Obituaries 02-03-2011

James Ross

Former Proprietor of Jim Ross Auto Tune Up and Repair Shop

James H. “Jim” Ross of Beverly, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on January 27. He was 85 years old.

A US Army Air Corps/Air Force Veteran of World War II, he was  discharged with the rank of T/Sgt. He was a  Life Member of the Winthrop Knights of Columbus #162, the Vittori Rocci V.F.W. Post #56 of Beverly, and a member of the first graduating class of Boston University’s Engineering School. Prior to his retirement, he was the proprietor of the Jim Ross Auto Tune Up and Repair Shop.

The beloved husband of Claire E. (Magee) Ross, he was born in Rangeley, ME, the son of the late Gale and Helen (Moody) Ross; devoted father of Anne M. Koen and her husband, Robert, of Danvers, James H. “Jim” Ross Jr. and his wife, Melissa, of Wakefield, Michael F. Ross and his wife, Karyl, and Gregory Ross and his wife, Audrey, all of Danvers; dear brother of Charles L. Ross of King George, VA, and the late Louise Heath; adored grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of one great-grandaughter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations can be made to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA, 01923 or to St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, go to

Francis ‘Frank’ McCusker Jr.

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Francis W. “Frank” McCusker, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 30. He was 50 years old.

A member of the Mass Army National Guard, he was the beloved husband of Linda L. (Lindstrom) McCusker; loving father of Francis W. McCusker III and his wife, Jennifer, of Everett, John M. McCusker of Saugus, Stephanie M. McCusker of Chelsea; dear brother of Joseph J. of Lynn, Edward P. of Revere, Robert A. of Lynn, Randy A. of Wilmington, Deborah R. McCusker of Revere, Karen Cioffi of Winthrop, and the late James Sobanek.  He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Alec, Dylan, Joshua, Jada, Ariana and George.

Funeral Services are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. However, arrangements are incomplete at this time due to the inclement weather.  Inquiries may be made to the Funeral Home at (617) 884-4188.

William Sisson Jr.

Decorated Veteran

William B. Sisson, Jr. of Washington Street, Somerville, loving husband of the late Lorraine (Brown) Sisson, passed away peacefully early on January 30 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 87 years old.

Born on November 17, 1923, in New London, CT, he was the son of the late William B. Sisson, Sr. and Helen Sarah (Reeve) Sisson. He joined the US Army on November 11, 1942, serving during World War II as an infantry rifleman in the Second and Fifth Ranger Battalions. As part of the Normandy Invasion, he was one of the first waves of Rangers, in the Fifth Ranger Battalion, to scale the Cliffs of Omaha Beach. He was wounded in France and received the Purple Heart. He served in four battle campaigns including The Battle of the Bulge, for which he received four Battle Stars, Presidential Citation, Invasion Arrowhead, Good Conduct Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge. He would later be awarded the Bronze Star in 2007 for his actions in the capture of 43 enemy soldiers in a bunker in Normandy.

Following the war, he married Lorraine Brown on July 16, 1945, in Somerville. The couple resided in Somerville for many years. Mr. Sisson was employed by Hood Milk Company in Charlestown, AA Transportation in Somerville and later retired from State Street Bank of Boston in 1997 after many years of service.

Mr. Sisson was a former member of the Somerville VFW and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Ranger Alumni. He enjoyed history, especially Native American history, had a passion for Hawaiian music and played the steel guitar during the 1950’s. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

His survivors include one son, William B. Sisson, III and his wife, Bonnie, of Salem, NH; two daughters, Shirley Sisson of Winthrop and Luauna DeMont of Somerviille. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

A Funeral procession will be held from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Square), Somerville Friday morning, February 4 at 9 a.m. followed by a graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Calling hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit

James Suozzo

Self Employed Marketing Entrepreneur

James R. Suozzo of East Boston died January 26 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 53 years old.

Born in Winthrop on June 1, 1957, the son of the late Wilfred Suozzo and Joyce E. Sullivan, he attended Boston public schools and Saugus high school. For many years, Mr. Suozzo was a self employed marketing entrepreneur, involved in the pharmaceutical industry.

He leaves a daughter, Terese Suozzo Kacandes and her husband, Christopher, of Boxford, a son, James R. Suozzo Jr, of Everett, two granddaughters, Isabella and Lilianna Kacandes, aunts and uncle, Dorothy DeGruttola, of Saugus, Verna Sullivan, James Sullivan and his wife, Ruth, of East Boston, and Jesse Suozzo, of Stoneham.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 538 Preston Ave. Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, Haverhill


Realtor, teacher and coach

John Thomas Conway, a long time resident of Winthrop, died after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer at his home in South Yarmouth on January 21. He was 76 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth L. (Mayberry) Conway for 48 wonderful years.

Born in Winthrop, he was a 1953 graduate of BC High and a 1957 graduate of Boston College. He received his M.Ed. from Salem State College. He was a former Teacher-Coach in Boston, Billerica and Winthrop. He also worked in sales for Liberty Mutual and owned and operated his own insurance, real estate and travel agency in Winthrop. He later worked many years as a real estate sales agent on Cape Cod, most recently with Cape Cod Associates in Harwich.

_Mr. Conway was a member of the Greater Boston Board of Realtors where he was the former chairmen of public relations. He was also past president of Council H, National Association of Realtors and a member of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the Cape and Islands Board of Realtors. He served as Past President of the Winthrop Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow and Chairmen of Fundraising for 18 years. He was past president of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and YMCA, former trustee and chairmen of fundraising for Winthrop Hospital, recipient of Distinguished Service Award given by the Winthrop Jaycees and chaired numerous golf tournaments for D.Y.E.C.H. and Harwich – Dennis Rotary Club. Mr. Conway was a Parishioner of Saint Pius X Church in South Yarmouth. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

In addition to his wife, he leaves eight children, Fr. Michael Conway, SDB, Sean Conway and his wife, Annmarie, Kelly Spain, Timothy Conway, Colleen Sennott and her husband, Kevin, Kerry Dumas and her husband, Robert, Erin Conway and Patricia Bell and her husband ,Leroy. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, whom he adored: Kara Raponi, Christopher Burnett, Katie Conway, Elizabeth, Michael, Emily and Patrick Spain, Alanna, Kevin and Samantha Sennott, Kristine and Stefanie Dumas, David and Jessica Fronduto, Brendan Conway, Ethan and Cameron Bell. “Papa Jack” also leaves a very special young boy named Dominic. He also leaves his sister Maureen Ford of Winthrop. He was the brother of the late Lt. Col. James Conway.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on January 24 at Saint Pius X Church, South Yarmouth.

Michele Heede

Assistant Hotel Manager

Michele M. Heede of Winthrop died on January 27. She was 50 years old.

An Assistant Hotel Manager, she was the beloved daughter of Helen Allen and her husband, Skip, and Thomas Heede and his wife, Leonora; dear sister of Kristin Heede Murphy and her husband, Jim, and the late Sharon Heede and is also survived by her niece and nephews, Caitlin, James, Thomas and Luke. She was the loving companion of Frank Falzone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name can be made to MGH Head & Neck Center Cure for Cancer, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600, Boston, MA 02144. For guestbook please visit:

Patricia Milstone

Lawrence resident

Patricia A. (Novins) Milstone of Lawrence died after a long illness on January 28. She was 81 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Edward Milstone; extraordinary and beloved mother of Barry and his wife, Tory Milstone, and Diane and her husband, Scot Carleton; cherished grandmother of Zachary, Michael, Hannah, Sean, Megan and Keith; dearest sister of Barry Novins.

Arrangements were by Goldman Funeral Chapel of Malden. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Andrew Warshaw Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, c/o Massachusetts General Hospital, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences go to:

Daniel Giuliotti

East Boston resident

Daniel Giuliotti of East Boston died suddenly on January 26. He was 50 years old.

He was the loving son of Louise Shotwell and her husband, William, of Medford and the late Daniel J Giuliotti; devoted brother of Teri Stockton and her husband, Ronald, of Winthrop, Sharon Bartley and her husband, Richard, of Danbury CT, Thomas and his companion, Kate Berry, of Methuen; cherished nephew of Joseph Giuliotti of Revere, Marilyn Morrissey of Peabody, Ann Teta of Winthrop and the late Andrew and Mary Giuliotti; adored uncle to Ryan, Tori and Holly.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero  Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. He was laid to rest with his dad in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in honor of his life, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St. Boston 02114. For more information or to send an online condolence:

Marjorie Capua

Medford resident, formerly of Winthrop

Marjorie T. (Sullivan) Capua, a resident of Medford for 70 years, formerly of Winthrop, died on January 26.

She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of 1938 and worked as a clerk in the Assessor’s Office for the City of Medford for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985. She was talented in crocheting, an avid reader and gardener.

She was the beloved wife of the late Guy J. Capua; devoted mother of Kathleen Capua of Medford, Stephen Capua and his wife, Maria, of Woburn and the late Michael Capua; loving grandmother of Jennifer Hart and Andrea McEvoy; loving great grandmother of Isabella Hart.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Salvation Army of Massachusetts, 147 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116. For  guestbook and obituary

Carol Kane

Retired Revere teacher

Carol A. (Zaccone) Kane of Salem, formerly of Swampscott and Revere, died January 27 after a gallant four year battle with Scleroderma.

Mrs. Kane taught with love and distinction for 40 years in the Revere School System. Her dedication to her students and to her classroom was the hallmark of her spirit.

She was the beloved wife of the late Walter and mother of Dina LeDuke and her husband, Brian, of Oakham. She is also survived  by her brother Peter Zaccone of Danvers and loving partner James Evans of Winthrop. She also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In her honor and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 462 Boston St., Suite 1-1 Topsfield, MA  01983 to help Mrs. Kane continue this fight against a devastating disease. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook please visit

Charles Ondo

Travel Agent and Saugus resident

Charles A. Ondo of Saugus died on January 25.

Born and raised in Ohio, he was the son of the late John and Katherine (Olenik) Ondo. He worked as a crew scheduler for TWA from 1964 to1974 and as a travel agent for Travalot of Winthrop. A U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, Mr. Ondo was a past member of the American Legion in Palmer, OH and the VFW DeFranzo Post 2346 in Saugus.

He was the loving husband of Karen (Page) Ondo of Saugus and the late Angelina (D’Agresta) Ondo; beloved step-father of Annette Leonard-Zupan of Wakefield and Susan Kreis and her husband, Joseph, of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Trevor Zupan, Vanessa and Hunter Kreis; dear brother of John Ondo of California, Christine Stephanoff of Ohio and the late Catherine Lucco.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114. For obit:

Vincent D’Amato

Winthrop resident

Vincent L. D’Amato of Winthrop died on January 25.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Venturelli) D’Amato; devoted father of Jean D’Amato of Florida, Gerard D’Amato and wife, Maria, of Middleboro and Lucille Landry and her husband, Richard, of Florida; dear brother of Lucy Maribito of Malden, Pasquale D’Amato of Saugus, Clara Hastings of Florida, Gerado D’Amato of Melrose, Joanne Nardelli of Peabody and the late Anna Ameriena, Lorretta Dewsnap and James D’Amato; cherished grandfather of Vince, Maria and Scott; great-grandfather of Greg Jr. and Colby and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Donations in his name may be made to: Dept. of Vet Affairs, W. Roxbury Division, Voluntary Services, 1400 VFW Prkwy, W.Roxbury, MA 02132.  For guest book please visit:

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