Rev. John A. Doonan
Rev. John A. Doonan, 75, formerly of Milton, died Wednesday June 19 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Boston, Fr. Doonan graduated from the Mission Church High School in 1944. He received an Affiliates Degree from Saint Clement's Hall Minor Seminary and Saint Williams Hall in 1948 and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College. He was ordained from Saint John's Seminary, Brighton, in 1952 for the Archdiocese of Boston.
For the next seven years he served as parish priest and administrator of Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater. He served as Newman Club Chaplain to the Bridgewater State Teachers College where he earned his Master's Degree in Education and was Chaplain to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution as well as Auxilary Chaplain at Bridgewater State Farm Prison.
In May of 1959 Fr. Doonan entered active military service at Lackland AFB, Texas. For the next 14 years he served at the following military parishes: Castle AFB, CA; Sondrestrom Air Base, Greenland; Donaldson AFB, SC; Hunter AFB, GA; Hurlburt AFB, FL; Fuchu Air Station and Tachikawa Hospital, Japan; Dover AFB. DE; RAF Chicksands, United Kingdom; and Arlington National Cemetary, Washington, D.C.
In 1973 he was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, VA, as Assistant Chief, Professional Division, and Chief for Reserve Forces and Ecclesiastical Affairs. He became Director of Cadet Chapel Activites, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, in November 1977.
Fr. Doonan retired from the Archdiocese in 1994 after serving five years at Star of the Sea Church, Squantum. He continued to assist at parishes near Dover Air Force Base and St. Elizabeth Church in Milton, before moving to Regina Cleri in 1999.
Son of the late John and Catherine (McWeeney) Doonan, he is survived by a brother, Patrick J. Doonan of Carver; two sisters, Mary C. Regan and Patr"cia A. Sullivan, both of Milton; 17 nieces and nephews, and 23 grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church June 24. Burial was at Milton Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Regina Cleri Home for Retired Priests, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114.
John C. MacDonald Jr.
John C. MacDonald Jr., 92, of Milton, died June 14 at the Quincy Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mr. MacDonald was one of the founders of Delta Elevator and a Vice-President in its equipment division.
He graduated from the Wentworth Institute in Boston and worked for many years for the Otis Elevator Company and was a Zone Field Supervisor of New England when he retired.
Born in Boston, Mr. MacDonald lived in Milton for 61 years. He was an active Mason and the Past Master of Rabboni Lodge AF & AM and a Past District Deputy. He was also a member of Aleppo Temple, Scotish Rite Bodies, and Neponset Valley Royal Arch Chapter. He also belonged to the Cunningham Lawn Bowlers Club, and the 76 Club of Boston.
Mr. MacDonald was the husband of the late Gladys (Boyce) MacDonald and father of John C. MacDonald III of Hingham, Jean M. Leslie of Milton, and Bruce B. MacDonald of Hanover. He is survived by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home June 19. Burial was private.
Donations may be sent to Father Bill's Place, 38 Broad Street, Quincy, Ma, 02169 or to charity.
James J. McSharry, 76, formerly of Milton, died on June10 at Eagle Pond Rehabilitation Center in South Dennis after a lengthy illness.
Born in Boston, he graduated from Boston College High School with the class of 1942. He graduated from Boston College in 1946 where he played hockey. He received a masters degree in Chemistry from Boston College. He was employed with USI Chemical Company of New York and retired as a district manager after 30 years in 1989. He moved to Cape Cod in 1989. He played golf at Dennis Pines and Highland Golf Courses.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine M. (Hannigan) McSharry; seven children, Lisa McSharry of Windsor, CT., Anne Waite of Morristown, NJ., Patrick McSharry of Southport, CT., Kathleen Friday of Chatham, NJ, Christopher McSharry of Hyannis, Michael McSharry of Germany, and James McSharry of Portsmouth, NH.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Elizabeth Church June 14. Burial was in Milton Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to B. C. High Scholarship Fund, Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester MA, 02125.
Nolan A. Drevitch
Nolan A. "Lanny" Drevitch, 58, of Leesburg, FL, died June 28 at Hospice of Lake & Sumter in Tavares, FL.
Born in Louisville, KY, he grew up in Milton and graduated from Milton High in 1962. He graduated from Northeastern in 1967. He worked as a sales manager for Oracle in Florida fo four years and previously worked for Intel in Maryland and Polaroid in Cambridge. He lived in Florida for the past three years, having moved from Atlanta where he lived 18 years.
He is survived by his wife, Ileen (Ackerman) Drevitch; two sons, Scott D. Drevitch of Mashpee and Todd E. Drevitch of NJ; his parents, Sam and Dora (Goldsmith) Drevitch of Milton; a sister, Susan D. Kelly of Canton, and five grandchildren, Tyler Drevitch, Logan Drevitch and April Drevitch, all of Mashpee, and Timothy Drevitch and Kevin Drevitch of NJ.
A funeral service was held July 3 at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home in Canton. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to the South Pointe Baptist Fellowship, 2345 S. 14th St., Leesburg, FL., 34748.
Charles Hamlin Evans
Charles Hamlin Evans, 88, of Milton, died June 21 at Carney Hospital in Dorchester.
Before retiring in 1979, Mr. Evans worked as an accountant for Green Textile Associates of Chestnut Hill for 40 years.
He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary during WW II and a member of the Milton Lodge of Masons, AF & AM and the Quincy Lodge of Elks #943.
Born in Boston, he lived in Milton for 57 years. He was a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham.
He is survived by his wife, Florence B. (Gooding) Evans; four children, Lee Slattery of Weymouth, Diane Mahoney of Milton, David H. Evans of CA, and Stephen P. Evans of Springfield, and six grandchildren, Christopher Slattery, Jason Mahoney, Kiera Mahoney, Peter Mahoney, Justin Mahoney and Allison Evans.
A funeral service was held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home in Milton June 24. Burial was in Milton Cemetery.
Robert Gifford Greeley
Robert Gifford Greeley died on Sunday, June 3, in Milton after a brief illness.
He was the owner and CEO of New England Storage Warehouse Company which had become the country's largest medical and legal record storage facility before he sold it in 1986.
Born in Portland, ME, in 1920, Mr. Greeley was a lifelong resident of Milton. He attended Milton Public Schools and graduated from Milton Academy and Princeton University Class of 1944. During WW II Mr. Greeley served in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He was a beachmaster and made seven assualt landings with the groups which prepared the island beaches for the main forces. Following the war he remained in the Reserve and retired with the rank of Commander in 1970.
He was a member of the Union Boat Club, the Harvard Club of Boston, The Princeton Club of New York, and a former member of Lake Sunapee Yacht Club and the New Market Business Association of Roxbury. In addition to his home in Milton, he owned homes in Croydon, NH, and Bermuda.
Mr. Greeley is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Caldwell) Greeley; three children, Susan W. Greeley of Dedham, Sarah B. Greeley of Delray Beach, FL, and Jeanette H. Greeley of Secretary, MD; two step-children, Holly G. Clarke of Somerville, and Christopher C. Getch, M.D., of Chicago, Il; and two step-grandchildren, Christopher Getch Jr. and Oliver M. Getch.
Mr. Greeley was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home.
Donations may be sent to either Princeton University Recording Secretary, Box 140, Princeton, NJ 08544, or to Milton Academy Development Office, 170 Centre Street, Milton, MA 02186.
Albert J. O'Neill
Albert J. O'Neill, 93, of Milton, died June 19 at Milton Hospital.
Born in Brockton, Mr. O'Neill lived in Milton for 57 years.
He graduated from MIT in 1932 with a bachelor of science degree and taught there for the next 37 years. He was also a sustaining fellow and served as a member of many reunion committees for the 1932 class at MIT. He was a former member of the St. Agatha Holy name Society, Milton Senior Citizens on Aging, Milton Historical Society, the Catholic Club at MIT, and Cardinal Gray Society at MIT. Husband of the late Helen J. (Kelley) O'Neill, he is survived by seven neices and nephews, the Honorable Elizabeth LaStaiti of South Dartmouth, the Honorable W. James O'Neill of Barnstable, Margaret O'Neill of Concord, Paul McHugh of West Newton, Stephen McHugh of Waltham, Marcia Kirk of Sudbury, and Denise Price of Wellesley.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 2 at St. Agatha Church. Burial was in Milton Cemetary.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home.
Helen M. Quinn
Helen M. Quinn, 82, died June 27 at Carney Hospital in Dorchester after a brief illness.
Born in Boston, she was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School. Ms. Quinn began her career as a paralegal with the FBI in Boston and changed over to the Office of Investigations with the General Services Administration in Boston. She retired in 1982 after over 40 years with the Federal Government.
A resident of Milton for over 45 years, she was a communicant at St. Elizabeth Church.
She is survived by three sisters, Margaret M. Dinneen, Frances A. Colson, and Irene T. Quinn all of Milton; and several neices and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church. Burial was in Saint Joseph Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Dolan Funeral Home.
Donations may be sent to St. Elizabeth Church, Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA 02186.
Robert T. Cooper
Robert T. Cooper, 79, died on July 1 in the Colonial Nursing Home in Weymouth. Born in Dorchester, he was a lifelong resident of Milton.
Mr. Cooper was a 1941 graduate of Milton High and a 1944 graduate of Tufts University. He was a Lt. Commander Navy veteran of World War II.
A sales manager for the former Getty Oil Company, he retired in 1968 after a 17-year career with the company.
Mr. Cooper is survived by a daughter, Heatherlee Boksman of Ontario, Canada, and three grandchildren, Robert, Daniel and Julia Boksman, all of Ontario. He is also survived by a special family friend, Kathy Hannigan of Quincy. He was the brother of the late John F. Cooper, M.D.
A funeral service was held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on July 6. Burial was private.
Muriel T. Boc
Muriel T. Boc, 84, died June 25 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Born in Boston, Mrs. Boc was a resident of Quincy since 1948,
Mrs. Boc was the wife of the late Henry Boc, she is survived by five children, Henry J. Boc of Plymouth, John F. Boc of Duxbury, William E. Boc of NH, Lawrence J. Boc of Duxbury, and James F. Boc of Dedham; a sister, Ruth McPherson of Milton; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Ann's Church in Wollaston. Burial was at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Quincy.
Donations can be sent to the Kidney Foundation, 129 Morgan Drive, Norwood, MA 02062.
Katherine S. Marple
Katherine S. (Beaton) Marple, 90, died on July 4.
Born in Iverness, Nova Scotia she lived in Watertown before moving to Milton.
She is survived by a son, Roy Turnbull of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; three daughters, Florence E. Cripps of Milton, Elizabeth M. Mahoney of Cambridge and Katherine B. McDonnell of Brockton, two granddaughters and four grandsons.
A funeral service was held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on July 7. Burial was private.
Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 36 Cameron Street, Cambridge, MA 02140.
Martin A. Ridge
Martin A. "Whitey" Ridge, 69, died on July 2 at his home in Quincy.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Lydon) Ridge of Quincy; a son, Martin Ridge of Milton; three daughters, Barbara Hawko, Catherine Joyce and Susan Stille, all of Quincy; two sisters, Mary Kintigos of Quincy and Catherine Martin of Vermont; a brother, James Ridge of Braintree, and 13 grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Quincy, on July 6. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.