Obituaries – 07/20/09

Arthur Hickey, 76
Registry of Motor Vehicles Inspector

Arthur G. Hickey of Terrace Avenue, Winthrop, died at the Salem Hospital on July 21, after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Malden, he was the son of the late Laura (Mabb) and Arthur H. Hickey. A graduate of Malden High School, he enlisted in the US Army, serving in Korea attached to Co. G of the 187th Airborne. After his honorable discharge, he went on to become an inspector with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, retiring after 30 years.

A resident of Winthrop for over 46 years, he was the beloved husband of Dolores (Gerrin) and the loving father of Arthur G. Jr. of Winthrop, Timothy of Seattle, Wash., Dennis of Revere and Michael and Daniel Hickey, both of Winthrop; brother of Laura Owen and Mary Hickey both of Malden. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop, on Friday, July 24, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Holy Rosary Church, Point Shirley, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For directions or to sign his online guest book, go to

Memorial donations may be made to the Shaughnessy Kaplan Rehab, Dove Avenue, Salem, MA 01970.

Joseph Smiddy, 70
Retired Boston Patrolman and local hero

Joseph D. Smiddy, a Winthrop resident since 2000, formerly of East Boston, died on July 15 in his Winthrop home, following a brief illness. He was 70 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1957, he joined the Boston Police Department in 1968 and retired in 1991. He was a member of the Boston Police Relief Association and the Union of Boston Police Patrolmen. Officer Smiddy was honored as a hero by the Boston City Council in October 1987 for his efforts in rescuing and saving the life of a man at Constitution Beach in East Boston.

He was the former husband and best friend to Eleanor (Gargiulo) Smiddy of Revere; devoted father of Corrine S. Lombardi and Rhonda M. Smiddy, both of Revere, Joseph D. Smiddy Jr. of Hillsborough NC and Michelle L. Giangregorio of Middleton; cherished grandfather of William Smiddy, David Lombardi, Christopher Flint, Kayla Smiddy, Joshua Giangregorio, Morgan Smiddy, Taylor Giangregorio and Conor Smiddy; dear brother of Sandra Tennant of Cape Cod and William Smiddy of Florida and son of the late Rita (MacCormack) Smiddy. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and his extended family of close friends and colleagues within the Boston Police Department.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Autism Society of America (Mass. Chapter), 47 Walnut St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Gladys ‘Millie’ Walker
East Boston resident

Gladys “Millie” (Smith) Walker of East Boston died on July 12.

She was the beloved wife for more than 58 years of George Walker; devoted mother of David Walker and his wife, Carol, of Winthrop, George Walker and his wife, Eileen, of Merrimack NH, Lynn Mulholland and her husband, Max, of Winthrop, Beverly and Shirlee Walker, both of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Thomas, Laura, Susan, Julie, Marianne, Matthew, Sean, Maggie, Ian and Ross.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights), East Boston, on Monday, July 27, at 10 a.m. with the Rev James Frasier officiating. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with her ashes being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Mrs Ginny Kuhl, Treasure Hedding Campground, Route 87, Epping NH 03042. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Elena Naso
In Malden, formerly of Winthrop

Elena (Ruggiero) Naso of Malden, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on July 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Naso; devoted mother of Louis Scorziello of Revere, Elena Dasaro and her husband, Joseph, of Bellingham, and the late Marie Forsythe; dear sister of Alfred Ruggiero of Houston, Texas, Michael Ruggiero of East Boston, the late Rose Hammond, Beatrice Bruker and Salvatore Ruggiero. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private burial service will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by the Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service.

George Madden
Former Winthrop resident

George R. Madden of Saugus, formerly of Winthrop and Everett, died on July 19.

He was the father of Melissa Madden and her fiancé, Brian Currier, of Beverly, Alexander and Elizabeth Madden, both of Winthrop; grandfather of Matthew Madden and Christopher Currier; brother of Charles Madden and his wife, Jane, of Melrose, Robert Madden and his wife, Deborah, of Peabody and the late Jack Madden; and he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., #B102, Danvers, MA 01923. For his online obituary or to sign his guest book, please visit

Pearl MacElree, 88
Retired Home Health Care Nurse

Pearl M. (Benson) MacElree of Winthrop died July 20 at the Everett Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness. She was 88 years old.

Born in Boston, daughter of the late Florence (Young) and Chester Benson, she has lived in Winthrop for more than 60 years. Prior to her retirement, she was a home health care nurse. She was a longtime member of the First Church of Winthrop United Methodist.

She was the beloved wife of the late Donald N. MacElree; devoted mother of Donald and Wilma MacElree of Denmark, Maine; dear sister of Charles Benson of Wakefield, Laura Aufiero of Somerville and the late Ralph Benson, Ernest Benson, Chester Benson, Ruth Taranto, Irene Benson, Marion Leake, Florence Hodgdon and Jean Lavin; loving grandmother of Donald and Stacey, Scott and Kimberly and Crystal; and the great-grandmother of Cody, Tyler, Alexis, Cameron and Benjamin.

Funeral services will be held in the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, Winthrop, today, Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. To sign her online book of remembrance, go to

Patricia Houde
Arlington resident

Patricia E. (Loughman) Houde of Arlington died on July 18.

She was the loving mother of Kara Sheppard and her husband, Daniel, of Winthrop, Kimberly Houde of Chelmsford and Kristine Cherin and her husband, Peter, of Wilmington; devoted grandmother of Dan, Olivia, and Michael; sister of Kenneth Loughman of Stoneham, Mary Carvalho of Arlington, Joan Loughman of Arlington, Kevin Loughman of Arlington, Donald Loughman of Somerville, and the late John and Elizabeth Loughman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For her online obituary or to send a condolence, visit

Mary Craig
Malden resident

Mary E. (Hurley) Craig of Malden died on July 18.

She was the beloved mother of Sharon Lee of Nashua, NH, Laurie Duffy and her husband, Guy, of North Andover, Allan Craig and his wife, Renee Perry, of Malden, Stephen Craig of Medford, Walter Craig and his wife, Sonya, of Medford and Derek Craig and his wife, Lauren, of Winthrop; grandmother of Elysia, Stephen, Michael, Hannah, Kyle, Sarah, Amber and Ryan; great-grandmother of Sean; sister of Daniel Hurley of Ohio, Charles Hurley of Wakefield, Theresa Longo of Stoneham, Margo Kelley of Carlisle and the late Eleanor McMahon; former wife of Walter Craig of Medford. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 ( or to the AFTD Association, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ( For her online guest book, visit

Anthony ‘Nino’ Struppa
35-year Massport employee

Anthony “Nino” Struppa of Orient Heights, East Boston, died as the result of an accident on July 17.

He was a 35-year employee of Massport and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1977.

He was the beloved husband of Karen (Pucillo) Struppa, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage; loving father of Deana and Anthony Struppa, both at home; dear brother of Giacomo Struppa of Winthrop, Salvatore Struppa of Medford, Vincenza Struppa of East Boston and Michelle D’Itria of Revere; and the fond uncle of many.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For his guest book, please visit

Vivianne Bossi
Quincy resident

Vivianne D. (Houle) Bossi died July 14 at the Marina Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Quincy.

Born in Southbridge, she was the devoted wife of the late George G. Bossi and was a wonderful mom and friend.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce E. Cocce, and her husband, James, of Quincy, her son, Carl A. Bossi, and his wife, Gail, of Winthrop; a son-in-law, Bill Frechette of Rhode Island; six grandchildren: Patricia Hawes, Michael Cocce, David and Mark Frechette, Adam and Alex Bossi; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She also was the mother of the late Linda J. Frechette.

A private funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368 or to Marina Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Attn: Activities Fund, 2 Seaport Drive, Quincy, MA 02171. For her guest book, please visit

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