Obituaries 07-03-2012

Dr. Nicholas Fiumara

Belmont Resident

Dr. Nicholas J. Fiumara of Belmont died on June 29.

He was the beloved husband of the late Sylvia C. (Ponte) Fiumara; loving father of Sylvia-Jean Bergeron and her husband, Jacques Bergeron of Watertown; brother of Nancy and Agnes Fiumara, both of Roslindale and the late Mary, Joseph and Angelo Fiumara and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from The DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, today, Tuesday, July 3  at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in The Sacred Heart Church, Watertown. Burial will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorial donations in Dr. Nicholas memory to: Sacred Heart Church 770 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA, 02472 would be appreciated. For condolences visit:

Frances Cook

Arizona Resident

Frances J. (Thibodeau) Cook, formerly of Saugus, died in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 26.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur W. Cook and loving mother of Nancy Mahoney, Shirley Siderski, Christopher Cook, Carol Rahm and David Cook.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 7 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St,. Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend.

Lucille Tumasz

Malden Resident

Lucille E. ‘Lucy’ (Sapega) Tumasz of Malden died on June 28. She was 88 years old.

A former member of St. Therese Ladies Sodality, she was the beloved wife of the late Charles Tumasz; loving mother of Lucy Ellen Tumasz and her husband, George Westenhoefer of Beverly Hills, FL, Steven Tumasz and his wife, Laurie of Chichester, NH, and Robert Tumasz and his wife, Karen of Saugus; loving sister of Josephine Orlando and her husband, Peter of Concord and cherished grandmother of Erik, Susan, Merideth and Stephanie. She is also survived by three cherished great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867. For online guest book visit

Joseph O’Hearn

Oldest Retired Everett Firefighter

Joseph A. “Joe” O’Hearn of Brookfield, NH, a former longtime resident of Everett, died at home on June 27. He was 97 years old.

“Joe” was the oldest, living, retired firefighter of the City of Everett.  He served with honor for 34 years, spending a majority of his tenure at the Hancock Street Fire Station, Engine 2.  He had an unmatched passion for baseball and the Boston Red Sox and was a member of the Everett Firemen’s Union Local 143.

Born in Nova Scotia, he was the devoted son of the late Alphonse and Mary (Forrest) O’Hearn; beloved husband of the late Madeline (Velmure) with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; dear and devoted father of Madeline Clarke and her husband, Philip of Everett, Maureen O’Hearn and her partner, Sharon Cann of Derry, NH, Barbara Bannon and her husband, Paul of Brookfield, NH, Retired Everett Fire Captain Gerard “Gerry” O’Hearn and his wife, MaryAnn of Peabody, Patricia Iannacci and her late husband, James of Woburn, and Douglas O’Hearn and his wife, Lisa of Somersworth, NH; loving brother of Thomas O’Hearn and his wife, Gloria of Saugus and the late Mary Jodrie, Peter O’Hearn, Genevieve Osborne and Therese O’Hearn and cherished “Poppy’ to 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In honor of his profound love for children, contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942, would be sincerely appreciated.

John ‘Jack’ Murphy

Melrose Resident

John J. “Jack” Murphy of Melrose died on June 27.

He was the beloved husband of Joan C. Kelly; loving father of Pamela Kelly-Dobay and her husband, John of Melrose, Edward Kelly and his wife, Lora of Connecticut, Timothy Kelly and his wife, Pamela of Malden, Susan Kelly of Florida, Michele Bentley and her husband, Paul of Chelmsford and Bonnie Kelly and her husband, Daniel Thing of Melrose; caring brother of William Murphy and his wife, Jacqueline of Everett and is also survived by 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. For obituary and to sign guest book visit

John ‘Bro Sasso’ Sasso

Former co-owner of Bro-Lens Service Station, member of Winthrop Elks

John T. “Bro Sasso” Sasso of Everett, formerly East Boston, died on June 27.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of Winthrop Elks and former co-owner of Bro-Lens service station.

He was the beloved husband of Geraldine “Geri” (Falzone) Sasso with whom he shared 54 years of marriage; loving brother of Jean Skalecki and her husband, Mitchell of Hamilton and the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum Malden. For guest book:

Dean Clark

Everett Resident

Dean Clark of Everett died on June 25 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 42 years old.

He was the beloved son of William D. and Jean I. (Campbell) Clark of Everett; loving brother of Billy Clark and his wife, Patricia of Wakefield; cherished uncle of Kevin, Lauren, and Megan Clark and dear nephew of Donna Flynn and her husband, Rowland and Judy Norcott.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital, PO Box 414421, Boston, MA 02241-4421. For online guestbook, visit

John Poirier

Everett Resident

John F. Poirier of Everett died on June 24.

He was the beloved husband of Brenda (Heighton); loving father of Joseph, Kaitlyn and Robert Poirier and the late Krystyl Poirier; loving son of Robert and Gloria Poirier and the late Nancy Williams; brother of Michelle Hobelman and Mary Ellen Poirier and the late Richard. He is also survived by one loving grandson, Jayden and by many loving nephews and nieces.

Arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the VNA Hospice, 100 Trade Center, Woburn, 01801.

Clarice Copello

World War II English War Bride

Clarice (Howe) Copello, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Bradford England, she attended schools there. During World War II, she married American serviceman, John P. Copello. As a war bride, she came to the United States aboard the Queen Mary in 1945. She settled in Chelsea with her husband and together they raised their family here. A loving wife and mother, she was devoted to her home and family and also spent time working outside of the home for Marsons Corp. and Gorins, located in Chelsea. She enjoyed playing Bingo, frequent trips to Foxwoods and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of the late John P. Copello, Sr.; devoted mother of Helen Fahey and her husband, George of Saugus, Anna Marie Breen of Lynn, Joanne Ely and her husband, Larry of Everett, Paula MacDonald and Reynold Difilippo of Revere, Patricia Muse and her husband Larry of Maine and the late Catherine Ippolito and John P. Copello Jr.; dar sister of Helen of Yorkshire, England and the late Frank, James, Walter, Norman, Catherine, Jenny, Hannah and Sarah. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Her Funeral will begin from the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea on Friday, July 6 at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Dr. Matthew S. Schwartz Hospice, 285 Commandants Way, Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

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