David L. Gray, 87

David L. Gray, of East Bridgewater, formerly of Braintree, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2021, after a brief illness, at the age of 87.

David L. Gray

Born and raised in Westbourne, TN, David was a retired firefighter for the Town of Braintree where he served the department for 35 years, retiring in 1997 as the Superintendent of the Fire Alarm Division. David proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

In his free time, David enjoyed boating and sailing, in which he sailed a boat with friends all throughout Europe. He was also a member and the former Steward of the Braintree Yacht Club. David was also a Licensed Plumber and worked for many years as a plumber in and around the South Shore. He was great at fixing things and enjoyed the challenge of tinkering with anything to make it work.

Above all, David just cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. A devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, David will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

David was the beloved husband of Shirley (Aitken) Gray. Loving father of David L. Gray, Jr. and his wife Donna of Pembroke, Gary W. Gray of Weymouth, Gail E. Farquharson and her husband Douglas of Mendon and Todd N. Gray and his wife Leah of Mashpee. David was the youngest of 11 siblings and survived by Lois Davis of TN. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. in South Congregational Church, 1075 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the South Congregational Church, 1075 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184 or the Disabled American Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133.

Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright Funeral Home, Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit cartwrightfuneral.com.

 

 

Blood Donors Needed To Avoid Delays In Patient Care

As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation’s blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood transfusions for patients.

Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood. The ongoing decline comes at a time of year when donations typically fall. Holiday get-togethers, school breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout, potentially further compounding the situation.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.

In thanks, all who come to give through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate in January will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Eileen M. Leahy, 74

Eileen M. Leahy, age 74, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, in the comfort of her home.

Eileen M. Leahy

Eileen was born and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, Class of 1966, and the former Holy Ghost School of Practical Nursing in December 1967. In 1972, Eileen earned an Associate’s degree from Massasoit College and in 1984, a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in Boston.

She was employed as a registered nurse and during her fifteen-year career, she had worked at Carney Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts N.E. Medical Center, and the former Quincy City Hospital.

Eileen was a woman of faith and a lifelong active member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy, where she sang in the choir and taught CCD.

Eileen enjoyed traveling, making trips throughout the United States, as well as Ireland and Israel. Eileen was well-known as an avid, professional-quality knitter, making sweaters and various items for family and friends. She also liked jigsaw puzzles.

She was always active and had attended many concerts at Boston Symphony Hall where she loved the Concert Series performances. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Eileen was a remarkable woman who overcame many medical and physical challenges. She never gave in and lived her life to the fullest. She set the bar and enhanced the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Beloved daughter of the late Mary Frances (Flanagan) and William J. Leahy, Sr. Devoted sister of Margaret M. Frawley and her husband David of Stoughton, William J. Leahy, Jr. and his wife Carol of Middleboro, and her twin sister, Kathleen M. Sullivan and her husband Thomas Sullivan, D.M.D. of Spencer.

She was the loving aunt of thirteen nieces, nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Kevin J. Frawley of Dorchester and his sons, Kevin, Jr. and Nolan Patrick.

Eileen is also survived by her dear friends, Patricia Young of Philadelphia, Pa., Faye Clay of Randolph, and Joan Fuller of Norwell.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, December 26, from 2 – 5 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 Monday, December 27, at 10 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451-8950 or to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Attn: Orthopedic Dept., 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.

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

Quincy Police Say They Found Man Accused Of Approaching Women In Parking Lots

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy police on Tuesday said they had found the man accused of approaching women in area parking lots and trying to lure them from their vehicles.

The department said they received a call from a female around 9 a.m. on Tuesday who stated a male approached her vehicle and told her it was leaking oil. The female immediately contacted police, the department said, and provided a description of the man’s vehicle, a white Jeep Patriot.

Police said they were able to locate the vehicle in Quincy. Detectives then interviewed the driver who was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The department said further information on the man was not available as no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

“While we are confident this is the suspect from previously reported incidents, our detectives continue to investigate,” the department said on Facebook. “We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior.”

On Sunday, state Rep. Alyson Sullivan of Abington said a man approached her that evening in the parking lot of a Target store in Stoughton. The man tried to coax her out of her vehicle by claiming it had an oil leak, Sullivan said; she later checked her car when it was safe to do so and it did not have an oil leak. That incident was reported to the Stoughton Police Department.

Stoughton police on Monday confirmed Sullivan’s report and said it was the second such incident to take place in the town within a two-week span. The department said similar incidents, all involving a white Jeep Patriot, had been reported in other nearby communities as well.

Stoughton police on Tuesday confirmed the man found by Quincy police was the same person involved in the incident at the town’s Target.

Indoor Masking Now Recommended For All Mass. Residents; Baker Activates National Guard

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced additional measures — including an updated mask advisory and activation of the National Guard — to address a recent rise in COVID-19 cases and to ensure acute care hospitals have sufficient capacity to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients.
The state’s healthcare system is facing a critical staffing shortage which has contributed to the loss of approximately 500 medical/surgical and ICU hospital beds since the beginning of the year, state officials said. Hospitals are also seeing a high level of patients, many due to non-COVID related reasons.
Residents are reminded that getting a vaccine and booster remain the best way to protect against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID. The Department of Public Health on Monday released updated COVID breakthrough data this week showing that 97 percent of COVID breakthrough cases in Massachusetts have not resulted in hospitalization or death. Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to contract COVID than fully vaccinated individuals and 31 times more likely to contract COVID than individuals who have a booster.
Massachusetts is a national leader in COVID-19 vaccinations, with over 94 percent of eligible residents having received at least one dose. Over 89 percent of the entire Massachusetts population has at least one dose, and 74 percent of the entire population is fully vaccinated. Massachusetts also leads the nation in vaccinating communities of color, with 68 percent of all black residents and 67 percent of all Hispanic residents receiving at least one dose, compared to 42.0 percent of black residents and 51.7 percent of Hispanic residents nationally.
National Guard Activation
Baker on Tuesday will activate up to 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to address the non-clinical support needs of hospitals and transport systems. Up to 300 of these Guard members will begin training this week and will support 55 acute care hospitals, as well as 12 ambulance service providers across the state.
The DPH surveyed all hospitals and ambulance service providers, and in concert with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, has identified five key roles that non-clinical Guard personnel can serve in support hospital operations for up to 90 days:
  • Non-emergency transport between facilities: driving ambulances used to transfer patients between two healthcare locations such as when patients are discharged from a hospital and transferred to a long term care facility.
  • Patient observers: providing continuous or frequent observation of a patient who is at risk for harm to themselves.
  • Security support: helping to maintain a safe workplace.
  • In-hospital transport: bringing patients via wheelchair or, if needed, stretcher, from their patient room to tests such as x-ray or CT scan, or from the emergency department to their inpatient floor.
  • Food service/tray delivery support: delivering patient meals to their rooms
Guard personnel will be deployed to the field beginning December 27th, 2021.
Elective Surgery Guidance
The DPH released updated guidance to hospitals concerning nonessential, elective invasive procedures. To preserve health care personnel resources, effective 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 27, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential elective procedures likely to result in inpatient admission in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity.
Patients are reminded to still seek necessary care at their hospital or from their health care provider.
To read the guidance, click here.
Mask Advisory
The DPH released an updated mask advisory on Tuesday, recommending that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering in indoor, public spaces.
The department particularly urges this recommendation for individuals who have a weakened immune system, or are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in their household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities.  Please see here for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s current mask requirement and Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold issued on Sept. 27  is not impacted by this advisory.
To read the full advisory, visit: here.

Nearly 97% Of Vaccinated Bay State Residents Who Contracted COVID-19 Avoided Hospitalization, Death

Nearly 97 percent of Massachusetts residents who contracted COVID-19 after they were fully vaccinated avoided hospitalization or death, the state’s Department of Public Health announced Monday following a review of breakthrough cases.
Additionally, the review found unvaccinated residents are five times more likely to become infected than fully vaccinated residents (defined as those who have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and unvaccinated residents are 31 times more likely to become infected than fully vaccinated residents who have received a booster.
The review also found that 99.9 percent of breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people under the age of 60 did not result in death. Among the breakthrough cases for residents over the age of 60, 97 percent did not result in death. No deaths have been reported in breakthrough cases among those under age 30.
“The data are clear. This review shows that fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts have near-universal protection from severe illness and death and that boosters are demonstrating even stronger protection from COVID,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Amid the season of gathering indoors and the emerging omicron variant, the time to get vaccinated and boosted is now. It is the best gift of protection for yourself and your loved ones.”
“Vaccination continues to be the most effective tool we have against omicron and all COVID-19 variants,” said Acting DPH Commissioner Margret Cooke. “The data indicates that fully vaccinated and boosted individuals are well protected from severe outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death, and the Department of Public Health strongly urges all residents to get vaccinated and, when appropriate, get a booster.”

Linda L. Hill

Linda Lee Hill of North Quincy passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 18 due to complications from cancer.  To many, she was a strong and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.

Linda L. Hill

A graduate of North Quincy High School Class of 1970, Mrs. Hill was born and raised in Quincy and settled in the Montclair neighborhood in the home once owned by her grandmother.  In her early years, she worked as a surgical technician and a secretary at South Shore Buick.  Mrs. Hill eventually served at Carney Hospital as a nursing unit coordinator for more than 32 years. She retired recently, but continued to work part time at Carney.

She was married to Frederick J. Hill Jr, formerly of Weymouth, who passed away in 2001.  She is survived by her two sons, Captain Christopher F. Hill, USN, of Norfolk, Virginia and Jeffrey F. Hill of Quincy; her sisters Kristine E. Gallagher of Quincy and Paula J. Crosse of Brockton; her brother Douglas M. Bingham of Raynham.; her daughter-in-law Kristen A. Hill and two granddaughters Sophie E. Hill and Marie M. Hill of Norfolk, Virginia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 308 W Squantum St., Quincy, MA, 02171.

See keohane.com for online condolences.

Millicent J. Roos, 90

Millicent J. Roos of Quincy, formerly of Randolph and Dorchester passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 18, 2021.  She was 90.

Millicent J. Roos

Millicent was born in New Bedford to John C. Breault and Mildred E. (Duhaime) and raised in Chatham.  After graduating high school, she moved to Boston working at Crawford Hall and later the United Shoe until she started her family. Once her children were old enough Millie started her second career as a preschool teacher’s assistant. She worked at various schools and loved helping the children.

In her spare time, she was a Eucharistic minister and pioneered what some would call the Heart Stone Ministry.  If you had met Millie, chances are she gifted you a small heart stone to keep with you.  She had a beautiful gift to read people and help bring them comfort.  She touched many lives, whether you were family, a friend, a stranger at the grocery store or even the cardinal.  She was selfless, caring and had an innate desire to help anyone and everyone.  She enjoyed being with people.  It didn’t have to be a special occasion just being with her family, grandchildren or friends brought her much joy. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Devoted wife to the late Arthur W. Roos, Jr. Beloved mother to Michele Spiro and her husband Scott of Weymouth, and Karl Roos and his wife Marsha of Quincy.  Loving grandmother of Mark Lugas, Erica Spiro, Kristin Spiro, Cam Spiro, Zachary Roos, Jacob Roos, and Elizabeth Roos.

She is predeceased by her siblings: Jacqueline Cotter and Milton Breault.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, from 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 9:45 AM on Thursday, December 23, 2021 prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Cremation will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Please see eohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Michael D. Flaherty, 67

Michael Dennis Flaherty, of Quincy, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 67.

Michael D. Flaherty

Born in Boston on June 23, 1954, he was the son of the late George G. and Loretta A. (Cowhig) Flaherty. Michael was raised in Dorchester, South Boston, and Quincy, where he attended local schools.

Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 10, 1973. He proudly served his country as a military policeman during the Vietnam War Era and was honorably discharged on January 9, 1976. Following his time in the service, Michael worked as a United States postal worker for the United States Postal Service. He retired in 2004, after many years of civil service.

In his spare time, Michael loved both playing and watching baseball and football. He was a fun loving guy who enjoyed being around his family and friends. Michael loved playing the drums from the time he was a young boy with neighborhood kids to playing in a church band in his retirement.

Michael was the beloved partner of Dianne Eaton of Middleboro, with whom he shared many loving years. He was the devoted father of Courtney Flaherty of Stoneham, and the devoted stepfather of Heather Ibbitson and her husband Neil of Middleboro. Michael was the cherished uncle of Thomas V. Flaherty Jr. and his partner Christina McKillop of Weare, New Hampshire. He was the loving step-grandfather, affectionately known as “Umpa”, of Landon, Gracey, and Lyla Ibbitson, all of Middleboro. Michael was the dear brother of Richard Flaherty and his wife Judi of Salem, MA and preceded in death by his siblings: George Flaherty, Joseph R. Flaherty, John “Jack” Flaherty, Thomas V. Flaherty Sr., Martin Flaherty, Edward J. Flaherty, and Loretta Flaherty. He is also survived by many other loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, December 27, 2021, 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy, MA.

His graveside service and military honors will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 11:15 AM, in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne.

Due to floral restrictions: Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, Melanoma Research Fund.

See keohane.com for online condolences and directions.

John Ventresca, 97

John Ventresca, age 97, of Quincy, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, December 17, 2021 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Pettorano sul Gizio, Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Frank and Anna (Romagnola) Ventresca. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 at the age of fifteen, arriving in New York City where he was educated. He had lived in Quincy for twenty-two years, previously in Braintree for twenty-five years.

John was proud to have served as a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II.

He was employed as a labor foreman in the construction industry for over fifty years. John worked for various companies, including the Gilbane Building Company and J.F. White Contracting Company. He had been retired for many years.

John enjoyed playing poker with his friends at 1000 Southern Artery. He also enjoyed trips to Twin River, Foxwoods, and Las Vegas.

He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed supporting the many activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beloved husband for seventy-two years of Mafalda M. “Muffie” (DiFederico) Ventresca. Devoted father of Michael J. Ventresca and his wife Madeline of Braintree, Maryann Rowsell of Arlington and her late husband William. Loving grandfather of Kellie Perniola and her husband Domenic of Norwell, Christine Ventresca of Braintree, William Rowsell and his wife Stephanie of Wilmington, and Vanessa Rowsell of Arlington. Cherished great-grandfather of Domenic, Olivia, Nicholas, Joseph, Mason, William, and Adriana.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, December 21, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those visiting wear a mask or face covering. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 22, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

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