Andronico, Cain Want To Explore Residency Requirement For New City Hires

By SCOTT JACKSON

Two city councillors on Monday will put forward a resolution asking the Koch administration to consider potential avenues for enacting a residency requirement for new municipal employees in Quincy.

Councillors Anthony Andronico and Ian Cain will introduce the resolution asking about the residency requirement when councillors meet Monday evening. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. inside City Hall.

In their resolution, the two councillors note the council on Sept. 19 passed a separate resolution calling for a compensation review of all city employees. Further, they state that Quincy’s population has surpassed 100,000 residents, more than 40 percent of whom belong to a minority group, and that the city has taken steps to diversify its workforce in recent years.

“It is crucial for public employees to be knowledgeable about and engaged in the community in which they work,” the councillors wrote in the resolution. “[And] public employees who live and work in the same community are more likely to support the local economy than those who do not.”

To that end, the resolution calls upon the administration to “explore potential avenues to enact a residency requirement for all new employees as part of any compensation review of all city employees.” It goes on to add, “the City Council understands that any residency requirement should include exceptions for positions that may require significant area expertise.”

The US Supreme Court has held that municipalities may enact residency requirements for their employees.

The city of Boston maintains a residency requirement for its municipal workers, for example. Anyone can apply to work for the city of Boston, but employees must reside in the city on their first day of work. Workers have to verify their residency annually and must remain a Boston resident as long as they are employed by the city, but certain unions have different rules.

In other business on Monday, Public Works Commissioner Al Grazioso will provide councillors with an update on various projects in his department’s purview. Mayor Thomas Koch will also put forward a $23 million bond to fund the construction of the public safety headquarters on Sea Street and nearby infrastructure improvements; the new bond is on top of the $152 million in bonds already authorized for the project.

Abigail Adams Statue Dedication Nov. 5

WORKERS POUR concrete for a footing that will support the new bronze statue of Abigail Adams at the Hancock-Adams Common adjacent to United First Parish Church in Quincy Center. A dedication ceremony for the new statue will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy will honor the legacy of the Second First Lady of the United States of America, Abigail Adams in a statue dedication ceremony to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 11 a.m. on the Hancock Adams Common, 1305 Hancock St. in Quincy.

The 7-foot bronze statue will hold a place of prominence in the Hancock Adams Common to honor Abigail and her role as a defining voice of the Revolutionary Era. Wife of second U.S. President John Adams and mother of sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, Abigail was a farmer, writer and patriot.

“Abigail is most likely the most important woman of her generation, whose actions and words continue to hold great influence even today,” Koch said. “Her statue belongs on the Common near her husband. There is not a marriage that, as a couple, has had a greater influence on who we are as a people than John and Abigail Adams, and the Common is absolutely the right place for both of their contributions to be recognized.

“Working with a group of Quincy advocates helped bring the project to life,” the mayor added.

Sergey Eylanbekov, the same renown sculptor responsible for the John Adams and John Hancock statues on the Common, created a statue of Abigail on the same scale as his existing sculptures. An area of the park has been redesigned for her to be placed along with the interpretive artwork detailing her legacy.

Keynote speakers for the event include two prominent political and historical authorities on Adams and her legacy. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics,  and Catherine Allgor, the President of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The event is open to the public.

WORK CONTINUES at the site of the new Abigail Adams Statue that will be located at Hancock-Adams Common adjacent to United First Parish Church (background). This photo was taken Sept. 23 and shows workers pouring concrete for a footing that will support the 7-foot bronze statue. The statue honoring the second First Lady of the U.S. will be dedicated Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

John T. Sullivan, 94

John T. “Sully” Sullivan, of Hingham, formerly of Quincy and Braintree, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. He was 94.

John T. Sullivan

Born in Quincy on May 5, 1928, he was the son of the late John P. and Marguerite (Reardon) Sullivan. Sully graduated from Braintree High School with the Class of 1946. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy on Feb. 18, 1946, and proudly served his country during WWII. Sully was honorably discharged on Dec. 18, 1947. Following his time in the service, Sully often joked that his college years were earned through the School of Hard Knocks. Sully’s career was in the construction industry, and he was employed by Boston Sand and Gravel for over forty years. Sully drove a concrete mixer, and enjoyed his work, along with the relationships he built throughout the years.

Sully was a member of the Bare Cove Power Squadron for ten years and served as Commander from 1977 through 1978. He was a member of the Quincy Elks and in 1985, became a member of the Weymouth Elks Lodge. He enjoyed photography and belonged to the South Shore Camera Club. Sully was an accomplished pool player, enjoyed golf, annual sailing adventures with friends, and loved traveling with his wife Geri to destinations in the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. For the past fourteen months, Sully resided at the Allerton House in Hingham where he developed many new relationships, enjoyed outings and activities, especially those related to music and trivia.

Sully’s life lessons and example are part of his legacy that continue through his family. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Sully was the beloved husband of the late Geraldine A. “Geri” (Sibella) Sullivan, who died in 2018. The two shared 62 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Shawn P. Sullivan and his wife Andrea of Hingham and James J. Sullivan of California. John was the loving grandfather of Joseph Sullivan of Hingham, Margaret, Charles and Hannah Sullivan, all of Piedmont, California. He was the dear brother of Maryann Carlos of Quincy, and is also survived by a loving niece, nephews, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 3-7 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Hingham at 10 AM.

Services will conclude with military honors and interment on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at 1:30 PM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, memorial contributions may be sent in John’s name to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA 02061.

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

Giovanni F. Sceppa, 96

Giovanni Federico Sceppa of Quincy, died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.  He was 96.

Giovanni F. Sceppa

Beloved husband of the late Maria Angela Sceppa (Varanese).  Devoted father of Maria Sceppa and Nick Sceppa and his wife Annamaria.  Cherished Nonno of Samantha Sceppa.  Loving brother of Gina Gioncardi, Carmelina Mancina, Anna Palmiero, and Vincent Sceppa.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, from 9-10 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. To conclude the visitation, a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home at 9:45 AM prior to the Funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Giovanni may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Elizabeth J. Burns, 85

Elizabeth (Liz) Jane Burns, 85, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Born July 11, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John L. McDonald and Agnes Crowley.

Elizabeth J. Burns

She was preceded in death by her sister’s Grace McDonald, Mary (May) Burke and her husband Charles (Charlie) Burke, and Ruth McDonald of Braintree, MA, and brother-in-law Frank Barstow of Raynham, MA.

She is survived by her two sons, John Burns of Lauderhill, FL, and Mark Burns and his wife Olive of Merritt Island, FL, two grandchildren, Sheena Watson and her husband Stas Watson, Christopher Burns and two great grandchildren, Ava and Ollivander Moore, and her sister Judith Barstow of Raynham, MA.

Liz was a long-time resident of Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts. She graduated in 1956 from Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree, Mass, and retired in 2002 as a health care worker in Quincy, MA. She was an avid reader and a life-long Boston Red Sox fan.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29, 2022, at Island Funeral Home, 405 S. Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island FL. The family will receive friends Friday, from 10:30 until 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Joseph H. Brooker, 87

Joseph H. Brooker of Quincy passed away on Sept. 23, 2022, at the age of 87. Raised and educated in Boston, he was a graduate of Quincy College with an associate degree in Sociology, Class of 1979, and a bachelor’s degree in Science from Suffolk University, class of 1981. Joseph was a retired Prerelease Officer for the Department of Corrections. A Veteran of the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Airforce, Joseph was an active and longstanding member of the Morrisette and American Legion Post 95, the Vietnam Combat Veterans of Quincy, and the Quincy Veterans Council. He enjoyed traveling with the BMW Mass Confusion Bike Club.

Joseph was the beloved father of Michelle Burden of Stoughton, Bonnie Brooker of Quincy, and Joseph Brooker of Nevada; Devoted grandfather of Christopher Burden and his wife Jillian; Loving great grandfather of Brady and Greyson; Brother of Donald Brooker and his wife Ruth of Westboro, Desiree Bellor of Greenfield, Gerald Brooker of Arizona, Daniel Scully and his wife Susannah of Hull, and Catherine Bruce and her partner Joseph of Florida; Joseph is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, Sept. 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. On Friday there will be a service in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Burial with Military honors will be held in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Aristeo Castillo, 82

Aristeo Castillo, known as “Cas” to family and friends, a former proofreader for advertisements and magazines for almost 30 years and later a postal carrier for 10, passed away September 25, 2022 following a lengthy illness and more emergent stay in the hospital. He was 82 years old.
Aristeo Castillo

Cas was born in 1940 in Clint, Texas, the 5th of 9 children.  After spending his early years at Sisters of Charity Orphanage in El Paso, Texas, Cas was sent to live at Boys Town in Nebraska in 1952.  Cas spoke with fondness of his time at Boys Town including touring the country singing in the famous Boys Town Choir.  At eighteen, he joined the Army where he was based in Germany.  While there he was also able to visit Switzerland and Italy, these years abroad left a lasting impression on him and often spoke of his time there.  Upon his return to the Boston area, Cas met his now ex-wife, Mary Reilly, where he decided to stay to raise a family.

Throughout his entire life, Cas was an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching and discussing strategies, and reminiscing about his games from his youth. He played basketball and ran track in his younger years and later enjoyed playing racquetball.  He eventually moved on to enthusiastically coaching many different sports including basketball and softball.  To family and friends, he is remembered for his terrific laugh, his generosity and sense of humor.  In his later years, he was dedicated to watching Jeopardy every evening, reading a good book and his humorous quest for that big winning scratch ticket.
Cas is survived by his children, Mary A. (Castillo) Grussgott and her husband Daniel L. Grussgott of Providence, RI and Denise E. (Castillo) Brereton and her husband Richard S. Brereton, Jr. of Mendon, MA.  Cas was also the very proud grandfather of Julia E. Brereton and Tyler R. Brereton of Mendon, MA.  Above all else, Cas loved all his family members near and far with all his heart.
In accordance with his wishes, a simple memorial service will be held at Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02170 on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 1:00pm.  Family and friends are invited to attend.
Remembrances may be made in his name to Boys Town, Nebraska, https://support.boystown.org/.

Paul K. McKeen, 56

Paul K. “PK” McKeen, 56, of Quincy passed away suddenly on September 25, 2022.
Paul K. McKeen

Paul was born and raised in Quincy and lived here his whole life. Paul graduated from Quincy Vo-Tech and spent majority of his working years with JN Phillips Auto Glass and Greater Boston Management. He loved meeting new people and telling all his stories and jokes to anyone who would listen. Paul will be remembered for being a funny and loyal friend who would drop everything to help without question. He was a proud father and papa, who enjoyed watching his grandson Aidan play sports.

Paul leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years, Brooke (Smith) McKeen. Loving father of Paul M. McKeen and Adam McKeen of Quincy. Cherished Papa of Aidan McKeen of Hull. Dedicated son of the late Paul McKeen and Alice Ryan.  Beloved brother of Lisa Palmer and her husband Tommy of Quincy, Allison Neff and her husband John of Braintree, and the late Pamela Delorey and her husband John Delorey of Quincy. Loving uncle of Christine Delorey, Melissa Hunt, Amanda Matthews, Meredith Palmer, and Matthew Palmer. Along with many loving family and friends.
PK will be forever missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at Hamel-Lydon Chapel at 650 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02170.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate or by mail at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 along with the donation form found on their website.
For online condolences, please visit www.hamellydon.com.
Arrangements under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel.

Virginia Jackson, 85

Virginia (Murray) Jackson “Ginger” passed away peacefully at 85 years of age.

Virginia Jackson

The wife of the Late Davenport Jackson “Laddie”. Loving Mother of Catherine Nazzaro and her husband Thomas and Mark Jackson and his wife Mary Ellen. Sister of Robert Murray of SC, the late Gail Joyce of Plymouth and Kathleen Abalos and her late husband Mike Abalos. Cherished Grandmother of Daniel, Adam and Patrick. Ginger worked for the Quincy Police department as a beloved traffic supervisor at Montclair school for over 30 years. Ginger also worked at the YMCA where she met many of her dear friends. In past years Ginger loved painting, loved hiking, bird watching took many trips to Mount Washington with her late husband Laddie. Ginger also had many wonderful friends through her life and a lot of love for animals. Ginger courageously dealt with blindness for the last 12 years of her life.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Celebration of Life Service for Ginger 10:00 AM Saturday October 1, 2022 in the United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock St, Quincy, MA.  Burial will be private.  Donations may be made in Ginger’s name to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 440R E Squantum St, Quincy, MA 02171 or the Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458.

For online condolences please visit www.hamellydon.com. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel.

Kevin P. O’Keefe, 57

Kevin P. O’Keefe, of Quincy, died suddenly September 23, 2022 at the age of 57.

Kevin O’Keefe

Kevin was handy and could fix anything. He worked for many years as a bus mechanic for the MBTA. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and boating.

He was the loving father of Logan P. O’Keefe of Braintree. Son of the late Christine (Rupp) and Joseph O’Keefe. Former husband of Liz O’Keefe of Braintree. Brother of Susan Valday of Braintree; Dennis O’Keefe and his wife Belina of Lowell; Diane Sullivan and her husband Dan of Pembroke; and the late Joseph O’Keefe and his wife Diana of Norwell, formerly of Braintree. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m.

Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Donations in memory of Kevin may be made to the American Heart Assoc., P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.