Retired Union Labor Representative
Kenneth R. “Kenny” Boudrow of Winthrop passed away on Jan. 2. He was 86 years old.
Kenny was a veteran of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Union Labor Representative.
He was the beloved husband of the late Mary “Cinnia” (Graham) Boudrow, devoted father of Coleen M. Dennett and her companion, Richard Doherty of Danvers, Richard K. Boudrow and his wife, Nancy of Winthrop, Susan J. Lemire and her husband, Barry of Auburn, N.H. and James P. Boudrow and his wife, Lori of Windsor, CA; adored grandfather of Stephanie, Ashley, Ricky, Ryan, Matthew, Amanda and Brett; cherished son of the late Philip A. and Alice G. (Forshner) Boudrow and dear brother of Carol Fitzgerald of Winthrop and the late Jean Hansen, Alvin Boudrow and John Boudrow. Kenneth was also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, Jan. 9 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). Donations in his memory can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation P.O. Box 520037, Winthrop, MA. 02152. For guestbook, please visit our website at: www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
As Santa, he spread Christmas Cheer all over Massachusetts
Peter A. Felt of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly, surrounded by his loving family, at the Mass. General Hospital after a brief illness.
Peter was born in Revere on April 3,1943, to Joseph and Doris (Freedman) Felt. He graduated from Revere High School in 1962 and then went on to work at various restaurants and night clubs on Revere Beach before starting his own painting company as well as working for the Revere Housing Authority for 20 years. He became a friend of Bill W. on July 16, 1975, and passed away with 44 years of sobriety.
He met the love of his life, Patti Hurley, in 1985. After several years of courting, dating and convincing, they were married on Dec. 14, 1991. Peter and Patti lived in Revere and Winthrop and no matter where they were, they always had a home welcoming to all. Peter was never shy to share his opinion, however, he was always your biggest advocate. He wouldn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand, listen to a story or his favorite, share a story with you.
Later in life, Peter became Santa. He spread the Christmas Cheer all over Massachusetts, often volunteering for hours for people in need to try and brighten their day. He will be missed by many.
Peter is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patti” Hurley-Felt, his son, Charles “Buddy” Felt, grandchildren Madison and CJ Felt, brother Charles Felt and his wife, Catherine and many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends. He was predeaceased by his parents and brother, Joseph Felt.
Family and friends honored Peter’s life by gathering at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Winthrop CASA 45 Pauline St., Winthrop, MA. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit ruggieromh.com.
U.S. Postal Service Retiree
Marion R. (Ford) Mahoney of Winthrop passed away at the Arbors Assistant Living on Jan. 1.
Marion was a member of the Robert DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop and an active parishioner in St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop. Prior to her retirement, Marion worked as an administrative assistant for the U. S. Postal Service.
She was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Eugene C. “Gene” Mahoney. Formerly of Charlestown, Marion was the cherished daughter of the late John and Marion (Collins) Ford. She was the devoted mother of Michael Mahoney and his wife, Mary of Topsfield, Carole Petrelli and her husband, Frank of San Diego, Calif.., Stephen Mahoney and his wife, Christine of Winthrop, Elaine Budreau and her husband, Ken of Needham and Susanne Gallione and her husband, Paul of Beverly. She was the adored grandmother of Patrick and Jonathan Mahoney, Julia Didalot, Daniel Mahoney, Kelley Lowe, Gavin and Shannon Mahoney, Jennifer, Andrew and Thomas Gallione, Victoria Budreau and loving great-grandmother of Katherine, Ally and Mi-chael Mahoney, Shayla Didalot and Scarlett Lowe; dear sister of John “Sonny” Ford of Delaware, Helen Scanlon of Somerville and the late Ann Marie “Dolly” McGlinchey. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marion will also be missed by her caring companions, Angel and Bella.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and burial followed in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or to the Beverly School for the Deaf, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly, MA 01915. For guestbook, please visit: www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Major Gordon Turner
Retired Mass. Army National Guard
Major Gordon L. “Bud” Turner of Winthrop, (Ret. Massachusetts Army National Guard) passed away on Jan. 1. He was 79 years old.
Bud served and was employed by the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He retired from the Guard, attaining the rank of Major with more than 34 years of dedicated service. He received an Associate in Science Degree from Quincy College and was a devoted parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop.
He was the beloved husband of the late Beverly E. (McManus), devoted father of Darlene Raffaele and her husband, Richard of Revere, William Turner and his fiancé, Stacey Hines of Winthrop and Sandra Diaz and her husband, Andres of Lebanon, Maine; adored grandfather of Stephanie Lima and her husband, Christian, Cori Bianchi, Joseph Bianchi, Robert “Bo” Bianchi, Diego Diaz, Matteo Diaz, Kiera Starr Turner and Dylan Gordon Turner; loving great-grandfather of Racheal Ward, Devin Nolan, Jeremy Gullion and Logan DeLima; cherished son of the late Gordon L. and Helen T. (Dolan) Turner and dear brother of Nan-cy Moynahan and her husband, Bob of Winthrop and Florida, John Turner and his wife, Linda of Salem, and the late Eileen Brown and her late husband, William and the late Gerald Turner. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and interment was in the Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in his name can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, Attn. Religious Education, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, please visit: www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Newspaper Artist, Member of Winthrop Art Guild and Zonta International
Marguerite (Chandler) Connolly, of Beachmont, Revere, formerly of Cam-bridge, daughter of the late Margaret J. Davis, passed away on Jan. 5, surrounded by her loving family. She was 92 years old.
Marguerite, or Peggy as she was fondly known, was an artist with the Malden Evening News and the Newspaper Guild. She spoke of many fond memories as a substitute teacher in the Revere School District, mainly at the Garfield School. Peggy was a member of the Winthrop Art League and Zonta International, an organization of professional women. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
She was the devoted mother of Thomas Connolly and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, John Connolly of Revere, Judith McGhee and her husband, William of Winthrop and Robert Connolly Sr. and his wife, Susan of Revere; cherished grandmother of Meghan Robinson and her husband, Michael, Erin Petti and her husband, Ryan, Christopher Connolly and his wife, Melanie, Ian Connolly and his wife, Liz, Ryan Connolly and his husband, Jorgenson, Robert Connolly Jr., and Abby Connolly and adored great-grandmother of Seamus, Ronan, Brianna, Victoria, Michaela, Emmeline, and Sadie.
The funeral will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, an organization that was so close to Peggy’s heart. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Founder and CEO of UnitechEDI, Musician, Equestrian and Born Entrepeneur
Richard R. Vettel of Winthrop, known as Rich, died Dec. 21, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a three-year battle with complications from a spinal cord injury.
He was born on April 14, 1951, in the Bronx, N.Y., the only child of Raymond R. Vettel and Marie (Bocchieri) Vettel. Rich attended Fordham Prep and Fordham University, graduating with a B.S. in business administration in 1973. Rich was the founder and CEO of UnitechEDI, Inc., a software publishing enterprise. He modeled integrity, honesty and a passion for his customers in all his business dealings.
Rich met his wife and soulmate Niki (Scher) at the Bitterroot Ranch in Dubois, Wy., in August, 1989, where Rich, an intuitively talented horseman and Niki, a beginning equestrian, discovered their shared passion for riding horses, and love of “Spin and Marty.”
Rich moved to Winthrop in 1991 and Niki and Rich married on the Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wy., in February of 1995. Rich would say that his wedding day was the happiest day of his life and that Niki made every day an adventure.
Rich embraced his adopted city of Boston and, as he had in his years as a New Yorker, walked miles and miles, exploring the history and looking for the next incredible eating adventure. In addition to riding, walking and eating great food, Rich loved the guitar. He played from the time he was 12, forming groups and eventually playing lead guitar with and managing Jason Exit, a popular band in the Bronx and environs during the 1970s. His love of music propelled him to becoming a booking agent and eventually founding the newspaper Musicians Classified, before he turned his attention to computing.
A born entrepreneur, Rich holds the patent on a guitar strap lock he invented at age 19. His entrepreneurial spirit was a constant and his inventions and improvements included computer software, hardware safeguards and guitar pedals.
Rich continued to play guitar until his final days; his great joy was collaborating with his dear friend, Jerry Twomey on Beatles tunes. Known privately as “the stunada brothers,” they brought musical happiness to patients at the various care facilities and hospital floors that Rich occupied during his rehabilitation. Sustained by formidable food cooked by Sandra Curzi, Jerry’s wife, they ate and sang their way through Boston.
Rich’s culinary adventures were not limited to the U.S.; along with great friends Patricia and John Nelson, the foursome, dubbed “The Provençal Pals” enjoyed a memorable trip through Provence, eat-ing and laughing their way through that remarkable countryside.
Rich delighted in all things Irish, and his favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day. For many years, Rich rode a beautiful horse down Fifth Avenue in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as part of the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Equestrian Unit. Normally shy and reserved Rich would wave wildly to an adoring crowd, especially when he rode the magnificent palomino, Amadeus.
He enthusiastically supported his wife’s PBS productions, of which she was an executive producer, and was Perry Como’s favorite companion in Dublin dur-ing the taping of “Perry Como’s Irish Christmas.” Additionally, he played an important role in the tapings of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s PBS specials, as the official show “timer.” Her proud champion, Rich made Niki’s second career as a mental health clinician possible with his unwavering love and encouragement.
He was an ardent supporter of Winthrop restaurants, the Ferry, the Winthrop Playmakers, and was thrilled to play in the pit band for their presentation of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He was committed heart and soul to Niki; living on the water in Winthrop was a dream come true for both of them.
Rich is survived by Niki, his devoted wife; his beloved aunt Rose Bocchieri Zarba, the extended Zarba family of cousins, nephews and nieces; his god-daughters Christine (Thomas) Roussel, Ed, Eddie, Luke and Abby Roussel; and Katie Thomas. He leaves behind friends who loved his dry wit and caring nature and a legacy as a gentle soul, grateful to everyone who he met on his life journey.
“We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are Spiritual beings, having human experiences.” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
A Life Celebration will be held later in January.
Donations in Rich Vettel’s name may be made to the Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Cord Association, www.sciboston.org.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.
Marguerite Frances Benson
Devoted Her Life to her Family
Marguerite Frances (Kiley) Benson, 88, of Amesbury, formerly of WInthrop, died Jan. 7, 2020.
Marguerite graduated with honors from Winthrop High School, Class of 1948 and from Emmanuel College in the Class of 1952. After college, Marguerite worked as a claims analyst for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and then devoted the rest of her life to her family, in whose company she was the happiest.
In her youth, she was an avid and accomplished skier and sailor. Her favorite hobbies were gardening and reading American history. Marguerite was strong in her faith and allegiance to her Church and was a former member of the Winthrop Catholic Women‘s Club.
We will love her forever and she will never be out of our hearts and minds.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Raymond and Emma Kiley, dearly beloved wife of Andrew L. Benson, mother of Linda Marshall, Andrew Benson, Jr., Susan Buchholz, Kirsten Benson, Herman R. K. Benson, Lauren Benson and the late Richard Quinlan Benson.
Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, will be Monday, Jan. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School St., Amesbury, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.
Daniel Mullane, Esq.
A 23-year Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney and Winthrop Personnel Board Chairman
Daniel Mullane, Esq. of Sunnyside Ave., Winthrop passed away at home on Dec. 31, 2019. He was 75 years old.
Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the beloved son of the late Rita (Donahoe) and John J. Mullane, he was a longtime resident of Winthrop and a 1962 graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers. After graduation, he went on to graduate from Georgetown University in 1966 and earned his Law Degree from Suffolk Law School in 1969. For over 23 years, he served as the Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County and then went on to serve in private practice until his retirement in 2015. He also served as Chairman of the Personnel Board for the Town of Winthrop and was a life member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club where he enjoyed sailing.
He was the devoted husband of Nancy L. (Kinney) and the loving father of James Mullane of Connecticut, Daniel J. Mullane of Somerville and Rita Mansfield and her husband, Patrick of Winthrop; brother of Charles F. Mullane and his companion, Diana Sablone of Winthrop and the late Sean Mullane and his wife, Jeanne of California and the cherished grandfather of Owen and Aiden.
His funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, Jan. 6 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Services concluded with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to WINARC, P.O. Box 520240, Winthrop, MA 02152.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.