James Hurley, 67

James Hurley, 67, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died suddenly May 18, 2022.

Jim was born to the late James and Agnes Hurley, also late sister Carol of Ayer, Massachusetts. Jim is survived by his son, Tanner of Huntington Beach, California.

He was employed by Verizon for 30 years. Jim enjoyed watching all Boston sports team and Horse Racing, especially the Triple Crown.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Rag’s Tavern at 375 Washington St., Quincy, on Saturday June 18, 2022 at 2 p.m., following to the Funeral Mass at St Ann’s Church, Hancock Street, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements were completed by the Keohane Funeral Home.

Sheila M. Young, 60

Sheila M. (Moriarty) Young, of Milton, died peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was 60.

Sheila M. Young

Born in Milton on July 25, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Donald J. and Lucille M. (Donohue) Moriarty. Sheila was raised in Milton, attended local schools, and graduated high school with the Class of 1979. She continued her education and earned her undergraduate degree. Sheila later went to work as a receptionist and nurse in the veterinary industry. She loved her work and the relationships she built throughout the years.

Sheila enjoyed many hobbies, especially anything to do with animals. She loved reading and gardening. Sheila loved all works by Shakespeare and could recite many of his poems and sonnets. To those who knew her, she would be best remembered for her spunky attitude, unique sense of humor and compassionate heart.

Sheila is survived by her beloved children, Derek M. Young of Everett and Leanne R. Young of Taunton. She was dearly loved by her siblings, the late John T. Moriarty and his spouse Kathleen, her brother Paul F. Moriarty and his wife Janet, her sister Claire M. Omogrosso and her late husband Joseph, and her devoted sister Patricia A. Murphy and her husband Paul. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her loyal and loving companion, Maxx.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Gregory Parish, Dorchester, at 10 a.m.

Interment will be held privately at a later date.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Barbara Lok

Barbara (Mills) Lok passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2021 at the home of her son Stephen Lok of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in San Diego, Calif, the daughter of Commander Stewart and Florence Mills.  Barbara was a proud survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her family was stationed at the Naval Base adjacent to Hickam Field on the morning of Dec. 7,1941.  Her Dad was on the mainland that morning and began preparing for war. Barbara, her mother and sister LaVerne remained on Hawaii until March of 1942 when they were evacuated to the mainland along with submarine escort. They remained in California until the end of the war. But, not without adventures like swimming in Heddy LaMar’s pool!

Following the war, she and her family moved to Connecticut. Barbara graduated from Williams Memorial Institute. She kept up with reunions until her illness.  She earned her assoc. degree from Mitchell Junior College. Her love of military life continued when she married Lt. J.G. John Lok.  They raised three boys in Concord, Ma.

Years later their lives took separate paths and Barbara followed her passion for animals to Tufts field Station and on to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she worked as a veterinary technician and where many lifelong friends were made.

After retirement she returned to Ma. and settled in Quincy. There she joined Harvard Animal Health to set up protocols for the animal lab. A second retirement gave her time to devote to her other passions: traveling (Europe and China were just some), pottery, gardening, weaving, and volunteering. She proudly supported and campaigned for Deval Patrick, Gov. of Ma, and Barrack Obama, President of America. Her love of history and gardening led her to Dorothy Quincy Homestead. She found and acquired the Abigail Adams rose bush for the gardens.

Indeed, a life well lived.

She leaves her sons, Thomas of Chicago, David (Audry) of Ma. and Stephen of Ga., her ex. husband John, her sisters LaVerne Metzger and Susan (Thomas) Mickus and brothers Stewart Mills and Richard (Susan) Mills and many neices and nephews and treasured friends.

A celebration of her life will take place at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead on June 18 at 2 p.m.

Any donations in Barbara’s memory may be sent to NSCDA-MA, 55 Beacon St., Boston, Ma 02108-3595, checks payable to Friends of Quincy Homestead Garden Fund (In mem, of Barbara Lok).

Kathleen E. Colbath, 82

Kathleen Ellen (Donovan) Colbath of Quincy, formerly of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, and Florida passed away peacefully on June 2, 2022, at the age of 82 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Kathleen E. Colbath

Kathleen was the loving daughter of the late John J. Donovan and the late Dorothy (Kelley) Donovan. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald J. Colbath, the loving mother of Carol (Colbath) Ketner and her husband John of Quincy, Donald Colbath and his wife, Marcie of West Roxbury and Kimberly (Colbath) Connell of Amesbury. Kathleen was the loving grandmother of Kelley (Colbath) Furst and her husband Josh, Jessica Ketner, Ryan Ketner, Shannon Colbath and Kerriann Connell. She was also the loving great-grandmother of Gabrielle Furst.

Kathleen was the sister of John Donovan and his wife, Mary of Attleboro, Barbara and Patricia Donovan of Plainville, William Donovan of Florida, Thomas Donovan and his wife, Barbara of Florida, the late Paul Donovan and his wife, the late Julie Donovan of Missouri, and the late Eugene Donovan and his wife, Fran of Walpole. Kathleen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was employed at several banks as a bank teller both in Massachusetts and Florida. While raising her children, she worked for the Boston Public School System as a cafeteria worker.

Kathleen loved the many dogs she had and was an avid gardener throughout her life. But, most of all, she enjoyed the simple pleasures of spending time with her family.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service for Kathleen Wednesday June 8 in the Hamel Lydon Chapel 650 Hancock Street Quincy. Visitation prior to the service from 10 -11 am. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery in Quincy.

Arrangements have been handled by Hamel Lydon Chapel. For online condolences, please visit hamellydon.com.

MA Dept. Of Public Health Offers Summer Safety Guidance

With summer weather approaching, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds residents to take recommended precautions to keep everyone, especially young children, safe this summer.

Prevent Tick Bites

Ticks can make you sick when they bite. They most commonly live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. Ticks only attach when you come into direct contact with them — they cannot jump or fly. Follow these steps to help protect yourself from tick bites:

  • Check yourself for ticks once a day — it’s the single most important thing you can do.
  • Use repellents that contain DEET on your exposed skin and those that contain permethrin on your clothes.
  • When walking or hiking, stick to main pathways and the center of trails if you can. Brushing against tall grass and bushes will increase your exposure to ticks.
  • Weather permitting, wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks. This will help keep ticks away from your skin and make it easier to spot ticks on your clothing.

Because dogs and horses are particularly susceptible, talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your animals from tick-borne disease.

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was not detected during the 2021 arbovirus season in Massachusetts. This followed the 2019-2020 seasons during which intense activity was detected. EEE appears generally in 2- to 3-year cycles, traditionally peaking during August. The absence of EEE last year, may signal a lower likelihood of activity this year. There were 10 people infected with West Nile virus (WNV) during 2021 and WNV activity occurs every summer. Mosquito surveillance is essential to monitor activity as the summer unfolds and updates about activity are posted throughout the season at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-update.

While the risk for human infection of EEE or West Nile Virus won’t occur until later this summer, people have an important role to play in protecting themselves from these illnesses, which can be very serious. To prepare for mosquito season:

  • Drain standing water in and around your house or yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient according to the directions.
  • Wear clothing to reduce exposed skin when weather permits.

For more about preventing mosquito and tickborne illness, visit www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks.

Water and Pool Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of death among young children, nationally and in Massachusetts, with backyard pools posing the highest risk for children under age 5. To ensure a child’s safety around water:

  • Supervise children in and around water at all times.
  • Whenever infants and toddlers are in or around water, including the bathtub, an adult should be within an arm’s length at all times providing “touch supervision.”
  • Completely separate the house and play area of the yard from the pool area with a fence. Consider automatic door locks or alarms to prevent access.
  • Remove floats, balls, and other toys from the pool after use so children are not tempted to reach for them. After children are done swimming, secure the pool so they cannot get back in.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd’s hook or life preserver) and a phone near the pool.
  • For children who cannot swim, use a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. This video, created by DPH in cooperation with the USCG, can assist with proper fit testing of life jackets: https://youtu.be/1I3VZf-NqPc.
  • Do not use toys such as “water wings” or “noodles” in place of life jackets. These are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

In public swimming areas:

  • Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible, and swim only in designated swimming areas.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Look for signage at beaches. DPH collects beach water quality data and notifies the public about bacteria levels to minimize swimming-associated illness and injury.

Window Safety

Falls are the leading cause of injury to children. Falls from windows involving young children are especially serious — and preventable. Screens are not strong enough to protect children from falling out of windows. To prevent window falls, parents and caregivers should:

  • Keep furniture — and anything a child can climb on — away from windows.
  • Open windows from the top, not the bottom, when possible and lock all unopened doors and windows.
  • Be sure children are always supervised.
  • Install quick-release window guards, which can be found in most hardware stores.

To learn about childhood injury prevention, visit the DPH injury prevention and control program website.

Additional tips on preventing falls among children can be found on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fall prevention website.

Car Safety

Vehicles can be very dangerous for children and animals left inside. In the summer months in New England, the temperature in a closed car can rise quickly, and the vehicle can become a deadly place for a child or animal left, even for just a moment.

To keep young children and animals safe in and around cars:

  • Never leave children or animals alone in a parked vehicle, even when they are asleep or restrained, and even if the windows are open.
  • Always check inside the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away.
  • If a child is missing, check your vehicle first, including the trunk.
  • Do things to remind yourself that a child or animal is in the vehicle, such as placing your purse or briefcase in the back seat so you will check there when you leave the vehicle.
  • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of children’s reach.
  • Ensure adequate supervision when children are playing in areas near parked motor vehicles.

If you see a child or animal alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible and call 911 immediately.

Remember, all children ages 12 and under should ride in the back seat, properly restrained, even during quick errand trips. Infants and toddlers should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. At a minimum, children should ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. You can find more information on child passenger safety on the DPH website.

Michael A. D’Andrea, 63

Michael A. D’Andrea, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 30, 2022, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. Michael graduated from Quincy Vocational School in 1977. He was a member of the South Quincy Bocce Club.

Michael had many interests, some of which included boating, riding his motorcycle, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed the simple things in life such as floating on the lake in Laconia and sitting by the fire with family and friends. He built D’Andrea Foods, a successful business that expanded over thirty years. He then merged companies with Carl Crocetti of Crocetti Oakdale Packing Co. They went on to pursue other business ventures for the next several years until Carl’s passing in 2016. He then collaborated with Carlo Crocetti. Michael retired, selling the business so he could enjoy spending time with loved ones.

Michael was born in Quincy to Michael and the late Shirley (Middendorf) D’Andrea, both of Quincy. Michael is survived by his wife Joanne (Stoker).  Father of Rachel Drum and her husband Justin and Michael D’Andrea. Beloved Papa to Collins Aurora Drum. He was a caring brother to Cindy D’Andrea of Holbrook, John D’Andrea and his long time partner Elizabeth Harrington of Sagamore, Laura (D’Andrea) and her husband Norman Conway of Haverhill. He was the devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 4-8pm in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy.

A Celebration of Life service will be at the funeral home at 9:15am on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass at St. John’s Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10:00am. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations directed to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Old Colony Hospice.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Carol Worth, 88

Carol Worth, age 88, passed away May 9 after a long and well lived life.

Carol Worth

Carol worked in the food industry for many years, a familiar face at Billy Bud’s in Weymouth, MA. She was always the brightest smile in the room.

She is predeceased by Martin Kenneth Ryan, Gladys Ryan, and her 1 year old daughter Linda Susan Worth. She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Kenneth Ryan, Sr. and Nancy Ryan. Her daughter Karen Worth, her granddaughter Erica Worth and great grandson Liam, whom she adored.

Please take a moment of silence and join us in remembering the life of Carol Worth. We ask you to think of Carol and cherish the memories in which you have with her. May she rest in the sweetest peace.

Donna L. Uvanitte

Donna L. (Carlson) Uvanitte, of Quincy, died suddenly May 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.

Donna L. Uvanitte

Donna’s life centered around doing for others, and especially her cherished family including her husband, son, and grand-daughter. She took great pride in planning all the family trips including numerous trips throughout all of Europe, Asia, South America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Israel, the Baltics, Hawaii, numerous cruises, and over 60 trips to her One Happy Island of Aruba. Her Summers were spent at her vacation home at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire boating and enjoying the beaches and restaurants in the evening. The final days of Summer were spent at Cape Cod in Dennis with many family and friends, cooking lobsters and steamers, enjoying bonfires on the beach at night with family sing-a-longs playing Beach Boys songs and other rock and roll songs and a friend strumming a guitar for background music. All the nieces and nephews enjoyed cooking marshmallows while the music played on. Donna also enjoyed camping on and visiting the Boston Harbor Islands. In the Winter Donna enjoyed skiing in New Hampshire and teaching her nieces and nephews to ski. Donna was also a Den Mother for Cub Scouts at her home and continued to be involved with the Boy Scouts later.

Donna was a devout Catholic with strong faith and had a close relationship with the Sisters of Charity of Halifax. She enjoyed rides to Wellesley with friends to visit elderly retired nuns. She was passionate about her volunteer work with the South Shore Blind Center and caring for their needs and friendship.

Beloved wife of 44 years to Donald P. Uvanitte of Quincy, her son, Shawn and daughter-in-law Michelle, and Grand-daughter Rory. Cherished daughter of the late Walter Carlson and Grace (Merritt) Carlson. Loving sister of Carol Bruce of Quincy, Signe Kelcourse and her husband Russell of Quincy, and the late Waler Carlson Jr., William Carlson, Richard Carlson, Buddy Stoddard, Patricia Pardo, Florence Traniello, Judy Livingstone, and Karen Garland. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday 2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10 AM.  Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Donna may be made to Holy Trinity Parish, 227 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

See Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito To Serve As Grand Marshal Of Quincy Flag Day Parade

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Quincy Flag Day Parade on June 11th. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch and the Quincy Flag Day Parade Committee announce Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Quincy Flag Day Parade on June 11th.  Polito has served the Commonwealth as its 72nd lieutenant governor since 2015.  She is a life-long resident of Shrewsbury and she and her husband Stephen Rodolakis have two children.

“We are thrilled to honor Lt. Governor Polito’s service to the Commonwealth and her career to date in public service,” said Mayor Koch.  “Her understanding of municipal government, built through her years on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, helped build a great bond with cities and towns throughout our Commonwealth, including Quincy.  Her and Governor Baker’s support for our downtown infrastructure investments were critical to the successful redevelopment of our downtown.  Without their help, this long-awaited redevelopment achievement could not have happened.”

Polito served on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectman until she was elected state representative in 2001.  She is a graduate of Boston College and the New England School of Law.

The Flag Day Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on Coddington Street in Quincy Center Saturday, June 11.  The parade proceeds north on Hancock Street before turning into Merrymount Park.  Lt. Governor Polito will march in the parade and then be recognized at the flag-raising ceremony at Pageant Field.

Polito joins an illustrious list of Quincy Flag Day Grand Marshals that includes General Joseph Dunford, Patriots star Willie McGinnest, General Ronald Rand, Quincy’s Vietnam Veterans, television anchor Sorboni Banerjee, General Francis McGinn, Meteorologist Ed Carroll, Olympic Medalist Karen Cashman, Norfolk County Sheriff Clifford Marshall, Koch Club co-founder Simone Koch, two-time Grand Marshal Jake Comer, Quincy’s Blue Star Families, General James McConville, local philanthropist Dr. Al Yacubian, and many more.

Added Mayor Koch, “Our community has a history of paying tribute to those that have served their country, their commonwealth, and their community.  Our Flag Day Parade is a great tradition that recognizes service of all kinds.  Lt. Governor Polito has been a tremendous public servant and I hope all of Quincy comes out to say thank you for all that she has done.”

Quincy’s Flag Day Parade is the longest-running Flag Day Parade in the nation.  It was started by the late-Richard Koch in 1952 who marched children from The Koch Club through Norfolk Downs before ending with a flag-raising ceremony at Cavanagh Stadium.