Obituaries 08-22-2019

Robert Lee Benner

IT Professional

Robert Lee Benner, a 40-year resident of Winthrop, passed away peacefully sur-rounded by loved ones on Aug. 15. He was 63 years old.

The son of Marilyn Benner and Ray Hyle, he grew up in Cushing, Thomaston, Rock-land and Port Clyde, Maine. The coast of Maine was one of his favorite places, and he enjoyed visiting often.

After graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1980, Bob spent the last 40 years working in the IT profession in the Boston area. The family of friends he built through his professional and the Winthrop community is something he loved dearly.

Bob enjoyed fishing and watching sports of any kind. As an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, he took great pride in sharing his passion for sports with those around him. You could also always count on Bob for a good laugh. He never allowed himself or those in his company to take life too seriously.  

His greatest pleasure was spending time with his daughter, Tracey, the light of his life, and her husband, Sean Kimsey. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him, including his siblings: Michael Benner and his wife, Marianne, Ramona Benner, Joyce Maxcy and her husband, Russell, Ann Frisbie and her companion, Greg Morris, Heidi DiMauro and her husband, David, Randy Hilt and his companion, Linda Stewart and Gail Moreau. In addition to his siblings, Bob is survived by many nieces and nephews who he adored.

There will be a private family gathering in Maine to celebrate his life.

In honor of Bob, donations can be made to The Home Base Program (

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Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Philip Ellin

Retired Pharmacist and Award Winning Photographer

Philip Ellin, 83, of Winthrop, beloved husband of Susan (Pallin) Ellin, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 17.

Born in Boston, Phil was the loving son of the late Norman and Tina (Grodsky) Ellin. In addition to his wife, Philip is survived by his son, Marvin Ellin and his wife, Edythe, brother, Irwin Ellin, sisters-in-law: Jewel Gilbert and her partner, Cheryl A. Giles, Libby Ellin, and many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was prede-ceased by his brothers Melvin and David Ellin. 

Phil was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He worked as a local pharmacist, and was a talented nature photographer, winning mul-tiple awards. He was a loving husband, father and brother who will be deeply missed. 

Funeral services were held at the Torf Fu-neral Chapel,  151 Washington Ave., Chel-sea. Interment was in Chevra Mishna Ceme-tery, Lynn. Contributions in his memory may be made to New England Old Sheep-dog Rescue  49 Stonehedge Road, Lincoln, MA 01773  or Alzheimer’s Association  309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452  For guest book:

Elizabeth Dowling

Past Member of Winthrop’s Cottage Park Yacht Club, Past Member and Bartender at Pleasant Park Yacht Club

Elizabeth G. (DeCicco) “Libby” Dowling of Winthrop passed away on Aug. 13. She was 71 years old.

Libby was a past member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club and the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, both in Winthrop. At a young age she was employed as a hairdresser, later working for Piedmont Airlines and then went on to work as a bartender at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, which ulti-mately would become her most favorite and beloved place to work.

The beloved wife of Robert J. Dowling, she was born in Revere, the cherished daughter of the late Robert L. “Chick” and Elizabeth P. (Nesbitt) “Bessie” DeCicco, sister of Pauline Wallace of New York, Gail P. DeFeo and her hus-band, Jim of Plymouth and Robert A. DeCicco of Winthrop, sister-in-law of Diane Saturno of Hull and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

At her family’s request, private funeral  arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. Donations in her memory can be made to the MSPCA 350 S. Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. For guestbook, please visit:

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