Katherine M. Mahoney, 60

Katherine M. Mahoney, 60, of Weymouth passed away October 19, 2019 surrounded by the love, comfort and care of family following a short illness.

Katherine M. Mahoney

She was the loving daughter of Virginia “Alice” Koceniak of Weymouth and the late John Ferullo. Devoted wife of 29 years to Philip Mahoney. Cherished mother of Olivia Mahoney of Weymouth, James Bunner of Quincy and Sergeant First Class Justin Damon of Weymouth.  She was the dear sister of John Ferullo of Quincy, Mark Koceniak of Rockland, Paul Koceniak of Weymouth and Jay Koceniak of Holbrook. Also survived by 4 grandchildren, aunts, uncles and extended family.

Kat was raised in Quincy and attended Quincy schools. She was a very talented cook, and enjoyed traveling, playing bingo, spending time with family and friends and visiting area casinos.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend her visiting hours Friday October 25 from 4:00-8:00pm at Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts 650 Hancock St. Quincy, MA 02170. Funeral and burial arrangements are private.

For more information and online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.

Quincy To Study Municipal Broadband Network


Citing concerns from residents over the cost of internet service and a lack of options, Quincy officials on Monday announced they are taking steps to study the feasibility of operating a fiber-optic broadband network in the city.

Mayor Thomas Koch and Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain made the announcement during a press conference inside the McIntyre Government Center.

“I hear constantly from people about lack of competition – some related to cable, some related to slowness of access to get onto the network,” Koch said. “This is something we’re very serious about looking at.”

“This is really a constituent- and resident-driven project,” said Cain, who authored a 2018 resolution asking the city to study the feasibility of creating a broadband municipal network.

“There is something that we hear when we are out talking to residents and constituents all the time, it’s ‘when are getting, when are we going to get options, when are we going to get cheaper internet with better service?’”

Cain said the plan would be to create a city-owned fiber-optic network. The city would lay the cable for the network, and residents and businesses would be able to select from a list of internet service providers who would use that network.

“What this project is really doing is separating the infrastructure from the services. We’re going to look at providing a city municipally owned utility, in the form of fiber/broadband, and allowing for different companies, internet service providers, to compete on that network, which will offer competition and eventually to bring the price down,” Cain said.

“The goal would be to eventually provide residents in the city of Quincy with internet as low as $50 a month, which is something I think that every can get behind.”

Those who prefer to stay with Comcast of Verizon would be able to do so.

As part of the process, the city will be surveying residents to gauge their interest in participating in the new network. The survey is available online at quincyfiber.com, a new website launched to explain the municipal broadband concept to residents. Koch said questions regarding municipal broadband could also be sent to residents on next year’s city census.

Entry Point Networks is working with Quincy officials to complete the study at a nominal cost to the city, Cain said. The company worked with the city of Ammon, Idaho, to install a similar network there, which “Fast Company” on Monday called the best fiber-optic network in the country.

It will likely be a year or more before installation of the new broadband network could commence, he said, and it would likely be done on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis depending on demand.

The total cost of the installing the new network has yet to be determined.

Serafino A. Ricci, 90

Serafino A. Ricci, age 90, of Ormond Beach, formerly of Braintree and Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Seaside Manor of Ormond Beach, in the comfort of his loving daughter.

Serafino A. Ricci

Serafino was born in Anversa, degli Abruzzi, Italy, to the late Attilio and Teresa (DiCesare) Ricci. Raised and educated in Anversa, he immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-one, after his marriage to Maria Nina Tiberi. They lived in Quincy for over twenty years before moving to Braintree where they resided for twenty-two years. Serafino had lived in Ormond Beach, Fla. for over twenty-five years.

He had worked at the former Polaroid Corporation as a crew chief for thirty-five years. Earlier, he had been employed as a barber and owner of the former Tony’s Barber Shop in North Quincy.

As a young man, he had served in the Italian Army.

Serafino was a kind and gentle man, who loved living in Florida. He was an avid walker and also enjoyed fishing. Most of all, Serafino was devoted to his family and especially to his cherished grandchildren.

Beloved husband of the late Maria Nina (Tiberi) Ricci. Devoted father of Teresa M. Gallo and her husband Robert of Kingston and Tilo J. Ricci of Weymouth. Loving grandfather of Renee Gallo, Michael Gallo, Branden Gallo and his wife Jami, Roman Ricci and Ryan Ricci. He was also grandfather of the late Stephanie Gallo.

The last of five siblings, he was pre-deceased by Costanzo Ricci, Connie DelVecchio, Jeanna Ricci, and Enrica Marcelli. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, October 25th at 8:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Serafino’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Rance J. Gillespie II, 53

Rance J. Gillespie II, age 53, of Squantum, died on October 21, 2019 after a courageous battle with a brain tumor.

Rance J. Gillespie II

The beloved husband of Susan (Miller) Gillespie of Squantum. Devoted father of Rance J. Gillespie III, US Navy, and Rachel Gillespie of Squantum. Cherished son of Rance J. Gillespie, Sr. and Susan F. (Kelly) Gillespie of Squantum. Brother of Lynne Beliveau and her husband Thomas of Westboro, Donald Gillespie and his wife Joan of Scituate and Kelly Gillespie of Squantum. Son-in-law of Jim and Kathy Miller of Ft. Meyer, FL. Brother-in-law of Jimmy Miller and Barbara and Paul Miller all of FL. Uncle of Donald & Jennifer, Amanda, Madison, Jessica, David, Julia and Kevin. Rance is also survived by many dear friends.

A lifelong Squantum resident. As a child, Rance spent many days at his beloved cove with family and friends. He was always the one people turned to and knew without a doubt, he was the one they could always depend on. He was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1984.

Rance was a devoted employee at MGH for 17 years, where he worked as a plumber. While at MGH, Rance made many dear friends.

He enjoyed fishing, boating and walking his dog.  He was beloved by many and a calming presence to all that were lucky enough to have known him. Although heartbroken at his loss, his family is grateful for all the blessings he brought into their lives. He will be sadly missed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Friday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Rance may be made to Mass General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Two Taken To Hospital After Friday Crash


Two Quincy residents were taken to South Shore Hospital following a three-car crash on Franklin Street late Friday afternoon.

The crash, near the intersection of Franklin Street and Independence Avenue, happened at 5:38 p.m. Friday, Sgt. Karyn Barkas said.

The driver of a 2002 Chevrolet SUV was headed southbound on Franklin Street at the time of the accident when he swerved into the northbound lane and struck two other vehicles, a 2018 Acura RDX and a 2018 Nissan Infiniti SUV, Barkas said.

The collision left the Chevrolet and the Infiniti stuck together, with the Infiniti pinned over the rock wall that separates the sidewalk from the Adams birthplaces. It took first responders an hour to clear the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 67-year-old Quincy man, had a medical issue that led to the crash and was taken to South Shore Hospital, Barkas said. The driver of the Infiniti, a 53-year-old Quincy woman, was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver and a passenger inside the Acura did not require transport to the hospital.

Barkas said no citations had been issued as of Monday morning.

Thomas A. Bagas, 72

Thomas A. Bagas of Quincy died peacefully on October 15, 2019 at age 72.

Thomas A. Bagas

Born in Brockton where he was raised and educated, he was the son of the late Alexander and Lucy (Nuovo) Bagas. He was the loving companion of Mary M. Pearson of Quincy; devoted brother of George Bagas and his wife Mary of Marco Island, FL; loving uncle of Susanne, Kathy and George; and is also survived by his cousins Maggie Madden and family of West Bridgewater and Thomas Monahan and family of Brockton.

Before retiring, Tom owned and operated Tom’s Lawnmower Shop. He then spent time fishing with John Griffin and the rest of his buddies at Marina Bay. An avid gardener, he provided Mary with garden salads every summer and dispensed advice to many friends and neighbors. The kindness he showed to family and friends will be greatly missed.

Special thanks are to be given the nursing staff at Alliance at Marina Bay, N. Quincy for their dedicated care of Tom during his time there.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 2:00 to 4:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. Funeral Services are omitted.

Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Charles H. Breen, 83

Charles H. Breen, 83, of Quincy died October 16, 2019.

The beloved son of the late Daniel P. and Evelyn (Patnode) Breen. Brother of Patricia Parkhurst of Carver, Dorothy Kiander of Norton and the late Daniel Breen and Katherine Bouve. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Charles worked in the shipping and receiving department at Premco Inc. in Hingham for many years retiring back in 2014. He was an avid New England sports fan and also enjoyed anything to do with John Wayne.

Charles will be remembered as a quiet man who cherished his family, he will be sadly missed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY, followed by a Celebration of Life service Monday at 7 PM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory Charles may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Avenue, Suite 214, Overland Park, KS 66202.

Burial will be at a later date.

See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

John W. Erickson

John W. Erickson, age 94, of Quincy passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 18 surrounded by his loving family.

John W. Erickson

Born in Quincy to the late Esther and Frederick Erickson, John was a lifelong Quincy resident, a graduate of Quincy Public Schools and retired from the city of Quincy Engineering Department.

Family was always at the center of John’s well-lived life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann (McDonald) Erickson with whom he recently celebrated 64 years of marriage on Oct. 8.  Loving father to Susan Paquette and her husband Jeffrey of Marshfield, John Erickson and his wife Carole of Rockland and Nancy Kobayashi and her husband Wesley of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.  Treasured Grampie to 8 grandchildren who cherished every moment spent with him, Courtney Bjorlin (Roy) and Jonathan Paquette (Laura) of Norwell, John Erickson (Heather) of Fairfield, CT, Daniel Erickson of Dallas TX, Kaleigh Erickson of Rockland, Ryan Kobayashi (Krista) of Brookline, Katie Kobayashi and James Kobayashi of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.  Cherished Great Grampie to Luke, Lucy and Joshua Bjorlin, Abigail, Thomas and John Paquette, and Faye and Liliana Erickson.  John is also survived by many close family members, nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his sisters Winifred Erickson and Jean Demetropoulis.

A man of tremendous faith, John was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish, serving as its first Eucharistic minister and lector.  Gifted with a beautiful voice, he enjoyed sharing his talent as a member of the choir and as a cantor. He was also a member of The Holy Name Society, twice receiving its “Man of the Year” award from the Archdiocese of Boston.

A member of the Cyril P. Morrissette Post, John proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific.

John’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. His life was a testament to his unwavering kind, caring nature and he will be dearly missed by all who were privileged to know him. An avid gardener, he took great pride in maintaining his beautifully kept yard.

His family would like to acknowledge and thank the extraordinary staff from Old Colony Hospice for their dedicated caregiving.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 115 Crescent Street, West Quincy, Thursday October 24 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Wednesday 4-8 PM. Interment Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

For information and directions, see dolanfuneral.com

Irene Alves

Irene (O’Neill) Alves of Quincy died October 17, 2019 peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family.

Irene adored her family and was a devout Catholic. She worked at Gillette in South Boston for 25 years until retiring. She was a gracious and brave woman who had a great sense of humor, even up until the end. She was fun, caring, and kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Daughter of the late John and Mary O’Neill. Loving mother of Eileen Mavilia of Randolph, John Alves and his wife Laura of Quincy, Joseph Alves of Randolph, James Alves of Braintree, Michael Alves of Dorchester, and Daniel Alves of Braintree. Cherished sister of Kathleen McGinn of Quincy and the late Anna, Eugene, and John. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Irene may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

James Butler, 60

James Butler, age 60, of Golden Drive, Winthrop and formerly of Quincy passed away at home on October 15, 2019.

Dear son of Elizabeth (Goldie) of Rowley and the late Thomas Butler. Former husband of Nancy (Costa) and father of Paul Butler of Arlington and Sarah Butler of Everett. Brother of Thomas Butler of West Barnstable, Anne Harrington of Scarborough, Maine, and Christopher Butler of Rowley. Grandfather of Vincent Allen and Ariel Butler.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Memorial Mass in the Holy Rosary Church 993 Shirley St., Winthrop on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM. Visiting hours are omitted and committal will be private.