In Memory of Sheila J. Gabalis

gabalis_webSheila J. (Sullivan) Gabalis, 64, beloved wife of Steven J. Gabalis, died unexpectedly, Thursday, November 6, 2014, at her home. Born and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of Shirley (Quinn) Sullivan of Somerville and the late Robert Sullivan. She received her education at St. Clement’s Catholic School in Somerville, Class of 1968, and earned her Nursing Degree from Salem Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971.


sullivan_webIn Memory of Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. Sullivan

September 15, 1962 – November 3, 2000

A native of Somerville, Lt. Colonel Sullivan dedicated his life to pursuit of excellence, to love of family and in service of his country. Lt. Colonel Sullivan was admired, respected and, most of all, loved by everyone who was touched by his life, love and energy.


Curtis Franklin Brown

Curtis Franklin Brown

Curtis Franklin Brown

Curtis Franklin Brown was born on July 15, 1925, in Cambridge, MA, the son of Thomas Franklin Brown and Mildred Spoffard Curtis with his sisters, Priscilla and Lucille. He was raised in West Somerville, near Boston. After attending local public schools, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, and as a Laboratory Technician he served aboard ship on the Pacific Ocean until 1946. He attended Tufts University, Medford, MA, until graduating in 1949. He entered Columbia University Graduate School, where he earned a Master’s Degree in American Literature. He taught at Tufts until 1952, when he was invited by Columbia Records Co. to become a LP Album notes annotator. After publishing biographies of Jean Harlow and Ingrid Bergman, he wrote and published an extensive work on bad taste in many aspects of American Culture, “Star Spangled Kitsch”.

Mr. Brown moved to the Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY where he resided with his long time friend, Professor Hayden Goldberg, originally of Gardiner, Maine.

He will be put to rest in the Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden, MA.


Thomas J Whelan Sr.

whelan_webThomas J Whelan Sr., 79

It is with a heavy heart that we convey the passing of Thomas J Whelan Sr. On December 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family, Tom succumbed to the cancer he fought so quietly. Born in Somerville, MA Tom joined the USAF at 17 years old. He served in the military police in the Korean War an later in Vietnam and traveled the world before retiring after 20 years. After the Air Force, Tom joined the Somerville Police Department serving honorably until disabled in the line of duty. For many years he was the proud owner of O’Malley’s Pub in his hometown. Tom leaves behind an extensive network of grieving family and friends, He was a member of the VFW and DAV. A social soul, he loved the music at the Cape Cod Irish Village. He was also a life member of the Moose International and former governor of the Somerville chapter. Tom will be sorely missed. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on 5 June 2015 at 14:00.


In memoriam: Carmilla J. Toner

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Carmilla J. “Cam” (D’Auria) (Fuccillo) Toner died peacefully in the company of her loving family at Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, April 15. She was 84.

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James F. McCarthy Sr.

james mccarthyMcCarthy, James F. Sr. – Of Somerville January 13, 2015.

Beloved husband of Louise (Lindstrom) McCarthy.

Loving father of James F. McCarthy Jr. and his wife Inez of Medford, Elizabeth Costa and her husband Roy of Stoneham, Kevin McCarthy and his wife Susan of Somerset, NJ.

Brother of Maura Grace, John J. McCarthy and the late Shivaun Arnott.

Cherished grandfather of Colleen, Genevieve, Nicholas, Joseph, Hannah, James F. III, Cormac and Jack.

The Funeral procession will begin from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, Saturday morning at 9am, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Raphael Church, Medford at 10:00.

Relatives and friends invited.

Calling hours Friday 4-8. George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.)

Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Late member of the American Legion Post #388 Somerville,
former member Somerville School Committee, Past President Somerville Alderman, Alderman Ward 1 and member of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in James’s memory to the Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park St. Boston, MA 02118.


Russell Anthony Joyner

Russell Anthony Joyner. We were saddened to learn of Russ Joyner’s sudden death on January 1st. He was Assembly Row’s energetic General Manager whose personal warmth and charm made him an outstanding ambassador for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Raised in the Bronx, Russ captained the first Boston College football team that played in a bowl game. After playing in the NFL for two years, he took up a career in development and retail management. The parties who now contemplate a Union Square Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with developer US2 could have learned something from Russ. He was part of the team that developed L.A.’s Hollywood and Highland Center and negotiated a CBA that has become a national model. He will be missed.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 8, from 2-9 p.m. at the McNulty Funeral Home, 3006 Middletown Road, Bronx, New York.


Kate Thomas

thomas_obit_webKathleen “Kate” Thomas, of Jamaica Plain, passed away at home on Aug. 25, at age 41.

Born in Bangor, Maine, on March 15, 1973, Kate was a graduate of Riverview High School in Oakmont, Penn. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and was a licensed social worker.

Kate was an advocate and champion of LGBT elders. Through her work at Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Kate founded the Cambridge Café at Ryles, originally Cadbury Café, a monthly dinner for LGBT seniors. In June, the Cambridge LGBT Commission presented her with a Recognition Award at their 24th Annual Pride Brunch.

Kate was treasured by her neighbors, co-workers and friends for her caring and generous spirit. She loved cooking for people while listening to Nina Simone, and she’d never turn down perfectly ripe raspberries or a well-poured Guinness. She will be remembered as an avid sports fan, doting cat mom to her sweet Rosie, and lover of all things dance, Muppets and Sesame Street.

She is survived by longtime friend and partner, Tina Cincotti of Jamaica Plain; her father, Calvin Thomas II of Daytona Beach, Fla., and his partner Janie Phillips; her brother, Calvin Thomas III of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and his partner Vicki Hantke; her uncle and aunt, Timothy and Ann Rittal of Anchorage, Alaska; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marilyn Hancock and Frank Cincotti, both of Randolph; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Kristen Cincotti, and her niece and nephew, Kyla and Leo Cincotti, all of North Attleboro. She was the daughter of the late Constance Rittal Thomas.

Visiting hours were at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., West Roxbury, on Sept 2. A celebration of life was held on Sept. 3 in Jamaica Plain. Interment will be private.

Donations in her memory may be made to the LGBT Aging Project; please make checks payable to “Fenway Health,” indicate “LGBT Aging Project” in the check memo line, and mail to Fenway Development Dept, 1340 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215.


David F. Mahan

obit_6_11_14_webDavid F. Mahan, 69 of Malden, formerly of Somerville, June 2, 2014 . Loving father of Sharon Talbot, Robert Mahan, Diane Veroneau and David Mahan. Brother of Judy Oliva, Susan Malizia, Gale Furtado and the late Robert Mahan. Grandfather of Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, Crystal and Kyle and many friends, nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be private.


Robert A. Ventura Sr.

ventura_obit_webVENTURA, Robert A. Sr, 78 – Of Chelmsford formerly of Somerville May 1, 2014. Beloved husband of Lucille (Armstrong). Loving father of Randy R. and his wife Mirisa of Melrose and Rodney R. and his wife Betty-Jo of Leominster. Loving brother of Jean Barry and her husband Don of Somerville. Cherished Papa of Owen, Maeghan and Joshua Ventura. Relatives and friends invited. Calling hours to be held at the George L. Doherty 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq) Somerville, Tuesday 4-8pm. A Funeral Home Service will be held on Wednesday morning at 11:30 followed by interment at the MA Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA at 2pm.