Joseph Samuel Ralph, 97

Joseph Samuel Ralph of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully on Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham. He was 97.

Joseph S. Ralph

Born in Watertown on March 29, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas and Nora (Macomber) Ralph. He was raised in South Boston and graduated from Boston Trade School with the Class of 1942. Following high school, Joseph enlisted in the United States Army on October 21, 1942 and proudly served his country in WWII. He was honorably discharged on December 28, 1945 at the rank of Sgt. Joseph worked as a finish carpenter and retired in 1986.

Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Ferris) Ralph, who died in 2014. The two shared 68 loving years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Elaine F. Deskins and her husband David of Quincy, Joseph S. Ralph, Jr. of Quincy, Mary C. O’Neill and her husband Fred of Weymouth, Michael P. Ralph of N. Reading, Edward J. Ralph and his wife Nell of Weymouth and the late Thomas J. Ralph, who died in 2000. Joseph was the loving grandfather of Pamela Zanowski and her husband Stephen of South Carolina, Susan Collett and her husband Brian of Hanover, Kristin McDonald and her husband Joseph of Weymouth, Mark O’Neill and his wife Corinne of Weymouth, Karen Kintz and her husband Brian of Weymouth, Maureen Thomas and her husband Benjamin of Fall River, the late David Deskins, Jr., the late Gregory Deskins and the late Daniel Ralph. Also survived by 11 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, August 19, 2021, 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 Friday, August 20, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joseph may be sent to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116.

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Martha Ann Czarnowski, 70

Martha Ann (St. Clair) Czarnowski, of Quincy, died peacefully after a long illness on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Ruth McLain Hospice Home in Braintree. She was 70.

Born in Fort Bragg, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Irene (Morgan) St. Clair. Mother of Amy B. Czarnowski and significant other Michael Walsh of Hanson. Sister of Jan Legere of Pennsylvania. Aunt of Kate Manning and her husband Tim and great aunt to Audrey Manning, both of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends. 

Following cremation, services and interment will be held privately. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Martha may be sent to Quincy Animal Shelter, PO Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269. 

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Michael J. Guerriero, 60

Michael Joseph Guerriero, 60, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away while surrounded by his family on Friday, August 13, 2021, after fearlessly fighting an extremely admirable and courageous battle with cancer.

Michael J. Guerriero

The beloved son to the late Francis L. and Josephine R. (Sheehan) Guerriero. The devoted husband of Darlene T. (Stagg) Guerriero for 37 years. The loving father of Krysta N. (Guerriero) Paul and her husband Matthew, Matthew M. Guerriero and Brittney A. Guerriero all of Quincy. The cherished grandfather of Alivia J. Paul. Brother of Richard F. Guerriero and his wife Patricia of Weymouth, Joseph M. Guerriero and his wife Mary of Braintree and Robert T. Guerriero and his wife Christine of Quincy. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Michael was a member of the Association of Independent Football Officials (AIFO) and the South Shore Umpires Association (SSUA). He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending his free time coaching his children’s sports teams, blowing the whistle as a referee and calling plays as an umpire on the field.  His favorite location to officiate games would always be at home in front of his television where he could be as loud as he wanted.

He had a great love for music and attended many concerts with his wife and friends. Michael enjoyed traveling, had a passion for cooking, and always kept everyone laughing with his quick wit and sarcasm. He had a big personality and an even bigger heart. He always made a point to remain in close contact with his lifelong friends.

Above all else, Michael was most proud of being a husband, father, and grampy.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday, August 20, from 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 AM at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy. Burial in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Michael’s name to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.


Jeff P. Spear, 43

Jeff Paul Spear, from Abington, died suddenly at age 43 on Aug. 11.

Jeff P. Spear

Predeceased by his grandparents, Anthony and Margaret Primavera of Quincy, and his aunt, Rosemary Dennehy of Rockland.  Survived by his mother, Linda Spear of Quincy, his daughter, Keira Perito of Braintree, and his good friend, Rick Stuart of Weymouth . He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, especially Diane and John Cooper of Quincy and their three children and respective families.

Mr. Spear was born and raised in Quincy where he spent his childhood playing hockey, riding dirt bikes, and taking apart his remote control cars, trucks, and motorcycles so he could figure out how to put them back together.  Any conversation with Mr. Spear, then or as an adult, would involve cars at some point.

Mr. Spear’s childhood was also filled with many vacations to New Hampshire with his Aunt Diane and Uncle John; his cousins Craig and John were like brothers to him for a very long time and his cousin Colleen would often look out for him, both then and later on during his high school years – Mr. Spear holds a special place in their hearts.  He was also fortunate to have “Uncle Freddy” (Fred Brooks, deceased) as a wonderful male role model and support in his life.

Mr. Spear went to Quincy High School and then several years later graduated from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s automotive technology program.  Given his passion since childhood for any mode of transportation with an engine, this was no surprise.  Mr. Spear was always repairing his own cars and motorcycles and would offer to help friends with theirs or would at least diagnose the problem for them.  He was lucky to do what he loved for a job and was self-employed as an automotive mechanic.  He was always very fond of dogs, especially his late dog named Terror.

Mr. Spear always enjoyed spending time with his daughter, Keira.  The two of them enjoyed spending time together at Island Grove Park in Abington, planting flowers, and doing arts and crafts.  Keira was Mr. Spear’s pride and joy and she knows that her daddy will be watching over her from Heaven.

Mr. Spear’s family takes comfort in the fact that he gets to see Uncle Freddy again, probably enjoying time at Heaven’s version of Braintree’s Sunset Lake, and that his Nana is able to care for him, probably awaiting his arrival to Heaven with a stash of “Peeny Cups” (what Mr. Spear called Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for years when little).

Services for Mr. Spear will be private and arranged by Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts in Quincy.

Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 350 Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Paul V. Dunphy, Jr.

Paul Vincent Dunphy, Jr. of Quincy passed away on August 12 after a brief illness (unrelated to but exacerbated by Covid-19).

Paul V. Dunphy, Jr.

Born in Boston in 1935, he raised his family in Quincy.  He loved both cities for their history, walkability and accessibility to the natural beauty of the Boston Harbor Islands.

If you saw Paul on one of his thousands of walks on Wollaston Beach over the years, he was happy you stopped to say hello and he told one or more of his children or grandchildren about the encounter.

Paul was a lifelong learner and kept in touch with his fellow students from all levels of his formal and informal education from his “woody” crowd in Dorchester to his friends and professors with his independent studies at UMB and Harvard.

Paul managed The Beach Buoys, formerly of The Beacon Hill Rotisserie League and there he was a terrific assembler of salads and “spreads” but not of winning teams.

He loved and studied world history even though his favorite book was Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” and he saw no contradiction there.

Paul arranged annual gatherings for his children and grandchildren from Kennebunkport, ME, to Falmouth, MA – attendance was not mandatory.

Paul is survived by his friend and companion, Anne Fitzgerald, who often bested him at Jeopardy.  He was the devoted father of Linda Dunphy and Jim Kosko of St. Augustine, FL, Donna Dunphy and John Tempesta of Saugus, Paul and Mary Dunphy of Hull, Thomas and Evelyn Dunphy of Quincy, and James and Kimberly Dunphy of Raleigh, NC.  Loving grandfather to Marina, Paul, Joseph, Daniel, Sarah, Jennifer, Rachel, Taylor and Drew.  He is also survived by his siblings: William Dunphy and Ellen Mooney, both of Falmouth, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is predeceased by his sisters: Joan Murphy and Barbara Butler and their parents: Paul V. and Margaret (DeLorey) Dunphy.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during visiting hours on Tuesday, August 17, from 3-6 PM at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 18, at Divine Mercy Parish, Sacred Heart Church at 10 AM.  Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send bottles of Dewar’s to 34 Walker St…just kidding.  Please consider making a memorial donation in Paul’s name to the Martin Richard Foundation 1452 Dorchester Ave, 4th Floor, Dorchester, MA 02122.

Dennis W. ‘Chuck’ Keefe, 76

Dennis (Chuck) W. Keefe, 76, Rockland, passed away August 12, 2021.

Dennis W. ‘Chuck’ Keefe

He was born and raised in Quincy to the late Thomas and Helen Keefe. He was a United States Army veteran serving during the Vietnam era.  For many years he worked as a maintenance mechanic at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Chuck was a member of the Weymouth Elks and the Rockland Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, deer hunting, and most spectator sports. He was, many years ago, a member of the Knights of Columbus old timers’ softball team, the Spring Street Bombers. He also enjoyed trips to Maine and New Hampshire, and spending time with the family. He was a loving grandfather, and also enjoyed spending time with his many nieces and nephews.

Chuck was known for his sense of humor, easygoing nature and generosity. Many years ago he moonlighted as a DJ, mostly for friends and relatives. He was quick to get on the dance floor, and enjoyed partying with friends.

Beloved husband of 52 years to Elaine (Alcarez) Keefe of Rockland. Loving father of Karen Keefe of Rockland and the late Kristen Keefe. Grandfather of Seth and Shane Rosczewski of Rockland. Brother of Thomas Keefe of Hanson, Shirley Quirk of Marstons Mills, Jean Beaudry of Pembroke, and the late Helen Coveney, Daniel Keefe, and Donald Keefe.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday 4-7 PM in the McDonald-Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 8 AM on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Family Church, Rockland at 9 AM. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, Rockland.

In loving memory of Chuck, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Francis A. Puccia, 72

Francis A. Puccia, 72, of Quincy died April 21, 2020.

Francis A. Puccia

Born in West Newton, Mr. Puccia was a lifetime resident of Quincy. He was the beloved son of the late Anthony Puccia and Rose (Cappello) Puccia, the beloved husband of the late Carol (Arenti) Puccia and the loving father of the late Christopher Puccia.  He is also survived by his brother Salvatore Puccia, sister Nancy (Puccia) Jackson, many nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

Mr. Puccia was a graduate of North Quincy High. He worked for many years at Home Depot in Quincy and he was also on the Board of Directors for Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts.

His favorite thing was watching old cowboy movies.

Mr. Puccia had a very special and wonderful life with Carol and Chris, they were his life.  He was a gentle soul and loved people, he would take walks around Houghs Neck and would often stop to talk with his friends and neighbors.  Everyone that knew him loved him.  He will be truly missed by all of us.

A celebration of life will be held at Boston Cremation, 116 Franklin St., Quincy, on Aug. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at The Common Market Restaurant, Quincy. Family and friends are all welcomed.

Maureen E. Curran, 76

Maureen E. (Norton) Curran, age 76, of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, August 13, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, surrounded by her loving family.

Maureen E. Curran

Maureen was born in Boston, to the late James J. and Margaret M. (O’Shea) Norton. Raised and educated in Braintree, she was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1963. Maureen lived in Quincy for many years.

Maureen was employed as a waitress in the hospitality industry for many years, primarily at The Westin Copley Place, Boston. She enjoyed many longstanding friendships with her co-workers there.

She enjoyed gardening, cultivating flowers and tomatoes. Maureen also enjoyed playing Bingo. She was an avid Boston sports fan and always enjoyed meeting players from opposing teams while working at the hotel over the years. Maureen loved music and attended many concerts, including the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, and Jimmy Buffett.

Beloved mother of the late Michelle A. Curran. Devoted sister of William P. Norton and his wife Maria of Braintree, Christopher M. Norton and his wife Cheryl of West Bridgewater.

Maureen is also lovingly survived by her nieces and nephews, Kerri A. McInerney, Jill M. Boller, Mark C., Dennis M., and Sean W. Norton, as well as her great nieces and great nephews, Stella, twins Vivian and Tommy, and Austyn.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, August 17, from 5-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those attending wear a mask or face covering. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, August 18, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or by visiting


Dillon J. Beazley, 28

Dillon J. Beazley, age 28, entered into eternal life on August 12, 2021. Dillon was currently a Weymouth resident but most proud to be from Quincy.

Dillon was the proud loving father of Cameron Muldoon sharing the loving parental bond with Alyssa Muldoon of Weymouth. Dillon truly shined when in the presence of his son with his big smile and contagious laugh. Beloved son of Wendy (Beazley) and Anthony Brancaccio of Weymouth. Loving brother of Anthony and Dominic Brancaccio of Weymouth and the late Christopher MacIver. “The Favorite” grandson of Catherine Lamson of Weymouth, and William Beazley and his wife Marlena of Dorchester.

Adored nephew of the late Michael Beazley, William Beazley and his wife Sabrina of Whitman, Jennifer Llama and her husband Matt of Florida, Jillian Sweeney and her husband Patrick of Whitman, Jeffery Beazley and his wife Christina of New York, Kevin Beazley of Dorchester, and Michelle Beazley of Dorchester and so many more hand selected aunts and uncles. Survived by cousins sharing a close bond with Devon and Macayla Sweeney, Kara Foster, Samantha and William Beazley and many more.

Dillon was a devoted friend making all feel like family; he was truly the life of the party bringing inappropriate humor in any moment. He could always make you laugh even on your worst of days. Dillon was an incredible chef using all of our homes to make the most interesting but delicious concoctions. You could smell Dillon coming a mile away to be greeted with that big cheesy smile, a big bear hug followed by “where’s the food, give me the aux chord and do you have a puffer.”

That’s who Dillon was, a man who wanted to break bread with you, to check in on you while sharing HIS music with all, to be moved the way he was even when he couldn’t breathe. This is how we believe Dillon would want us to remember him; being that funny guy, who loved being a Dad to Cameron, who wanted to make sure we were all okay while letting us know he got “the best deal” and to remember “life is short, wear your Jordans.”

Visiting hours at the Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, 100 Washington St. Weymouth, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 4 pm until 9 pm. Private cremation to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to a GoFundMe page at Any donations received will be used to offset funeral cost and remaining donations will be contributed to Cameron’s trust fund.

Nina D’Ambrosio Forde, 73

Nina D’Ambrosio Forde, of Burlington, formerly of Quincy, passed away on August 5, 2021 at the age of 73.

Nina D’Ambrosio Forde

She was the beloved wife of the late Bruce Forde, the loving daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Francis and Jennie D’Ambrosio and the cherished sister of her 8 siblings, Rosemary (Gianfranco) Verri of Sudbury, SantaJean (Philip) DeSantis of Framingham, Joseph (Gail) D’Ambrosio of Pepperell, Dr. Francis (Rosanne) D’Ambrosio, Jr. of Concord, Anthony (Pamela) D’Ambrosio of Concord, Anne D’Ambrosio of Clinton, Dolores (Frank) Granato of Concord, and Dr. Paul (Fredel) D’Ambrosio of Concord. She was the proud Auntie to her many nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly.

Nina grew up in Concord, attended Rose Hawthorne School and High School, St. Thomas Aquinas Junior College, and received her BA from Curry College. She worked at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind for 35 years. Nina was a faithful parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Agatha Parish in Milton and was a loyal friend to many. But her greatest joy was her family. She never missed an opportunity to visit, celebrate, console or chat on the phone. She lived a remarkable and full life. Nina is loved and will be dearly missed.

Family and friends will gather for visiting hours on Monday, August 16th from 5 to 8 pm in Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford St., Concord, MA. Nina’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 17th at 8 am from the Dee Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 am in Holy Family Parish, 12 Monument Square, Concord, MA. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery, 211 Centre St., Milton, MA.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to The Damian Foundation, 107 Caterina Heights, Concord, MA 01742.