Obituaries 12-10-2015

Claire Ross

Of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop

Claire E. (Magee) Ross of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Hathorne Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Danvers on December 5. She was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James and Frances (Sampson) Magee; the beloved wife of the late James H. “Jim” Ross; devoted mother of Anne M. Koen and her husband, Robert of Danvers, James H. “Jim” Ross Jr. and his wife, Melissa of Wakefield, Michael F. Ross and Gregory Ross, both of Danvers; adored grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of two; mother-in-law of Karyl Ross of Mine Hill, NJ and Audrey Ross of Beverly. Claire was pre-deceased by nine brothers and four sisters. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop on December 9  and burial followed in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her name can be made to Life Choice Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 302, North Andover, MA 01845.

Claire’s family  wishes to thank the health care staff of the Hathorne Hill Rehabilitation Care Center and Life Choice Hospice for  the care and support they have given to Claire throughout these past years. For guestbook, please visit

Peter Grimes

Winthrop teacher, coach, and guidance counselor; named Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe

Peter J. Grimes, a lifelong Winthrop resident, passed away November 29. He was 62 years old.

Peter was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and a graduate of St. Domenic Savio High School (Hall of Fame inductee) and Salem State College. He enjoyed a long career in the Winthrop Public Schools, where he served as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor. Peter’s life demonstrated his dedication to the education and mentoring of youth. He was a Christa McAuliffe Teacher of the Year finalist, and as the WHS boys basketball coach, Peter coached the team to their 1995 State Championship title. He was named Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe, MBCA and Northeast Coaches’ Conference. He was a basketball enthusiast and spent many hours “round the rim” as a player, coach and referee. Peter was proud of Winthrop and truly loved his hometown.

He was the eldest son of the late Donald J. Grimes, Sr. and the late Ruth (Geary) Grimes. He is survived by his wife, Norah (O’Donnell) Grimes and five daughters: Jennifer Pollard (and her spouse Brian) and Julie Pollard of Florida, and Jill, Micaela, and Catherine Grimes of Winthrop. Peter leaves three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his three siblings, Alicia (Grimes) DeStefano and her spouse, Ralph of Pennsylvania, Paul Grimes and his spouse, Joanne of Maryland, and Donald Jr. (DJ) and his spouse Michel of Swampscott.

Services were held December 3 and the funeral took place on Friday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Peter’s name to PACE/ESP, 26 Sturgis St., Winthrop, MA 02152.

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Jay Wein

Well known in world of medical research

In the high stakes world of medical research in Boston, Jay R. Wein, was on speed dial of many senior development executives at most of the leading hospitals in Boston for the past four decades.

As a fundraising consultant called in specifically to develop proposals for dozens of major, critical projects, he helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for health care projects and medical research.

“Many of the most important health care programs and medical research projects in the city have his fingerprints all over them,” said Allen Peckham, former Chief Development Officer at Partners Healthcare System.

“Without Jay’s carefully constructed and researched proposals many of these projects may not have been successful. He had this incredible knack for translating complex medical issues into language that donors could understand and support.”

The ground-breaking work he undertook led to the creation of a Center for the Study of Orphan Diseases, the Center for Integrative Medicine in Innovation and Technology, an Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, a Center for Innovation and Clinical Scholarship in Pediatric Nursing, and a Center for Genetic and Acquired Blood Diseases among dozens of others.

Mr. Wein, 68, who passed away last week, specialized in developing multi-million fundraising proposals for most of the most prestigious health care organizations in Boston, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare Systems, Tufts Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mr. Wein founded his consulting firm, Wein Associates, in 1984. Previously, he served as Vice President for Development at Boston University Medical Center Hospital and Director of Development for the Joslin Diabetes Center and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

His expertise at crafting proposals that were beautifully written may have had its origins in his love of writing and literature, said Linda Wein, his wife of 44 years.

“I always admired and loved his creative brilliance. He took technical information and was able to communicate it clearly and with compassion to a broad range of people. He was so proud of his contribution to Boston’s medical community.”

Mr. Wein completed graduate studies in literature at Oxford University in England after graduating from the University of Massachusetts.

His first professional job was as an editorial assistant with the former Boston Record-American.

He also was the author of a number of articles in fundraising trade publications as well as a widely-quoted, national survey he designed of 500 nonprofits on the use of formal planning in development.

Mr. Wein held an MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management and  served on the Board of the Boston Shakespeare Company and Friends of Joslin. He was also a member of the first class of professional fund raisers to be certified by the Association for Philanthropy.

Mr. Wein, a long-term Brookline resident who grew up Winthrop and moved to Lexington during his high school years, is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Sandy Parker, of Dorchester, Stefie Wein of Portland, OR, his parents, Henry and Judy Wein, of Lexington, sister, Cheryl Barg of Lexington, brother, Bobby Wein, of Winthrop and his grandson, Ben Parker.

A gathering to honor Mr. Wein for family, friends and colleagues will be held at the American Academy of Arts And Sciences, 200 Beacon St., Somerville, from 10 a.m. to noon, today, Thursday, December 10.

Patrick Beckwith

Ironworker and member

of Pleasant Park Yacht Club

Patrick A. Beckwith of Read Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 21. He was 56 years old.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, the beloved son of Jane (Miller) and Dwayne Beckwith, he was a resident of Winthrop for over 35 years. He enlisted in the United States Navy at an early age and after his honorable discharge, he went to work as an Ironworker for Local 7. He was also a member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.

He was the devoted husband of Margery (Keenan); the loving father of Patrick Beckwith, Jr. and Jared Beckwith, both of Winthrop; the dear brother of Lyle Thill; the beloved son in law of Eugene and Margery Keenan; father in law of Kathryn Amorello and the brother in law of Lauren Eremian, Linda Nowlan, Kathleen Guckert, Gene Keenan and Patrick Keenan. He was also the uncle of many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on November 28 followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment followed the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or go to

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