Obituaries 05-06-2010

William Brownlie

Award Winning Insurance Executive

William D. Brownlie-Westford of Westford, MA, a former resident of Everett and a 33 year resident of Chelmsford and of East Sandwich, died April 29 at home with his family at his side after a courageous 15 month battle with a very rare form of T-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was 77 years old.

He was the cherished husband of 56 years of Mary Clare Bradford Brownlie R.N.Born in Everett, on November 13, 1932 to the late Ethel (Bell) Brownlie and William D. Brownlie, he graduated from the Everett school system and was active in high school sports. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he graduated from Boston University – School of Public Relations & Communications in 1958.

He then began his long, distinguished, and very successful career in the Life Insurance Business with the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co in Boston and became an agent with the Gene Hayes Agency in Boston. He was a Charted Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant. He received his Certificate in Financial Planning from the BU Program for Financial Planners and was a registered Massachusetts Licensed Advisor.

He specialized in the medical market and his expertise was in the areas of whole life, disability, annuities and selective investments. Some of his clients were amongst the most renowned physicians in the United States.

He authored two insurance books which were published by McGraw Hill and National Underwriter. He was a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a Vanguard recipient – one of the most prestigious awards the company bestowed on their top producing agents. He served on numerous financial committees and belonged to several professional organizations. His contribution as a frequent guest lecturer and media commentator established him as an expert in the industry.

One of his proudest achievements came on March 17, 1976 when he was invited to speak before the House Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on Federal Estate and Gift Taxes. His suggested amendments were in the 1976 Tax Reform Act only to be overturned by incoming President Carter.

Passionate for most sports – especially football, he was a long time Patriot’s season ticket holder and loved working out at the local health club with his buddies. He supported Boston University sports and the E-Club of Everett. He enjoyed summers with his family and friends in Chatham.

Besides his beloved wife, Mary Clare, he was a loving and devoted father to five children and a son-in-law – William D. Brownlie III of Jacksonville, Vermont, Deborah L. Brownlie of Alexandria, VA, Elizabeth J. Rogers and Mark W. Rogers of Dover, New Hampshire, Katherine A. Brownlie of Westford, MA and Edward B. Brownlie of Seminole, Florida. Also surviving him is a sister-in-law Diane McKay of St. Louis, Mo and various cousins. He leaves behind his most loved and faithful companion – Seamus, his beautiful golden retriever.

Private Services have been held. Gifts in memory of William D. Brownlie may be made to: MGH Cancer Center, Dr. Jeremy Abramson, Lymphoma Research Fund, 165 Cambridge St, Suite 600, Boston, MA, 02114.


Eleanora Keefe

Groton resident

Eleanora (Poznauska) Keefe of Groton, formerly of Marion Street, Somerville, died on April 30.

She was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Keefe, mother of Paul E. (Judy) Keefe of Everett and Robert J. (Merri) Keefe of Nashua, NH. She also leaves five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was the grandmother of the late Ricky Keefe who died in 1971.

Funeral arrangements were by the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Ayer. Burial was in Groton Cemetery.


Paula Trufant

Registered Nurse

Paula J. (Vaillancourt) Trufant R.N. of North Attleboro, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on April 30. She was 58 years old.

She was the wife of Robert Francis Trufant to whom she was married on September 1, 1973; mother of Stephanie A. Taggart and her husband, Douglas M. Taggart, of Raleigh, NC; Michael T. Trufant and his wife, Megan E. (Chwalek) Trufant, of Seekonk; and Mark A. Trufant and his wife, Jessica J. (Waters) Trufant, of North Attleboro; beloved grandmother of Alexys R. Trufant of Seekonk, Nolan R. Taggart of Raleigh, NC, Sage L. Trufant of North Attleboro, and Evelyn M. Taggart of Raleigh, NC; daughter of Fernand Vaillancourt of North Attleboro and the late Adelaide (Bussaglia) Vaillancourt; sister of Jeanne M. Provost and her husband, Roland H. Provost, of North Attleboro; and Linda A. Lemieux and her husband, Michael A. Lemieux, of North Attleboro and the daughter-in-law of Ralph and Josephine (Perry) Trufant of Everett. She also leaves numerous extended family members, colleagues and dear friends.

Arrangements were by the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Attleboro. Memorial donations in Mrs. Trufant’s name may be made to the Dyer-Lake Charitable Foundation, Inc., a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, North Attleboro, MA, 02760, to benefit high-risk prenatal and pregnancy care in honor of her professional passion and life’s work.


Mary DiTillio

Everett resident

Mary (Palermo) DiTillio of Everett died on May 1. She was 96 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio DiTillio; loving mother of Patricia Garron and her husband, Richard, of Windham, NH, Marilyn Sacramone and her husband, Leonard, of Everett, and Ralph DiTillio and his wife, Deborah, of Burlington; loving grandmother of nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews; beloved sister of Joseph Palermo of Revere, Palmie Alverez of California, and the late Dominic Palermo, Tomasina “Betty” Zaccaria and Jennie DeMarco, all of Revere.

Her funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today,Wednesday, May 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, Everett, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dr. Matthew Schwartz, Hospice Care, 285 Commandents Way, Chelsea 02150. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Richard ‘Dick’ Ducott

Melrose resident

Richard A. “Dick” Ducott of Melrose died on May 1. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Ducott was raised and educated in Everett. He served in the US Air National Guard, 102nd Squadron and was a sales and business professional during his working career. He was a longtime and devoted member of Trinity Church in Melrose.

He was the beloved husband of R. Jean (Hiltz) Ducott with whom he shared 54 years of marriage; devoted father of Richard A. Ducott Jr. of Boston, Scott K. Ducott and his wife, Jane, of Scarborough, ME, Tara J. Cosco and her husband, Vincent, of Litchfield, NH, and Tracy A. Moroney and her husband, Daniel, of S. Weymouth; father in law of Jean Ducott of Eagan, MN; dear brother of Paul U. Ducott of S. Weymouth, Robert C. Ducott of Seabrook, NH and the late George R. Ducott. He is also survived by six loving grandchildren.

Funeral Service at Trinity Church, 131 W. Emerson St., Melrose today, Wednesday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. For obituary, directions or to sign guestbook, please visit


Ralph Del Monte

Long Time Concierge

Ralph H. Del Monte of Everett died suddenly on May 1. He was 68 years old.

Mr. Del Monte was a US Army Vietnam War Veteran and a longtime concierge for West End Apartments, Longfellow Place, Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Carol (Vaughn) Del Monte; loving father of David R. Del Monte and his wife, Sandra, of Washington, Kathy Del Monte of Malden, Donna Johnson of Massachusetts, Jodie Del Monte of Malden, and Karen Edins and her husband, Chad, of South Carolina; loving brother of Peter Del Monte of South Carolina, Laura Langworthy of New York, Susan Zider and Diane Fanelty of South Carolina. He is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. In his memory, donations may be made to the American Heart Association , 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook visit


Michael Biase

Of Somerville, formerly of Everett

Michael A. Biase of Somerville, formerly of Everett, died on April 28.

He was a US Army Veteran of World War II proudly serving in the 182nd Infantry.

He was the son of the late Ralph and Jennie (Abruzese) Biase; husband of Renee (Brokow) Biase; father of Marilyn and Bob Cascio, Robert Biase, Diane Biase, Denise and Ronald Pitts; grandfather of Renee, Michelle and Patty and great grandfather of Matthew and Samantha; brother of James and Melba Baise and the late Patrick, Nick, Carl, Rose and Helen.

Private services will be held followed by burial at VA National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn MA 01801. Guestbook and directions at


George Westcott

Harvard University retiree

George W. Westcott of Everett died on April 24. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Westcott was a US Army Airborne veteran of the Korean War, former supervisor for Harvard University, member of the Harvard Retired Association and Culinary Institute of America.

The beloved husband of the late Holly (Sullivan) Westcott, he was the beloved father of the late Holly Westcott and loving friend of Ronald and Judy Ferrara, Loretta McGonagle, and the late Christy Odien. He is survived by his cherished cat, Max, and many loving friends. He was the dear brother of Lillian Aldrich and Marie Fiat. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In his memory, donations may be made to First Church in Malden, 195 Pleasant St., Malden, MA 02148 or to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., Malden, MA 02148.


Sarah Medros

Member of Hadassah, the Walnut Street Shule and many other organizations

Sarah G. (Leverant) Medros died on April 26 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, she lived in Chelsea for most of her life. She was educated in the Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She was a homemaker, a member of Hadassah, the Walnut Street Shule and many other charitable and religious organizations.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Medros; the devoted mother of Edward Medros and his wife, Ruth; the loving grandmother of Adam and Jonathan and the loving great grandmother of Nathan and Sadie.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Lynn. Memorial week was private. Contributions in her memory may be made to Congregation Agudos Shalom 145 Walnut St. Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,


Grace Bargardo

Chelmsford resident

Grace (Masiello) Bargardo of Chelmsford, formerly of Everett, Tewksbury and Nashua, NH., died on April 25. She was 87 years old.

A US Coast Guard veteran of World War II, she was the beloved wife of 48 years to the late Francis A. “Frank” Bargardo; devoted mother of Frank A. Bargardo and his wife, Nancy, of Nashua, NH, Gina B. Lynch of Charlestown and Cynthia Gerttula and her husband, Russell, of Nashua, NH. She leaves seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

At the request of the family funeral services were private. Donations in her memory may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation ( Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury.


Robert McCarthy

Retired High School Teacher, Church Lector, Decorated Veteran

Robert F. McCarthy, retired high school teacher and church lector, passed away Saturday evening April 24 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Bartholomew and Mary (Driscoll) McCarthy. He attended Chelsea Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was a US Army veteran of World War II serving with the 35th Infantry in the Asiatic Theater and was engaged in the Luzon Campaign to liberate the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having been awarded two Bronze Stars.

He returned to Chelsea and continued his education at UMass Boston and later Boston College where he received his Masters Degree in Mathematics. For 46 years, he was a high school mathematics teacher for the City of Boston retiring from Charlestown High School in 1997. He was a member and past secretary for the Mill Hill Naturalization Club “The Irish Club” in Chelsea and was a faithful Communicant and Sunday Lector at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea.

He was predeceased by his wife Lois Eileen (Durkey). A resident of Everett for most of his life, he married Margaret “Peg” (McIntyre) and together for the past 47 years they raised their family of seven in Everett. In 1983, he and Peg were predeceased by their son Andrew G. McCarthy.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret “Peg” (McIntyre) McCarthy and the late Lois Eileen (Durkee) McCarthy; devoted father of Sheila M. Kimball and her husband, Craig, Michael C. McCarthy and his wife, Lucy, Elizabeth S. “Betsy” Perry and her husband, Steve, Lois E. Lukas and her husband, Michael, Theresa N. Cornell, Patrick N. McCarthy and the late Andrew G. McCarthy; dear brother of the late John “Mack” McCarthy and Walter McCarthy. He is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hallmark Health V.N.A. & Hospice Care Inc. 178 Savin St., Ste. 300, Malden, MA 02148 or to Our Lady of Grace Building and Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols St., Everett MA 02149. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Ann DeSisto

Revere resident

Ann E. DeSisto of Revere, formerly of Malden, died suddenly, on April 27. She was the devoted daughter of Christie A. DeSisto of Revere and Ann (Keats) DeSisto of Malden; loving sister of Patricia A. Costa of Haverhill, Frank DeSisto of Arizona, Donna E. Matthews-Brauer of Florida, Debora M. Savage-Baker of Everett, Christina L. DeSisto of Florida, Susan C. DeSisto of Everett and the late Daniel DeSisto; dear friend of James M. Mahoney of Revere; beloved niece of Sue DiRosa of Revere and cousin of MaryEllen Lucia and Suzanne DiRosa. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association of MA, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For guest book please visit


W. Ralph Sampson

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

W. Ralph Sampson of Plaistow, NH, formerly of Everett, died on April 24. He was 82 years old.

A US Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was the husband of Rita (Ciampaglia) Sampson; father of Steven A. Sampson of Danville, NH, Thomas M. Sampson of Plaistow, NH, Suzanne M. Sampson of Danville, NH, and Diane S. Healey of Atkinson, NH; grandfather of Timothy J., Madison M., Patrick J. and Ryan J. Healey; son of the late William R. and Isobel (Hughes) Sampson and brother of the late Joel L. Sampson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. Memorial donations may be made to Plaistow Fire Rescue/EMT, Elm St., Plaistow, NH, Sticket Lodge #85 F&AM, P.O. Box 687, Salem, NH or Bektash Shriners, P.O. Box 4086, Concord,NH.


Thomas MacLellan Sr.

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Thomas M. MacLellan Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on April 24. He was 52 years old.

He was the beloved father of Thomas M. Jr. of Brighton and cherished son of Lorraine T. (Brondson) MacLellan of Spring Hill, Florida and the late Robert S. MacLellan; long time and caring companion to Deborah A. Barker and her family of East Boston; dear brother of Susan M. Noble and her husband, William M., of Spring Hill, FL, John M. MacLellan of North Attleboro, David P. and his wife, Joan, of Lynn and the late Robert T. MacLellan and Stephen R. MacLellan. He is also lovingly survived by his sisters in law, Diane J. MacLellan of Revere and Laura MacLellan of Everett, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody


Alberto Carrion

New Bedford resident

Alberto of New Bedford, formerly of Mission Hill, died on April 23.

He was the beloved father of Minerva “Minnie” Carrion of Revere and Kenneth “ABJ” Carrion of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Reinaldo Diaz, Makayla Roche, Makenzy Carrion and Junyanie Roche.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. For online condolences, visit

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