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.

Luciano Lunardi 1/9/2017 12:00:00 AM Medford,MA / Revere,MA / Framingham,MA

Luciano Lunardi of Medford died on Monday, January 9. Born and raised in Provincia di Lucca, Italy, he was the son of the late Raffaello and Margherita (Iacopucci) Lunardi. Luciano proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later was the Executive-Chef and part-owner of Dini's Restaurant on Tremont Street in Boston. Luciano was the beloved husband of Marina (Giuliani) Lunardi, and the devoted father "Babo" of Frank Lunardi of Revere, John Lunardi of Florida, Ralph Lunardi, Luana Hulford, both of North Carolina, and Margherita Gerace of Framingham. He is also survived by ten loving grandchildren. Funeral services will be private.

Margaret J. Whelan 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

NATICK: Margaret (Peggy) Green Whelan passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 98. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary Gaul of Brigus, Newfoundland and Framingham, MA. She was the wife of John Green of Natick for 36 years and in her later years was married to Martin “Bud” Whelan for eleven years. Born in 1918, Margaret lived a long life, emigrating from Newfoundland at the age of 13. She worked at Rayfield’s in downtown Framingham where she made lifelong friends before meeting Johnny Green and settling in Natick. She never knew which team to root for on Thanksgiving Day. South Avenue in Natick became her true home. Her Catholic faith sustained her especially later in life. Her home for the last six years was at Oak Knoll Healthcare Center in Framingham. There are no words to describe how much Oak Knoll meant to her and her family. She was truly happy there. Peggy leaves her children, Mary Jo LaFreniere of Hopkinton and Christine Bonnevie (Bob) of Framingham, her grandchildren, Christina Bonnevie Goldschneider (Ari) of Sharon, Robert P. Bonnevie, Jr. of Quincy, Michael LaFreniere (Shannon) of Framingham, John LaFreniere of Florida and two great grandchildren, Leo and Owen Goldschneider of Sharon, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00PM. Visiting hours are at the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. at Natick Common prior to Mass beginning at 10:00 AM. Donations can be made in Peggy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

Richard V. Hanna 12/10/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Richard V. Hanna, 71, of Framingham, died peacefully Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Carol M. (Napolitano) Hanna sharing 47 years of marriage. A Framingham resident for 37 years he was born in Boston the son of the late Robert and Mildred (Chute) Hanna. Mr. Hanna was a driver on the MBTA Green Line for many years and previously worked for Thompson Transit Company and General Motors Corporation. He was a member of the American Legion of Marlborough, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, NASCAR especially Dale Ernhardt. Mr. Hanna was a Veteran of the United Sates Navy serving in the Vietnam War. In addition to his wife he is survived by 3 daughters, Bonnie A. Hanna Ciccarellli of Framingham, Darline C. Hanna of Franklin, Pamela S. Hanna of Plymouth, NH, two brothers Edward Hanna, Robert Hanna, one sister Ginny Hanna, grandchildren Kaitlyn Hanna, Nicholas Musial, Frankie Cortes, Aurora Caraballo, great-grandchildren, Ryan Spencer, Jr., Noah Spencer, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the grandfather of the late Jayden Eternity Williams. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, December 16th at 10:00 A.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial will follow in St Stephens Cemetery Framingham. Visiting hours are Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02742 or to Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140

Gerard B. Doyle 12/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Reading,MA / Philadelphia,PA / Plymouth,MA

NATICK – Gerard B. Doyle Jr., longtime Natick and Plymouth resident, passed away peacefully at Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the age of 70. Born in Somerville, the son of the late Gerard and Katherine (Bergen) Doyle, Gerard was a 1964 graduate from Matignon High School and proudly played on the first hockey team established at Matignon. He was proud to be a Matignon Warrior. After graduation, he attended Boston College. He gained employment at the Shipley Company, LLC of Newton and Marlborough, where he dedicated 35 years working to improve the company’s surface finishing chemicals. Dedicated father and friend, Gerard was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Despite his passion for Boston sports franchises and spending as much time as possible near the ocean in Manomet, nothing brought him more pleasure than time spent with his family. He was also proud of his Hibernian heritage and belonged to the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In addition to his three sons, Christopher and his wife Deanna of Reading, Paul and his wife Nicole of Philadelphia, and Sean P. of Framingham, he is survived by his grandchildren, Madeline and Harrison, his significant other Maureen Kaufman, and his brother Peter Doyle of Newburyport. Brother to the late Mark Doyle and former husband of Margaret M. Doyle who passed away in 2004. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday, December 9th at 10:30 A.M. from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Patrick Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 11:30 A.M. Interment will follow in St Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

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

Frank J. Busa 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Burlington,MA / Framingham,MA

Natick – Frank J. Busa, age 85, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham on Monday, November 28, 2016 with his loving family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Patricia B. Murphy (Bohling), with whom he shared many loving years together. Born in Lexington, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Merlino) Busa, Frank was a graduate of Lexington High School. It was soon thereafter that Frank began working in design/home construction. His creativity, talent and knowledge in this industry were soon recognized. During his 50-plus year career, he designed and built more than 800 homes in the Metrowest area. Frank was truly able to say that his career was a hobby to which he dedicated many hours and was also able to say that he derived enormous pleasure and pride from his accomplishments. In his spare time, Frank was often found reading; but perhaps his most favorite past time, was cooking for family and friends. Those who knew Frank were touched by his kindness, graciousness and unselfishness. In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by his children, Russell Busa and Laura Buzzell of Burlington, their mother Muriel (Wiss) Busa, grandchildren Tricia, Amanda and Corey, and great-grandson Mason. He was predeceased by his sisters Jacquelyn Busa and Angela Lombardi. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 9th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 830 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA arranged under the direction of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

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, or the Community United Methodist Church, 5 Damon Street, Wayland, MA 01778.

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.

Robert E. Kelley 11/10/2016 12:00:00 AM Medway,MA / Cambridge,MA / Boston,MA / Framingham,MA

Robert E. Kelley 78, of Medway, died peacefully, Thursday November 10, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston following an illness. He was the beloved husband of Helen M. (O'Connell) Kelley. Born March 8, 1938, in Framingham, a son of Melrose T. and Mary B. (Kelley) Carrington, he was a former resident of Cambridge and Boston, before moving to Medway many years ago. He was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of Boston English High School. He continued his education at Boston University Metropolitan College and studied Russian History. Following school Robert worked at the world-renowned Folk Music center, The Unicorn Coffee House, in Boston. Robert worked as an advertising photographer for the Marshall's Corporation for many years and did medical photography at B.U Medical center until retiring. Following his retirement he was the manager for Walpole Self Storage. While photography was his passion, he also enjoyed baseball, softball, music, gardening and woodworking. He also was a camper & counselor at the Morgan Memorial Fresh Air Camps at the Hayden Inn Village in Athol MA. In addition to his wife of 47 years, he leaves many nieces, nephews, in laws, and extended family members and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service Tuesday Nov. 15th, at 7PM in the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. His interment will be held at a later date. Calling hours are Tuesday from 5-7PM at the funeral home, prior to the service. Family and friends will be invited to a light supper following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or GoFundMe in Roberts name.

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.

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