Kelly’s Manager For More Than 30 Years; Baseball Enthusiast and
Outstanding Youth Baseball Coach
Paul W. Pruitt, manager of Kelly’s for over 30 years, died on March 31 following a long and arduous struggle with cardiac disease at the Eastpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Chelsea. He was 58 years old.
Born in Union, South Carolina, Paul spent all of his life in Revere, graduating from Revere High School in 1973 with his identical twin brother, John E. Pruitt. Paul also attended Bunker Hill Community College.
For more than 30 years, Paul worked in managerial positions for “Kelly’s” on the beach. He also worked part time for McDonald’s locally. He was an alumnus of “McDonald’s Burger College” and was awarded the “Silver Spatcheler.”
However, Paul’s passion was baseball and his drive to teach and instruct the game to young children. From 1986 to 2003, he was the Freshman Baseball Coach for St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. He was also the past Vice President of the Revere Little League and one of the founders of the “Revere Little Giants.” His enthusiasm for baseball and all things “Red Sox” was legendary.
As a teenager, he began to step into the role of “Mentor” for almost anyone who sought his advice, instruction and expertise. It is an understatement to refer to his generosity, both financially and emotionally, and to say “Paul was generous to a fault.”
Paul was the son of the late Paul AE. And Joan (Altri) Pruitt; the devoted identical twin brother of John E. Pruitt and his wife, Revere School Committee Woman Donna Wood Pruitt and is also the brother of Mary Vigliotta and her husband, Gerardo “Jerry” of Revere; dear uncle of Kristen Wood and Robert Wood and his wife, Jennifer and their children, Olivia and Addison, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by: Lucy (Camacho) Patrie, her daughters, Nayade Toro and Joanne Rivera and their children, Justin, Devin, Ashley, Sophia, Diego and Kamila. Also surviving are Lucy’s Mom, Mami Aida Valez and her daughter, Maria “Vicki” Tejada and her son, Luis Tejada, all of Chelsea. He was also the faithful and loving surrogate brother to Waldirene Lemos of Winthrop. Paul enjoyed a large extended family of friends and co-workers all of his adult life.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, was Wednesday, April 9 from 3 to 7:45 p.m. The funeral service was conducted in the funeral home following the visitation at 8 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Soup Kitchen” at Salvation Army Citadel, 258 Chestnuut St., Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn: Cpt. Sacott Peabody. Please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com for additional information.
Former Winthrop Resident
Sylvia (Brodie) Waterman, formerly of Winthrop, entered into rest on April 4. She was 100 years old.
The beloved wife of the late Morris Waterman, she was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Hyman and Ida (Manker) Brodie. She attended Chelsea Schools, was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1930 and later attended Curry College in Boston.
Sylvia was a life member of the Sisterhood at Temple Tifereth Abraham in Winthrop and a lifetime member of the Winthrop Hadassah. She was also a life member of both the Aux. HRC in Roslindale and the New England Sinai Hospital in Waltham.
She was the devoted mother of Mark Waterman of Hampstead, NH and Bonnie MacDonald of Waltham; the loving sister to Elaine Stiller, formerly of Winthrop, and the late Private Melvin Brodie; cherished grandmother to Hal Waterman, Stefani Timmons and Douglas and Dana MacDonald and great grandmother to Madeline Timmons.
Services were held on April 7 and burial took place in Lynn. Memorial Observance was at the Home of Mel Stiller and Jan Latorre-Stiller. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Online condolences may be offered at www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com
Bernard ‘Bernie’ Costigan
Retired Winthrop Senior
Public School Custodian
Bernard J. “Bernie” Costigan of Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 5. He was 88 years old.
Bernie was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as the senior custodian for the Winthrop Public School System.
The beloved husband of Marilyn L. (Doherty) Costigan, he was born in East Boston, the son of the late Bernard and Mary (Coombs) Costigan. He was the devoted father of Bernard Costigan Jr. and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, John Costigan and his wife, Judy of Peabody, Kathy Garten and her husband, Dave of Ft. Meyers, FL, Thomas Costigan and his wife, Eileen of Allston, James Costigan and his wife, Maura of Tewksbury and the late Rosemary Costigan; dear brother of Elizabeth Garchinsky of Medford, Anna Morelli of Lynn, Thomas Costigan of Bristol. NH, and the late Bridget Higgins, Winifred Hegarty and Mary Costigan; adored grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of four and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, please visit:www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Life Member of Winthrop Yacht Club
James H. Rollo of Ashland, NH, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Concord Hospital in Concord, NH on March 30. He was 66 years old.
James served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a life member of the Winthrop Yacht Club.
Born in Winthrop, he was the cherished son of the late Lester J. and Grace F. (Wallace) Rollo; dear brother of the late Gregory J. Rollo; brother-in-law of Heather (Tadgell) Rollo of Plymouth; loving uncle of Lindsay Anderson and her husband, Cameron of Vermontville, NY and Allison Rollo and her fiancé, Christopher McCarthy of Middleboro and the dear friend of Nancy Vargus. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. At his request, funeral services were private. Donations in his memory can be made to the Winthrop Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program, 649 Shirley St., Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, please visitwww.mauricekirbyfh.com.