Obituaries 11-19-2015

Ida Jean Newton

Physician – October 9, 1944 – November 6, 2015

Ida Jean Newton of Piedmont, California died on November 6 at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California. She was 71 years old.

Ida Jean was born in Winthrop, daughter of the late Sophie (Staller) and Abraham Aloff. A brilliant woman with a dry wit and limitless talent, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe in 1966. In 1970, she received her Medical Degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania and then specialized in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. In her early medical career, she held a fellowship at U of California at San Francisco (UCSF) followed by a staff position at UC Davis and a staff position at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital. She later treated patients at Kaiser Hospital and St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland before transitioning to the role of medical consultant for the State of California in disability evaluation, where she remained for 25 years.

A lover of books, she possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of literature, history, and politics. She interviewed prospective students for Harvard for 20 years. She was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Berkeley and an active member of the East Bay Jewish community. She had a passion for the arts, spending weekends with her family at museum exhibitions, ballet, symphony, and theater productions. She enjoyed traveling to Western Europe, especially Paris and London.

Ida Jean is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Tom Lee, MD, her children, Risha and Michael, sister Judith Samuels, brother-in-law Robert Samuels, and her extended family.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Hadassah, 40 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 or to a charity of your choice.

Ralph Acone


Ralph W. Acone of Winthrop passed away suddenly at home on November 12. He was 64 years old.

Ralph was employed as a chef who worked in various restaurants including Cheers in Boston.

Born in Chelsea, he was the cherished son of the late Robert and Antonetta (Longo) Acone; dear brother of Karen A. Acone of Winthrop; adored uncle of Cara Acone and great-uncle of Olivia Brown of Winthrop. He is also survived by loving cousins Joanne Romeo of Saugus and Leo Acone of Winthrop who provided special care thru the years as well as by many other cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Graveside Service will be held in Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St. Section) on Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St, Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit

Barbara Eddy

Of Winthrop, formerly of Cambridge

Barbara E. Eddy of Winthrop, formerly of Cambridge, died on November 9.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Mary E. (Crowley) Maidment and Charles S. Eddy, Jr. dear sister of Robert Eddy of Cambridge and is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. at the Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Massachusetts Avenue, North Cambridge. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may visit with her family prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108 or International Fund for Animal Welfare, 290 Summer St. Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1734. For directions or to send a message of condolence, please visit

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