Robert H. Beatson Jr., 65

Robert (“Bob”) H. Beatson Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 21, 2022, at the age of 65. He happily spent the last week of his life with his three grandchildren in Indianapolis.

Bob was born on May 16, 1957, in Quincy to the late Robert Sr. and Elizabeth (née Corson). He grew up on Common St. with his three siblings and attended St. Mary School, where he was also an altar server. A 1975 graduate of Boston College High School, Bob worked at Braintree Electric Light Department for 36 years until his retirement in 2020. He raised his son Robert III and daughter Abigail in Abington, where he coached baseball, softball, soccer and basketball. Bob married his wife Kathleen in 2016, and they lived together in Pembroke.

Bob was happiest when he was surrounded by family, standing over the grill and watching his grandkids and great nieces and nephews splash in the pool. He loved sailing, the Red Sox and family trips down the Cape.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; his son Robert III and wife Caitlin of Indianapolis IN and his daughter Abigail Wilson and husband Corey of Jackson MS; siblings Elizabeth of Rockland, Barbara McLaughlin and husband James of Abington, and William and wife Althea of Burrillville RI. He is also survived by grandchildren Adair (8), Malone (6) and Grady (2), along with many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

A visitation will be held at the Quealy & Son Funeral Home, 116 Adams St., Abington, on Tuesday, November 1, from 4-7PM. The funeral will be held at St. Bridget’s Church, 55 Plymouth St., Abington, on Wednesday, November 2, at 10:30. Interment to follow at Center Cemetery, 45 Oldham St., Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s honor to the ACCESSAIL program at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School at https://dbms.org/donate/.

Joan E. Abban, 84

Joan E. (Bradley) Abban, age 84, a longtime Quincy resident, formerly of Neponset, died peacefully, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Joan E. Abban

Joan was born in Boston, to the late George R. and Helen M. (O’Donnell) Bradley. She was raised and educated in Neponset and had lived in Quincy for fifty-eight years.

She was employed as a service representative for Dependable Cleaners in Quincy for twenty-two years.

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

Former wife of the late Paul F. Abban.

Devoted mother of Maureen E. DeCelle of Quincy, Linda J. Perchard and her husband Robert, Lt., Q.P.D., retired of Quincy, Steven M. Abban and his wife Rhonda of Harrisville, RI, Joan E. Manning of Pembroke, Helen M. Panico and her husband Michael of Weymouth, George R. Abban and his wife Sandra of Middleboro, David A. Abban and his wife Laurie of Raynham, Christina J. Piccerelli of Weymouth, Elizabeth J. Tocci and her husband Joseph of Raynham, the late Susan M. Blake, Paul F. Abban, Jr., and Eric J. Abban.

Loving grandmother of twenty-seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Dear sister of Helen LeMoine of Fla. and Henry P. Bradley of Quincy. Joan is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy, on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 3 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent St., West Quincy, on Friday, November 4, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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

Elizabeth E. Fritz, 94

Elizabeth E. “Betty” (Egan) Fritz, age 94, of Quincy, formerly of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away, peacefully, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, after a brief illness, surrounded by family.

Elizabeth E. Fritz

Betty was born in Boston, to the late William M. and Honora T. (Daly) Egan. Raised and educated at Catholic schools in Boston, she was a graduate of the former Gate of Heaven School in South Boston. She spent her childhood years in the Boston area then moved to accompany her late husband, Gene, during his military career in the United States Navy. Betty resided for some time in Virginia and then in Brunswick, Maine, before finally settling in Bloomington, Indiana, where she lived for many years.

She was employed briefly as a procurement clerk in the Naval test facility. She then spent a number of years working as a technical editor in the publishing industry. Betty also worked early in her career as an accountant for the John Hancock Company.

Betty was fortunate to live a long and happy life. She enjoyed reading, poetry, and had a way with words that came in handy when writing to family and friends or journaling events that had taken place. Betty was generous and kind. Her Catholic faith was central to her life. She had an incredible sense of humor and a quick wit which she was fortunate to maintain until the moment she passed. Betty had a kind word for anyone who crossed her path. She will be dearly missed.

Betty’s life was defined in many ways by having been a loyal and devoted wife to her late husband, Eugene S. Fritz, for sixty years. One of eight siblings, Betty was the dear sister of Marguerite M. “Rita” Egan of Quincy, and was predeceased by Eileen, Nora, Daniel, William, John, and Francis Egan. Betty is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

A memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Agatha Parish, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or www.helpfbms.org.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

George J. Shannon, 76

George J. Shannon, age 76, of Quincy, formerly of Reading, died peacefully, Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Brockton VA Medical Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

George was born in Somerville, to the late Hugh and Anne (Coldewy) Shannon. Raised and educated in Somerville, he was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1963. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, Class of 1968.

George was a Reading resident for over forty years, where he was proud to have served as a member of Town Meeting as well as on the Reading School Committee, where he also served as chairman.

George honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He began his professional career as an underwriter in the insurance industry for many years. He ended his career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, primarily serving Woburn, and retired in 2010.

He was an avid collector of trains and political memorabilia, spending many weekends at various antique shows. He was a voracious reader, and always had a mystery or historical non-fiction book on hand. George loved a good debate.

Devoted father of Michael Hugh Shannon, M.D. of Olympia, Wash., and Heather Shannon Grant and her husband Mike of Quincy. Loving grandfather of Liam Cheng Shannon of Olympia, Wash. Dear brother of Gerard Shannon of Eastpoint, Fla., Katherine Shannon of Anacortes, Wash., and the late Hugh Shannon (Judith Shannon of The Villages, Fla.). Dear friend of Phyllis Sinclair and Robert Sylvester. George is also survived by his wonderful nieces and nephew, including his goddaughter, Kara Shannon.

Husband of Judith (Trigledas) Shannon.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial Visitation at the funeral home prior to the service from 9 – 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 or www.nechv.org.

George’s children are forever grateful to Carmen Peréz at Silvercrest Retirement Home in Taunton, as well as the entire team at the Brockton VA Hospice Unit, for the exceptional and compassionate care provided to George.

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

Marianthi Leach, 100

Marianthi “Mary” Leach passed away, at the age of 100, on Oct. 25, 2022.

Marianthi Leach

She was the wife of Panteli Leach who passed away eight years ago.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Volpe and Husband, Dennis; son, Richard Leach and his wife Mary; Granddaughter, Marissa Volpe and her fiancé Erik Merry; grandson, Nicholas Leach and his wife Diane; granddaughter, Jenna Lesko and her husband Bob; granddaughter, Tracy Mazzola and her husband Jamie; great granddaughter, Makenzie Mazzola; and her sister, Natalie Markou.  She will also be missed by her nephews, nieces, cousins, family in different parts of the country, friends, neighbors, and her Alliance Braintree Health Care Family.

The most recent and wonderful memory of her was the celebration of her 100th birthday at Alliance Health Care on September 24.  It was a day that we will cherish more than ever now. She loved all of her family and was always concerned about each and every one of them.  Nothing would stop her from going to Bingo and she always enjoyed going to the Casino to celebrate her birthday but was very frugal with her money.  She was meticulous in everything she did, a perfectionist.  She definitely left her mark on this world and will always be remembered for her kindness and caring of those around her.

Family will be gathering in the Pushard Family Funeral Home, 210 Sherman St., Canton on Saturday, October 29th at 11 AM with interment following at Forest Hills Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your favorite charity in Mary’s name.

John Kudarowski

John Kudarowski passed away on October 24, 2022, at the Manchester VA Medical Center, where he had been under care during a long period of declining health.

John Kudarowski

John was known as “Sonny,” because he was the youngest of seven siblings.  Sonny was born in Boston and lived much of his life in Quincy.  He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, and was stationed in Germany, where he acquired his life-long taste for dark German beer.

Sonny was a respected instructor of drafting at the Benjamin Franklin Institute in Boston.  Painting and drawing were among the interests he pursued for many years.  He also read widely in history and was an avid listener to classical music.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Monica Kudarowski, and by his six brothers and sisters: Bernice, Victor, Josephine, Frank, Alphonse and Ellen.  He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Sonny’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff of the Manchester VA Medical Center for their excellent, selfless care during his stay there.

A funeral home service will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in Sonny’s memory can be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108 or Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1015 Sea St., Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Quincy Teachers Seek ‘Fair, Equitable’ Contract

By SCOTT JACKSON

With dozens of educators in attendance, members of the Quincy Education Association spoke out at Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, saying that they want a “fair and equitable” contract for the teachers’ union.

Mayor Thomas Koch meanwhile told The Sun that the school board is willing to give the union the same raises police and firefighters have received in their new contracts.

Twelve members of the Quincy Education Association spoke during the open forum portion of the school board’s meeting on Wednesday.

“I’ve come this evening to respectfully request a fair and equitable contract for the members of the Quincy Education Association,” said Carol Austin, a teacher at the Parker Elementary School and Quincy resident.

Natalie Valente, a teacher at Quincy High School and a Quincy resident, said the school board was asking her and other educators to accept less than what they are worth.

“Our work isn’t valued, understood or appreciated with the counter offers we’ve seen come across that bargaining table,” Valente said. “We have already lost so many great teachers over the past few years to other districts who put their teachers first, knowing full well that a school district that supports their teachers ultimately supports their students and their families. The more involved and respected we are in the community, the more of an impact we can have on students to do the right the thing, to take the right road, the better path.”

Mollie Ehrlich, the nurse at the Merrymount Elementary School and a Quincy resident, asked the school board to, “remember all the hard work and the hours spent by the Quincy Public Schools nurses during the pandemic to keep students and staff safe and healthy during such a challenging few years.”

“Please take this into consideration when discussing contract negotiations,” Ehrlich said.

In addition to the dozen Quincy Education Association members who spoke during open forum, two residents voiced their support for the city’s educators Wednesday evening.

“I’ve often heard that a budget is a value statement,” said Liz Speakman, a former candidate for school board, “and I know in my heart that we all value our children and our educators, and I would love to see our budget reflect that and reflect our values as a community.”

“Teachers, please know that parents across the city, we see what you do for our kids,” said Courtney Perdios, a former school board member. “We see everything you do from behind the scenes, everything that’s not in your contract that you go over and above for your kids. I just want to say that we support you and we thank you.”

In an interview with The Sun prior earlier on Wednesday, Koch, the chairperson of the school board, said contract talks are ongoing and he wished the two sides were closer.

“I think there’s been nine sessions of negotiations between both parties. I wish we were closer. That’s all I can say,” Koch said.

The city’s contracts with each of the unions representing municipal employees expired this summer, at the end of June on the city side and August on the school side, the mayor said. He said the city has since agreed to new 3-3-3 contracts – meaning a three-year contract with 3 percent annual raises – with the unions representing firefighters, police patrol officers and police superior officers.

The school board would be willing to accept a contract with those same terms if the Quincy Education Association asked for it, the mayor said.

“If the bargaining unit from the QEA said to me or said to the committee tomorrow, ‘we’d like to have 3-3-3,’ I’m sure we could settle that in a moment,” Koch said.

“I would never give the teachers less that what other public servants have received.”

Rita M. Previte, 88

Rita M. Previte, age 88, of Quincy, MA, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Rita M. Previte

Rita was born in Somerville to the late Leonard Miceli and the late Tosca (Panza) Miceli. She was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1951. She is survived by her sister Phyllis Noe and her husband Joseph of Hingham, her brother Leonard Miceli of Quincy and his late wife Patricia Miceli. Rita is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Rita was married for 67 years to her husband and caregiver for over 30 years, Henry Previte. She was a devoted mother to her children, Donna (Previte) MacFadgen and her husband Chris of Pembroke, David Previte and his wife Kerrie of Holbrook and Karen (Previte) Bartlett of Danvers, MA. Rita is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Previte, Cristina (Previte) Cardona, Courtney MacFadgen and Christopher MacFadgen.

Rita was a devoted wife and mother, who enjoyed spending time with and entertaining her family and friends. She was very social and loved visiting her children, going out to dinner, sewing, knitting, baking, cake decorating, celebrating birthdays/holidays, crafting, and playing cards.

Rita adored and cherished her relationship and time spent with her grandchildren. She loved talking to her children and grandchildren and hearing about their lives and accomplishments. She was always there to support and encourage everyone in her life.

Rita was always involved in activities surrounding her community and children. When her kids were younger, she would work with her neighborhood every year to make the costumes for her street to march in the Fourth of July Parade. She worked on many local campaigns and was always volunteering to help. Her care and compassion had no boundaries.

Rita worked for many years at Kemper Insurance Company, on Newport Avenue, North Quincy, MA. She started as Policy Systems Supervisor and then Policy Systems Manager before going out on disability and eventually retiring. Many cherished memories and friendships were made at Kemper Insurance.

The Previte family would like to acknowledge and extend their gratitude to all the dedicated Doctors, Nurses, Home Health Aides, and Visiting Nurses for their kindness, devotion and care over the years. We would also like to thank Old Colony Hospice for their compassion and comfort care given to our Mom. 

At the request of the family, Rita’s funeral services and interment will be held privately. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Rita’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

See www.Keohane.com for online condolences.

Nomination Papers Available Nov. 15 For Ward 4 Special Election

By SCOTT JACKSON

Nomination papers for candidates interested in running for the Ward 4 seat on the City Council will be made available on Nov. 15, City Clerk Nicole Crispo said Wednesday.

The nomination papers cannot be made available until after city councillors set the timeline for the election, she said. Councillors will do so at their next meeting, which is set for Nov. 14.

To qualify for the ballot in the special election, would-be candidates need to obtain 50 signatures from residents registered to vote within the ward; that is the same signature requirement as a regular municipal election. Candidates must also reside within Ward 4, which includes parts of South and West Quincy.

Candidates will likely have between 35 and 45 days to obtain the requisite signatures, Crispo said previously. A preliminary election would be held in mid-January, if necessary, with the final election the following month.

The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of Brian Palmucci’s term, which expires at the end of 2023. The next regular municipal election – during which all nine seats on the City Council, plus the mayor and three School Committee seats, will appear on the ballot – is set for November 2023.

Palmucci resigned from the Ward 4 seat on Tuesday, days after his appointment as an associate justice of the District Court was unanimously confirmed by the Governor’s Council.

In an email, Palmucci said he was looking forward to serving on the bench.

“I’m thankful to the Governor and Lt. Governor for their nomination, and the Governor’s Council for their confirmation. I look forward to the incredible opportunity to help people that being a judge in the District Court will bring,” he wrote. “I’ve spent my professional career working in public service and the law. This position allows me to continue doing both.”

Palmucci had represented Ward 4 on the City Council since 2010. He ran unopposed in the most recent municipal election in 2021 and had been in the first year of a two-year term.

Two potential candidates for the Ward 4 seat, Joel Buenaventura of Common Street and Matthew Lyons of Willard Street, have established campaign committees in recent weeks, according to records filed with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance

Stephen T. Coolen, 76

Stephen T. Coolen of Mesa, Arizona, died Oct. 1, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a battle with leukemia. He was 76.

Stephen Coolen

He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia (Cooke) Coolen for 38 years. Loving father of Richard Coolen, Clinton Currie and his wife Shaily, and loving brother to George Coolen and his wife Merrie of Grand Lake, Colorado, and Janice (Coolen) Reynolds of Quincy. Proud grandpa to Tejas, Nikita, and Kavya Currie. He is also survived by nieces and nephews JC, Bobby, Lisa, Lynette, Cindy, Mary, and cousins Harry and Anita Coolen.

Steve was a graduate of North Quincy High School, class of 1964. He was a dedicated servant to our federal government for the entirety of his career. Including overseas while enlisted in the Air Force, letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office, civil service as a jet mechanic and later jet inspector for the Air Force, and finally as an agent with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Steve was easy going, intelligent, quick witted, and got along well with everyone. He was a lover of Boston sports and never missed a Patriots game. He was an avid reader, and also greatly enjoyed music, dominating trivia, playing backgammon, and dancing at the American Legion or the local casinos.

Donations in memory of Steve can be made to veterans organizations.