Obituaries 10-19-2017

John Craig

Lifelong member of Revere American Legion

John E. Craig of Revere passed away on Oct. 13 surrounded by his loving family. He was 84 years old.

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a lifelong member of the American Legion Revere, he was the beloved husband of Barbara (Silva) Craig, the loving father of William J. Craig and his wife, Charlene of Kansas City, MO. and James Craig and his wife, Kathleen of Gloucester; dear brother of the Janice Craig of Revere, Donald Craig of Melrose and the late Carolyn Bocanfuso and Joan Gutmann; cherished grandfather of Meadow, Danica, and Elisha Craig and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, on Monday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to St, John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop for a Funeral Mass in celebration of John’s life at 10 a.m.

Interment will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Concord. In lieu flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to Autism Speaks, East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016. For guest book and directions:

George McGrath, Sr.

Proud American, devoted family man, and great friend

George E. McGrath, Sr. in Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on Oct. 13.

George was a proud American, a devoted family man and a great friend. A retired Chief Master Sergeant United States Air National Guard, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of 67 years of Ann M. (Nolan) McGrath; loving father of Douglas McGrath and his wife, Cheryl of Saugus, Annie McGrath Cheney, Patricia J. McGrath, Mary E. Hogan and her husband, David and the late George E. McGrath, Jr. and his surviving wife, Jane, all of Winthrop and father-in-law of Lois McGrath of Revere. George is also survived by 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St.[at Day Square] East Boston on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Friday at 2:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in George’s memory to National Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.
Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St.

Junelle Avery

Retired flight attendant

Junelle H. (Houchins) Avery of Winthrop died on Oct. 10. She was 75 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Junelle was a flight attendnt employed by Eastern Airlines. She was also a member of the Eastern Airlines Silverliners.

The beloved wife of Kenneth P. Avery, she was born in Fayettville, W.Va., the cherished daughter of the late Eugene E. and Evelyn (Moore) Houchins. She was the devoted mother of Kenneth P. Avery, Jr. and his wife, Erin o f Greenland, N.H. and Melissa J. Shea and her husband, Dan of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Ethan, Timmy, Kenny and Evelyn Avery and Avery and Quincy Shea; dear sister of Eugene Houchins of Roswell, Ga., and Charles Houchins of Des Moines, Iowa. She is also survived by 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 Junelle’s name can be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital/Cancer Research Dept. 55 Fruit St. Boston, 02114. For guestbook please visit:

Barbara Fitzgerald

N.E. Tel & Tel retiree

Barbara L. (Ciampa) Fitzgerald of Winthrop passed away on Oct. 14. She was 81 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Barbara worked for the New England Telephone Co. and later worked as a florist for the former W. H. Ruttle Florist in Winthrop. She was an avid bowler, belonging to the Monday Elks Bowling League at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the Lynnway Sports Center and Lanes in Lynn.

She was the beloved wife of the late William H. Fitzgerald; devoted mother of Edward W. Fitzgerald and his companion, Theresa M. Ellard, Thomas H. Fitzgerald and his wife, Cheryl and Sande G. Raney and her husband, Ralph, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Nicole M. Fiola and her husband, Stephen of Salem and Christopher W. Raney of Winthrop. Born in Winthrop, she was the cherished daughter of the late Harry and Eleanora T. (Salerno) Ciampa and the dear sister of Dr. Joseph H. Ciampa and his wife, Sandy of Revere and George Ciampa and his wife, Kristi of Swampscott. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery.

For guestbook, please visit:

Bruce Nelson

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Bruce K. Nelson of Naples, Florida, formerly of Winthrop and Jupiter, Fla., passed unexpectedly on Sept. 12. He was 70 years old.

He was the beloved son of the late Claire Nelson and Horatio J. Nelson, the beloved brother of Sandra Nelson Scanlon of Hudson, the late Judith Nelson Clauss of Winthrop, Horatio Nelson and Reuben Nelson.

A celebration of Bruce’s life and a light collation is planned for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hudson Elks, 99 Park St., Hudson, MA 01749. A second celebration is planned for friends in Naples, Fla., at a future date. For additional information, visit:

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