Ian W. Sinclair, 47

Ian William Sinclair, of Quincy, died June 24, 2022.

Ian W. Sinclair

Ian passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 24, 2022, at the age of 47. He graduated Suma Cum Laude in Business Management from Quincy College, and worked in an array of fields, including the restaurant industry and healthcare. He loved history, and was an avid Red Sox and Nascar fan. Ian was a descendant of the McClain and Clough clans of Scotland, and of the Freeman clan of Ireland. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the older son of the late Deborah Steele and oldest grandchild of the late Gregory Desmond, both of Quincy, MA. Loving brother of Gregory Sinclair of NC and Carolyn Bassett of NC. Cherished grandson of Beverly Desmond of Peabody. Also survived by 3 uncles, 2 aunts, and 8 nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his beloved dog Icy, who was a faithful companion to both Ian and his mother.

Final arrangements will be held in the coming weeks and published once scheduled.  Friends are welcome to attend. See Keohane.com for online condolences.

Anne M. Howley, 87

Anne Marie (McDonald) Howley, 87, of Quincy, died on June 22, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Anne M. Howley

The beloved wife of the late Thomas C. Howley. Sister of Grace Potier of Marblehead, Ruth and Mary McDonald both of Quincy, George McDonald and his wife Pat of Milton and the late John McDonald. Sister in Law of Gail McDonald of Milton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Anne Marie worked for Shawmut Bank in Boston for more than 40 years. She had a very special place in her heart for her poodle Muffy. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 28 in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St.,  Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Tuesday at 2 p.m.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

C. Robert Foy, 79

C. Robert Foy, age 79, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, June 23, 2022 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

C. Robert Foy

Bob was born in Quincy, to the late Charles R. and M. Phyllis (Chamberlain) Foy. He was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1960. He attended the College of the Holy Cross and Northeastern University.

Bob was a real estate broker and founder of Assurance Realty of Quincy, which he operated for twenty-three years. Previously he was employed as a sales representative for Raytheon Corporation and Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

Bob was a longtime member and past president of The Neighborhood Club of Quincy where he and his wife Fran enjoyed many friendships. Bob was also a past president of Adams Heights Men’s Club of Quincy.

Most importantly, Bob was dedicated to his family. He was especially proud of his nineteen grandchildren, Sarah, Shannon, Erin, Michaela, Julia, Jessica, Jaime, Jillian, Mary, Audrey, Cate, Emma, Chloe, Nora, Savannah, Declan, Christyna, Cathryn and Paul – actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments. He enjoyed spending time with all of them.

Bob was an avid gardener and took great pride in sharing his vegetables – especially tomatoes with family and friends. He also loved history and had a passion for reading.

Beloved husband for fifty-six years of Frances M. “Fran” (Contrino) Foy.

Devoted father of Mary E. Pellegrino and her husband David of Braintree, Kathleen F. Marchetti and her husband Harry of North Reading, Christine P. Howley and her husband Paul of Milton, Charles Joseph Foy and his wife Kaitlyn of Pembroke, Stephanie A. Verrengia and her husband Jonathan of Canton, and Kelly A. Draicchio and her husband Chris of Braintree.

He was predeceased by his sister, Maureen P. Blackman.

Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy, on Thursday, June 30, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or stjude.org/donate.

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

Paul A.A. Nisula, 80

Paul A.A. Nisula, age 80, of Weymouth, formerly of Abington, died peacefully, Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul A.A. Nisula

Paul was born in Quincy, to the late Walter Olavi and Esther L. (Lindberg) Nisula. He was raised and educated in Quincy, and graduated from high school in Madrid, Spain, while his father was serving as a civilian electronics engineer for the United States Department of the Navy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, Class of 1963.

He lived in Weymouth for the past six years, previously in Abington for over forty years, and earlier in Hanson.

Paul was proud to have served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict with the Signal Operation Battalion Central Army Group N.A.T.O. Germany.

He was employed as an insurance field representative in the insurance industry for forty years and was well known in the industry. He retired in 2007.

Paul had a passion for vintage film cameras and was skilled in their maintenance and appraisal. He was a longtime active member of the Photographic Historical Society of New England. Paul had an affinity for music. He loved to sing and could play multiple instruments. He also had an interest in foreign languages and could speak multiple languages, including Finnish, German, and Spanish. Paul was proud of his Finnish heritage. His late parents were chroniclers of the history of Finnish immigrants who settled in Quincy, especially their role in the city’s granite industry.

Beloved husband for fifty-seven years of Paula L. (Peterson) Nisula.

Devoted father of George Edwin Nisula and his wife Kathy Ann Chase of Abington, Emily J. Hanlon and her husband James of Braintree.

Loving grandfather of Timothy G. Hanlon of Braintree.

Dear brother of Nancy E. Taylor of New Hampshire.

Paul is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, services were private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Lucia A. Blaser, 71

Lucia A. (DelRosso) Blaser, age 71, of Hanson, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, June 24, 2022 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Lucia A. Blaser

Lucia was born in Quincy, to the late Michael and Lucy (Rosati) DelRosso. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1969. She earned an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Quincy Vocational Technical School. She lived in Hanson for forty-four years.

Lucia was primarily a devoted homemaker but had also worked as a dental assistant for four years as well as an operations manager for GTE Sylvania in Needham for seven years.

She served as a volunteer for the Duxbury Bay Area Regional Medical Reserve Corps for many years and was an active parishioner of Saint Joseph the Worker Church in Hanson.

Lucia loved music, cooking, gardening, and also had an interest in photography. Most of all, Lucia was devoted to her family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for forty-eight years years of John H. Blaser.

Devoted mother of Catherine L. Blaser and her partner Sayone Thihalolipavan of San Diego, Calif., Kristin M. Blunt and her husband Taylor of Richmond, Va., and Jeffrey M. Blaser of Hanson.

Loving grandmother of Clara Lucia Sayone. Lucia was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second granddaughter, Elaina Taylor Blunt.

Dear sister of Joseph DelRosso and his wife Mary Jean of Heath, Columbia Wojciechowski of Braintree, Lena Young and her husband Ralph of Norwell, Michael DelRosso and his wife Denise of Halifax, and predeceased by Philip DelRosso and his late wife Claire.

Lucia is also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, great aunt Eleanor Archer, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, June 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Lucia’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or dana-farber.org.

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

Rep. Lynch Statement Following SC Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade

U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade:

“In overruling Roe v. Wade and nearly five decades of carefully-deliberated precedent protecting the fundamental right to privacy of all Americans, this Supreme Court majority has unwisely resolved to place political ideology above its Constitutional role as the impartial arbiter of the law and a guardian of our Constitution.

“To the lasting detriment of the Court’s own legitimacy, this unwarranted and clearly political decision will invite—and even compel—additional government interference into private healthcare decisions and certainly threatens other core civil liberties derived from the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

“As a proud cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, I will continue to strongly support efforts to codify Roe v. Wade into law and ensure that the Constitutional right to privacy is not subject to political whim.”

Baker Signs Executive Order To Protect Access To Reproductive Health Care Services

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade on Friday (June 24), Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order to protect access to reproductive health care services in the Commonwealth.

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the Supreme Court which will have major consequences for women across the country who live in states with limited access to reproductive health care services. The Commonwealth has long been a leader in protecting a woman’s right to choose and access to reproductive health services, while other states have criminalized or otherwise restricted access,” Baker said. “This executive order will further preserve that right and protect reproductive health care providers who serve out of state residents. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v Wade, it is especially important to ensure that Massachusetts providers can continue to provide reproductive health care services without concern that the laws of other states may be used to interfere with those services or sanction them for providing services that are lawful in the Commonwealth.”

“We are proud of the Commonwealth’s history of ensuring access to reproductive health care, and will continue to do so, despite today’s ruling from the Supreme Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “With these actions, Massachusetts is once again leading the way in protecting a woman’s right to choose.”

Several other states have imposed laws that would criminalize providing abortions and other reproductive health services, and this executive order would protect providers who perform these services for out of state individuals as well as individuals from out of state who seek services that are lawful in Massachusetts.

The order prohibits any Executive Department agencies from assisting another state’s investigation into a person or entity for receiving or delivering reproductive health services that are legal in Massachusetts.

The order also protects Massachusetts providers who deliver reproductive health care services from losing their professional licenses or receiving other professional discipline based on potential out of state charges.

Under the executive order, the Commonwealth will not cooperate with extradition requests from other states pursuing criminal charges against individuals who received, assisted with, or performed reproductive health services that are legal in Massachusetts.

Click here to view the Executive Order.

Baker Signs VOTES ACT Into Law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the VOTES Act into law this week, permanently codifying expanded voter access first made popular in Massachusetts during 2020, following recent votes by the Senate and House approving the legislation earlier this session. This sweeping voter reform encompasses a number of programs and supports to increase voter access, including mail-in and early voting.

“Democracy is a process through which everyone has a voice. We need to ensure those voices are being heard,” said Sen. John F. Keenan in a statement. “These provisions have made voting so much easier and efficient for so many Massachusetts residents, ultimately steering us toward a more representative and responsive government. Getting more people involved in the process will allow elected officials to get a better sense of what our constituents want.”

Thanks to expanded voter access, Massachusetts saw record high voter turnouts in 2020. Approximately 3.6 million residents cast ballots in 2020, totaling 76% of all registered voters. More than 40% of voters cast ballots by mail in the 2020 general election, with another 23% participating during early voting. Similarly, more than 1.7 million people voted in the 2020 state primary, the highest number of voters ever in a state primary. Close to half of all voters voted by mail during the primary.

“Instead of a mass mailing of ballots as some believe and which I am opposed to, Massachusetts voters will now be able to receive a mail-in ballot through a simple application process, making voting more inclusive,” said Sen. Keenan. “Voters who are physically unable to get to a polling place and voters with inflexible work schedules will now have fewer barriers to participating in the democratic process.”

The VOTES Act encompasses the following components:

Permanent mail-in voting

  • Allows registered voters to vote by mail for any presidential, state or municipal primary or election.
    • Municipalities may opt out of offering early voting by mail for any municipal preliminary or election not held on the same day as a state or federal election.
  • Allows registered voters to request a mail-in ballot for all applicable preliminaries, primaries, and elections in the calendar year.
  • Requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth to send out mail-in ballot applications, with return postage guaranteed, to registered voters before each presidential primary, state primary, and biennial state election.
  • Requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth to implement an online portal to allow voters to request a mail-in ballot.
  • Requires mail-in ballot applications to be posted on every municipality’s website.
  • Guarantees return postage for all mail-in ballots.

Expanded early voting in-person

  • Enshrines two weeks (including two weekends) of early voting in-person for biennial state elections and one week (including one weekend) for presidential or state primaries.
  • Requires municipalities to establish accessible early voting sites.
  • Requires larger municipalities to have early voting sites open for longer hours during early voting.
  • Allows municipalities to opt-in to early voting in-person for any other municipal election not held on the same day as a state or federal election.

Electronic voting options for voters with disabilities and service members

  • Enables a voter with disabilities to request accommodations from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, including an accessible electronic ballot application, ballot, and voter affidavit that can be submitted electronically.
  • Streamlines the voting process for uniformed and overseas citizens, giving them the option to vote through an electronic system approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Registration reforms

  • Moves the voter registration deadline from 20 to 10 days before a preliminary, primary, or election.
  • Requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s online voter registration portal to be offered in multiple languages.
  • Clarifies the automatic voter registration process.

Jail-based voting reforms

  • Helps ensure that incarcerated individuals who are currently eligible to vote can exercise their voting rights.
  • Requires correctional facilities to display and distribute voter education and election information materials as prepared by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  • Requires facilities to assist individuals who are incarcerated and may be eligible to vote in registering, applying for and returning mail-in ballots.
  • Requires Secretary of the Commonwealth to provide guidance to local election officials about the qualifications and rights of eligible incarcerated voters and how to process their applications to register and vote.
  • Requires facilities to provide voting information and a voter registration form upon an individual’s release from the facility.

Flexibility for local officials and improvements to election administration

  • Gives municipalities the option to set up secure drop boxes for mail-in ballots.
  • Allows election officials to pre-process mail-in and early voting ballots (by opening up envelopes and verifying signatures in advance of Election Day).
  • Eases the process by which election officials can appoint and fill vacancies in poll workers.
  • Gives municipalities discretion as to the use of check-out lists at polling locations.
  • Requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth to join the Electronic Registration Information Center by July 1 to help Massachusetts keep more accurate voting rolls.
  • Instructs the Secretary of the Commonwealth to conduct a comprehensive public awareness campaign to highlight the provisions in the bill.

Preparations by the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office are now underway to ensure provisions covered by the VOTES Act will be in effect in time for the September primary.

MA Public Health Officials Confirm Six New Monkeypox Cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Thursday (June 23) six additional cases of monkeypox in adult males within the past week, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to 13 since the first Massachusetts case was announced May 18.

DPH now provides public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday. The six cases announced today had their diagnoses between June 16 and June 22 after initial testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain. Confirmatory testing is done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPH is working with local health officials, the patients, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious. All six individuals are currently isolating to prevent spread to others.

Current data from CDC indicate that there have been 156 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents. Updated case counts can be obtained on the CDC’s website: 2022 U.S. Map and Case Count. There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in 2-4 weeks. Although many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, the risk is not limited to the LGBTQ community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. In many of the recent cases, the locations of the rash lesions suggest transmission during sexual contact. Examples where monkeypox can spread and where it does not:

  • Monkeypox can spread through:
    • Direct skin-to-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
    • Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
    • Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox).
  • Monkeypox does not spread through:
    • Casual conversations. Walking by someone with monkeypox in a grocery store, for instance. Touching items like doorknobs.

Clinicians are asked to be alert to the possibility of monkeypox virus infection in individuals who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or may have only a few. Learn more about how to recognize monkeypox.

Actions for people to consider to help reduce the risk from monkeypox include:

  • Avoid large gatherings like raves and dance parties where you may have lots of close body contact with others
  • Ask any partner, especially new partners whose health status and recent travel history you are not familiar with, if they have any symptoms of monkeypox
  • Stay informed by reading information available on the DPH and CDC websites.

As the CDC advises, if you believe you may have monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask and cover your rash or lesions when around others. Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they may have touched.

Clinicians should consult with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 to determine if testing is indicated. Consultation is required before submitting specimens.

For more information about this virus, visit www.mass.gov/monkeypox and www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.

UMass Marching Band To Headline Quincy Christmas Parade

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst Minuteman Marching Band has committed to headline the 69th annual City of Quincy Christmas parade, Mayor Thomas Koch announced Thursday (June 23).

Over 380 students are part of one of the most decorated college marching bands in the nation and will participate in the parade which will take place Sunday, Nov. 27.

Under the leadership of Director Timothy Todd Anderson, the Minuteman Marching Band has emerged as one of the nation’s outstanding band programs.

The band has performed for President Inaugural ceremonies, participated in the Macy’s Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade in recent years. The highly acclaimed band has also been the recipient of the most prestigious honor bestowed upon college bands, The Louis C. Sudler Trophy.

The band is noted for its award-winning drumline, large and powerful horn section and enthusiastic color guard that will certainly bring great entertainment to the parade spectators. Spectators from Quincy and beyond come by the thousand to watch the two-mile-long parade route down Hancock Street from Quincy Square to North Quincy High School.

“This is the largest and most decorated band to march in the long history of this parade,” Koch said. “We are pleased to welcome them to our city and share their musical skills with all our citizens. I am sure that they will bring great pride our many citizens who are alumni of UMass and look forward to the large crowds that a band of this caliber will attract to our already great tradition.”