Obituaries 03-05-2020

Virginia King

Longtime Clerk at Bank of Boston

Virginia L. King of Vine Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Sancta Maria Nursing Family in Cambridge on Feb. 27. She was 73 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Virginia (Chisholm) and E. Arthur King. A lifelong resident of Winthrop, she worked as a clerk at Bank of Boston for many years.

She was the dear sister of Arthur King of Winthrop and is also survived by several cousins and friends.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, March 4 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services concluded with the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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Richard Milano

Active in many Winthrop organizations

Richard J. Milano of Golden Drive, Winthrop passed away on Feb. 26. He was 75 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved son of the late Helen (Driscoll) and Michael Milano, he was a lifelong resident of Winthrop. He graduated from Winthrop High School and then went on to attend the University of Denver earning a BSBA. He was the former proprietor of Retail Enterprises and ICI. He was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and was a Board Member on the Winthrop High School Hall of Fame Committee.

He was the loving father of Patrick Milano, Maria Milano, William Milano and the late Michael Milano;  the dear brother of Donald Milano and the late Peggy Cash, Michael Milano and Walter Milano and the cherished grandfather of Ava.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, March 3, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Committal was private. To sign the online guestbook go to

Richard A. Lynds

Lifelong East Boston resident

Richard A. Lynds of Hudson, N.H., formerly a lifelong East Boston resident died on Tuesday, March 3, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Lymphoma.

He was 76 years old.

Richard was born on Feb. 19, 1944, in Boston and moved to East Boston at a young age. He was the eighth child of the late Franklin and Marion (Carbone) Lynds and grew up in the Maverick Housing Development on New Street. There, he met his future wife Ann (Hennessey) Lynds of Grady Court.

Richard, like many of his neighborhood friends growing up, was a member of the Assumption  CYO Drum and Bugle Corp in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Drum and Bugle Corp performed at many competitions and had the honor of greeting then U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy when he arrived at Boston Logan Airport to march in the East Boston Columbus Day Parade in 1958.

Richard attended East Boston elementary schools and East Boston High School before going to work as a Deli Supervisor for First National Supermarkets. 

He worked for First National from 10th grade until the local First National stores went out of business in the late 1970s.

Always a worker and provider for his wife and three children, Richard worked several jobs between the late 1970s and early 1980s, including at Airways Rent-A-Car.

In the 1980s he began a career at the Boston Water and Sewer where he elevated to Manager of Facilities and Fleet. Richard was an important figure in establishing the Boston Water and Sewer’s first union.

After leaving Boston Water and Sewer, he opened his own flower shop on Meridian Street. Richard spent several years as the proprietor of Albano’s Florist before selling the business to take a more steady job at Delta Airlines.

At Delta Airlines, Richard worked as a cargo logistics specialist from the 1990s until he retired last year.

Throughout his life Richard was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (KofC) Fitton Council. Through the KofC, he and other members were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for local organizations.

Richard was also a East Boston Little League coach, as well as a Cub Scouts of America Den Leader in East Boston in the 1980s.

During the late 1960s, he, along with many of his East Boston neighbors, fought against Logan Airport expansion and the taking of Wood Island Park. He participated in several community-wide protests, like the organized traffic slowdowns at Logan, as well as the tunnel marches.

Later in life and before retiring to Hudson, NH Richard was still an active member of the East Boston community. He was a member of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council and served for several years on the neighborhood’s Climate Adaptation Planning Delegation.

He was the husband of Ann (Hennessey) Lynds; father of Joann Lynds of Winthrop, Richard C. Lynds and his wife, Jeanine, of Lynnfield and John Lynds and his wife, Rebecca, of East Boston. He was the Papa of Sofia, Brody and Chase Lynds. He was the brother of the late Ruth Langhoff, Franklin Lynds, William Lynds,  Doris Watson, Wilson Lynds, and Mary Reidy. He is survived by his sister Ella Shallow and her husband, Edward, of Dorchester. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and godchildren. 

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 65 London St., East Boston. Immediately following the Mass committal will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery Chapel, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richard A. Lynds to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Gifts may also be sent to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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