Obituaries 04-09-2020

Stephen Honan

His Big Smile and Booming Laughter Will Be Missed by All

Stephen V. Honan, 74, died suddenly on March 31.

Steve was a devoted husband, father and brother. He was born in Winthrop, went through the Winthrop School system and brought up his family here. He loved being so close to the ocean, whether it was swimming on the beaches of Winthrop or sailing out of the Cottage Park Yacht Club. You might have thought he was born with salt water in his veins. Steve loved discussing politics, whether it was corruption in Congress or who should be the next President of the United States. He will be missed by his big smile and and his booming laughter. We all share in the grief along with gratitude that we had the chance to have had Steve in our lives.

He leaves his wife, Helen (Pixie) and his sons, Matthew and Kevin. He will also be missed by his sisters, Kenny and Kathleen, his brothers, John (Tony), William and Richard. He was predeceased by his younger brother, Patric.

He and his grandson, Jasper Ezekiel shared a special relationship. In addition, he particularly enjoyed being “Uncle Steve/Stevie” to his many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral and memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 222 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop MA 02152 or the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association, 40 Shirley Street, Winthrop MA 02152. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit: 

Barbara Ann Levine

April 14, 1942 — March 31, 2020

Barbara A. (Malkin) Levine of Revere entered into rest on March 31at the age of 77.

The devoted mother of Risa Tracey and her husband, Mark of Harvard and Jon Levine and his wife, Sheila of Portland, OR, she was the cherished grandmother of Jordan, Taylor and Kyle Tracey and Charlotte and Erin Levine; the loving sister of Dr. Leon Malkin and his wife, Joanne of Falmouth and Dr. Gerald Malkin and his wife, Sharon of East Falmouth; beloved aunt of Amy, Laurie, Ben, Emily, Howard, Linda and Ilysa and the dear daughter of the late I. Edward and Bernice (Sedoff) Malkin.

Barbara grew up in Winthrop and went on to graduate from Suffolk University. She raised Risa and Jon in Peabody and Marblehead. Always wanting to be close to the water with a view, she lived on Revere Beach for the last 10 years. Her view of the beach, the Atlantic Ocean and Boston was uninterrupted from her top floor corner apartment. She was thankful to be surrounded by new and old friends in her community.

Barbara’s interest in travel started at a young age with a European adventure in her 20’s. Since then, one trip has led to another for a lifetime of exploration. Recent trips to Egypt, Russia and Italy in 2017 with Risa, Jordan and Taylor were among her favorites.

By far, her courageous fight with multiple cancers over the past 40 years was inspiring. No matter the diagnosis, she would persevere with the goal in mind of seeing her treasured grandchildren grow up. Although taken too early from us by COVID-19, she developed an individual relationship with all of her grandchildren that will endure. Her grace, dignity, and awe inspiring zest for life will continue to impact all whose life she has touched. She will be greatly missed. 

Our family is truly thankful for her amazing care at Mass General Hospital. Her motto, channeled from her father of Positive Mental Attitude was her guiding light.

A Celebration of the Life of Barbara will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit

Gregory Wright

Chemical Engineer

Gregory Wright of Wilmington, Massachusetts succumbed to a brief but virulent bout with cancer on April 3, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by those he loved. He was 47 years old.

That was the worst.

Everything before was the best.

Greg Wright was born on January 15, , 1973 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford to Amelia and Donald Wright who raised him with all the love any parents could muster.

Greg has two younger brothers, Kevin and Ryan.

Greg grew up in Methuen amongst a multitude of great friends he kept until the end.

Greg married Deanna Joyce DeMattia on September 23, 2000, because she is smart, kind, no-nonsense, and tough as nails. They were married in Medford at the First Community United Methodist.

Greg and Deanna have two children, Maddie and Ben.

Maddie is intelligent, driven, loves the theater, utilizes sound equipment for the noble purpose of quelling civil unrest and always, always, always made her father proud.

Ben follows in his father’s footsteps with his kind heart, his love of movies, and his prodigious ability to research, develop, and build with 3D pens, 3D printers, Legos, and undoubtedly whatever cutting-edge technology the future holds.

Imbuing Maddie and Ben with his sarcastic sense of humor was Greg’s proudest achievement.

Greg graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from UMass Lowell in 1995 and worked in R&D for Venture Tape then 3M and finally MPI Release.

Greg lived in Wilmington in a gorgeous house with a gorgeous yard in a gorgeous neighborhood surrounded by wonderful neighbors whom he loved.

Greg loved Sunday night dinners at the Wright house, Tuesday night dinners with the DeMattias, sarcasm, movies, books and comic books.

Greg is survived by his wife, Deanna and their children, Madison and Benjamin; his parents, Donald and Amelia (Bettano) Wright; his two brothers, Ryan, and Kevin and his wife, Melissa and their children Mason and Lucy; his mother-in-law, Pamela DeMattia; his sister-in-law Stephanie and her husband, Ralph Francis and their children Lillia and Reverie; Grammie (Barbara) and MeMe (Jeanette); his father-in-law, Ernest DeMattia; his sister-in-law, Stephanie and her husband, Scott Merrill, their children Cheyanne, Nick, and Peyton and his brother-in-law, Ernest DeMattia.

There will be a small private family service for Greg. He will be interred at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington MA. Informational requests can be made at Nichols Funeral Home 187 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington MA: (978)658-4744 or visiting the website at

Joan Buontempo

Member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, Winthrop Senior Center and Gold Diggers Bowling League of Lynn

Joan M. (Phillips) Buontempo of Winthrop passed away on March 31, 2020. She was 83 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Joan was an accounts payable clerk for the Marson Co., an auto body parts supply store and she also worked at Jordan Marsh as a sales clerk. She was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, the Gold Diggers Bowling League of Lynn and the Winthrop Senior Center.

She was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Buontempo. Born in Chelsea, she was the cherished daughter of the late George C. and Anna (Seavey) Phillips, the devoted mother of Karen M. Reeves of Winthrop and the late Richard Buontempo; adored grandmother of Jill, Lisa, Richard, Patrick, Joseph and the late Sean and the dear sister of Anne Alpert of New Hampshire and the late Ruth Cassidy, Thomas C. Phillips and Henry Phillips and the sister-in-law of Rose T. Phillips of Chelsea.
Funeral Services were private. Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA. 02452.

Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, visit:

Marguerite Canavan

Longtime Winthrop Town Meeting Member and Past President of the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club

Marguerite M. (McLaughlin) Canavan of Winthrop passed away on March 31, 2020. She was 86 years old.

The beloved wife of the late John A. Canavan Jr., Marguerite was born in Cambridge to the late John and Nora (O’Neill) McLaughlin. Marguerite grew up in Belmont and moved to Winthrop upon marrying her beloved John in 1959. She became an active member of the Winthrop community, as a long time elected Town Meeting member, member and past President of the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club and a CCD teacher at St. John the Evangelist parish, among other things.

Marguerite fell in love with Cape Cod at an early age and enjoyed travelling there with her dear sister, Madeline and their families. She and John purchased a second home in Centerville and spent many years there enjoying the beach and all the Cape had to offer.

Marguerite’s joy in life was raising her five children. As she described herself in a letter published in the Boston Globe, she was a “contented stay at home” mother. That letter was published while she was away with her husband on vacation in Hawaii – an irony not lost on Marguerite. She was a gracious and generous host and opened her home to her children’s friends – entertaining them with jokes and nourishing them with her superb cooking.
She loved travelling with her family and instilled a love of travel in her children and grandchildren. She and John enjoyed their many trips with Marguerite’s sister, Madeline and brother in law, Joe, her sister in law, Ellie and her husband. Herbie and her dear cousin, Marjorie and her husband, Jack – travelling to Ireland, Europe, Morocco, the Canary Islands, throughout the Caribbean and the United States. John made sure to memorialize the trips through his photography and documentary skills.
Her family and friends remember her as being quick-witted, clever and generous to a fault. She was a voracious reader until the end of her life.

Marguerite was quite the card sharp, teaching her children and grandchildren various card games. She especially loved playing bridge with her Winthrop friends. In her later years, Marguerite received superb care at home from her devoted daughter, Dianne and many other wonderful, compassionate caregivers.She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.Marguerite was a retired elementary school teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Emmanuel College and her Master’s in Education from Boston College. She was Past President of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club and a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League. Marguerite was the devoted mother of the Hon. John A. Canavan III of Marshfield, Maureen L. Canavan and Dianne M. Canavan, both of Winthrop, James A. Canavan of Hull and Jeanne C. Downey of Mattapoisett. She was the adored grandmother of John A. IV and Theresa Canavan, Gabrielle and Charles Gosselin, Margaret, Caitlin and Jenna Canavan, Aidan, Kathleen, Liam and Julia Downey the dear sister of the late Madeline Hurley and her late husband, Joe, Mary Anne Dailey and John McLaughlin. She was the sister-in-law of Eleanor C. Bober of Chatham. Marguerite is also survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her cherished caregivers. Funeral Services were private. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:

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