Obituaries 05-11-2023

Peter Pellegriti

Retired Educator and Past President of Winthrop Little League

Peter J. Pellegriti of Winthrop passed away at home on May 7. He was 77 years old.

Born in Winthrop and a life long Winthrop resident, he was the beloved son of the late Nora (Caressi) and A. Thomas Pellegriti. He was an elementary school teacher for the City of Chelsea for many years, a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks and the Winthrop Sons of Italy. He was also the past president of Winthrop Little League and ran the concessions for many years at the Little League Field, Larsen Rink and Miller Field.

He was the loving father of Julie Ann Grieco of Peabody, A. Thomas Pellegriti and his wife, JoAnn of Stoneham, and the late Timothy J. Pellegriti; dear brother of Rosemary Ferreira of Texas and Thomas A. Pellegriti of Florida; cherished grandfather of Kassandra, Capri, Astro, Cairo, Caira, Tayna and Peter and beloved companion of Carol Silverman.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Friday, May 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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Susan Lewis

December 2, 1951 – April 28, 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.

Patrick Robert Feeley

Longtime Winthrop Youth Sports Little League and Hockey Coach

Patrick Robert Feeley, 85, passed away Friday, May 5 surrounded by his loving family at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He was born on December 30, 1937 in Medford to Raymond Feeley and Evelyn (Searle) Feeley.

Patrick was an active volunteer for Winthrop youth sports, coaching little league and hockey for many years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He served in the United States Airforce National Guard for several years. Patrick enjoyed his family time, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mary (Scopa) Feeley and loving companion of Karin Beutel; loving father of Patrick Feeley and his wife, Nancy of Winthrop, Raymond Feeley of Swampscott, James Feeley and his wife, Andrea and Kenneth Feeley and his wife, Cristina, all of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of James, Samantha, Patrick, Shannon, Daniel, Raymond, Matthew, Evelyn, John, Mary Josephine, Bailey, Yukio, Yuna, Sofia and Steffi and adored great-grandfather of Henry and Georgia;  caring brother of the late Mary Leahy, Nancy Maxner, Betty Goudreau and Raymond and Paul Feeley.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, May 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Interment with follow at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patrick’s name to the Macular Degeneration Association by visiting

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Cheri Nichols Didear

October 6, 1953 – April 30, 2023

Cheri Nichols Didear of Burbank, California, formerly of Winthrop,

passed away peacefully at home in her daughter’s house with her family by her side on Sunday, April 30 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Cheri was the daughter of the late Nathaniel “Bud” and Ruth Nichols.  She leaves behind her son, Sam Didear of Portland, OR and his two beautiful daughters, Bella and Zoey, her daughter, Jaime Marvin and her husband, Kyle and their three beautiful daughters: Mila, Sophie and Louen of Altadena, CA; also leaving behind are her brother, Stephen Nichols and his wife, Cheryl of Winthrop, her sister and best friend, Jean Discher of Los Angeles, CA and her brother, Peter Nichols and his wife, Patricia of Winthrop.  Cheri also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Although Cheri spent most of her adult life in California, a piece of her heart will always be in Winthrop. She loved her trips back home over the years to visit family and friends.  Her greatest passion was spending time with her five granddaughters, she would smile ear to ear while she talked of their adventures together.

Cheri will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.  She will be dearly missed.

William Benker

Retired Corrections Officer; Member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and AMVETS

William A. Benker of Winthrop passed away at home on April 23. He was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Rose (Sabino) and William Benker and a lifetime resident of Winthrop, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War reaching the rank of Private. After his honorable discharge, he went on to work as a corrections officer for the Suffolk County House of Corrections until retirement. He was also a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and the AMVETS.

 He was the loving companion of the late Nancy Grimm and the loving father of Nicole Rizzotto and her husband, Daniel of Winthrop; dear brother of the late John “Skipper” Benker and cherished grandfather of Jared Whalen, Anthony, Adrianna and Brianna Rizzotto. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, May 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a funeral service with military honors in the funeral home at 6 p.m.

Richard Clancy

VP and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Boston

Richard J. Clancy of Winthrop passed away unexpectedly on May 3. He was 55 years old.

Rick graduated from Thayer Academy and went on to Boston College. After graduation, Rick spent his career working as Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Boston.

Rick “Clance” was truly the jack of all trades. He tinkered with nearly everything he could get his hands on. He used his knowledge to benefit others around him. He was on speed dial for friends and family and would show up to help anyone. You could often find him in someone’s backyard or garage fixing holes in small dinghy sailboats to power washing homes, tuning skis, rebuilding patios or giving financial advice. The stories are endless on how selfless of an individual he was and how far he would go to help others. He was also a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop where he contributed as a Board Member for the Youth Sailing Program and donated his time and fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In addition to being an amazing friend, he was an even more amazing father to his two daughters, Imogen and Iris. Rick brought enormous joy to their lives and created lasting memories through camping and skiing adventures as well as visits with their grandparents in Maine and Cape Cod.

Rick loved his family and friends and brought joy to so many. He would often tell his daughters that, “the only things you really regret in life are the ones that you don’t do.” Rick’s ethos was just this – leave no stone unturned and although he was taken from us too soon, he lived with passion, joy and a huge heart.

Born in Gloucester, the beloved son of the late Robert W. Clancy and Nancy Clancy, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert Clancy, Jr. and is survived by his two daughters, Imogen Clancy and Iris Clancy, his ex-wife, Angeline Clancy and his sister, Laura Drigo and Gary Drigo and Mackenzie Drigo; his stepmother, Suzanne McHutchison and stepsisters, Jennifer Koopmans and Heather McHutchison.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, May 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

To Plant a Tree in memory of Richard Clancy, please contact Tim Duplin @ 508-688-9747 or [email protected]

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James Francis Nimblett

Long Time Winthrop Educator and Coach

James Francis Nimblett  of Winthrop died peacefully on May 8th at the age of 79.  He was the beloved husband of the late Sally Anne Nimblett.

Born and raised in the town of Winthrop, Jim never left the only place he knew as home.  Jim graduated from Winthrop High School as a Viking and went on to marry his wife, Sally after meeting at Fort Banks. The two built a family of Vikings.  While a teacher for 36 years, Mr. Nimblett will be remembered for teaching Algebra and Geometry.  His love of the Winthrop public schools allowed him to teach many generations of Winthrop families.

He is survived by his children and their spouses: Thomas Nimblett of Mooresville, NC and wife, Maureen, Ruth Wayland of Boxford, and her husband, Christian, Bobby Nimblett of Winthrop and wife his, Angela and he was also the father of the late James John Nimblett.

Grampy is survived by seven loving grandchildren: Hannah, Keegan, Gabrielle, Madeline, Camille, Giselle and Holly.  Grampy enjoyed attending all the events and activities of his grandchildren which always had to finish with a post-game meal. He loved spending time sitting with the grandchildren discussing their activities and future plans.  His insight and involvement in their lives will always be treasured by them.

His love of Winthrop and his pride in being a Viking was obvious to all who knew him and even those in town that did not know him.  Coach Nibs was always seen walking from one sport to another to support student athletes.  His involvement in coaching, umpiring and helping when needed led to many successful teams and winning memories for many who played for him.   Jim was a season ticket holder at various times for the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.

He is survived by his step mother, Rita and his brothers, Timmy and Kevin.  He will reunite with Sally and continue their 57 years of marriage.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, May 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to The Viking Pride Foundation of Winthrop to continue the support of his passion and love of the town.

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