Daniel T. Wong, 75

Daniel T. Wong, age 75, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, April 1, 2024, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Daniel T. Wong

He was born on April 27, 1948, in China, to Chap Yuen and Lin Chu Wong. He was a 1979 graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He moved to Boston and married Lillian Wong on September 1, 1973. He worked as a Systems Officer at State Street Corporation for over 20 years. After he retired, he got bored and worked as a part-time realtor for leisure for a few years. Daniel truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, eating, watching movies, game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud, cooking shows and spending time with his family.

Daniel was a very friendly, genuine and easy going person. He had a natural ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He had always enjoyed helping others without expecting anything in return.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; two sons, Edward and Michael; daughter, Jennifer; grandson, Eden; four sisters, Sandra (Victor), Susanna (Carland), Linda (Patrick) and Helen (Kin) and brother-in-law, Ming (Ching); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family, friends, and others whose lives Daniel touched are invited to attend his visiting hours at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy, MA, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024. A procession will leave the funeral home to go to Daniel’s home (Quincy) before his interment at Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.

Maureen E. Murphy, 92

Maureen E. (Bannerman) Murphy, 92, passed peacefully on April 10, 2024, at Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Maureen E. Murphy

She was born on June 28th, 1932, in Glasgow, Scotland, the proud daughter of John and Mary (Fitzsimmons) Bannerman. Maureen lived in her childhood home with her family throughout World War Two. The challenges they faced together during that time created a family bond and a collective passion for life that would never be broken. After the war, she graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1950 and from Notre Dame College of Education in 1954 with a degree in Education. She then began a long career as a teacher both in her native country and after immigrating to the United States in 1962. After meeting Richard Murphy at church in 1963, they married in 1966 and enjoyed a fifty-eight year marriage together.

Maureen was a sixty-two year resident of Quincy and was immersed in every aspect of community life through St. Ann’s Parish as a Parish lector and CCD instructor as well as multiple charitable organizations. Maureen’s compassion for those who had less began at a young age through her parent’s example. They provided their children a platform for a lifelong commitment to others through their faith, empathy, and belief in the human spirit.  Her multiple forms of self-expression through painting, writing, crocheting, and singing reflected the Bannerman family spirit. Most importantly, Maureen was present in all that she attempted and always gave the task at hand or the people in her presence her very best. Maureen never met a stranger, and her engaging and compassionate manner made her part of the world a little bit better. She shared many interests with her husband, Richard, including traveling, the outdoors, leisure activities, and a love of Boston pro sports teams. Maureen was also her own woman: determined, clever, fiercely loyal, and family centered. She loved to laugh and was even happier when others joined in. Her kindness for her fellow man was only surpassed by her love of her family, particularly her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, he was predeceased by her husband Richard, brother John (Invergordon, Scotland), and brother Charles Bannerman (Needham, Mass). She is survived by her sister Margaret Bannerman (Bellingham), daughter Clare of Quincy, sons Brian of Port Richey, Florida, John and wife Erin (Henry), of Brooklet, Georgia, Paul of Westerly, RI, and Kevin and wife Brianne (Pearce), of Hanover, as well as his beloved grandchildren Alessandra, Domenic, Shay, Eamon, Declan, Cora, Cullen and Hazel along with multiple godchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, April 15 4-7 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home NORTH WEYMOUTH at 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A – Bicknell Square) followed by the Funeral Mass the next day on Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 am at Divine Mercy Parish (formerly St. Ann’s) 757 Hancock St., Wollaston, MA 02170. The interment will take place at Saint Mary’s Cemetery at 115 Crescent St., Quincy, MA 02169 after Mass. For those who wish to remember Maureen in a special way, in lieu of flowers the family asks to make gifts in her memory to Father Bill’s Kitchen in Quincy (helpfbms.org).

Maureen will be missed by many but leaves a powerful legacy of fellowship and compassion for others as a Christian, a proud Scot, and a grateful American citizen. Her love of laughter, the simple pleasures of life, and beautiful smile will live with all of us. She completed a full life, and his family and friends are eternally grateful for that fact.

Maureen lived with gratitude, faith, and grace until the end. We are all so proud of her.

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ― Mother Teresa.

Judith Sudak, 73

Judith “Judy” Sudak, a longtime resident of Quincy, originally from Dorchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.  She was 73.

Judith Sudak

Judy was born in Boston to Mary (Lee) and Harry Lawson and raised in Dorchester with her 4 siblings.  Judy worked for many years as a driver for special needs students and took pride in caring for the students she drove to school.

In her spare time, Judy was her happiest spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  At home she could often be found knitting or crocheting and had quite a talent for it. Before becoming ill she loved to travel and take long trips with her family and friends.

Judy was caring, charismatic and had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Devoted mother to Lisa Carrigan of Woburn and Teri Sudak of Braintree.  Loving grandmother “Grams” to Thomas “Papa” Brogna and “Nana” to Lily Lembo-Sudak.  Caring sister to Richard Lawson.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mary Lawson and her siblings, Donna, Michael “Micky” Lawson and Jackie Lawson.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, April 18th, at 10:30 AM, at St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Judy may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Julie R. DiSciacca, 74

Julie R. DiSciacca, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Quincy, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2024 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers Florida. She was 74.

Julie R. DiSciacca

Julie was born in New Haven Connecticut on Jan. 10, 1950 and was a daughter of the late Joseph Pasipanki and Late Virginia Rogers (DelGrego), Julie was raised in New Haven where she attended and graduated from Hillhouse High School, New Haven, Connecticut.

She met the love of her life Charlie at the House Of Zodiac in Hartford, Connecticut in 1970, and were married July 5, 1971, which turned out to be an amazing life and love story. She worked as a Manager of Daley’s Restaurant in Easton, MA, which is where she became famous for her chocolate cake. She went on to start a catering business with Charlie and continued using her talent as a pastry chef. Once she retired from catering she studied hard in 2001 to earn her real estate license, which is when she went to work for Century 21 annex in Quincy, Massachusetts, until she retired.

Julie was the beloved wife to the late Charles Vincent DiSciacca, Jr. with whom she shared 52 wonderful years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Rene’-Lynn DiSciacca, amazing loving Nana to Isabella Giavanna DiSciacca, both of Quincy, MA and loving mother to Danielle Damiani (DiSciacca) and her husband Robert of Richmond, Virginia. She was the dear sister of Diane Sabo and her late husband Charlie, Maryann Butler and her late husband Billy, Brother Joeseph Pasipanki and his late wife Fran, Sister in law Rosann and her later brother Tommy Rogers as well as her late sister Gloria Sawicki and her late husband Teddy all from New Haven, Connecticut. She is also survived by her canine companions Cora Charlee, Coco, Autumn, Timber “Joey”, Cosmo, & Buddy, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy, MA. A Celebration of life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, prior to the Funeral Mass in Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy, MA at 10:30 a.m.

Cremation will follow and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Julie may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

See www.keohane.com for directions ad online condolences.

By 4-2 Vote, Lunar New Year Will Not Be A School Holiday

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy School Committee on Wednesday a calendar for the 2024-25 academic year that will keep schools open on Lunar New Year, despite a push from parents and community members make it a school holiday.

The committee voted 4-2 to approve the calendar for the 2024-25 school year that does not include Lunar New Year as a day on which schools will be closed. Committee members Paul Bregoli, Douglas Gutro, Kathryn Hubley and Emily Lebo voted in favor of the calendar. Mayor Thomas Koch, the committee’s chairperson, and Courtney Perdios voted against it. Tina Cahill, the committee’s vice chairperson, was not in attendance for the meeting.

Parents and other community members had called for schools to close on Lunar New Year, which will next be celebrated on Jan. 29, 2025. During the open forum portion of Wednesday’s meeting, five people spoke in favor of adding the holiday and the school board received 13 letters in support of it (one person sent two letters). Others had spoken in favor of adding the holiday at the March 20 committee meeting, and a similar effort to add the holiday was made last spring.

During Wednesday’s meeting, prior to the vote on the calendar for the upcoming school year, Perdios made a motion to amend it so that schools would be closed on Lunar New Year. Perdios said the only concerns she had heard about adding the holiday had come from her colleagues on the committee.

“We had 45 minutes again earlier this meeting hearing from members of our community about why this is so important,” Perdios said. “In the last two weeks since we’ve had this discussion, I have not had anyone reach out in opposition to adding Lunar New Year. The only concerns I have heard have been in this room by this committee. I have not heard anyone else articulate any concern that giving Lunar New Year off would alienate or devalue other cultures.”

No one on the committee seconded Perdios’ motion to amend the calendar. After Perdios had made her motion, Lebo made a motion to move the question – meaning to end discussion and vote on the calendar as proposed – which Hubley seconded.

Before the committee could vote on the motion to move the question, Koch reiterated his support for making Lunar New Year a school holiday, which he had voiced at the March 20 meeting. Koch said it took him some time to warm up to the idea of adding the holiday because he was concerned about what would happen if the district had too many snow days, but Quincy has had fewer snow days in recent years than in the past.

Quincy has long been a city of immigrants, Koch added, and the city respects all its cultures. He said it was time to honor the Asian American community by adding the holiday.

“I do believe we respect everybody in the city, but it’s that issue of going that little extra mile, honoring that newest immigrant group to our city. They are here in large numbers. They’re contributing to the city in so many ways,” Koch said. “With that, I will be voting against calendar as proposed because it does not include the Lunar New Year.”

The motion to move the question ultimately failed in a 3-3 vote, with Gutro – who said he wanted to explain the reasoning for his vote on the calendar – joining Koch and Perdios in voting against it.

Gutro said the school calendar treats all cultures and religions the same and includes a list of major religious and cultural observances, like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Eid al-Fitr and Lunar New Year, among others. If the school system were to close for a new holiday, it should also be a holiday for city employees, he said.

“My feeling is if we choose to value one cultural or religious holiday over another, that we should make it a citywide holiday so an entire family could celebrate,” Gutro said. “I don’t understand how you value a culture if the student has the day off but the parent who works for the Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department, Parks Department, Treasurer’s Office and so on don’t get the same day off.

“So those employees go to work while their kids are at home, they need to pay someone to watch the kid or use a vacation day. What’s a vacation day? In Quincy Public Schools language, it’s an excused absence.”

In addition, Gutro said that Good Friday, currently a day on which schools are closed, should no longer be treated differently from other holidays. At the next School Committee meeting, Gutro said he planned to introduce a motion to ask the superintendent to add Good Friday to the list of topics that will be discussed in the next round of negotiations with the unions that represent school employees.

Lebo, who said Quincy will have its first community celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi next month, said she would prefer the schools only be closed on state and federal holidays.

“I would personally not have to discuss this again and say our policy is that we follow the state and federal holidays, because we’re making holidays up,” Lebo said. “Should we make Holi a holiday next year because we have a population in Quincy that’s celebrating it and is asking for some cultural recognition?”

Perdios said she would support having a discussion about school holidays in the school board’s equity, diversity and inclusion subcommittee. Koch said removing holidays from the school calendar could create issues.

“Just like we’re talking about a lot of people being out the day of Lunar New Year, which creates an issue, if we take one away, there are folks that are going to be out that day that we’re going to have concerns about not only…the students but the teachers who may be celebrating that,” the mayor said. “As you know, we have challenges filling sub spots now.”

Among those who spoke during the open forum section of Wednesday’s meeting was Frank Santoro, a former member of the School Committee. Brookline does not have school on Jewish holidays because of low attendance on those days, he said, and Boston has no school on March 17, not because it is Evacuation Day, but because it is St. Patrick’s Day.

“All the cities and towns across the state as well as country where there is a large Asian population, they establish Lunar New Year so families can celebrate with their children on that day,” Santoro said. “We too should do the same.”

City Councillor Nina Liang was among those who wrote letters to the School Committee in support of closing schools on Lunar New Year. She said elected officials are elected to be the voices of their constituents.

“The majority of the population in our schools identify as AAPI, and the students have made their voices heard ad nauseum on this matter. They are the future of this city, and we have a responsibility to them,” Liang said. “We are elected to represent the voices of the people, and the people – the students – have spoken. Who are we to ignore them? What message do we send if we tell them no to a simple effort at equity and respect?”

Ben Hires, the CEO of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, also submitted a letter to the School Committee. He said that Lunar New Year “is one of the most significant cultural celebrations observed by millions of people around the world, particularly those of East Asian descent.”

“In our diverse and inclusive school community, it is imperative that we honor and respect the traditions and cultures of all our students, staff and families,” Hires said. “By recognizing Lunar New Year as a school holiday, we not only acknowledge the importance of this cultural celebration but also demonstrate our commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity and understanding.”

According to the calendar for the 2024-25 school year approved by the committee, the first day of school for students in grades 1-9 will be Sept. 4. Students in grades 10-12 will begin classes on Sept. 5. Orientation for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten is Sept. 6 and the first day of classes for those grades is Sept. 9.

The last day for high school seniors will be June 2. The final day for other students would be June 18 if there are no snow days and, if five days of school need to be made up, the last day for students would be June 26.

Schools will be closed on Oct. 14 for Columbus Day; Nov. 5 for Election Day; Nov. 11 for Veterans Day; Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving; Jan. 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; April 18 for Good Friday; May 26 for Memorial Day; and June 19 for Juneteenth.

Winter recess will run from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. February vacation will run from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23. April vacation will run from April 19 through April 27.

Roberta A. Casey, 84

Roberta A. Casey, better known as “Bobbie”, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2024.  She was 84.

Roberta A. Casey

She was born in Boston to Roberta A. (Tangstrom) and Stanley J. Provost and raised in Quincy, specifically the Houghs Neck area.  She graduated from Cardinal Cushing High School and went on to work as an administrative assistant with Broadway Electric in Boston.  She worked there for over 25 years before retiring.

Bobbie was very active.  She played softball, loved boating, road her bike and was part of a bowling league for many years. She was a devoted parishioner of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church for her whole life.  There she sang for weddings and funerals.  When she was home, she was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. When she wasn’t with family she was with “The Club”, a group of her lifelong friends that she grew up with.

Bobbie wasn’t just active; she was full of life.  She had a great sense of humor, loved to sing, party and dance and was a genuine joy to be around. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Devoted mother to David E. Casey.  Loving sister to Marion Knudsen of Quincy, Lorraine Provost of Pembroke, Rhonda Provost-Benyo of CA, Janice Gilmore of Quincy, John Provost of Beverly, and Theresa Murphy of Quincy. Cherished grandmother to Molly Casey and Bryan Gilligan, Great-grandmother to Ryder, and a beloved Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Friday, April 19th at 10:30 AM at the Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, MA.  Burial will be at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Roberta’s name to the charitable organization of one’s choice.

John S. ‘Jack’ Hirtle, 74

John S. “Jack” Hirtle, of Quincy, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 6, 2024. He was 74.

John S. Hirtle

John was born in Weymouth on July 22, 1949 and was the son of the late John H. and Marjorie A. (Whelton) Hirtle. He was raised in Rockland, attended local schools, and attended Rockland High School. Later in life John earned his CDL license and drove tractor trailers until his retirement.

John (Jack) was the devoted father of Jaclyn Collings of Quincy, John Votta her partner from Norfolk. Father of  Kimberly Joslyn and her husband Raymond of Rockland. He was the loving grandfather of Sarah Savoy and her husband Thomas of Rockland and Amanda Allen and her husband Thomas of West Bridgewater. He was the loving great grandfather of Vivian and Valerie Savoy, both of Rockland. John was the dear brother of Paula Hennessey and her late husband Paul of Quincy, Marie Fraser and her late husband Ernest of New Jersey, Tim Hirtle and his wife Lena of Texas, Peter Hirtle and his wife Ruth of Quincy, the late Kathy Cwik and her surviving husband Tom of Methuan, the late Barbara Bennett, and the late Kevin Hirtle. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, April 18, 2024, 9-11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. 

His funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 11 a.m. in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. 

Services will conclude with interment in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in John’s name to the charitable organization of one’s choice.

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

Maryanne Fitzgerald Dailey

Maryanne Fitzgerald Dailey (Bana Fitz), of Onset, MA, formerly of Weymouth and Boston, died April 5, 2024, after a valiant battle with lung disease. Adored daughter of the late Joe and Anne Fitzgerald. Loving mother of Maryanne “Coco” Dailey, Jack Dailey, Katie McCaffrey, Nancy O’Malley and her husband Mickey. Cherished Bana (Baby Nana) to Jack and Jay T Seward-Dailey, Jillian, Jake, Shana, and Joe Zinkus, Grace, Nora, Maggie, and Molly O’Malley. Great Bana to Wyatt and Maddie Rhodes, Fin Zinkus and Brendan Glover. Bana loved her granddogs, Pandy and Rosie, who brought her so much joy. Also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews and her loyal friend, Gail Regan. Former spouse of Michael V. Dailey.

Maryanne Fitzgerald Dailey

Bana Fitz was a beautiful, resilient, selfless, courageous, smart, and witty soul, known for her authentic spirit and great sense of humor. She was a woman of deep faith who always put others first. She was overjoyed to see Pope John Paul II walk past her and her daughter Nancy during Palm Sunday Mass in 1994. She cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was so proud to boast about their accomplishments. She especially enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting or school events over the years. She loved watching Jeopardy and British detective shows, indulging in nostalgic movies and programs and listening to great music. She was a dedicated lover of gardening and was always amazed at God’s small miracles when a plant grew from seeds or bulbs. Bana delighted in watching Boston Sports Teams play, with a special affinity for the Sox and Bruins. Her favorite meal was a perfectly cooked prime rib paired with a glass of wine, especially enjoyed while playing Keno with a baseball or hockey game on in the background. On special occasions, she relished a nice glass of Jameson, raising a toast to life’s joys and challenges. Bana had a thirst for knowledge and delighted in teaching others by example. We will speak more about this incredible woman as we celebrate her life this weekend.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, April 12th, from 4-8 PM at the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, 809 Main Street, Weymouth, MA, 02190. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 13th, at 10:30 AM at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, South Boston, MA. Please allow extra time for on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood as there is only a very small lot onsite. Guests are encouraged to meet at the church the morning of the funeral as there will be no formal celebrations held at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Martin Richard Foundation , 1452 Dorchester Avenue, 4th Floor, Dorchester, MA 02122.

Five Running Boston Marathon In Support Of ALS Research

Five runners will participate in this year’s 128th Boston Marathon in support of The Angel Fund for ALS Research, a 501 (c)(3) independent charity that benefits ALS research at UMass Chan Medical School.

The five marathoners include veteran runners Matt Bergin, running his 34th consecutive Boston Marathon; Meghan King, running her 22nd consecutive Boston Marathon; Ryan Osterlind running his second Boston Marathon; and Kiel Anderson and MaryLu Klum who are running their first Boston Marathon for The Angel Fund for ALS Research.

The Angel Fund team has been raising funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMass Chan Medical School Day Lab under the direction of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr., a world-renowned researcher in the field of ALS.

“We are grateful to our supporters who are running for Team ALS in this year’s Boston Marathon, and we look forward to following them throughout the marathon and celebrating their efforts when they cross the finish line,” said Quincy native Rich Kennedy, the president of The Angel Fund for ALS Research and a former longtime Boston Marathon runner. “They are truly an inspiration to all.”

The team members have created fundraising pages which enable supporters to donate and to learn more about the runner and his/her inspiration behind their fundraising efforts. To donate to the runners and to read their stories, visit www.theangelfund.org. To follow the runners’ progress during and after the Boston Marathon on April 15th, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s webpage at www.baa.org.

In addition to the Boston Marathon team, The Angel Fund conducts fund raising events throughout the year which, along with other individual and corporate donations, have been beneficial in helping make significant strides in ALS research. For a list of upcoming events, visit The Angel Fund website, www.theangelfund.org.  Donations to the Angel Fund can also be made online at www.theangelfund.org, or can be sent to The Angel Fund, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.