Americo Speranzo, 91

Americo “Rico” Speranzo, Captain, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 91, of Randolph, formerly of Quincy, died May 28 at home.

Americo Speranzo

Born and raised in Quincy to the late Frank and Giselda (Troiani) Speranzo. He was also a thirty-year winter resident of Naples and North Fort Myers, Fla.

Mr. Speranzo served as a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Recalled to active duty on Sept. 6, 1950, he attained the rank of corporal during the Korean conflict.

He was proud to have served as a captain in the Quincy Fire Department. Mr. Speranzo was appointed to the department on March 27, 1954. During his career, he was assigned to Hose 1, Engine 4, Special Service, Ladder 3, Engine 1, Engine 8, Fire Alarm Officer, and at the time of his retirement, served with Ladder 3 in West Quincy. Mr. Speranzo retired on Sept. 28, 1984 after thirty years of service.

He was a member of Local 792, the William R. Caddy Marine Corps League Detachment #124, Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294, and Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Speranzo was a former trustee of the Quincy Credit Union, a member of the Quincy Sons of Italy and the South Quincy Bocce Club, and a longtime supporter of Quincy youth sports.

Rico and his wife, Claire, were dedicated volunteers for the Department of Veterans Affairs for twenty-three years. He had also volunteered for FEMA, responding to several disaster areas.

Mr. Speranzo enjoyed helping people. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for seventy-one years of Claire T. (Coletti) Speranzo. Devoted father of Frank L. Speranzo and his wife Arlene of Plymouth, Richard A. Speranzo and his wife Diane of Quincy, and William J. Speranzo and his wife Diane of Randolph. Loving grandfather of Frank L. Speranzo, Jr., Dina McHugh, Jill Rinehart, Keri Luggelle, and Dominick Speranzo, and great-grandfather of Zachary, Thomas, Alexa, Salvatore, Zoe, Vincent, and Matthew.

One of six siblings, he is survived by his sisters, Julie D’Andrea and Ginny Sherrick, and was predeceased by Tony, Gary, and Fred Speranzo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by his faithful and loving dog, Tiger.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Wednesday, June 3, at 10 o’clock for family. Interment, with military honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree will take place privately.

For those who wish, donations in Americo’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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

Edith B. Palumbo, 95

Edith B. (Brandolini) Palumbo, age 95, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, in her sleep, Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Edith B. Palumbo

Born in Quincy, to the late Antonio and Marietta “Mary” (Collella) Brandolini, she was raised and educated there. The last of five siblings, she was predeceased by Guido Brandolini, Theodore Brandolini, Eleanor DiBona, and Josephine Lopez, who raised her after their mother’s death.

Beloved wife for thirty-eight years of the late Americo “Ricky” Palumbo. Devoted mother of Linda P. Beck and her husband Edwin “Jeff” Beck, Jr., Richard “Ricky” Palumbo, all of Quincy, the late Stephen M. Palumbo, Sr. and his surviving wife Debbie of Hanover.

Loving grandmother of Cassandra M. Beck of Quincy, Whitney Malloy and her husband Tom of North Carolina, Danielle Armstrong and her husband Michael of Whitman, and Stephen M. Palumbo Jr. and his wife Courtney of Pembroke. Cherished “Great Ma” of Jayden and Gianna Beck, Avery Malloy, Stephen M. Palumbo, III and Isabelle Nunes. She is also survived by her former daughters-in-law, Sheila L. Blake and Sherry Palumbo.

Mrs. Palumbo, a devoted homemaker, looked forward to cooking for her family, as well as her students and staff for thirty-two years as a cook and cafeteria manager for the Quincy Public Schools. Family holiday celebrations and regular Sunday dinners brought her great joy. After retirement, Mrs. Palumbo enjoyed volunteering at the Quincy Hospital Gift Shop. She loved playing cards and trips to Foxwoods and Las Vegas. She looked forward to spending Saturday nights dancing with her late husband, Ricky, and friends at the Torre Dei Passeri or Moseley’s on the Charles. She enjoyed her card nights with family and friends. Mrs. Palumbo was an avid clothes shopper. She loved spending summer days sitting by the pool with her family and could be found sitting on her front porch with friends and family most evenings.

Mrs. Palumbo made many friends during her twenty-plus years living at 1000 Southern Artery. For many years, she was blessed with loving and caring health aides: Theresa Gomes, Teresa Walker, and Edwina Toussaint from Best of Care, and Patricia Young, Toni Barnett, and Evelyn Caliari of Quincy.

Mrs. Palumbo’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Alliance at Marina Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the care they gave Edith, and Kindred Hospice of Auburndale for their comfort and support during Edith’s last days.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment took place at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.  A memorial Mass and celebration of Mrs. Palumbo’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Quincy Public Schools Food Services, c/o Sara Dufour, Director of Food Services, 34 Coddington St., Quincy, MA 02169.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy.

Edith’s family and friends may express their sympathy, offer their support, and share memories of Edith by visiting or calling 617-472-6344.

Gertrude M. Knowles

Gertrude M. Knowles, 92, of Quincy died May 26 in the comfort of her family.

Gertrude M. Knowles

Born in Schenectady, NY to the late Doran and Esther McDermott, she was a resident of Quincy for more than 80 years. Mrs. Knowles adored her family and their happiness was most important to her. She loved taking her boat out around the Boston Harbor islands for fishing, swimming and sunset cruises with her family. She also enjoyed golf, camping, cooking, reading and travelling. She looked forward to seeing her friends at the Kennedy Center and attending the Y camp down the Cape. Mrs. Knowles loved her Friday Night Girls gathering each week as well.

She worked at the Boston Globe for many years and was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII, running correspondence back and forth between ships at the Hingham Shipyard. Mrs. Knowles was a loving, kind, generous woman. She will be lovingly remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was the loving wife of the late Malcolm E. Knowles. Devoted mother of Daniel Knowles and his wife Gail of Falmouth, ME, Kathleen Lehmann of Weymouth, Matthew Knowles and his wife Joanne of Marshfield and Sylvia Knowles of Southampton, PA. She was predeceased by her son Kevin.  Cherished grandmother of Nathan Knowles and his wife Michele of Quincy, Bradford Knowles and his wife Marli of Cumberland, ME, Patrick Knowles of Oakland, CA, Daniel Knowles of Longmont, CO, Christine Lehmann and her wife Jane Bartlett of London, UK, Mark Lehmann and his wife Leigh of Hingham, Rachael Knowles and her partner Eric Kuehn of Marshfield and Malcolm Knowles of Marshfield.  She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Knowles will be private due to the current viral crisis. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the PKD Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187 or the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place W #230, Landover, MD 20785.

Normally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Gert’s family at this time, friends may still offer their support by visiting and sharing a special memory or message. For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

Cecilia M. Kenneally

Cecilia M.  “CeCe” (Ford) Kenneally of Quincy died May 27 due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.

Cecilia M. Kenneally

She is survived by her husband and best friend, Richard, and their children Jennifer Kenneally and her husband Kristofer of Somerville, and Jessica Kenneally and her partner Brendan of Quincy. She is predeceased by her parents Elizabeth (Penney) and William Ford, and her sister Irene (Ford) Munn. Also survived by her siblings, Carol Young and her husband Richard of Hampstead, NH, Margie Ford of Quincy, and William Ford and his wife Lynne of Bridgewater as well as her Kenneally brothers and sisters and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Born in Quincy, on March 27, 1954, Mrs. Kenneally was educated at St. Joseph’s School and was a very proud graduate of Quincy High School, class of 1971. She met the love of her life in 1973 and they married on July 16, 1978. Mrs. Kenneally loved her family and stayed home to raise her girls, attending countless plays and concerts over the years, always sitting in the front row. Later, she worked for Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Agency as a claims adjuster, where she made many new friends.

Mrs. Kenneally loved all Boston sports teams (until the Pats traded Bledsoe), none more than the Celtics of the 1980s. She loved walking Wollaston Beach with Rich, talking and visiting with her niece and closest friend Julie, attending her nephews’ hockey games, grabbing a bite at the Clam Box, taking trips to Plymouth to take photographs, and catching up with friends and family on Facebook. She was famous for making Irish bread on St. Patrick’s Day, and Nana’s “Puddin” for Christmas. Mostly, she loved laughing with Rich. She will be dearly missed.

Due to the COVID restrictions, services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Kenneally always gave to causes that were close to her heart. If she touched your heart, pass it on with a donation to a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements were made by Casper Funeral Services, Dorchester.

Baker Updates Phase II of Re-opening Plan; Releases Guidance for Restaurants, Lodging

The Baker-Polito Administration provided an update Friday (May 29) on the Reopening Massachusetts plan and preparations for Phase II. The Administration will determine the start of Phase II on June 6th.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker will issue an executive order with a detailed list of sectors that fall into each phase. The order will allow Phase II businesses to bring back employees in preparation for re-opening. Through this order, professional sports teams can begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules that all the leagues are developing. Facilities remain closed to the public.


Learn more about the reopening process:

Restaurant and Lodging Guidance: The Administration today issued workplace safety standards for restaurants and lodging. These workplace specific safety standards are organized around four distinct categories covering Social Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations and Cleaning and Disinfecting.

Restaurants: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants.

Social distancing guidance includes spacing tables six feet apart with a maximum party size of six people. The use of bars, except for spaced table seating, will not be permitted. For hygiene protocols, utensils and menus should be kept clean through single use or with strict sanitation guidelines, reservations or call ahead seating is recommended and contactless payment, mobile ordering or text on arrival for seating will also be encouraged.

Restaurants will be expected to follow cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, in accordance with CDC guidance. This includes closing an establishment temporarily if there is a case of COVID-19 in an establishment.

For full restaurant guidance, click here.

Lodging: Hotels, motels and other lodging businesses will be allowed to expand their operations in Phase II. Lodging safety standards apply to all forms of lodging including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, short term residential rentals including Airbnb and VRBO.

Event spaces, like ballrooms and meeting rooms, will remain closed. On-site restaurants, pools, gyms, spas, golf courses and other amenities at lodging sites may operate only as these categories are authorized to operate in accordance with the phased re-opening plan. Lodging operators also must inform guests of the Commonwealth’s policy urging travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving from out-of-state.

For full lodging guidance, click here.

On May 18th, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.



Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Crismond, 94

Virginia M. “Ginny” (Cooney) Crismond, age 94, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Dwyer Home in Weymouth.

Virginia Crismond

Born in Quincy, to the late George F. and Elizabeth F. (Osborne) Cooney, she was raised and educated there. She was a graduate of Quincy High School and the former Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a registered nurse for several years and later became a well-known Quincy realtor. She was co-owner of the former Lyons Real Estate Company in Quincy for many years. Ginny was proud to have served as President of the South Shore Board of Realtors.

Ginny had a special love for children, animals, and cooking. She also had a vibrant personality and was devoted to her family and friends.

Beloved wife of the late Louis A. Crismond, M.D.

Devoted mother of Michael J. Crismond and his wife Jennifer of Centerville.

Loving grandmother of Amy R. Crismond of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., David M. Crismond of Watertown, and Matthew L. Crismond of Menlo Park, Calif.

Special mother of Pamela B. Baker and her husband William and their children, Amy F. Baker of Quincy, John Michael Baker of Kansas City, Mo., Tama L. Baker of Cohasset, Jillian R. Baker of Quincy, and the late William J. Baker and his wife Anne of Weymouth and their sons, Joseph W. Baker and Matthew R. Baker.

Ginny was one of six siblings and is survived by Maureen Berggren of Quincy, and was predeceased by Joan E. Dauphinee, Roberta Hickes, Barbara Boedeker, and Richard Cooney. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. A memorial Mass and celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to the Dwyer Home, 25 Stonehaven Drive, Weymouth, MA 02190.

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

Alfred N. Bersani, 90

Alfred N. Bersani, age 90, of Bridgewater, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Sachem Center for Health & Rehabilitation in East Bridgewater.

Alfred N. Bersani

Alfred was born in Quincy, to the late Antoinetta and John Q. Bersani. He was raised there and was a graduate of Quincy High School. He had lived in Bridgewater for the past thirteen years, previously in Braintree for over forty years.

Al was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124).

He was employed in the family-owned and operated business, the former Quincy Cement Block Co., Inc. on Willard Street, for many years. He had also worked for the Walcor Vault Corporation and the Foster-Southeastern Concrete Company in Islington.

Al and his late wife, Carmela, were talented ballroom dancers and enjoyed many evenings dancing with friends. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Al was also a talented cook who took joy in making meals for family and friends.

Most of all, Al was devoted to his family, always supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of the late Carmela F. (Caci) Bersani. Devoted father of Robert J. Bersani and his wife Mary of Wrentham, Joseph J. Bersani and his wife Donna, Steven J. Bersani and his wife Donna, Linda M. LaVangie and her husband Todd, all of East Bridgewater. Loving grandfather of Julie Bersani, Jessica Swenson and her husband T.J., John Bersani, Kyle Bersani, Lauryn Bersani, and Nicole LaVangie. Cherished great-grandfather of Sophie Swenson.

One of nine siblings, he was the dear brother of Rose Flaherty of Braintree, and was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment took place at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or by visiting

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy.

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

‘Neat Neighbors’ Contest Underway

Mayor Thomas Koch announces the return of the City’s “Neat Neighbors” contest that recognizes property owners that do an excellent job maintaining their home or business. Friends, relatives, neighbors, or strangers can nominate an address for recognition from now through Labor Day by calling (617) 376-1251 or emailing

“This has been a challenging year where we all seek some normalcy in the face of the pandemic,” Koch said. “For many people, myself included, doing some creative work in the yard becomes an outlet. We hope to recognize those folks that help our city look beautiful by making their properties look beautiful.”

Each nominated property will be reviewed to ensure it meets the requirements for property maintenance. Once the property qualifies, winners will be selected at random to avoid competitive judgments. Qualifying properties will have maintained lawns, plantings, and homes in good repair.

A special category will be added for business and commercial properties this year.

Added Koch, “This has been a rough year so far for businesses and we can understand that aesthetics aren’t the top priority right now. However, there are still many folks that do a fantastic job of presenting their businesses and we want to make sure we applaud those that are able to do that.”

There will be twenty-five residential properties and ten commercial properties chosen as winners. Those properties selected as winners will receive a $30 gift certificate at a Quincy-based garden center to recognize their efforts and help continue their work.

Tu Ngoc Nguyen

Tu Ngoc Nguyen, age 47, of Quincy, died May 25.

Tu Ngoc Nguyen

He was the beloved husband of AnhThu Lai, devoted father of Edward Nguyen and cherished son of David Nguyen and Man Ngo.

His funeral service will be held privately in Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Services will conclude with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Patricia McIver, 90

Patricia McIver, age 90, of Squantum, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 25 at the Pat Roche Hospice House in Hingham.

Patricia McIver

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary A. (Doucette) Graham. She attended local schools and was the first in her family to graduate from high school.

Mrs. McIver and her husband raised their family with love and devotion. She lived her life in accordance with the virtues of faith, hope and love, and instilled the same virtues in her children. She helped build their character and was proud of the people they grew up to be. A homemaker, Mrs. McIver also worked as a traffic supervisor for the city of Quincy as well for North Quincy High School security. She loved her community and the relationships she built throughout the years.

She was the type of person who never stopped and always liked to keep busy. Mrs. McIver enjoyed going out to eat, attending plays and musicals, playing cards, and overall appreciated being in the presence of those she loved. As she aged, part of her social circle was cultivated by spending time at the Kennedy Center in Quincy, where she enjoyed dancing and chair yoga with friends. One of her favorite things to do was travel. Mrs. McIver enjoyed seeing the world and meeting new people.

Family was truly the most important part of her life. The time she spent with her children, granddaughter, brothers, sisters and friends meant the world to her. Mrs. McIver can be described as a beautiful person who was caring, loving, honest and strong willed. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continues through her family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur P. McIver Sr., who died in 1996. Together they shared over forty years of loving marriage. She was the devoted mother of the late Mary Alice McIver and of Arthur P. McIver Jr. and his wife Colleen of Quincy, as well as the loving grandmother of Rachael K. McIver of Quincy. She was the dear sister of Anna Hutchings of Quincy and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends. Patricia was preceded in death by her siblings Marguerite Costello, Genevieve Graham, Helen Cecilian, Eleanor Albanese, Elizabeth McIver, Thomas Graham, Joseph Graham, Edward Graham, Mary T. Ellis, Robert Graham, Frederick Graham and Leo Graham.

Mrs. McIver will be interred privately in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. A Mass will be offered in her name at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Alice McIver Scholarship Fund, 29 Aberdeen Rd., Quincy, MA 02171.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.