Obituaries 05-30-2024

Brian Vokey

September 18, 1973 – May 24, 2024

Brian Vokey of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, May 24 with his loving wife by his side.

Brian grew up in Chelsea, the son of Kathleen (Whalen) Vokey and the late Wendell Vokey. He attended the Northeast Vocational School but he would tell you that he graduated from the school of hard knocks.

Brian married the love of his life, Melanie Daloia Vokey in October 2011.

Brian was the loving father of Ryan Maguire and Mari Vokey, beloved grandfather to Emilia Saggese and Provida Vokey. He is also survived by his brother, Wendell  (Buddy) Vokey and Daniel and Nevelle Vokey.

Brian loved his family, friends, coworkers and, of course, a good one liner. His quick wit, selflessness and concern for others, even with all of his personal health challenges, are the qualities that will be sorely missed.

There will be a celebration of life on Friday, June 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191 Washington Avenue, Winthrop.

Jocelyn Connor

She Will Be Remembered for Her Generous Spirit, Her Warm Heart, and Her Unwavering Love for Her Family

Jocelyn Connor, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly on May 26 at the age of 50. Jocelyn leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and dedication to her family.

Born and raised in Winthrop, Jocelyn was a proud graduate of Winthrop High School where she discovered her passion for chemistry and science. She pursued this interest throughout her life, always eager to learn and explore new ideas.

Jocelyn worked for many years as a waitress at the Union Oyster House, Boston’s oldest restaurant, where she greeted customers with a warm smile and friendly demeanor. Her dedication to her work and her commitment to providing excellent service made her a beloved member of the restaurant’s staff.

In her free time, Jocelyn enjoyed taking long walks, with Deer Island being one of her favorite spots to explore and unwind. The tranquil beauty of nature always brought her a sense of peace and contentment.

Above all else, Jocelyn cherished her role as a mother and adored her children. Her love and devotion to her family knew no bounds, and she always put their needs and well-being above her own. Her children brought her immense joy and pride, and she treasured every moment spent with them.

She was the loving mother of Haley Curtis of Medford and Richard “Ricky” Dingwell of Malden; dear sister of Peter Connor and his wife, Georgeanne of Saugus, loving aunt of Paul and Ailish and beloved daughter of Janice (DeRoo) and the late Kirby Connor.

Jocelyn will be remembered for her generous spirit, her warm heart, and her unwavering love for her family. She touched the lives of all who knew her and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, May 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 7 p.m.

Rest in peace, Jocelyn. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved you.

To sign the online guestbook, go to

Joanne Lombard Spinale

Her Gracious and Loving Ways Made Her a Very Special Wife, Mother and Friend

 Joanne Lombard Spinale of Fort Myers, FL passed peacefully on May 26, 2024.

The beloved wife of the late Salvatore F. Spinale and mother of the late Steven F. Spinale, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lana Lombard.

Born on November 4, 1934, Joan held rewarding positions with IBM, Dale Carnegie and TWA. Her gracious and loving ways made her a very special wife, mother and friend and she will be deeply missed by many close friends and loved ones in both Fort Myers and Winthrop.

A private burial will be held in Winthrop this summer. Donations can be made in her memory to WGCU/PBS


WCGU Donations

10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965 or at

Barbara Anne Flavin

Enthusiastic Volunteer for Church, Town Election and Town Leadership Activities

Barbara Anne Flavin, beloved mother, wife and a longtime resident of Winthrop, formerly of South Boston, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on May 19, 2024. The daughter of the late Patrick J. and Maggie (Kelly) Corbett of South Boston, she was the wife for 68 years to Arthur John Flavin Sr., also of Winthrop and formerly South Boston; loving mother of Arthur John Flavin, Jr. and his wife, Richelle of Winthrop, Patrick J. and his wife, Denise of Peabody, James M. and his wife, Dana of Sudbury, Thomas E. of Needham and formerly of Winthrop, Anne M. and her wife, Kelly Seary of Sudbury and Barbara M. Flanagan and her husband, Thomas of South Glastonbury, CT; sister of Peg Corbett of Wells, ME, the late Matthew Corbett and Terry McLaughlin of Quincy, Mary Corbett of Reading and James Corbett of South Boston; cherished grandmother of Alexis Flavin of Melrose, Vanessa Flavin of Winthrop, Ariana Morrow of Holden, Kevin Flavin of Bronxville, NY, Kerianne Flavin of Portland, ME, Stephanie Regenhardt of Watertown, Jessica Flavin of Franklin, Christina Flavin of Somerville, Brian and Alyson Flanagan of South Glastonbury, CT and Declan Seary-Flavin of Sudbury. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Barbara was a long-term and proud resident of Winthrop for over 65 years and an enthusiastic volunteer for church, town election and town leadership activities. While raising her six children, she served as a Eucharistic Minister and held multiple jobs, including employment at the Suffolk County House of Correction at Deer Island and the Winthrop school system. In her later years, she expressed a deep love and willingness to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The warm and inviting holiday events that she held for family and friends will truly be missed. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass and Celebration of her Life that will take place at a later date. To sign the online guestbook, go to Arrangements under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

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