Quincy Food Festival Truck Cancelled


The annual Quincy Food Truck & Music Festival scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled because of inclement weather, city officials announced Friday on social media.

“Due to this afternoon’s changing weather forecast for Saturday, the food truck and music festival is cancelled for tomorrow,” officials posted on the city of Quincy Twitter account.

“Stay tuned for the City’s upcoming November/December events schedule to be confirmed soon.”

The remnants of Hurricane Ian are expected to move into the region on Saturday, bringing rain and gusty winds to the area south of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Robert W. Campbell, Sr., 86

Robert W. “Soupy” Campbell, Sr., 86, of Quincy, formerly of Mattapan, died Sept. 28, 2022. He resided in Quincy since 1960. He was the devoted husband of 53 years to the late Valerie E. (Smith) Campbell.

Robert W. Campbell, Sr.

Robert served in the Army Reserves from the mid 1950’s until being honorably discharged in January 1963. He then accepted a position with Diamond International Paper Co. as a Millwright at their plant in Hyde Park. The company changed hands over the years becoming known as James River Co. before closing in the late 1980’s.

An avid golfer, Soupy was a long-time member of Easton Country Club. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and had a life-long love of fishing – especially at his Family Camp on Whitehall Reservoir in Hopkinton. He also was a fan of all New England sports teams. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family. Robert was a long standing member of the International Association of Turtles, Inc.

Loving father of Robert Campbell Jr. of Quincy, Susan Jones and her husband Ralph of Hingham, Scott Campbell of Quincy, Brian Campbell and his wife Barbie of Weymouth, and Mark Campbell of Quincy. Cherished grandfather of Kyle, Brianna, Ryan, Kayla, Dylan, and Vincent. Son of the late Charles F. and Catherine (O’Brien) Campbell, Jr. Brother of Richard Campbell and Bernice Hagerty and the late Bruce, Brian and Charles Campbell.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend his visiting hours at Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170 on Tuesday October 4, 2022 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Funeral Wednesday October 5, 2022 beginning at 9:30am from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in Our Lady of Good Council church of Holy Trinity Parish, 227 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169.  Burial to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, 815 Willard Street, Quincy, MA 02169. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association at PO Box 61420 Staten Island, NY 10306 or to your Parkinson’s charity of choice.

For online condolences, please visit www.HamelLydon.com.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel.

Claire M. Sheehan, 89

Claire Marie (O’Brien) Sheehan of Hingham and Weymouth died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sept. 27 at the age of 89.

Claire M. Sheehan

Mrs. Sheehan was the beloved daughter of the late Michael J. and Claire H. (Kelcourse) O’Brien of Quincy. She was married to the late Frederick J. Sheehan for 58 years before his death in 2013. She is survived by her children Frederick Sheehan Jr. of Holliston, Kathleen Speredelozzi and her husband Jim of Weymouth, Michael Sheehan and his wife Maureen of Norwell, and Mariclaire Buckley and her husband John of Hingham. She was “Mamie” to Anna and Frederick Sheehan III, Viktor and Claire Speredelozzi, Catherine and Michael Sheehan, and William, Andrew, Henry, and Ned Buckley. She was predeceased by her brother Paul O’Brien of Weymouth.

After graduating from Quincy High School in 1951, Mrs. Sheehan moved to New York to work for the McCann-Erickson advertising agency. She eventually moved back to Quincy to help take care of her family after her father’s unexpected passing. While working for the City of Quincy, she met a young Quincy attorney, Fred Sheehan, and they married on Memorial Day of 1955 and raised their family in Weymouth. A voracious reader, Mrs. Sheehan served on the Board of Trustees of Weymouth’s Tufts Library from 1972 until 2000 when the town changed to a city form of government.

Mrs. Sheehan designed and built three houses in Weymouth, and they are still homes to family and friends. A woman of great energy and dignity, she was described by a close friend as “Lightning – beautiful and bold, sass and class. Always unforgettable.” She had a delightful sense of humor and a quick wit. Intensely loyal, she spent her life devoted to and helping her family and friends. She and her husband Fred traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, and around the United States. She was particularly fond of her time spent with family on the coast of Maine and Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home NORTH WEYMOUTH at 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A – Bicknell Square). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Jerome Church, Weymouth at 10:30 AM. Burial in Old North Cemetery, Weymouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, 1011 1st Avenue, Floor 15, New York, NY 10022-4112.

Sally A. Chrystie, 89

On Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2022, Sally Ann (Mullaney) Chrystie Joined the angels in heaven at 89, with her family at home.

Sally A. Chrystie

Sally was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, educated at Quincy High School, and then became secretary at Quincy High School.

Sally was born to William J. Mullaney and Bertalda Mullaney (Greenwood). Beloved sister to the late William, Thomas, John, Virginia, Evelyn, Dorothy, and Ruth. The beloved wife of the late Charles Robert (Bob) Chrystie, who together built a thoroughbred horse business that they loved so much. Survived by Her son Lee J. Hannon and wife Mary Ann of Mt. Dora, Fl. Daughter Diane Sally Martell and husband Charlie of Ocala, Fl. Grandmother of Ralph Sheppard III of Texas, and Kristi L. Lemons of Ocala, Fl. And many great grandchildren. Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Patricia E. Nee

Patricia “Pat” Ellen (Bean) Nee died peacefully after a long illness on Sept. 26, 2022.

Patricia E. Nee

Pat was born to the late James and Dorothy Bean and raised in South Boston where she attended St. Monica’s parish.  In 1962 she married the late John F. Nee, also of South Boston, and they resided in Quincy for over 50 years.

Pat was a graduate of Emmanuel College and obtained a Master’s degree from Bridgewater State College.  She was a special education teacher in Quincy for over 30 years where she was beloved by her students and fellow teachers.  She was also involved in numerous volunteer activities including serving at the Quincy food pantry, Father Bill’s Place and was a eucharistic minister at Saint Joseph’s parish in Quincy Point.  She enjoyed gardening and traveling but mostly loved time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph and his wife Madeline, of Andover, MA, daughters Carolyn and her husband, John Kavanaugh, of Dallas, TX, Julie and her husband, John Yuder, of Closter, NJ, and son, John Nee and his wife Christy, of Roswell, GA.  She will also be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Chris Kavanaugh and his wife Kirsten, Ryan Kavanaugh, Erin Yuder, Matt Yuder, Sarah Nee, Hannah Nee and Brady Nee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington St., Quincy on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.  Visiting hours Monday, 5-7 p.m., in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., East Milton.  Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In recognition of Pat’s charitable nature and in lieu of flowers, her family encourages all who wish to make a donation in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Flr 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or www.alz.org

To send the Nee family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.

Andronico, Cain Want To Explore Residency Requirement For New City Hires


Two city councillors on Monday will put forward a resolution asking the Koch administration to consider potential avenues for enacting a residency requirement for new municipal employees in Quincy.

Councillors Anthony Andronico and Ian Cain will introduce the resolution asking about the residency requirement when councillors meet Monday evening. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. inside City Hall.

In their resolution, the two councillors note the council on Sept. 19 passed a separate resolution calling for a compensation review of all city employees. Further, they state that Quincy’s population has surpassed 100,000 residents, more than 40 percent of whom belong to a minority group, and that the city has taken steps to diversify its workforce in recent years.

“It is crucial for public employees to be knowledgeable about and engaged in the community in which they work,” the councillors wrote in the resolution. “[And] public employees who live and work in the same community are more likely to support the local economy than those who do not.”

To that end, the resolution calls upon the administration to “explore potential avenues to enact a residency requirement for all new employees as part of any compensation review of all city employees.” It goes on to add, “the City Council understands that any residency requirement should include exceptions for positions that may require significant area expertise.”

The US Supreme Court has held that municipalities may enact residency requirements for their employees.

The city of Boston maintains a residency requirement for its municipal workers, for example. Anyone can apply to work for the city of Boston, but employees must reside in the city on their first day of work. Workers have to verify their residency annually and must remain a Boston resident as long as they are employed by the city, but certain unions have different rules.

In other business on Monday, Public Works Commissioner Al Grazioso will provide councillors with an update on various projects in his department’s purview. Mayor Thomas Koch will also put forward a $23 million bond to fund the construction of the public safety headquarters on Sea Street and nearby infrastructure improvements; the new bond is on top of the $152 million in bonds already authorized for the project.

Abigail Adams Statue Dedication Nov. 5

WORKERS POUR concrete for a footing that will support the new bronze statue of Abigail Adams at the Hancock-Adams Common adjacent to United First Parish Church in Quincy Center. A dedication ceremony for the new statue will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy will honor the legacy of the Second First Lady of the United States of America, Abigail Adams in a statue dedication ceremony to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 11 a.m. on the Hancock Adams Common, 1305 Hancock St. in Quincy.

The 7-foot bronze statue will hold a place of prominence in the Hancock Adams Common to honor Abigail and her role as a defining voice of the Revolutionary Era. Wife of second U.S. President John Adams and mother of sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, Abigail was a farmer, writer and patriot.

“Abigail is most likely the most important woman of her generation, whose actions and words continue to hold great influence even today,” Koch said. “Her statue belongs on the Common near her husband. There is not a marriage that, as a couple, has had a greater influence on who we are as a people than John and Abigail Adams, and the Common is absolutely the right place for both of their contributions to be recognized.

“Working with a group of Quincy advocates helped bring the project to life,” the mayor added.

Sergey Eylanbekov, the same renown sculptor responsible for the John Adams and John Hancock statues on the Common, created a statue of Abigail on the same scale as his existing sculptures. An area of the park has been redesigned for her to be placed along with the interpretive artwork detailing her legacy.

Keynote speakers for the event include two prominent political and historical authorities on Adams and her legacy. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics,  and Catherine Allgor, the President of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The event is open to the public.

WORK CONTINUES at the site of the new Abigail Adams Statue that will be located at Hancock-Adams Common adjacent to United First Parish Church (background). This photo was taken Sept. 23 and shows workers pouring concrete for a footing that will support the 7-foot bronze statue. The statue honoring the second First Lady of the U.S. will be dedicated Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Man, Woman Found Dead On Red Line Tracks Identified


Officials on Tuesday identified the man and the woman who were killed Monday in Quincy after apparently coming into contact with the electrified third rail of the MBTA’s Red Line.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office identified the individuals as Klyer Granada, age 20, a resident of South Boston and Tanairy Rodriguez, age 20, a resident of Lowell.

The DA’s Office added that, “the investigation has not produced any evidence of foul play in the deaths.”

An operator of a Red Line train first spotted the two bodies around 6 a.m. on Monday, MBTA officials said. In a statement later Monday, MBTA Transit Police said they believe the man and woman were electrocuted after they came into contact with the third rail.

“An adult male and female while trespassing along the right of way between North Quincy and Wollaston Station intentionally placed their bodies between the outside running rail and the third rail. This is a limited confined space and our preliminary investigation suggests both individuals came into contact with the third rail,” the statement said.

“Speaking on behalf of the Transit Police and the MBTA organization we express our sincerest condolences to family and friends of the decedents.”

Service on the Braintree branch of the Red Line was suspended on Monday morning following the discovery of the two bodies, with shuttle buses brought in to replace trains. Train service resumed around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

John T. Sullivan, 94

John T. “Sully” Sullivan, of Hingham, formerly of Quincy and Braintree, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. He was 94.

John T. Sullivan

Born in Quincy on May 5, 1928, he was the son of the late John P. and Marguerite (Reardon) Sullivan. Sully graduated from Braintree High School with the Class of 1946. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy on Feb. 18, 1946, and proudly served his country during WWII. Sully was honorably discharged on Dec. 18, 1947. Following his time in the service, Sully often joked that his college years were earned through the School of Hard Knocks. Sully’s career was in the construction industry, and he was employed by Boston Sand and Gravel for over forty years. Sully drove a concrete mixer, and enjoyed his work, along with the relationships he built throughout the years.

Sully was a member of the Bare Cove Power Squadron for ten years and served as Commander from 1977 through 1978. He was a member of the Quincy Elks and in 1985, became a member of the Weymouth Elks Lodge. He enjoyed photography and belonged to the South Shore Camera Club. Sully was an accomplished pool player, enjoyed golf, annual sailing adventures with friends, and loved traveling with his wife Geri to destinations in the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. For the past fourteen months, Sully resided at the Allerton House in Hingham where he developed many new relationships, enjoyed outings and activities, especially those related to music and trivia.

Sully’s life lessons and example are part of his legacy that continue through his family. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Sully was the beloved husband of the late Geraldine A. “Geri” (Sibella) Sullivan, who died in 2018. The two shared 62 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Shawn P. Sullivan and his wife Andrea of Hingham and James J. Sullivan of California. John was the loving grandfather of Joseph Sullivan of Hingham, Margaret, Charles and Hannah Sullivan, all of Piedmont, California. He was the dear brother of Maryann Carlos of Quincy, and is also survived by a loving niece, nephews, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 3-7 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Hingham at 10 AM.

Services will conclude with military honors and interment on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at 1:30 PM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, memorial contributions may be sent in John’s name to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA 02061.

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

Giovanni F. Sceppa, 96

Giovanni Federico Sceppa of Quincy, died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.  He was 96.

Giovanni F. Sceppa

Beloved husband of the late Maria Angela Sceppa (Varanese).  Devoted father of Maria Sceppa and Nick Sceppa and his wife Annamaria.  Cherished Nonno of Samantha Sceppa.  Loving brother of Gina Gioncardi, Carmelina Mancina, Anna Palmiero, and Vincent Sceppa.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, from 9-10 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. To conclude the visitation, a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home at 9:45 AM prior to the Funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Giovanni may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.