard D. Nicklas and his wife Tina of Braintree, Gerald J. Nicklas and his wife Therese of Quincy, Paul J. Nicklas and his husband David Higgins of Milton, and the late Joan H. Fulton and her late husband Archie. Nancy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, July 1, 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 Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Saint John’s Food Pantry, c/o 21 Gay Street, Quincy, MA 02169 or The New England Center for Children, 33 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772, necc.org.

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

Michael Di Cesare, 66

Michael Di Cesare, 66, of Quincy, died suddenly on Sunday, June 26, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Michael Di Cesare

Michael’s greatest joy came from spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband to his wife Rose for 43 years, father, friend, uncle, son, brother and “Nonno” to his five grandchildren. Michael found great pleasure in attending family events, listening to music, caring for his home, watching Boston sports teams and spending time outdoors. Michael was a research finance accountant for over forty years, working most recently at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He will be remembered as a joyous and loyal person who adored his family and loved to laugh.

Loving husband of Rose (Miele) Di Cesare of Quincy.  Loving father of Christopher Di Cesare and his wife Renée of Quincy, and Diana Cavallo and her husband Robert J., Cavallo, Jr. of Weymouth.  Cherished son of Vincenza (Marinilli) Di Cesare of Quincy and the late Anthony Di Cesare.  Brother of Mary Derbes of Weymouth, and Lisa DeMole of Plymouth.  Nonno to Matthew, Alison, Caroline, Lauren and Luciano.  Michael is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday, July 1 from 4-7 p.m. at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM.  Burial to follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Paul J. DeAngelo

Paul J. DeAngelo of Scituate, originally from Quincy, passed away on Saturday June 25th, The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and was surrounded by his loving family. Paul was the devoted husband to his late wife Theresa (Palano), cherished father of Marisa DeAngelo of Quincy, Domenic DeAngelo and his wife Lisa of Marshfield, Paul J DeAngelo Jr and his wife Kathy of West Bridgewater, Joseph DeAngelo and his partner Steven DeFrancesco of Boston, and Jennifer Hoey and her husband Jay of Norwell. Brother of the late Benny, Jimmy, Salvatore, Connie, Rosie, Vincent, and Joseph.

Paul J. DeAngelo

Paul was the devoted “Nono” to Paul, Kori, Liberty, James, Domenic, Jaxon, Joseph, and Julian, and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Paul grew-up in the West End of Boston, and in 1959 he married the love of his life Theresa Palano. They moved to Quincy in 1959, where they raised their family for over 60 years before moving to Scituate in 2013. Paul enjoyed his weekends working in the family business in Haymarket in the North End for many years. Paul was a fantastic cook, and avid gardener, had a strong work ethic, a witty sense of humor ,but most of all he was a devoted Husband, father, and grandfather. We miss you dad!!

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, June 29 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 at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 30 prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Christine’s Church, Marshfield, at 10:30 a.m. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Scituate.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Laurie A. Deery, 53

Laurie A. (McInnis) Deery, of Weymouth, formerly of Quincy died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on June 26, 2022 at the age of 53.

Laurie A. Deery

Laurie was a graduate of Quincy Vocational Technical High School.  Laurie worked for many years as a day care teacher, mostly at Beechwood On The Bay. Laurie also worked as cafeteria assistant at Merrymount School and at Quincy High School. Laurie was a kind person who loved working with children. She stayed positive and strong throughout her illness. Her greatest joy in life was to be a Mom. She was always there for her son, James.

She was the beloved wife of Neil J. Deery. Cherished daughter of Carol A. McInnis and the late Daniel E. McInnis. Loving sister of Heather Frasso of Quincy, Daniel S. McInnis of Quincy, and Katherine Herrick of Braintree. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, her cousins and her aunt, as well as many  lifelong friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-8 p.m. in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home South Weymouth at 809 Main St. (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Washington Street, Quincy, MA.  Burial in Old North Cemetery in Weymouth at a later date.

Donations in memory of Laurie may be made to Tommy’s Place Foundation, Inc., 90 Shore Ave., Quincy, MA 02169, or Toys for Tots.

Ian W. Sinclair, 47

Ian William Sinclair, of Quincy, died June 24, 2022.

Ian W. Sinclair

Ian passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 24, 2022, at the age of 47. He graduated Suma Cum Laude in Business Management from Quincy College, and worked in an array of fields, including the restaurant industry and healthcare. He loved history, and was an avid Red Sox and Nascar fan. Ian was a descendant of the McClain and Clough clans of Scotland, and of the Freeman clan of Ireland. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the older son of the late Deborah Steele and oldest grandchild of the late Gregory Desmond, both of Quincy, MA. Loving brother of Gregory Sinclair of NC and Carolyn Bassett of NC. Cherished grandson of Beverly Desmond of Peabody. Also survived by 3 uncles, 2 aunts, and 8 nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his beloved dog Icy, who was a faithful companion to both Ian and his mother.

Final arrangements will be held in the coming weeks and published once scheduled.  Friends are welcome to attend. See Keohane.com for online condolences.

Anne M. Howley, 87

Anne Marie (McDonald) Howley, 87, of Quincy, died on June 22, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Anne M. Howley

The beloved wife of the late Thomas C. Howley. Sister of Grace Potier of Marblehead, Ruth and Mary McDonald both of Quincy, George McDonald and his wife Pat of Milton and the late John McDonald. Sister in Law of Gail McDonald of Milton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Anne Marie worked for Shawmut Bank in Boston for more than 40 years. She had a very special place in her heart for her poodle Muffy. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 28 in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St.,  Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Tuesday at 2 p.m.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.