Obituaries 12-18-2014

Henry Healy

Retired IBM Engineer of New York, formerly of Winthrop

Henry G. Healy passed away after a brief illness at his home in Millbrook, NY on November 24. He was 92 years old.

Born in Boston on August 11, 1922 to Henry G. Healy and Sarah Catherine McDonald, after graduating high school, Henry enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served during World War II in England and France as a Mechanic/Specialist working on B26 Marauders. After the war, Henry met his wife Evelyn Fratas at a dance. They married in September 1947 and soon moved to Winthrop.

While working at the Boston Herald Traveler, he enrolled in Tufts University, graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1949. Soon after, he began his long career with IBM. In 1959, after a transfer to IBM Poughkeepsie, Henry, Evelyn, and their four daughters moved from Point Shirley (where Henry greased the pole for the annual Fourth of July celebrations) to Pleasant Valley, NY.

Throughout his long career with IBM, he provided significant contributions in the design and development of mainframe computers. Henry (or “Hank” as many IBM colleagues knew him) was often asked to work at IBM locations throughout the Hudson Valley, the US and also internationally, including a 2-year assignment to Sindelfingen, Germany in 1972. He was granted a US patent on one of his designs.

Henry was an avid reader and wordsmith; his ability to complete New York Times’ crossword puzzles in record time, in pen-without errors, always amazed family members and friends. After his retirement, he often could be found listening to classical music, reading a book or a newspaper with a cup a coffee at his side. He enjoyed golf, spirited political discussions, which he was happy to initiate, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful, quick witted story teller whose blue eyes twinkled with delight. His smile and laugh were infectious. Throughout his life Henry touched everyone with his sense of humor and no nonsense attitude.

Henry’s loving wife of 41 years, Evelyn, died in 1991. Survivors include his daughter Kristine Healy and her partner, William Higgins of Chicago, Illinois, his daughter, Maureen Healy-Wurzburg and her husband, William Wurzburg of Uxbridge, MA, his daughter, Nanette Healy and her partner, Jim Morris of Albany, NY and his daughter, Lynne Toy and her husband, David Toy of Mt. Kisco, NY; five grandchildren: Katey Healy-Wurzburg, Alexis Healy-Wurzburg, Suzanne Healy-Wurzburg, Kelly Toy and Dexter Toy. He is also survived by two sisters, Josephine Bruce and Kathleen Garner. His sister Geraldine Thompson predeceased him. He was an uncle to many nieces and nephews and a friend to all.

The family plans a memorial service at a later date in Winthrop when Henry’s ashes will be buried with his wife.

Michael Donnelly

Of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop

Michael G. Donnelly of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on December 14. He was 58 years old.

Michael was employed as the Maintenance Supervisor for Faneuil Marketplace in Boston.

Born in Cambridge, the cherished son of the late George J. and Mary E. (Molloy) Donnelly, he was the dear brother of Patricia F. Donnelly of Winthrop, Mary T. DiBlasi and her husband, Charles of Winthrop and the late John T. Donnelly; beloved nephew of Patricia “Patsy” Wall of Winthrop, Joanne Silva of Jaffrey, NH, and Jeanne Skobeleff and her husband, Richard of Winthrop; adored uncle of Deirdre Inacio and Christopher Donnelly; brother-in-law of Karen Donnelly and is also survived by many cousins and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. , Winthrop on Friday, December 19 at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Cremation following the Mass will be private. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the American Heart Assn. 300 5th Ave. Ste 6, Waltham, MA. 02451. For guestbook, please visit

Richard Maher

Worked for Corrolla Roofing; Member of Winthrop Elks

Richard F. Maher of Winthrop, formerly of Lynn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 13 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness. He was 57 years old.

A 1975 graduate of Lynn Classical High School, he worked for the Corolla Roofing Co. of Winthrop for many years and had been a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

He is survived by his mother, Frances Richardson of Peabody, his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Susan Maher of Swampscott, his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Steve Pica of Key West Florida and a sister, Kathy Bennett of Peabody. He also leaves his nieces and nephews, Patrick Pica of New York, Gina Pica of Virginia, Cody and Samantha Maher of Swampscott and Frances Bennett of Nahant.

A Visitation will be held today, Thursday, December18 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill- Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn Street, Peabody facility. Burial will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the family lot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynnfield Street, Lynn. Those attending, please meet at the Lynnfield Street gate at 10: 45 a.m. A reception will be held later Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks Hall at 191 Washington St., Winthrop. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guestbook and directions,

Andrew ‘Skip’ D’Eramo Sr.

Certified Public Accountant

Andrew ‘Skip’ D’Eramo, Sr., a lifelong Revere resident,

died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on December 8 after being stricken at his home. He was 78 years old.

A 46 year member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, he was born, raised and educated in Revere. He played football at the Varsity level and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1954. He went on to attend Bates College in Lewiston, ME where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Business and then earned an M.B.A. from Suffolk University School of Business. He became a C. P. A. and owned and operated his own business for many years. Aside from his passion for learning, his biggest love was his family.

He was the devoted and loving husband of 54 years to the late Patricia D. (Morris) D’Eramo; beloved father of Andrew J. D’Eramo, Jr. and his wife, Lynne M. of Lewiston, ME, Tammi Jo Hill and her husband, Thomas L. Hill, Jr., James R. D’Eramo and his wife, Barbara A. and Tonia L. D’Eramo, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Alexandra D’Eramo and her companion, Mitchell DeBose, Samanatha D’Eramo and her fiancé, Matthew Manson and Kristen D’Eramo, all of Lewiston, ME, Jessica Little and her husband, Jason of Ohio, Thomas L. Hill, III and his wife, Sabrina, and Jason Hill, all of Revere, Katelyn Campbell and her husband, Christopher of Burlington, MA , Christopher D’Eramo and John D’Eramo, both of Revere and adored great grandfather of Juliana “The Jules” Little of Ohio. He was the devoted brother of William D’Eramo of Florida and Janet Bozek of Danvers and the late Richard D’Eramo and Blanche Gibson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to My Brothers Table, 98 Willows St. Lynn, MA 01901 or For more information please visit:

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