Firefighters Battle Quincy Center House Fire

Quincy firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire on Granite Street in Quincy Center on Sunday afternoon. Courtesy photo.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy firefighters on Sunday battled a two-alarm house fire on Granite Street in Quincy Center, the cause of which remained under investigation on Monday afternoon.

The fire at 166 Granite St., which is located on the corner of Fort Street, was called in around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Baylis said the decks on the rear exterior of the house were “fully involved” when firefighters first arrived, with the fire extending into the attic of the home.

A second alarm was struck soon after firefighters arrived for additional manpower, Baylis said. Five engine trucks, three ladders and the department’s rescue truck all responded to the scene. Firefighters remained on site for three hours, with a fire watch posted until 11 p.m. Sunday.

“The guys did a good job keeping it in check,” Baylis said.

The fire displaced a man who had been living inside the home. The man was able to escape from the residence after a neighbor alerted him to the fire.

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries but were able to remain on scene, Baylis said.

The house was severely damaged by the fire, the deputy chief said, with fire damage in the attic, roof and the rear exterior of the building and water damage on the first and second floors.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Monday afternoon, Baylis said, but it did not appear to be suspicious in nature.

 

Photo courtesy Quincy Firefighters IAFF Local 792. 

Marc A. Darois, 36

Marc A. Darois, age 36, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Marc A. Darois

Marc was born and raised in Quincy and was a graduate of the Class of 2003 at Quincy High School where he was a proud member of the football team.

He was an accomplished electrician and licensed journeyman and member of IBEW Local 103.

Marc enjoyed coin collecting, a hobby he shared with his father, Al. He also enjoyed fishing and was a sports enthusiast. Marc cherished spending time with his daughter, Sadie, and her mother, Erin.

Beloved father of Sadie M. Darois and loving longtime partner of Erin Smith of Wareham. Devoted son of Alfred A. Darois and his wife Aileen of Weymouth, Debra J. “Debbi” (Quintiliani) Zeboski and her husband Stephen of Holbrook. Dear brother of Matthew A. Darois of Holbrook and Jillian B. Darois of Weymouth.

Grandson of Adele (Bessette) Quintiliani of Weymouth and her late husband Anthony Quintiliani and the late Sadie (Napoli Darois) Pittsley and Thomas Pittsley. Nephew of Denise and Wayne Milford of Quincy, Anthony and Laurie Quintiliani of Las Vegas, Nev., Adele Quintiliani of Weymouth, Paula Darois Verlicco of Weymouth, Thomas and Maureen Pittsley of Milford, the late Dana Sullivan and Lorna Darois. Mr. Darois is also survived by many cousins and extended family members and friends.

Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, December 4, from 9 – 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Marc’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.

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

Beatrice Lund, 89

Beatrice “Bea” (Bennett) Lund of Quincy, died peacefully on November 22, 2021, surrounded by her family. Bea was 89 years old.

Beatrice Lund

Cherished mother of Cathy Ann Bergen of Quincy, Barry Bergen and his wife Zhen of Quincy, beloved grandmother of Linda Bergen and her partner Edward Chapin of Randolph, Annie Bergen of Boston, and Alexander Bergen of Lowell. Loving great grandmother of Travis Testa and his husband Timothy of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Leo Cleary of Dorchester. Dearly beloved “Aunt Bea” to her many nieces and nephews. Bea is now reunited with her five brothers and sisters, Fred, Herb, Millie, Estelle (Dolly), and Caroline who have gone before her.

Born on June 9, 1932 in Amesbury, Bea earned a degree from Boston State College, and made a career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools System. A longtime resident of 1000 Southern Artery, Bea delighted in being a member of that vibrant community. She participated in many classes and activities, including yoga, computer class, and her beloved meditation group. She loved spending time with her friends; having a talk, sharing a meal, and always having a laugh.

Quick to help out, Bea was always there with a helping hand, or a willing ear. Bea had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was a member of the local chorus Belles and Beaux. She went often to Nantasket Beach, finding tranquility and inspiration in the sea and sun. She loved, with a little paint, to turn ordinary rocks into works of art. Bea loved sunflowers, geraniums, and dandelions.

Right to the end, she was excited about learning something new, making discoveries about the world around her, finding beauty in simplicity. She was a pillar of strength for her family; the glue that held it all together. She is missed every day. We will always aim to honor her favorite phrase: “Be friendly, kind, and generous.”

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Bea’s Life, to be held at the Common Market, 97 Willard Street, Quincy, on Friday, December 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Buffet at 1:00, eulogy and remembrances at 2:15.

For those wishing to donate in Bea’s name, contributions to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated.

Funeral arrangements were made by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

Alexander A. Parzych, 75

Alexander A. Parzych, 75, of Quincy died November 25, 2021.

Alexander A. Parzych

The beloved husband of 55 years to Kathryn (Manning) Parzych of Quincy.  Beloved father of Kimberly, Alexander and Daniel Parzych and his wife Lori. Grandfather of Danielle, step grandfather of Rebecca Gray and Nicholas Gray and 4 step great grandchildren. Brother in law of Rita Manning, Peggy Mullen and her husband William and the late Roberta and Stanley Pridham. Son of the late Alexander and Louise (Santosuosso) Parzych. Brother of Louise, Irene, Mary and Steven and the late John, William and Edward. Alexander is also survived by many loving nieces, nephew and friends.

A proud Vietnam Navy veteran. Al worked as a boiler plant operator for the VA Hospital in West Roxbury and retired from the VA Hospital in JP. He was the former owner of Bix Furniture in Watertown for many years.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday 3-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Quincy.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Leo R. Verrochi, 86

Leo Robert Verrochi, aged 86, of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Leo R. Verrochi

Leo was born on January 21, 1935, in Boston and raised in Dorchester on Wilrose Street, named in part after his mother, Rosina. Leo attended Boston Technical High School, then went on to graduate with a degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University in 1957. After beginning his career in  Boston, he moved to southeast Alaska to build roads and highways throughout the region.

While in Alaska he married the love of his life, Lottie Minnie (Hellested), who came to join him from her home in Boston. In 1964, they returned to Massachusetts where Leo would complete his near 50-year career in construction, working on many infrastructure projects and mentoring the next generation of engineers and tradespeople, until retiring in 2006. Leo and Lottie shared a 60-year marriage, during which they had many adventures, including raising their four children: Melissa Gae, Leo Croce, Kara Rose, and Peter Louis.

As a young man Leo ran track, learned to fly, earning both pilot and instrument licenses, and also served in the National Guard as a tank captain. He was a great fan of music and humor, an avid ballroom dancer, and continued to ski into his 70s. Leo earned his Coast Guard captain’s license and was a lifetime member of the Dorchester Yacht Club and enjoyed boating with family and friends and passed on his love of sailing to his children. Leo was active in many community groups and could always be found enthusiastically supporting his children’s many activities. Having grown up on a farm in Dorchester, Leo was an avid gardener and could be found working in his yard daily, giving him great joy until the end. He loved and was active in his church community, Faith Lutheran Church. There, he served as a deacon, church council member, and self-appointed arbiter of coffee-hour. Leo also served on the Board of Directors at Camp Calumet in Ossipee, NH, where he and Lottie spent many summers enjoying family camp.

Leo is survived by his wife, Lottie, his children Melissa, Croce, and Kara, son-in-law Edward Silva, daughter-in-law Susan Wyard Verrochi, grandchildren Paris and Henry Wyard, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, two sisters, and son Peter. Truly blessed, Leo will be missed by a loving network of relatives, friends, and colleagues with whom he shared his opinions, advice, and numerous humorous stories.

A wake is scheduled from 3pm-7pm on Friday, Dec 3, 2021, at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave, Milton, MA. A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00 am in Faith Lutheran Church, 201 Granite Street, Quincy, where a facial mask and maintaining social distance protocols will be required.

A time of fellowship and good cheer will follow.

Funeral arrangements were made by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

William Kenerson, 68

William M. “Bucksie” Kenerson, passed away on November 24, 2021 at the age of 68, in his hometown of Hull. His battle with serious medical issues in recent months showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile.

William Kenerson

He was the beloved husband of Julie Kenerson (Clancy) of Hull, with whom he shared 45 loving years of marriage. Devoted father of Sean and Kelly Kenerson of Hull, Timothy and Laura Kenerson of Marshfield and Robert Kenerson of Hull. Papa Bucks to William, Charles, Samuel, Joseph, Maxwell, Theodore, Christina, and George Kenerson. He is survived by his siblings Drs. John and Lisbet Kenerson of Hampton, VA, Paul and Lainey Kenerson of Wenham, Thomas and Hirity Kenerson of Manor, TX, Marie Kenerson of Sanibel, FL, Carol Wilson of Brighton, and Dr. Kevin and LuAnn Kenerson of Yarmouth, ME.  He is predeceased by his brother, Brian Kenerson who is survived by Kathy Kenerson of Aptos, CA.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

He was born on July 17, 1953 to the late John and Marie (Parkes) Kenerson, raised in the Allerton Hill area of Hull. Bill grew up with a large extended family and many lifelong friends. Bill often spoke fondly of his close knit family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Bill met the love of his life Julie (Clancy), whom he married in 1976.  They spent the next 30 years in the Wollaston area of Quincy where they enjoyed raising their three boys and making lifelong memories.

Bill was a proud graduate of Boston College High School, class of 1971 and Bridgeton Academy in Maine. He was a 35-year member of Teamsters Local 25 as a mechanic at Stop & Shop. He was a lifelong member of Hull and Quincy Yacht Clubs and a member of the Nantasket Beach Salt Water and Hull Lions Clubs.

Bucks will be missed dearly, but we will think of him fondly when enjoying some of his favorite things; sailing in the bay, a game of cribbage on the front porch of the cottage or watching one of his favorite Hallmark movies. Love you Bucks!

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4 to 8 PM on Wednesday, December 1st, at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at St. Mary of Assumption Parish, Hull.

Services will conclude at Hull Village Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Anna M. Hutchings

Anna M. (Graham) Hutchings of Squantum died November 24, 2021.

Anna M. Hutchings

Born August 26, 1932 to the late Frederick and Sarah (Moran) Graham. Anna graduated from North Quincy High School and was called “The Giant” because of her larger than life personality. She worked as a waitress at the Mug & Muffin and was a teacher’s aide with mentally challenged children at Squantum School. She retired as an office clerk for Stop & Shop.

Anna enjoyed making quilts for family and friends, playing cards on Saturday nights, praying the rosary every day, and dancing with the love of her life, Hutch. She was an outgoing little ball of energy who loved to laugh and talk to people. She was the last to leave the party and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Harold E. “Hutch” Hutchings, Sr. Cherished mother of Sharon Kimball and her husband Brad of Lenoir, NC, Regina Doyle of Pembroke, Michael Hutchings of Squantum, Theresa Vradenburg and her husband Jeff of Quincy, David Hutchings and his wife Deb of Quincy, and the late Harold E. Hutchings, Jr. Devoted Grammie of Gwynne and Michael Doyle and his wife Amanda, all of Pembroke, Ryan and Nicholas Hutchings of Squantum, Sarah Hutchings of Mashpee, and Haley and Graham Vradenburg and Gavin Hutchings, all of Quincy.  Great Grammie of Kaylin and Kylea Doyle of Pembroke. Anna was the youngest sister and was predeceased by her 13 siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday 3-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Anna may be made to Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-3604.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Quincy’s Joseph Brill Remembered For Devotion To Veterans, Other Worthy Community Causes

JOE BRILL, commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 294, Morrisette Legion Post, speaks at the SAL Veterans Day observance Nov. 7 at Flags for Veterans Island. Mr. Brill died Thursday while attending the Quincy-North Quincy Thanksgiving Day football game. He is being remembered as a loyal veterans advocate and devoted community volunteer. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

By SCOTT JACKSON

Joseph Brill, an advocate for veterans and Quincy’s unofficial ambassador for the game of baseball, died Thursday while attending the annual Quincy-North Quincy football at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.

Mr. Brill, a 1974 graduate of Quincy High School, served in the United States Navy from 1975 to 1979 and had been stationed aboard the USS America. He later worked for the Massachusetts State Lottery.

A supporter of veterans’ causes, Mr. Brill was an active member of the Sons of American Legion, Squadron 294, Morrisette American Legion Post, and had been serving as the squadron’s commander at the time of his death. Mr. Brill’s wife, Terry, is a member of Post 294’s Ladies Auxiliary.

George Bouchard, the city’s grave registration officer, said he had known Mr. Brill since the 1980s and called him a good friend.

“He was a great Legionnaire, a good friend, an all-around great guy and a very popular gentleman,” Bouchard said Friday.

Mr. Brill participated in numerous veterans’ events over the years, speaking at SAL ceremonies and marching in parades.

“We are so lucky to be from a city with rich military history,” Mr. Brill said during the squadron’s Nov. 7 observance at Flags for Veterans Island in Fort Square. “We decorated this island with 400 flags and over 600 bricks for those who have served, are serving and paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep America free.

“I ask each of you to take time to reflect, to remember and to honor.”

Aside from his work on behalf of veterans, Mr. Brill was Quincy’s unofficial ambassador for the sport of baseball and one of the biggest fans of the Boston Red Sox, in Quincy or elsewhere, having attended hundreds of games at Fenway Park during his lifetime.

It was at one such game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in September 2013 that Mr. Brill suffered a near-fatal heart attack. He made a miraculous recovery and returned to the ballpark for Game 6 of the 2013 World Series the following month, when Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the championship. Mr. Brill was able to celebrate with the Red Sox on the field after the game and was invited to ride in a duck boat during the team’s victory parade days later.

“I was flabbergasted,” Mr. Brill said in a 2013 interview. “I went from being dead at Fenway to coming back watching the World Series seven weeks later and on a duck boat – two million people throughout the city of Boston and on the Charles River. It’s hard to put into words.”

The World Series win had extra significance for Mr. Brill because his brother Bob had pitched in the Cardinals organization prior to his untimely death in 1983.

“It was very, very special.  I always bring him with me,” Mr. Brill said at the time, referring to his brother’s jersey that he wore to games.

In September 2014, nearly one year to the day after his heart attack, Mr. Brill had the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Red Sox home game against the Baltimore Orioles, joined on the mound by the EMTs who had rushed to his aid.

“Life can be gone in an instant,” Mr. Brill said in a 2014 interview reflecting on the events of the prior 12 months. “Enjoy life.”

In recent years, Mr. Brill had also been involved in the effort to restore a 1924 carousel his grandfather Dominick DeAngelis had operated on Fensmere Street in Houghs Neck from 1940 to 1954. That carousel had sat in pieces under the Brill family home in Houghs Neck for years before it was relocated to Ohio in 1988.

In 2016, a group of Buffalo, New York, residents looking to bring a historic carousel to city agreed to purchase and restore the ride. The carousel reopened this Memorial Day weekend at its new home on the shores of Lake Erie.

Mr. Brill had a chance to see the carousel in person this spring and helped assemble it.

“I was in tears,” he said in a March interview. “These are pieces I played on as kids. My friends in the neighborhood came and played and we crawled under the porch over them and everything else.”

“Quincy has lost a favorite son and longtime devoted and selfless community volunteer,” said Quincy Sun publisher Robert Bosworth, a member of the Sons of the American Legion and friend of Mr. Brill. “If there was a community cause in Quincy, you would find Joe Brill – not just helping but making sure things got done. He was not just a ‘joiner’ he was a ‘doer.’

“Quincy is a better place because Joe Brill cared so much for the city he loved. On behalf of The Sun we express our sincerest condolences to Joe’s family,” Bosworth added.

Visiting hours for Mr. Brill will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy.

A funeral Mass for Mr. Brill will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea St., Quincy (Houghs Neck). Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Mr. Brill’s obituary will be published on The Quincy Sun website when available.

JOE BRILL and his wife Terry at the Nov. 7th Veterans Day observance at Flags for Veterans Island. Joe Brill presented several certificates of appreciate to individuals who helped maintain and beautify the island this year including his wife Terry. Mr. Brill died Thursday. He is being remembered for his selfless acts of kindness and unwavering support for veterans and other worthy community causes. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted on The Quincy Sun website when available. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Brian E. Kelly, 62

Brian E. Kelly, 62, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully in his home on Nov. 17 after a 3 1/2-year battle with cancer.

Brian E. Kelly

A loving husband, devoted father, and lifelong Red Sox fan, he was born in Quincy on May 10, 1959, to his parents John S. Kelly and the late Helen A. Kelly. He is survived by his spouse, Renee Kelly and his two daughters, Stephanie Mercer (Cortland Mercer) and Caroline Kelly, as well as his brother and sister, Kenneth Kelly and Maureen Shepard. He is preceded in death by his brother, John Kelly.

A graduate of Quincy High School and Boston College, Mr. Kelly was an accomplished wrestler. He would go on to have a successful corporate career, but always cited the wrestling mat as the source of the dedication, hard work, and integrity that would become hallmarks of his professional reputation. Mr. Kelly began on the ground floor of the telecommunications industry selling cable subscriptions door to door in the Boston area before climbing the corporate ranks and holding a variety of senior leadership roles. He retired as the chief marketing officer of a leading national cable company and the recipient of numerous professional accolades and industry awards.

Mr. Kelly prided himself on his professional accomplishments, but his deepest commitments were to his faith, his friends, and his family. He lived a full life of rich experiences: cycling the Italian countryside, playing the links at the Old Course at St. Andrews, coaching Stephanie’s youth soccer team, and watching Caroline’s theatre productions, all while cheering tirelessly for the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. He is loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial donations may be made to the Levine Cancer Institute via its website at atriumhealthfoundation.org or the Red Sox Foundation at redsoxfoundation.org/BrianKelly.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. You may view the livestream of the funeral at stgabrielchurch.org/livefunerals.

Bridget A. Donovan, 83

Bridget A. “Bridie” (Nolan) Donovan, 83, of Quincy, formerly of Kingston and Braintree, died peacefully on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at her son’s home in New Hampshire, and surrounded by her loving family.

Bridget A. Donovan

Bridie was born on July 4, 1938, in Galway City, Ireland, and was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Winifred Una Nolan. She was raised in Galway and attended local schools. In 1959, at the age of 21, Bridie fearlessly immigrated to the United States. She lived in New Jersey and South Boston, before making Quincy her new home in 1973.

Bridie was a devoted wife and mother, who raised her family with strong values. She valued education and hard work and saw to it that her children had all the opportunities they wanted in life. Leading by example, Bridie taught her family how to succeed.

Bridie was always an active and engaged mother, but when she became a grandmother, it changed her life completely. She never missed any of her grandchildren’s events or extracurricular activities. Family was very important to Bridie and her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Those who knew Bridie, knew that she lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling around the world, experiencing new cultures, and meeting people. A social butterfly, others were drawn to Bridie for her warm, vibrant, and straight shooter personality. She was a hot ticket and enjoyed telling a great story. Being an avid reader, Bridie was a wealth of knowledge over a broad range of topics. Her children and grandchildren enjoyed listening to her tell stories of her childhood, growing up in Ireland and sharing history. In her spare time, Bridie loved going out to dine with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her lunches with her “Irish Sisters.”

Bridie will be remembered most for her loving, supportive, and courageous spirit. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continues through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Bridie was the beloved wife of the late James H. Donovan, who died in 2018. The two married on Oct. 26, 1963, at St. Peter’s Church in Dorchester. Together they shared 54 loving years of marriage.

She was the devoted mother of James H. Donovan and his wife Alysha of NH, Brenda Mullins and her husband Michael of Dorchester, John Donovan and his wife Heather of Plymouth, and Brendan Donovan and his former wife Karen of Quincy. She was the loving grandmother of Brianna, Jake, Isabella, Nicholas, Emily, Kristen and Jimmy.

Bridie was the dear sister of Phyllis Nolan of NJ, Catherine Silke and her late husband Gregory of London, Ann Nolan of NJ, and William Nolan and his former wife Gail of London. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Patrick Nolan, Bernadette McDonagh, and Michael Nolan. Bridie is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 3-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Agatha’s Church, Milton at 10:30 AM.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bridget may be sent to Home Health Foundation, Attn: Community Engagement, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 or by visiting homehealthfoundation.org/donate.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.