Obituary: Irma H. Mooney

Irma H. Mooney, at 89
Irma H. [Hunt] Mooney (Hunt), age 89, of Weymouth, died – surrounded by her loving family – on June 15. She was born in Brockton, grew up in Hull, and attended Hingham schools. She was a graduate of the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She met her husband, Richard, while attending college in Boston. They soon got married, started a family in Brookline, then settled in Weymouth in 1955, where they raised their family. 
Mrs. Mooney always stayed in touch with her roots, taking many family trips to Nantasket Beach in Hull where she grew up. She was fun, witty, compassionate, and will always be remembered for her love for her family, lifelong nursing career, playing bridge, and her passion for all sports. 
The beloved wife of the late Richard P. Mooney, she is the loving mother of Rick Mooney and his wife, Carol, of Weymouth, Donna Bradford of Florida, Jan DePari of Bridgewater, Jeffrey Mooney and his wife, Mary, of Marshfield, Pamela Needle and her husband, Bill, of Florida, and Thomas Mooney of Hanover. She was the devoted sister of Avis Studley and her husband, Tom, of Hingham; and also is survived by 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. 
Services were held today, with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Weymouth. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For online condolences please visit

Obituary: Holly Hall

Holly Hall, at 54
Holly [Marrone] Hampe Hall, 54, of Pembroke, former longtime resident of Hull, died June 14, after a courageous battle with cancer. 
Holly married the late Ariulf Eric Hampe in 1985; they settled in Hull and had eight children together. She treasured him and always held a special place for him in her heart and could never forget the bond they had. Family and friends would describe Holly to have a heart of gold; she would sacrifice anything for all of her children, family, and friends. 
Many would describe her as their “best friend.” She was a child at heart, and would do anything to put a smile on someone’s face. She was a happy, loving, and easygoing woman who cherished holidays, and tried so hard to giver her children a magical experience and special individual time with each one. 
Holly leaves her husband since 2007, Richard Hall of Pembroke. She was the beloved daughter of Ethel [Cochis] Marrone and the late Paul F. Marrone of Randolph; and mother of Kara Valerie Ouagague and her husband Abderrahmane of San Diego, Karen Hampe of Pembroke, Karl Hampe of Quincy, Kurt Hampe of Quincy, George Hampe of Hull, Anton Hampe of Quincy, Richard Hampe of Hanson, and Monica Hampe of Pembroke. She was the adored grandmother of Yusef, Farris, Safia, Sirene, Ashton, Malik, and Anthony; and leaves her brothers, Gregory Marrone of Pembroke, John Marrone of Foxboro, Nicholas Marrone of Taunton; and a sister, Andrea Farretta of Weymouth. 
Serices and burial at Hull Village Cemetery took place today. For online guestbook, visit

Obituary: Lawrence N. Papouleas

Lawrence N. Papouleas, at 71
Lawrence Nicholas Papouleas, 71, died April 23, at the Halifax Health Hospice in Edgewater, Florida.  
Son of the late Chris and Lillian Papouleas, Larry was born in Boston. Since his father owned a grocery and other businesses in Hull, including a company called Interstate Provision that locals knew as Chris’s, and his mother’s family lived in Florida, the family spent each year traveling between the two states.
So Mr. Papouleas attended both New Smyrna Beach High School and Hull High School, graduating from the latter in 1963. He graduated with a degree in business administration from Northeastern University in 1968. He worked as an accountant in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida for several years. Eventually, he worked as office manager for a law firm in Titusville for about 25 years.
Mr. Papouleas loved stamp collecting and gardening, especially working with plants native to Florida. He had many friends and was like an uncle or grandfather to their children. He also sponsored children through child charities. 
Mr. Papouleas is survived by his sister Karen and her spouse, Elizabeth Wills; his aunts, Marie Simmons Goodrich and Ida Simmons Goodrich; and several cousins. 
Memorial services were held in Florida, with burial at New Smyrna-Edgewater Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Center – Edgewater, 4140 South Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, FL 32141. 

Obituary: Jeffrey Q. Ast

Jeffrey Q. Ast, at 25
Jeffrey Q. Ast, of Hull, died June 1.  He was 25.
He grew up in Hingham, where he attended Plymouth River, middle, and high school. Mr. Ast was also a student at Fryeburg Academy. He recently moved to Hull. 
Mr. Ast loved hockey; it was his passion in life. He played for Hingham Youth, NEH, NECDL, Hingham Harbormen and Fryeburg Academy. He was a huge Bruins fan and loved all sports. He enjoyed biking and being outdoors. 
Mr. Ast will be remembered for his big heart, sense of humor, and caregiving personality. He was an incredibly creative and thoughtful woodworker, and he loved his family and his dog Henry more than anything in the world. He will never be forgotten. 
He was the beloved son of Gary Ast and Joan Quenneville, of Hingham and Hull; loving brother of Julianne Strathman and her husband, Evan, of Lafayette, Calif.; dear grandson of Anne and Ray Quenneville of Suffield, Conn., and the late Richard and Pauline Ast; nephew of Gene and Steve LaBrie of Leicester, John Quenneville of Suffield, Conn., and the late Patsy Wilhoite Bocz; cousin of Evan and Rachel LaBrie of Leicester and Toni Bocz. 
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at See for online condolences.

Obituary: Carol A. Froio

Carol A. Froio, at 81
Carol Ann [Lind] Froio of Hull, formerly of Cohasset, died June 5. She was 81.
Mrs. Froio graduated from Matignon High School and attended Vesper George School of Art and Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline. She worked at South Shore Surgical Associates in Scituate as a medical secretary until she retired. 
Mrs. Froio loved life and brought smiles and laughter to everyone she knew. She adored everything about the ocean and wanted to share it with others, especially her husband, Ralph. Mrs. Froio also loved animals, antiques, and she was especially interested in interior design. Walking, swimming, tennis, and golf were among her interests, but family was her number one priority. She was a member of Cohasset Golf Club since 1976 and also a member at Riddles Bay Golf Club in Bermuda. 
She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Ralph Froio; son Sal Cesario and his wife, Elena, of Hull; and daughters Debbie Tagliente and her husband, Peter, and Carolyn Farrell and her husband, Timothy, all of Hanson. She was the grandmother of five: Nicholas, Olivia, Timothy, Lucy, and Evanna. Mrs. Froio was predeceased by her first husband, Salvatore Cesario.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 30, at the Cohasset Golf Club, 175 Lamberts Lane, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pat Roche Hospice Home, c/o Norwell VNA & Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.
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Obituary: Priscilla H. West

Priscilla H. West, at 73
Priscilla H. [Hamlin] West, of Hull, died June 3. She was 73.
As a young child, Mrs. West traveled the world while she grew up. She lived and went to school in places such as Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, London, and Costa Rica. She and her family eventually moved to the United States. She moved to Hull about 25 years ago. 
Mrs. West held a bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College and was a kindergarten teacher for Boston Public Schools for 30 years. She loved playing Sudoku and online jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed watching her DVR, especially the TV show, “Law and Order.” Her passions in life were teaching and her many pets. She was honest and unfiltered, but giving, loving, and very generous. She enjoyed sharing her many interesting stories from her travels. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. 
Dear wife of 36 years of the late Wayne West; loving sister of Mary Hamlin of Texas; cherished aunt of Rachel Bramson, her husband, Ben Giese, and their children, Noah and Abbey Rose Giese of Texas, and the late Ruth Bramson. She also is survived by her devoted niece and best friend, Toby Camillone of Berkley, and her children, Presley and Italia. Her beloved pug, Trixie, will keenly miss Mrs. West. 
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the burial at Hull Village Cemetery on Wednesday, June 14, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her name to the Hull Public Library, 9 Main St., Hull, MA 02045. See for online condolences. 

Obituary: Ruth H. Reed

Ruth H. Reed, at 71
Hull resident Ruth H. [Jackle] Reed died peacefully on Wednesday, May 31, at the age of 71.
Mrs. Reed worked for The Boston Herald in the automotive advertising dept. for 30 years and absolutely loved her job. She was a wholesome woman with a heart of gold. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Beloved wife of 39 years of Robert Reed; loving sister of Karl Jackle of Stoughton and the late Adolf Jackle and Jean Levine; Mrs. Reed also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, 4-7 p.m., in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. Her funeral servicebegins at 6:30 p.m. at Pyne Keohane.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Obituary: Noreen E. Cronin

Noreen E. Cronin, at 80
Noreen Elizabeth [Jennings] Cronin, of Hingham, died peacefully at Brigham and Women’s Hospital June 4. She was 80.
Mrs. Cronin was born in Boston, and was raised in Watertown and Hull. She married the love of her life, Arthur Cronin, Jr., in 1959. The couple settled in Hingham, where they raised their two sons.
Mrs. Cronin was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was excited to become “Grammie” to her two grandchildren. She loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She enjoyed many summers on the South Shore with her family, from the Cape to Hull’s Gunrock Beach. Known for her kindness and warm smile, Mrs. Cronin always remembered the smallest details of her friends’ and family’s lives.
Mrs. Cronin was educated at Hingham High School and the Chandler School for Women in Boston. A dedicated and hard worker, she was employed at Hitchcock Shoes in Hingham for more than 20 years. It was at Chandler School and Hitchcock Shoes where she met many of her oldest and dearest friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The beloved wife of the late Arthur A. Cronin, Jr.; loving mother of Arthur Cronin, III and his wife, Judith, of Beverly, and Brian Cronin and his wife, Susan, of Scituate; cherished Grammie of Elizabeth Hannan and her husband, Justin, and Michael Cronin, all of Beverly; Mrs. Cronin was also very special to many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Hingham at 10. Burial will follow, at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hingham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association, Attn: For Pete’s Sake/Pete Frates Home Health Initiative, 150 Wood Rd., Suite 300, Braintree, MA 02184.

Obituary: Theresa M. Laverty

Theresa M. Laverty, at 91
Theresa M. Laverty, 91, died, surrounded by her friends, at South Shore Hospital on Wednesday.
Miss Laverty was born in Cambridge and lived in Hull for the past 80 years. She was the daughter of Walter and Margaret [Carroll] Laverty, sister of Virginia Laverty, and cousin of Patricia Mulligan, all of Hull. They all predeceased her.
Miss Laverty was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro, and Hingham High School. She worked for Thomas Black Insurance Co. in Boston for 45 years. She was a very kind and generous person, especially when it came to animals.
Miss Laverty was a member of St Mary of the Assumption Church Sodality and was a daily communicant at St. Ann’s Church. She leaves her beloved friends, Patricia Coyne, and the Bergan-Sylvester family, all of Hull.
Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at St. Ann’s Church prior to her funeral Mass at 11. Burial at Hull Village Cemetery will follow. Memorial donations may be made to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, PO Box 787, Hull, MA 02045.

Obituary: Margaret Harkins

Margaret Harkins, at 83
Margaret M. [Grimes] Harkins died May 26, at age 83.  
Mrs. Harkins’ life centered on her loving family. Her eyes lit up whenever she was in the presence of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was giving by nature, and worked for the Visiting Nurse Association. Her personality attracted friends who thought the world of this sweet, kind, loving, and compassionate lady. 
Beloved wife of the late James Harkins; loving mother of William T. Wanberg of Hull and the late Paul G. Wanberg; Nana to Kristen and David Wanberg; great grandmother of Ava and Kathryn Wanberg.  
Services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  See for online condolences.

Obituary: Sean P. Reilly

Hull resident Sean P. Reilly died May 25. He was 49.
A 1985 Hull High graduate, Mr. Reilly was a talented finish carpenter who took great pride in his work and helped many family members with home projects.
Mr. Reilly found comfort in the solitude of Nantasket Beach. He loved the music of the 1970s, mostly due to his older sisters’ influence. Working out at the gym and golfing were important to this genuine man, who had a big heart to complement his handsome face.
He will be remembered for his love, loyalty, and willingness to help others.
Mr. Reilly found his greatest joy in his son, Sean P. Reilly, Jr. The beloved son of Geraldine (Oliver) Abbott of Hull and Paul O. Reilly of ME; stepson of the late Bob Abbott of Hull and Joan (Conlin) Reilly of ME; Mr. Reilly was the cherished brother of Geri Reilly and her spouse, Louise Lovallo, of Hull, Cathie Jennings and her husband, George, of TX, Kim Curley and her husband, Terry, of Duxbury, and Jennifer Clark and her husband, Craig, of Stoughton. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews; and his son’s sister, Jessica Payne, whom Mr. Reilly loved as family.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham.His funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., also at the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, Hingham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wellspring, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045. See for online condolences.



Obituary: Willard ‘Bill’ Simmons

Willard ‘Bill’ Simmons, at 89
Willard “Bill” W. Simmons of Boston, formerly of Hull, entered into rest May 21. He was 89. 
Mr. Simmons was the beloved husband of the late Jacqueline [Tulman]; devoted father of Ellen Sheridan and her husband, Bob, Joanne Simmons and her spouse, Kris Eckland, Erin Simmons, Lloyd Simmons, and the late Eric Simmons; cherished grandfather of Kerie, Damon, Corey, Kevin, Jaime-Lee, Leanne, David, Tyler, and the late Jessica; and great-grandfather of Elijah. 
Special thanks to the staff of Hebrew Senior Life, as well as Hebrew Senior Life Hospice, for the support, care, love, and respect they showed to Mr. Simmons and his family. 
Funeral services will be held today [Thursday] at 11:30 a.m. at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington St., Canton. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Ellen and Bob Sheridan on Friday from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131. 
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Obituary: William P. Richardson

William P. Richardson, at 84
Hanover resident William P. Richardson died, with his family by his side, May 22. He was 84.
Mr. Richardson was a Hull native and a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. He owned a trucking company, Rich’s South Shore Express, Inc., for many years.
He loved country music, trucks, and plowing. He often could be found at Monument Square in Hull, or at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, paying his respects to the memory of those who served the nation. 
Devoted husband of Shirley [Dwyer] Richardson for 47 years; he was the father of 13; grandfather of 21; and great grandfather of 12.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, 4-8 p.m., at the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Hull at 10 a.m. Mr. Richardson will be buried at Hull Village Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Hull War Memorial, Attn: Nancy Allen, 253 Atlantic Ave., Hull, MA 02045. For online condolences, visit

Obituary: Sean R. O’Brien

Sean R. O’Brien, at 43
Sean R. O’Brien died unexpectedly, at his home, May 21. He was 43. He grew up in both Hull and Rockland and had lived in Hull for many years. 
Mr. O’Brien served in the Mass Army National Guard. He was a corrections officer at the Norfolk County Jail and also was a member of the Teamsters Union. 
Beloved son of Janet Martin of Hanover and John F. O’Brien and his wife, Mary, of Hull; he was the loving father of Sean R. O’Brien Jr. and Kaitlin O’Brien, both of Weymouth. Mr. O’Brien also was the loving brother of Kerry O’Brien of Whitman, Richard O’Brien of Philadelphia, Kevin O’Brien of Ohio, James O’Brien of North Carolina, Maureen O’Brien of Hull, and Alyssa Colburn of East Bridgewater; and the beloved nephew of Alice Mousseau of Waltham, Michael Marcello of Florida, Robert Marcello of Winchester, and Nancy Marcello of Lexington. 
Funeral services are private. For online guestbook, see

Obituary: Frank A. Basler

Frank A. Basler, at 59
Francis A. Basler, aka FAB, of Old Orchard Beach, ME, formerly of Hull, died unexpectedly Jan. 12. He was 59. 
Mr. Basler loved the simple pleasures in life – his family, friends, good music, and laughter. He had the warmest smile and a contagious laugh. 
Mr. Basler was a gifted and talented man who loved to play his guitar and write songs. There was nothing he couldn’t fix. He loved his model cars and was proud to be called “the grill master.” He loved with his whole heart and touched many.
Those left behind to carry on include: Theresa McNamara, his true life partner; Marc McNamara, his son, best friend, and working partner; and Desiree, the mother of his two beautiful grandchildren, Noah and Kassidee. “Pa” adored Noah and Kassidee. They meant the world to him.
Mr. Basler also has two sons from a previous marriage, to Dianne Perkins-Basler: Joseph Basler and Daniel Basler, who grew into great men and made their father proud. Mr. Basler is also survived by his siblings: Joseph Basler and his wife, Theresa, of Hull, Euanna [Basler] Kelly, and Richard Basler of Brockton; nieces and nephews Christopher, Alyssa, and Kevin Basler, and Lindzie Boucher, all of Hull; and a boatload of aunts, uncles, and cousins very dear to him, including cousins Cathie McInnis, Pattie Fleming, and Richard Saia.
Family and friends are welcome to celebrate FAB’s life on Sunday, June 4, at the Hull Village Cemetery. The service will begin at 1 p.m. and a cookout – “FAB style” – will follow at Joe and Theresa Basler’s home at 65 J St. Please come with your favorite FAB stories and a light heart. He would want tears to be few and drowned out by laughter from all the happy memories he gave to all. 

Obituary: John M. Sherlock

John M. Sherlock, at 80
John M. Sherlock, 80 of Hull, formerly of Somerville, died May 16, after a long illness. 
Born in Somerville, he was a member of Local 25 Teamster Truck Union, working for Lifschultz Fast Freight. Mr. Sherlock also was the owner of Hanover Coin and Jewelry. He enjoyed traveling and loved his family and friends. 
The beloved husband of Jean Winn-Sherlock; he was the devoted father of Shelley Winn and Russell Winn, both of Weymouth, and Karen Miltenberger and her husband, Robert, of Sandwich. Dear brother of Carole Fitzgerald and her husband, James, of Canton, Ruth Williams of Malden, and the late Richard and James Sherlock; he also was the cherished grandfather of five and and great-grandfather of three. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Homes, 551 Washington St., Rte. 53, Hanover today from 4-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover St. Rte. 139, Hanover, on Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow, at Hanover Center Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be made to the South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA, 02370 or to the American Lung Association, Donation Processing Center, PO Box 7000, Albert Lea, MN 56007. 
For online guest book, visit 

Obituary: Marjorie M. McNamara

Marjorie M. McNamara, at 89
Marjorie M. [Sammet] McNamara, 89, of Hull, died peacefully May 15, surrounded by family. 
Mrs. McNamara was a talented seamstress and artist. She created many of her children’s outfits and jackets, as well as wedding dresses. She was the recipient of several Weymouth Fair awards for sewing. She also painted horses at the historic Paragon Carousel and murals that hang in the selectmen’s office in Hull. 
A devoted mother and wife, she loved to dance with her husband. Mrs. McNamara was a longtime member of the Hull VFW Post #1787 Auxiliary. 
Beloved wife of Joseph W. “Billy” McNamara of Hull; loving mother of Michael J. McNamara and wife, Pamela, J. of Marshfield, Kevin M. McNamara and wife, Julie, of Illinois, Wendy L. McLeod and husband, Michael, of Hanson, Joseph W. “Billy” McNamara Jr. and wife, Carol, of Hull, Mark S. McNamara and wife, Sharon, of Pembroke, and the late John P. “Jackie” McNamara. She was the loving sister of Wendell Sammet of Pembroke; adoring grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Mrs. McNamara also is survived by her devoted companion and loving dog, Nemo. 
Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life today, from 4-8 p.m., in the McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main St., Cohasset. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann Church, 208 Samoset Ave., followed by interment in Hull Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Scituate, MA. 02066.
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Obituary: Richard F. Burke

Richard F. Burke, at 76
Richard Francis Burke, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Hull, died peacefully Monday, surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years, Fran; son Timothy of Burlington; and daughter Alicia Kersten of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 76.
Mr. Burke had a passion for gardening, playing cards, being active, and travelling. If you ever needed to find him during the summers in Hull, he would either be deep in his garden tending to his tomatoes, playing a game of skat, going for a bike ride, or preparing for his next vacation. 
Born in Mattapan, Mr. Burke was the third of five children born to William and Mary Burke. He had four siblings, William “Bill” Burke, Mary Pierce, Peggy Lee, and Edmund Burke.
Mr. Burke attended Hyde Park High School in Boston, graduating in 1958, and later attended Northeastern University. While at a dance at Moseley’s in October of 1963, he met his future wife, Fran Mahoney. The couple married in November 1966 and spent their early years in Mattapan. 
After moving to Hull in 1970, “Richie and Fran” spent the next 39 years raising their three children, Richard Alan, Timothy William, and Alicia Elizabeth. For 36 years, Mr. Burke took the Hull commuter boat into Boston, where he had a career in IT. He retired from working for state government in 2006. 
Although he was known to family and many friends as Richie, many others knew him as Dick. For many years, he was a member of the Hull Finance Committee, now called the advisory board, where he served the town with knowledge and distinction. 
Mr. Burke was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Edmund; and his son, Richard Alan. In addition to his wife, daughter, and son, he leaves five wonderful grandchildren, James, Alexandra, Samantha, Tula, and Kaia; and several nieces and nephews. He had many friends throughout his life and enjoyed spending time with them over a beer and a good laugh. 
His wife and children wish to thank all of the family and friends for the support they provided over the last several years.  
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Richard to the Alzheimer’s Support Network,, located at 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples FL 34102.

Obituary: Eleanor Judge

From the WAVES to the waves, Eleanor Judge savored her long life
Appreciation, by Maria Judge

Eleanor Judge owed her brother a debt of gratitude for introducing her to the town she came to love so well.
In August of 1965, she, her husband, and eight children, newly returned from South America and crowded into the grandmothers’ two small Boston apartments, were considering their next move. One day she asked her brother if he could recommend a place on Cape Cod where they could spend a few weeks and the children could go to the beach. “You don’t have to go all the way to the Cape,” Billy told her. “The most beautiful beach in the area is a lot closer.”
He drove them to Hull, where they rented a summer house for two weeks, then rented a house on Q Street for the school year, then bought the house across the street, and Eleanor made Hull her home for the next 52 years.
Six months ago, she moved to the Lafayette Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility in Marblehead, where she died peacefully in her sleep on April 30. She was 94-1/2.
Eleanor Frances Hanna was born in St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester on September 4, 1922. She was surrounded by music from an early age. Her father, James Hanna, played the cymbals in the American Legion Newspapermen’s Post band, and sang every morning while he shaved. She and her mother, Ella Nichols Hanna, sang hymns together as they worked in the kitchen. Her two brothers played the drums and she and her sister both sang in their church choirs.
After graduating from Dorchester High School for Girls, Eleanor attended Kent’s Hill Junior College, worked in Boston for several years, and then joined the WAVES (U.S. Naval Reserves) in 1944. She was a member of the prestigious “singing platoon” during boot school at Hunter College in New York, and then attended yeoman school, where she increased her typing speed from 45 to 75 wpm. The military’s secret? They taught their students to type to music.
“What did they play for you?” her sister wondered. “Benny Goodman?”
In fact, it was Strauss waltzes that did the trick.
After returning to Boston, Eleanor was assigned to the Office of the Commander of the Eastern Sea Frontier, where one of her duties involved typing up lists of buoys found in Boston Harbor. Seventy years later, she could still remember one item on her list: flashing red buoy, rendered permanently white by seagulls.
She began studying at Boston College’s campus in the Back Bay and continued after she was honorably discharged from the WAVES in 1947. She married Jerome Judge, the naval lieutenant she met when he came into her office to get the routing for his ship, in September 1950.
One week later, they packed three trunks and moved to Ireland to study in Dublin on the GI Bill. They traveled extensively throughout Ireland, made many friends, and were active in the university community. Eleanor joined a dramatic society organized by a fellow American student, the actor Carroll O'Connor, and played his daughter in a production of Thornton Wilder's “The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.”
The first of her 10 children was born in Dublin, but died from cardiac complications. He is buried in the Angel’s Plot at Glasnevin Cemetery, in a grave his father helped to dig. A second son was born the following year, and she was expecting her third child when they moved to Germany for Jerome’s job with Catholic Relief Services.
Two years later, Eleanor packed five trunks to return to the United States for a six-year sojourn in South Bend, Indiana, where Jerome taught at the University of Notre Dame. Six children and seven trunks crossed the Atlantic to spend another year in Ireland, after which Jerome was chosen to direct a group of Peace Corps volunteers in Chile.
He had to fly ahead to make arrangements, so Eleanor took seven children and eight trunks on a boat that left from New York City, crossed the Panama Canal, and arrived 20 days later in Valparaiso, Chile. When they returned to the United States three years later, she was expecting another daughter and the family had acquired six more trunks.
After settling in Hull, Eleanor got her nine children through the Hull Public Schools, hundreds of band performances and high school musicals, and a dozen colleges. She encouraged them to spread their wings – if she had a case of empty nest syndrome, it was a very mild one – and enjoyed visiting them in Northampton, Washington, DC, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dublin, Japan, and Hong Kong.
She organized family gatherings at several jazz festivals in California where her brother, the drummer Jake Hanna, played.
But she always came back to Hull. She loved the beach, the library, the commuter boat, the spa, her faith communities, her friends and neighbors, her children’s friends and neighbors, her caregivers. Her network of friends extended around the world and she stayed in touch with people throughout her life.
She worked for the Hull Public Library, for State Street South, for the Jacques Company, for the state Department of Elder Affairs, and the Disaster Recovery Team. She then spent 10 years working for FEMA, traveling across the country when disasters struck, lending a hand and making new friends.
She leaves her children, Andrew and his wife, Elizabeth Benson, of Northampton, Maria of Medford, Brigid Welber of Marblehead, Cecelia and her husband, Nobuhiro Tamba, of Seattle, Rory of San Francisco, Valentina and her husband, Paul Sweeting, of Washington, DC, Justin and his wife, Marissa, of San Francisco, Jerome of Atlanta, Paula and her fiancé, Eli Simpson, of San Jose. She was Grandma Eleanor to Aidan, Cameron, and Casey, and Elizabeth and Michael; and Aunt Ellie to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, her son Joseph, her sister Mary, and her brothers James, William, and Jake.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas United Methodist Church, 130 Spring St., Hull.
Donations in her memory can be made to: St. Nicholas United Methodist Church; the Friends of the Hull Public Library, 9 Main St., Hull, MA 02045; or The Lafayette Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, 25 Lafayette St., Marblehead, MA01945.


Obituary: John J. Greene Jr.

John J. Greene Jr., at 72
John J. Greene Jr. died March 5 at his home in Florida. He was 72.
Mr. Greene was born in Brighton and was the son of the late Helen and John Greene of Hull.
He graduated from Hull High School, where he was an accomplished athlete, and from Suffolk University in Boston. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked as a consultant for many corporations and for the New Hampshire Transportation Department. 
Mr. Greene loved to travel, and was an avid reader and Boston sports fan. He especially loved the ocean and his hometown of Hull, where he visited every summer.
He leaves his wife, Dianne Greene of Pennsylvania; his sisters, Patricia Culbert of Kingston, Lynne Furze of Hull, and Mary Greene of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews – all in whom he took much delight.
A private memorial service will be held.