Obituaries 02-11-2010

Joseph D’Amore

MBTA retiree

Joseph D’Amore of East Boston died on February 9. He was 84 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and a long time MBTA employee, he was the loving son of the late Gennaro and Anna (Bernardini) D’Amore; dear brother of Domenic and his wife, Carmela, of East Boston, Carmela Soriano and her husband, Patrick, of Saugus and the late Jenny Cogliano, Ann Miller, Samuel, Anthony and George D’Amore and is also survived by his many cherished nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights) East Boston, Friday, February 12 at 8 a.m. followed by his Funeral Mass celebrating his life in Our Lady of Assumption Church, Sumner Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Memorial donations honoring his life may be made to Sylvia’s Haven, 474 Revere Beach Parkway, Suite 1004, Revere 02151. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit:


Richard Chambers

Construction Worker

Richard L. Chambers of Read Street, Winthrop died at the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Hospital on February 6 after a long illness. He was 59 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Carol (McDermott) and the late Richard Chambers. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1967 and served as a Private in Vietnam for three years before being Honorably Discharged. After his discharge, he went on to worked as a construction laborer for many years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Suzanne (Collignon) and the loving father of Dawn Chambers of North Carolina, Michael Chambers and Shawna Chambers, both of East Boston, and the late Danielle Chambers. He was the brother of Steven, Lisa, Bruce and Brenda and the cherished grandfather of Dana, Michael Jr., Jovani, Jadyn, Jeweliana and Dawnabella.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial with military honors was at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign his online guestbook, go to


Geraldine Vyse

Winthrop resident

Geraldine L. Vyse of Winthrop, formerly of Michigan, died suddenly on February 7.

She was the devoted mother of Philip Vyse and his wife, Jessica, of East Boston; dear sister of Michelle "Toni" Bogden and her husband, Dennis, and children Megan and Michael.

In accordance with her wishes, funeral services were private with arrangements by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home of East Boston.


Herbert Nathan Miller

Member of Disabled Veterans and Andover Sporting Club

Herbert Nathan Miller of Stoneham, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died following a long illness on February 4. He was 85 years old.

He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the National Association of Disabled Vets and the Andover Sporting Club.

He was the beloved husband of 54 years of Theresa A. (Joyce); devoted father of Sandra A. Orsini and her husband, Michael, and Paula McKinnon and her husband, Robert, and cherished grandfather of Rachel A. Murphy and her husband, Kevin, Steven M. and Jason M. Orsini, Lauren B. and Jacqueline R. McKinnon, all of Lynnfield; brother of the late Lillian Plakias and Dennis Ricupero and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Services and burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody, were private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere.


Barbara Frazier

Retired Winthrop High School Nurse

Barbara J. (Tuzio) Frazier, a long time resident of Winthrop, died on February 4 after a long illness. She was 62 years old.

Born in Catskill, New York, the dear daughter of the late Dr. Vincent Tuzio and Marjorie (Fortaach), she attended Cairo Central School in New York and graduated in the Class of 1965. She later attended D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1969. In 1974, she passed the civil service exam as a senior hospital inspector for the Commonwealth of Massachsuetts. She also attended the New England Institute of Anatomy & Embalming and Funeral Directing and passed the State Boards in 1977. She was voted into the "Outstanding Young Women of America" Awards in their 1976 edition and in 1977 was voted into "Who’s Who in American Technical and Vocational Schools."

Between 1969 and 1980, she was employed at the Albany Medical Center in New York, the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital, The Bayview Nursing Home. She was the school nurse at Winthrop High School until her retirement in 2004.

She was the beloved wife of W. Paul Frazier of Winthrop, former director of public health for the Town of Winthrop; devoted mother of Vincent Frazier of Winthrop; loving sister of Donna Mundt of Charlotte, NC; dear sister in law of Joseph P. Frazier, Wlliam B. Frazier and his wife, Dianne, Lorrine Tear and her husband, Steven, all of Winthrop and Patrcia Cabone and her husband, Richard of Revere. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was private. The family has requested that flowers be omitted and expressions of sympathy in her memory be donated to the Barbara J. Frazier Scholarship Fund For Nursing Education, c/o The Secretary, Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Ave., Winthrop MA 02152.


John McCarthy

Former Winthrop Firefighter

John P. McCarthy of Winthrop died on February 3 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 88 years old.

A retired long time Winthrop Firefighter, he was a graduate of Winthrop High School Class of 1939. He lived a full and interesting life, traveled extensively and found his greatest enjoyment in his family. He was an extremely decent, gentle man who changed our world and will be sorely missed.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Eugene McCarthy and Katherine (O’Meara) McCarthy; beloved husband of 58 years of Grace A. (Flanagan); father of Kevin and his wife, Debra, Maura McCarthy, Paul and his wife, Lisa, Brendan and his wife, Diane, Sean McCarthy, Brian and his wife, Lauren, Kathleen Walsh and her husband, John, all of Winthrop, and Dennis and his wife, Linda, of No. Billerica; brother of Eugene McCarthy of Quincy and is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by The O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop with an Honors Detail provided by all the members of the Winthrop Fire Department. Burial was in Belle Isle Cemetery.


David Hart

Head Chef

David F. Hart died unexpectedly at his Florida home on January 19. He was 58 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1969. He spent most of his life in Revere before moving to Florida three years ago. Most of his working career was spent as a chef in several of Boston’s premier restaurants and country clubs. He was currently Head Chef at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

He was the husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" (Willis) Hart of Revere and is survived by two sons, David F. Hart Jr. and his wife, Linda, and Patrick J. Hart, all of Revere. He was the grandfather of Andrea and Thomas Hart of Revere; son of the late David M. Hart and Jeanne (Toomey); brother of Steven N. Hart of Shady Shores, Texas, Peter J. Hart of Spokane, Washington, Brian J. Hart of Royal Palm Beach, Florida and Richard J. Hart of DeLand, Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make a Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2931.


Mimi Bridgman Grosvenor

Former Winthrop resident

Mimi Bridgman Grosvenor, formerly of Winthrop, died peacefully January 7 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC.

She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Lionel Rosenblatt, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband, John Howard Grosvenor Sr., died in July of 1968. She was also the mother of her beloved son, the late John Howard Grosvenor, Jr. who died in March of 2009.

A Memorial Service will be held in late spring at the Old Church Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Washington Home, 3720 Upton St. NW Washington DC 20016; or to the Winthrop Town Hall, Suite 6, 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, Mass. 02152. Funeral arrangements were by Joseph Gawler’s Sons, Washington, DC.

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