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.

E. Hank Curtis 8/29/2015 Natick, MA / Newton, MA / Assonet, MA / Framingham, MA / Holbrook, MA

NATICK: Enoch Henry “Hank” Curtis, age 88, of Natick, died on Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2015, surrounded by family at the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick. He and his wife, Kathleen “Anita” (Maroney) Curtis, were to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on October 21st. Born, raised and educated in Newton, he was the son of the late Enoch H. and Doris (Cahill) Curtis. Hank left High School early to volunteer with the US Coast Guard and served aboard the Fletcher Class Destroyer USS Callaghan in the Pacific Theatre. He and his shipmates provided support in the battles for Saipan, Guam, the Philippines and Leyte Gulf. He continued to serve after the war during the Occupation of Japan. Hank returned from the war and started work with the Regis Paper Company in Newton Upper Falls, married Anita in 1950, and settled in Natick to start their family. He worked corrugating paper and as a forklift operator until his retirement after 48 years with the company. Not one to remain idle, Hank worked part time with Stop & Shop in Natick for several years prior to joining the staff at the Leo J. Martin Golf Course in Weston. He remained active there, working and playing golf, well into his 80s. The Curtis Family enjoyed time spent at their vacation cabin on Lake Horace in Weare, New Hampshire. Very much an outdoorsman, Hank enjoyed waterskiing and fishing, hunting trips to Vermont, and could split wood for hours on end. He loved time spent with Anita and their family which grew to include seven grandchildren and most recently, a great-granddaughter. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three sons, Robert S. Curtis and wife Cheryl of Assonet, Michael H. Curtis and wife Roseanne of Framingham, and Stephen A. Curtis and wife Karen of Holbrook; their grandchildren, Danielle, Jennifer, Brian, Nicholas, Dylan, Janean, and Adam; and great-granddaughter, Alexandria. Brother of the late Norma Hartley, Hank is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 9AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow Good Shepherd Parish, 99 Main Street, Wayland, at 10:00AM. Burial with military honors will follow at Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, 4 – 8PM. Donations may be made in Hank’s memory to the New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1600 Providence Hwy, Suite 143, Walpole, MA 02081. (

Evelyn I. (Eldridge) Westhaver-Allen 8/24/2015 Mansfield, MA / Framingham, MA

Evelyn I. Westhaver-Allen, 90 Dateline: Mansfield, MA Evelyn I. (Eldridge) Westhaver-Allen, age 90, of Mansfield passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, August 24, 2015 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Edmund A. Westhaver and the late C. Elmer Allen. Born in Framingham, MA on May 16, 1925, she was a loving daughter of the late Percy D. and Elizabeth E. (Gardiner) Eldridge. At the age of five, her family moved to Mansfield and she was a 1943 graduate of Mansfield High School. As a young girl, Evelyn worked as a bookkeeper for the Kirley Coal & Supply Co in Mansfield for six years. She later married Edmund Westhaver and following his untimely death, was left to raise her three young children alone. She delivered eggs on her daily route in Mansfield in the 1950’s and 1960’s to help support her family. An active member of the First Baptist Church in Mansfield, she was also a longtime member of the Farm Bureau in Bristol County and a former member of the Rainbow Girls and the Mansfield Grange. Evelyn’s main interest in life was her family and helping others; which included visiting those in nursing homes. At the time of her death, she was anticipating the birth of her eighth great grandchild. She is survived by her devoted children Edmund D. Westhaver and his wife Kathleen of Mansfield, Evelyn E. Saunders and her husband Robert of Walpole and Joyce A. Thompson and her husband Stephen of Winchendon. She was the dear sister of Robert D. Eldridge of Florida and the late Richard Eldridge, and is also survived by her cherished 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her memorial service, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Sunday, September 6th at 1:00 P.M. in the First Baptist Church, 52 North Main St., Mansfield. Burial was held privately at the Spring Brook Cemetery in Mansfield. Visiting hours are omitted, and those wishing may remember Evelyn with a donation in her memory to the Memorial Fund of the Mansfield Baptist Church, 52 North Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield. To send Evelyn’s family a message of condolence, please visit

Steven M. Harris 8/22/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Somerville, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Steven M. Harris, 56, of Framingham, formerly of Wellesley and Natick, died on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Copie Lilien Harris, with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. A Framingham resident for 15 years, Steve was born in Napa, California, the son of Gwen Gundestrup Harris of California and the late Kenneth Harris. Steve was a highly regarded consultant and computer architect. He was one of the first in the field of mobile device engineering to successfully design and program with both Android and Apple operating systems. As a consultant, he worked with many large technology companies over the span of his career, among them Adobe, Bell Labs and Motorola. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany. A veteran of the United States Navy, Steve was also a member of the 27th Company at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in May of 2014, Steve managed to continue to live life to the fullest and was able to work full time from home. In July of 2014, he and Copie renewed their wedding vows in Provence, France. Steve became a prolific encaustic painter, discovering his talent for this unique medium weeks after his diagnosis, and this April, he and Copie traveled to Turkey and Germany. An avid skydiver with over 200 jumps to his credit, Steve’s last jump, wearing a wingsuit, was on August 1st. Steve was a wonderful individual, who taught all about him how to laugh, love and live, even while facing death. In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his stepdaughter, Cameron Kelly of Eugene, Oregon; his stepson, Griffin Kelly of Melbourne, Australia; his honorary daughter, Melissa Blackall of Somerville; and family on the West Coast. His beloved Samoyed dogs, Rowdy and Rika, always brought him comfort and joy. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family on Sunday, September 13, 2015, beginning at 3:00 PM in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home at 4 Park Street, Natick Common, followed by a Service in Remembrance and Celebration of Steven's Life at 4:00 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Steve's memory to the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

Scott Richard Gross 8/21/2015 Natick, MA / Milford, MA / Framingham, MA / Ashland, MA / Medway, MA

NATICK: Scott Richard Gross, age 57, musician and avid fisherman, died on Friday, August 21, 2015, at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick after a long illness. He was the devoted husband of Catherine R. Murphy Gross. Born in Framingham, he was a son of the late William F. and Adele M. (Ricca) Gross. He was raised in Ashland and Framingham and had attended the Norfolk County Agricultural School prior to graduating Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School. He went on to further his education in IT training. Scott was a talented musician, playing guitar with several area bands at venues such as the Blue Buffalo in Framingham. It was while playing there that he met Cathy with whom he has shared the last 18 years. Scott had been employed for several years in IT Security. He later joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he remained until becoming ill. One of Scott’s greatest joys was fishing, whether off the shore of Cape Cod with family or on one of his many deep sea-fishing trips. He and Cathy traveled to Panama and many times to Mexico to fish the waters there, a relaxing time for the couple and any family or friends who accompanied them. He is survived by Cathy; three brothers, Frederick Gross and his wife Patricia of Milford, William Gross and his wife Jill of Medway, and Kenneth Gross of Oahu, HI; a sister, Joan Mitchell and her husband John of Wrentham; the Murphy family; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit with Scott’s family at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Thursday, September 3rd from 4 – 7PM, and join them for words of remembrance at 7:10PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Charles Francis Ryan 8/7/2015 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

Charles Francis Ryan Framingham: Charles Francis Ryan, 100, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, August 7, 2015. He was the born in the family residence on December 10, 1914 in Williamstown the son of the late Anne (Fleming) Ryan and Francis A. Ryan. Charles was blessed with two happy marriages to the late Irene M. (White) Ryan from 1943 to 1976 and the late Mary Rose (Twomey) Ryan from 1988 to 2006. He was the beloved father of Charlene (Ryan) Murphy of Natick. Cherished grandfather of Sarah Murphy of Falmouth and Rachel Murphy Latessa and her husband David of Westfield, NJ. Loving great-grandfather of Sophie, Zachary and Benjamin Latessa all of Westfield, NJ. He was the uncle of Roger O. White and his family of Hoosick Falls, NY and several other family and friends. He graduated from Williamstown High School and Williston Academy in 1935 and from Bentley College in 1937. He served his country proudly as a Technician – 4th Grade with the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operation from Dec. 1942 to Jan. 1946. He had a long and dedicated career as Manager of Inventory Control and Accounting at Sprague Electric in North Adams. Charles served on the Town of Williamstown Finance Committee from 1957 to 1960 and was a member of St. Patricks Parish in Williamstown. He was a lifelong resident of Williamstown and resided at Carmel Terrace in Framingham for the past five years. He was and an avid New England sports fan and loved living in the Berkshires. Visitations will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte 30), Wayland. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 9:30 am at the Holy Family Chapel at St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central Street, Framingham. Interment will be held later in the day on Tuesday in the Ryan family lot in East Lawn Cemetery in Williamstown. For those who desire, gifts in his memory may be sent to Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-370 or the Disabled American Veterans, 1020 19th St., N.W./ Washington, D.C. 20036.

Barbara E. (Xiarhos) Campbell 8/7/2015 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Barbara E. (Xiarhos) Campbell, 91, died peacefully on August 7, 2015, following a period of declining health. She was born in Boston on March 15, 1924, the daughter of Aristotelis and Margaret (Harrington) Xiarhos. Barbara is survived by her brother, Clifford J. Ross of Manchester, N.H., and three children: Margaret Hill of Wayland; John Campbell of Tampa, Fla.; and Christopher Campbell of Alexandria, Va. She also leaves six grandchildren—Alexander Hill of Amesbury; Elizabeth Petrell of Plymouth; Katherine Kennedy of Kettering, Oh.; and Robert, Joseph, and Andrew Campbell of Fredericksburg, Va.—and four great-grandchildren. Barbara was pre-deceased by her husband, John, and by her son James, formerly of Harwich. Barbara was a resident of Wellesley for nearly 50 years, having spent her formative years in Boston (Brighton) and her early adult years in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Boston Girls' Latin School and Emmanuel College (Boston), Barbara was an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., taught foreign languages in Vermont and Massachusetts, and completed her career as a translator. She enjoyed travel, classical music, and her family. Family and friends may gather at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 9:00 am, followed by Barbara's Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Zepherin's Church, 99 Main St. (Rte. 27), Wayland. Inurnment will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family kindly suggests that gifts in Barbara's memory may be sent to either St. Patrick's Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to MetroWest HomeCare & Hospice, 85 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

Russell C. Scannell 7/20/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Russell C. Scannell of Natick passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Framingham. He was sixty-nine years old and the husband of Carol Ann (Wadley) Scannell of Natick for forty-seven years. Born in Natick on June 1, 1946, he was raised in Wellesley and a 1964 graduate of Wellesley High School. Mr. Scannell was a carpenter by trade and worked for the Ernest Comeau Construction Corp. of Weston and John R. Elander & Son, Inc. of Waltham for many years and also owned and operated Scannell Construction now run by his son Michael. Russell was a Natick resident for the last thirty-two years and enjoyed fishing in both salt and fresh water; carpenter work, vegetable gardening, his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, but he especially loved his grandchildren. He was the father of Michael R. Scannell and his wife Chrissy of Hopkinton, Jill I. Tolson and her husband Christopher also of Hopkinton and the late Jennifer Carol Scannell. He was a cherished grandfather of William R. and Madelyn P. Scannell and Michaela L. and Hailey R. Tolson. Brother of Charlotte Follansbee and her husband Art of Fairfax Station, Virginia, James Scannell and his wife Martha of Franklin and the late Richard Scannell and his wife Frances of Medway. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. A visitation will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Thursday, July 23rd from 4:00-7:00PM. Russell’s funeral service will take place in the funeral home on Friday morning, July 24th at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to the Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Margaret A. Anderson 7/17/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Lindsey) Anderson of Framingham, formerly of Newton and Tamworth, NH, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Framingham surrounded by her loving family. She was eighty-one years old and the wife of the late Richard C. Anderson. Born in Boston on April 16, 1934, she was the beloved daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Stack) Lindsey. Raised in Jamaica Plain, she graduated from Jamaica Plain High School and then lived Wellesley from the age of eighteen. Peggy worked as a laboratory technician with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for many years, a clerk with J C Penny in New Hampshire, Kramer Electronics and Hebert Candy Store. She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, jewelry, camping, dancing, shopping, singing and making dolls. Margaret was a resident of Newton for fifteen years, lived in Tamworth, New Hampshire for nineteen years where she was a faithful member of the Methodist Church and spent the last five years in Framingham. Mrs. Anderson was a loving mother of Robert C. Anderson and his wife RoseAnn of Randolph, Debra A. Lampasona and her fiancé Richard Butler of Ashland, James V. Anderson, also of Ashland and Donna E. Dewar and her husband Bryan of Framingham. A Cherished grandmother of John Anderson and his girlfriend Yuki Kanai of Lexington, James Anderson and his wife Susie of Framingham, Stephanie Lampasona of Ashland, Kristina Eidelman and her husband Matthew of Westborough, Daniel Lampasona of Ashland and Chelsea Campbell and her fiancé Gregory Powers of Milford. Doting great grandmother of Morgan and Heidi Anderson of Framingham and Dominic and Logan Eidelman of Westborough. Caring sister of Frances Archibald and her companion Bob Weir of Florida, Jean Benoit and her husband George also of Florida, Diane Luther and her husband Anthony of Connecticut, Robert Lindsey of Maine, Albert Lindsey and his wife Barbara, also of Maine, Gerard Lindsey and his wife Paula of Hudson, Steven Lindsey and his wife Betsy of Framingham and the late Frank “Skip” Lindsey and his wife Sue of Natick. Peggy’s Funeral Service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Wednesday, July 22nd at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley will follow. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 21st from 4:00-7:00PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Ann C. Morris 7/12/2015 Natick, MA / Sherborn, MA / Framingham, MA / Ashland, MA / Bellingham, MA

SHERBORN: Ann C. (Fair) Morris, age 90, of Sherborn, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2015, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. She had been the devoted wife of the late Robert P. Morris for 55 years. Born in Framingham, she was a daughter of the late John V. and Anna M. (Kadlik) Fair. Ann was raised and educated in Natick and graduated with the Natick High School Class of 1942. Ann and Bob were married in 1947, and a few years later settled in Sherborn. Ann created a warm and loving home for her growing family and enjoyed summers in cottages at Lunenburg’s Hickory Hill Lake, and later, Falmouth. She looked forward to Bingo nights with her sisters, and just this spring proudly attended high school graduation exercise for her grandson Matthew. Predeceased by her husband in 2002, she is survived by their three sons, Robert T. “Tim” Morris and his wife Regina of Ashland, Sean M. Morris of South Harwich, and Todd P. Morris of Bellingham; two grandchildren, Matthew Morris and LeeAnn Morris; sisters Rita Shavone and Ruth Casali; bother-in-law Harold Morris; and many nieces and nephews. She was also a sister of the late Katherine M. Morris, Matilda Adams, and John Fair. A private funeral service was held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, followed by burial in Saint Patrick Cemetery. Donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, 209 West Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

James David Suddath 7/10/2015 Framingham, MA / Plainville, MA / Wellesley, MA / Medway, MA

FRAMINGHAM: James (Jim) David Suddath, 69, a Framingham resident, died on July 10 at Parmenter’s Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland following a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Son of the late Robert and Betsy Suddath, Jim was born in Baltimore, MD, and raised in Wellesley and Framingham. He graduated from Framingham South High School and attended Northeastern University. At the time of his death, he was employed by Putnam Investments in Andover, and had previously worked at Boston Scientific Corporation in Natick. “Grampa Jim” was “the biggest fan” at his grandchildren’s soccer, football, and baseball games and at their scouting, school, and birthday events. He was also a loyal Red Sox and Patriots follower. He leaves his wife, Carol M. Suddath of Framingham, and a close step-family: Lisa and Carl Olivo of Franklin and Patrick, Lauren, and Tyler; Linda and Scott Hastings of Plainville and Kaitlyn, Ryan, and Hunter; and Christa and Mark Branigan of Medway and Delaney and Jack. He is also survived by two children, Kama Suddath and Michael Suddath; a brother, Robert Suddath; and a sister, Sandra Lamont. Honoring Jim’s wishes, there are no services planned. Arrangements are being handled by John Everett & Sons, 4 Park Street at Natick Common. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Ryan Hastings Trust Fund in care of the Hastings Family, 6 Maple Terrace, Plainville, MA, 02762.

Catherine D. Haley 7/9/2015 Natick, MA / Southbridge, MA / Holliston, MA / Dover, MA / Framingham, MA

NATICK: Catherine D. Quayle Haley, age 60, a spirited lady with a passion for wildlife and the outdoors, died peacefully after battling cancer at her daughter’s Natick home on Thursday, July 9, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones and fur babies. She had been the loving companion and wife of Roy J. Haley for past 34 years. Born in Cambridge, and raised in Natick, she was the daughter of Thomas E. Quayle, Sr., of Natick, and the late Dorothy (Paradis) Quayle. Cathy graduated from Natick High School in 1973, and married and started a family. Cathy was employed at the Filene’s Basement warehouse in Natick for several years prior to working in the hospitality industry. She was employed with Red Roof Inns in Southborough and Framingham as a night auditor and later with Howard Johnson’s in Natick in the same capacity. For the past fifteen years, Cathy has been a vender correspondent with BJ’s Wholesale Club. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren, being silly and becoming one of the kids with them. Cathy loved to laugh and her great sense of humor remained strong throughout her illness. Between her humor and stubborn streak she was able to fight her disease until the end. In years past she had enjoyed camping and hiking, horseback riding, and visiting zoos and the New England Aquarium. Family Bar-B–Qs were favorites, as well as watching movies, particularly if John Wayne was in it, listening to Elvis Presley, and crocheting. Her love of nature and observing wildlife was met in the home and property that she and Roy purchased in Southbridge 16 years ago. In the midst of a large lot of unspoiled land, Cathy could walk and observe any number of birds and animals at her leisure. She had a great love for her cats and dogs, a couple of whom were transported from Southbridge to be with her this past week. In addition to Roy and her father, Cathy is survived by a daughter, Lorna Quayle and her companion Scott Celorier of Natick; a son, Keith Carruthers of Holliston; two grandchildren, Ariana Subilosky and Devin Kiser of Natick; and her former husband and friend Reginald J. Carruthers of Holliston. Sister of Thomas Quayle, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Dover, Margaret O’Donnell and her companion Glenn Anthony of Natick, and “baby brother” John Quayle and his wife Laura of Webster, she is also survived by an aunt, Jerre Quayle of Cambridge, a number of truly devoted friends, among them Leatrice Phillips of Framingham, Joan Wright of Old Orchard Beach, ME, and Becky Newell and Joan Meissner of Southbridge, and many nieces and nephews and their families. Visiting hours will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Wednesday, July 15th from 4 – 7PM, ending with a service of remembrance. The family would like everyone to be comfortable and please wear their favorite pair of jeans, even if ripped, because that is how Cathy lived her life – comfortably. Donations may be made in her memory to the Cancer Center at Harrington, 55 Sayles Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.

R. Frances Fay 7/7/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Shrewsbury, MA

NATICK: R. Frances “Frannie” (Mailhiot) Fay, age 83, a long time Natick resident, died peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday evening, July 7, 2015, at Mary Ann Morse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, her home for the past eight years. She was the devoted wife of the late Richard David Fay for 46 years. Born in Framingham, she was a daughter of the late Francoise A. and Mary Elizabeth (Bell) Mailhiot. She was raised in Natick and continued her education at secretarial school after her graduation from Natick High School. Frannie then worked in the office at her family’s business, Natick Sheet Metal, for several years. The Fays were married in 1954 and made their home in Natick. Frannie became employed with the Zayre Corporation, later TJX, where she worked as an executive secretary for over 35 years. She enjoyed nature walks, tending her gardens, and crocheting. By all accounts a fantastic cook, Frannie was also possessed of a sharp wit, sometimes acerbic but always fun, and exuded a warmth that won her many friends and happy acquaintances throughout her life. Predeceased by Richard in 2000, their son, Stephen V. Fay in 2014, and son-in-law Brian Markey in 2006, she is survived by their daughter, Diane M. Markey and her fiancé Ed Costa of Shrewsbury; their daughter-in-law, DeDe (Della Torre) Fay of Natick; three grandchildren, Jennifer Markey and her husband Mike Carreiro of Westborough, and David Markey and Laura Markey, both of Shrewsbury; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Mary Alice Mailhiot Martins-Queiros, Francis “Sonny” Mailhiot, and Philip Mailhiot. Her funeral service will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30AM. Relatives and friends may gather with the family beginning at 9:30AM. Burial will be in Saint Patrick Cemetery. Donations in Frannie’s memory may be made to Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech St., Framingham, MA 01702.

Dr. Peter M. Vassilev 7/3/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA / Sherborn, MA

Peter M. Vassilev, age 68, of Sherborn, died on Friday evening, July 3, 2015. It was a beautiful sunny day – peaceful and quiet. He was the loving husband of Marie K. Vassilev, with whom he shared 44 years of married life. Peter was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, the son of the late Michael and Margarita Vassilev. He received his medical degree in 1972 from the Medical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and his PhD in 1983 from the Bulgarian Academy of Science. He devoted his life to the research and study of electrophysiology – creating new experimental methods, applying it to new fields and publishing more than 60 research papers in journals such as Nature, Science, the American Journal of Physiology and many others. After immigrating to the United States in 1983 with his family, he worked at Michigan State University and the University of Washington, and finally spent 24 years serving as the Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Endocrine/Hypertension Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Physiology) at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his professional passions, Peter was passionate about his Christian faith, hiking, running, nature, history and astronomy. He and his wife hosted the Bulgarian delegation at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. since 1991, and he loved hiking, was a long distance runner and had an encyclopedic knowledge of History and the Universe. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their two children, Michael and his wife Rozalina of Bulgaria, and Peter and his wife Miriam of Brooklyn, New York; their four grandchildren, Beatrix, George, Michael and Ivana; his sister Stefka of Bulgaria; and his niece, Milena Pavlova, her husband Svetlin Abadjiev and their two children Michael and Daniel of Watertown. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 7th at 4PM in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Commons. A memorial service will begin at 7:00PM. His family is currently organizing a fund for charitable donations to be made in his memory in support of the study of Electrophysiology. For anyone interested in making a donation, please email and the family will be in touch with additional details.

Doris V. Neale 7/2/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Doris Viola Neale passed away peacefully at the Riverbend Nursing Home of South Natick on Thursday, July 2, 2015. She was ninety-three years old and the daughter of the late Everett H. and Eunice L. (West) Neale. Born and raised in Natick, she is survived by her nieces: Majorie Roberts of Natick and Dorothy Busch of San Antonio, Texas; nephews: Robert Capen of Holliston, Everett Capen of Natick, John Capen of Ashland, Fred Prouty of New Hampshire and many grand nieces, nephews and their families. Doris was predeceased by sisters: Effie Gay, Blanche Capen, Ethel Prouty, Irene Temple, Ida Busch, Mildred Neale and Dorothy Neale brothers: Wilfred and Everett Neale. She was a long time copyist for the General Electric and Timex companies. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Monday, July 13th at 5PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris’ memory may be made to the Ashland Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 71 Union St., Ashland, MA 01721. Arrangements by The John Everett & Sons Funeral Home of Natick. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Antonetta V. Ekonomy 7/2/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Antonetta “Nettie” (Verdy) Ekonomy, age 86, of Framingham, passed away on Thursday morning, July 2, 2015, at Saint Patrick’s Manor. She had been the devoted wife of William P. Ekonomy for 42 years at the time of his death in 1994. Born and raised in Framingham, Nettie was the daughter of the late Thomas and Gligeria (Kreshpani) Verdy. She was a 1947 graduate of Framingham High School. Nettie was a member of the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Natick throughout her life, and had enjoyed her membership with the church’s women’s club, Vetetima. Employed with Jordan Marsh in Framingham for 28 years, she retired in 1993. She is survived by two sons, Karl Ekonomy and his wife Janet of Texas, and James Ekonomy and his wife Kimberly Kayser of Natick; four grandchildren, Kristin Tidwell and her husband Cody, and Justin Ekonomy of Texas, and Victoria Ekonomy and Alexis Ekonomy of Natick; her brother, Elias “Lou” Verdy of Framingham; and a sister-in-law, Mary Verdy, also of Framingham. She was also the aunt of Michael Verdy and his wife Dorrie, Brian Verdy, Karen Kisty and her husband Jeff, and Lynne Redonnett and her husband Dave. Nettie was predeceased by her brother, Basil Verdy, Mary’s husband, and sister-in-law Helen Verdy, Lou’s wife. Her funeral will be held in the Annunciation Orthodox Church, 37 Washington Street, Natick, on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30AM. She will then be laid to rest next to William at Dell Park Cemetery, Natick. Visiting hours will be at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Monday, July 6th from 4 – 7PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Antonetta’s memory to the Annunciation Orthodox Church at the above address.

Ernie Dignan 6/27/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Ernie Dignan, an extraordinary man, 71 years young, passed away peacefully at the Edgewater Hospice Care Center where he received comforting care. He lived with his devoted wife of 33 years and caregiver, Carol Dignan of Edgewater, FL. He was the son of the late Charles and Alice Dignan, a brother of the late Charles (Chuck) Dignan and is survived by his brother Laurence “Larry” Dignan and his wife Lynne of Gardner, Ma; his children: daughter, Sandy Wild and her husband Jeff of Queensbury, N.Y.; his son Carl MacNeal; his stepchildren (who were his kids in his mind); daughter Cheryl Bossel-man and her Fiancé the late Mike Henley of Deltona, FL; his daughter Cindie Pagano and her husband Joe of Framingham, Ma; his daughter Tricia Wood-yard and her husband Tom of Deltona, FL; his son Jim MacDonald and his wife Christine of Natick and his late son Kenny Mac-Donald. He also is survived by his 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved and treasured so much! Ernie was the most amazing and selfless man! His beloved wife was married to him for 33 years. He learned much acceptance from the recovery program of AA and he would have been sober 35 years on February 4th. This allowed him to fight the brutal battle with ALS for 2 years and 8 months with such dignity and continued humor. He put himself in 6 studies at the Mayo Clinic (one required him to voluntarily have a spinal tap 3 times a year) and included donating his body to help find a cure for this horrible disease. When people asked him why he did this he would say, "It gives me a purpose and it's the right thing to do"!! He retired from the Daytona Speedway after working security at the racetrack for 10 years......he so loved racing!!! He belonged to SCCA and flagged at races in New England before he moved to Florida in 1997. His hobbies were writing poetry, watching the races, reading, playing words with friends on his IPad (until ALS took that away from him) and spending as much time with his wife (whom he adored) and enjoying the flower gardens in his backyard. He was a man of "simple pleasures". His "Celebration of Life" will be held on Saturday, June 27th at noon in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common. Donations in Ernie’s memory may be made to the ALS Association Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619 in honor of Ernest Dignan or you can go to to donate online. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Harvey B. Newman 6/26/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Harvey B. Newman of Natick passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Wingate at Sudbury Nursing Home. He was seventy-five years old, a carpenter and had a love for the Native American Indians and their culture. Born in Medford, he was raised in Natick and a graduate of Natick High School. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and wood carving. He lived in North Conway, New Hampshire for twenty years before returning to his hometown of Natick. Son of the late Douglas T. and Lynthel R. (Butler) Newman and loving father of Carla R. Newman of Natick, he adored his two grandchildren Katie and Robby Beausoleil also of Natick. Caring brother of Virginia Mayo of Natick, Douglas Newman of NC, Francis Taylor Newman of Needham, Henry Newman and his wife Sherri of AZ, Dorothy Newman of FL, Stephen Newman and his wife Helen of Framingham, Barbara Munroe and her husband Ronald also of Framingham, Carol Ogle and her husband Kenneth of Bellingham and the late Joan Whetton, George “Roland” Newman, Theodore Newman, Eleanor Mattingly and John Newman. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held in the Eliot Church of South Natick, 45 Eliot St., on Tuesday, June 30th from 10:00AM till Noon. A Funeral Service will begin at Noon and burial will follow in Dell Park Cemetery, Natick. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Contributions in Harvey's name may be made to the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home to help pay funeral and burial costs. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Robert D. Ward 6/20/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA / Grafton, MA

Robert D. Ward of Grafton, formerly of Natick passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at the UMASS Medical Center of Worcester. He was fifty-four years old. Born in Worcester on July 29, 1960 he was the son of the late Robert L. and Shirley J. (Pulsifer) Ward. Raised in Natick, he was a 1978 graduate of Natick High School where he was a member of the football team. Robert worked for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for seventeen years and was an incident response manager and a liaison for MEMA. He was a devoted husband, amazing father, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and friend. Bob always put his family first, enjoyed coaching little league in Grafton, playing golf and the Boston Bruins. He was a devoted husband of Susan D. (Ross) Ward of Grafton and together they shared twenty-two years of marriage. He was a loving father of Hannah, Jack and Sara Ward all of Grafton. Brother of James Ward and his wife Ann-Marie of Seattle, WA, Ellen Fresh and her husband Tim of Holliston, Anne Boerman and her husband Thom of Maynard and Mike Ward and his wife Natalia of Webster. Nephew of Frances McElligott of Waltham. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Thursday, June 25th at 9:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford St., Natick at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00-8:00PM. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick. Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, AHA-ASA, Founders Affiliates, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Edward F. Tierney, Jr. 6/10/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA / Yarmouth, MA / Winchester, MA

Edward F. Tierney, Jr., formerly of Natick, passed away on June 10, 2015 at the Avow Hospice House in Naples, Florida. He was eighty-two years old. He was the beloved husband of Barbara M. (Fitzgerald) Tierney, sharing 58 years of marriage. Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Capt. Edward and Lillian (Murphy) Tierney. He attended Cambridge schools and served in the United States Army, being honorably discharged in 1955. After his marriage to Barbara in 1956, they enjoyed a life together with their two children, Mary Beth and Eddie in Natick, where Ed was a hockey enthusiast, coaching and refereeing hockey at the Natick rink for many years. Ed was in the printing business for over 30 years, officially retiring in 1996. After retirement, he and Barbara enjoyed spending their time in their homes in Naples, FL, Tuftonboro, NH, and Massachusetts, most recently in Weymouth. Mr. Tierney enjoyed boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, golfing and swimming in Florida, and spending time with his five grandchildren in Massachusetts. In addition to his wife, Barbara, Ed is survived by his two children, daughter Mary Beth Tello and her husband Guillermo of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and son, Edward Tierney and his wife Danielle of Weymouth, MA, and by five grandchildren: Nicolas Tello of New York, NY; Liam Tello of Santo Domingo, DR and Eoin, Maggie and Campbell Tierney of Quincy and Weymouth, MA. He is also survived by his sister, Regina Tierney, of Belmont, MA; his sisters-in-law Nancy Hobson of Pittsfield and Charlotte Martorana of Natick, as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Monday, June 15th at 9:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick's Church, Natick at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick with Military Honors. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit

Lois Louise O'Leary 6/8/2015 Natick, MA / Dover, MA / Franklin, MA / Framingham, MA / Hopkinton, MA

NATICK: Lois “Louise” (Bell) O’Leary, age 81, of Natick, died on Monday morning, June 8, 2015, at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge. She was the loving wife of the late William L. “Bill” O’Leary, with whom she shared 56 years of married life. Born, raised and educated in Jacksonville, Florida, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Rebecca (Sandler) Bell. She continued her education at the New England Conservatory of Music, earning degrees in music and music education. Louise and Bill were married on May 30, 1956, her 22nd birthday. Louise created a warm and loving home for their growing family, focusing on family, faith, and education. A talented musician, Louise for years played the organ at weekend Masses in Saint Bernard’s Church of West Newton and Most Precious Blood Church in Dover. She also shared her talent on Holy Days, at the Sacraments of Confirmation and Marriage, and at countless funerals where her gift brought a moment of solace to many. Louise was passionate about music and her faith, but her true loves were her large immediate and extended families. Predeceased by Bill in 2012, she is survived by their nine children, John J. O’Leary and Verna Mims of Hopkinton, Robert W. “Bill” and his wife Clare of Taunton, Anne E. O’Leary of Natick, Robert C. “Bob” O’Leary and his wife Christine of Carlisle, David L. O’Leary and his wife Kathleen of Framingham, Mark P. O’Leary and his wife Linda K. Marino of Dover, Patricia L. LaCascia and her husband Charles of Hopkinton, Alicia J. O’Leary Garvey and her husband Daniel of Natick, and Katherine R. Elkins and her husband Stephen of Franklin; 17 much loved grandchildren, Kaitlyn O'Leary and Zachary Lesser, Andreas O’Leary Reinholdsson, Christopher, Luke and Myles O’Leary, Sean, Fiona and Maeve O’Leary, Emily and Erin O’Leary, Sam, Emma and Max LaCascia, Kyle Harmon, and Nick and Julia Elkins; a brother-in-law, Paul O’Leary and his wife Barbara of Taunton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Jane Cohen and David John Bell. Her funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Friday, June 12th at 9:00AM with a Mass of Christian Burial in Most Precious Blood Church, 30 Centre Street, Dover, at 10:00AM. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, South Natick. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, 4 – 7PM. Donations may be made in Louise’s memory to the Buddy Dog Humane Society of Sudbury, 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776, or the New England Conservatory Annual Fund, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

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