Obituaries 09-29-2011

Clark Heighton, Jr.

Winthrop Auxiliary Police Deputy Chief

Clark I. “Poofy” Heighton, Jr. of Winthrop died at home surrounded by his friends after a courageous battle with cancer on September 22. He was 68 years old.

He retired in 2007 as a maintenance worker in the hotel industry. He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief in the Winthrop Auxiliary Police Dept. providing more than 35 years of volunteerism to the Town of Winthrop.

The husband of 33 years of Mary Lou (Riley) Heighton, he was born June 21, 1943, in Boston, the son of the late Clark I. and Lillian (VanBuskirk) Heighton, Sr. He was the devoted father of Clark Lloyd Heighton of Winthrop, Brenda Poirier and her husband, John of Everett, Michelle Hall and her husband, Chris of Winthrop, and Melonie Nelson and her husband, Peter of Everett; dear sister of Sheila DeNicola and her husband, Robert of Revere; adored “Bumpy” to Joseph, Kaitlyn and Robert Poirier, Sarah and Jessica Nelson, Willow Hall, and the late Krystyl Poirier. He was the great-grandfather of Jayden Bagley and “Daddy” to his cat, Datzie.

His Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday (today), September 29 at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, a Funeral Procession will proceed to the Winthrop Landing for a brief moment of silence in memory of Poofy. Donations in his name can be made to the Alliance Foundation for Cambridge Health c/o Cambridge Health Alliance-Oncology Dept. /Whidden Hospital 1493 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA, 02139. For guestbook, go to

Enrico Caputo

Winthrop resident

Enrico E. Caputo of Winthrop, No. Andover and Ft. Lauderdale, FL died on September 19. He was 88 years old.

He was the loving husband of the late Sylvia Martorano Caputo; father of Joan Hamel of East Boston, Joseph Martorano of Tewksbury and Michael Martorano of Colorado. He also leaves many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will gather in celebration of his life on Friday, September 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral will be held Saturday, October 1 at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Williams Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. For directions see

Louis Accomando

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Louis Accomando of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 26.

He was the cherished son of the late Louis and Angelina (Guerra) Accomando; beloved brother of Marie Lepore of Revere; dear uncle of John, Louis, Vincent and Michael LePore; loving nephew of many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by services in our chapel. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book:

John McSorley

Boston Edison Retiree

John S. McSorley of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, a retired Boston Edison employee, died on September 20 at the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Boston. He was 98 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Bolton) McSorley. He attended Boston schools, enlisted in the US Army during World War II and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre receiving the American Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

A Winthrop resident, he spent many years living in Chelsea. He worked for many years at Boston Edison retiring in the 1960’s. A coin and stamp collector, he was an avid reader, a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Notre Dame games.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Wozniak) McSorley; loving son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Bolton) McSorley; dear brother of the late William and Edward McSorley, Jane McSorley, Helen Slye, Sarah O’Brien and Mary Cloutier. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. Burial was in. Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Antonetta Moretti

Mass. Department of Public Welfare Retiree

Antonetta ( Mamorale) Moretti of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on September 27. She was 85 years old.

Born in Revere, the daughter of the late Caroline (Pistello) and Anthony Mamorale, she lived in Winthrop for more than 54 years moving here from East Boston. Prior to her retirement she was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nello Moretti and the devoted mother of David Moretti of Winthrop and the late Theresa Moretti. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be conducted today, Thursday, September 29 at 11 a.m. in the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Visitation prior to the service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. To sign her online guestbook go to

Katherine O’Connor

Suffolk Downs Retiree

Katherine T. (Sullivan) O’Connor of Beachmont, Revere died on September 20 in the Mass. General Hospital in Boston following a six year battle with colon cancer. She was 83 years old.

Born in Charlestown, she came to live in Beachmont Revere when she was seven years old and remained at the very same home until her death. For many years, she was a devotee of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Revere and volunteered as a secretary and clerk there. She was also a secretary in the Suffolk Downs Race Track office.

She was the wife of the late Arthur J. O’Connor who died in May of 1999; devoted mother of Jane M. Messinger and her husband, Peter G. of Winthrop, John F. O’Connor and his wife, Linda DeRico-O’Connor of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Michael J. O’Connor and his wife, Maureen P. of Quincy and the late James J. “Jay” O’Connor; cherished grandmother of Julie, Michael, John, Lucas, Mary-Katherine and Molly; dear sister of John Sullivan and his wife, Norma of Saugus, Mary Keegan of Revere and the late Joseph, Thomas, Patrick and Edward Sullivan and Julie Dolphie-Persico. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, “The Jimmy Fund”10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.

Brian Sullivan

Winthrop resident

Brian M. Sullivan of Winthrop, formerly of Saugus, died on September 23. He was 37 years old.

He was the cherished son of Marie Adams (Inello) and her husband, Dennis and Harold Sullivan and his wife, Diane, all of New Hampshire; devoted grandson of Marion Sullivan of Lynn; loving brother of David Sullivan, Marianne Sylvester and her husband, Mark, Kerry Falzone and her husband, John, all of New Hampshire; step-brother of Ryan Adams of Lowell, Kimberly Beaulieu and her husband, Tim of Dracut; uncle of Riley, Lucas, Lexi, Mackenzie and Bella and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus today, Thursday, at 8 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Boomer Esiason Foundation, c/o Etsuko Murase, 483 10th Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018, For directions and condolences

James Palladino

Of Ashland, formerly of Winthrop

James (Jimmy) Vincent Palladino of Ashland died suddenly on August 12. He was 65 years old.

Raised in Winthrop, he attended Winthrop High School and Boston State College. He worked as a manager for Northeast Airlines (now Delta), Sack Cinema, and as a property manager for the Druker Company. In recent years, he worked in security.

He had a great knowledge of history and took a keen interest in politics. He loved the ocean and cats, and enjoyed walking, gardening, movies, and travel with his wife “Peppermint Patti”. Those who knew him appreciated his decency, and enjoyed his good humor and sense of fun.

Born in Revere on December 12, 1946, he was the son of Perry Palladino, Sr. and the late Alice (Kramich) Palladino. He was the loving husband of 26 years of Patricia (Langevin) Palladino. He is also survived by three sisters: Patricia Palladino, Rita Gioioso and Sal Riggio and Doreen O’Gorman and her husband, John, all of Winthrop; a brother, Perry Jr. of Beverly and three nephews.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, August 18 in St. Cecilia’s Church, Ashland followed by cremation. Burial took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Ashland on August 27. Expressions of sympathy and tributes may be recorded at  and www.MatareseFuneral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Cecilia’s Church, 54 Esty Street, Ashland, MA 01721.

Harry Abrams

Past Commander of the Mass. State Guard

Harry Abrams of Revere died on September 22.

Born in Canada, he came to Chelsea as a child where he enjoyed his youth and adult life. He  later moved to the Jack Satter House in Revere. He was loved by all who knew him as a warm, gentle and genteel man always ready to make you laugh.

He loved his family, adored his wife of 71 years, Sylvia, and wouldn’t miss a Red Sox broadcast or a card game where he was known as “Full House Harry.” He was honest, hardworking and, in earlier years, volunteered at the Soldier’s Home and for Meals on Wheels. He was past Commander of the Massachusetts State Guard, a life member of the Knights of Pythias, and past President of the Brotherhood of Shaare Zion in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of Sylvia Helen (Berkovitz) Abrams; devoted father of Elaine Abrams and Rona Medrano; loving son of the late Jacob Abrams and Rebecca (Tuchman); dear brother of the late Kay Geller; loving grandfather of John L. Adams, Eric L Adams; great grandfather of Joshua M. Adams, Mollie D. Adams, Christopher Merchin and great-great grandfather of Mikayla Adams.

Graveside Services were held at Congregation Tifereth Israel Cemetery. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website:

Gail Margaret Meiggs

Worked for New England Telephone Company

Gail Margaret Meiggs of Clermont, Florida, a former lifelong Winthrop resident, died September 22. She was 60 years old.

Born in Boston and a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of 1968, she was the daughter of John and Virginia Meiggs. She was an avid lifelong Red Sox and Patriots fan and had a successful career with New England Telephone Company.

She and her family relocated to Clermont, Florida in 2003. She is survived by her father, John, her brother, John Jr. and sister, Robin Gaudette. She was the sister of the late Richard Meiggs, aunt of Gina Lachick, Steven and Ryan Gaudette, Richie and Raymond Meiggs, Heidi and Aaron Meiggs and grand aunt to Olivia Lachick.

We wish her eternal peace and ask that she watch over us.

Richard Molloy

Of Arizona, formerly of Winthrop

Richard P. Molloy of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Winthrop, died on August 26. He was 83 years old.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, prior to his retirement, he worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority as an Operations Manager.

Born in Lowell, he was the cherished son of the late Patrick F. and Harriet (Boyd) Molloy; dear brother of Thomas Molloy and his wife, Patricia of Winthrop, Patricia Wall of Winthrop, Joanne Silva of Jaffrey, NH, Jeanne Skobeleff and her husband, Richard of Winthrop and the late Robert “Gunner” Molloy, John Molloy, Kevin P. Molloy and Mary Donnelly. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Graveside Service was held at the Winthrop Cemetery on September 26. For guestbook, go to

Joan Woods

Retired Nurse

Joan C. (Morrison) Woods of Winthrop died at the Abbott House in Lynn on September 22. She was 80 years old.

A member of the Winthrop Emblem Club #15, Winthrop Survivors by the Sea, and the Winthrop Senior Center, prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse for many years.

The beloved wife of the late Charles W. Woods, she was born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late William H. and Catherine F. (Buckley) Morrison. She was the devoted mother of Herbert Gaudette of Gloucester, Lynda Maggio and her husband, Herbert of Winthrop, Laural Gaudette of Winthrop, the late Judith Duell of San Diego, CA, Paul English and his wife, Joyce of Winthrop, Elaine Stimpson and her husband, Arthur of Winthrop, and Dawn Dagg and her husband, Richard of Southborough; dear sister of the late Helen V. Purchase and the late William H. Morrison, both of East Boston, James, Richard, Mariane and Patricia Morrison; Adored grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of 13, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the All Care Hospice 16 City Hall Sq, Lynn. MA 01901 or to a charity of your choice. For guestbook, go to

Biagio Memmolo

Died in Italy

Biagio Memmolo, a former resident of East Boston and Revere, died in Italy on September 14.

The cherished son of the late Ciriaco and Maria Grazia ( Albano) Memmolo, he was the beloved brother of Maria Elisa D’Addieco and her husband, Antonio of East Boston, Olimpia Cappuccio and her husband, Ciriaco of New York and the late Rizziero Memmolo and his wife, Asteria Memmolo of Revere; loving uncle of Fiorinda Tartaglia of Revere, Frank and Marilena D’Addieco of East Boston and Marino Cappuccio of New York.

Arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guest book:

Catherine ‘Babe’ Pilato

Chelsea resident

Catherine “Babe” (Bottaro) Pilato of Chelsea, formerly of Medford and East Boston, died on September 22.

She was the beloved wife of James “Sonny” Pilato; loving mother of Lori Crist of Peabody; dear sister of Mary Pilcher of East Boston and the late Rosie Rizzo, Connie Larson, Josie Palladino, Mario, John, Nicholas and Anthony Bottaro; cherished “Nonnie” of Gregory A., Lisa M., and Richard T. Crist Jr. and longtime companion of Rocky Vitale of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For guest book:

Grace Tiernan

Registered Nurse

Grace M. (Gibson) Tiernan of Billerica, formerly of Needham, died on September 22.

A graduate of William and Mary School of Nursing, she was a former Registered Nurse at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the retired Unit Manager at Elizabeth Seton Residence of Wellesley.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur M. Tiernan Jr. Esq.; loving mother of Terry Gerrish and her husband, Peter of Billerica, Peg Tiernan Lyons and her husband, John of Winthrop, Jean Cummings of Brighton, Grace LeBlanc and her husband, Michael of Winthrop, Ann Tiernan Grant of Walpole and Trudy Tiernan Cucinotta of Virginia Beach, VA. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Needham. Burial was at the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to St. Joseph’s School, 1382 Highland Ave., Needham 02492. For guestbook:

Selma Shuman

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Selma Shuman died peacefully in her sleep on September 22 at her residence in Jacksonville, Florida. She was 86 years old.

She was born in Winthrop and remained married for more than 58 years to her beloved husband, Paul R. Shuman who died in 2008.

She is survived by her loving children, Mark, David, and Robert, as well as their wives, their children, her great grandchildren, and the rest of her many family members and friends.

She lived in Massachusetts for most of her life and enjoyed, above all, the beauty of the Fall season. It is some comfort to her family that her passing occurred on the first day of this Fall Season. She will best be remembered as a loving wife and companion to the late Paul Shuman, with whom she enjoyed a long, full, and bountiful life. We also remember her for passion for her family, great friends, travel, and symphony.

Condolences may be sent to the Kate E. Lambert Tribute Fund for Rhabdoid Tumor Research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute at 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445, in memory of her beautiful grandchild, Katie, who was not be able to be among us on Sunday, September 25 to attend Selma’s funeral.

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