George J. Wagner, 92

George J. Wagner, 92, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the Alliance Health West Acres Nursing Rehabilitation in Brockton.

George J. Wagner

Born in Boston on March 13, 1929, he was the son of the late John J. and Josephine (Vickery) Wagner. George was raised by his adoptive parents, the late George and Margaret Dodd. He attended local schools and graduated from North Quincy High School with the Class of 1947.

George worked as a youth director with the Middlesex County Training School for twelve years. He also worked for Catholic Charities for thirteen years. George was an escort for Beckham Travel Service in Canton. He enjoyed his work and the relationships he built throughout the years.

Known to many as “Uncle George,” George loved the City of Quincy and was very involved with his community. A man of great faith, he was an active communicant of Sacred Heart Church. George was a regular volunteer at Fr. Bill’s Place, the Crane Library, and a Sacred Heart Eucharistic minister. He was also a member of North Quincy Knights of Columbus, the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, the Sacred Heart Prayer Group, a booster of North Quincy High School, and an honorary member of the North Quincy High School Hall of Fame.

George was the loving brother of Loretta Dwyer and her late husband Edward of Maine. He was the dear friend of Marilyn Zimmerman and her late husband Ernie of Quincy, Edward Goodwin and his wife Helen of Canton, and George Goodwin and his wife Donna of Saugus. George is fondly remembered as “Uncle George” to Mark Zimmerman and his wife Kara of Quincy, Brian Zimmerman of Randolph, and Eric Zimmerman and his wife Maura.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, December 9, 2021, 9-10 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 Thursday, December 9, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Services will conclude with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Quincy.

Memorial contributions may be sent in George’s name to The Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

‘What Christmas Means To Me’ Show At Marriott Dec. 16, Dec. 17

JM Productions, Entertainment Producer in Quincy  “is back” after a 20-month hiatus presenting all new cabaret shows, concerts, dramas and more in a new location all while celebrating its 40 Anniversary.

JM has joined forces with The Marriott Hotel in Quincy to bring quality entertainment at reasonable prices to an upscale, hip and trendy venue.

On Dec. 16 and 17, JM presents “What Christmas Means to Me” – a dining and musical event featuring high quality music with a superb cast of performers. There is also a sing-along and holiday contest for audiences and a matinee and evening performance. Tickets are obtained at https://ticketstothecity.com/jm

Susan M. Galvin, 78

Susan M. Galvin of Quincy passed away on December 2, 2021 at age 78.

She was a graduate of Quincy High School class of 1960.

Susan is survived by her loving brothers Gerard and Stephen Galvin.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, December 8 4:00PM-7:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. On Thursday, there will be a Mass at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Quincy.

Burial to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Memorial donations may be made St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org/donate.

Leona T. Doran, 94

Leona T. (Handrahan) Doran, of Quincy, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. She was 94.

Leona T. Doran

Born in Pisquid, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on April 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Gillian) Handrahan. She grew up on a farm that overlooked the Pisquid River, one of the most beautiful places in the world, a paradise except for the mosquitos. At the age of 10, Leona’s father died leaving her 18-year-old brother, six other sisters, and mother to work that farm, where they all learned to work and to take care of each other. She was the first to buy a car (an old Ford Model A that used as much oil as gas) by saving her extra berry picking and egg grader money.

When Leona didn’t find a husband, her and her sister Evelyn left home to the “land of opportunity” where there were jobs and no mosquitos. Once in America, they lived on Columbus Avenue in Boston. They would go to “Canadian Dances” where Leona met John G. Doran, a fisherman from Holyrood, Newfoundland, who swept her off her feet. The two married and John went off to do his military duty. Little known fact, John Doran’s good buddy, Frank Manning, ended up marrying Leona’s sister Evelyn.

John and Leona, both coming from large families, spent much time visiting with them. She worked hard, saved her money, and ended up in North Quincy, a home she loved that constantly evolved. Building that house was a labor of love, her brother-in-law Joseph McIsaac and Winsel Larkin did most of the carpentry, though John and Leona certainly did their part as well.

In the mid ‘70s, they purchased the family farm in PEI, a place she couldn’t part with, even though she was unable to travel to it the past few years. The old farmhouse deteriorated, and a new one was built in the ‘80s. The bulk of the building was done by John, Leona, young John, and his future wife Robin. They would spend a good part of their summers with family and friends, enjoying their island paradise. They would work on the house, have visitors, play many card games, attended local dances, and church suppers.

Throughout her life Leona had many dogs. Most of the time she had to have two dogs, because it was too heartbreaking when one would die. Her last companion was Claudia, a German shepherd rescue from Memphis, who kept her on her toes and gave her lots of company in the last few years.

Leona was a nurturer and liked to watch things grow. She always had a garden and over the years it got larger and larger. Then came the problem of what to do with the extra, you can only eat so much. She would end up peddling veggies to many neighbors, family members, or whoever else came by. She would even bring tomatoes to her doctor’s appointments.

Leona was a woman that always kept busy.  From painting the house to cut the grass, sealing the driveway to shingling her roof, Leona was not afraid to get her hands dirty. She would walk her dogs about 5 miles a day up until, she was hit by a car at age 86, at which time she sustained many injuries. It set her back, but she bounced back to a point. Leona had trouble staying idle, so to keep her busy, she braided rugs, made quilts, afghans, knitted hats, scarfs, and sweaters, made all the draperies in the house, stripped and refurbished furniture. She was even known to make some of her own clothes.

She was certainly independent, possibly due to John G. being away a lot and then left for good 10 years ago. Because of some declining health issues, Leona had to give up some of her duties. In the later years, she paid someone to paint the house and coat the driveway. She even gave up cutting the grass and snow blowing.

The last two years the climate was against her, and the garden was a little disappointing, but she still got a few tomatoes up to the neighbors. All in all, Leona was able to stay in her home with her dog and continue to occasionally drive her car, even though her son was opposed to it. It took the coronavirus to take her down. So please, take this virus seriously, get the vaccine, wear your mask and hopefully it will go away before it takes anyone else.

Leona was the beloved wife of the late John G. Doran, who died in 2011. Devoted mother of John W. Doran and his spouse Robin of Greenfield. Loving grandmother of Hillary J. Doran of FL. Dear sister Alicia Woodburn of NH. Preceded in death by her siblings: Ida Ostridge, Zeta McAree, Genevieve McIsaac, Mary St. John, Chester Handrahan, and Evelyn Manning. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 9-10 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 Tuesday, December 7, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

The family requests face masks to be worn.

Services conclude with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

A celebration of Leona’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Leona may be sent to your local animal shelter or the charitable organization of one’s choice.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Peter T. Flowers, 76

Peter T. Flowers, age 76, of Quincy, formerly of Milton and Dorchester, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at John Adams HealthCare Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

Peter T. Flowers

Peter was born in New York City, N.Y., raised and educated in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

He lived in Quincy for seven years, previously in Milton for over twenty years, and earlier in Dorchester for fifteen years.

Peter was proud to have volunteered with the Peace Corps in the early 1970s, serving in Iran.

He was employed as a mechanical engineer for many years and was proud to start his own business, Actinica, later in his career. Skilled in design, he was granted seven patents over the course of his career.

A creative person, Peter had an interest in photography as well as art. He also enjoyed music, especially Rock ‘n Roll, and was a roadie in the 1970s. He was an avid fan of Formula One racing.

Beloved husband for forty-four years of Mary (D’Aloisio) Flowers. Devoted father of Ashley F. Fleming and her husband Liam of Braintree, Jake L. Flowers of Berlin, Germany. Loving grandfather of Molly H. and Margot O. Fleming

At the request of the family, services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Peter’s memory may be made to John Adams HealthCare Center, 211 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

The Flowers family would like to acknowledge the staff at John Adams HealthCare Center for the compassionate care provided to Peter over these past many years.

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

Joseph A. Brill, 66

Joseph A. “Joe” Brill passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the age of 66.

Joseph A. Brill

Raised in Houghs Neck, Quincy. Graduate of Quincy High, Class of 1974.  Joe was a United States Navy veteran. Retired from Delta Airline after 30 years, also retired from the Mass State Lottery and was currently working as a liaison/manager for the Quincy Parks Dept.

Joe lived a life of giving back. He was commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 294, financial officer for Morrisette Post and assistant chaplain of the Quincy Veterans Council. He took pride in helping veterans. A few things close to his heart was the observance of Flags at Veterans Island in Fort Square, Harvey’s Saltwater Fishing Club Vets Day and so much more.

Joe was the biggest Red Sox fan and was well known and loved by everyone at Fenway, where he has attended more games than you can imagine. He suffered a massive heart attack at Fenway in September 2013 and then threw out the first pitch almost a year to the day later. Joe would always thank the first responders who saved his life.

Joe dedicated many years to coaching and mentoring many kids throughout Little League and many organizations in the City of Quincy. To say that he loved his city was an understatement. Joe would light up a room and had a presence like no other, his smile and quirky, corny jokes will be missed.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife Theresa M. Brill; loving father to Victoria Brill of Albany, NY and Andrew Panagraze of Holbrook. Joseph is also survived by his parents Robert P. Brill Sr. and Clementine DeAngelis of Houghs Neck; Brother of Donna Rowan of Quincy, Richard Brill of Quincy, Catherine Brill of Braintree, and the late John F. and Robert P. Brill; Also survived by his loving nieces and nephew, Amanda Rowan, Sara Al-Janabi and Adam Al-Janabi.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Sunday, December 5th from 2:00-6:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm Street, Quincy Center. On Monday there will be a Mass at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Parish Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Quincy.

The family asks that masks please be worn. Masks will be provided.

In Joe’s memory, donations can be made to Quincy Veteran Services, 24 High School Ave, Quincy, MA 02169 or the American Heart Association at heart.org.

25th Annual Salvation Army Community Leader Kettle Dec. 1, Dec. 8 At Hancock-Adams Common

The 25th annual Community Leader Kettle to benefit The Salvation Army Quincy Corps will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 8 near Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., Quincy Center.

Salvation Army Logo

The kettle will be set up in the Hancock-Adams Common near the John Adams Statue.

Kettle hours both days are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last hour shift will start at 3 p.m.

More than 40 civic and city leaders are volunteering their time to ring the bell at the community leader kettle. The kettle to benefit The Salvation Army was established in 1997 – 25 years ago – by the late Henry W. Bosworth, Jr., founder and longtime publisher of The Quincy Sun.

 

Mr. Bosworth, who coordinated the kettle for many years, passed away in February 2009. He was a longtime member of the Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board. For the last 13 years, Mr. Bosworth’s son – Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth – has coordinated the community leader kettle. Robert Bosworth has also served as a member of The Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Over the past 24 years, the kettle has raised more than $110,000. Last year’s kettle raised $4,300 bringing the 24-year total to $113,416. That amount also includes several “Christmas In July” kettle standouts held in Quincy Center during some summer months that also supported the Quincy Salvation Army and its mission of helping the needy during the holiday season and year-round. The July kettles raised $9,249.

Capt. Adam Boynton, corps officer of The Salvation Army on Baxter Street in Quincy, said the Red Christmas Kettle campaign continues to be the strongest form of fundraising for the Salvation Army in Quincy. Donations are used year round to support the less fortunate. This year’s kettle campaign goal is $120,000.

“As we continue to deal with the effects and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see more people in need asking for our help with food, utilities and rent,” Boynton said.

“Please consider donating as you pass a Red Kettle, located at Walmart, Star Market, Shaw’s, Hobby Lobby, South Shore Plaza and Stop and Shop. Think about it: if even half of the residents of Quincy gave $5 we would exceed our goal.”

Here is the line-up of volunteers manning the Community Leader kettle:

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

9 a.m. – Mayor Thomas Koch and Auto Dealer Dan Quirk.
10.m. – School Committee Member Frank Santoro, Don Uvanitte, Eastern Insurance and Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board; City Clerk Nicole Crispo and Norfolk County Commissioner Joe Shea.
11 a.m. – School Committee Member Emily Lebo and Ed and Joan Keohane, Salvation Army Advsiory Board.
Noon – School Committee Member-Elect Tina Cahill; Tim Cahill, president, Quincy Chamber of Commerce and School Committee Member Paul Bregoli.
1 p.m. – State Rep. Tackey Chan, QATV Executive Director Jonathan Caliri and School Committee member Kathryn Hubley.
2 p.m. Quincy Veterans Council Commander Daniel Tinney (2022), QVC Past Commander Robert LaFleur and Christine Cugini, administrative secretary Quincy Veterans Services.
3 p.m. Quincy Veterans Council Commander Charles Hurd (2021), QVC Senior Vice Commander Steve Dunlea and Councillor at-Large Noel DiBona.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

9 a.m. – Ward 5 Councillor Chuck Phelan, Maralin Manning, Salvation Army Advisory Board; and Dr. John Pasciucco, Salvation Army Advisory Board.
10 a.m. – Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell, Rep. Bruce Ayers, Quincy Veterans Services Director George Nicholson and Veterans Services Graves Registration Officer George Bouchard.
11 a.m. – Karen Giovanniello and Carol Lowd, Quincy Lions Club and Amy Huber, senior vice president, NorthEast Community Bank.
Noon – Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott; Barbara Clarke, president, Quincy Rotary Club; and Isobel Bertman, Rogers Jewelry and Salvation Army Advisory Board.
1 p.m. – NQHS Principal Keith Ford, QHS Principal Larry Taglieri, Norfolk County Dist. Atty. Mike Morrissey and Norfolk County Treasurer Mike Bellotti.
2 p.m. – Ward 2 Councillor Anthony Andronico, School Committee Member Doug Gutro and Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth.
3 p.m. – Quincy College President Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Jack Raymer, director of Athletics, Quincy College; and School Committee member Courtney Perdios.

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr., 87

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr., of Quincy, formerly of East Weymouth.

Thomas D. Curtin, Jr.

Family and friends mourn the death of Tom Curtin, 87, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and all-around terrific guy who fought hard, despite his medical challenges, to spend more time with them.  He passed away on November 28.

Tom leaves his wife of 62 years, Barbara; his three children, Barbara Graceffa and her husband Philip, Thomas Curtin III and his wife Deborah, and Carole Corthell and her husband Bruce; and grandchildren Samantha and Thomas Curtin and Haley Corthell. A long-time resident of East Weymouth, he was raised in South Boston, son of Thomas and Ruth Curtin. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia.

As a younger man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and many sports including football, handball, softball, and swimming. In later years, he played golf with his son and friends from the Weymouth Elks. He was often in the bleachers as his children and grandchildren played baseball, softball, and soccer.

Always one to volunteer when needed, Tom gladly stepped up to play Santa at the company Christmas parties, to coach Weymouth Little League, and to care for his grandchildren whom he loved “the mostest.” He was an avid reader and craftsman and enjoyed his annual vacations to Cape Cod. As a supply specialist in the United States Army, Tom proudly served his country and was recently recognized in a veterans’ event in Quincy. Tom leaves a lasting legacy of love, hard work and, most of all, good humor.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Weymouth Senior Center or Weymouth Food Pantry.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Thursday from 9:30-10:45 AM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home EAST WEYMOUTH at 3 Charles Street (corner of Charles & Middle Street) followed by a service at 11 AM in the funeral home. Burial in MA National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 PM.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr., 64

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr. of Quincy passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at age 64.

Frank C. Magnoli, Jr.

Frank was raised and educated in Weymouth. He worked as a plumber for Spataro Plumbing and Boston Medical Center for over 40 years.

Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Santina “Sandy” Spataro; his loving parents Frank C. Magnoli and Helen Tanguay; He is survived by his loving children Ross Magnoli and his wife Brandi of Whitman, Melissa Robinson and her husband Matthew of Quincy; dear brother of Patricia Carey of Whitman, Michele Fitzgibbons and her husband Charlie of Marshfield; loving grandfather of Bryan, Johnny, Kiera, Nathan, Giana and Reese, and dear great grandfather of Arya; Frank was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, December 2nd 4:00-8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm Street, Quincy Center. On Friday there will be a Mass at St. Joseph Church at 10:00AM. Following there will be a burial at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.