Obituaries 04-16-2015

Helen Winslow

Nurse at former Winthrop Hospital and member of Winthrop Senior Center

Elena “Helen” (Sakovich) Winslow of Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 13. She was 90 years old. Helen was a member of the Winthrop Senior Center where she enjoyed many of the activities there. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse in the former Winthrop Hospital. The wife of the late Sidney E. Winslow, she was born in Bellows Falls, VT, the cherished daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Ruhl) Sakovich. She was the devoted mother of Barbara Benevento and her husband, Stephen of California, Irene L. Phelan and her husband, James of Lynn and Bob Winslow and his wife, Nancy of Sandown, NH; adored grandmother of Kimberly and Stephanie Benevento, Brian Phelan and his wife, Melissa, and Colleen and Roxann Phelan; loving great-grandmother of Parker James Phelan; dear sister of Vera Nowell of New Hampshire and the late Peter and John Sakovich, Mary Gilkerson, Anna Wahlstrom, and Stephy Chenowitch. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, April 16, between 9 and 11 a.m. A Graveside Service will follow in Winthrop Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. For guestbook, please

Edward ‘Eddie’ Gay

Proprietor of ECAS Air Services

Edward J. “Eddie” Gay, a 20 year resident of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on April 11 after being rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 64 years old. Born in Cambridge, he was raised in the Orient Heights section of East Boston and was a 1968 graduate of East Boston High School. Most of his working career was in the air freight service industry. He worked for Signature Flight Services at Logan Airport from 1998 to 2013. “Eddie” was a long time member of the Winthrop Golf Club and was the proprietor of ECAS Air Services. The devoted father of Robin N. Gay of Revere and Ralph Sharp of East Boston, he was the cherished grandfather of Kayla N. Gay Quesada of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his former wife, Fiorella Mazzei. He was the dear brother of Rick Gay and his wife, Diane of Milton, Linda Banelis and her late husband, Jack of Malden, James Mazzapica and his wife, Mary, Kathleen Thomann and her husband, Daniel, all of Tewksbury, Mary McGowan of Malden and the late Francis “Franny” Gay and Carl Mazzapica. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 6:15 p.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Eddie Gay Fund at For additional information,

Owen Gallagher

VP of Minuteman Security, Boston

Owen J. Gallagher of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, passed away on April 3. He was 63 years old. Owen was employed as the Vice President of Minuteman Security in Boston. He was also a member of Life Song, located in Maine. Born in Chelsea, he was the cherished son of the late Carroll and Margaret (Turner) Gallagher; dear brother of Edward Gallagher of New Hampshire, James Gallagher of Massachusetts, Neil Gallagher and his wife, Linda of New Hampshire and Carol Ann Gallagher of Massachusetts; loving uncle of Michael DiVirgilio of Massachusetts, Colleen Foulis and her husband, Robert of New Hampshire, Brian Gallagher of New York and Laura Gallagher of New Hampshire and great-uncle of Patrick and Ryan Foulis. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in his name can be made to the Don Orione Nursing Home, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston, MA. 02128. For guestbook

Irene Colley

Worked at former Winthrop Hospital and at Winthrop High School

Irene R. (Matroni) Colley of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home on April 8. She was 94 years old. Irene was a graduate of St. Lazerus School in East Boston and later went on to earn a Certificate from Boston Clerical School. She worked as a clerical typist in Washington D.C. In 1942 and after retiring from there, she later went on to work at the Winthrop Hospital as secretary and the Winthrop High School Snack Room as an assistant. She was the beloved wife of the late Wallace A. Colley. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Albert Matroni-BPD and Josephine (Basile) Matroni; devoted mother of Christine Box and her husband, Todd of Florida, Cynthia M. Gordon and her late husband, John of Winthrop and the late Richard A. Colley Sr.; adored grandmother of Sharyn Wolf, Richard A. Colley Jr., Michael and Christopher Gordon, and Robert Tarantino, all of Winthrop, Ashley Gordon of Revere, and Tyler and Erika Box of Florida; great-grandmother of Riley of Winthrop and Landon of Revere. A Funeral Service was held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on April 11. Cremation was private. Donations in her name can be made to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Division of Development, 901E Street, NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20004-2025. For guestbook, please visit

Dorothy Tassinari

Former proprietor of Tassinari Tirrell School of Dance; Former Winthrop Emblem Club President; well known for her rendition of the National Anthem at Winthrop’s annual Memorial Day Services

Dorothy E. Tassinari, a longtime resident of Winthrop, passed away on April 7. She was 86 years old. Born in Stoneham, she was the loving daughter of the late James and LuLu Mahoney. She attended the Stoneham school system and graduated from Stoneham High. She later attended Bunker Hill College. Dorothy owned and operated the Tassinari & Tirrell School of Dance in the Wadsworth Building in Winthrop. She was also employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Enironmental Management, for over 20 years until her retirement in 1990. She was a loyal and devoted member of Winthrop Emblem Club #15, holding the offices of Marshall, Corresponding Secretary and Past President. She will always be rememberd for her presentation of our National Anthem at the Town of Winthrop Memorial Day Services. She was the wife of James Byrne and Albano Tassinari; devoted mother of the late Sharon Tirrell and her husband, Henry of Winthrop and Jimmy and Linda Tassinari of Peabody; the loving sister of Ruth Whalton on Saugus, Mary (Delehanty) Mahoney and Penny Cappelli of Winthrop and Carol Ahern of Wilmington and the late Theresa, James, Jeremiah and William Mahoney; the loving aunt of Maureen Delehanty of Winthrop and many other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Jessica Punphret of Winthrop, Derk Tirrell of East Boston and Michael, Nikki and James Tassinari of Peabody and two great grandchildren, Ava and Joseph Pumphret of Winthrop. Funeral arrangements were by the Joseph E. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was at the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. The family has reuested that expressions of sympathy be donated to the Winthrop Emblem Club Scholarship Fund c/o Mary Vitali, 47 Nevada Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.

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