Obituaries 09-05-2019

Richard Pisani

‘Cheeks’ had a Cheerful Personality and Made Friends Wherever he Went

Richard L. “Cheeks” Pisani passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 30, surrounded by his family after complications from heart disease. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort that he is at rest. He was 58 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of Loreen M. (MacDonald) Mondello and the late Richard Pisani of Winthrop.

“Cheeks” had a cheerful personality and always made people around him laugh. He made friends everywhere he went. Despite his illness, he always portrayed a positive attitude and wanted to help whoever he could.

We are beholden to Brown’s Pharmacy for letting him use their store as a meeting place with old and new friends; it was the center of his social life.

Besides his mother, Richard leaves behind his brother, Robert A. Pisani and his wife, Lisa, his sister, Joyce DePippo, his brother, Dennis S. Stack and his wife, Robin, all of Winthrop and his nephews, Joseph and Matthew Pisani and Mario Pasco.

Family and friends are invited to share memories of ”Cheeks” with the family on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home. 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop.

Richard’s family extends heartfelt thanks to the health-care professionals at The Beth Israel Hospital, Boston for their care and commitment and to the staff of Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers for all their kindness during his stay.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Diabetes Association 260 Cochituate Road, #200 Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook, please  visit our website at   

Frederick Ryan

Decorated World War II Veteran Who Participated in the Liberation of over 30,000 Nazi Prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp

Fredrick J. Ryan of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home on Sept. 1. He was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Sarah (Selvitella) and Thomas Ryan, he lived in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School in 1944 but joined the Army in 1943 and was not present to receive his diploma at graduation.

During World War II he received the   Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Bronze Star Medal as well as the American Campaign, European Campaign, Victory, Army of Occupation and Good Conduct Medals serving in the 42nd (Rainbow) Division. The 42nd division fought through France and Germany and as they were advancing on Munich took part in the liberation of over 30,000 prisoners at Dachau, one of the very first Nazi concentration camps. Following the war, he spent several years at VA hospitals, worked in a foundry, as a mechanic and a truck driver before joining the Winthrop Cemetery Department in 1959, where he worked until retiring in 1990.

He resident has been a resident of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home since August of 2014.

He was the devoted husband of the late Bernice Florence (Pizza) and the loving father of Steven Ryan of Revere and Joseph Ryan of New Hampshire. Dear brother of Mary Porter of Winthrop and cherished grandfather of Patrick.

Services and committal are private.

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William Edgett, Sr.

Retired Truck Driver for Pepsico

William P. Edgett, Sr. of Underhill St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Aug. 28. He was 73 years old.

Born in Somerville, the beloved son of the late Dorothy (Geary) and Harold Edgett, he enlisted in the Army at an early age during the Vietnam War and then went on to serve in the Army National Guard. After his honorable discharge he went on to work as a truck driver for Pepsico for over 45 years.

He was the devoted husband of the late Carol A. (Arsenault) and the loving father of Michelle Edgett-Navarro and her husband, Ernie, Kathleen Edgett and her partner, Eddie Rucker and William P. Edgett, Jr. and his wife, Gina, all of Winthrop; dear brother of Maureen Wetmore of New Hampshire and the late Ann Solimine and the cherished grandfather of Taylor, Giana, Genna and Tyler.

Services were private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation at

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

Patricia Duplin

Of Winthrop

Patricia A. (Mayberry) Duplin of Winthrop passed away at home on Aug. 31. She was 81 years old.

The wife of the late John “Jack” Duplin, she was born in Lewiston,ME, the cherished daughter of the late Melvin G. and Elizabeth (Roy) Mayberry. She was the devoted mother of Geraldine E. “Gerry” Butters of Winthrop, John E. Duplin and his wife, Danielle of Melrose and Ralph J. Duplin and his wife, Susan of Winthrop; dear sister of Marilyn “Toni” McKeough of Bermuda Dunes, Calif, Elizabeth Conway of S. Yarmouth, Pauline McLaughlin of Winthrop, Juliette “JoJo” Kelly of Coventry, RI, Nancy McDonald of Fairhaven, MA, the late Melvin D. Mayberry of Pasadena, Calif. and Peter Mayberry of Palm Springs, Calif. She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Her Funeral will be from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 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 4 to 8 p.m. For guestbook, please visit:

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