Obituaries 06-05-2014

Robert Andy

Past Grand Knight Winthrop Council 162 KofC; Retired Verizon Lineman

Robert Andy of Saugus, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at his home on June 3. He was 71 years old.

Robert was a 10 year U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He was Past Grand Knight and member of the Knights of Columbus-Winthrop Council #162, American Legion-Saugus Post 2108, former member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and former member of the East Boston Yacht Club. For years, he was involved in the Winthrop Little League as a manager for one of their baseball teams. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Verizon as a Lineman.

The beloved husband of Joanne P. (Lepke) Andy, he was born in Somerville, the son of the late Ernest and Helen (Cullen) Andy. He was the devoted father of Christopher P. Andy and his wife, Julie of Peabody, Scott M. Andy and his wife, Gina of Saugus and Robert A. Andy and his wife, Megan of Winthrop; adored grandfather of Brian, Erin, Jared, Lauren, Emily and Jackson Andy; dear brother of the late William, Ernest Jr. and Edward Andy and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Assn. 10 Speen St, 2nd Floor Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook, please visit

Geraldine ‘Chickie’ Caputo

Retired MGH Employee of Winthrop and Florida, formerly of East Boston

Geraldine M. “Chickie” (Oricchio) Caputo of Winthrop and Port Charlotte, FL., formerly of East Boston, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on May 28. She was 79 years old.

Geraldine will be fondly missed for her love and devotion to her family and friends. Her desire to always be charitable, caring and her willingness to do for others as well as her love for cooking will be always remembered. Prior to her retirement, Geraldine worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a lab instrument sterilizer.

The beloved wife of Paul A. “Tony” Caputo Jr. , she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Henry and Pasqualina (Pignataro) Oricchio. She was the devoted mother of Paul A. Caputo III and his wife, Jennifer of Peabody, Mark J. Caputo and his wife, Jill of Winthrop and Kerrie A. Morgan and her husband, Dan of Swampscott; adored grandmother of Lindsay and Michael Caputo, Keith and Carley Morgan and Nicholas Caputo; dear sister of Gina Cali of Winthrop, and the late Millie Pascucci, Angie Centerino, Dominic Oricchio, Rose Fulchino, Netta Flammini and Nick Oricchio and fond cousin to the late Mike Oricchio. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Funeral services were private. Donations in her name can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 383 Main St. 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT. 06851. For guestbook, please visit

Dr. Stanley Cohen

Oral Surgeon, Professor and Past President of Mass. Dental Society

Dr. Stanley R. Cohen of Marblehead/Winthrop died suddenly May 24. He was 81 years old.

Stan was born in Boston on September 12, 1932 to Morris

Cohen and Francis (Gould) Cohen.

He was a graduate of Boston University, Tufts Dental School, Class of 1957 and University of Kansas City, Missouri graduate school in Oral Surgery. He was a Clinical Professor at Boston University, President of the Massachusetts Dental Society 1985 and also had a law degree from Suffolk Law University. One of his favorite pastimes was to watch political shows. He enjoyed playing the weekly Sudoku puzzle in the Sunday Globe. Stan was an avid tennis player who enjoyed daily walks.

He is survived by his children Jeffrey Cohen, Cindy Cohen, Richard Cohen his wife, Cheryl Sacks, Linda Cohen and Leigh (Waugh-Cohen) Bergeron and her husband, Rafael Bergeron; his grandchildren: Brandon Bergeron, Yahav Cohen-Shualy, Yotam Cohen-Shualy, Hadas Cohen-Shualy, Jesse Cohen and Adam Cohen; his great grandson Eyal Reshef and his niece and nephew Amy (Joslyn) Aquel and Nicholas Joslyn.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Memorial Service will held at a later date.

At his request, Stan’s body is being donated to Boston University Medical School at the direction of the Spencer Funeral Home, South Boston. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Owen Flannery

Educator and US Postal Service Employee, Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Owen J. Flannery of San Francisco, California, formerly of Winthrop, died unexpectce of his son, Thomas, and his nephew, Kristopher on April 20. He was 69 years old.

Mr. Flannery attended Winthrop Schools, graduated from Newman Preparatory School and went on to graduate from Boston College. He taught special education at Mission High School in San Francisco, CA and later worked for the US Postal Service. His diverse interests included opera, theater and family events and he enjoyed running and physical fitness. He had a wonderful sense of humor and is remembered as a generous and kind person. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was the son of the late Postmaster of Winthrop, Raymond B. Flannery and Gertrude Flannery; the devoted husband of Constance (McMahon) and loving father of Owen and Thomas, all of San Francisco. He was the dear brother of Dr. Raymond Flannery and his wife, Georgina of Newton, MA and Elizabeth Hinton and her husband, Larry of Winthrop and the cherished uncle of Lauren and Kristopher Hinton of Winthrop.

William Robert ‘Rob’ Duffy

Avid Gardener and Animal Lover

William Robert “Rob” Duffy, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed peacefully on June 1. He was 93 years old.

Mr. Duffy was a veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy. He was wounded at San Vittore and received a Purple Heart. After the war he worked at Crane Plumbing in Boston, where he met his wife, Doris. He later worked as a sales representative for Chandler and Farquhar on Commonwealth Avenue.

He lived in Winthrop his entire life and became an avid gardener at the age of 13. He was well known for growing an abundance of tomatoes which he freely distributed to the neighbors. An animal-lover, he looked after a variety of his children’s and grandchildren’s pets – dogs, cats, birds, hedgehogs, and various rodents and reptiles.

He was the husband of the late Doris Marchand Duffy; loving father of Barbara Duffy and her husband, Arte Lundgren of Winthrop, Diane (Duffy) Carney and her husband, Richard Carney of Raleigh, NC, Bill Duffy and his wife, Judith Eldridge of Bradford, NH and Paul Duffy and his partner, Helen Lozoraitis of Cambridge; brother of the late Francis Duffy of Scituate and the late Edward Duffy of Winthrop. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Adam Lundgren, Ian and Sophia Duffy, and Katie and Erin Carney.

Services to celebrate his life will be held at the E.P Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, June 7 with the family receiving friends from 10 a.m. To 12 noon followed by a short funeral service. Mr. Duffy will be reunited with his beloved wife, Doris, in a ceremony at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea MA 02150 .

Judge Domenic Russo

Winthrop Citizen of the Year 2000

Judge Domenic J. F. Russo passed away on May 25 after a brief illness. He was born at home to the Honorable Joseph and Anita (DiMare) Russo on January 17, 1932 at 33 Green Street in the West End, a multi-ethnic, poly-racial section of the City of Boston. He was the second of four siblings, joining his sister Josephine and later joined by brothers Vincent and Joseph. His father, Joseph Russo, was a distinguished member of the Boston City Council 1938 to 1946 and thereafter served as a commissioner of the City of Boston Election Department for many years.
Judge Russo attended the Boston Public School system and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Boston University.
In 1953 he married Rosemarie Maiolino and they had have five children: Joseph V Russo; Lynda M. Kelleher; Julie A. Kelly;
Mark X Russo and David P.Russo. Judge Russo and his wife were blessed with 12 grandchildren
After admittance to the Bar, he entered private practice in 1956, joining the Law Offices of Samuel A.Valenti. In 1966 he was appointed to the position of First Assistant Clerk/Magistrate of the Brookline Municipal Court. On March 13, 1980, he was sworn in by Governor Edward King as a Justice of the Milford District Court. In 1992 he was re-appointed by Governor William Weld as First Justice of the East Boston District Court. Since his appointment ,Judge Russo has served, by designation, as a Superior Court Justice in three Counties and in 40 of the 69 District Court Divisions.
For 36 years, he brought his enthusiasm, legal and management skills and a deep concern for people to the courts of the Commonwealth. As a First Assistant Clerk/Magistrate, he developed and honed skills in case management which he was recruited to pass on to others. When Judge Russo came to a court to help, as a clerk and later as a judge, he did it with grace and intelligence. He knew how to listen and how to learn about the culture of that court, its bar and its community. He taught more than just case management. He showed how to instill employee dedication, morale and teamwork, how to, by combining efficiency, fairness and civility with community involvement, build public confidence in the court system.
It did not take long after being sworn in as a judge in 1980 to gain recognition as one of the District Court’s premier problem solvers. No problem was too large or issue to complex for Judge Russo.

In addition to his appointment to the Milford and East Boston District Courts, he served as Managing Justice in Lynn, Lawrence and the Lynn and the Peabody jury sessions. He, with his son David, developed and installed a computer system for data and docket control in those courts.
As First Justice in Milford and especially as First Justice of his home area Court at East Boston, he demonstrated judicial efficiency. He has shared these skills as an instructor in “Courts and the Community” at the National Judicial College in Reno and as a presenter on “The Safe Neighborhood Initiative” at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

There is also an international appreciation of his talents. Judge Russo was selected to consult with judges in Brasov, Romania under a State Department sponsored program to encourage and create an independent judiciary in that new democracy.
In 1997 Justice Russo was the recipient of the Pirandello Lyceum’s esteemed “I Migliore in Mens et Gesta” award. Judge Russo has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Judges’ Conference. In 2001 he was the recipient of its prestigious President’s Award for Judicial Excellence.
At 17, he enlisted, as a seaman recruit, in the United States Naval Reserve and served with distinction retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1980.
His many other judicial activities have included membership in the American Bar Association; the Massachusetts Bar Association; the Boston Bar Association; the National Italian-American Bar Association; and the Justinian Law Society. Judge Russo’s civic enrollments and activities include: the Order Sons of Italy in America, Massachusetts Commission for Social Justice, the Renaissance Lodge; the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame; Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, Bishop Chevrus Assembly; Augusta Fraternal Associates; the Augusta Club of Boston; the Dante Aligheri Society; the Holy Name Society; the Winthrop Lodge B.P.O.E. #1078; the Wardroom Club and the Naval Reserve Officer’s Association. Along the way he busied himself as a coach in Winthrop’s Little League baseball, as a member and later President of the Winthrop High School Band Parent’s Association. In 2000, Judge Russo was chosen as “Winthrop’s Citizen of the Year”.
But no picture of Judge Domenic Russo would be complete without highlighting what gave him the greatest pride and pleasure — his family. Although a proud Boston West-Ender, he moved to his wife’s hometown of Winthrop where they raised five children. Rosemarie, his bride of 62 years, was, according to Judge Russo, what kept him centered and fulfilled. They had a shared pride and enjoyment when surrounded by their children and 12 grandchildren.

In 2002 Judge Russo upon attaining the age of 70 retired from active service as a Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court. However, in April of 2004, he assumed the chairmanship of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC).
Judge Domenic J. F. Russo, it can truly be said, enjoyed a distinguished career of excellence in service to his country, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, his church and his community.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery.

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