Obituaries 02-27-2020

Joseph Crotty

Retired Tewksbury High School principal, member of VFW and Pleasant Park Yacht Club

Joseph M. Crotty of Winthrop passed away on Monday, Feb. 17 at the age of 92.

Born in East Boston, he was the devoted son of the late James and Anna (Price) Crotty, loving brother of Alice M. Crotty of Winthrop, the late Leo Crotty and his wife, Catherine “Kitty,” Andrew “Babe” Crotty and his wife, Claire and William L. “Bill” Crotty and his wife, Joan.

Joseph graduated from Winthrop High School in the Class of 1947. As a sophomore in high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in World War Il. After World War II ended, he returned to Winthrop and received his high school diploma and then re-enlisted in the Navy for one more year. He attended one year of prep-school at Bridgton Academy in Maine and went on to attend Saint Anselm’s College, graduating in the Class of 1953. He then completed a Master’s Degree in 1955 at Staley College. He became the respected Vice-Principal of Tewksbury Memorial High School where he served with distinction for over 30 years. Joe was a longtime and loyal member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club in Winthrop and the VFW in Revere.

During his retirement, he never changed his commuting morning schedule. You could find him at 4:30 a.m. having his morning coffee at White Hen Pantry before his 5:30 a.m. workout at a local Planet Fitness club where he had many friends.

He was loved by all who knew him including his many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop on Saturday, Feb. 22 and interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Viking Pride Foundation, Winthrop, and to a special fund set up in Joe’s name at Tewksbury Memorial High School via the Venmo account @Joe-Crottydonation. For guestbook, please visit:

Alice Harrison

Lover of the arts and longtime office associate of Dr. William Glazier

Alice M. (Hoar) Harrison passed away peacefully on Feb. 20 at the age of 91.

For almost 20 years, Alice worked to comfort new mothers and care for sick children in the office of Dr. William Glazier. A lifelong lover of the arts, Alice enjoyed painting and attending the theatrical performances of both her biological and adopted grandchildren.

Predeceased by her loving husband of 68 years, Robert Harrison, she is grieved by her son, Paul and his wife, Judy, their three children: Geoffrey, Caitlin and Padraic, her daughters, Patricia and Barbara, her daughter, Nancy and her husband, Frank and their daughter, Moriah and her husband, Josh. Alice was the daughter of Frank and Mary Hoar of Somerville and sister to Mary, Francis, Robert and Gerard.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home at noon. Services will conclude with the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Donations in her name can be made to Safe Haven Humane Society at 1420 Post Road, Wells, Maine 04090, or the Chelsea Jewish Life Care at 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, Ma 02150.

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Adrean Faith Abrams

Longtime member of Temple Emmanuel, Chelsea and volunteer at Leonard Florence Center for Living

Adrean Faith (Freede) Abrams, 75, a resident of Chelsea and Winthrop died on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Joseph Freede and Shirley (Madow),  Adrean graduated from Chelsea High School in 1962 and from Salem State College in 1966 with a degree in Education. She worked as an elementary school teacher in the Chelsea Public School System. Later transitioned into Home Health Care for many years at Personal Touch Home Care as a Director.

 She was a longtime member of Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea and Sisterhood of Temple Emmanuel. Adrean spent many hours volunteering at Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She loved to crochet and was a fan of Barbra Streisand. Adrean had a deep love and devotion for the City of Chelsea and for her family.

Adrean was the loving wife of Louis Lawrence Abrams for 53 years; devoted mother of Stephanie Anne Long and her husband, Ken of Winthrop, David Alan Abrams and his wife, Alyssa of Norwood; sister of Michael Freede and Richard Freede, both of Long Beach, Calif.; cherished grandmother of Ethan, Samantha, Zoe, Chelsea, Mason and Amber and aunt of Rachel, Adam, Jordan, Alyson and Matthew. She is also survived by extended family and friends.

Services were held at Temple Emmanuel, Chelsea on Sunday, Feb. 23. Interment was in the New Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Everett. Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC, 20090-6011 or to Temple Emmanuel 60 Tudor St., Chelsea, MA 02150. for guestbook.

Marilyn Flanagan

Active member of the Winthrop Senior Center, Winthrop Council on Aging and Winthrop Historical Society

Marilyn E. (Floyd) Flanagan of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on Feb. 25 at the age of 92.

Marilyn was the beloved daughter of the late Russell Floyd and Helen (Tewksbury) Floyd and the cherished sister to her late brothers, Russell, Robert and Herbert.

A near-lifelong resident of Winthrop, Marilyn shared almost 64 years of marriage with her late husband, Charles J. Flanagan.  She was the adored mother of Charles Flanagan Jr. and his wife, Trisha and Paul Flanagan and his late wife, Susan, all of Winthrop; and Robert Flanagan and his wife, Linda of Summit, N.J.  Marilyn is also survived by four grandchildren: Andrew Flanagan of Andover and Julie, Jeff, and Paul Flanagan of Summit, N.J.

Marilyn was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1945.  She and Charlie were married in 1948 and lived all their married life on Ocean Avenue, fittingly near a fire station.  Like many women of the time, she was a stay-at-home mother while her children were young.  She returned to work in 1968 and for 21 years was a valued employee of the Commercial Union Assurance Company in Boston.  She once went 17 years without taking a sick day.

During her retirement years, Marilyn was an active member of the Winthrop Senior Center, the Winthrop Council on Aging, and the Winthrop Historical Society.

Marilyn will be remembered for many things, including her hardworking nature, reliability, extraordinary degree of common sense, kindness, honesty and her willingness to reach out in meaningful ways to friends in need.  She was intensely loyal and a caregiver to many people over the years when they became sick or alone in the world. 

Her dedication to her husband, children, and extended family were remarkable.  She loved nothing more than preparing an excellent dinner for the family, and was all the happier if a lonely guest or two joined.  She was that rare person who found her greatest joy in doing for others, and saw no reason to boast of her good deeds.  Marilyn never told anyone how a genuinely kind person lives; she showed them.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation from the Ernest P.  Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 until 11 a.m.  The funeral will follow immediately thereafter from the Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop. The services on Friday will conclude with internment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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