William M. Corliss, 79

William M. Corliss, age 79, of Hanover, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

William M. Corliss

William was born in Boston, to the late Thomas H. and Anna E. (Quinn) Corliss. Raised and educated in Roxbury, he was a graduate of the University Without Walls, associated with UMass Amherst. He had lived in Hanover for thirteen years, previously in Quincy for most of his life.

Bill worked at the Dedham House of Corrections before starting with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Business Manager at Mass Hospital School with the Department of Public Health. Bill then completed his career with the Department of Mental Health in Boston. Bill had over thirty years of state service and held various positions during his career. At the time of his retirement in 2002, he was the Director of Engineering and Facilities Management.

Bill was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing touch football, swimming, trips to the casino with family and friends, and supporting his children by never missing a sporting event or school event they participated in. He and his wife, Peggy, were “snowbirds” for many years, and loved their time and friendships in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Most of all, Bill was devoted to his family and especially proud of his cherished grandchildren, attending and supporting all their many activities and accomplishments. Bill was very active in the community and coached baseball for many years. Bill was also active in the youth groups when his children were young and was instrumental in starting up variety shows that many joined and grew to love. He also helped make it possible to have school dances for the middle schoolers. He will be remembered for his easy-going manner, sense of humor, friendly face, and hard-working example.

Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of Margaret C. “Peggy” (Goodwin) Corliss. Billy and Peggy were childhood sweethearts.

Devoted father of Karen M. Parlee and her husband Kenneth of Rockland, Thomas M. Corliss and Ann Marie Wall of Hanover, and Kathleen A. Dougherty and her husband David of Abington.

Loving grandfather of Samantha MacKenzie, William Parlee, Madison Parlee, Brittany Corliss, Thomas W. Corliss, and James Dougherty.

Dear brother of the late Dorothy Berry.

Bill is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, January 25, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 26, at 11 a.m. Interment private.

For those who wish, donations in William’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Ronald W. Messier, 69

Ronald W. Messier, age 69, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died suddenly, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at South Shore Hospital.

Born and raised in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1971.

Ronald was employed as a laborer in the warehouse industry for many years.

He was an avid cyclist. Most of all, he loved hockey, and was a loyal fan of the New York Rangers and Hall of Famer, Mark Messier.

Ronald overcame many obstacles and challenges after becoming a quadriplegic fifteen years ago.

Beloved son of the late Ernest C. and Mary R. (Shea) Messier.

He was predeceased by his loving brother, Stephen Messier.

Ronald is survived by several nieces and nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, graveside services were conducted privately at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to the American Spinal Injury Association, Attn: Carolyn Moffatt, 9702 Gayton Rd., Suite 306, Richmond, VA 23238 or by visiting asia-spinalinjury.org.

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.

Mary Ann G. Weidner, 95

Mary Ann G. (Striano) Weidner, age 95, of Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mary Ann G. Weidner

Mary Ann was born in Honesdale, Pa., to the late Pasquale and Leona (Birmingham) Striano. She was raised in New York City, her family spending summers in Honesdale where the environment was better for her brother, Anthony, who suffered from the after effects of rheumatic fever. Graduating from Washington Irving High School in New York City at the age of sixteen, she immediately went to work for the War Manpower Commission.

After World War II, Mary Ann moved to television, working briefly at CBS before settling at NBC. It was there that she worked in various local programming as a production assistant before becoming a stage manager to the nationally telecast “We, the People,” the first radio/television simulcast. She worked with many legendary stars, often at the start of their careers. Mary Ann particularly remembered an eleven-part series with Jackie Robinson who she greatly admired despite the fact that he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the archrival of her beloved New York Giants. She spoke of his dignity and kindness. And that was when her daughters, Ann and Lee, could coax her to reminisce about her time in television as she always seemed reluctant. In fact, many people who knew her later never knew about her television past.

Beloved wife of the late Walter H. Weidner.

Devoted mother of Ann and Lee, both of Quincy.

One of four siblings, she is survived by her sister, Patricia Frugard of Red Bank, N.J., and was predeceased by Anthony Striano and Frank Striano. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews

At the request of the family, funeral services took place privately.

For those who wish, donations in Mary Ann’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were 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.

John F. Bowlen, 86

John Francis Bowlen, age 86, a longtime resident of Quincy, died Jan. 9, 2022 at South Shore Hospital after a brave battle with the COVID virus.

John F. Bowlen

Mr. Bowlen was born in Boston to the late John and Elizabeth (Leighton) Bowlen. He was raised and educated in South Boston, Jamaica Plain and New Ipswich, NH.

Beloved husband of 64 years to Sandra A. (Jordan) Bowlen of Quincy. Devoted, loving and cherished father of the late William Bowlen, Michael Bowlen and his wife Magdalena, Paula Bowlen, Brenda Chiu and her husband Bun, Craig Bowlen and his wife Heidi and Philip Bowlen. Loving grandfather to Michael, Amy, Emalie and the late Brittany Bowlen, Stanley, Eliza and Wesley Chiu. He is also survived by great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Mary (Evans), Edward, Barbara and Albert Bowlen.

Mr. Bowlen retired at age 69 from the oil heat industry. He worked as an oil heat technician and service manager for Granite City Coal and Oil, Whaleco and Atlas Oil/Petro.

He enjoyed taking car trips to the country side with his wife Sandra, visiting all of New England. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting casinos.

Mr. Bowlen was a wonderful and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His strength, wisdom, loving ways and sense of humor will be greatly missed. “You’re a good guy Mr. B.”

A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements were made by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

Alice G. Aiguier, 82

Alice G. Aiguier of Quincy, died of kidney disease at her home on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.  She was 82.

Alice G. Aiguier

Born Alice G. Frenette in Boston to Philip and Alice (Hamilton) Frenette.  She and her loving late husband, Jack, lived and raised their family in Houghs Neck, on Quincy Bay.

Alice loved dogs, reading, country music and traveling.  She and Jack had the opportunity to travel much of the world and considered Greece and Tahiti to be the highlights.  She also enjoyed many fun and unique trips across the globe with her daughters.

Her strong will and contrarian nature, belied by her tiny stature, will be greatly missed.

Alice is survived by her four children, Cindy Milford and her husband Chick, Tracy Stewart and her husband Sean, Darrel Aiguier and Dean Aiguier.  She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Kendall Stewart, Casey Stewart and Andrew Tufts.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, January 24, 2022 from 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10AM at Keohane Funeral Home. Please see Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MSPCA – Angel at mspca.org or Wounded Warrior Project supportwwp.org.

Derek A. Hirst, 88

Derek A. Hirst, of Holbrook, and formerly of Quincy and the United Kingdom, died peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He was 88.

Derek A. Hirst

Born in Darwen, England on September 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Alan and Mary A. (Riding) Hirst. Derek was raised in Darwin and was educated in the United Kingdom. Following graduation, Derek served in the Royal Air Force, where he proudly served the country and its monarch.

Derek immigrated to the United States in 1968, after being offered a job with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was being recruited by many different countries for his talents and knowledge. When MIT offered him the position, there was not a doubt in his mind. He headed for the United States, where he became a proud citizen. Derek worked as a Mechanical Engineer for 50 years with MIT, assisting the faculty in developing research and technology to improve safety and drive innovation forward. He was involved with creating rock models to test earthquake pressure systems as well as building parts for space shuttles. He loved his work and was proud of his professional accomplishments. He cultivated many relationships throughout the years, and happily retired in 2018.

Derek loved to travel the world with his wife, Anne. He liked to see new places, experience different cultures and meet new people. Derek was fascinated by people and could people watch for hours. He took the train to work every day, and he would make mental note of all the things he saw, and people he met. Later in life, Derek took all his people watching experiences and wrote a book titled: “Truths, Half Truths & Bovine Scatology”. Derek had a great-dry sense of humor; he was always fun loving with a contagious smile on his face. The life of the party, Derek was an extrovert from the beginning. He had a great love for music of all kinds. As a young man, he worked as a Disc Jockey in England, and later in life he was a member of the Sacred Heart Choir in Quincy and the Quincy Choral Society. Derek’s life lessons and example are part of his legacy that continue through his family. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Derek was the beloved husband of the late Anne (O’Brien) Hirst, who died in 2016. The two shared 57 loving years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Julie Cronin and her late husband Edward of Abington, Kathryn Powers and her husband John of Plymouth, Debra Smith and her husband Paul of Quincy and Andrew Hirst, and his wife Rachel of Holbrook. Derek was the loving grandfather of nine and the loving great grandfather of seven. He was the dear brother of the late James Hirst and the cherished uncle of Stewart and Ian Hirst, both of the United Kingdom.

Visiting hours will be held privately.

Derek’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386, Hancock St., Quincy, at 10 A.M.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Face masks are required to be worn by all guests who enter the church.

Services will conclude with interment in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Derek’s name to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave. (OV), Boston, MA 02215 or by visiting: https://www.bidmc.org/give.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Frances V. Denvir

Frances V. (Signorello) Denvir of Weymouth, formally of Quincy, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Frances was born, raised, and educated in Brooklyn, NY. She lived in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy since 1958 where she was an active member of the community. She was a Girl Scout leader, member of the PTA for Atherton Hough Elementary School, member of the Most Blessed Sacrament women’s organization which included helping to run the annual Christmas bizarre, and hours helping the Houghs Neck Community Council.

Frances worked at Granite Co-Operative Bank starting as a teller and then working up to be a branch manager. After retirement, she enjoyed being treasurer for various senior groups within Quincy, doing activities including lots of trips from fall Foliage to going to various shows to going to the casinos. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially holidays and special events for her grandchildren.

Wife of the late Robert “Bob” F. Denvir; beloved mother of Carol Johnson of Whitinsville, MA, Virginia DelGreco of Pembroke, MA, Frances MacDonald and her husband Ken of Mansfield MA and the late Lorraine Hubrich and her husband Paul; loving grandmother of Kathleen, Kristina, Robert, Julie, Tina, Keith, and Addison; Frances is also survived by 4 great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. On Friday there will be a service at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Rita M. Kipp

Rita M. (Gibbons) Kipp of Abington, died peacefully at home on January 14, 2022.
Rita M. Kipp

Rita, or Ree Ree, the youngest daughter of Wilbert and Rita Gibbons, was born at Quincy Hospital on New Year’s Eve in 1952. She grew up in Quincy, MA, with her 7 siblings and graduated from Quincy High. Rita was married for many years to Dana Kipp and they raised their 3 daughters in Quincy and Braintree. Rita started working as a cashier for Stop and Shop, eventually moving to a job in the corporate office in Quincy. It was there that she began working in payroll. She most recently worked at Tempus Unlimited (formerly Cerebral Palsy Massachusetts) where she met and grew to adore her co-workers.

Rita’s greatest joy, second only to reading books on a beach, was spending time with family and friends. She adored summer days down the Cape. She loved having morning coffee on her back deck. She was thrilled to watch the deer run through her yard, until they ate her flowers. She found happiness in her MG group, her sober life, and her new friends. She looked forward to camping with her friends and weekends away. She loved floating on a raft or in a boat. Ree Ree loved chatting with her nieces and nephews in the kitchen until all hours of the morning. She loved sewing and HGTV, bringing food into work to share, watching people open presents, sending money in the mail, and having a good Italian meal. She loved going to shows with her siblings and she cherished every special moment with her kids and grandkids.
Rita was the loving mother of Rachael Kipp of Brockton, Melissa Kipp and Frank Lenardis of Quincy, Vicki and Joe Graham of Abington, and doting Grammie of Ashley Gouthro, Trey, Quin, Tristan, Kariana, Matthew and Isabella Graham. She was a beloved sister of her siblings and in-laws Diane and Buster Loud of Fla., Linda and David Schofield, Ann Johnson, Michael and Elaine Gibbons, James and Sinuon Gibbons, Robert Gibbons, all of Quincy, and Richard and Carol Gibbons of Kingston. Ree Ree was also the adoring Auntie of many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She leaves behind many other family, friends, and loved ones who will miss her dearly.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday 5-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.  Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Recovery Center of America at Westminster, 9 Village Inn Road, Westminster, MA 01473.
See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Janet Y. Hartnett, 84

Janet Yvonne (Reid) Hartnett, of Plymouth, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2022, at the Life Care Center of Plymouth. She was 84.

Janet Y. Hartnett

Born in Quincy on July 9, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Avon and Adrienne (Jardine) Reid. Janet was raised in Quincy, attended local schools, and graduated from Quincy High School with the Class of 1955. In addition to raising her family, Janet worked as a secretary in the import-export industry.

Janet was an artist and enjoyed painting. She also loved to travel with her husband to the Caribbean, Hawaii, and her favorite vacation destination, Aruba. Janet and her husband have been vacationing in Aruba for the last 44 years. 

Janet was most passionate about being a mother. She valued family more than anything in the world. Janet was the type of person that people could depend on. She was artistic, creative, loving, and selfless. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continues through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched. 

Janet was the beloved wife of Gerard E. Hartnett, with whom she shared 66 loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Robert R. “Bob” Hartnett and his wife Joan of West Barnstable, Denise M. Daudelin and her husband Michael of Hanover, and the late Jennifer Hartnett. Janet was the loving grandmother of Elyse and Garrett Hartnett, both of San Diego, Kristen and Matthew Daudelin, both of Hanover. She was the dear sister of Gwenneth Braveman of Hanover and Shirley Shea of Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Salvie Reid, Carlita Hunt, and Helen Kubic. Janet was the cherished aunt of Robert Braveman and Diane Breyan and her husband Robert, all of Hanover; and the cherished great aunt of Michael Brissette of Bridgewater, and the late Eric Breyan.  

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, January 24, 2022, 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 AM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. 

Services will conclude with interment in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. 

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

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

John J. ‘Dapper’ O’Neil

John J. “Dapper” O’Neil, of Quincy, and formerly of Dorchester and Milton, died peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2022. He was 95 years old.

John J. O’Neil

Born in East Boston on November 26, 1926, he was the son of the late John J. and Olive M. (Tibbitts) O’Neil. John was raised in East Boston. As a young man, he worked as a tunnel worker and longshoreman. He was the proprietor of many Boston taverns; The Famous Café in the South End, the 1310 Lounge, Peggy O’Neil’s, and Blend. John would have never retired if it was up to him. He loved the business.

 His life lessons and example are part of his legacy that continue through his family. When not working, John loved looking at the views of Quincy Bay and Boston skyline from the deck of his home in Houghs Neck. He was an avid Pool player, his favorite shot, the ”3 Cushion Side”. He enjoyed sports, traveling, music, dancing, and spending time with his family. He was well respected and will be dearly missed.

 John was the beloved husband of the late Margaret M. (Peggy) (Morgan) O’Neil, who passed away in 2011. The two were married for 57 loving years. He was the devoted father of John “Jay” O’Neil Jr.- Cheryl Farrell of Weymouth, Caron M. O’Neil-Susan O’Malley of Weymouth, Deborah A. O’Neil-late John Rice of Florida, Darren J. O’Neil and his wife Debbie of Hanover, Tracy A. Campbell and her husband Paul of Weymouth, Peggy O’Neil-Simone and her husband Richard of Quincy, Lianne C. McGarry and her husband Kevin of Weymouth, William and Gary O’Neil of Raynham and Theresa “Terry” O’Leary of Quincy. John was the loving grandfather of John “Jay” III, Jaclyn, the late Jayme, D.J., Devin, Dylan, Kevin Jr., Courtney, Caitlin, Kyle, Corbin, and Colby. He was the dear brother of the late James “J.O.” O’Neil and the loving uncle of Jimmy, Johnny, and Joseph O’Neil. And many more nieces and nephews.

John leaves those who he loved, and those who loved him, his advice on living a happy life; “ We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.”

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday, January 21, 2022, 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 AM on Saturday, January 22, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Parish in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Face masks are required to be worn by all guests who enter the church.

 Services will conclude with interment in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

 Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s name to The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.

See www.Keohane.com for online condolences and directions.