Obituaries 10-13-2016

Mark Norton

Longtime Bunker Hill Community College employee

Mark A. Norton of Brookfield Road, Winthrop passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston on October 1. He was 64 years old.

Born in Boston, he enlisted in the United States Air Force during Vietnam, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he worked for many years at the Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown as an electronics engineer. Mark’s favorite hobby was flying. He was a student pilot at Oxford airport where he had his own plane, learned to fly and made many new friends.

He was the devoted husband of the late Linda M. (Ballard); the loving son of the late Diane MacDonald (St. Jean) and Paul MacDonald. He was predeceased by his brother, George and is survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins in Connecticut, Colorado and Florida as well as his friends in Western Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College and in Winthrop. He was a friend of Bill W. for the past 35 years.

Funeral services were conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, October 8. Interment followed the service in the Notre Dame Cemetery in Gardner.

Erma Raimondi

Will be forever remembered for her radiant smile and helpful nature

Erma D. (Oliver) Raimondi of The Arbors, Winthrop passed away at the Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody on September 29. She was 89 years old.

Erma was the proud matriarch of the family home on Cottage Park Road for 47 years. You would usually find her smiling and waving to all who passed by whether on her front porch or tending to her flowers in the front yard. For many years, Erma would shovel snow from her neighbor’s walks because she was able to do so and enjoyed so much helping others. In the early years at Cottage Park Road, Erma would invite children from the Home for Little Wanderers for Sunday dinner.

Later in life, Erma decided the best way to help others in time of need was to become a Eucharistic Minister at St John’s Catholic Church where she assisted at many funerals. She presided over funerals for the very young to her dearest friends and always found peace and satisfaction that she was helping God.

Erma will forever be known for her radiant smile. Even up until her final days, the Rosewood staff, visitors and co-residents were met with her smile that they all loved.  She will be missed by so many family members, dear friends, and anyone who was enlightened by her smile, friendship, and caring nature. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will forever cherish her for her motherly and grandmotherly love and guidance.

The family would like to thank all the caretakers that assisted Erma at The Arbors at Winthrop and especially Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Care Dimensions for their services in taking care of Erma.

Born in Malden, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Pisella) and Anthony Oliver; the devoted wife of the late Peter J. Raimondi, Jr. and the loving mother of John of Palm Beach Gardens, Randy and his wife, Donna of Winthrop, Peter III and his wife, Christine of Palm Beach Gardens, and Billy and his wife, Kathy of Revere and Ralph Cantin of West Palm Beach; cherished grandmother of Andrea, Allyson, Randy, Jr., Michael, Caitlin, Jessica and Beth and great grandmother of Ryleigh, Ayden, Penelope and Ayva. She also leaves sisters: Rosemary Powers of Danvers and Evelyn Conry and her husband, Tom of Maryland. She was predeceased by her brothers: Jimmy, Freddie, Val, George and sisters Hilda and Ruthie.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano Funeral Home on Saturday, October 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville MD 20850 or go to

Donald Tabbut

Pearl Harbor Survivor

Donald F. Tabbut, born April 12, 1923, passed away on September 8, 2016 at the ripe old age of 93.  He was hospitalized with a mild sickness that turned out to be a sinus infection but while there his heart failed and he passed peacefully.

Donald joined the US Navy while still in high school, was stationed in Pearl Harbor and was serving his country there on “The day which will live in infamy.”. Over the years he recounted his stories in vivid detail to anyone who asked, including giving speeches in recent years on Pearl Harbor Day to commemorate the event and help us all to never forget.

After the war he became a TV Repairman, married, and sired his three children.  Night classes and a degree in Electronics Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute propelled him into the computer industry where he worked, in various capacities, until he retired.  An avid crossword puzzler and bibliophile, he enjoyed books about World War II and spy novels.  He also enjoyed gardening, golf and candlepin bowling and kept active with those activities whenever the chance arose.  In his later years, he enjoyed his daily trips down to the center in Winthrop for coffee and conversation.

The Masonic Lodge was a large part of his life.  He performed ritual at multiple lodges and coached younger members on ritual and symbolism.  He could always spot a fellow Mason with their special handshake and would always stop and converse with him.

Donald was in excellent health right up until his last days and all his descendants hope they have inherited those genes.

Donald is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sally (Knight) Tabbut; three children:  Janice and her spouse, Jon, Linda, and Doug; four grandchildren: Emily, Robyn and spouse Teanna, Rachel and Brenna, and one great grandson, Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Corner of Bowdoin and Buchanan Streets, Winthrop on Saturday November 12at 12 noon.  We welcome all to join us for this Celebration of Life Service and a small get-together afterward in the Parish Hall.


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