James A. Pontes, 91

James A. Pontes, 91, of North Quincy, died July 13, 2020 surrounded by his family.

James A. Pontes

James served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Hyde Park for 30 years, retiring 35 years ago and proudly enjoyed his long retirement.

In his early days, he was a standout football player for North Quincy High School, graduating in the class of 1949 and was very proud of his days as a Red Raider. Although he loved football, he was a die-hard Red Sox fan who enjoyed seeing them finally win the World Series four times.

He took daily walks to the corner store to buy a “few” scratch tickets. He enjoyed his many bus trips to Foxwoods and Twin River. He spent many Saturday nights playing keno with his family. He loved Elvis and he loved animals. He loved spending time with his family and his many friends. He was known as “Grampie” to everyone who knew him.

Beloved husband of the late Claire Pontes. Devoted father of Sandra Sines and her husband Martin of Pembroke, Linda Brundige and her husband James of Quincy and the late Steven Pontes. Cherished Grampie of Michael Delosh and his companion Britta Ramos, Matthew Brundige and his companion Kasey Brown and Laura Brundige, and to Adam, JoAnn, Elsie and Chris Sines. Great-Grampie of Sadie, Camden and Archer. He was also a loving brother of the late Eugene Pontes, Michael Pontes, Mary Dolores Lee and her widower Ralph Lee of Weymouth. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY, followed by a private service at 7 PM. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of James may be made to the Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

The family understands if you cannot gather with them 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.

Angela Walker, 56

Angela (Zelazo) “Angie” Walker, of Quincy, died Sunday, July 12 at BWH/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Born in North Adams, Mrs. Walker was 56

Angela Walker

Beloved wife of Anthony W. “Tony” Walker of Quincy.  Loving mother of Michaela J. of CA, Bethany R. of Dorchester, Alicia C. and Nolan A., both of Quincy.  Cherished daughter of Catherine (Perenick) Zelazo of Adams and the late Edward S. Zelazo.  Sister of Constance of CT, Timothy of Drury, Martina of VA, Marianna of North Adams, Anthony of Adams, Louis of Drury, and the late Peter.

Mrs. Walker was best friends with her husband Tony; she was Mom, mentor and gem at the center of the universe for her kids. She was the magnet who brought her very large, extended family together and will remain the glue keeping all our lives together. Her family covers the globe, from coast to coast in the U.S.A., to Germany, where her dearest daughter Roberta and her husband Sven are growing their family, and to China, home to her daughters Yuze, Wanting, Wanqing and Sonia.

If you were Mrs. Walker’s friend, you know the story. She wore a constant smile, was giving, caring, compassionate and inviting. If you weren’t her friend, you hadn’t met her yet. Talk to one of her friends and you’ll understand.

Mrs. Walker’s calling was helping others, sharing her heart and her home. She had a lot more giving left in her. But she was taken way too early. We all will miss her terribly. But we never will forget her.

Pay tribute to Mrs. Walker by sharing a smile and a helping hand with someone in your family or circle of friends who could use it. It’s easy, give it a try.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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Christopher J. O’Connor

Christopher J. O’Connor of Quincy died July 11, 2020.

Christopher J. O’Connor

Chris adored his family, they were most important and everything to him. He enjoyed going fishing and being by the water. He is a proud US Army National Guard veteran, served in Iraq and earning commendations. He had his pilot license for single engine, multi engine, seaplane, and helicopters and loved to take his kids flying.

Chris graduated from Quincy College with an associate’s degree in criminal justice and worked for the plumbers union for a while. Most recently, he was a heavy equipment operator for the City of Quincy Water Department.

Chris worked hard to provide and take care of his family. He would do anything for his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Devoted son of Catherine (Keane) of Quincy and the late Patrick O’Connor. Beloved husband of Mary Beth (Hunter) O’Connor of Quincy. Cherished father of Haley, Brendan, and Siobhan O’Connor, all of Quincy. Loving brother of Thomas O’Connor of Norwell and Judy O’Connor of Quincy.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 9-11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY followed by the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 11:30 AM. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Christopher may be made to Disabled American Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133.

Please see keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Donald Sargent, 69

Donald Sargent, 69, of Quincy, formerly of Weymouth, died July 4.

Donald Sargent

He was the son of the late Robert and Charlotte (Bickford) Sargent.

Donald made his home at 1000 Southern Artery for the past five years, where he was welcomed with open arms by his neighbors, who became his extended family. He was always there to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and was an active volunteer at his residence.

Father of Sean Sargent and Bradley Lyons. Dear Brother of Ruth Perry and her husband Bud and Robin Hall and her husband David. Brother of the late Charles Sargent. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and good friends whom he enjoyed having cookouts with.

Funeral arrangements are private.

For more information and online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.

Lawrence W. DeCelle, Jr., 92

Lawrence W. DeCelle, Jr. age 92 of Quincy, formerly of Milton, died July 11 at Season’s Hospice in Milton surrounded by his loving family.

Lawrence W. DeCelle, Jr.

Born and raised in Quincy, he was educated in Quincy schools. He went on to serve in the Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict.  Larry graduated from Newman Preparatory Academy and in 1957 received his associate in engineering degree from the Lincoln Institute of Northeastern University.

He previously worked as the chief engineer for A.A. Will in Milton before joining the Engineering Department at the town of Milton in 1967.  In 1973 when the Department of Public Works was established, he became its first director and worked for the town of Milton for 25 years before retiring in 1993.

Larry was an active member of the Milton Kiwanis Club serving as president in 1986-1987.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 114 in Milton, The Neighborhood Club in Quincy, Milton Knights of Columbus, Massachusetts Municipal Engineers, Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters, New England Waterworks Association, and Massachusetts Highway Association.  He was also an avid sports fan, played AAA baseball, slow and fast pitch softball for many years and a member of the Cunningham Men’s Bowling League.

Beloved Husband of Marta R. (Casta). Father of Denise DeCelle and partner Robert Masters of Quincy, Mary G. Connolly and husband Jack of Milton, James S. DeCelle and wife Sheila of Walpole, Joyce M. Zavas of N.H., Martha C. DeCelle of Weymouth, and the late Lawrence W. DeCelle III.  Brother of Lois Reviere of Kingston, Marilyn Sebastianmelli of OH, and the late Robert DeCelle and Barbara Carew.  Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Wednesday from 4-7 pm.  Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions only 20 guests are allowed in the funeral home at a time, masks are required, and guests should bring their own pens to sign the register book.

Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Thursday morning at 10:30am.

Interment at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at floatinghospital.org.

Mary C. MacKenzie, 90

Mary C. (Colarusso) MacKenzie, age 90, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at her daughter’s home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Born in Quincy, to the late Joseph and Rose Colarusso, she was raised and educated there, and was a graduate of Quincy High School.

She was employed as a florist at the Quincy Adams Garden Center for over twenty-five years.

Mary was a longtime, active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church.

She loved flowers and enjoyed gardening. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, actively supporting their activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife of the late Richard F. MacKenzie. Devoted mother of Kathryn M. Lynch and her husband Stephen of Pembroke, Richard J. MacKenzie and his wife Maria of Pembroke, James S. MacKenzie and his wife Liliana of Salem, N.H., and Robert E. MacKenzie of Quincy. Loving grandmother of Jamie and her husband Brian, Christopher and his wife Victoria, Michael, Elizabeth, James, and Gabriel. Cherished great-grandmother of Mia and Nathan. Dear sister of Ralph Colarusso and his wife Florence of Holbrook. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In light of current events, funeral services took place privately. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church and interment took place at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy.

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

Elizabeth W. McGonagle, 84

Elizabeth White McGonagle, age 84, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Friday, July 10, 2020, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, to the late John J. and Mildred F. (Kelligrew) White, she was raised and educated there. She had lived in Wollaston for the past fifty-six years, and enjoyed many summers at her family home on Gunrock Beach in Hull.

Elizabeth began her professional career in the library system at Harvard University. She then transitioned to the Dorchester Court House, where she met her husband, Francis. After raising her five children, she returned to work as a children’s library associate in Hull for over ten years.

She was a longtime, active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy where she volunteered as the wedding coordinator for over fifteen years. Elizabeth also enjoyed skiing and volunteering at Quincy Hospital and the Quincy Historical Society.

Beloved wife for fifty-six years of Francis X. McGonagle. Devoted mother of Stephen F. McGonagle and his wife Lisa of Virginia, Jane E. McGonagle Dunleavy and her husband John of Weymouth, Amy M. Cincotta and her husband John of Marshfield, Sara M. McGonagle of New Mexico, and Kenneth M. McGonagle and his wife Beth of Southborough. Loving grandmother of seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

One of eight siblings, she was the dear sister of John J. White, Jr. of Minnesota, James L.V. White of Lowell, Paul F. White of Hull, and was predeceased by Joan C. White, Thomas W. White, Ann W. “Nancy” Morgan, and Patricia M. White. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, July 14, from 5 – 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, July 15, at 10 o’clock. Interment to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to Saint John the Baptist Church, c/o 556 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

James. F. DelTufo, 83

James F. DelTufo, 83, of Quincy died July 7.

James. F. DelTufo

Mr. DelTufo is survived by his loving wife Carol A. DelTufo and his 11 children and one late child. Grandfather of many grandchildren. Devoted owner to his dog Princess.

He had a long natural fight with lung cancer and dementia but remained a strong man throughout.

Mr. DelTufo had a Boston Cab business for many years.

Services will be private.

For more information and online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.

Richard J. Kenneally

Richard J. “Rich” Kenneally of Quincy, born May 14, 1953, died July 2 due to complications from COVID-19.

Richard J. Kenneally

He is survived by his children, Jennifer Kenneally and her husband Kristofer of Somerville and Jessica Kenneally and her partner Brendan of Quincy. He is predeceased by his wife Cecilia Ford Kenneally, his parents Paul and Lillian Kenneally, and his brother Paul Kenneally, Jr. He is also survived by his siblings Marie DePaolo and her husband Louis DePaolo of Naples, Florida, Kevin Kenneally and his wife Linda Viegas of Naples, Florida, Ann Kenneally-Ryan and her husband Stephen Ryan of Quincy as well as his Ford relatives, his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, Godchildren, cousins and friends.

Mr. Kenneally was born in Boston on May 14, 1953 and was a lifelong resident of Quincy. He was educated at St. Ann’s School, Atlantic Middle School and North Quincy High School and was a proud graduate of Berklee School of Music.

His love for music began at a young age when he picked up the guitar and banjo and learned to play them without a single lesson. In middle school he took lessons on the clarinet and then found his instrument of choice, the saxophone. Mr. Kenneally taught music in the Quincy Public Schools for 30 years, beginning with Sterling and Central Middle Schools and then as the band director for Quincy and North Quincy High School. He collaborated with his theatrical partner Peggy Spencer to run the Quincy Summer Program “Raise the Curtain,” where over a hundred children would spend two weeks of their summer putting on a full musical theatre production.

With Mr. Kenneally’s kind, warm, and funny personality his students naturally took to him. His style of teaching brought the best out of every student, and he in turn, took pride in every one of them. “Mr. K” was many students’ favorite teacher, and his band room was a safe haven of creativity and encouragement.

Upon his retirement from Quincy Public Schools in 2019, the city of Quincy declared June 14 “Rich Kenneally Day.” Jen and Jess encourage celebrating this new holiday by listening to or playing your favorite music with family and friends.

Mr. Kenneally loved spending time with his family. He kept up with his girls Jen and Jess, and was always interested in what they were up to, and encouraging them to follow their passions. He loved spending time with the love of his life, CeCe, whether it was getting a bite to eat, watching the Sox, walking the beach, going on day trips around New England, or visiting family in Naples, Florida. They were truly best friends, having begun their relationship at ages 19 and 20.

If you had a party, you wanted Mr. Kenneally there. He was quick with a joke, a pun, or a funny voice. At any family gathering, he would sit at the piano and everyone would congregate to sing. He will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held on a date yet to be determined.

Memorial donations may be made to the Richard Kenneally Music Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be given to a deserving graduating senior from both North Quincy and Quincy High School, who pursue a degree in music education. To get a link to donate please email quincybandboosters@gmail.com.

Mary Houghton, 101

Mary (Dornan) Houghton of Squantum, formerly of Holbrook, passed peacefully away July 7 at 101 years old.

Mary Houghton

Wife of the late Warren E. Houghton. Cherished mother of Donald Houghton and his wife Lynne of Quincy and the late Dr. Richard D. Houghton and Rosemary Houghton of Maine.  Grandmother of Sarah (Houghton) Bowe, Beth (Houghton) Donovan, Richard A. Houghton and Charles Houghton and Great Grandmother of eight.

Mary toured the United States and Canada with the trio of the “Dorn Brothers and Mary” as the opening act for Judy Garland and Donald O’Connor.  Her fondest memories were of swimming and biking around Squantum.  She loved Star of the Sea Church and was a member of the first Parish Council, the church choir and was a CCD teacher. Mary celebrated her 100th birthday party with family and friends at the Neighborhood Club and sang “Elmer’s Tune” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” for the crowd.  The town of Holbrook enrolled the “Dorn Brothers and Mary” into the Holbrook Hall of Fame in 2019.  Mary lived a good life, loved her family and her Catholic Faith.

For more information and online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.