Obituaries 09-10-2020

Kevin Patrick O’Sullivan

Travel Business Retiree, Long Active in Real Estate and at the Irish Pastoral Center

Kevin Patrick O’Sullivan passed away On Thursday, September 4, 2020 after a brief illness brought upon by a brave and lengthy battle against congestive heart failure. He was 73 years old and predeceased by his father, Edward O’Sullivan in 1992.

Kevin was born on November 5, 1946 to Edward and Nancy O’Sullivan on a small farm in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland; the eldest of thirteen children; eleven boys and two girls.

He moved to the United States in 1965, bravely volunteering to enlist in the US Air Force in 1966. He was honorably discharged in 1970, reaching the rank of Sergeant.

After his military career, he had very successful careers across several decades in the Travel Business, working for nationally renowned companies including Branniff Airlines, and Holidair Travel.

After retiring in 1998, he continued his career managing his real estate. Kevin was offering his time to the Irish Pastrol Center, volunteering for weekly gatherings and monthly masses.

He is survived by three children: Kevin, Brianna and Shane, and their mother, Martina. He is also survived by his mother, Nancy and by his brothers Sean, Noel, Owen, Eamon, Vincent, Jerry, Michael, Donal, Brendan and Kieran (of Reading, MA), and sisters Helen (Conroy of Arlington, MA) and Martina, along with many nephews and nieces and friends here in the USA and in Ireland.

The Funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Requiem Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place with military honors following Mass in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Forest Hill Avenue, Lynnfield.

For those unable to attend in person, Kevin’s service will be live streamed:

*Attendees must wear masks & maintain social distancing in the Funeral Home, Church and Cemetery.*

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Irish Pastoral Center, 512 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester MA 02124.

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Thomas Serra, Jr.

Worked for Eastern Airlines and Mass. Turnpike

Thomas A. Serra, Jr. of St. Andrew Rd., East Boston passed away at the West Roxbury, VA on Sept. 2. He was 80 years old.

Born in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Lillian (Quartarone) and Thomas A. Serra, Sr. and a resident of East Boston and Winthrop, he was a graduate of Boston English High School. He went on to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of SP4. After his honorable discharge, worked for Eastern Airlines for the fleet services department. He also worked at the Massachusetts Turnpike.

He was a standout football player in the East Boston Sandlot League and became Sandlot Player of the Year, a longtime member of the Winthrop Golf Club and a member of Survivors by the Sea.

The devoted husband of the late Norma (Ramirez), he was the loving father of Nadeen Moretti and her husband, Rich of Medford, Thom Serra and his wife, Kristen of Andover and Natalie Bayersdorfer and her husband, Brad of Winthrop; the dear brother of Marilyn Pacillo of Reading and the late Lorraine Bono and the cherished grandfather of Richie, Mia, Noah, Lily, Ryan and Elyse. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, September 9 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services concluded with interment with military honors in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Memorial donations may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans at To sign the online guestbook, go to

Joseph Pedoto

Loyal and Devout Family Man

Joseph L. “Joe” Pedoto of Saugus passed away unexpectedly on September 3 at the age of 60.

Joe was a loyal friend and a devout family man. He was born and raised in the Highlands of Winthrop, a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of 1979. He has been employed in the energy industry for 40 years, recently with Perley Burrill Oil Company.

Joe was a car enthusiast and enjoyed reading about the history of Detroit, most notably, the muscle car era. He enjoyed local travel throughout New England and summers on the beach. Joe had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew him.

Born in Winthrop on March 18, 1960 to the late John M. Pedoto and Jeanette (Fagone) Pedoto, he was the cherished husband of 32 years to Lois Sacco of Saugus, devoted father of Joseph L. Pedoto II, dear brother of Charles Pedoto and the late John M. Pedoto Jr., adored son in law of Rose Sacco of Revere and the late Nicola Sacco, beloved brother in law of the late Geraldine Sacco of Chelsea and beloved uncle of Kristen (Pedoto) Macchiavelli and her husband, Anthony, Justine (Pedoto) Romanos and her husband, Nicholas, and Jaime Pedoto.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, Revere on Wednesday, September 9. Interment at Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston MA 02108. Visit their website NECHV.ORG to specify how you would like your donation to enrich the life of our heroes.  For guest  book, please visit

Albana Mihali


Albana Mihali of Governors Drive, Winthrop passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on August 27. She was 48 years old.

Born in Albania, she was the beloved daughter of the late Krisavgji (Lala) and Loni Mino.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree she went on to work as a school teacher in elementary schools.

She was the devoted wife of Chris Mihali and the loving mother of Odyssey and Paris Mihali, both of Winthrop and the dear sister of Flori Mino and Sofjola Thomai, both of Winthrop.

A funeral service was held in the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, August 31 and services concluded with interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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Phillip Connelly

Auto Body Technician, Sports Enthusiast and History Buff

Phillip K. Connelly, 63, of Swampscott and formerly of Winthrop, died on Thursday, September 3 at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital following a brief illness. 

He was the devoted husband of Yvonne (Fisher) Connelly with whom he shared 37 years of marriage on August 28.

Born in Boston in 1957, the son of the late Arthur and Valerie (McLean) Connelly, he was raised andeducated in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1975.  Phillip worked as an auto body technician for Maaco for many years.  A sports enthusiast at heart, he was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed collecting baseball cards and watching his favorite teams on TV.  He was a history buff and enjoyed reading through his encyclopedia collection and novels.

In addition to his wife, Yvonne, Phillip is survived by his loving daughters: Jennifer Garcia and her husband,Enrique of La Mirada, CA, Denise Connelly of Swampscott and Kristen Malik and her husband, Haas of Castro Valley, CA; his grandchildren: Nicholas Garcia and his wife, Sayaka, Antonio Garcia, Kaden Malik and Layla Malik and his great-grandchildren, Eren and Roman Garcia; his sister, Sheryl Calandra and her husband, Stephen of Winthrop; his nephew, Kevin Gorman and his wife, Karen; his niece, Michelle Robbins and her husband, Blake and his great-niece and great-nephew, Kaylin and Gavin Gorman.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Solimine Funeral Homes, Lynn.  Online guestbook for family and friends to offer condolences at

Michele Hayes

Longtime Woodside Hardware Sales Clerk

Michele Hayes of Atlantic St., Winthrop passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on September 1. She was 71 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Anna (Barry) and John Jackson. A lifelong resident of Winthrop, she worked as a sales clerk for Woodside Hardware for many years.

She was the devoted wife of Ronald Hayes and the loving mother of Brian Hayes and his wife, Julia of Wakefield and Megan Andy and her husband, Bob of Winthrop, the dear sister of Jackie Ann Bleakley of Bourne and the late Joe Jackson and Mary Lou Raffaelle; cherished grandmother of Emily, Jackson, Charlie and Marin; sister in law of Brian and Terri Hayes and Dennis and De De Hayes and daughter in law of the late Ronald and Barbara Hayes. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, September 8, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services concluded with the interment in Winthrop Cemetery.

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Sheila McMahon

Community Activist and Former Director of the Chelsea Community Connections Coalition

Sheila (McNicholas) McMahon, community activist and former Director of Chelsea Community Connections Coalition, died peacefully in her sleep on Labor Day after a long illness.

Born in Chatham, NJ in 1941 to Henry P. and Ann McNicholas, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from Clark University in 1963 with a degree in Psychology. 

She married John F. (Jack) McMahon in 1964. Together, they raised five children: Rachel Christopher of Revere, (Lawrence Christopher), Peter McMahon of Greenfield, Deirdre McMahon of Bala Cynwyd, PA, (Jason Mezey), David McMahon (Leah Kramer) and Siobhan McMahon (Philip Holland), all of Cambridge.

Sharp-witted and big-hearted, Sheila delighted in her children and grandchildren.

A long-time resident of Winthrop and more recently of Jamaica Plain, Sheila was heavily involved in her community, running multiple non-profit programs for families and children and volunteering widely in Chelsea, East Boston, Winthrop, and Revere. She advocated tirelessly for immigration rights, multicultural awareness, and literacy. She was also handy with power tools and thought most things could be improved with more coffee. She loved to read. Even after she retired and while she was severely ill, she remained active, serving on committees and boards that protect elder rights and working locally in her senior living community to support residents’ independence and quality of life.

A fan of Scrabble, Cheez-Its, and progressive politics, she left the hospital against orders in 2016 to vote for Hillary Clinton. She really wanted to vote in 2020. She worked toward a better world for her grandchildren:Brendan, Erin, Norah, Paul, Danny, Sebastian, and Rosie. She is survived by her husband and family, who will miss her.

A memorial service will be held after it is safe to gather, but for now, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to ROCA (101 Park Street Chelsea, MA 02150) or to  Chelsea Human Services Collaborative (318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150).

Daniel Johnson

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Daniel T. Johnson, 67, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on August 8 after a brief illness.

He was the beloved son of the late Allen and Molly (Stornaieulo) Johnson, brother of Richard Johnson and his wife, Geraldine, Irene Costello and her husband, Edward, Cheryl Van Meter, Warren Johnson and the late Dorothea Greco, Allen Johnson and Anthony Stornaieulo.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Danny on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St, East Boston.  Masks and social distancing protocols will be in accordance with church policies.

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