A celebration of the life of Joan Thompson Gilmour will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the family house on the Mountain Road in South Tamworth, with music, flowers, food and beverages, song, recollections and tributes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 04:07
Lydia A. Massa, 88, of Stoneham, Mass., died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Gables in Winchester, Mass.
Born in Everett, Mass. on May 15, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Jo-ann (Respucci) Manganello.
Lydia was a graduate of Everett High School. She continued her education through the House of Bianchi, a family owned business. There Lydia represented the fashion world of wedding gowns across the country. Not only was Lydia a highly respected representative throughout the industry, but later when her husband became president of the company she continued as head of sales, meeting with many buyers from exclusive stores representing the handmade gowns of The House of Bianchi Inc., then a prestigious design firm.
Lydia died of a broken heart. Her late husband Joseph V. Massa died three months ago. They were married for seventy years. She said, "I feel so empty like part of my heart has been ripped out." She prayed every night her husband would come to get her. He finally did.
Lydia is survived by her two daughters, Carole DiDomenico, of Reading, Mass., and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and Donna Massa-Chappee, of North Conway. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jessica Pratt, of Cambridge, Mass., Jennifer Dussault, of Wilmington, Julianna Capillo, of Middleton, Mass., and Tasha Cammarata, of Madrid, Spain. She also has seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Massa is also survived by a sister, Josephine Deary, of Manchester, Conn.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home at 322 Main Street in Stoneham Tuesday 5 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be private.
Lydia was a great humanitarian and her family wishes that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lydia's name may be made to Dress for Success Boston Inc., 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. A fund for abused women trying to make their way back in work force.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 04:02
Robert "Bobby Mac" William McMurray passed away at his home in Arlington, Mass. on March 24, 2014 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Lynn, Mass on April 4, 1949 Mr. McMurray was the son of William M. McMurray and Christine (McLaughlin) McMurray. He attended St. Mary's Grammar School, and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1967, where he played football. In his youth he was an avid skydiver, jumping in Orange, Mass. He was a talented vocalist, as well, and performed in several venues with local rock bands.
Mr. McMurray relocated to Arlington in his late 20s and was employed for the last 21 years as a cook at Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at M.I.T. It was noted that "as a fraternity house cook, Bobby Mac has the charisma and character you might expect from somebody who has to put up with the whims and idiosyncrasies of 50 M.I.T. students." A memorial plaque dedicating the kitchen to his memory was placed in the fraternity stating that his "joy and energy would live on in the house he did so much to shape."
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 03:56
Mildred L. (Hallett) Fava, 79, a native of Conway, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at her home in Maynard, Mass. after a brief illness. She and her husband, Albert A. Fava, celebrated with family and friends their 52nd wedding anniversary on July 1.
Born in Concord, Mass. and raised in Conway, she was the oldest of 7 children of the late Crosby C. (Sr.) and Emily F. (Hartford) Hallett. The day after her graduation she moved to Maynard to work to help support her family, where she met her future husband. The Favas married in 1962 and lived in Maynard where they raised their son, John. Mrs. Fava is remembered for her caring and easy going personality. She centered her life around her family, especially enjoyed visits home to Conway. She also loved and appreciated the picturesque covered bridges of New England.
Mrs. Fava is survived by her husband, Albert A. Fava, and son, John M. Fava, both of Maynard; two sisters, Ruth Ann Johnson and Eileen Robinson, both of Conway; two brothers, Crosby "Sonny" Hallett Jr., of Franklin, Mass., and Donald Hallett, of Conway; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and their families. She was the sister of the late Louise "Sis" Wiggin and Rita M. Cornish.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 03:51