Obituaries 12-10-2020

Amy Gallagher

Her Favorite Motto was ‘Kindness Matters’

Amy T. Gallagher (Miss G.) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 30.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop,  she was the cherished daughter of William J. and Mary T. (McGillycuddy) Gallagher, loving sister of Judith M. Teixeira and her husband, Timothy, Katherine B. Hubert and her husband, Daniel, Ellen M. Baxter and her husband, Mark and James P. Gallagher and his partner, Mary Beth Hetherton. She was the devoted aunt of Mark and his partner, Rachel and James (Baxter), Katherine, Mary and Patrick (Teixeira), Billy and Bobby (Hubert), Jaclyn and her partner. Erik, Billy and Carolyn (Hetherton). She is also survived by her uncle Walter Mahoney and also by her aunt Eileen McGillicuddy with whom she traveled to Ireland and enjoyed the trip of a lifetime. Amy is also survived by her extended family and countless close friends.

She was a proud graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1983. Amy was the heart and soul of Winthrop Public Schools serving for over 10 years as a Winthrop Middle School ESP. She was named Queen of the Café by the WHS Post Graduates. Amy was WMS Stuco advisor, co-Quiz Bowl advisor, Spelling Bee co-chair, and Winthrop Teachers Association PR officer.

Prior to her WPS career, Amy began her employment at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market for over 37 years managing Sports Etc., The Brearley Collection and The Leather Shop.

Amy was a devout Catholic who ran the St. John’s Breakfast with Santa for several years. She was a board member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, and past member of the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club. Amy was a longtime volunteer of Winthrop Viking Football.

Amy led an incredibly full life, but above all else, treasured family time at West Yarmouth, Cape Cod and the circle at Seagull Beach, loved watching the Red Sox, especially her beloved Big Papi. She treasured her twice daily walks, enjoying “The Landing” and Belle Isle.

Her many activities included helping run the Winthrop Food Pantry during the pandemic, uniting the town in its time of need, cooking, crafting and celebrating all of the holidays with family and friends.

Her favorite motto was “Kindness matters”. Amy would never let anyone go without.

It was her goal to make sure every 8th grader at WMS be able to go to Washington, D.C. The family kindly asks that if you wish to honor her memory, to donate to the Miss G Memorial Washington D.C. Scholarship Fund c/o Webster First Federal Credit Union, 15 Woodside Ave. Winthrop, MA 02152 or via venmo @MISSGDC. There will be a memorial celebration for Amy in the spring.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Tuesday, December 15 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

*Attendees must wear masks and maintain social distancing in the church and at the cemetery*

To sign the online guestbook, go to

Arrangements are under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Robert McDuffee

NE Tel & Tel Retiree

Robert M. McDuffee, 88, of Winthrop passed away on December 2.

Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951-1955. Prior to his retirement, Robert worked for the former New England Telephone Company in the repair and maintenance department. He enjoyed playing golf and watching all the different professional and local sports teams.

Robert was the beloved husband of Marion J. (Colby) McDuffee. Born in Medford, he was the cherished son of the late George F. and Jennie M. (Bartlett) McDuffee. Robert was the devoted father of Lynn McDuffee Giuliano Berry of Ovideo, Fla., Deborah McDuffee and Donna Infantino, both of Winthrop, Diane McDuffee of Dover, N.H., Robert R. McDuffee and his wife, Kristen of Winthrop and Denise Usseglio of Goffstown, N.H. and the late Michael McDuffee and his surviving wife, Joanne of Winthrop; the adored grandfather of Rob Giulano, Lindsay Ruocco, Michael and Samantha McDuffee, Sarah and Keith McNeff, Jennifer Keefe and Edward Infantino, Nicole Miller, Robert, Kimberly, Elizabeth and Erin McDuffee and John and Ashley Usseglio. He was also the loving great-grandfather of 16. Robert was the dear brother of the late George McDuffee.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, December 10, at 11:30 a.m. Please go directly to church. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation Inc.

PO Box 520037 Winthrop, MA 02152. Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Robert’s guestbook, please visit

John Anthony Zankowski

He Will be Forever Remembered

John Anthony Zankowski , a lifelong resident of Revere, was taken from us too soon at the age of 59.  John passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2020. 

John will be forever remembered as the youngest, loving, and special child of the late Anthony A. and Dolores A. (Cecere/DiGiulio) Zankowski.  John was a beloved brother to the late Denise (Zankowski) Winter and her late husband. Edward, and sisters Darlene (Zankowski) O’Keefe and husband. Thomas, and Doreen M. Zankowski, Esq. and her partner, Billie Jean Potter.  He leaves behind his beloved nieces, Kimberly Winter, Tara Diefenbach (Paul), Tina Gongas (William), and nephew Daniel Winter (Kenneth Holgersen).  John was great uncle to Mia McLean, Lucas and Alexia Gongas and Thomas and Declan Diefenbach.  He leaves behind many cousins who love him.  

John was special indeed.  His early life included his enrollment in the prestigious May Institute in Chatham, MA, where he lived away from his family at great angst to his parents and siblings.  At the May Institute, he thrived and overcame many of life’s obstacles from autism.  Upon returning home, John was forever cared for by his family. He was a very funny guy and could surprise those around him with some salty talk and funny expressions.  John’s persona created a sense of love, duty, honor, and empathy in his family.  His sisters always felt a duty to protect him, include him in their activities, and make sure he was loved and understood.  He will be forever remembered.  He is with his mother, father and sister now, and at peace.  

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church. 250 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, December 10 at 11 a.m. everyone meet directly at church.  (Names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance).  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to  the May Institute, 41 Pacella Drive, Randolph, MA 02368 and designate the Revere May Facility as the beneficiary or at  For guest book please visit

Salvatore Spinale

Boston Police Dept. Retiree and Carnegie Medal of Honor Recipient

Salvatore F. Spinale, beloved husband of Joan (Lombard) Spinale, father of the late Steven F. Spinale, son of the late Francesco and Rosaria Spinale and brother of the late Connie Solferino and Virginia Spinale, died on December 2.

He was a member of the Boston Police Department for 43 years and the recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Honor.

A private burial in Winthrop will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hodges, Kiser, Ft. Myers, Florida.

John MacDonald

Longtime Boston Cab Driver

John A. MacDonald of Winthrop passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 4 at the age of 71. 

John was a past member of Laborers Local #22 and a Boston Cab Driver for over 40 years. 

The beloved husband of Madeline (Shand) MacDonald, he was the devoted father of Frank Forsyth, John MacDonald, Madeline Forsyth and the late Gina Forsyth and James MacDonald; dear brother of Emilia Ambroult and her husband, Charlie, Duncan MacDonald and his wife, Debbie, Virginia Hitaffer, Graham MacDonald and Tammy MacDonald; adored grandfather of Philip, Joseph, Haylee, Frankie, Danny, Farah, Giovanna, Jacob and Isabella and cherished great grandfather of Lilly, Gianna and Mia. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering for a graveside service on Monday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section).  Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged. For more information:

John “Jack” Connolly

Longtime Malden Evening News Compositor

John “Jacky” Connolly of Revere passed away on December 2 at the age of 69. 

Jack loved the beach (Rocky Beach) and was referred to as Weaser by his Beachmont friends.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Jacky was a longtime compositor with the Malden Evening News.  

Born in Boston on April 8, 1951 to the late Thomas and Marguerite “Peggy” (Chandler), he was the devoted father of Christopher Connolly and his wife, Melanie of Winthrop, cherished grandfather of Brianna, Michaela, and Victoria, dear brother of Thomas Connolly and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, Judith McGhee and her husband, William of Harwich port, and Robert Connolly Sr. and his wife, Susan of Revere.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Due to the current spike in COVID-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of Paul Bounfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the M.S.P.C.A, Angel, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or at  For guest book please visit

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