Obituaries 09-12-2019

Kathleen Gill

Bank of America Retiree

Kathleen T. (Kerr) Gill of Winthrop died on Sept. 8.

Prior to her retirement, Kathleen was employed by Bank of America as a bank representative.

The beloved wife of Richard D. Gill, she was born in Boston, the cherished daughter of the late Joseph T. and Elizabeth Florence (Locke) Kerr. She was the devoted mother of Kristen M. Reynolds and her husband, David Jr. of Winthrop and Keri-Anne Laidlaw and her husband, Barry A. of Melrose; adored grandmother of Kathrine and David Reynolds III of Winthrop and Madigan and Meaghan Laidlaw of Melrose; dear sister of Robert Kerr (Phyllis) of Braintree, Marie Manning (Edward) of Braintree, Patricia King (John) of Randolph, Elaine Kerr of Westminster, Christine Rolinson (late Edward) of Melrose, Marilyn Fowler (Richard) of Braintree and Janice Boscoe (Michael) of Braintree; sister-in-law of Rev. David H. Gill S.J. of Boston College, Peter Gill (Maureen) of Winthrop, the late Henry Gill Jr. (Peggy) of Tampa, Fla. and the late Kevin Gill (late Nancy) of Lake Placid, Fla. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today,Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her memory can be made to Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd,. Dorchester, MA. 02125 or to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA 02152.

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William MacIntosh

Former Member of Winthrop Yacht Club and Life Member of Winthrop Elks

William J. MacIntosh, 80, of Winthrop passed away on Dec. 30, 2017, at the Brockton Veterans Hospital. He willed his body to Harvard University for medical research to aid mankind.

After nearly two years of study, his remains were laid to rest at the Bourne Veterans Cemetery with military observance on Aug. 21.

He was born in Winthrop on Nov. 25, 1937, the son of Gerald and Lillian (Coks) MacIntosh and the dear brother of Robert MacIntosh, Bonnie MacIntosh and the late Ronald MacIntosh.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne Unit serving from July of 1955 to June of 1958, a former 27-year employee of U.S. Air as well as a former member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and a life member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

James Adamson, Jr.

Former President of Winthrop Babe Ruth, Member of Winthrop Elks and Former Member of Winthrop Yacht Club

James J. Adamson, Jr. of South Main St., Winthrop passed away at home on Sept. 5. He was 77 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the beloved son of the late Frances (Devine) and James J. Adamson, Sr., he was a lifelong resident of Winthrop and was employed as a conductor for Conrail and Amtrak prior to his retirement. He was also a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, former president of Winthrop Babe Ruth and a former member of the Winthrop Yacht Club.

He was the devoted husband for over 54 years to Helen A. (Dacey) and the loving father of James Adamson and his fiancé, Heather, Michael Adamson and his wife, Nicole, Kevin Adamson and his companion, Anita, Brian Adamson and his companion, Sheila and Katie Adamson; dear brother of William S. Adamson, Thomas R. Adamson and the late Geraldine O’Neil, Robert F. Adamson and John J. Adamson and cherished grandfather of James, Michael, Jennifer, Sydney, Jake and Grace. He was brother for life to Billy Levine and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and the beloved family dog, Seamus.

His funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund at To sign the online guestbook go to

Julia Thompson

Of Winthrop, Formerly of New Hampshire

Julia F. (Garland) Thompson of Winthrop, formerly of Conway, N.H., passed away on Sept. 5. She was 96 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Carroll R. Thompson, she was born in Bartlett, N.H., the daughter of the late Rosie Davis. She was the devoted mother of Judy Adjutant of New Hampshire, Gloria Galli and her husband, Dario of South Hamilton, Carol L. Mahoney and her husband, Steven of Winthrop, Bruce R. Thompson and his wife, Janet of Beverly, Cheryl Heighe and her husband, Merle of New Hampshire and the late Carroll Kimball; adored grandmother of Michael Galli, Leanne Deterra, Melissa Ferris, Brian Thompson, Jennifer Mahoney, Breanne Mahoney, Steven W. Mahoney, Julia Heighe and Sean Heighe; loving great-grandmother of Madison and Cayden Deterra, Hunter and Colton Ferris, Ella, William and Jack Thompson and Michael Galli and dear sister of the late Wilfred Davis.

A visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. and a Graveside Service took place at the Center Conway Cemetery E. Main St. RTS 113/ 302 Conway, N.H. at 1:30 p.m. Donations in her memory can be made to the Winthrop Pace Center, 26 Sturgis St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please visit:

Lawrence Paul Murray

Korean War Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, Member of the Revered Chosin Few, Avid Goler, Swimmer and Legendary Card Player

Lawrence Paul Murray of Melbourne, Florida, loving father, grandfather, uncle and veteran passed away on Friday, Aug. 2.

Lawrence was born in 1932 in Winthrop to James K. Murray and Sarah E. Walsh. He was the brother of the late Evelyn Tidwell, James Murray, Francis Murray, Arthur Murray and Mary Morgan.

Lawrence is best remembered for his service as a Veteran of the Korean War, Purple Heart recipient, avid golfer, swimmer, and legendary card player.

 After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1949, Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country with valor and honor until 1953. Wounded during the Invasion of Inchon, Lawrence returned to his unit three months later in time to participate in the Chosin Reservoir campaign where he secured his name in history as a member of the revered Chosin Few.

Lawrence returned home in 1953 and was honorably discharged from the Marines as a staff sergeant. Continuing his life of service, Lawrence graduated from UMASS in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies and went to work for the Easter Seal Society where he spent 32 years improving the lives of the disabled, veterans, seniors and their families.

Mr. Murray was known as Larry to friends and family growing up in Winthrop but started using his middle name after joining Easter Seals to avoid confusion with another Lawrence in his office. He has been known as L. Paul Murray since coming to Florida.   L. Paul completed his career as director of the Melbourne Easter Seal Society.

L. Paul was a member of several military associations including the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, The Chosin Few, Korean War Veterans and the Marine Corps League. L. Paul was also a member of the Ascension Catholic Church and spent forty-plus years supporting his community through the Melbourne Rotary Club.

Having never truly met a stranger, L. Paul loved spending time with family and friends all over, making sure to stay in touch with his many lifelong friends.  Lawrence Paul Murray held a passion for life and love felt by those who had the good fortune to meet him.

He is survived by his son, Richard Murray and his wife, Bernice of West Palm Beach, sons Douglas, Donald, and David Murray of Apopka, his granddaughter, Rosemary Murray of Gainesville and many nieces and nephews including greats and great-greats who loved him dearly.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at St. John The Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop with burial to follow in Belle Isle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary Foundation, PO Box 997, Melbourne, FL 32902.

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