Obituaries 07-11-2013

George Shea

Exporting Industry Retiree

George C. Shea of Winthrop, formerly of Boston, passed away at the Bear Hill Nursing Care Home on June 19. He was 71 years old.

George served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and prior to his retirement, he was employed in the exporting industry.

The beloved husband of the late Kathleen F. (Fava) Shea, he was born in Boston, the son of the late John and Julia (Clifford) Shea; devoted father of Patrick Shea of Revere and Colleen Shea of Lynn; loving brother of Sheila Sullivan of Canton, Frances Pollina of Winthrop and the late Maureen Romano, Daniel Shea and John Shea.

A Graveside Service with U. S. Army Funeral Honors will be held in the Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) on Thursday. July 18 at 1p.m. (Please go directly to the cemetery.) Funeral Arrangements are in the care of the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to D.A.Veterans of America, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For guestbook, please visit,

Anna ‘Diane’ McCall

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Anna “Diane” (Puma) McCall of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on July 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel L. McCall, loving mother of Regina Falzone of Winthrop and the late Diana Melanson; cherished grandmother of Frank Egan and Michael Falzone and also leaves three loving great grandchildren: Anthony Egan and Sofia and Michael Falzone.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere. At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. For guest book:

John Crosby, IV

Owner of Northeast Yacht Brokerage, MWRA Retiree, Active on Town Boards

John A. Crosby, IV, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away suddenly on July 4. He was 67 years old.

John was a U.S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam and a late M.W.R.A. Waste Water Operator. He was the owner of the Northeast Yacht Brokerage in Winthrop at the Atlantis Marina.

He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1965 and Newbury Junior College of Boston. He worked for the M.W.R.A. for many years until retiring in 2003. He was a longtime member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, Deputy Harbor Master for 10 years, Past Commodore of the Circle Yacht Club in Boston, former Planning Board member and former member of the conservation committee and Harbor Management Committee.

The beloved husband of Maureen G. (Socci) Crosby, he was born in Boston, the son of the late John A. III, and Stella (Sawtelle) Crosby. He was the devoted father of John A. Crosby V and his wife, Paula E. of Peabody, Denise M. and Michael A. Crosby, both of Winthrop; brother of the late Kevin Crosby formerly of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Dante A. Mazzone, Dylan J. and Sienna G. Crosby and the loving uncle of James P. and Jarrett H. Crosby.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit,

Allan ‘Jim’ McGrath

Retired Chemist

Allan “Jim” McGrath of Cliff Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on July 3 after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Born in Winchester, the beloved son of the late Jenny (Van Buren) and Morton McGrath, he was a resident of Winthrop for over 60 years, He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and after being honorably discharged, he went on to work as a chemist for a beverage company for many years.

He was the devoted husband of Norma (Pumphret) and the loving father of Ellen McGrath of Winthrop and Patty Meaney and her husband, David of Topsfield; the dear brother of Ken McGrath of New Hamphshire and the late Morton McGrath; the cherished grandfather of Jen, Christian, Alexandra and the late Ashley and is also survived by one great grandson, Hunter Scutellaro.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on July 8 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Charles Bourke celebrated the Mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church. To sign the online guestbook go to or

Jean Martin

Of Traverse City, Michigan

Jean B. Martin of Traverse City passed away at the Grand Traverse Pavilions on June 8. She was 94 years old.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Full obituary will follow at that time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Helen Kane

Longtime Manpower Corporation Clerk

Helen L. Kane of Golden Drive, Winthrop passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on July 2 after a prolonged illness. She was 87 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Miriam (Rice) and James Davis, prior to her retirement, she was employed as a clerk for the Manpower Corporation for many years.

She was the devoted wife of the late Edward J. Kane and the loving aunt of Alicia Gorman of Winthrop and the cousin of Robert Kane of Hyde Park.

Funeral service were conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on July 9. The Rev. Walter Connelly officiated at the service and offered prayers at the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to or

Vittorio Aresco


Vittorio M. Aresco of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on July 1. He was 44 years old.

A restaurant chef, he was the cherished son of Angelo and Rosa ( Bisalti ) Aresco of Revere; loving brother of Vincenza  Pardi and her friend, Michael Pasquale and Anna Bonasoro and her husband, Leonard, all of Revere; adored grandson of the late Vittorio and Vincenza ( Rosa ) Aresco and Giuseppi and Nella ( Ruma ) Bisalti; fond nephew of Anna Pisaturo,  Carmelo and Joseph Aresco, both of Revere, Sabatiano “Yano” of Stoneham, Anthony of North Reading, William of New Hampshire, Frank and Richard, both of Malden, John of East Boston and the late Salvatore, Roberto and Agostino Aresco and uncle of Joseph and Tanner Pardi and Nicholas and Emily Bonasoro.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.  For guest book:

Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Shea

Enjoyed a Full and Fruitful Life With His Family

Jeremiah “Jerry” F. Shea of Winthrop died on July 8 at Boston Medical Center after a brief illness.  He was 80 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was born in Boston in 1932 and moved to the seaside town of Winthrop in 1967 after marrying the former Joan M. Saggese of Winthrop, the love of his life. The couple, who were married for 44 years, met while they both worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company.

Jerry enjoyed a full and fruitful life with his family which included his four children, the blessings of 10 grandchildren who brought him so much joy and a lengthy retirement that included many fine winters with his wife and good friends in Boynton Beach, Florida. He also enjoyed many wonderful summer days at Fenway Park with his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.  He leaves a legacy of at least 14 ardent Red Sox fans.

Jeremiah was the faithful and diligent husband of the late Joan M. (Saggese) Shea, the proud father and friend of Karyn Ellsworth and her husband, Paul, Kevin Shea and his wife Jennifer, Kristine Dassau and her husband, Colin and Kelli Conway and her husband, Sean; the adoring grandfather of Isabella, Colby, Charlie, Max, Ally, Camden, Lily, Emma, Jack and Benjamin, and the devoted brother of Catherine Barry of Norwood and John Shea of Leonardtown, MD. He was also the dear friend and brother in law of Alfred E. Saggese, Jr.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Friday, July 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.  Memorial donations can be made to My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow Street, Lynn MA 01901. To sign the online guestbook go to or

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