Janis E. Burton, 93

Janis E. (Powell) Burton, age 93, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the comfort of her home.

Janis E. Burton

Janis was born in Boston, to the late Vernard and Marjorie (Irvine) Powell. Raised and educated in Quincy, Janis had lived in Houghs Neck for most of her life.

She was employed as an executive secretary for the Lily Transportation Corporation in Needham for ten years.

Janis was a woman of faith and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston where she served as Chairperson of the Deacons and was an expert on the church’s by-laws.

She was active as a leader of the Campfire Girls and was involved with summer camps at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson for many years.

Janis was a miniature enthusiast and had served as president of the Tiny Treasures Society, coordinating and attending conventions for twenty-four years. She was also a longtime member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

She loved to travel with family and friends. Most of all, Janis was dedicated to her family, especially her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Richard F. Burton.

Devoted mother of the late Stephanie E. Mahn and her surviving husband Gary W. Mahn of Canton.

Loving grandmother of Jennifer L. Flanagan and her husband Andrew, Eric S. Mahn and Christina Franklin, and Justin T. Mahn.

Cherished great grandmother of Kayleigh, Liam, Aaron, and Ryan.

Dear aunt of Cindy Li and her husband Al, John Powell and his wife Ellen.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Wollaston, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janis’ memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Wollaston, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170.

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

Jeannette Mattie, 85

Jeannette Mattie (Foley), 85, of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at her home in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was born on December 21, 1938 in Quincy, Massachusetts to the late Robert and Jeannette Foley. Jeannette was a 1956 graduate of Quincy High School. She earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri. She was a Vice President of Human Resources at CitiGroup in St. Louis.

Jeannette Mattie

Jeannette was preceded in death by her son Edward R. Mattie. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Michael E. Mattie; Her sons Michael (Michelle) Mattie of Columbia, Missouri and Christopher (Kathy) Mattie of St. Louis, Missouri; her daughters Lisa (Patrick) Masek of Wardsville, Missouri and Suzanne (David) Glazer of McCordsville, Indiana; Daughter-in-law Valerie Mattie of Overland Park, Kansas; sisters Mary Johnson of Quincy, Massachusetts, Barbara Kelly and Margaret Strange of Maryland, sister-in-law Mary Post of Quincy, Massachusetts; twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Wardsville, MO. A mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Entombment will take place at the St. Stanislaus Mausoleum immediately following.

North Quincy Girls’ Basketball Battles, Bows To W-H In Div. 2 Tournament

NORTH QUINCY High School girls’ varsity basketball team earned the #20 seed in the Div. 2 tournament but bowed to #13 Whitman-Hanson on the road Feb. 28. The Raiders finished the season at 12-10. From left to right: junior Iris Gjoka, senior Molly Toland, senior Mary Saccoach, freshman Nora Geary, senior Jillian Jaehnig, senior Caroline O’Donnell, senior captain Ava Bryan, senior captain Autumn O’Campos, senior Grace Pickering, sophomore Harper Mergel, freshman Maeve Powers, sophomore Ella Lynch, senior Emma Cramond and sophomore Maeghan Smith. Head coach is Liana Cunningham and assistant coach Alyssa Camara. Courtesy Photo

By TOM JOYCE

How many teams can say they’ve erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter?
Not many, but the North Quincy High girls’ basketball team is one of them.
The #20 Raiders, who trailed by that much going into the final quarter of their MIAA Division 2 Round of 32 playoff game against the #13 Whitman-Hanson Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 28, battled to the very end but came up short bowing 63-60. North had tied the game with under a minute remaining but were unable to make a full comeback. They ended up dropping a tight one by three points on the road. With the loss, the Raiders finished their season at 12-10.
Much of the first half was competitive, though Whitman-Hanson pulled away late in it.
The Raiders were sharp early, taking a 4-2 lead in the first minute of the game – but then Whitman-Hanson’s offense woke up. Autumn O’Campos (18 points) hit two free throws after Ava Bryan (19 points) made a basket, giving the team an early lead. However, Whitman-Hanson responded with a 7-0 run started by a three-pointer.
Back-to-back-to-back layups from O’Campos then gave the Raiders a 10-9 advantage, but Whitman-Hanson erased this lead in the final 90 seconds of the first quarter. The team hit a three-pointer and a layup, taking a 14-10 lead.
Whitman-Hanson then built on that lead late in the second quarter.
That 5-0 run late in the first quarter ended up being a 10-0 run for Whitman-Hanson that extended into the second quarter, as the team added five more points unanswered before the Raiders could respond.
The Raiders chipped away at that deficit. A three-pointer from Maeve Powers (12 points) and two free throws from two trips to the line for O’Campos made it a two-point game, 25-23, with 1:12 left in the first half, but Whitman-Hanson got some breathing room after that.
Whitman-Hanson scored eight unanswered points in the final minute of the first half: two three-pointers and a layup; the team went into halftime leading the Raiders by 10 points, 33-23.
Whitman-Hanson kept that momentum going in the third quarter, expanding its lead.
While Bryan scored six points at the free throw line alone in the third quarter, Whitman-Hanson outscored the Raiders 19-14 over those eight minutes and led 52-37 going into the fourth quarter.
The Raiders slowly but surely chipped away at that lead. Whitman-Hanson started the fourth quarter with a layup, extending its lead to 17 points. However, the Raiders responded with a 14-0 run that made it a three-point game, 54-51.
Powers hit a layup and a free throw to start the run. Then O’Campos made two free throws, and Caroline O’Donnell made back-to-back shots underneath the basket. A layup from O’Campos and a three-pointer from Bryan added five more points, making it a one-score game.
With 2:20 remaining, the Raiders made it a two-point game, 58-56, after Bryan hit a wide-open three-pointer; this came about 30 seconds after O’Campos hit a free-throw.
Then, thanks to free throws, the Raiders tied the game. Whitman-Hanson went to the line with 1:29 remaining and missed both free-throw attempts. However, when O’Campos went to the line with 33.7 seconds left, she hit both of her shots, tying the game at 60 apiece. She got the ball back for the Raiders after stealing it from a Whitman-Hanson player.
Ultimately, the Raiders were unable to make a comeback. They fouled a Whitman-Hanson player with 18.5 seconds remaining, and the girl hit a free throw, giving the team a 61-60 advantage. Whitman-Hanson then stole the ball in Raiders territory, and a foul with 3.5 seconds left sent an opposing player to the free-throw line. Whitman-Hanson hit both of its shots, giving it a 63-60 advantage.
Then, as the Raiders looked to make a couple of passes and then attempt a long three-pointer, Whitman-Hanson intercepted one of those passes, ending the game.
Whitman-Hanson advanced to the Round of 16 of the playoff tournament with the win.
The playoff game against Whitman-Hanson was a rematch for the two Patriot League teams. The Raiders hosted Whitman-Hanson on Valentine’s Day and lost a close one, 45-42.
A strong regular season finish helped the Raiders not only clinch a playoff spot but also secure better seeding. With three games left in the regular season, the team was 9-9 and needed to win a majority of its games to earn an automatic spot in the playoffs. The team did one better — winning each of its final three regular-season games to punch a ticket to the postseason tournament.
The Raiders had some experience on their side this season, with eight seniors on the roster. The team this year includes: senior guard Mary Saccoach, sophomore guard Maeghan Smith, senior guard Emma Cramond, senior forward Jillian Jaehnig, senior forward/center and captain Autumn O’Campos, junior guard Iris Gjoka, senior guard/forward and captain Ava Bryan, sophomore guard Ella Lynch, freshman guard Maeve Powers, senior guard Molly Toland, freshman guard Nora Geary, sophomore guard Harper Mergel, senior forward Grace Pickering, and senior forward/center Caroline O’Donnell. Quincy High alum Liana Cunningham served as the team’s head coach.

 

 

John J. Evans Jr., 81

John J. Evans Jr., 81, of Quincy, originally from South Boston, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2024, surrounded by family. John, known to friends as “Jay”, was the son of the late John and Margaret Evans.

John J. Evans Jr.

Jay enlisted in the Army National Guard before joining the Boston Police Dept.  He would eventually land his dream job as a Firefighter on the Boston Fire Dept.  His career would span 36 years, the majority of it serving as the senior Captain of Engine 8 in Boston’s North End. He was a star athlete growing up in Southie, playing both baseball and hockey for Boston State College.  His exuberance for hockey would lead him to coach and referee for many years in the Quincy Youth Hockey program.  He spent his summers in Maine and the winters on vacations in warm destinations as much as he could.  Foremost in his life was family, especially his wife, from whom he was inseparable.

He was the devoted husband of the late Carol Evans for almost 50 years; proud father to Jay and his wife Heidi, of Windham, NH, and Kristina Galligan and her husband Jamie of Houghs Neck; brother to Betsy Canavan and her late husband Paul, Marjorie Grennon and her husband John, Janice Donovan and husband Bobby; brother in law to the late Helen Wall and her late husband George, Jeanette Meyer and her late partner Bill Stocker, and Fred Meyer and his wife Laurie; adored by his grandchildren, Carter John Evans, Carolynne “Callie” Galligan, Xander Adams Evans, and James Evans Galligan.  Loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 9:15am prior to the funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10 a.m.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.  See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Judith L. Badger, 84

Judith L. “Judi” Badger, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, February 22, 2024.  She was 84.

Judith L. Badger

She was born in Melrose to Helen Glendyne (Carpenter) and Edward Shrow LeBaron and raised in Quincy.  She graduated from North Quincy High School in the Class of 1957 and was a proud majorette during her time there.  After high school she pursued her passion for design with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  There she earned her associate degree and went on to put her skills to use by designing cakes and dresses.

In the early 60’s Judi started a family of her own, having two sons.  A devoted single mother, she worked hard to care and provide for her children.  Throughout their childhood she had many jobs, including, waitressing, designing cakes and clothing, specifically bridal and special occasion dresses.  She was selfless, supportive, and always made her family a priority.  She often hosted parties for special occasions, inviting the neighborhood over to share her beautifully made cakes.  She enjoyed dressing up as “Carpy” the clown and do face painting for the kids.  Judi adored her grandchildren and was instrumental in helping her sons care for them.  Whether it be babysitting during the day or making sure birthdays were always a very special occasion.  She truly loved her family and was her happiest while spending time with them.

In her free time, Judi liked to travel and go on cruises, or have dinner at the Elks with friends.  For 40 years she took great pride in organizing her class reunion with her dear friend Mary Player.

Devoted mother to Jon L. Badger and his wife Karen of Whitman and the late Jeffrey A. Badger. Cherished grandmother to Erika (Aaron), Jared, Leah, Sean (Colleen), Reanna and Candace (Jason) and her 12 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, March 7th, from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. Funeral service will be celebrated on Friday, March 8th, at 10 AM in First Baptist Church of Wollaston-Quincy, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

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

Pedestrian Struck In Quincy Point Hit And Run

By SCOTT JACKSON

Police are seeking the driver who fled from the scene after striking a pedestrian Tuesday evening in Quincy Point.

This image was taken from surveillance footage released by police showing the SUV involved in Tueday’s hit and run.

The pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 1020 Southern Artery in Quincy Point at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Quincy police said in a statement.

Initial reports indicate that a mid-size dark colored SUV struck a pedestrian attempting to cross Southern Artery in a crosswalk and fled the scene of the accident, police said. The SUV fled northbound on Southern Artery towards South Street. The vehicle that fled the scene is believed to have damage to the passenger side bumper, hood and windshield.

The Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department and Brewster EMS responded to the scene. The pedestrian that was struck was transported to an area hospital. Police on Wednesday said the victim suffered serious injuries and remained hospitalized.

The incident is under investigation by the Quincy Police Department’s Traffic Unit. Anyone with information about the hit and run is asked to contact the department at 617-479-1212.

Mary J. Doherty, 84

Mary J. (Kenney) Doherty, age 84, of Quincy, passed away at home on Friday, February 23, 2024, surrounded by members of her loving family and holding the hand of her beloved husband of 62 years.

Mary J. Doherty

Born April 3, 1939, in Boston to Johanna M. (O’Connell) and James P. Kenney, Mary grew up alongside her elder brothers, Rich Kenney and the late Jim Kenney in the vibrant Irish neighborhood of Boston’s South End. Her early education was Cathedral High School, reflecting her family’s deep roots in the community where her father worked at the Boston Public Library and her mother provided a welcoming home for family and friends emigrating from County Cork, Ireland.

When Mary’s family made their summer cottage in Houghs Neck into a permanent home, Mary completed her high school education at Quincy High School. Following graduation, she began a career in the advertising department for the Polaroid Corporation.

Mary’s life took a romantic turn when she met the love of her life, Jim Doherty, at a beach party on Peddocks Island, one of the largest islands in Boston Harbor (now part of the National Boston Harbor Islands Park). They started a love story that led to marriage at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy, in October 1962. Together they raised five children and built a life on Rockland Street, where they lived and loved and aged happily in place, for over 60 years.

A woman of faith and community spirit, Mary devoted much time to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, where she led the CCD Program and was an active member of Our Lady’s Sodality. Her zest for fun extended to her “shower friend” group, bowling team and garden club. Mary was an avid reader and gardener, and a lifelong lover of music and dancing, especially anything with the rhythm of an Irish jig. She cherished time spent sailing with her family and was known for her love of shopping. Her greatest joy, however, was being a grandmother to her eight beloved grandchildren. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her fierce protective spirit, her epic hostessing at holidays and as a loving wife, devoted mother and adoring grandmother.

Mary is survived by her husband, James P. Doherty, Sr., her daughter, Maura Doherty (Steve DeLano) and their children Casey, Jimmy and Cori DeLano; son, James P. Doherty, Jr. (Haydee DeGuzman); daughter, Kelly Doherty and her children Michael, Matthew and Owen DeFao; son, Dennis Doherty (Diane) and their children Mary and Patrick Doherty; and daughter, Erin Doherty; and her brothers, J. Richard Kenney (the late Ruth) and the late James P. Kenney, Jr. (the late Agnes); as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. At the request of the family, interment will take place privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Holy Trinity Parish, 227 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169 or the Houghs Neck Garden Club, 1193 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

Juvenile Stabbed At Quincy Center Station

By SCOTT JACKSON

A juvenile suffered non-life-threatening injuries Monday evening after being stabbed in the neck at the Quincy Center MBTA station, police said.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, according to MBTA Transit Police.

Four juveniles suspected of being involved in the stabbing were detained by transit police.

Red Line service was delayed due to the stabbing and resumed later on on Monday.

Margaret M. Harter, 73

Margaret Mary (Hughes) Harter, 73, of Quincy and originally from Dorchester, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.

Margaret M. Harter

Margaret will be remembered as a voracious reader, and a great lover of musical theater, babies, and horror movies. She was arguably Coca-Cola’s number one fan. Margaret was a kind and sensitive soul; her home was always open to those going through difficult times, and it was a place where many of her children’s friends at one time or another called home. She had an infectious laugh and a quiet but astute sense of play that could find humor in almost any situation. Her beautiful, selfless soul never stopped shining through no matter what she was going through. Margaret chose to be laid to rest in a cemetery in the company of some of her favorite authors. She liked to imagine she could be having tea parties in the afterlife with these other brilliant and interesting people. She will be greatly missed, but her loved ones are comforted by the knowledge that she will be perfect and whole again in God’s home.

Beloved mother of Caera Gramore of Washington, John Harter, Jr. of Hyde Park, Denise Harter of Barnstable, Eileen Harter of New York, David Harter, and Valerie Winters both of Quincy.  Loving grandmother of Caleb, Andy, Rachel, and Teddy.  Margaret is also survived by her sister Regina Hughes of Quincy, several nieces and nephews, and Alexis MacLeod, mother of Andy and Rachel.  She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Marion (Leahy) Hughes, and her sisters Marilyn and Eleanor.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Brendan Church, 589 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester, Friday, Feb. 16. Interment Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Funeral arrangements were made by Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., East Milton Square.

Donations in Margaret’s memory may go to Justice Resource Institute, ATTN: Account Receivable, 160 Gould St., Suite 300, Needham Heights, MA 02494. Please include the program name “JRI” in the check memo line.

Quincy, NQ Girls In Basketball Tournaments; NQ Boys’ Hockey Also Seeded

Three local high school teams have earned berths in the MIAA winter tournaments and two teams will host home games this week.

The Quincy High School girls’ basketball team (17-3) is seeded #9 in the Div. 1 tournament and will host #24 Hopkinton (10-10) Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. The Presidents clinched the Patriot League Fisher Division Championship for the second consecutive season and are the highest locally seeded team in the playoffs.

Quincy would play the winner of the Lexington vs. Acton Boxborough game if the Presidents advance Friday night. Lexington (16-4) is seeded #8 and Acton Boxborough (15-7) is seeded #25.

The top-seeded team in the Div. 1 girls’ basketball team is Bishop Feehan (16-4).

The North Quincy girls’ basketball team will also see tournament action as the 12-9 Raiders are seeded #20 in the Div. 2 tournament and will play at #13 Whitman-Hanson (16-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Medfield (18-2) is the top seeded team in Div. 2.

In Div. 3 boys’ hockey, the #32 North Quincy Raiders  (8-10-2) will host #33 Diman RVT (15-4-1) Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in a preliminary round match-up at Quincy Youth Arena. The winner will take on top-seeded Nauset Regional (18-1-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:15 p.m. at Charles Moore Arena, Orleans.

For more tournament details visit the MIAA website.