Obituaries 05-29-2014

The Honorable Domenic Russo

Retired Presiding Justice of The East Boston District Court

The Honorable Domenic J. F. Russo of Winthrop, formerly of the West End, died on May 25.

The Retired Presiding Justice of the East Boston District Court and a Retired Lt. Commander US Navy Reserves, he was the beloved husband of 62 years to Rosemarie (Maiolino) Russo; devoted father of Joseph V. Russo and his wife, Jaye of Billerica, Lynda M. Kelleher and her husband, Robert of Stoneham, Julie A. Kelly and her husband, Dennis of Duxbury, Mark X Russo and his wife, Elizabeth of Wakefield, David P. Russo and his wife, Vicki and Lois M. MacDonald, all of Winthrop; loving Papa of Alana J. and Domenic J.F. Russo II, Lauren M. Kelleher and her fiance, Joseph M. Scola, Susan M. Holden and her husband, Jacob S. Holden, Michael L., Christina L. and Shannon E. Kelly, Matthew J. and Kevin J. Russo, Kayla M., Kelly M. and Jonathan D. Russo. He was the son of the late Joseph and Anita (DiMare) Russo and brother of Vincent J. Russo and his wife, Dotti of Woodbury, CT, Joseph A. Russo and his wife, Pauline of Roslindale and the late Josephine C. Riley. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, May 29 from 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, May 30 at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. with interment to follow the Mass in Winthrop Cemetery.

Dr. Richard Allen Gross

Caring award winning South Shore Physician, formerly of Winthrop

Dr. Richard Allen Gross of Plymouth, formerly of Lakeville, died on Friday, May 23 two years after his diagnosis of glioblastoma. He was 66 years old.

Dr. Gross was born April 8, 1948 in Brookline and raised in Winthrop. He graduated from Winthrop High School in 1966 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his internship and residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He had a solo practice in internal medicine for 34 years in Middleboro, MA. He was on the staff of St. Lukes Hospital of Middleboro until its closure and Morton Hospital of Taunton. He served as chief of medicine at both hospitals. He also served on the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and Cranberry Specialty Hospital. He was affiliated with several area nursing homes.

Dr. Gross was known to be a devoted, caring doctor, well loved by his many patients from all over the South Shore and beyond.

In 2013, Dr. Gross was the recipient of the Massachusetts Medical Society Community Clinician of the Year award from both Bristol North and Plymouth Counties. He also received a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives in recognition of his outstanding dedication, commitment, and service to the community. Dr. Gross was an active member of the Mass Medical Society since 1985 serving in a number of capacities, including president of the Plymouth County District Medical Society from 2003-2004. He also served as president of the Pilgrim Foundation. He was an active member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in New Bedford.

Dr. Gross had a passion for photography and printed his photos on canvas and gallery wrapped them himself. He displayed his work in area galleries and took great pleasure in giving them to his caregivers and the many volunteers who helped him during his illness. He was an active member of the Whaling City Camera Club and received the photo of the year award in 2012. He moved with his wife to Plymouth, MA in 2013 and also belonged to the Plymouth Digital Photography Group. Dr. Gross enjoyed hiking, mountain climbing, gardening, travel and scuba diving.

The beloved husband of Robin (Kaplan) Gross for 41 years, he was the devoted father of Samantha and her husband, Adam Zirkin, of New York City; Sarah Gross and her husband, Dr. Kaveer Nandigam of Lititz, PA; Sandra Gross of Weymouth and Seth Gross, SPC in the United Sates Army, stationed in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; cherished grandfather of Aerin, Jacob, and Ronen Zirkin; loving brother of Cynthia Gross and her husband, Dr. Peter Bitterman, and the late Samuel Gross and his wife, Karen, of Winter Park, FL and the beloved son of the late Joseph and Marion Gross of Winthrop, He is lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law, Lorraine Kaplan, and his sisters-in law and brothers-in-law. He had a special relationship with all his loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Services were held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, New Bedford on Monday, May 26. Interment was at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River. Shiva will continue at Dr. Gross’s late residence at 8 Red Canoe, Plymouth, MA today, Thursday, May 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, May 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Shiva minyan will be today, Thursday at 7 p.m. also at Dr. Gross’s late residence. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Gross’s memory may be made to the “Dr. Richard Gross Scholarship Fund” administered through Eastern Bank. Donations can be sent to Eastern Bank, 157 Campanelli Drive, Middleboro, MA 02346 (508-946-3065) or any Eastern Bank branch. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a Middleboro High student who intends to enter the health care profession. The Gross Family will present this scholarship at an annual breakfast award ceremony and we hope the community will join us in this annual event to honor and remember Dr. Richard Gross, the contributions he made and the values he exemplified.

John Harrison

Mass. Probation Officer

John F. Harrison of Swampscott, formerly of Winthrop, passed away suddenly at home on May 21. He was 55 years old.

John, who was employed as a Probation Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was the devoted father of Ryan F. and Shannon J. Harrison of Saugus; the cherished son of the late Frederick and Barbara (Trevor) Harrison; dear brother of Michael Harrison of Salem, Paul Harrison and his wife, Kathy of Derry, NH, Linda Harrison and her husband, Richard McAdoo of Medford and Nancy Pollard and her husband, Randolph of Winthrop; former husband of Deborah A. (Monaghan) Pappas of Saugus and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, May 30 at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are invited. Cremation awill be private. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, only from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Winthrop Parks and Recreation Dept. 151 Pauline St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook and directions, please visit

Ann Merullo

N.E. Tel & Tel Retiree; Loved to entertain and cook for family and extended family

Ann M. (Montanaro) Merullo, a life long resident of Revere, died on Thursday, May 22 following a long illness at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943. She worked for N.E. Tel. & Tel. for several years before retirement at the main office in Boston and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Ann’s greatest joy came from her ability to entertain and cook for not only her immediate family but for her extended family as well. The Holidays, “all the holidays” were special to her and her family.

Her beloved late husband, Raymond J. Merullo died in November of 2008. She is the cherished mother of Denise M. Merullo of Revere and Carol A. Pizziferri of Winthrop; special aunt to Paul Giampa of Somersorth, NH and the dear cousin of Stella DiVenuti and her husband, Albert of Malden, Barbra Woods of Peabody, Ralph DeMarco of Revere and Dr. Robert Pitzi and his wife, Mary of Plaistow, NH. She was also the sister of the late Ella Giampa.

In keeping with Ann’s intrinsic quality of charity, entertaining and preparing lavish food tables, not only at the holidays but all the “days,” the family asks that remembrances be made to “My Brother’s Table,” 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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