Retired Boston Fire Department Lieutenant
George Walker of East Boston died on December 7.
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a Past Plank Member of USS Massachusetts, a retired lieutenant in the Marine Division of Boston Fire Department and a member of Firefighters Local 718.
The beloved husband of Gladys "Millie (Smith) Walker who died on July 12, 2009 after 58 years of marriage, he was the devoted father 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 and Beverly and Shirlee Walker, both of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Thomas, Laura, Susan, Julie, Marianne, Matthew, Sean, Maggie, Ian and Ross.
A Memorial Service celebrating Mr. Walker’s Life will be held in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Monday December 14 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Mary Jane Barber officiating. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Mr. Walker’s ashes being laid to rest with Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hedding Athletic Association %Bruce Davidson, 26 Gunderson Road, Wilmington, MA 01887. For more information or to send the Walker family an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Josephine Thompson, 86
Stillman Brothers Pharmaceutical Retiree
Josephine J. Thompson, a resident of Winthrop for more than 60 years, died at the Annemark Nursing Home, Revere on December 5 after a long illness. She was 86 years old.
Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Josephine C. (Larsen) and George E. Thompson Sr., she was employed as an operator for Stillman Brothers Pharmaceutical Company prior to her retirement.
She was the dear sister of Virginia Crucioli of Winthrop, Marilyn Bois of Cumberland, RI, Bernard Thompson of Florida and the late George E. Thompson Jr. and Carleton P. Thompson. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign her online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com
Fly Fishing Enthusiast
John C. "Jack" Gartside of Winthrop, formerly of Boston and Beachmont Revere, died on December 5.
A US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he was a past member of Fly Casters of Boston, United Fly Tyers, Malden Anglers, Federation of Fly Fishers, Point of Pines Yacht Club, Monaco Yacht Club and Trout Unlimited.
He was the beloved son of the late John and Lois (Dewing) Gartside; dear brother of the late Gladys Gartside; cherished cousin of Rose Young of Billerica, Edie Burke of North Carolina and many other cousins and devoted friends.
His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, December 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service celebrating his life in St. John Episcopal Church, Bowdoin Street, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Memorial donations may be made to the American Museum Of Fly Fishing, 4104 Main Street, Manchester Vt. 05254. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home please call 617-569-0990. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Joan Cusimano, 86
Member of Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club
Joan M. (Martino) Cusimano of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on December 4. She was 86 years old.
A member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club, prior to her retirement, she was a supervisor for John Hancock Insurance Co.
She was the beloved wife of the late James A. Cusimano; born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Eliseo and Alphonsina (Patturelli) Martino; devoted mother of Marieanne Kittredge and her husband, Edward, of West Peabody, and James E. Cusimano and his wife, Donna, of Colrain, MA; dear sister of William Martino of Florida, Peter Martino of Winthrop, Mary Arena of Melrose, Fred Martino of Winthrop, Connie Bombaci of Winthrop, and the late Gerald Martino of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Aaron, Heather, Evan, Jason, and Amanda and also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Of Somerville, formerly of Winthrop
Louise Liotine of Somerville, formerly of Winthrop, died on December 4.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph Liotine, she was the loving sister of Frank Tuscano, Rose Toscano, Catherine Toscano, the late Anthony Toscano and Nunzio "Bill" Tuscano and is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral Home, East Cambridge. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown 02472 or a charity of your choice. For guest book, visit: www.donovanaufierofuneralhome.com
Dorothy Sicurella, 90
Retired Hostess at Caruso’s Diplomat
Dorothy G. (Cunio) Sicurella of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Revere on December 3 after a long illness. She was 90 years old.
Born in Somerville, the daughter of the late Mary (Wadland) and Martin Cuneo, she lived in Revere before to moving to Winthrop 53 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at Caruso’s Diplomat as the Hostess.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Sicurella; devoted mother of Francine Sicurella, Joseph and June Sicurella and Richard and Robin Sicurella, all of Winthrop; dear sister of George Cunio of New Hampshire and the late John Cunio, William Cunio, Martin Cunio, Arthur Cunio, Ruth Lepore and Theresa LaSota. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchidlren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was private. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude_Childrens Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program FH, One St. Jude Place Bldg. P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis , TN 38148-0552. To sign her online guest book go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Robert Ward, 77
Korean War veteran and POW
Robert D. Ward of Tewksbury, formerly of Malden and Charlestown, died on December 2. He was 77 years old.
He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, a former Prisoner of War and a retired Teamster Local 25 for U.P.S. in Watertown.
He was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Rice); devoted father of Nancy J. DiBlasi and her husband, Daniel, of Billerica and Lori A. Ward of Tewksbury; grandfather of Robert Beaudoin and his wife, Shaylah, of Revere, Paul Marciello of Tewksbury, Steven Beaudoin of Winthrop, Matthew Beaudoin of Revere, Courtney Marciello of Billerica, Megan Beaudoin of Winthrop, Keri Marciello of Tewksbury and Christopher DiBlasi of Billerica; great grandfather of Alexis of East Boston, Jayden, Zachary and Hailey, all of Billerica.
Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was at Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Tewksbury American Legion Post 259, 180 Pond St., Tewksbury, MA 01876. For obituary see www.farmeranddee.com