Obituaries 01-10-2013

John Johnson, Jr.

Construction Worker

John Calvin Johnson, Jr. of Revere died on January 5 at the Northend Community Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Boston following a long illness.

Born and raised in Revere, he spent the majority of his working career within the construction industry and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1967. Mr. Johnson lived in Georgetown for more than 10 years before returning to Revere 15  years ago.

He was the beloved father of Tanya M. Johnson and John C. Johnson, III and his wife, Donna, of Winthrop; the devoted brother of Robert T. Johnson of Winthrop and the loving nephew of Frank V. Infante and his wife, Carmela “Mal” of Revere; the son of the late John C. Johnson, Sr. and Louise “Tootsie” Infante-Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9736. Arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere:

John Hegarty

Avid Boater, Roofer, Laborer and Stop & Shop employee

John T. Hegarty of Randolph died at home unexpectedly on January 3 after suffering an acute myocardial infarction upon returning home from working as a foreman on the night shift at Stop and Shop where he has worked for the past four years. He was 50 years old.

Prior to working for Stop & Shop, he worked in the roofing industry for many years with “Angelo’s Roofing” of Revere. He was an avid boater and enjoyed his time on the ocean, sailing the harbor.

He was the beloved and faithful husband of 29 years to Lee M. (Frieden); devoted brother of Kathleen M. Walsh and her husband, Lawrence, Maureen A. Alikonis and her husband, Stephen, all of Winthrop and the late Michael J. Haggerty. He was the dear uncle to Stefani Kosinski of Chelsea, Diana Walsh of San Diego, California, Daniel and Andrew Walsh, both of St. Petersburg, Florida and Christopher Nicholas and Ryan Alikonis, all of Tewksbury. He also leaves his sisters in law, Maryann Hagerty of Revere and Ellen Spicuzza of Canton. He was the caring nephew of Robert P. Hegarty and his wife, Patricia of Tewksbury, Maryann Giglio and her husband, Roger of Revere, Eileen M. Hegarty of New Bedford and the late Kevin M. Hegarty. He was also the grandson of the late Timothy and Anne T. (Sheridan) Hegarty.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 13 beginning at 12 noon in the Vertuccio  & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. For more information, visit:

Rita Murphy

Retired First National Stores Secretary

Rita M. Murphy of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 4. She was 99 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed at First National Stores as a secretary.

Born in Charlestown, she was the beloved daughter of the late William and Agnes (Gallagher) Murphy; loving sister of the late Mae Selvitelli, Helene, Teresa, Joseph, Veronica and Francis Murphy; dear aunt of William and Marie Murphy of Novi, MI, David and Deborah Murphy of West Palm Beach Florida, Janet McLaughlin and Paula and John Lombardi of Franklin, Robert and Patricia Selvitelli of Sutton, Richard Murphy of Winthrop, Barbara and William McNeil of Milton, Kathleen and George Moynihan of West Newbury and the late William Selvitelli.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on January 9. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150.. For guestbook, visit:

William Fallon, Sr.

Retired VP of Northwest Insurance of Lexington, Former Revere K of C Grand Knight

William E. Fallon, Sr., a lifelong Revere resident, died on January 3 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers following a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a lifelong resident of Revere, he was a 1940 graduate of Revere High School. He entered the US Marine Corps in May of 1943 and served until April of 1956, discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

Most of his working career was within the insurance industry as a licensed broker and salesman. He retired as vice president of Northwest Insurance Company of Lexington. For more than 40 years, he was a member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus #`79 and served as Grand Knight in the 1960’s.

He is survived by his adoring and faithful wife, C. Marie (DiModica) Fallon – the couple recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He was the cherished father of Dr. John A. Fallon and his late wife, Irene of Lynnfield, Attorney William E. Fallon, Jr. and his wife, Joan of Melrose, Francis K. Fallon and his wife, Loretta and Daniel J. Fallon and his wife, Margaret, all of Lynnfield. He was the devoted grandfather of John A. Fallon, Jr. and his wife, Cynthia of Lynnfield, Jennifer A. Fallon of Danvers, Elizabeth M. and Mark X. Fallon, both of Revere and Christina M. Fallon of Danvers and also leaves his loving great grandchildren, John A. Fallon III and Courteny A. Fallon, both of Lynnfield.. He is also lovingly survived by a large extended family of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923, Attn: Kaplan Family Hospice House or to: All-Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901. For more information, visit:

Norman Bruneau

Lived With Hope in his Heart and a Deep Faith in God

Norman A. Bruneau of South Yarmouth, formerly of Natick, passed away on December 22. He was 96 years old.

A Tool and Die Maker for Fenwall Industries in Ashland who retired in the late 1970s after 35 years of service, he worked on special

government projects including the Apollo Rocket and the Space Shuttle program.

He was a man of precision and order. He had a deep loyalty for his family and friends especially for the love of his life, his wife, Emily. He loved music and loved to sing and for many years was a member of an Acapala Choir where his baritone voice rang true. He also enjoyed dancing around the old bandstand, especially with Emily.

He had a wonderful sense of humor and could tell a great story, which would always grab a room’s attention. His favorite pastime of all though was fishing. For many years, at the summer cottage on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, he trolled the lake for the ultimate catch. In 1972, he caught, (at that time), a record 36 ½ inch Lake Trout, which he had mounted and hung on the wall. But he still believed that the “Great One” was out there.

All of his grandchildren will remember the sunrise mornings they shared with “Papa” fishing and trolling the lake, and listening to his learned advice. He always lived with hope in his heart and had a deep faith in God.

The beloved husband of 73 years of Emily V. (Badalucco) Bruneau, he was born in New Bedford, the son of the late John and Abbygale (Murphy) Bruneau; devoted father of Beverly A. Kirby and her late husband, Warren of Winthrop and Linda J. May and her husband, Paul of Natick; dear brother of the late John Jr. and Thomas F. Bruneau; adored grandfather of Warren, David, Julie Ann, and Matthew Kirby and Brad and Brian Mullins. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held in St. Patrick’s Church Natick, on December 27. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick. Donations in his name can be made to the Visiting Nurse Assn. of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA. 02601. For guestbook, visit

Paul Camacho

Retired American Airlines Airplane Mechanic

Paul J. Camacho of Winthrop passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on December 31. He was 86 years old.

A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, prior to his retirement, he was employed by American Airlines as a mechanic.

The beloved husband of Jeanne M. (Doherty) Camacho, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Louis and Mary (Luz) Camacho. He was the devoted father of Paul Camacho and his wife, Kathryn of Sewickley, PA. and Janet Magee and her husband, George of Winthrop; dear brother of the late Louis Camacho, Mary Cannon, and Alice Bowen and is also survived by five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in his name can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, visit

Mary Petrowsky

Longtime Blue Cross Blue Shield Administrator

Mary E. Petrowsky of Overlook Drive, Winthrop passed away suddenly at the Whidden Hospital in Everett on January 1. She was 81 years old.

Born in Quincy, the beloved daughter of the late Eugene A. Gaudreau and Mary Rose (Couture), she was a resident of Winthrop for the past 53 years and was employed as an administrator for Blue Cross Blue Shield for many years.
She was the loving mother of Paul Gaudreau of Winthrop and the dear sister of Joan Campbell of Hull, Margaret Duffin of Hampton, New Hampshire and Jeanette Atwood of Stoughton. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148-0142. To sign the online guestbook go to

John Rogowicz

Pleasant Park Yacht Club Member

John J. Rogowicz of Marshall Street, Winthrop passed away on January 3 after a brief illness. He was 57 years old.

Born in and a lifetime resident of Winthrop, he was the beloved son of Gwendolyn (Bernard) and the late Charles J. Rogowicz. He attended Winthrop schools and worked as a crane operator for Boston Ship Repair for many years. He was also a member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club.
He was the loving father of Jessica, Rachel and John J. Rogowicz Jr., all of Winthrop and the dear brother of Charles and Deborah Rogowicz, both of Winthrop.
Funeral arrangementswere by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the Mass and offered prayers at the burial in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to

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