Obituaries 03-03-2016

Joseph ‘Danny’ Ahern

Well known entreprenur best known for “Danny’s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Blvd.

Joseph “Danny” Ahern passed away on February 28 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past several weeks. He was 86 years old.

Born in Providence Rhode Island, he was one of three children born to the late John Patrick and Annie (Mullen) Ahern. As a child, Danny was raised by his widowed mother and beloved aunt. Settling on Jefferson Avenue in Chelsea when he was a young boy, he attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School.

He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1955. Returning to Chelsea, he soon married Jacqueline C. Melanson and together began to raise their family of one daughter and three sons. They later moved to Lynnfield and resided there for many years.

A self-starter and young entrepreneur, Danny’s first business was a fruit stand that he operated on North Shore Road in Revere. But he was best noted for his later establishment, “Danny”s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Blvd., a well-known and fondly remembered Revere Beach Landmark.

Danny was remembered as selling Christmas trees to keep himself occupied during the off season. The stand was relocated by urban renewal to behind the beach to Ocean Ave where he continued operation until his retirement in 1984. About that same time Danny and his wife moved to Winthrop and spent many of their winters in Davie, Florida.

Danny was an avid golfer and all around sportsman with a lifelong penchant for of all things business related. He was a longtime member of both the Winthrop Golf Club and the Sagamore Social Club in Chelsea.

In addition to his parents, Danny was also preceded in death by his sister, Marie Bowe. He is survived by his ever-loving wife of 60 years, Jacqueline C. “Jackie” (Melanson) Ahern. He was the devoted father of Linda Ahern-Roth and her husband, Chip of Bedford, Jim Ahern and his wife, Natalie of Hingham, Danny Ahern and his wife, Chris of Cohasset and Toby Ahern and his wife, Marion of Andover. He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick and Jillian Ahern, Emily Roth, Katie, Rory, Molly, Madison and Grace Ahern; dear brother of Robert P. Ahern and his wife, Lyn of Brandon, VT and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday March 4 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02215.

William Aiello

Of Winthrop

William D. Aiello of Winthrop passed away peacefully on February 29.

He was the devoted father of Deborah Contrada, William Aiello, Karin Griffin,J ames and Michael Aiello; dear brother of Claire Delulis, Theresa Hartnet, Thomas Aiello and the late Richard Aiello; adored grandfather of eight and great grandfather of one. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mr Aiello’s wishes, funeral services are private with the care of

the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. 617 569 0990

David Driscoll

Longtime assembler at Project Triangle and Mass Special Olympics participant

David Driscoll of Winthrop, passed away on February 23. He was 55 years old.

David was an active participant in the Mass. Special Olympics, the Driscoll-Mahegan Invitational Track Meet and enjoyed many outings with the WINARC Bowling Team. He worked for many years as an Assembler at Project Triangle.

He was the cherished son of the late Francis X. and Margaret L. (Cox) Driscoll; dear brother of Nancy (Driscoll) Grace of Winthrop, Mary Varone and her husband, Anthony of Holliston, Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Robin of Saugus, Edward Driscoll of Winthrop and the late Francis, James and Timothy Driscoll. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop.   Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in his name can be made to WINARC of Winthrop at David was an active participant in the Mass. Special Olympics, the Driscoll-Mahegan Invitational Track Meet and enjoyed many outings with the WINARC Bowling Team. He worked for many years as an Assembler at Project Triangle. For guestbook please visit

John Reese

Retired US Postal Service supervisor

John Q. Reese of Pond Street, Winthrop passed away at the Sawtelle House in Reading on February 29. He was 83 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Josephine (O’Donnell) and John A. Reese. A lifelong resident of Winthrop, he enlisted in the Army during the Korean War, earning the rank of Private First Class. After his honorable discharge he went to work for the United States Postal Service retiring as a supervisor. He was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and was an avid sports fan. He especially loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and extended family.

He was the devoted husband of the late Laura (Sinewitz) and the loving father of Susan Krevat and her husband, Matthew of Wakefield, Brendan Reese and his wife, Francine of Natick and Nancy Barlow of West Hartford, Connecticut; the dear brother of Louise Warwick of Winthrop and Mary Ann Andre of Nevada and the cherished grandfather of Bethany, Derek, Andrew, Brian, Dana, Jane and Lauren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home today, Thursday, March 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, March 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East 607 North Ave., Wakefield MA 01880 or to the Sawtelle House 320 Haverhill St., Reading MA 01867. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

David Walter Pyne


David Walter Pyne died peacefully on Tuesday, February 9 in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Winthrop, he enjoyed spending time with family, studying history, boating, playing the guitar, weather and the great outdoors. Sailing out of Cottage Park Yacht Club as a boy, he won numerous awards alongside his two brothers, Edmund and Richard.   He worked his way through college and law school as a Yacht Captain of a 50’ Chris Craft, “ Sno Top,” owned by F.E. Daddario Corp. This experience eventually brought him to settle on the Cape.

A Boston College “Triple Eagle,” David graduated from Boston College High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, Cum Laude, Class of 1963. He graduated from Boston College Law School, Class of 1966 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar as a practicing trial attorney in the same year.

David started his law career in the fall of 1966 with Katz, Kaplan & Latti in Boston representing injured fishermen and longshoremen in Federal and State Courts. He then pursued an opportunity with Kentucky Fried Chicken as House Counsel, representing several franchises in Massachusetts general practice in Hyannis with an emphasis on domestic relations. Believing that everyone should receive fair representation, he performed many cases Pro Bono. In 1977, he was appointed as the 4th County Commissioner of Barnstable County and served as County Counsel for 15 years.

In May of 1992, he was admitted to the Florida Bar. Shortly thereafter, he suffered a severe stroke causing permanent left side paralysis and blindness.   His strong will and positive outlook on life allowed him to overcome his disabilities and live with his physical challenges until his passing.

He was predeceased by parents Rosemary E (Dickinson) Pyne and Charles F Pyne, sister Rosemary (Pyne) Burns and brother Richard Pyne. He is survived by his two sons Mark Anthony and his wife, Melanie of Baltimore, MD and Derek Charles of Bonita Springs, Florida and one grandson, Ethan Raymond Pyne. He is also survived by his brother Edmund Pyne, sisters Marita Pyne, Andrea (Pyne) Farquhar and Bernadette (Pyne) Gibson and several nieces and nephews.

The Pyne family would like to express gratitude to all the people and organizations that cared for him over the years.

A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name can please be sent to: Our Lady of Light Catholic Community’s Bell Tower project: Please insert “In memory of David Pyne” in the comments section.

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