Obituary: Valerie Kaufman

Valerie Kaufman, at 62
Valerie (Sherman) Kaufman entered into rest, at the age of 62, on April 14 after a period of failing health. 
She was the beloved wife of Wayne Kaufman and devoted mother of Jonathan Kaufman and his wife, Emily, and Margo Solomon and her husband, Robert; she was the cherished grandmother of Evan, Jake, Sydney, and Jason.
Mrs. Kaufman was preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Evelyn (Lack) Sherman; her brother, Lawrence (“Woody”) Sherman; her sister, Claire Sherman; and her canine companion, Li’l Baby, aka “Stinky.”
Services were held Tuesday at Temple Emanuel in Newton. Interment was at Sharon Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Wellspring Multi-Service Center, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045 or

Obituary: John F. Dever

John F. Dever, at 80
John (“Jack”) F. Dever, of Hull, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully April 14. He was 80.
A proud son of South Boston, Mr. Dever was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired Boston Public Schools teacher, and a coach. 
Starting as a teen, he worked at the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston. He was an avid year-round swimmer and a past president of the L Street Brownies. In fact, as a caption in a Yankee magazine article about the Brownies noted in 2009, “The intrepid Jack Dever never misses his daily swim, whether he’s home in Hull on Nantasket Beach, or dipping into the surf near his condo in Fort Lauderdale, or checking in with his fellow Brownies at L Street Beach in South Boston.”
Mr. Dever was one of the original founders of South Boston Youth Hockey and coached that sport for many years. He was later inducted into the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame as a coach. In addition, he was the head hockey coach at Hyde Park High School and coached swimming for many years at the John D. O’Bryant School in Boston.
The beloved son of the late John F. and Evelyn N. (Kelleher) Dever, he was the loving brother of Kathleen Dever, of Hingham; Paul and his wife, Barbara Dever, of North Easton; and Diane and her husband, James Kennedy, of Marshfield. Mr. Dever also is survived by 11 loving nieces and nephews as well as 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. 
Funeral services are private. For online condolences, visit

Obituary: Lily P. Harrison

Lily P. Harrison, at 84
Lily Patricia (“Pat”) Harrison, of Hull, died peacefully on April 6. She was 84.
Born in England to Sarah Annie (Ardley) Osmond and Albert Thomas Osmond, she was the oldest of their three children. Growing up on the southern coast of England during World War II, her family frequently moved to safer locations, which resulted in Pat attending numerous schools, many of which no longer exist. She attended St. Nicholas College in Chislehurst, England, graduating with a legal secretary certificate, and began working at the firm of Slaughter & May in London. 
On July 2, 1955, she married her dancing partner and love of her life, Norman Bodiam Harrison, whose love of travel brought her to settle in Bridgewater, Mass., in 1964; they lived there for more than 30 years and raised their two children, Christopher Norman and Caroline Jane. 
After Mrs. Harrison retired as a legal secretary from the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, she and Norman returned home to East Peckham in Kent, England, where they enjoyed the company of friends and family. 
After the passing of her beloved Norman in 2007, Mrs. Harrison moved back to the United States at the age of 80, motivated by her desire to spend time with her one and only grandchild, Campbell Paige, of Hingham, and her four-legged grandchildren, Zach and Zoe. She settled into a seaside condo in Hull, where she enjoyed the sounds of waves and breathtaking sunsets during the past three years. 
Mrs. Harrison is survived by her son, Christopher, daughter-in-law, Carolyn, and granddaughter, Campbell, all of Hingham, and many extended family members who live in England. 
Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army or the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. See for online condolences. 

Obituary: Judith E. Campbell

Judith E. Campbell, at 76 
Judith E. (Allan) Campbell, of Hanover, died April 4 at age 76.
Mrs. Campbell, or “Judy,” raised her family in Hingham before moving to Hull and then Hanover. She worked for 31 years at Macy’s and 20 years at Talbots. She loved being at the beach and enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 
Daughter of the late Frederick and Irene Allan and wife of the late Charles R. Campbell, she was the mother of Tracey Busony and her husband, Curt, of Vermont; Lauren Vasiliadis and her husband, Stephen, of Hull; and Charles Campbell and his wife, Kristine, of Hanover. 
She was the sister of Frederick Allan, of Plymouth; Nana of Sean Walsh, Nicole Walsh, Kylie Campbell, and Charlie Campbell; and great-Nana to Aidan McKeen. She is also survived by two nieces, Jennifer Kelley, of Duxbury, and Kristin Millette, of Plymouth. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross. See for online condolences.

Obituary: Marilyn H. Fernandez

Marilyn H. Fernandez, at 64
Marilyn “Mina” H. (Ripley) Fernandez, of Holbrook, formerly of Hull, died peacefully March 21, surrounded by her loving family. She was 64. 
Born in Nova Scotia, Mrs. Fernandez graduated from Holliston High School and Quincy College. She was an artist and gemologist who created her own jewelry. She was an animal lover and loved spending time at the ocean. 
The beloved wife of Sergio Fernandez; she was the loving mother of Nathan Tisdale of Calif., Jacqueline Hamberg of Alaska, and Mariel Curtis of Boston; dear daughter of Warren Ripley and his wife Ann of N.C. and the late Josephine Ripley; devoted sister of Jerry Ripley of Texas and Barbara Ripley of Calif., and stepsister of Christina Hardy of Ohio and Walter Hardy of Calif. 
Services will be private. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

Obituary: Dorothy M. Appel

Dorothy M. Appel, at 93
Dorothy “Dolly” May (Kaufman) Appel, a longtime Hull resident, died March 11 at the age of 93. 
An avid reader, Mrs. Appel spent many years on the Library Board of Trustees. She also served as a secretary for the Hull Public Schools, working in both the Jacob and Memorial schools.
She was the beloved wife of Bernard Appel and devoted mother of Roy Appel and his wife, Mala Strassfeld, and Nina Gardner and her partner, Steve Dolan; she was the former mother-in-law of Joe Gardner. 
She was the loving grandmother of Justin, Eric, and David Appel; Nicole Powers and her husband, Jamie; and Jeffrey Gardner; and she was great-grandmother of Matthew Powers. 
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

Obituary: Martha Fisher

Martha Fisher, at 74
Martha (Everett) Fisher, a longtime Hull resident, died March 15 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 74.
Ms. Fisher grew up in Norwood and earned her associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked as a decorator at Filene’s department store in downtown Boston for many years before she bought and operated Pots & Petals florist in Hull. In her retirement, she volunteered for Wellspring and the Cohasset Historical Society. 
She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Hull Garden Club. She traveled extensively throughout her life.
Ms. Fisher leaves her daughter, Ruane Sardelli; her husband, Jeff; and their children, Luke and Finn. 
A celebration of Ms. Fisher’s life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Rd., Quincy. 
Memorial donations may be made to Wellspring Multi-Service Center, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.

Obituary: David F. Lewis Jr.

David F. Lewis Jr., at 61
Funeral services were held Monday at St. Ann’s Church for David F. Lewis Jr., who died March 6. He was 61.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Hull High School and was a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a long-haul truck driver for many years.
He was the beloved husband of Mary “Mimi” (Stasik); loving brother of Jodi Lewis; and beloved father of Jessica Brousseau, David F. Lewis III, Joshua Toczko, Jessica Williams, and Lindsey Williams. He is also survived by four grandchildren. He was the son of the late Patricia (Shack) and David F. Lewis.
For additional information and online guestbook, please visit 

Obituary: Kathleen A. Mitchell

Kathleen A. Mitchell, at 71
Former Hull resident Kathleen A. (Johnson) Mitchell died March 9 in Vero Beach, Fla. She was 71.
She leaves her beloved husband of 52 years, Kenneth Mitchell; two sons, Kenneth Mitchell, III, of Falmouth, and Edward Mitchell, of Vero Beach; and two grandsons, Brendan Mitchell, of Providence, R.I., and Sean Mitchell, of Hull. 
Burial arrangements are pending. 

Obituary: Ann L. Lewis

Ann L. Lewis, at 90
Ann Lee (Dennison) Lewis – beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt – died Feb. 28, after a brief illness. She was the second of nine children born to Leon and Elizabeth Dennison of Newburyport. She settled in Hull in 1958, where she lived for 55 years before moving to Florida.
Mrs. Lewis was a very talented woman, who played guitar, banjo, and mandolin and gave guitar lessons for many years. Painting, drawing, photography, sewing, crocheting, jewelry making, and traveling were a few of her many hobbies. She adored cats, providing food and “cat condos” to many generations of feral cats. (Sorry, neighbors!)
She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Smith, and her husband, Eric, of Clearwater Fla.; son Gary Lewis and Kathy, his longtime companion, of Mendon; grandson Jason, of Mendon, and granddaughter Caitlin, of California. She also leaves a brother, Curt Dennison, of Missouri; sisters Susan Flagg, of Massachusetts, and Christine Travelstead, of Arizona; and the amazing Newburyport gang.   
We will all miss her dry humor, funny, irreverent jokes, and excellent cooking. (Mama, don’t forget that penny!)
No service is scheduled at this time. If you wish to honor Ann’s memory, please donate to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, 487 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045, or Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

Obituary: Robert M. Wacks

Robert M. Wacks, at 86
Robert M. Wacks of Hull, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully on March 6, at the age of 86. 
Mr. Wacks was a successful attorney who practiced law on the South Shore for more than 50 years. 
Devoted son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Brown) Wacks; he was the beloved husband of Nancy Dunn and the late Marcia (Berman) Wacks; loving father of Steven Wacks and his wife, Maryellen, of Los Angeles, CA, and Deborah Utter and her late husband, Craig, of Sharon. Mr. Wacks was the stepfather of Henry and Margie Dunn, Deborah and Paul McCarthy, Denise and Paul Heavern, Timothy Dunn, and the late Donna Dunn; and the  cherished grandfather of Jacob, Eliza, Lydia, and Sarah, and step-grandfather of 14. He was also the dear brother of Evelyn Meltzer and Sandra Carey.
A graveside service will be held at Olita Relief Association Cemetery, 776 Baker St., W. Roxbury, MA on Friday at noon. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Museum of Science Educational Fund, Museum of Science Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Annual Giving (Please make checks payable to the Museum of Science, Boston), 

Obituary: Vernon G. Ray

Vernon G. Ray, at 78
At his request there will be no services for Vernon Gene Ray, of Myrtle Point, Ore. He died Feb. 25, while in assisted living in Coos Bay. He was 78.
Mr. Ray was raised by his parents, Mona and Sanford Ray in Myrtle Point, where he attended school. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and, after basic training, was stationed in Washington where he met and, in 1959, married Betty Colleen Overturf. 
Gene and Betty travelled extensively due to his military service. They were stationed in Washington state; the Azores in Portugal (twice); Wichita Falls, Texas; Denver, Colo.; and in Tampa, Fla., where, in 1977, he retired from the Air Force. On his retirement, the family moved to Myrtle Point, and Gene went to work for the Coos Forest Protective Association. He retired in 1992.
Mr. Ray was talented at any task he undertook. While in the military, he earned the highest honor, Distinguished Rifleman, during his time with the Air Force Rifle Team, and competed throughout the world. In his personal life, he enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards, woodworking, making jewelry, and driving fast cars; he also was a serious rock hound. He loved fishing and hunting, and he had many stories from different parts of world where he had enjoyed these sports.
Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his wife Betty; his parents; and his brothers, Ronald Ray and Gerald Johnson. He is survived by his sister, Jeannette Jan Skelton. He also leaves his sons and their spouses, David and Susan Ray of Hull; Ricky and Donda Ray, of Coquille; and Jody and Dominique Ray, of Coquille; his grandchildren, Ashley, Nicole, Crystal, Trisha, Zachary, and Mariah and numerous nieces and nephews and very special friends.
Memorial donations can be made to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420. 

Obituary: James K. Goodwin

James K. Goodwin, at 74
Captain James K. Goodwin, born in 1944 with salt water running through his veins, was a Hull native who resided on Allerton Hill his entire life. He died Feb. 22 at the age of 74.
After graduating with Hull High School’s class of 1963, Mr. Goodwin spent summers as a mechanic at Paragon Park. Most memorably, he performed the safety checks on the park’s famous roller coaster, which included walking and greasing the track from beginning to end. He also spent time as a train mechanic for Amtrak at Boston’s South Station.  
Although Mr. Goodwin could fix all things mechanical, he was first and foremost a man of the sea. He worked on several local fishing vessels before commanding his own lobster boat, the F/V Rachel G., which he named after his wife and life partner. 
In the late 1980s, Mr. Goodwin obtained his plumbing license, for a backup career to fishing, and worked for his oldest son at R-Chee Plumbing. Plumbing became his primary career for several years, before he returned to his true passion as a merchant marine sea captain, working on research vessels for his younger son at Goodwin Marine Services.
In addition to being a man of sea and a talented mechanic, Mr. Goodwin was an avid gardener, an animal lover, builder of boats, and lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.  
Above all, he was a cherished, revered, and proud family man. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Goodwin; his children and their spouses, Jeffrey and Jennifer Millen, Debbie and James Shepherd, Amy Millen, captains Joshua Goodwin and Brooke Johnston, Jennifer and Ian McLarnon; his siblings and their spouses, Jane and James Ferrigno, George and Linda Goodwin, and Anne and Joseph Boucher; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Jake Millen, Kelsey and Paul Banter, Ashley, Zachery and Dylan Shepherd, Samantha, Ryan, Brooke and Maddie Connolly, Justin and Jamie Goodwin, and Kevin Marino; and great-grandson Brayden Shepherd.
Services will be held on the R/V James K. Goodwin, date and time to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to NVNA and Hospice, online at 

Obituary: Allan P. Jones

Allan P. Jones, at 77
Allan P. Jones, 77, of Hanover, died peacefully on Feb. 21. 
He was born and raised in Braintree, son of the late Albert and Ethel Jones. Mr. Jones proudly served his country with the Marines during the Vietnam War. He also served his community as a police officer for the towns of Hull and Hanover.
The beloved husband of Elaine (Ameral) of 40 years, he was the loving father of Stanford Jones, and Jeffrey Jones and his wife, Milena, all of New York; Michael Gilpatrick and John Gilpatrick, both of Hanover; and dear brother of Carol Satkus, of Duxbury. He also is survived by five grandchildren and one great grandchild. 
Servives have been held, with burial in Hanover Center Cemetery. For online condolences, visit

Obituary: Judith E. Malone

Judith E. Malone, at 56
Judith E. Malone, age 56, died in Charlemont Feb. 19, after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth and John Malone. 
Ms. Malone attended schools in Hull and Cohasset, attaining her GED. She was a much-loved and well-known member of the South Shore mental health community. 
She resided in Weymouth and attended Discovery Day program for several decades. She enjoyed the groups there, especially yoga and art. She loved rock and roll, the beach, and Dunkies. 
The family would like to express their gratitude to all who worked with her and helped her live her life to the fullest. A special thanks to all the residential workers who helped care for her over the decades. 
She will be sadly missed by her family: sister Sara Malone and her spouse, Val Knippschild, of Sacramento, Calif.; sister Linda Carlson and her spouse, Christopher, and their son, Casey, of Charlemont; and sister Francesca Ernst of Cape Ann. 
Services will be private. See for online condolences. 

Obituary: Herb A. Cook

Herb A. Cook, at 71
On Herb A. Cook, loving husband and father, died Saturday, Feb. 16 at age 71.
Mr. Cook was born in Bath, Maine, but lived most of his life in Hingham and Hull. He was a brilliant manual-machinist and contributed his tools and materials to hospitals and to NASA. He would say his biggest accomplishments were his son, Jeremy, and marrying Terry.
Mr. Cook had a passion for watches, fishing, biking, photography, and old cameras. When he wasn’t out in the woods or by the lake, he could be found tinkering at his workbench in the garage or basement. 
After serving time in the Vietnam War, he found everyday blessings in those around him, which instilled in him a love of porch-sitting, appreciation for the beauty of nature, and enjoyment in the company of family. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Terry; his son, Jeremy; his sisters, Leslie and Ginny; his brother, Jim; five stepchildren and 16 grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. His loved ones will always carry Herb’s memory in their hearts.
A private family funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, online at

Obituary: Greta J. Falvey

Greta J. Falvey
Greta J. (Johnson) Falvey, of Hull and Naples, Fla., died peacefully Feb. 15 at home, surrounded by loved ones. Originally from Dorchester, where she raised her family, Mrs. Falvey worked for the Gillette Co. in South Boston for many years. She lived by the water most of her life and could often be found sitting at the beach enjoying a good mystery. She was proud to take an active role in the daily lives of each of her grandchildren. 
Quick of wit, warm of heart, she will be remembered for her generous love, sense of humor, and selflessness.
Beloved wife of the late William F. Falvey, she was the devoted mother of William Falvey, of Quincy; Bobby Falvey and his wife, Sheila, of Virginia; Paul Falvey and his wife, Christine, of Hanover; KarenAnn Vardaro and her husband, Robert, of Hingham; and John Falvey, of Hull. She was the cherished Nana of Erin, Mary, Cameron, Hannah, Evan, Elise, and great-grandson Henry. The sister of the late Paul Johnson, she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her family offers special thanks to her hospice angels – Teddi, Amanda, Kristin, Barbara, and Elizabeth – for the compassion and dignity they showed during the last few weeks.
Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370. For online condolences, visit 

Obituary: Rachel Manchester

Rachel Manchester, at 88
Rachel Manchester, formerly of Hull and Cape Coral, Fla., died peacefully Feb. 10. She was 88.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roger Manchester. Survivors include her four children: Patricia Manchester, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Elaine Pendleton, of Weymouth; Debra Mulrooney, of Whitman; and John Manchester, of Hull. She also leaves many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held at a future date at First Baptist Church, Hingham.

Obituary: Grace A. Presley

Grace A. Presley, at 81
Grace A. (Bennett) Presley, age 81, of Plymouth, formerly of Hull, died at home on Feb. 6, surrounded by her loving family and compassionate caregivers. 
She was born in Hingham to Wilhemina A. (Simpson) and Nelson A. Bennett. She was an avid reader, which was a passion her entire life. She enjoyed sports, especially the Patriots and Yankees. 
Mrs. Presley also liked driving and taking long rides. She often traveled to the Foxwoods Casino, where she could be found sitting at a slot machine. She lived her life her way. She enjoyed just being home and especially loved time spent with her family. Holidays were her favorite. She will be dearly missed.
The beloved wife of Kenneth Presley and the late Richard F. Brazer, she was the loving mother of Donna M. Stearns and her husband, James, of Boston; Michael R. Brazer and his wife, Judy, of Weymouth; Jay M. Brazer and his wife, Barbara, of Whitman; and Laura L. Pushee and her husband, Michael, of Plymouth. She leaves a sister, Jenny Eldridge, of Hanson, nine cherished grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Orta, 75 Washington St., Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or For online condolences, visit 

Obituary: Catherine O’Reilly

Catherine O’Reilly, at 84
Catherine “Pat” (Sexton) O’Reilly, formerly of Hull, died Feb. 5, 20 days shy of her 84th birthday. 
Beloved wife of the late Robert “Chief” O’Reilly and the late Joseph Catalano, she was the dear sister of John Sexton and Mary Blake and devoted mother of Paul Catalano; Jimmy Catalano and his wife, Kathy; Anne O’Hearn and her husband, Paul; Brian Catalano and his wife, Susan; Susan Larsen and her husband, Jeff; Amy Sotomayor; and Janice O’Reilly. She was the dear stepmother of Robert; Edward; Kevin and his wife, Cynthia; Michael and his wife, Maria; and Stephen O’Reilly. 
Mrs. O’Reilly was also loved deeply by 16 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and the light of her life for the past 14 months, her great-granddaughter, Reya. 
Her greatest legacy was her family, with whom she shared so many laughs and her love of the Patriots, the Red Sox, and anything sweet. She will be greatly missed but will remain forever alive in their hearts. 
Visiting hours will be Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4-8 p.m. at the Stanton Funeral Home, 786 Mount Auburn St., Watertown. Her funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main St., Watertown, will take place at 9 a.m. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Memorial donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnik Road, #3, Plymouth, MA 02360