Obituaries 08-29-2019

Arthur Pearsall, Jr.

Boston Cab Driver and Natural Stroyteller with an Excellent Memory and the Gift for Gab

Arthur J. Pearsall, Jr. of Winthrop, departed this world on Aug. 16 in the presence of loving family and the compassionate medical caregivers of Massachusetts General Hospital after a long and courageous struggle with chronic respiratory illness. He was 73 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the eldest son of the late Arthur J. and Agnes E. (Chisholm) Pearsall.  As a child of a military family, Arthur grew up living in U.S. occupied Japan and Germany and on military bases in Virginia and New York before returning home to Winthrop and graduating from Winthrop High School.

A military veteran, Arthur voluntarily joined the U.S. Army after high school and served his country honorably from 1964 to 1967 during the time of the Vietnam War.

Arthur was employed as a cab driver in the Boston area for many years where he honed his craft and learned to effortlessly navigate the streets of Metropolitan Boston in the era before GPS technology and ride-sharing services like Uber. 

A natural storyteller with an excellent memory and the gift for gab, he was able to meaningfully converse and connect with his passengers on a diverse range of topics from popular culture and current events to more specialized subjects like the Theatre of the Absurd or Cosmology.

A longtime resident of Winthrop, Arthur enjoyed living by the ocean and following sports of all kinds and was a loyal team fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins.

Arthur is survived by his brother, John Pearsall and his wife, Mary Ellen Miller of Belchertown, his brother, Peter Pearsall and his wife, Kathy of Derry, N.H., nephews Robert, Sean and Patrick Pearsal, and by many cousins and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.

A private graveside service will take place at Winthrop Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop.  For online guestbook, please visit:

Marilyn Johnson


Marilyn C. Johnson of Shirley Street, Winthrop passed away at home on Aug. 23. She was 75 years old.

Born in Toronto, Canada, the beloved daughter of the late Lelia (Bouillon) and Oscar J. Martel, she resided in Rochester, N.Y., before moving to Winthrop over 57 years ago. After receiving her Doctorate in Law she worked as a lawyer in general law. 

She was the devoted wife of the late M. Mark Johnson and the loving mother of Sandra “Tia” Moll and her husband, Peter of Hanover and Eric Johnson and his wife, Eileen of Winthrop; dear sister of Ronnie Martel, Reggie Martel, Bobby Martel, Patricia Goodwin and the late Carmel Armstrong and cherished grandmother of Catherine, Jillian and Mark. 

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, Aug. 27 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Committal was private. 

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Richard Shell

U.S. Air Force Retiree and Retired Regional Director With Bureau of Special Investigation for the Commonwealth of MA

Richard J. Shell, 87, of Hanover, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 23 at UPMC – Hanover Hospital. He was the husband of Gloria A. (MacDougal) Shell who died Aug. 1, 2019. 

Born March 24, 1932 in Boston, the son of Harry R. and Gertrude J. (Campbell) Shell, Richard retired from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years, serving during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a Regional Director with the Bureau of Special Investigation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was a former president of the Hanover School Board, a member of the American Legion and a life member of the VFW and Blind Veterans Assoc. 

Surviving are three children: Richard S. Shell and his wife, Teresa of Rindge, NH, Kevin P. Shell and his wife, Deborah of Andover and Dana A. Shell and his wife, Annemarie of Charlottesville, VA; five granddaughters: Brianna J., Samantha L., Danielle A., Hannah and Sophie Shell and two siblings, Barbara Kelly of Florida and William Shell of Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Paul and Robert Shell. 

A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, August 28 at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown, PA with Rev. Michael P. Reid officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

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Donald MacDonald

Sales Management Retiree

Donald G. “Mac” MacDonald of Winthrop passed away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Aug. 21. He was 77 years old.

Mac was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1961-1963. His career in sales management spanned several decades, during which time he worked for Langley Materials Handling Co., Giant Lift Mfg. Co. and Source Equipment Co.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., the cherished son of the late George A. and Hazel M. (Campbell) MacDonald, he was the devoted father of James A. MacDonald of Winthrop, dear brother of Joyce Clarey and her husband, Peter, Randall MacDonald and his wife, Debbie and  Carol Carver and her husband, John, all of Winthrop and Lois MacDonald of East Boston; loving uncle of Carla Palladino of North Reading, Nicole O’Hara of Revere, Andrew Carver of Winthrop, and great nieces Talia and Ella Monteleone of North Reading and Angelina O’Hara of Revere.

In accordance with Mac’s wishes, services are private. Donations in his memory can be made to the Veterans Administration Boston Regional Office 15 New Sudbury St., Boston MA 02203, or to a charity of your choice.  Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:

Thomas Teixeira

Retired Winthrop Police Officer and Veteran of Two Wars

Thomas J. Teixeira of Winthrop passed away on Aug. 24. He was 93 years old.

Thomas was a veteran of two wars serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

A graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1944, he was employed as a police officer for the Town of Winthrop and after an early retirement from the police department, he then went on to work as a longshoreman with ILA-Local 805 until his retirement. A devoted Catholic, he attended Mass every week at St. John the Evangelist Church.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna M. (Coppola) Teixeira, cherished son of the late Anthony E. and Agnes M. (Smiddy) Teixeira; devoted father of Judith E. Carey and her late husband, John F. Jr of Winthrop, Thomas J. Teixeira Jr. of Arkville, NY, Timothy J. Teixeira and his wife, Judith of Winthrop, John A. Teixeira and his fiancée,Barbara Pimentel of Winthrop and Joseph P. Teixeira and his wife, Michele of Revere; adored grandfather of Jonathan Carey and his wife, Amy, Jennifer McCormick and her husband, Ryan, Anthony R. Teixeira, Ian T. Teixeira, Amanda Snyder and her husband, Zackary, Timothy J. Teixeira Jr., Katherine A. Teixeira, Mary T. Teixeira and Patrick J. Teixeira; loving great-grandfather of Juliana Carey, Jack Carey, Haley McCormick, Emma McCormick, Zao Teixeira and Mia Teixeira; dear brother of the late Henry A. Teixeira, Marie Touhey and Joseph P. Teixeira. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home today, Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Cara Acone

Of Winthrop

Cara M. Acone passed away on Aug. 21. She was 29 years old.

Born in Malden, the beloved daughter of Karen A. Acone of Winthrop and the late William J. O’Connell, Cara was the devoted mother Olivia and Daniel. She is also lovingly survived by “Nana Lou” of Somerville and Robby Brown, the father of Olivia, of Kingston.

Cara loved visiting the state of New Hampshire where she would often visit and spend time with her daughter Olivia at their “secret spot.” Visiting hours will be held in the Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be private. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook, please visit:

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