Obituaries 05-18-2023

Beverly Brody Barisano

Founder of the Winthrop Art Association, Founding Member of the Winthrop Arts Council, Former Winthrop School Committee Member, Artist and Teacher

Beverly Brody Barisano passed away after a long illness. She was an Artist, Teacher, wife of George Barisano, mother of Dena, daughter of Lillian and Ralph Brody and sister of Jerry.

Beverly was born in Boston, a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, the Massachusetts College of Art and Cambridge College, she also attended the University of Wisconsin Madison. Beverly was the Founder of the Winthrop Art Association, a nonprofit she hoped would bring together creative people working at a professional level, and established the Winthrop Art Assoc. Scholarship at Winthrop High School to assist young people interested in continuing to study Visual Art.

Beverly was a former elected member of the Winthrop School Committee where she worked on the Procedures and Rules Handbook and she saved the E.B. Newton School, now enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places database. Beverly was a founding member of the Winthrop Arts Council, the local board representing the Massachusetts Cultural Council; distributing state grant funds in Winthrop.

A life long Artist and Teacher, she was also a former member of the Monotype Society of New England, she exhibited in various galleries and shows through the Boston area and New England including: the Cambridge Art Association’s National Show at the Federal Reserve in Boston and the New Art Collective on Newbury Street, Boston.

Beverly taught painting to children and adults of all ages at home, crafts and quilting to the Winthrop Seniors (co-Founder of the Golden Hands) and she was an Art Teacher in the Malden Public Schools, the Winthrop Public Schools, at the Immaculate Conception School in Revere, and at the East Somerville Community School in Somerville.

Beverly is survived by many beloved relatives, treasured friends and all of her former students.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity or nonprofit that is special to you.

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

William McDonald

Of Winthrop and Revere

William J. McDonald, 84, of Winthrop and Revere, passed away peacefully on May 14.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann Marie (Andriotti) McDonald and his late parents, William and Eileen McDonald; sisters, Joan Rea, Gail Fernandes and Maureen Leary. Bill is survived by his sister, Kathleen Gutowski of Revere, niece, Maureen Gutowski of Boston, Lisa Fernandes of Cape Elizabeth, ME, brother in law, Jack Fernandes of South Portland, ME; step daughters, Laura Matarazzo of East Boston, Joyce Burns and her husband, Joseph Burns of Easton; grandchildren: Kyle Burns and Lyndsey Burns and a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins including: Alex McCallum and his wife, Wendy and Mathew McCallum, Jack McDonald and his wife, Karen and Gary Fernandes.

Special thanks and appreciation go to his nurse, Nanci at the Parc at Harborview Winthrop and the Staff at MGH Boston Ellison 12th floor for their exemplary care, kindness, and compassion.

A memorial service will be held at Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Thursday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will conclude with a prayer service in our serenity chapel. To leave an online condolence, visit

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