Obituaries 05-04-2023

Donald Acone

A True Son of Winthrop Whose Energy and Presence Around Town Will Surely Be Missed

Donald R. Acone of Winthrop passed away quietly on May 1 following a brief

illness. He was a proud octogenarian of 86 years.

Donald was the beloved husband of Brenda M. (Treanor) Acone, married for 63 years. Born in Winthrop, where he resided his entire life, he was the cherished son of the late Ralph and Mary (Cox) Acone.

Prior to his retirement, Donald was employed by the Electronics Corporation of America as a Production Planner and was a pioneer during the early days of computer engineering. He received an associate degree from Northeastern University while working two jobs and raising a family.  Donald served in the Air National Guard and Reserves for 43 years at Otis Air Force Base and was activated during the Berlin Wall Crisis from 1961-1962 serving in Europe. He retired at the rank of Master Sergeant with full military honors.

Donald was the devoted father of Dr. Kevin H. Acone, DMD of South Burlington, VT. He was the dear brother of the late Robert and Tootie Acone, Ralph and Helen Acone, Renzo and Judy Acone, Leo and Anna Acone, Walter and Ginny Acone, Iris and Arthur Vachon and Carmen and Robert Gradozzi. Donald was the brother-in-law of Maureen Treanor, Kathleen and George Kinahan and the late Hugh Treanor. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Don was a true Son of Winthrop, and never happier than when he was on the ocean

sailing or simply sitting on the beach watching the planes landing at Logan.  His love of walking brought him in touch with many around the town who would lovingly refer to him as the “Mayor of Winthrop.”  He loved history and sports and was always ready for a lively discussion over a cup of coffee on almost any topic imaginable.  His energy and presence around town will truly be missed.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church (St. Michael’s Parish) 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Monday, May 8 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Please go directly to church. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Donald’s guestbook, please visit:   

Susan Lewis

December 2, 1951 – April 26, 2023

Susan C. Lewis of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away on April 28 at the Kaplan Hospice Home in Danvers after a brief illness.

Susan worked in the healthcare field her entire professional life, beginning her career at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and most recently at Atrius Health/HVMA. She loved her family and thoroughly enjoyed the holidays with them.

She was the daughter of the late John A. Lewis and the late Dolores C. (Dolly Lamonica) Lewis. She is survived by her brother, Arthur Lewis and his wife, Jean, her brother, John Lewis, her sister, Sharon Inza and her husband, John, her brother David and his fiancé, Maria Curro as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Kaplan Hospice Home at 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

Vincenzia White

Of Winthrop

Vincenzia (Sacco) White of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston and Fresno, CA, passed away at the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea on April 30. She was 89 years old.  Born in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Viola (Carrillo) and Donato Sacco, she was the devoted wife of the late Everett White and the loving mother of Linda Haffner of Winthrop and her late husband, Thomas, Sandra McLaughlin and her husband, Larry of New Hampshire, Carol O’Connell and her husband, John of Methuen, Debra Siuda and her husband, Charlie of Winthrop, Denise MacInnes and her husband, Paul of Florida and the late Wilton Neumyer; dear sister of Rita Way of Malden, William Sacco and his wife, Lisa of New Hampshire and the late Mary Goddard and Antoinette McConnell.  She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Friday, May 5 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincenzia’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting:

Helen Murphy

Retired Boston Schools Educator and Administrator

Helen M. (Tipping) Murphy peacefully passed away on Friday, April 28 at the age of 68 following a six-year, courageously fought illness. She was surrounded by her children and enough love to fill the ocean. Helen was born on June 11, 1954 to Edward and Mary Tipping, who raised her on Point Shirley in Winthrop. She attended Boston College, where she met her husband, John L. Murphy III. They married soon after Helen’s college graduation and raised Bridgid and Brendan together until John’s death in 2016.

Helen was a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools for over 30 years.

She was a fierce advocate for her students and a dear friend to many colleagues. As a mother, she gave her family every ounce of love and energy. Nothing brought Helen more joy than making family dinners, watching her children’s sports games, or spending her summer vacations by the water.

Helen was preceded in death by her father, Edward, her mother, Mary, her brother, Edward J. Tipping III, and her husband, John. She is survived by her children Bridgid and Brendan Murphy, his wife, Isabel, their daughter, Mariana and by many friends who will miss her dearly.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church (St. Michael the Archangel Parish) 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop.

Please go directly to the church. Helen loved color, and we encourage those attending the service to wear colors reflective of her personality.

At the request of Bridgid and Brendan, those wishing to memorialize Helen and John may do so by making a gift in their names to Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI. 02840. All gifts received will support Sail Newport’s 4th Grade Science and Sailing program.

Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Helen’s guestbook, please visit:

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