Obituaries 09-18-2014

Mary Gleason

Longtime Personal Assistant to Stone & Webster Engineering Vice President

Mary A. Gleason passed away peacefully with her two daughters by her side at the Putnam Farms at Danvers on September 11. She was 93 years old.

Her last days were spent surrounded by her family, reminiscing about the friends she made, the accomplishments she achieved and the countless memories she shared with all of us.

A resident of Winthrop until 1987, she lived in West Yarmouth for many years before moving to Danvers a short time ago. She was employed for many years as a personal assistant to the vice president of the Stone & Webster engineering firm.

She is survived by her three children who she raised on her own after losing her husband in 1969: John Gleason and his wife, Donna of Tampa, FL, Karen Reczek and her husband, David of Newbury and Mary Lawrence and her husband, Chuck of Marstons Mills. She was the cherished grandmother of Kate, Ryan, Jesse, Erin and Andrea, Lauren and Jonathan and the great grandmother of Marlowe. She was also the beloved daughter of the late Delia (Naughton) and Patrick Connolly.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to ALL the staff at Putnam Farms for their loving kindness and support these past couple of years.

At the request of the family, services and interment was private. A Celebration of her life was held at Wimpys of Osterville on Wednesday September 17. The Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop was entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the online guestbook go to

Ida Lee

Laundry Company Proprietor

Ida Y. Lee of Shirley Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on August 29. She was 88 years old. Born in Lynn, the beloved daughter of the late Jin and Goly Yen, she was a resident of Winthrop since 1948 and the proprietor of a laundry company for many years.

She was the wife of the late Ting Hoy Lee and the loving mother of Betty Lee of Belmont, Jackie Lee of Bellingham, Linda Lee of Nevada and the late Walter Lee.

A private committal was held at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Ernet P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook go to

Arnold ‘Hack’ Noyes

Of Shirley, formerly of Winthrop

Arnold E. “Hack” Noyes, formerly of Lancaster Road, West Barnstable and Marco Island, Florida passed away of pancreatic cancer on September 4 at Cape Cod Hospital. He was 78 years old.

He was the owner and operator of Noyes Insurance Company, Shirley and will be deeply missed.

Born in Somerville on April 11, 1936, the second son of Willard E. and Edna M. (Folck) Noyes, Hack Noyes grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1953. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with at Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics in 1959. At UMASS/Amherst, he was a member and officer of the Theta Chi fraternity.

In 1961, he married Elisabeth J. van Epen, then also a graduate of UMASS/Amherst. On September 2, 2014, the two celebrated their 53rd anniversary in the good company of Hack’s Winthrop High School football coach and his wife, Wilbur “Whip” and Arda Halliday.

A two-year term of service interrupted Hack Noyes’ undergraduate years at the university. During this period, he served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Division in Korea as a recon sergeant in a forward observer squad. He never regretted serving in the U.S. Army, and entertained friends and family throughout the years with may humorous depictions of experiences he encountered in that time.

After graduating from UMASS/Amherst, Hack joined his father at the Willard E. Noyes Insurance Agency in Boston. In time, he took the helm of the agency and, after many years of operations in Boston, re-located to Shirley, MA. At present, the agency is carried on by his son, Edwin W. (Ted) Noyes, the third generation of the family to own and operate the agency.

Always keenly interested in participating in sports, Hack played football and baseball in high school, football as a freshman in college, and baseball and softball for may years thereafter. As a side activity in high school, he was a bullpen catcher for the then Boston Braves. For a number of years after college, he sponsored his own baseball team, and later played softball with various area teams, including the Boston Police and the Topsfield Tories. He coached his two sons from their starts on teams in little league straight through to pony league, and was co-founder of Pop Warner football for youngsters in Shirley.

Hack was also an avid golfer. He and Liz enjoyed many years of play as members of the Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg, MA, Cochecho Country Club, Dover, NH, and Eagle Creek Country Club, Naples, FL.

Early in their marriage, Hack and Liz lived in Topsfield, close to Boston. In 1973, however, they ventured west of Boston and bought a 1791 farm house in Shirley,. There, they lived for 31 years, raised their two sons, James L. Noyes and Edwin W. (Ted) Noyes, and participated in local town governance. Hack was elected three times to three-year terms on the Shirley Board of Selectmen.

To Hack Noyes, family was important above all else. In addition to his wife, Elisabeth, Hack leaves two sons, James L. Noyes and his wife, Tammy of Saybrook, Ohio and Edwin W. Noyes and his wife, Debbie of Harvard, MA; three grandchildren, Emma M., Edward L., (“T.J.”), and Olivia L. Noyes, all of Harvard; a sister, Nancy Parsons, of Salem, NH; a sister-in-law, Betty Noyes, of Bowie, Maryland; and a total of six nieces and nephews, Pamela (Noyes) Orrence, Diane (Noyes) Morris, Jeff Noyes, Sandra (Noyes) Ranck, David Parsons, Scott Parsons, and their respective families. He was pre-deceased in November, 2013, by his older brother, Ronald W. Noyes and in 1995, by his grandson, Kevin Noyes, of Saybrook, OH.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the First Parish Meeting House on Center Road, Shirley Center on Saturday, September 20. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, to patient-serving cancer centers or to other cancer research.

There are no calling hours. The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see for additional information.

Brigadier General

William Bennet Hurley Lifelong Educator

Brigadier General William (Bill) Bennett Hurley passed away on Sept 15 surrounded by his family.

Bill was a gentleman, an officer and a scholar who dedicated his life and career to his students, his soldiers and the service of others.

He was born in Winthrop Community Hospital on November 29, 1939 to Patrick and Dorothy Hurley. He was a lifelong educator who taught for 30 years at Winthrop High School, retiring as the Mathematics Department Head in 2000 to become the Dean of Professional Studies at Endicott College.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Masters in Education from Northeastern University, MBA from Anna Maria College and Doctorate in Education from Johnson and Wales University. Upon retirement from Endicott, Bill founded Commonwealth Clinical Services Home Health Care Agency in 2005 and served as President and CEO. Dr. Hurley was also an Adjunct Professor at North Shore and Cambridge Colleges and continued to teach until his passing. Professor Hurley would inspire and guide his students with a rigorous intellect matched only by the warmth of his character.

Bill served for 40 years in the Army and MA National Guard, retiring as a Brigadier General (MA). Over his distinguished military career, he served in a number of positions including 101st Engineer Company Commander, 26th (Yankee) Infantry Division Deputy G4, Command and General Staff College Instructor, 1022nd Civil Affairs Brigade Commander and Deputy Chief of the US Army Corp of Engineers Emergency Operations Center at the Pentagon.

General Hurley’s affiliations include being past President of the First Corp of Cadets, member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and member of the Sons of Italy Renaissance Chapter.

Bill was the patriarch of a large and loving family and the beloved husband of Sandra Jean (Olson) for 48 years. He was the devoted father to four children: Christopher Hurley and his wife, Dawn of Winthrop, Jennifer Herrey and her husband, Alex of Marblehead, Robert Hurley and his wife, Andrea of East Boston and Jeanne Holgersen and her husband, Steve of Winthrop. He was the brother of Thomas Hurley and his wife, Christine of Warrenton, VA, and the late Bennett (Buddy) Hurley and his wife, Maureen of Canton, MA, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren: Jonathan, Charlotte, Christian and Julia Hurley, Alanna and Alysia Herrey, Matthew and Andrew Hurley, Steven, Joseph, Annika, Michael, and Emma Holgersen.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in the Holy Rosary Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Sept 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. William B. Hurley Scholarship Fund, 227 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02116. For guestbook, please visit

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