Obituaries 09-19-2013

Carolyn Conant Furey

Retired Bookkeeper with a Tremendous Passion for Life

Beloved mother, Carolyn Conant Furey, 89, formerly of Lynnfield and Winthrop, died on September 13 at the Overlook Masonic Nursing Home in Charlton, MA. She was 89 years old.

Born in Glens Falls, New York on June 30, 1924, she was the eldest daughter of the late Leonard and Irene (Wheeler) Conant. Mrs. Furey graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1942, where she was active in the First Church of Winthrop, formerly the United Methodist Church.

She had been a Lynnfield resident from 1955 to 2001 where she was a member of the Eight O’clock Wheel and a Sunday School Teacher.  Additionally she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a volunteer for years at the Election Polls. She was a retired bookkeeper, most recently with Cummings Properties in Woburn.  Previously, she worked for the railroad, IBM, Lakewood Caterers, Executive Airlines, the Town of Lynnfield, as well as for several construction contractors. Upon retirement one of her great pleasures was collecting and hand-crafting her own dolls.

Mrs. Furey was the wife of the late Woodrow F. Furey. She is survived by two sons; Steven Furey and his wife, Judith of Lynnfield and Eric Furey and his wife, Susan of Londonderry, NH and her older brother, Roger Conant of Naples, FL. Mrs. Furey is also survived by her four grandchildren: Roger, John, Cameron, and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by her brother Leonard Conant and her two sisters, Evelyn Paro and Dorothy Schramm.

Mrs. Furey had a tremendous passion for life and was dearly loved by all. Her warm and sunny personality could not help but put a smile on one’s face. She will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield on Saturday, September 21 at 11a.m. Mrs. Furey will be laid to rest at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations in memory of Carolyn C. Furey:  Masonic Health System, Attn: MHS Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Charlton, MA  01507; Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY  10001. Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Donald Accolla

Boston Globe Retiree

Donald Accolla of South Yarmouth and Winthrop, formerly of Everett, passed away peacefully on September 13.

Don was a proud veteran of the United States Army and retired from The Boston Globe after a long and distinguished career. But, above all, he was firmly devoted to his loving wife Ruth Accolla who was steadfastly by his side at his time of passing.

Those who knew him understood that his grandchildren meant the world to him and gave him a renewed vigor for life each and every time he saw them. Nothing meant more to him than seeing their smiling faces and experiencing the pure joy and genuine excitement that came along with being their grandfather. If the happiness of being a grandparent could be measured in wealth, Don was the richest person in the world. He will be missed by all fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance and even more by those fortunate enough to experience the love and kindness he gave from his heart.  Rest in peace Don, there is a special place waiting for you in heaven.

Don is survived by his beloved wife Ruth (Carino); his faithful four legged companion Alex; his brother Frank Accolla, sister-in-law Barbara Accolla, nephews Peter, Kevin and Donald He was step dad to Todd Amodeo and his wife, Laurie and to Don Campbell. his wife, Becca and devoted grandfather to Gus, Toby, Riley and Caroline Campbell.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Memorial donations can be made in Don’s name to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. For more information, visit:

Joan Cox

Longtime Winthrop Resident

Joan E. Cox, a longtime resident of Winthrop, passed away in New York City on August 11. She was 79 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the loving daughter of the late Richard E. Cox and the late Alice E. (Budreau) Burns of Winthrop, she attended the Winthrop Schools. graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1951 and also attended Burdett College.

She is survived by her children: Martin Fernandes Roger Fernandes and his wife, Joanne, all of Brockton, Ronald Fernandes and his wife, Sharon of South Weymouth, Sandra Fee of Taunton, Jack Fernandes of Boston and Arnold Fernandes of New Hampshire. She was the dear sister of the late Richard D. Cox and his wife, Marilyn of Wilmington, Robert E. Cox and his wife, Cheryl of Florida and Linda Burns-Allen of Beverly. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves her dear aunt Barbara MacEachern of Winthrop and her devoted friends, Yvonne, Arthur and Joseph Range of Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her dear friend Marcella Range, also of Brooklyn, NY.

Graveside services will be conducted at the Cross Street Section of the Winthrop Cemetery on Friday, September 20 at 11:30 a.m. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Viking Pride Foundation, Inc., PO Box 27, Winthrop, MA 02152. Arrangements are by the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

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