Robert J. Kelly, Sr., 96

Robert J. Kelly, Sr., age 96, of Quincy, died suddenly, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Robert J. Kelly, Sr.

Bob was born in Jamaica Plain, son of the late Thomas and Winifred (Gannon) Kelly. He graduated from Boston English High School before proudly serving his country during World War II in the United States Navy.  Upon completion of his service, Bob was an officer with the Boston Police Department prior to joining the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Upon graduation from the New England School of Law, Bob transferred to the legal department at the Registry and rose to the position of Chief Counsel. Upon retirement from the Registry, Bob embarked on a second career in private practice. He spent over twenty years working in the Probate & Family court. He greatly enjoyed going into town and spending time with all the attorneys and judges he had known throughout his career.

Bob met Rose, the love of his life, at a New Years Eve party. They were wed in 1954 and settled in Roslindale where they raised sons, Robert and Mark, and daughter, Charlene. Bob and Rose resided in Roslindale for many years surrounded by wonderful neighbors and friends before moving to Quincy where they remained for the duration of their lives. Bob and Rose purchased a home on Martha’s Vineyard in 1967 where they spent every summer and many holidays with their family. Bob loved to play golf and was a longtime member of Farm Neck Golf Club. He cherished his time on the Vineyard with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Bob was the beloved husband for sixty-nine years of the late Rose (Hynes) Kelly.

Bob was the devoted father of Robert J. Kelly, Jr. (Kelly) of Brockton, Mark S. Kelly of Florida, and Charlene Kelly of Quincy.

Bob was the loving grandfather of Shannon, Colleen, and Connor Kelly.

Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Kelly, Arthur Kelly, and Francis Kelly, and sisters, Winifred Von Kahle and Helen Curran.

Bob was the cherished brother-in-law of Eleanor Bennett of Quincy.

Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, February 23, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Immediately following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

The Kelly family kindly requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 93 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

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

Marie C. Roy, 98

Marie C. Roy (Morris), 98, of Quincy, MA, formerly of Mattapan, passed away on February 16, 2024.

Marie C. Roy

Marie is survived by her 5 children, Paul Roy of Methuen, MA, Peter Roy of Natick, MA, Philip Roy and his wife Nancy of West Roxbury, MA, Perry Roy and his wife Ellen of Rockland, MA, and Phyllis Hamilton of Cape Neddick, ME. Her two sisters, Ann Lannon and her husband Paul, Nancy O’Brien and her predeceased brothers John, Charlie and Philip. Marie’s pride and joy were her 15 grandchildren, Veronica, Paul, Nicole, Jennifer, Melissa, Kimberly, Andrew, Timothy, Michael, Jamie, Joseph, Elizabeth, Jessica, Emmaly and David, and 25 great-grandchildren. As well as many nieces and nephews. We will all cherish the famous Happy Birthday calls.

Marie grew up in Dorchester and worked as a young girl at the Strand theatre, meeting notable actors throughout her time there. Marie was a working Mother in a time when it was not popular. She worked for Zayre’s department store for 30 years and retired from her second career at Stop and Shop after 25 years. Marie loved spending time visiting with her family and enjoyed many trips with her sisters.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Feb. 28th Wednesday 8:30-10:00 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, W. Roxbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marie to The Home for Little Wanders, 780 American Legion Highway, Boston, MA 02131.

Annette J. Lyons, 94

Annette J. (Lawless) Lyons, age 94, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Annette J. Lyons

Annette was born in Wellesley Hills, to the late John and Marie (McCluskey) Lawless. Raised in Weston, she was a graduate of the former Saint Brendan High School. She was proud to have earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College in 1954 as part of their first nursing class.

She lived in Braintree for over sixty years.

Annette was proud to be a registered nurse. She began her career working at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary before leaving the workforce to raise her family. She later returned, working as a registered nurse in the newborn nursery at the former Quincy City Hospital for twenty-five years, retiring in 1999.

She was a longtime parishioner of the former Saint Thomas More Parish in Braintree.

Most of all, Annette was devoted to her family, and especially enjoyed spending summers on the beach with them. She took great pleasure in being surrounded by her ever-growing family.

Beloved wife of the late John F. “Jack” Lyons.

Devoted mother of Karen M. Lyons and her partner Joe Webb of Milton, John F. “Jack” Lyons, Jr. and his wife Michele of Dartmouth, Kathleen A. Porkka and her husband Jonathan of Osterville, James J. Lyons and his wife Lisa of Norwell, Lee Ann Mitchell and her husband Scott of Milton, and Paul M. Lyons and his wife Jacquelyn of Pembroke.

Loving grandmother of sixteen and great grandmother of nineteen.

The last of five siblings, she was predeceased by Joan Phillips, Richard “Bud” Lawless, Leone F. French, and Paula E. Gleason.

Annette 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, February 23, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, on Saturday, February 24, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Linwood Cemetery, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Annette’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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

Lisa Bonatti Rymut, 65

Lisa Bonatti Rymut, 65, of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2024 after a short illness. Born in Quincy on June 6, 1958 she was the daughter of the late Brenno and Gina (Benedini) Bonatti.

Lisa Bonatti Rymut

Lisa graduated from Boston University in 1980 with a BSB in finance, which paved the way for her successful career with State Street Bank, M.F.S. Investments and Fidelity Investments, from which she retired in 2017.

An independent and private person, Lisa loved her family and friends. She adored cats and had many over her lifetime. She met her future husband Frank on a blind date arranged by her mother and they were inseparable for over thirty years. She will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, sister, aunt and friend, and fondly thought of for her generosity, integrity and kindness. Those fortunate to call her a friend were her treasured friends for life, and Lisa always remembered their birthdays with a card.

Beloved wife of Frank Rymut of Quincy. Dear sister of Stephen Bonatti of Hanson, Karen Bonatti of Braintree, and her twin Leslie Simmons of Weathersfield, VT.

A private service for family is planned after which she will be cremated according to her final wishes. A public celebration of life will be scheduled at a later time, and announced on her HamelLydon.com tribute page.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the MSPCA, or to the Salvation Army.

For more information or to leave online condolences visit HamelLydon.com.

Arrest Made In Wollaston Shooting

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy police have arrested a Lowell man in connection with a shooting that left a man with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Lowell man, who police did not identify by name on Saturday, is facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building or dwelling, illegal possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a class A substance, and possession with intent to distribute a class B substance. The suspect is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court on those charges.

Quincy police were called to the area of Elm Avenue and Marlboro Street in the Wollaston section of the city just after 3 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, for a reported shooting. The victim was taken to a Boston hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested that same evening.

“I would like to commend the outstanding work of the department’s patrol and detective units in making a quick arrest and also let residents in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy know that this was an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public,” Police Chief Mark Kennedy said in a statement.

Any witnesses with additional information regarding the incident are asked to contact the department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 617-479-1212.

George G. Burke, II, 91

George G. Burke II, Esquire of Quincy died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on February 14, 2024. He was 91.

George was born to Ruth F. (Joyce) Burke and John F. Burke in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was raised in Massachusetts and was a resident of Quincy for more than 80 years. He attended Wollaston School, Central Jr. High School, and Quincy High School, from where he graduated in 1950. He attended Thayer Academy as a postgraduate before going on to college. He liked to tell people how he attended several colleges before settling in at his alma mater, UMASS Amherst, where he said he received “the greatest education ever…and for just $50 per semester!” George went on to get his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School. He was a firm believer in getting a good education. He also loved to tell people that he not only served in the Army, but he served in the Coast Guard and Navy as well.

George had many loves in his life. He loved basketball. He loved the Celtics. He loved UMASS. He loved QHS (he attended 79 straight Thanksgiving Day football games between QHS and NQHS; he was also initially cut from the basketball team at QHS and went on to become captain of the team). He loved his law practice (he worked as an attorney until 2022). He loved the City of Quincy, to name a few. He purchased the John Quincy Tankard and loaned it to the City of Quincy. He made countless contributions to the city he loved.

 Unsurpassed, however, was his love of his wife, his family and God. He sure loved life and he lived it to the fullest. Until the moment he passed away, he had a smile on his face.

 Beyond his greatest love of his wife and kids was his great love of his grandchildren. George, aka Grampa or Papa, was a devoted grandfather and so proud of his grandchildren. They were just as proud of him. His grandson Clayton said, “I am so thankful that I got to call such an incredible human being my grandfather,” Just before he passed, he became a great grandfather and was thrilled beyond measure. We think that he waited to become a great grandfather and then felt complete. He was ready to go.

George adored his own mother, who raised five children as a single mom. “The greatest gift my mother gave me was my faith.” His Catholic upbringing was an important part of his life. He believed in being a good Catholic and a good person and instilled those values in his children and grandchildren. He taught his kids the importance of giving to those in need and giving back to the community. His philanthropy went both seen and unseen. He was a big supporter of Father Bill’s. He had a new roof put on at St. Ann’s School. Many years ago, he, his wife and kids delivered Christmas presents to a stranger whose presents were stolen on Christmas Eve. One of the many acts of kindness he did without the limelight was putting lights in at The Mount. For many years, he gave 6 $1000 scholarships to UMASS (3 from QHS and 3 from NQHS). He opened his backyard and basketball court to all the neighborhood kids (and those beyond the neighborhood, too).

George was an avid basketball player and loved the game. He held scoring records at both Thayer Academy and UMASS. He was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks, but Walter Brown, owner of the Celtics at the time, wanted a local hero on his team. George then became a rookie for the Boston Celtics. He played with Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones and Tommy Heinsohn, to name a few. Trigger also played semi pro ball and scored 77 points in a single game…*without a 3-point line!*

While at UMASS, he held all the scoring records and became known as Trigger because he rarely missed a shot. It wasn’t until Julius (Dr. J) Erving joined the basketball team at UMASS that Trigger’s records were broken. Both Erving and Trigger have their jerseys (both #32) retired at UMASS. George upheld the name Trigger until his dying day, and he could shoot a basketball well into his later years. He used to love to show his own kids, the neighborhood kids, and any basketball player he came across, the proper way to shoot.

After a season with the Celtics, George decided to pursue a degree in law. He was very active in his community and became a politician. He was the first democrat to be elected city councilor in Quincy. He became councilor at large, was a state representative and was the youngest District Attorney of Norfolk County. He loved to tell people that he was acting mayor even though it was only for a month because he was city council president.  His passion was being an attorney and he worked until he was 89 years old.

Our father was an amazing man and words can’t really express how much he meant to us. He taught us the importance of hard work and the value of a good education. He taught us to make family a priority and how to love thy neighbor. He taught us the significance of God and having faith. He showed us the importance of giving back whenever possible and giving to those who are less fortunate. He taught us about being happy and he showed us how to have a good time. He taught us to be grateful for what we have, no matter what that is. We are blessed to have had such a great man as our father!

George is predeceased by his loving and devoted wife, Sandra Jean (Backofen) Burke and two sisters, Joyce (Burke) Welch and Marion Burke.

He is survived by 2 siblings: John F. Burke Jr. and his wife, the Honorable Nancy Fuerst; and his loving sister, Kathleen Burke.

He is survived by his 5 children: Jeannie Hanlon and her husband, Bill; Susan Burke-Lewis and her wife, Karin; Joanne Burke Sherman and her husband, Eric; George G. Burke III (and Tina Percy); and Debra.

He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren: Katie (Hanlon) Jakober and her husband, Derek; William (Billy) Hanlon and his wife, Kayla; Kerry Hanlon; Ezekiel George, Eilam Francis and Evania Ruth Rose Burke-Lewis; Trevor and Shane Sherman; Liam, Gwendolyn, Bryce and Maeve Burke; Sebastian and Clayton.

He is survived by one great grandchild: Eloise Sandra Ruth Jakober.

He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to  greet the family during the visiting hours on Feb. 25th,  Sunday 3-8 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 Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to Fr. Bills Place, 38 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Leslie Jose Ayson David, 60

Leslie Jose Ayson David, age 60, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, in the comfort of his loving wife, Ria.

Leslie David

Leslie was born and raised in Porac, Philippines, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Seminary in Angeles City. He attended college at the University of the Philippines in Baguio City and continued his education at Angeles University Foundation and at Systems Plus.

He lived in Quincy since immigrating to the United States in April of 2002.

Leslie was proud to work as an EMT and had been employed at Brewster Ambulance for over five years, where he made many friendships. Previously, he worked as an EMT at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for ten years.

He enjoyed playing basketball and loved to play the guitar. Leslie also loved to travel.

Most of all, Leslie was devoted to his family and friends.

Beloved husband for thirty-seven years of Ria Lyn (Salangad) David.

Devoted father of Lester Keith Salangad David and his wife Katherine of Woodland, Calif., and Leslie Marie Salangad David of Boston.

Loving son of Lucila (Ayson) David of Las Vegas, Nev. and the late Severino David.

Dear brother of Daisy Marie David and her husband Desiderio, Heidi Marie Kostizak and her husband William, all of Seattle, Wash., and Ced Anthony David and his wife Geraldine of Las Vegas, Nev.

Leslie 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 Sunday, February 25, 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, February 26, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

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

Gail M. Walter, 71

Gail M. (Calabro) Walter, of Quincy, died on February 15, 2024, at home surrounded by her family, after a courageous  three-year battle with ALS, she was 71.

Gail M. Walter

Loving mother of Charles Walter of Lake Worth,, FL. Cherished daughter of Katherine (Johnson) Calabro and the late Joseph Calabro.  Devoted sister of MaryLou Frisoli and her husband Bill of Weymouth, Linda Donovan of Quincy, Paul Calabro and his partner Vicki Compstom of Quincy and the late Brian Calabro. Gail was the cherished Grams to Shane, Nico and Taylor Walter all of FL. Loving aunt of Mary Beth, Melissa and Kevin. Great aunt of Rocco, Giuliana, Mila, Parker and Keira. Longtime friend of the Tinney Family of Quincy.

Gail grew up in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School Class of 1970. She worked as a medical secretary for many years. She enjoyed playing Keno, spend time at the beach and loved to cook. The center of her life were her grandchildren, she adored them and was very involved in their lives. Family was the foundation of her life.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life service will begin on Thursday at 12 noon in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers,donations in memory of Gail may be made to  Compassionate Care, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Angelo Ciraolo, 97

Angelo Ciraolo, age 97, of Hanover, formerly of Weymouth and Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Angelo was born in Sicily to the late Giuseppe and Pietra (Lamentola) Ciraolo. Raised and educated there, Angelo immigrated to the United States in 1947, as a young man of twenty-one years, arriving in Quincy. He has lived in Hanover for twenty years, previously in Weymouth and Quincy.

He was proudly employed as a union laborer for Local 133 in Quincy for many years.

Beloved husband of the late Rubina “Ruby” (Marino) Ciraolo.

Devoted father of Joseph Ciraolo of Weymouth, and pre-deceased by his sons, Robert N. Ciraolo and Peter Ciraolo.

Loving grandfather of Anthony Ciraolo.

The last of four siblings, Angelo was pre-deceased by Joseph Ciraolo, Frances Mancuso and Angela Costanza.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, February 20, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 720 Broad Street, Weymouth, on Wednesday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

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

 

Mark A. Driscoll, 43

Mark A. Driscoll, age 43, of Weymouth and formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, after battling a bacterial infection of his heart. He died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, surrounded by his loving family.

Mark A. Driscoll

Mark was born and raised in the Squantum neighborhood of Quincy. He was a graduate of Boston College High School, Class of 1998, and earned an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

Mark lived in Weymouth for the past eight years. He worked as an executive chef, beginning his career in the restaurant industry before transitioning to higher education. He most recently worked at Milton Academy and Dean College in Franklin.

Mark was a skilled chef who loved cooking for family and friends. He was an avid Boston sports fan and loved tending to his garden and growing his own fresh vegetables.

Mark always looked forward to summer trips to New Hampshire, spending time with his wife, son, and parents, and swimming in the freshwater streams. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his son, Logan, teaching him how to cook, playing chess, collecting basketball and football cards, playing and talking basketball, and playing catch.

Beloved husband for eight years of Christina M. (Alessandro) Driscoll.

Devoted father of Logan T. Driscoll.

Cherished son of Mary (Carta) and Thomas Driscoll of Quincy.

Loving brother of Brian T. Driscoll and his wife Amber of Kailua, HI, and Susan M. McNaught of Weymouth.

Much-loved uncle of Brody, Maddie, Rebecca, and Victoria.

At the request of the family, a celebration of Mark’s life will be held in July. Details to come.

Having spent the last decade in recovery, Mark was extremely supportive of helping those battling addiction. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to Meridian House, c/o North Suffolk Community Services, Inc., 301 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150.

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.