Kenneth Jordan

Kenneth Jordan of Quincy, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a sudden illness at the South Shore Hospital on Wednesday October 7, 2020.

Kenneth Jordan

Born in Brookline, he was a son of the late Leonard Jordan and Margaret “Peggy” (Smith).  Kenneth was a graduate of the Boston Trade High School, and went on to serve a term in the United States Air Force.  Mr. Jordan was a Splicer with the Boston Edison Company, retiring in 1999 after 34 years of service.  Kenneth was entirely devoted to his family, and the greatest joys in his life came from time spent together with them, especially his five grandchildren.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Mary B. (Gill) Jordan of Quincy.  He was the devoted father of Catherine and her husband Timothy McLaughlin of East Bridgewater, Diane and her husband Timothy Boyle of Mt. Pleasant SC, and the brother of Rev. Regis Jordan, OCD of Washington D.C.  He was the loving grandfather of Aidan, Eoin, and Niamh McLaughlin, all of East Bridgewater, and Brendan and Declan Boyle, both of Mt. Pleasant SC.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday October 13, from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Services from the funeral home at 9 AM on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, North Quincy at 10 o’clock. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Kenneth’s memory to Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, MA 02171

Family and friends may offer their support by visiting keohane.com and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

John Canavan Gartner, 49

John Canavan Gartner, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 49.

John Canavan Gartner

Born in Falmouth on September 5, 1971, John was raised in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy. John was the son of the late Helen W. Canavan and Bernard L. Gartner. He attended local schools and graduated from Boston College High School with the Class of 1989 and continued his education at UMass Boston. John worked for Fidelity where he helped build and run the foreign exchange operations. He enjoyed his work and the relationships he built throughout the years. A selfless and caring person, John stopped working in 2014 to stay home and care for his ailing mother up until her death in 2016. Since then, he was a devoted stay at home dad to his two young sons.

Family was the most important part of John’s life. There was not anything else he would rather be doing other than hanging out at home with his children. He always reflected on the summers as a child he spent on the Cape with family and friends, something he wanted his boys to experience as they grew up.  John enjoyed listening to a variety of music and ensured his sons, though young, started to gain an appreciation. An ideal weekend evening for John was cooking a great meal together with his wife, trying a new wine and enjoying a football game. John was very resourceful and practical, always thinking ahead and well informed. He had a unique way with words and was often described by friends as the most genuine and funny person in the room and known for his witty commentary.

John was a sincere, caring and loving person. His love for family and friends is part of his great legacy that continues through his children, family and friends. John will be missed by all the lives he touched.

John was the beloved husband of Michaela A. Edwards, with whom he shared 15 loving years. He was the devoted father of Thomas C. “Tommy” Gartner and Michael B. Gartner, both of Quincy. John is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 4 through 8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy.

Following cremation, John will be interred privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be sent to the charitable organization of one’s choice.

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

Betty Francomano, 96

Betty (Charlton) Francomano, age 96, of Weymouth died Oct. 4 at home with family by her side.

Mrs. Francomano was raised and educated in Wollaston graduating North Quincy High School in 1942. She joined the Navy and served in San Francisco for two years.

She married her husband of 68 years, John, in 1951. They settled in Weymouth to start a family and have lived there since. After the children were older, Mrs. Francomano enjoyed working various part time jobs in the South Shore where she met many friends. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to various island locations, wintering in Florida for ten years, and created many fond memories on Long Island, ME throughout her life. Mrs. Francomano was a true woman of faith who remained involved and dedicated to the First Church in Weymouth.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband John G. Francomano. She is survived by her children Steven Francomano and his wife Elaine of Holbrook, Susan Dagesse and her husband Raymond of Plymouth, Ellen Simmons and her husband Clark of Weymouth, and David Francomano and his wife Shelley of Pembroke, her seven grandchildren Kristine, Angela, Abigail, Teone, Matthew, Cassie, and Lindsay, her fourteen great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the current viral crisis, funeral services for Mrs. Francomano will be private.

She and her husband John will be interred together at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Autumn Hospice, 454 Washington St. #B3, Norwell, MA 02061 or to First Church in Weymouth, 17 Church St., Weymouth, MA 02189.

Funeral arrangements were made by C. C. Shepherd Funeral Service, Weymouth.

James A. Cosseboom, 78

James A. “Jim” Cosseboom, age 78, of East Bridgewater, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Oct. 7 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

James A. Cosseboom

Born in Quincy, to the late Chester A. and Margaret (MacMaster) Cosseboom, he was raised there and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bentley University.

Mr. Cosseboom lived in East Bridgewater for the past thirteen years, previously in Quincy for all his life.

He was a tax accountant and the owner of Cosseboom Tax Service in Whitman for over twenty-five years. Previously, he was employed as vice president of finance for the International Paper Company, formerly the Kendall Company, for twenty-three years.

Mr. Cosseboom was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Whitman Council #347, and was previously a member of North Quincy Council #2259.

Most of all, Mr. Cosseboom was devoted to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-two years of Patricia A. (Nolan) Cosseboom. Devoted father of James Cosseboom, Jr. and his wife Meredith of Plymouth, Thomas Cosseboom and his wife Kari of Wall Township, N.J., Michael Cosseboom and his wife Tiffany of Inverness, Fla., and Meaghan Cosseboom of East Bridgewater. Loving grandfather of Timothy, Sara, Brian, Shane, and Kallie.

Dear brother of Jack A. Cosseboom and his wife Barbara of Braintree, Donald C. Cosseboom of Naples, Fla. and his late wife Jacqueline, and predeceased by Edward Cosseboom, Chester A. Cosseboom, Jr., and Florence M. Panora and her late husband Arthur. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and “grand-dogs.”

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements 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.

Michael A. McKinnon

Michael Andrew McKinnon of Bridgewater and formerly of Quincy, passed away suddenly on Monday October 5, 2020.

Michael A. McKinnon

Born in Boston, he was the son of Mary K. McKinnon of Quincy.  He was a graduate of Quincy High School, and went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard.  Michael was a past member of the Quincy Yacht Club.  He enjoyed boating, and was a talented sketch artist.  Michael was extremely proud of reaching his sobriety, and reconnecting with his family and friends over the past several years.

Michael was the grandson of Kathleen McKinnon of Quincy and the late Robert McKinnon.  He was the nephew of Kevin McKinnon and his wife Lynne of Quincy, Terrence McKinnon and his wife Melissa of Marshfield, and the late Gregory McKinnon.  Michael is also survived by his cousins Katherine, Gregory, and his Goddaughter Elizabeth McKinnon of Quincy; Tyler, Rebecca, Ryan, and his Godson Kyle McKinnon of Marshfield.

In light of current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, all services are private.  Friends wishing to offer condolences may contact the family directly or by visiting keohane.com.

The McKinnon family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Jamaica Plain VA Center – SARTP Unit.   We are deeply appreciative of their loving assistance and support. It is because of them that we had Mike back in our lives for the past 3 years.  If you would like to assist us in providing support for other families, please make a donation in Mike’s name to: VAMC,150 S. Huntington Ave. (135), Boston MA 02130 “Donation Goes To SARTP” (Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program)

Joan C. Usher, 87

Joan C. Usher, age 87, of Middleboro, formerly a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully Oct. 4.

Joan C. Usher

Born on April 6, 1933, she was the first child of the late David C. Usher, Jr. and Hazel (Schools) Usher of Quincy. Ms. Usher was a graduate of The Woodard School and a proud alumni of Boston University.

Her career calling was to help others as a licensed social worker. She devoted many years to Quincy Social Services where she retired as a supervisor.  She also gave back to her community by volunteering for Quincy First Night and being active in the Quincy Historical Society.  Ms. Usher enjoyed participating in services and activities at the Parish of All Saints in Dorchester.

She is survived by her brother, David C. Usher III of Middleboro, her niece, Joan Usher Larkin of Lakeville, her nephew, David C. Usher IV of Bridgewater, and her two great-nephews, Daniel Larkin and David C. Usher V.

Funeral services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation to the Parish of All Saints at allsaints.net or to plant a tree in her memory.

Funeral arrangements were made by O’Neill Funeral Home, Middleboro.

Board Members Concerned About Popeyes Traffic

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy’s Board of License Commissioners is giving a new fast food restaurant one month to address traffic concerns caused by its opening.

The board met on Tuesday to consider whether or not to grant a common victualler license to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at 502 Southern Artery. The restaurant’s proposed hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

At their meeting Tuesday, board members chose to allow the restaurant, which specializes in fried chicken, to remain open with a temporary license until their meeting on Nov. 10 to sort out traffic issues caused by its opening on Oct. 2.

Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy said he knew restaurant would be popular once it opened, but the backups seen on Southern Artery during the first weekend were too much.

“Everyone knew it would be popular, but we were hoping for a different picture,” he said. “We’re just asking for trouble on a road like that.”

Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca, the board’s vice chairman, said he too had expected the restaurant to be popular but not as busy as it had been. He proposed giving the restaurant one month to address the traffic concerns.

“We want all of our businesses to be successful, but not with the traffic impacts on Southern Artery in this case,” Duca said.

He noted the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2018 granted a special permit to Popeyes for the drive-through with the understanding it would not cause traffic backups on Southern Artery. That special permit could be revisited if the traffic situation does not improve, Duca said.

Christopher Harrington, the attorney representing the Popeyes franchisee, said the traffic seen over the opening weekend was caused by pent up demand from area residents who had been waiting for the restaurant to open for the past two years. That demand is typical when such a restaurant opens, he said, and should subside within three to four weeks of the opening date.

Harrington said the restaurant had agreed to hire police details to handle the traffic flow for the first two weeks and would be willing to keep those details for longer if needed.

In addition, Harrington said the restaurant is in the process of partnering with Uber Eats on a delivery service and setting up a system for online ordering, both of which he said would take pressure off the drive-through line.

In other business on Tuesday, the Board of License Commissioners:

Granted Seyha Inc. d/b/a Gong Cha a common victualler license for the premises at 7 Beale St. Manager Piseth Cheav said Gong Cha is an international bubble tea chain. The shop will offer bubble tea and other beverages.

Granted the Common Market Restaurant Group permission to alter its premises to open an additional 1,500 square feet of outdoor dining and patio space. Greg McDonald said the restaurant has been using the space for outdoor dining on a temporary basis amid the pandemic and wants to use it on a permanent basis going forward. Using the space on a permanent basis requires additional approval from state regulators.

Quincy To Waive Restaurants’ Liquor License Renewal Fees

By SCOTT JACKSON

To provide relief to one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Quincy will not charge restaurants to renew their liquor licenses next year.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved Mayor Thomas Koch’s request to waive the $2,000 renewal fee for section 12 license holders for 2021.

The mayor, in a letter to the board, thanked the licensing board and its administrative staff for working with various restaurants this summer to expand their outdoor seating areas amid the pandemic.

“I heard from a number of my counterparts across the Commonwealth that Quincy set the standard by supporting a re-opening process that was remarkably easy, efficient, and designed specifically to help, not hinder, our businesses,” he said.

With winter approaching, Koch said restaurants will face additional challenges, which is why he asked the renewal fee to be waived.

“These establishments still face a very difficult several months ahead, and waiving this $2,000 renewal fee will help make a small difference in their efforts to endure the ongoing economic consequences of these unprecedented times,” Koch said.

“As you well know, the restaurant industry is a vital component of our local economy. It provides hundreds of jobs and is the primary source of income for many of our neighbors. We have a great responsibility to give them every tool possible to succeed amid this crisis, and I believe even a small measure such as waiving renewal fees will make a real difference.”

City Clerk Nicole Crispo, the chairwoman of the licensing board, said Koch’s request was a generous gift to the city’s restaurant owners.

“I’m sure they will appreciate it,” she said.

Chris Walker, Koch’s chief of staff, said there are 99 restaurants in the city with section 12 licenses, including some with beer and wine licenses. The city will miss out on just under $200,000 by waiving next year’s renewal fees, but Walker said the city’s finances would take a greater hit if restaurants go out of business.

“The concept is to help keep people open,” he said in an email. “If we have a number of closings, the revenue hit will be a lot worse than what we take in renewal fees.”

Glen T. Munn

Glen T. Munn of Quincy died October 5, 2020.

He is the beloved husband of 44 years to Jean (Ash) Munn and the late Irene (Ford) Munn. Devoted father of Thomas Munn and his wife Heather of FL, Julie Connolly of Quincy and Erin Curran and her husband Paudraig of East Bridgewater. Cherished Grampy of Christopher, Matthew, Journey, Zoey and the soon to be Baby Curran. Loving brother to Alec Munn of Weymouth.

Glen proudly served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star for his service. He worked for the city of Quincy for many years before retiring.

He loved the Christmas season and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved his birthday and thought it was the most important day of the year. He was an avid sports fan who had a “sweet jump shot at the Washington School Courts” and was a late night hockey goalie. Many in Quincy remember him as a great basketball and baseball coach, others remember him as a terrible winner of games. He is very loved and will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Funeral Service will be private. Burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Weymouth at a later date.

Normally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. If you are unable to gather together with Glen’s family at this time, friends may still offer their support by visiting keohane.com and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 781-335-0045 to have your message added.

Memorial donations may be made to Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

Sandra L. Oates, 77

Sandra L. (Parker) Oates, age 77 of Quincy, formerly of Abington, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020, after a long fought battle with cancer. Beloved wife of the late James Oates.

Sandra L. Oates

Sandra was born in Boston, the daughter of late Walter Parker and Agnes (Treska) Parker. Sandra was the co-owner of J.S.J Cleaning Co. of Abington along with James.

She is survived by her children, Wendy McLaughlin of Quincy, Ronald Parker and daughter-in-law Toni Parker of East Bridgewater, Debra Marion of Hanover, Jonathan Oates of Bridgewater and stepdaughter Donna Oates of Lynn, her beloved sister Patricia Houle and brother-in-law Alec Houle of Harwich. She adored her 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and 2 nephews.

Sandra was a kind and loving soul who always found the good in everyone she met. Sandra made everyone feel comfortable and loved through her soft words and funny stories. She enjoyed playing bingo, ceramics and making jewelry and most of all spending time with family.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 5-8 pm in the MacKinnon Funeral Home, 760 Washington St., Whitman.

Memorial service will start at 7 pm in the funeral home.

Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to dana-farber.org