Antonio Iacovangelo, 92

Antonio Iacovangelo, age 92, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, June 13, 2024 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, in the comfort of his loving wife, Giovanna.

Antonio Iacovangelo

Antonio was born in Manfredonia, Province of Foggia, Italy, to the late Lorenzo and Caterina (Palumbo) Iacovangelo. He was raised and educated there. Antonio immigrated to the United States in 1971, arriving in Quincy, and had lived in Quincy ever since.

He worked for many years as a laborer with Laborers Local Union 133.

Antonio was a member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of M. Giovanna (Volpe) Iacovangelo.

Devoted father of the late Caterina Iacovangelo.

The last of five siblings, he was the dear brother of the late Pasquale Iacovangelo, Tomasina Lauriola, Michele Iacovangelo, and Matteo Iacovangelo.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Tuesday, June 18, from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

To leave the Iacovangelo family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.

 

Barbara A. Manning, 62

Barbara A. (O’Donnell) Manning, age 62, of Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Thursday, June 13, 2024 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Barbara Manning

Barbara was born in Brookline, to the late James J. and Julia T. (Connolly) O’Donnell. Raised and educated in Dorchester, she was a graduate of the former Msgr. Ryan Memorial High School, Class of 1980. She received an Associate degree from Quincy College and a Bachelor’s degree from Curry College. She lived in Quincy for fourteen years, previously in Kingston.

Barbara was a registered nurse and worked in the emergency room at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston for twenty-three years. She loved her job and treasured the many wonderful friendships she made there.

 She enjoyed traveling and was a devoted Disney fan and an annual passholder, making several trips to her favorite vacation destination each year. Barbara was also an avid reader and loved animals.

 Most of all, Barbara was dedicated to her family and her cats, Joey, Angus, and Lilah.

Devoted mother of Christopher D. Manning of Quincy, Deidre M. Manning and her husband Damion Cavicchio of Hull, Kevin J. Manning and his fiancée Serina Kirkland of Brighton, and Oliver E. Dyer and his partner Vye Souto of Brighton.

Loving grandmother of Colin and Trent Manning, and Dylan Cavicchio.

Dear sister of James M. O’Donnell and his wife Joann of Stoneham, Eileen M. O’Donnell of Weymouth, and the late John P. O’Donnell.

Barbara is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Kristin and Michael O’Donnell, Katrina and Buddy Bleckley, and many friends.

The Manning and Dyer families wish to extend our grateful thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Tufts Gyn Oncology and Emergency departments for their devoted and loving care of Barbara. We appreciate all you have done.

Memorial Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Monday, June 24, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. At the request of the family, funeral services will take place privately.

For those who wish, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088 or Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

To leave the Manning family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.

Mathew M. Troy, 32

Mathew M. Troy, Boston Fire Department, age 32, of Dorchester, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, June 12, 2024 surrounded by his loving family and friends after a courageous battle with Cholangiocarcinoma.

Mathew Troy

Mat led a full and vibrant life with his family and friends at the heart of it all. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Lucier) Troy, their relationship spanning over a decade of love and companionship. Together they shared a golden retriever Ralphie, who was always a bright light for Mat. He was the devoted son of Paul and Desiree (Mattia) Troy. Loving brother of Sarah and Emily Troy. Doting grandson of Catherine Mattia of N.C. Adored son-in-law of John and Lori Lucier, and brother-in-law of Dominique Lucier and her fiancé Mike Gendreau. Mat is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mat was raised in Quincy, a place he always felt a strong connection to. After graduating from Quincy High School, Class of 2010 Mat enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His specialty was as a machine gunner and he received the National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. He was so proud to serve his country and forever grateful for the experiences and friendships he made through the Marine Corps. While enlisted Mat also worked alongside his father for their family company “Troy and Son,” which ignited his entrepreneurial spirit that led him to start his own waste removal company. He then fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Boston firefighter. He was assigned to Engine 10, “The Big House,” as a Special Operations and Technical Rescue firefighter. He was so proud to be a member of the Boston Fire Department. His career was one dedicated to bravery, selflessness, and protecting others.

Mat was the epitome of “city kid,” with his strong Boston accent, Irish pride, and passion for Boston sports. Mat had ties to Ireland, being a dual citizen. He was so proud to have family roots in Ireland and had many fond memories of spending summers with his extended family in Ardmore. Mat enjoyed watching Boston sporting events with friends. Attending Super Bowls with his fellow firefighters and even witnessing the Patriots 2019 victory, were moments he treasured dearly. Mat also loved playing hockey, a sport he played throughout his childhood and continued to play on various Boston Fire teams.

Mat valued his friendships deeply, considering them an essential part of his life. He had a way of quickly connecting with people and was able to make a friend anywhere he went. His warm heart, sense of humor, infectious laugh, and generosity made it so easy to love him. Whether you were a part of his close knit brotherhood or just an acquaintance, Mat loved you just the same.

In his free time, Mat loved traveling, golfing, adventuring with his dog, and being outdoors. Although he had hoped to travel more, Mat made his mark on many states and countries alongside his wife. Spending time at the beach became his place of healing. Days spent at the beach in Martha’s Vineyard with Rachel and Ralphie was “his happy place.”

The Troy Family is immensely grateful for everyone at Mass General Hospital who cared for Mat, especially those in the GI Cancer Center, Endoscopy Department, and the nurses of Lunder 9. The comfort and support that Father John Unni and Mother Olga gifted Mat and our families will be cherished forever.

Mat will be dearly missed everyday, but will continue to be loved here on earth as well as in heaven.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Friday, June 21, from 3 – 7 p.m. Interment, with military honors, at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mathew’s memory may be made to The Bardeesy Lab at Mass General Cancer Center (Attn: Haley Ellis), 185 Cambridge St, CPZN 4216, Boston, MA 02114 or the Boston Fire Cancer Foundation, 173 Train Street, Dorchester, MA 02122.

To leave the Troy family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.

Legislature Approves Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Aug. 10-11

The Massachusetts Legislature has approved Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 as a sales tax holiday weekend for Massachusetts. On those days, the Massachusetts sales tax of 6.25% will be suspended for most items that retail for less than $2,500.

The holiday welcomes Massachusetts residents to visit retailers and small businesses around the state. A spike in consumer activity routinely boosts indirect tax revenues. According to the Department of Revenue, during the 2023 sales tax holiday, indirect tax revenues due to increased economic activity were approximately $3.54 million.

“Each year, the Legislature’s temporary suspension of the sales tax aims to boost revenue for small businesses and enhance affordability for consumers,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D Quincy). “I want to thank my colleagues in the House, along with Senate President Spilka and our partners in the Senate, for their annual support for this economic development initiative.”

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity for residents to get out and support the local businesses in their community and get some shopping done during a time of year when people are gearing up for the fall,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “I’m glad we worked together in the Legislature to get this done for residents again this year. I’m thankful to Senator Moran for leading the initiative in the Senate, all of my Senate colleagues, Speaker Mariano, and our partners in the House.”

“We hear so frequently, both from constituents and those living across Massachusetts, about the continued interest in offering sales tax holidays. I’m so glad we were able to work together to make this possible,” said Sen. John F. Keenan (D-Quincy). “Thank you to my colleagues in the Legislature for creating this opportunity to save shoppers a bit of money and encourage the support of our local businesses.”

“The annual August sales tax holiday brings much-needed stimulus to our retailers, especially our local small businesses,” said Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy). “I’m glad that the Legislature prioritized setting a date for this annual event.”

“The sales tax holiday weekend is an annual economic driver for Massachusetts, generating millions of dollars in economic activity,” said Representative Bruce J. Ayers (D-Quincy). “It’s an important way for the Legislature to support small businesses, as well as consumers, and I’m grateful to legislative leadership for once again bringing it forward for our constituents.”

E. Mark Pierce, 50

E. Mark “Marky” Pierce, 50, of Holbrook formerly of Quincy, died peacefully on the evening of June 11, 2024 at AccentCare Hospice, Milton, following a short illness. He was the loving and devoted husband of Patricia “Lynn” (Bassett) Pierce.

E. Mark Pierce

Marky will be remembered by those he loved for his enduring compassion, love and acceptance; always willing to do whatever he could to help someone in need. He enjoyed WWE, going to concerts, spending time at the park with his grand babies who called him Papa, and family vacations to Disney World. He especially loved the times spent with Lynn in their special place, Bermuda, where they both will be laid to rest someday.

For many years Marky worked as a stockroom manager for Walmart.

Son of the late Mark E. Pierce. Step-father of Breanna Fitzgerald & her partner Caleb Mahoney and Thomas Fitzgerald. Grandfather of Olivia Mahoney, Scarlett Mahoney, Calvin Mahoney, Madison Fitzgerald and the late Gideon Mahoney and Dean Fitzgerald. Also survived by extended family and dear friends, as well as his support dog, Stu Bonez.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend his Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St., Quincy. Interment will be private. The family suggests dressing in your favorite Hawaiian shirt or Superhero/Star Wars costume to celebrate Mark’s life.

Funeral arrangements are under the compassionate care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For more information and online condolences visit HamelLydon.com.

Adams National Historical Park to Host Guided Walks for the Battle of Bunker Hill Anniversary, June 15 and 16

Join a National Park Service park ranger at Adams National Historical Park on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a guided walk following the footsteps of the Adams family as they witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill. This event is free and does not require registration.

Abigail Adams and her children walked from their home to the top of Penn’s Hill on June 17, 1775. There, they saw the destruction of Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Park rangers will retrace the steps of the Adams family that day. Walks will start at the Adams Farm at Penn’s Hill (the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces) located at 141 Franklin St., Quincy, MA. They will proceed to the Abigail Adams Cairn. Park rangers will tell the story of the Adams family, their experience witnessing the Battle of Bunker Hill from Penn’s Hill, and the effect the battle had on the family.

The walk is half a mile uphill, with uneven sidewalks, limited shade, and steep inclines. Attendees are advised to bring water and dress appropriately for summer weather. This event may be cancelled in the event of excessive heat or rain. Alerts and updates are available on the park website.

The Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center and historic Adams homes are open Wednesdays through Sundays, May 1 through October 31. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Entrance passes and tour reservations can be acquired in advance online at recreation.gov or on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center at 1250 Hancock St. in Quincy. Park grounds are open daily dawn to dusk and are free to visit. For information regarding tours and programming, call the Visitor Center at 617-770-1175 or visit the park website:

www.nps.gov/adam

Lawrence J. Callahan, 88

Lawrence J. “Larry” Callahan, age 88, of Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away, peacefully, Monday, June 10, 2024 at Webster Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Rockland.

Lawrence J. Callahan

Larry was born in Waltham, to the late William J. and Dorothy A. (McCarthy) Callahan. Raised and educated in Quincy’s Houghs Neck, he was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1953. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor degree of Science in Mathematics and then received his Master’s degree from the former Boston State College. He lived in Weymouth for thirteen years, previously in Quincy’s Houghs Neck.

He worked as a mathematics teacher at Hull High School for thirty years. He loved his students and loved to challenge them. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and being able to make even the smallest difference in someone’s life. Their success was his success.

He also worked as an estimator for The Cheviot Corporation, a glass and ceiling specialty contractor, for twenty years.

When Larry retired, he couldn’t sit still. He still had to find someone to help; so, he volunteered for South Shore Elder Services delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors, even as a senior himself. His favorite part of that was the personal relationships he established with the clients.

Larry was also known as Captain Black, because he had a life-long love of sailing which prompted him to enjoy competitive sailboat racing for years. He participated in and won many a regatta! Some days, his late wife, Jayne, couldn’t get him off the water! He enjoyed making others laugh, putting them at ease and making them smile.

A very religious man, Larry was always praying for everyone around him. He held strength, like his late wife, Jayne, always facing whatever obstacle came his way head-on, together, and with his faith.

Beloved husband for fifty years of Jayne M. (Collins) Callahan, who died on April 22, 2023.

Father of James Callahan, Patricia Callahan, and the late David Callahan. Step-father of Brian Sutherland and the late Kerri A. McCarthy.

Loving grandfather of Nicole A. McCarthy, William Callahan, and the late Shauna M. McCarthy.

Cherished great grandfather of Alyannah and Grace.

He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Jerome Parish, 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth, on Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

For those who wish, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to The Sailing Foundation, 4817 Lake Washington BLVD NE APT #5, Kirkland, WA 98033 or by visiting https://thesailingfoundation.org/support-us/.

Cornhole Tournament June 22 To Benefit Mental Health Services

On Saturday, June 22nd, the 4th Annual Matthew;s Crew Cornhole Tournament and Fundraiser will take place at Fontbonne in Milton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament will once again be run by Boston Baggo Co and is always a fun, seamless event with participants of all ages. There will be activities for the kids, delicious sandwiches from Pasaini’s Food Truck, and ice cream from Ellie’s Treats available for all players and spectators to enjoy.

This year, organizers are excited to announce that they are hosting a raffle with some terrific prizes including a private party brought right to your home by the Wandering Druid Mobile Irish Pub, tickets to sporting events, Story Land theme park, restaurant gift cards, and so much more.

In the spirit of the event, they will be joined by a variety of local and national mental health organizations to provide valuable information about important mental health services that are offered within our communities, including NAMI, Aspire Health Alliance, New Direction Counseling Center in Quincy, and the Fontbonne chapter of the Yellow Tulip Project.

Within the past year, Matthew;s Crew has continued to support and encourage the ongoing growth of the Yellow Tulip Project throughout Plymouth Public schools, which has expanded into seven schools and is expected to be brought into two more schools next year. Matthew;s Crew has also sponsored the launch of a new mental health ministry, Magdalene Healing Ministry, at St. John’s in Quincy.

“We are so thankful for all the support shown to us and are honored to continue working toward improving the conversation and information related to mental health,” the tournament organizers said. “Please join us on June 22nd for a fun, family day. All are welcome!”

BBB Tip: Father’s Day Shopping

Father’s Day is on June 18, and consumers are actively searching for and purchasing gifts for the father figures in their lives. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates a total spending of $22.4 billion on Father’s Day gifts and celebrations this year, with the most money spent on special outings, clothing, gift cards, and electronics. According to NRF, 19% of Father’s Day shoppers will be searching for a unique or different gift, and 52% for one that creates a special memory. While shopping online for Father’s Day purchases, BBB reminds consumers to be wary of online purchase scams and all-inclusive packages advertised at steep discounts.

“If it’s too good to be true, it is,” one Texas resident reported to BBB Scam Tracker. “I tried to order my husband a gift for Father’s Day and got taken for $98. I ordered some tools I found online and paid through PayPal, then my receipt said I was paying a person instead of a company, which seemed strange. I contacted PayPal immediately, but they could not return my money. It was that fast! The website was no longer active the very next day, but they already have a new one that looks the same and they always say 80% off.”

When purchasing gifts online for Father’s Day or any other celebration, it is essential to exercise caution and carefully read the limitations of purchase, expected delivery date, and source of the product. BBB’s 2023 Scam Tracker Risk Report identified online purchase scams as the third riskiest scam affecting consumers in North America across all age groups, with a median loss of over $70. Scammers often capitalize on marketplace trends, and Father’s Day allows fraudulent sellers to advertise products and services disguised as gift ideas.

While shopping for Father’s Day gifts this year, BBB recommends the following guidelines to avoid scams:

  • Read the fine print. When buying gift cards or outing packages, check the terms and conditions before purchasing to ensure that the expiration date and other limitations will not be problematic. Pay close attention to any policies that may void the transaction if not followed, such as arrival times, cancellation or rescheduling processes, and if there are physical restrictions or requirements. If you give a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure it is valid for in-store and online purchases.
  • Do your homework. Before ordering electronics, clothing, or other gifts for Father’s Day, check out the company’s BBB Business Profile at BBB.org. Be sure to check for the ‘lock’ icon in the web address and that it begins with ‘HTTPS,’ which indicates a secured system before placing an order or inputting credit or debit card information. Gifts that include personalization options, such as names, are popular purchases for Father’s Day but can sometimes be made with low-quality materials that will not last. Read reviews and complaints from previous customers before placing an order to ensure the product received is similar to the advertised product.
  • Allow time for shipping and delivery. Check with the retailer or website to ensure you have been allowed enough time to deliver any purchased gifts. Ensure your preferred delivery date is clearly specified and guaranteed when you order. For expensive items, you may consider requiring the package signed for on delivery to prevent package theft.
  • Be responsible with rentals. Sometimes to create a unique gift, rentals are involved. Before renting ATVs, campers, motorcycles, or other recreational equipment for excursions this Father’s Day, be sure you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance, and time restrictions for any equipment. Also, take the time to visually inspect the rental and get written proof of any existing damage to avoid disputes over unexpected maintenance and repair fees.
  • Have a backup plan. Take the time to understand a store or service’s guarantee and other policies. Find out how the business handles customer complaints and what options you will have if the arrangement is unsatisfactory. It is best to use a credit card when ordering online due to the added protections credit cards have to dispute charges. Charges made on a debit card, wire transfer, or mobile banking app are often the same as cash, and you may not be able to dispute charges if there is a problem.
  • Don’t click online coupons. If you see a post on social media or receive an email with an offer, don’t click on the link unless you’re sure the source is legitimate, as it could take you to a malicious website. Suppose you see a product or sale advertisement online, especially on social media. In that case, search for it independently by going directly to the company’s website to verify the offer is legitimate. Learn more about social media scams on BBB.org.

Quincy Flag Day Parade, Fireworks Celebrate ‘Old Glory’ Saturday

FIREWORKS over Black’s Creek will culminate the Quincy Flag Day celebration this Saturday, June 15. The fireworks show will start around 9 p.m. following a flag raising at Pageant Field at 8:15 p.m. The Flag Day Parade steps off at 7 p.m. Saturday. Photos from last year’s parade appear below. Quincy Sun File Photos/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas P. Koch announces Quincy’s Flag Day Parade will take place on Saturday, June 15th.

The parade will step-off at 7 p.m. and be followed by a flag-raising ceremony at Pageant Field at 8:15 p.m. The night will culminate with fireworks over Black’s Creek at approximately 9 p.m.

The parade will launch on Coddington Street by Spear Street, head north up Hancock Street, turn onto Merrymount Parkway and wrap up at Vietnam Veterans Drive and Adams Field. This year’s parade will feature bands/drum corps, specialty units, public safety and veterans’ color guards, floats, classic cars, and more than 1,000 flag-waving youngsters.

Musical performers this year will include Boston Crusaders Sr. Drum Corps, Crusaders Junior Corps, Defenders Sr. Drum Corps, Quincy/North Quincy Marching Band, Uncle Sam’s Patriotic Band, Roma Italian Band, North Star Alumni Drum & Bugle, OC Highlanders Pipe Band and Branches Steel Band.

The Flag Day Parade was started by Richard (Dick) Koch, Sr. in 1952 when he led a group of youngsters around Norfolk Downs and finished with a flag-raising at Cavanagh Stadium. The parade has grown significantly through the years and fireworks were added in the 1990s.

“There’s no greater tradition in our city than the Flag Day Parade,” said Mayor Koch.  “It is an incredible community celebration of our flag and the values that it represents. It is the unofficial kick-off to summer and always the best day of the year. I am looking forward to seeing the thousands of people that join in the celebration that evening.”

At Pageant Field, the 50’ x 80’ flag will be raised over the crowd to the tune of “Grand Ol’ Flag.”  A ceremony recognizing the grand marshal and the Richard and Simone Koch Award winner will follow.  The Crusader Junior Corps and singer Dan Clark will entertain the audience with a medley of patriotic tunes.

The Quincy Flag Day Committee will honor Richard “Ratt” Kennedy as this year’s grand marshal. For the past 26 years, Richard has served as president of the Angel Fund for ALS research and has organized the annual “Squirrel Run” in memory of his brother, Jimmy “Squirrel” Kennedy, who lost his courageous battle with ALS in 1997, at the age of 31. The race brings the community together and helps build awareness for this terrible disease.

This year’s Richard and Simone Koch Award will be presented to the Honorable William G. Farrell, an Associate Justice of the MA District Court. In his adopted home of Quincy, he has served as a long-time youth coach in baseball, basketball and softball. He is the longest serving board member of Quincy Youth Baseball & Softball. He also coached for Quincy Catholic Academy and Sacred Heart North Quincy. Eight years ago, he collaborated with former Quincy youth coaches, QYB&S, the City of Quincy and the Martin Richard MR8 Foundation to create the first adaptive baseball program for special athletes in Quincy called Bambino Buddy Ball.  The program teams up volunteer Buddies from the leagues of Quincy Youth Baseball & Softball with special athletes ages 5 to 19.

The evening will commence with a fireworks show over Black’s Creek from Pyrotecnico Fireworks, the same company that performs the July 4th show at the Esplanade.

“It’s great to see so many new faces enjoying our City’s traditions,” the mayor said. “This event represents the best of our community with so many local organizations, youth groups, and residents participating in the parade.  I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event.”

Quincy Access Television (QATV) announces the 2024 Quincy Flag Day Celebration will be shown live beginning at 7:20 p.m. on QATV-8, QATV-HD 1072 and online at www.QATV.org on Saturday, June 15th.

QATV’s Joe Catalano and QATV member/volunteer Krystyne Cheever will anchor coverage of the parade, followed by coverage of the flag raising ceremony and fireworks from Pageant Field.

Replays of the Flag Day celebration will be shown the during week on QATV-8 and QATV-HD 1072.  The celebration will also be posted to QATV.org for viewing on demand.

For more information about QATV’s Flag Day celebration coverage, visit www.QATV.org or call 617-376-1440 ext. 224.