Retired Winthrop teacher, among founders of Survivors by the Sea
Shelley A. (Sweeney) Connolly of Winthrop passed away on May 1. She was 70 years old.
Shelley was one of the original 11 founders of the Survivors by the Sea Organization, which helps comfort cancer patients and their families with support, friendship, empathy and love throughout their treatments and beyond.
Prior to her retirement, Shelley was a middle school teacher in the Winthrop Public School System where she taught for 37 years. She later enjoyed working part time at the Whidden Hospital Psychology Unit in Everett.
She was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St. Mary’s College and her Masters in Education from Cambridge College.
The beloved wife of the late Thomas J. “Tucker” Connolly, she was born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late John V. “Jack” and Veronica A. (Murphy) Sweeney. She was the devoted mother of Tucker M. “Max” Connolly and Corey E. Connolly, both of Winthrop, dear sister of Jill McIlroy and her dear friend, Philip Moody of Winthrop and the late Michael Sweeney. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Hoss and Baby.
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 in Winthrop on May 7. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her name can be made to Survivors by the Sea via their website at www.survivorsbythesea.org by the Sea Organization, which helps comfort cancer patients and their families with support, friendship, empathy and love throughout their treatments and beyond. Prior to her retirement, Shelley was a middle school teacher in the Winthrop Public School
System where she taught for 37 years. She later enjoyed working part time at the Whidden Hospital Psychology Unit in Everett. She was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St. Mary’s College and her Master’s in Education from Cambridge College. For guestbook, please visit our website at www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Robert Hess, Jr.
Past Winthrop Yacht Club Commodore
Robert J. Hess, Jr. of Winthrop and Saugus, passed away on May 5. He was 70 years old.
Robert was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served during the Vietnam War from 1967-1970. He was a Past Commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club and a member of the VFW-Beachmont, Revere Post #6712. Robert was employed by General Ship Corporation as a Rigger.
The beloved husband of Deborahann (McCarthy) Hess, he was born in Key West, Fla., the cherished son of the late Robert J. and Jennie (Shiner) Hess. He was the devoted father of Ryan C. Hess of Riverview, Fla., Erin K. Botelho and her husband, Matthew of Saugus and Kyle C. Hess of New Bedford; adored grandfather of Kaylie and Lyndsey Sprissler, Logan Botelho, Jennie Gamache, Jax Botelho and Anthony Louis Dichiara Jr.; loving great-grandfather of Arietta Cooper and dear brother of Jan Harris of South Carolina.
Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited. Cremation to follow the funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or through their website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For guestbook, please visit our website at www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
She touched many lives and made many friends
Vicky E. Hurst of East Boston passed peacefully on Saturday, April 13 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. She was 69 years old.
The daughter of the late Betty M. Hurst and The Rev. Dr. Wm. G. Hurst (and his wife Mary Lou) of Ft. Myers, Fla., Vicky was a retired Chartered Life Underwriter for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. An active member of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce for many years, she served as both secretary and President in the 1980s and 1990s. She enjoyed writing poetry and children’s stories and had been a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Winthrop for many years.
Vicky will be missed by her brother, Michael and sisters Susan, Jennifer and Carol. She was especially devoted to her nephew, Jim and nieces: Julie, Ann, Michelle, Rachel, Liz, Sarah, Betsy and Julia.
Vicky touched the lives of many people including great friends she made in her various residences in Somerville and East Boston, as well as the many care-givers and doctors who assisted her throughout her lengthy and wide-ranging medical challenges.
Friends are welcome to join her family for the funeral service at St. John’s Episcopal Parish in Winthrop at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. The service will be followed by a Celebration of Life Luncheon at the Winthrop Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vicky’s memory may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Parish, 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop or to the National MS Society via this online link: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Vicky_E_Hurst_Memorial