Obituaries 08-18-2010

Alfred G. Mugford, 81

Business executive, formerly of Everett

Alfred George Mugford died peacefully on August 14 in the presence of his wife, Martha, at their home in Naples, Florida after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 

He was 81 years old.

A long time resident of Massachusetts, Bay Village, Ohio and Naples, Florida, he was born September 7, 1928 in Everett to the late James and Emmie (Boone) Mugford. He graduated from Everett High School and held a B.S. from Bentley University and an M.S. from Northeastern University.  He served honorably in the United States Naval Reserve from 1950 to 1955.

Mr. Mugford began his career with Jerguson Gage and Valve in Burlington, MA (1947-64) during which time it was acquired by White Consolidated Industries (WCI).  He was Controller/Treasurer of Sarco Company in Allentown, PA and Controller and General Manager of Whitin Machine Works in Whitinsville, MA.  He participated in new acquisitions and labor negotiations for many of WCI’s divisions including Blaw Knox.  He was promoted to a Corporate Officer position with a number of WCI divisions under his wing.  He was Senior Executive Vice President of WCI in Cleveland, OH and was in charge of the largest divisions of WCI engaged in capital goods manufacturing and their steel casting and foundry equipment divisions, which operated as the Blaw Knox divisions of WCI based in Pittsburgh, East Chicago and West Virginia.  During this period, Mr. Mugford served on the boards of MAPI (Manufacturer’s Alliance), Suner Industries in Spain and Blaw Knox Industries-Japan (American owned since World War II.)

Mr. Mugford was a long time member of Avon Oaks Country Club of Avon, OH serving on the board and a two-term president.  He was also a member of Imperial Golf Club of Naples, Florida, a past member of Firestone Country Club, Cleveland Athletic Club, Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, PA., Franklin Country Club, Franklin, MA and Seaview Country Club in Absecon, NJ.   He was a founding member of the Burlington, MA Jaycees as well as the Fellowship Baptist Church.  He was an active member of the Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, OH and First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, FL where he served as an Elder and committee chairman.

Throughout his life, Mr. Mugford always looked to expand his horizons and identify his next challenge.  His logical, tenacious and pragmatic approach to life was legendary both in his professional career and in his personal life.  These served him in his fast career rise, in his family relationships and in his fiduciary and leadership roles in his church, his clubs and his civic positions.  He also applied these qualities to retirement pursuits as well, most notably to his golf game, his card playing and his support of the Boston Red Sox.  He did all these things in retirement in spite of his long battle with macular degeneration.

The businesses, the organizations and the family he loved all benefited from his life and his presence and he will be missed by all especially by his loving wife, children and their spouses as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of 27 years to Martha (Black) Mugford; loving father to Reverend Doctor Janet (Mugford) Sprague of Youngstown, OH, Reverend Doctor Nancy Mugford of Grover, NC, George Mugford and his wife, Sue, of Toledo, OH; Holly (Montgomery) Nye and her husband, Kurt, of Bay Village, OH and Edward Montgomery and his wife, Lynn, of Fort Lauderdale, FL.   He was poppy to David, Danielle, Gretchen, Christian, Luke, Angelina Rose and Amy Lynne and grampy to Christopher, Carrie, Timothy, Patrick, Jamey, Jeff, Jason and Kimmey as well as great grandchildren, Trentin, Lucas and Elizabeth.  He is also survived by his brothers, Reverend James Mugford and his wife, Ruth, of Scranton, PA, Rev. Ralph Mugford and his wife, Jean, of Cape Coral, FL and his sisters, Lois and her husband, Joe Quarantello and Ethel and her husband, Reverend Russell Grant, both from Massachusetts.  He was the son of the late James and Emmie (Boone) Mugford.  

Visitation will be held at the Busch-Burmeister  Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Road, Avon, OH on Thursday, August 19, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Burial will be at Lakewood Park Cemetery, 22025 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH on Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road, Bay Village, OH, following the burial. A memorial service will be held in Naples, FL at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL in early November. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to AVOW Hospice 1095 Whipporwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105.


John ‘Murph’ Murphy Sr.

Amesbury resident

John “Murph” Murphy Sr., born in Dublin, Ireland and living in Amesbury, died on August 14. 

He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia (Patterson); loving father of John, Brian, Kevin, Dawn, Heather and Stephen.  He is also survived by many loving brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Son Funeral Home, 331 Main Street, Everett today, Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Malden at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.   Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, Boston, MA  02210.


Madeline Bovio

Almy’s retiree

Madeline M. (Piecewicz) Bovio of Everett, formerly of Beverly, died August 13 at the Wakefield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Wakefield. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Bovio had been employed for more than 10 years at the former Almy’s Department Store in Beverly until the time of her retirement. A resident of Beverly for more than 50 years before moving to Everett five years ago, she was a former parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Beverly and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Everett.

Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Anna (Sawka) Piecewicz and the beloved wife of the late Nicolas J. Bovio, She is survived by her son, Peter M. Bovio and his wife, Anita Chan-Bovio, and family of Melrose, two granddaughters, Dawn and Cindy, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Boley Pierce, Chester Pierce, Walter “Pat” Pierce, Stella Lee, Jane Marquis and Helen Lisaj.

Funeral arrangements were by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, North Beverly. Burial was in North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Information and condolences at


Nellie Young

Of Wakefield, formerly of Everett

Nellie (Fagone) Young of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose and Everett, died on August 13.

The beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Young, Sr. with whom she shared 58 years of marriage, she was the devoted mother of Elizabeth G. “Betty” Smith and her husband, Bruce, of Mesa, AZ, Mary Torraca and her husband, Paul, of Wakefield, Frederick J. Young, Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Salem, NH, Richard J. “Dick” Young and his wife, Joyce, of Nashua, NH, and Ralph W. Young and his wife, Gayle, of Fayetteville, GA; dear sister of the late Mary Dascanio and Stephen Fagone; cherished grandmother of six and great grandmother of two.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robinson Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online tribute or to send a condolence, please visit:


Elizabeth Wholley, 84

Massachusetts House Council retiree

Elizabeth T. (Sheehan) Wholley of Danvers, formerly of Everett, died on August 13. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Wholley was a long time employee of the House Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The beloved wife of the late James W. Wholley, Jr., she was the loving mother of James W. Wholley, III and his wife, Ann, of Danvers; cherished sister of Marian Sheehan, Sister of Notre Dame, of Dorchester; loving grandmother of James W. Wholley, IV of Boston, Lauren E. Wholley and Daniel R. Wholley of Danvers.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett today, Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , MA Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to a charity of choice. For directions and online guest book, visit:


Samuel Joseph Colangelo

Polaroid retiree

Samuel Joseph Colangelo, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on August 11 at the Whidden Hospital in Everett. He was 83 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he worked for the Polaroid Corporation in Quality Control for nearly 30 years.

He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline P. (Foti); dear and devoted father of David S. and his wife, Karen, of Burlington, Steven C. and his wife, Kathleen, of Wilmington, Richard J. and his wife, Svetlana, of N. Reading and the late Samuel J. Jr.; brother of his twin, Mary Tray, of Stoughton and the late Ralph and Armando Colangelo, Emilio Scarpone and Josephine Marino; loving grandfather of Marc Colangelo, Jennie McCarthy, Michael, Joseph, Devin, Steven, Ryan, Stephanie, Daniel and Nicholas Colangelo and great-grandfather of Skylar and Keila McCarthy; brother-in-Law of Carmella Mobilia and her late husband, Harry, of Sagamore Beach. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions to the American Stoke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, would be sincerely appreciated.


Frank Marchese

Stoneham resident

Frank J. Marchese of Stoneham died on August 13. He was 60 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy “Dottie” (Masiello) Marchese; devoted father of Frank Marchese and his companion, Laura Murphy, of Stoneham and Mark Marchese of Everett; dear brother of Maria Marchese of Everett, Grace Marchese of Salisbury, Margaret Belanger and her husband, David, of Stoneham and the late John C. Marchese and his surviving wife, Susan, of Everett; brother-in-law of Patricia and Peter Amorella of Tewksbury, Maryann and Buddy Cummings, Lillian Masiello, all of Melrose, Jerry and Linda Masiello of Tewksbury, Anne and Gary Cummings of Virginia and Michael (Maureen) Provanzano of Peabody. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, please honor Mr. Marchese by making memorial donations to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867. To send a memorial condolence


Estelle Mae Parsons

New Hampshire resident

Estelle Mae Parsons of Londonderry, NH, passed from this life on August 13 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 80 years old.

She was born December 1, 1929 in Brookline, NH to the late Donald and Blanche (Marguerite) Porter. She loved crocheting, all types of dancing, gardening, cooking (her turkey dinners were famous), fishing when she was younger, eating sardines and raw hamburger. Mrs. Parsons was an incredible woman who loved taking care of her children and grandchildren, trips to Maine and Brookline, NH and the aromatic scent of lemon and orange. She loved having her hair brushed and will be remembered by her loving family for using tube socks to hang by the fireplace at Christmas time.

She was just an incredible woman to all who had the honor of meeting her. She was a mother to all and was always there for anyone who needed a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to listen. She was a woman who never held a grudge against anyone and shared all that she had with those less fortunate.

She leaves her four loving children, Kathy Sobolewski and her husband, Edward Jr., Maureen Sullivan, Kimberly Maio and Maxwell Parsons and his wife, Stacey, all of Everett. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Denyse and her husband, Edward Blinn Jr., Edward Sobolewski III, Christina Lucas, Jen Dillon and her husband, T.J., Jessica, Jillian and Louis Maio and Olivia Parsons; her cherished great grandchildren, Stephanie Munion, Chase Meile, Eric Dillon and her brother, Robert Porter, of Milford, NH. She was the mother of the late Anne Sullivan and sister of the late Patsy Porter and William Porter.

Arrangements were by the Peabody Funeral Home and Crematorium, Londonderry, NH. Donations in her memory may be directed to either the Rockingham VNA and Hospice, 137 Epping Rd., Exeter NH 03833, or The Parkland Center for Oncology and Hematology, 6 Tsienneto Rd. Suite 101 Lower Level, Derry NH 03038.


David Belliveau

Revere resident, formerly of East Boston

David M. Belliveau of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Boston’s North End, died unexpectedly on August 10.

A graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1995, he was the beloved husband of Anne C. (Martin); adored daddy to Catherine A.; cherished son of David L. M. and Virginia (Capozzi) Belliveau and dear brother of Joseph L. Belliveau and his wife, Jennifer, all of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by his mother and father-in-law, William J. and Paula C. (Kirby) Martin of Revere and his brother-in-law, Robert J. Martin, and his wife, Julie, of Saugus; his devoted grandmother, Rose Capozzi, and his wife’s grandmother, Pauline E. Kirby, both of Revere, many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends. He was the grandson of the late Edward and Dorothy Belliveau.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere.


Alexander Rocco Ferraro

Retired Boston teacher

Alexander Rocco Ferraro died at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton after a long illness on August 9.

A US Army veteran, he was a retired Boston Special Education Teacher.

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Condon) Ferraro; brother of Irene Ferraro, Mary Kendrick, Elena Iandoli, all of Everett, and the Rev. Michael Ferraro of St. Mary’s in Lynn. He leaves many nieces and nephews, several grandnieces and nephews and two great grandnieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Alfred. D. Thomas Funeral Home, Milton. Memorial donations may be sent to the water project in Peru, in care of the Sisters of Charity – Halifax, Advancement Office, 125 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-5338.


Gregory Eastman

Malden resident

Gregory F. Eastman of Malden died on August 5.

A US Air Force veteran, he was the beloved husband of Christina Wood-Eastman; loving father of Brian M. of Sandwich and the late Daniel A.; loving son of Phyllis Eastman of Somerville and the late Frank; loving brother of Gary Eastman of Stoneham and Glenn Eastman of Somerville and the late Thayne Conley. He is also survived by three beloved grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Dan Eastman Scholarship Fund c/o SSEFCU, P.O. BOX 440053 Somerville, MA 02144 or Caritas Hospice.

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