Obituaries 02-26-2015

Robert Lewis York

Former Winthrop Electric Company President; founder of JCN Construction Company and Exhibitions Electric Company

Robert Lewis York of Bedford, NH and Jupiter, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18 following a long illness. He was 72 years old. Robert was born in Winthrop, graduated from Winthrop High School, attended Northeastern University and served in the Marine Reserves. Early in his career he worked at the General Electric, Lynn plant and subsequently became President of Winthrop Electrical Company. Over 30 years ago, he founded JCN Construction Company currently located in Manchester, NH and later founded Exhibitions Electrical Company He enjoyed his beloved German shepherds, was an avid golfer and a real Boston sports fan. In addition to his work, he most of all enjoyed his family and the family gatherings that he and his wife hosted over the years. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Velma York and his son, John Bennett, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Norma (Landry) York, his three sons, Christopher and his wife, Jennifer York of Dover, NH, Steven and his wife, Cheryl Bennett of Bedford, NH and Robert Bennett of Epsom, NH and his four daughters: Robin and her husband, Alain Boutot of Chester, NH, Kim and her husband, John Carmichael of Jupiter, FL, Julie Bedard of Jupiter, FL and Nicole and her husband Daniel Cotnoir of Epsom, NH. He is also survived by his 19 grandchildren, led by John Jr and Merissa Bennett of Salem, NH and his 10 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Julie Hemsley and Maria Bello Martinez for taking such good care of their loved one. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 2 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North Street, Manchester, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Encryptment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Manchester. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Robert’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA.ORG) 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn GA 30047 or Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation (HPBCF.ORG) 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. To send a message of condolence, please go to:

Ruth Scott

Member of Eastern Star and former owner of the Airline Motel and Restaurant in Maine

Ruth A. Scott of Manheim, PA, formerly of Woodland, Maine, passed away peacefully at home on January 26. She was 94 years old. Ruth was born on May 25, 1920 in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of the late Lewis and Alda Moody Moore. She and her late husband of 30 years, Elwood (Bill) Seamans, were the owners of the former Airline Motel and Restaurant in Woodland, Maine for many years. She was a member of the Riverside Rebekah Lodge # 140 Order of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by two daughters, Brenda Prout of Manheim, PA and Judith Walsh of Winthrop; six grandchildren: Stephen Prout of Monroeville, AL, David Prout of Cockeysville, MD, Susan Mendenill of Lake George, CO, Patrick Walsh of Canton, MA, Maureen Salvucci of Hingham, MA, Thomas Walsh of Miami, Florida and nine great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Elwood “Bill” Seamans and her second husband, Gordon Scott. Funeral arrangements were by the Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, PA. Private internment was in Woodland, Maine.

Those desiring may send contributions in Ruth’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Edward ‘Gig’ Hurley

Past Exalted Ruler of Winthrop Elks

Edward J. “Gig” Hurley of Winthrop passed away at home on February 22. He was 90 years old. Prior to his retirement, Gig was employed as a Steamship Clerk for the Steamship Authority. He was a Life Member and Past Exalted Ruler for the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, member of the I.L.A. Local 1066, and a member of the St. Dominic Savio Fathers Club. Some of Gig’s favorite activities were bowling, softball, and playing pool. He will be missed at Brown’s Drug Store and at the Collision Center, both in Winthrop, were he would visit daily to catch up on the day’s news. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara C. (Hackett) Hurley. He was born in Boston, the son of the late James J. and Anne (Culleton) Hurley and was the devoted father of Nancy E. Hurley-Claflin and her husband, Thomas of Winthrop and Edward K. “Ted” Hurley and his wife, Denise of Lynnfield; adored grandfather of Amanda Marson and her husband, Donald of Winthrop and Patrick and Jaclyn Hurley of Lynnfield.; loving great-grandfather of Ryan Edward Marson. Dear brother of Patricia Corkhum of Winthrop, Paul Hurley of Ipswich, Thomas Hurley of Florida and the late Daniel, Gerald, Michael and James Hurley, Jr. Anne Socha, Margaret Malone and Mary Rice. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Tuesday, March 3 between 4 and 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church on Wednesday, , March 4 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.). In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN. 38105. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit

Sheila Bills

MGH retiree

Sheila E. (Farrell) Bills of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on February 11. She was 75 years old. Prior to her retirement, Sheila was employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked as an aid for over 30 years. Born in Winthrop, she was the cherished daughter of the late Bernard and Mary C. (Laverty) Farrell; devoted mother of Daniel Remnitz and his wife, Kate of Australia and Ellen C. Bills of Van Buren, ME; adored grandmother of Lucy Remnitz, Morgan Thibodeau and Collin Turner; dear sister of Patricia Molloy of Winthrop.; dear aunt of Colleen Molloy, Kimberly Costigan and Kathleen Costigan. A visitation will take place at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, February 28, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will take place in Winthrop Cemetery.For guestbook and directions, please

Alice Creedon

 Member of Cottage Park Yacht Club, Winthrop Yacht Club and  Catholic Woman’s League

Alice M. (Frazer) Creedon of Falmouth ME., formerly of Winthrop, passed away in Yarmouth, ME, on February 17. She was 89 years old. Alice was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club where she was a member of the Ladies Bowling League. She was also a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club. The beloved wife of the late John J. Creedon, she was born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late John and Ellen (Schafor) Frazer.; devoted mother of Patricia M. Creedon-Scott of Falmouth, ME., John P. Creedon of Fallbrook, CA, Mary A. O’Brien and her husband, Thomas of Hull and Kathleen E. Eidelberg and her husband, Andrew of Sharon; dear sister of the late Daniel, Robert and John Frazer and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. of Mass. and New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA. 02472. For guestbook, please visit,

Robert Arthur Donahue

Mobil Oil retiree

Robert Arthur Donahue of West Grove, PA died on February 16. He was born in Winthrop on February 6, 1935 and married the late Althea Louise Murphy on September 5, 1959. Mr. Donahue was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation for over 25 years in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots and, more recently, of the Ravens. His survivors include his children: Robert, Jr. and his wife, Marcia of Falls Church, VA, Stephen and his wife, Kristen of West Grove, PA and his grandchildren, Steven and Robert E, and daughter in law, Stephanie of Centerville, VA; his sisters Barbara Webster of Davis, California and Dorothy Sears of Sudbury, MA and his brother, William Donahue of Pittsfield as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Interment was at St. Mary of Sorrows Cemetry in Fairfax, VA next to his spouse, Althea and son, William. The family requests donations to the Jimmy Fund in lieu of flowers. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary of Sorrows in the spring.

Ellen VanDalinda

Everett Library Administrator; bird enthusiast

Ellen A. VanDalinda of Winthrop passed away suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital on February 22. She was 65 years old. Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late Walter A. and Frances (Conway) VanDalinda. She was also survived by several loving cousins. Ellen was employed as a library administrator in the City of Everett. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1967, the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, attended classes at UMass Boston, received an Art Therapy Degree from Leslie College and received a Library Science Master’s Degree from Simmons College. Ellen was a bird enthusiast, and was especially fond of parrots. She had a few at home which she loved and cared for very much. A Funeral Service will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, February 27 at 11:0 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow the service in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. For guestbook and directions, please

Isabel Castella

Active in several choir groups, St. John’s Episcopal Church Womens Group and member of the Order of the Eastern Star

Isabel Castella, a 50 year resident of Winthrop, passed away on February 19. She was 88 years old. Born in Somerville, the loving daughter of the late James Penswick and Ellen (Sullivan), she attended the Brookline School system and graduated from Brookline High School. She was employed as a long distance operator for the New England Telephone Company for many years. Isabel was active in several choir groups including Saint John’s Episcopal Choir and was a member of Saint John’s Episcopal Womens Group and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Castella, Sr. and is survived by her daughter, Susan Castella of Winthrop, her son, Edward Castella, Jr. of Pompano Beach, Florida. She was the dear sister of the late Laurence Pensick and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be conducted at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop at a date to be announced. The family has rquested that expressions of sympathy in Isabel’s memory be donated to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop


Giselda ‘Sally’ Sampson

Retired cashier at Osco Drug, East Boston

“Sally” Sampson of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died February 18 after a brief illness in the Melrose/Wakefield Hospital. She was 89 years old. Born in Boston, she has lived in Winthrop since 1951 and was a cashier at Osco Drug In East Boston for 10 years until her retirement. She was a former member of the North Shore Mixed Lodge #2533. The daughter of the late Maria (DiGiavittorio) and Sabatino Chiulli, she was the beloved wife of the late Francis “Frank” Sampson; devoted mother of Mariann Nicoletti and her husband, Richard of Winthrop and is also survived by her Grandkitty, Satina. She was the sister of the late Luciano, Dominic and Anthony Chiulli and she also leaves several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. Arrangements were by the Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes, Medford. To leave a message of condolence, visit:

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