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Framingham Obituaries

Following are obituaries of people who have recently passed away and either lived in Framingham at the time of their death, or were born in Framingham, or had other ties to the town.


Joseph Patrick Coyne 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

FRAMINGHAM-Joseph Patrick Coyne, 48, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He is survived by his wife, Tracy Desovich-Coyne and their beautiful sons, Patrick Joseph Coyne and James Philip Coyne; his parents, Patrick J. and Margaret M. “Peggy” (Cahill) Coyne; two sisters, Karen Frances Bruzdoski and her husband Bob of Houston, TX and Mary Margaret Pasquale of Worcester; nephews and nieces, Robert, Liam and Sean Bruzdoski and Connor and Katie Pasquale. Joe also leaves many aunts and uncles in Massachusetts, Ireland and England; several cousins, including Danny Cahill, Sean and Colm Coyne; and many close friends. He was born and raised in Worcester and graduated from Saint John’s High School. Joe graduated from UMass Amherst School of Engineering and UMass Lowell where he earned his Master’s in Environmental Engineering. He worked for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for 13 years. He was a member of United Parish of Auburndale Church in Newton. He loved to play basketball and go sailing with his dad. Most importantly, Joe loved spending time with his sons at Old Orchard Beach, Truro, the Vermont cabin, Santa’s Village, water parks and bouncy houses. He loved the Red Sox, New England Patriots and he was a fantasy football expert and champion. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 3:00 until 7:00pm in the CALLAHAN~FAY~CASWELL Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St. Worcester. A time of sharing will take place at 7:00pm at the conclusion of the visiting hour. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 10:00am at United Parish of Auburndale Church, 64 Hancock Ave, Newton Center, MA. Burial in Worcester County Memorial Park, 217 Richards Avenue, Paxton will take place on Friday at 2:00pm. The funeral procession to the cemetery will leave from Callahan~Fay~Caswell Funeral Home at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund established for Patrick and James at https://www.gofundme.com/the-joseph-p-coyne-family-fund.


Richard Barber 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Marlborough,MA / Wayland,MA / Framingham,MA

NATICK: Richard Barber, age 87, a lifelong resident of Natick, died on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Marlborough Hospital. He was the devoted husband of Helen G. (Shed Beaumont) Barber for 42 years. Born, raised and educated in Natick, he was the sixth of Henry A. and Ruth (Dunbar) Barber’s eight children. Richard entered the Army at 17 and served as a Private for the remainder of World War II. Richard continued a family tradition being employed throughout his career as an insurance salesman for John Hancock Life. He and Helen were married in1974, and whether they were living in Wayland or Marlborough, Richard always “lived in Natick.” A caring man who did all he could for others, Richard most enjoyed traveling with Helen to the beach at York, Maine, a family owned farm in Fryeburg, Maine, and visiting North Conway and Tamworth, New Hampshire. Richard was immensely proud of his large and loving family. He is survived by Helen, five children; Richard Barber, Jr. and wife Rhonda of Manchester, NH, Robert “Bill” Barber and wife Sheri Damon of Marshfield, Deborah J. Barber Donovan and partner Wayne Wilk of Framingham, Scott W. Barber of Marlborough and Jeffrey F. Barber and wife Lisa of Marlborough; Helen’s children, Susan L. Odell and partner James Low of Florida, and Robert G. Beaumont and wife Millie of Randolph; his former wife, Beverly Ward Hunde of Natick; a sister, Jean Townsend of Iowa, a brother, Kenneth F. Barber of Natick; and his grandchildren, Keith Barber, Katie Barber Ivester, Andrew Barber, Adina Barber Cripps, Karrie Barber Menswar, Sammie Damon, Sydney Damon, Sasha Damon, Amy Odell, Richy Odell, Bobby Beaumont, Joey Beaumont, Nick Beaumont, and Corey Clark; and great-grandchildren, Ashlin Ivester, Keel Cripps, Liam Cripps, Kadence Menswar, Avery Menswar, Frank Barber, Adrian Barber, Casey Barber, Erin Buckley, Vaughn Buckley, Alexander Gonzalez, Rylee Worley, Jayden Beaumont, Kaleob Beaumont, Kane Beaumont, Bliss Clark, Jeremy Clark, Nicole Clark, Madison Barber, Jordan Barber, Sarah Barber, and Steven Venezia. Richard was predeceased by Helen’s daughter, Joyce Blease, and his siblings, Henry A. “Hank” Barber, Jr, R. William “Bill” Barber, Janet Bouret, Ruth Condon, and Donald Barber. Richard’s funeral will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Monday, November 28th at 11:30AM. Relatives and friends may visit with the family beginning at 10:00AM. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the MA Pitbull Rescue League, https://www.pittieloverescue.org/ or the Community United Methodist Church, 5 Damon Street, Wayland, MA 01778.


Herbert C. "Pete" Harrington 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Herbert Clifford “Pete” Harrington, 89, passed away on November 21, 2016 at the Sudbury Pines Extended Care Facility in Sudbury. He was the last of eleven children born to the late Charles R. Harrington and Alice J. (Kelley) Harrington of Wayland. Pete was born on June 16, 1927 in the Harrington homestead on Plain Road in Wayland. As a child, he attended the local public schools and worked on the family farm. Later, Pete delivered milk for Hood Dairy in Somerville and was also sole Proprietor/Manager of a gas station in Sudbury for several years. As a sideline, Pete enjoyed the world of auctioneering and was trained in it as well. In 1953, Pete married Dorothy May (Reeves) of Prince Edward Island, Canada. They have resided in Framingham for over 63 years. Pete’s past is traceable to the 1630’s when three Harrington brothers came from England to Massachusetts. His progeny included Jonathan Harrington of Lexington who died in the Revolutionary War. Besides his wife Dorothy May (Reeves) Harrington of Framingham, he is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Harrington of Wayland, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and Dorothy’s family in Canada. At the request of his family, services will be private.


Joshua C. Elinoff 11/12/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Joshua C. Smith Elinoff, age 36, a lifelong resident of Framingham, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, November 12, 2016. He was the devoted life partner of Sara Lourie. Born in Natick, he was the son of Lee E. (Elinoff) Stark and the late Andre R. Smith. Joshua was educated in the Framingham Public Schools and had attended an educational program at Regis College while in high school. Joshua was a man of many talents and interests, but he shone brightest as a father. He loved the role of Dad, particularly in later years when he was at home and ever available to be involved in their day-to-day lives. Among his various employments over the years, he most enjoyed testing new games for a production company out of Florida. In addition to Sara, he is survived by his children, Malcolm, Ariana, Quinn, and Chaia; his mother, Lee Stark and her husband Beau of Blackstone; and many devoted family members and friends. Relatives and friends may gather with his family at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Friday, November 18th from 4 until 7PM.


Paul R. O'Neill 11/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Mission Hill,MA / Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Hingham,MA / Pembroke,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Paul R. O’Neill, age 74, of Framingham, a former Ashland resident, died peacefully on November 4, 2016, at Carlyle House in Framingham, his home for the past year. Born in Boston and raised on Mission Hill, he was a son of the late MA State Police Capt. Joseph P. and Ethel (Callanan) O’Neill. Paul was a graduate of Mission High School and continued his education at Tufts University. He enlisted in the US Army in 1962 and was sent to the Presidio in San Francisco where he learned the Russian language. He then served in Germany until 1966, interpreting intercepted Russian transmissions and working with encryptions. Paul lived in Natick after his service and was employed for several years in the burgeoning computer industry with the Honeywell Corporation. He then accepted a position as a computer technician with Liberty Mutual Insurance where he spent the majority of his career. Paul settled in Framingham 17 years ago and had been a tech with a local manufacturing concern when he retired. A great reader, Paul particularly enjoyed mysteries and kept his Russian language skills up through a love of Russian literature. The sound of classical music was a constant in his homes. He is survived by his siblings, Joseph P. O’Neill and his wife Joan of Pembroke, Robert A. O’Neill and his wife Jean of Hingham, Richard J. O’Neill and his wife Kathryn of Natick, and Katherine A. Astapoveh and her husband Richard of Framingham; his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Southern, Ann Marie Hunt and husband Scott, Dennis O’Neill, Maureen Rowe and husband Tim, Stephen O’Neill and wife Susan, Christine O’Neill and husband Philip Rossoni, Claire O’Neill, Cathleen McCarthy and husband Richard, Colleen O’Neill and spouse Lisa Ornberg, James O’Neill, Richard O’Neill, Jr. and wife Amy, Michael O’Neill and wife Jennifer, and Kevin O’Neill and wife Jennifer; and his grandnieces and nephews, Christopher, Jessica, Maggie, Lauren, Emily, John, Jack, Colin, Parker, Kaelin, and Braeden. His funeral service will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common on Wednesday, November 9th at 10:30AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will follow at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Donations in his memory may be made to Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech Street, Framingham, MA 01702, or Advocates, Inc., 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701.


Talbot D. Bulkley, Jr. 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Talbot D. Bulkley Jr., 87, formerly of Cochituate died peacefully and comfortably on Friday October 14, 2016 at Marlboro Hills Healthcare Center after a long illness. Talbot was born on January 20, 1929 in Chester, PA. He was the son of the late Talbot D. Bulkley Sr. and the late Essie B. Bulkley. He is survived by his wife Hilda S. Bulkley of Framingham, MA (formerly of Cochituate for 60 years), three sons, Lyle T. Bulkley of Framingham, Jay F. Bulkley of Framingham and Jon S. Bulkley of Hopedale. He also leaves his sister-in law Olivia Steele of Arlington, his brother Preston Pierce of Chester PA, his sister Joanne Terry-Johnson of Conshohocken, PA, a nephew Craig Terry of Philadelphia - two nieces Dina Terry of Conshohocken, PA, Vanessa Richardson of Trenton, NJ and many cousins. Talbot was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and served in the 8th Marine Regiment during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (Chemistry minor) and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University. Talbot was a professor at the Moorestown Friends School in NJ, a Systems Analyst at Honeywell, a Management Consultant at Arthur D. Little, Director of Boston Poverty Program and a Program Planning Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1971 he received a Presidential appointment and was sworn in by Senator Edward Brooke as the Regional Deputy Director of the Small Business Administration. Under his management of 8 regional offices and his direct authority he achieved several projects such as the building of an elementary school at Fort Devens, Airport Control Towers in Portland & Bangor Maine, the installation of an Automatic Landing System (ALS) at Logan International Airport and Landing light systems for all 3 Airports. After moving on from the SBA, Talbot became the Director of Vendor Relations at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA where he developed and maintained vendor relation programs for 24 facilities in the US and Puerto Rico After officially retiring in 1994, he went back to teaching Biology at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His love of family, food and Boston Sports, was second to none. He will be missed by all! Visitations will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte. 30), Cochituate Village, Wayland. Private family interment will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with military honors. In lieu of flowers his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in his memory may be sent to the American Lung Association, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 717, Boston, MA 02108.


Marion M. Christi 9/18/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Northborough,MA / Holliston,MA / Framingham,MA

Marion M. (Vangel) Christi, age 84, of Northborough, died surrounded by her loving family early on Sunday morning, September 18, 2016, at the Holliston home of her son Peter. She was the devoted wife of Peter D. Christi, who died in 2014. Born in New Bedford and raised primarily in Framingham, Marion was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Demetrie) Vangel. She was a graduate of Framingham High School. She and Peter were married on June 1, 1952, and made their home in Framingham for the next thirty years. Marion enjoyed working, keeping busy, and meeting people. As her children entered their teen years, she began work in the sales area of Filene’s in Natick. Finding that her interest lay more in the way of technology, she became employed with American Optical. Marion became skilled at producing electronic circuit boards and was to ply her talent at Raytheon, Digital, Valpey Fisher, and ultimately A C Technology, from whom she retired at age 78. A resident of Hopkinton for many years prior to settling in Northborough five years ago, Marion enjoyed keeping her homes and gardens, dancing the jitterbug with Peter, socializing with friends, and doting on her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie J. Travis and her husband Henry of Northborough; two sons, Peter J. Christi and Roberta of Holliston, and Mark S. Christi of Northborough; grandchildren Stephan, Demetrius, and Jessie, and great-grandson Bobby; an aunt, Rose Wright; uncles Thomas “Mac” Vogel, and Andrew Vogel; her sisters-in-law, Krisanthi Peters and Katherine Bishop; nieces, nephews and their families, and many dear friends. Her funeral will be held in the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 37 Washington Street, Natick, on Saturday, September 24th at 10:30AM. Burial will follow at Dell Park Cemetery. Visiting hours will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Friday 4 – 7PM. Donations in Marion’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Anthony J. Nigro, Jr 9/7/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

NATICK: Anthony J. Nigro, Jr., age 60, of Framingham, a former Natick resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. His determination and strength were plain to see as he fought for two years to win his battle with cancer. Born, raised and educated in Waltham, he was the son of Doris A. (Cuccinello) Nigro and the late Antonio J. Nigro. Tony and the former Marie Fantasia were married 37 years ago and settled in Natick to raise their family. Tony was a dedicated member of the Boy Scouts of America. For over 25 years he served as Scout Master for Natick Troop 1775, a positive influence and role model to hundreds of scouts. He would enlist the aid of others to ensure that any scout could experience summer camp, camping trips, and have the support to reach Scouting achievements. The Nigros’ home became a revolving door welcoming countless scouts and their families. Tony was employed for over twenty years with Diamond Uniform Rental and was working with the Wayland Country Club when his battle with cancer started. He had also been a longtime member and past president of the Musketaquid Gun Club of Concord. A lover of nature, Tony taught his sons to appreciate and enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and cooking outdoors. He found peace and beauty all around him. He is survived by his wife, Marie Nigro; their sons, Anthony J. Nigro, III, and his wife Lauren of Medway, and Nicholas S. Nigro and his fiancee Trisha Briggs of Framingham; the light in his eyes, grandchildren Connor, Hailey, and Paul; his mother, Doris A. Nigro of Waltham; two sisters, Dolores Coletti and her husband Paul of Newton, and Debra Burbank of Waltham; his mother-in-law, Sylvia (Semon)) Fantasia of CA, two sisters-in-law, Donna Seidel of NH, and Sally Fantasia of CA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His father-in-law, Salvatore Fantasia, predeceased him in June. His funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common on Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 9:00AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, at 10:00A.M. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Monday, 4 – 8P.M. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the BSA Knox Trail Council (http://www.ktc-bsa.org), the Massachusetts Salvation Army, (http://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org or a food pantry of your choice.


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