Family, Friends To Host Benefit To Support the Family of Billy Mulkern April 20th at Florian Hall

On Saturday, April 20th, the family and friends of Billy Mulkern are hosting A Night to Benefit the Mulkern Family.  The event will be held at Florian Hall (55 Hallet St., Dorchester) and kicks off at 7PM.  This past fall Billy was diagnosed with clear cell carcinoma, a kidney-based cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer has metastasized requiring an aggressive treatment regimen. As a result, Billy is unable to work and will not be able to for the foreseeable future.

Widely regarded as an amazing husband, father and friend to many, Billy resides in Milton with his amazing wife Lynne and their two young boys, Joe (13) and Brendan (10).  A native of North Quincy, Billy was a 1988 graduate of Archbishop Williams High School.  He is the son of Ann and brother to Joe, Dan, and Sean.

In an attempt to offset the financial hardship incurred from lost wages, the Mulkern’s family and friends organized the benefit.  The event will feature a DJ, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, as well as traditional and specialized raffles.  Some of the prizes available are a trip to Las Vegas, tickets to see Justin Timberlake, a summer backyard package, a rental home in Falmouth, Celtics playoff tickets, numerous golf and restaurant gift certificates and several other prizes.  Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. Any questions can be directed to mulkernbenefit@gmail.com.

Healey-Driscoll Administration Awarding Nearly $10 Million in Student Loan Repayment to Hundreds of Mental Health Care Workers

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is awarding almost $10 million in student loan repayment to 221 DMH direct care staff and clinicians across the state as part of the MA Repay Program.

The MA Repay DMH Student Loan Repayment Initiative, implemented by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), accepted applications from September 20, 2023, to November 1, 2023. Eligible applicants included clinical behavioral health professionals and case managers in DMH state-operated programs. In exchange for four years of providing direct care or case management services in a designated DMH site, DMH providers were eligible for loan repayment awards ranging from $12,500 to $300,000 based on provider type and full-time or part-time status.

The awardees represent the diversity of the DMH workforce from across Massachusetts. Staff receiving awards work in DMH settings in a range of direct care and case management positions, from mental health workers to psychiatrists. Forty-nine percent of awardees identify as people of color and 46 percent speak a language other than English.

The MA Repay Program is a group of student loan repayment initiatives designed to strengthen the healthcare workforce by providing educational debt relief to clinicians and patient support staff across Massachusetts. MA Repay is managed and implemented by MLCHCs in partnership with EOHHS. The first round of MA Repay awards were announced in August 2023 and will provide $140.9 million in student loan repayment awards to 2,935 primary care and behavioral health providers. The MA Repay Program for Continuous Skilled Nurses serving MassHealth members is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 19, 2024.

“Massachusetts relies on our incredible behavioral health workforce to provide essential care to our residents, but far too many workers are being held back by crushing levels of student debt. The MA Repay Program helps to lower the barriers that far too many behavioral health providers face when trying to enter or stay in the field, and it supports the needs of our health care system and economy,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We are thrilled to be able to offer life changing loan repayment to our dedicated state employees who continue to provide care daily to community members with serious mental illness.”

“The MA Repay program continues to provide opportunities to build a strong and diverse behavioral health workforce in Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “We are confident that this most recent investment to alleviate the stress of student loan debt will help retain and recruit well-trained and committed providers.”

“We are grateful for the many DMH providers who provide compassionate care for individuals experiencing serious and persistent mental illness each day,” said EOHHS Secretary Kate Walsh. “The MA Repay program is a way to show our gratitude and commitment to the work that people are doing day after day.”

“I am grateful to the Massachusetts Legislature for authorizing this dedicated loan repayment program which enables us to better retain and recognize the dedication of DMH staff who serve tirelessly on behalf of children, youth, and adults experiencing serious emotional disturbance and mental illness,” saidDepartment of Mental Health Commissioner Brooke Doyle.

“We are proud to partner with the Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Massachusetts Legislature to provide financial relief and support for DMH providers who work each day on the front lines to provide high-quality care for Massachusetts residents with serious behavioral health conditions,” said Michael Curry, Esq., President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. “The MA Repay DMH Student Loan Repayment Initiative aims to provide equitable investment in our DMH providers and ensure that we retain a talented and diverse behavioral health workforce in Massachusetts for years to come.”

Genevieve M. Constas, 89

Genevieve M. (Guadiano) Constas, 89, of Quincy, died peacefully after a long illness, her devoted husband of 68 years by her side.

Genevieve M. Constas

Genevieve Michelle Guadiano was born June 21st, 1934 on Cross Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. The fourth child (of six), she was the last surviving child of Michael and (Mary) Pauline Gaudiano. She was raised in Quincy, where she attended St. Mary’s school in West Quincy, and graduated from Quincy High School in 1951.

She married Lambro A. “Larry” Constas in 1956, and together they raised four children on Rustic Place, in a house with a big yard on a small hill that was good for sledding and riding Big Wheels.

A proud, lifelong resident of Quincy, Massachusetts, she was a frequent volunteer when things needed to get done, helping to organize several Gaudiano family reunions (where her pastitsio and baklava were always a hit), as well as several Quincy High school reunions. She served in the PTA at the Willard School, and taught CCD for many years at St. Mary’s Church, where she also served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Her first job was as a clerk in Drohan’s candy store, on Copeland Street in West Quincy. in the 1940s; her last was as a loan officer at South Shore Bank, in Quincy Center, in the 1990s. The years in between were largely spent caring for her husband, her children, her parents, and her friends. She had a long and respectable career in the Olindy’s candlepin bowling league, and loved low stakes gambling, especially penny ante poker, scratch cards, and the family football pools and numbers games that she often ran. She enjoyed attending plays and concerts, especially if her children and grandchildren were performing, and had a particular appreciation for the music of Barry White. In retirement, she and Larry enjoyed travelling throughout the United States, babysitting grandchildren, discovering new cocktails, visiting Foxwoods, and meeting friends for pizza at the Pleasant Café in Roslindale– usually wearing a fashionable hat.

Gen will be remembered for her laugh and her sense of humor, and for her ability to look on the bright side. Never one to dwell on disappointment or complain, she did, however, regret the lack of educational opportunity she was afforded, something she made sure her children would have. She was, nonetheless, an avid and wide-ranging reader, and a lifelong learner, always willing to try new things. She also would have liked to have been a little taller, and missed them when she could no longer wear heels.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a loyal, reliable, and fun friend. All who came into her home were warmly welcomed and shown loving kindness.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, and primary caretaker for her last 7, Larry Constas; their children Paula Constas of Somerville, MA; Christopher Constas and his wife Stacey, of Wakefield, MA; and Steven Constas and his wife Stacie, of Dover, NH; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and countless friends made along the way.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend her visitation on Friday April 12, 2024 at the Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St, Quincy, beginning at 9:00am immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00am in St. Mary’s Church of Divine Mercy Parish, 115 Crescent St, West Quincy. Private interment will occur on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gen’s memory to the Special Olympics of NH, P.O. Box 3598 Concord, NH 03302. For more information or to leave condolence messages visit HamelLydon.com.

Frederick D. Smith, Sr.

Frederick D. Smith, Sr. of Quincy, died April 5, 2024, surrounded by his devoted family.

Frederick D. Smith, Sr.

Dick’s life revolved around his loving family.  He once stated that if given the chance he would live his life exactly the same way.  A dedicated worker from an early age he instilled the values of hard work and earning an education to his young family.  Even when working two jobs he never missed one of his children’s activities.  Dick retired from Polaroid after a career that spanned over 30 years.  He was also a 25 year volunteer with the Special Olympics as a coach and banquet organizer.  Dick was a proud veteran of the Army who served during the Korean Conflict.  He had that rare gift of connecting with all people and truly listening and remembering their stories.  He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Loving husband of 55 years to the late Marie A. (Vertullo) Smith.  Devoted father of Frederick D. Smith, Jr. (Lisa) of Squantum, Wayne Smith (Janet) of Plymouth, Caryn Smith (late Donald Timmins) of Quincy, and Mark Smith of Quincy.  Brother of the late Joanne Bannon, III and Ralph Smith, Jr. Companion of Patricia Kachinski of Milton.  Grandfather of MaryGrace Powers, Glen Misho (Kim), Elizabeth Smith (Jacob), Jonathan Smith (Samantha), Spencer Smith and Colin McGrath.  Great grandfather of Chasey Powers and Milo Smith. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, April 15 from 4-7 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 Tuesday prior to the Funeral Service in Quincy Point Congregational Church, 444 Washington St., Quincy at 10AM.  Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frederick may be made to Marie A. Smith Scholarship Fund, c/o Colonial Federal Savings Bank, 15 Beach St., Quincy MA 02170.

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

Ward C. Smith, 93

Ward C. Smith passed into eternal life on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at the age of 93. He was born on August 6, 1930 in Corning, New York to Myron and Gladys (Mattison) Smith. Ward grew up in Corning and was a long-time resident of Quincy, Massachusetts.

Ward C. Smith

Ward’s formal education is in science and engineering. He graduated from Camden High School in New York State, then attended Albany State University and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Science. He graduated from Clarkson University and obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958.

Ward overcame several challenges, including polio, which confined him in bed for a year. He is also a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, but could not see active duty because of the effects of his bout with polio.

In 1953, Ward married Ann, a high school math teacher. They had 3 children: Kevin of Florida; Karen of Texas; and Shawn of Lexington, Massachusetts. Their marriage ended with Ann’s death. Ward also leaves his wife, Evie, to mourn his passing.

Ward was a mechanical engineer and a writer at his core. He spent 40 years developing solutions to problems. He started his engineering career with Ingersoll Rand and, after a short period, moved to Corning Glassworks, where he spent the majority of his working career. His time working for Corning took him to many places, including England for several years. Working in England afforded him and his family the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and northern Africa.

Ward spent 40 years in technology development, mostly in medical diagnostics and instrument design. He started in Corning, New York. He lived in England for several years, opening a facility for Corning, and brought his family to England. The family traveled extensively throughout Europe, Egypt and other countries during their stay in England.

Ward held positions in technology management and business development. He helped establish Corning Medical and had several inventions. His corporate management experience fostered a lasting interest in behavioral psychology, and he acknowledges that his largest business centered more on people than technology.

Ward was also an author, having published several engineering articles as well as books that grappled with religion and human behavior. These books include Who Me? Choosing Radiance, A Better Way of Being and Upside Down – Discovering Creation. He was passionate about discussing religion, particularly the gap between Christian belief and the way the world works. In his books, he suggests that science, psychology and religion represent a “Bermuda Triangle,” where the storm fronts of truth and myth collide to sink beliefs. He always had an interest in writing and has had his work published in Management Review Magazine.

On a personal note, Ward loved puttering in the yard, including mowing the lawn and planting flowers and vegetables. He was a long-time member and a tireless worker for St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, 1 Linden St., Quincy (the Wollaston neighborhood). Visitation with family, as well as coffee, will be from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Following the service, a luncheon will be served at the Church, and everyone’s invited. Interment, at a later date, will be private, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne .

Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For information and on-line condolences, please visit HameLydon.com.

William J. Peters Sr., 87

William Joseph “Bill” Peters Sr., 87, of Wollaston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024. William was born on January 23, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts to parents William T. and Catherine Peters.

William J. Peters Sr.

Educated at Boston Trade High School, Bill dedicated 30 years of military service to his country. He proudly served in the Air National Guard as a Communications Electronics Systems Manager achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He served for 36 years.

Bill leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary (Greene) Peters, his loving children: daughter Annmarie and her husband Denis Rush; son William Jr. and his wife Angie; and son Michael and his wife Anne. He was the proud grandfather to Jonathan and Zachary Rush, Matthew; Brian (Erin), Erin and Nathan Peters; and Ryan, Owen, and Joseph Peters. His memory will be treasured by his sisters Ethel Kinder (Ken) and Kathleen Deschenes: brothers Jack (Diane) and Bobby (Claire Coen) Peters. He was a cherished brother-in-law and uncle to many. He was preceded in passing by his parents.

Bill was a cherished member of the Wollaston community for over 60 years. He served as an usher and Eucharistic Minister at St. Ann Church for many years. He also was a member of the brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus North Quincy Council 2259 for several years. He especially enjoyed coin collecting, golfing with his friends and savoring trips to Hilton Head Island and Chicago with his family. He cherished his title of “Ga” as he was called by his grandchildren and many others who knew him in his later years.

Bill’s memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him as he leaves behind a legacy of love, service, and devotion.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, April 18, 2024, 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 10 AM on Friday, April 19, 2024, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 11 AM.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Bill’s name to American Diabetes Association by visiting: www.diabetes.org or Wounded Warrior Project by visiting: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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

Lily C. Todd

Lily Catherine Todd died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.  She was born on July 11, 1942 in Boston, the daughter of William Todd and Margaret (Todd) Ironside, both Scottish immigrants.  She was a 1960 graduate of Jamaica Plain High School.  She formerly worked for the Braintree Highway Department, and then, for many years with Bell Telephone/NYNEX/Verizon.  She retired in 1997.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s parish in Quincy.

Lily C. Todd

Lily enjoyed life, her friends and her family.  She was always ready to smile or laugh.  She got pleasure from the simple things in life; clam rolls at Tony’s, D’Angelo’s No. 9 steak sub, Bingo and Texas-hold em, calls from friends and family, and the view of the salt marsh from her apartment window.  She was a big fan of the Patriots and Red Sox.  She loved helping others.  She was a volunteer for the Reading Roundup and at the local senior center, and she was a generous supporter of many charities.

Lily was predeceased by her brother, Robert F. Smith, her sister, Ann Parker, and her nephews, Stephen Parker, Craig Smith and Robert F. Smith Jr.  She leaves her nephews, Joseph Smith of Phillipston, MA, Donald Smith of West Palm Beach, FL, Bruce Parker of Naples, FL, James Parker of Stuart, FL, and many grand-nieces and nephews.  She was a long-time resident of the Moorings in North Quincy, where she had many friends.

Lily will be interred with her parents in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston.  In accordance with Lily’s wishes, there will be no public service.

Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For information and online condolences, please visit HamelLydon.com.

Sheila L. Wojdakowski, 69

Sheila L. Wojdakowski, of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. She was 69. 

Sheila L. Wojdakowski

Sheila was born in Cambridge on March 14, 1955, and was the daughter of the late Stanley A. and Margaret M. (Kenneally) Wojdakowski. She was raised in Charlestown and attended local catholic schools.  She worked up until retirement at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.  Sheila was an avid member of The Houghs Neck Community Center.

Sheila was the beloved partner of the late Arthur Webb. Together the two shared over 30 loving years. She was the devoted sister of Paula Crawford and her late husband James of Franklin, Susan McGuire and her husband Robert of Charlestown, Laura Johnson and her husband William of Charlestown, Margaret Shea and her husband Stephen of Stoneham, the late John Wojdakowski, the late Janet Wojdakowski, and the late Michael Wojdakowski and his surviving wife Karen of Stoneham. Sheila was survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. Sheila also had a loving relationship with the late Arthur Webb’s children: Cheryl Clifford of Cambridge, Kimberly Webb of Maine, Jeffrey Webb of Hingham, and Jennifer Webb of Cambridge.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 9-11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Her funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 11 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Services will conclude with entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Sheila’s name to Houghs Neck Community Center, 1193 Sea St., Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Steven P. Locke, 70

Steven Philip Locke, of Quincy, died peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham. He was 70.

Steven P. Locke

Steven was born in Brockton on March 13, 1954, and was the son of the late Stanley Warren and Madeline Louise (Greene) Locke. He was raised in Brockton and Quincy, attended local schools, and graduated from Quincy High School. Following graduation, Steven enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. on March 20, 1972. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on December 22, 1973. After his time in the service, Steven worked as a tractor trailer driver for Robbins Beef Co., Inc. in Boston. He retired in 2021 after over 20 years of service to the community. 

Steven played baseball for the Brockton Pony League, and after moving to Quincy, Steven joined the Morrisette Baseball Post 294. He also played Sandlot at Fenway Park. 

In his spare time Steven enjoyed going to the beach, tanning, attending sporting events, and loved all the Boston teams.

Steven was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann (Nolan) Locke of Quincy. The two married on August 30, 2004. Together they have shared 40 loving years. He was the devoted stepfather of Christopher Ballum and his wife Erin of Abington. Steven was the loving step-grandfather of Ryan, Owen, and Timothy Ballum, all of Abington. He was the dear brother of John Donovan and his wife Dianne of Brockton, James Donovan and his wife Kim of Georgia, the late Linda Jean Locke, the late Thomas Locke, and the late Sandra Donovan. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, April 21, 2024, 2-5 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. 

His funeral service and interment will be held privately. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Steven’s name to the Mass General Cancer Center and mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, please be sure to indicate that the gift is a tribute gift in memory of Steven.

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