Obituary: Mary Anne Odell

Mary Anne Odell, at 77
Mary Anne Chariton Odell of Hull, age 77, died on Sept. 9. 
Ms. Odell was born April 16, 1941, in Oneida, N.Y. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and the University of Delaware. She believed strongly in the value of education, working most of her life in that field. 
After teaching English for many years, in 1988 she moved from Newark, Del., to Scituate, where she became the first director of the Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth at Plymouth Public Library until her retirement in 2004. She re-entered the workforce to work part-time, most recently as the office manager at the Hingham Congregational Church. She retired in 2015. 
She was an active member of the community of Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, serving on many committees and participating in services as a liturgist. 
Survivors include two children, Mark Odell and his wife, Karen, of Groton, and Carolyn Odell and John Camera, of Raynham; a sister, Jane Barclay of Scituate; her brother-in-law, James Barclay; a brother, Ted Chariton of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Meagan Odell; and two nephews, a niece, and several great-nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham or the Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth at Plymouth Public Library. For an online guest book, please visit 

Obituary: Paul F. Peaslee

Paul F. Peaslee, at 63
Paul F. Peaslee Jr., of Hull and formerly of Hingham and Quincy, died Aug. 31 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was 63 and had suffered a brief illness. 
Born in Quincy, Mr. Peaslee – who was known as Gunther – worked for many years as a construction supervisor, including working on the Big Dig in Boston. 
He was a member of the New England Mountain Bikers Association, Friends of Wompatuck, and the Bare Cove Fire Museum. 
Devoted to his family, Mr. Peaslee was a very hard worker and was a member of the volunteer fire department in Hingham for many years. He enjoyed mountain biking at Wompatuck State Park and was a longtime organizer of the annual Land Mine Race.  
He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Mary Ann (Gilbrook) Peaslee and devoted father of Shayne Ledwell and her husband, Ronald, of Rockland, Ryan Peaslee, of Scituate, and Paul F. Peaslee III and his wife, Tanya, of Hull. Mr. Peaslee was the loving grandfather of Deven Peaslee, Elizabeth Ledwell, and Ronald Ledwell Jr. A fourth grandchild is expected in October. 
Mr. Peaslee was the brother of John and his wife, Kimberly, of Tennessee, Timothy and his wife, Patricia, of Weymouth, James and his wife, Kimberly, of Maine, and Janet Brandt and her husband, James, of Framingham. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews and his canine companion, Jack, and his Big Boy.  
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to The Friends of Wompatuck by visiting See for online condolences

Obituary: Sandra A. Munn

Sandra A. Munn, at 63
Sandra Ann (Gold) Munn died unexpectedly at her Hull home early Sunday morning. She was 63.  
Born in Boston, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Eleanor (Casey) Gold. Mrs. Munn worked for many years in accounting for Bane Care, formerly Welch Healthcare. She was involved in many dog rescue organizations, including Last Hope Canine Rescue in Boston. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and going to the beach to watch the sun rise and set. The greatest joys in her life came from the times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  
The beloved wife for 46 years of Robert F. Munn, she was the devoted mother of Robert S. Munn and his fiancée, Kristen Bowler, Kaitlyn E. Munn, and Ryan M. Munn, all of Hull. She was the sister of Charles Gold and his wife, Maureen, and Linda Foley and her late husband, James, all of Florida; sister in-law of Allen Munn and his wife, Bonnie, of Hull, and Barbara Munn, of Florida; and loving and proud grandmother of Riley Marie and Sophie Anne Munn. Mrs. Munn also is survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces.  
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to gather Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church, Hull, prior to her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, Hingham. For online condolences, visit
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005

Obituary: Donald S. Gillis

Donald S. Gillis, at 56
Donald S. Gillis, of Hull, died Sept. 2 at the age of 56.
Mr. Gillis served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and later became a teacher at Brockton High School. Education meant everything to him; he held a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s in education from Bridgewater State University. He was working on his Ph.D. at Bridgewater State. He also taught an OSHA course for the state carpenters union. 
He loved animals, reading, learning, politics, carpentry, and hockey. He will be remembered for his intelligence, kindness, strength, and his love for his students. 
He was the loving husband of Lana M. Konstantinov-Gillis of Halifax; beloved son of Donald A. Gillis and Loraine A. (Bazinet) Gillis of Hull; and brother of Dan Gillis, of Millis, Jeanne Pierce, of New Hampshire, Judy Gillis, of Quincy, and Janet Gillis, of Marshfield. Mr. Gillis is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his beloved pets: Brooklyn, Roxanne, George, Rupert, and Erik. 
Visiting hours will be held Friday, from 3-7 p.m., at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. His funeral service will take place immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Donald S. Gillis Scholarship Fund, c/o Hingham Institution for Savings, Attn: Jinnie Walsh, 401 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.  

Obituary: Joseph Correia

Joseph Correia, at 75
Joseph Correia, a Hull resident who formerly lived in New Bedford, died Aug. 25, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. 
Mr. Correia served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Goodyear repairing bus tires for many years. He had a great love for all animals. Always good with his hands, Mr. Correia could fix almost anything. Most of all, he will be remembered for his kindness and generosity. 
Mr. Correia was the beloved husband of Vincent P. Fiore of Hull; they were together for 45 years. Son of the late Mary and Joseph Correia; brother of the late George Correia; he also is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
Services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 
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Obituary: Paula L. Vinton

Paula L. Vinton, at 76
Paula L. (McHugh) Vinton of Hull died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 18, at South Shore Hospital from complications from pulmonary fibrosis. She died, surrounded by her loving family and friends, at age 76.
Mrs. Vinton was born in Boston and was graduated from Dorchester High School. After working as a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, she entered the business world at Westinghouse in Hyde Park. In 1978, Mrs. Vinton went to work for FEMA as a disaster site coordinator, traveling throughout the U.S. to disaster sites. She then had the opportunity to enter the telecommunications industry, where she worked for several large companies as a site manager and training instructor. Twenty years ago she was forced into retirement after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Retirement afforded her more time to spend with her family, book clubs, yoga, and her many friends. 
Mrs. Vinton is survived by her husband, Raymond, the boy next door she met at age 12 and to whom she was married for 59 years. She also leaves five children, Paula Vinton and Christine Wynter and her husband, Stanley, all of Hull, Brad Vinton and his wife, Ann, of Norwell, Janet Vinton and her fiancé, Ernesto Caparrotta, of Hull, and Glenn Vinton and his wife, Marianne, of Hingham. She is also survived by eight sisters and brothers: Patricia McHugh and her husband, Steven Best, of Brockton, Christine McHugh of Brockton, Peter McHugh and his wife, Sue, of Canton, Catherine Quigg and her husband, Billy, of Pembroke, Cora McHugh of Milton, John McHugh of Thailand, Paul McHugh and his wife, Christine, of Mansfield, and Virginia Scandlan-Keppler of Canton. Mrs. Vinton was also the proud Nana of Glenn and David of Hingham and Sean and Connor of Norwell; and also leaves 11 nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral Mass on Saturday at St. Ann’s Church, Hull, at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made in memory of Paula Vinton to support the Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund at Brigham & Woman’s Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116, or online at, or any other charity of your choice.

Obituary: Edward F. Woods, III

Edward F. Woods, III, at 38
Edward F. Woods, III, of Astoria, NY and Hull, died Aug. 20. He was 38.
Mr. Woods grew up in Scituate, and graduated from Northeastern University. He enjoyed traveling and worked in the hotel industry in Boston and New York. 
Mr. Woods is survived by his parents, Donna L. (Strozewski) and Edward “Ned” F. Woods of Hull; his sister, Jen O’Donnell, her husband Ryan, and nieces Riley, Ashley and Lucy, of Hanover; and his brother, Brian Woods, and his wife, Veronica, of Saint John, USVI. The grandson of Elizabeth and Raymond Strozewski of Hull and the late Edward F. and Louise A. Woods, Mr. Woods also is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. 
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, from 4-8 p.m., in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 South Main St., Cohasset. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, at 10 a.m., in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent St., Scituate Harbor. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. 02130 or to the Joslin Diabetes Clinic, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA. 02215. For an online guestbook, visit 

Obituary: Nano Rush

Nano Rush, at 67
Nano Rush, 67, friend, sister, and beloved aunt, died peacefully July 31 in Sarasota, Fla. She was surrounded by the love of friends and family at her passing. 
Born and raised in Quincy, she was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Simmons College, and Yale University. Ms. Rush had a career in public health administration in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Florida. A proud champion of women’s health and equal rights, she was a politically active progressive for many causes. 
After her retirement, Ms. Rush split her time between Sarasota and Hull. She enjoyed kayaking and was a certified nature guide. She also enjoyed traveling with nieces and nephews on exotic and adventurous trips, volunteering at radio station WSRQ, and volunteering for political campaigns.
Ms. Rush is survived by her brothers: Denis Rush, his wife, Annmarie Peters Rush, and their children, Jonathan Rush and Zachary Rush of Weymouth; Kevin Rush, his wife Sally McCartin Rush, and their children, Alex Rush and Juliana Rush of Quincy; and Timothy Rush of Edgartown. She was also the aunt of Nara Rush and Daniel Rush of Keswick, Va. To honor her memory, donations may be made to the Hull Public Library, Planned Parenthood, or Wellspring of Hull. 

Obituary: Raymond J. Verrier Sr.

Raymond J. Verrier Sr., at 57
Raymond J. Verrier Sr., of Hull, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, after a long, brave battle with illness. He was 57.
Mr. Verrier attended Quincy High School and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served his country with honor from 1978-1982. 
Mr. Verrier is survived by his wife of 30 years, Coleen (Fanning) Verrier of Point Allerton; his children, Shawn Fanning and his fiancée, Jeni Ivey, of Los Angeles; Melissa Verrier and her fiancé, Kevin Sullivan Jr., of Lincolnton, N.C.; and Raymond Verrier Jr., Ron Verrier, Jonathan Verrier, and Chrystal Norton, all of Hull. Papa Ray is also survived by five very special grandchildren, who were his pride and joy: Cameron Michael Verrier and Willow Elizabeth Verrier, both of Marshfield; Scarlett Fanning, of Los Angeles; Noah Verrier, of Seaford, N.Y., and the newest addition to the family, Arya Ivey Fanning. He will be sadly missed by his siblings: John Verrier Jr. and his wife, Donna Verrier, of Wareham; Donna Duddy and her husband, Paul Duddy, of West Bridgewater; David Verrier and Mark Verrier, both of Quincy; Scott Verrier Sr., of Hull; Denice Robichaud, of Carver, as well as Richard Verrier. Numerous extended family members are all mourning his loss. 
A memorial service will be held at Sullivan Funeral Home, 45 East Water St., Rockland, on Friday. Visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m., followed by a Marine Corps ritual and memorial service starting at 11 a.m. The immediate family will then proceed to the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for interment with military honors at 1:15 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Greater New Bedford Marine Corps, League Detachment 1399, Paymaster Rich Wisniewski, 153 Bullock Road, Freetown, MA 02717. For online condolences, visit

Obituary: Lee Ann Whittaker

Lee Ann Whittaker, at 56
Lee Ann Whittaker died July 23. She was 56. 
She was a latch-hook enthusiast and always enjoyed playing Pokemon Go. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Wife of Paul D. Waite of Hingham; daughter of Jane (Nash) Whittaker of Braintree and the late Leon Whittaker; she was the mother of Brendon Whittaker of Braintree and Nathan Waite of Hull; the sister of Gail Moore of Riverside, CA, Mark Whittaker of Plymouth, Glen Whittaker of Maine; and the grandmother of Elowyn Whittaker, also of Maine.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Saturday, 1-5 p.m., in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, 809 Main St., South Weymouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wellspring Multi Service Center, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045. 

Obituary: William F. Hennessey

William F. Hennessey, at 92
William F. Hennessey, of the South End and Hull, and formerly of West Roxbury, died peacefully July 20. He was 92. 
Mr. Hennessey was a graduate of Boston Latin School, class of 1943, and Harvard College, class of 1947, and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was a retired principal and teacher for the Boston public schools. 
Loving husband of the late Alice G. (Moloney) Hennessey, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage, he is survived by his sibling, Sister Mary Hennessey, R.C., of Chicago. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph F. Hennessey, and his sisters, Ann Praught and Angela Heffernan. 
Mr. Hennessey was the devoted father of Billy Hennessey and his wife, Liz, of Milford; Sean Hennessey and his partner, Loc Duong, of the South End; Mara Hennessey and her husband, David Johansen, of New York City; Paula Hennessey, of Cambridge; Katie Hennessey and her husband, Brook Batteau, of Shelburne Falls; and grandfather of Leah Hennessey of New York City and Alouette Batteau of Shelburne Falls. He also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews. 
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, from 4-7 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (lower church), 1400 Washington St., Boston. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m., also at the cathedral (lower church). Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

Obituary: Annette M. Everett

Annette M. Everett, at 78
Annette M. (Curley) Everett, of Norwell, formerly of Milton, died July 27. She was 78.
Born in Boston, Mrs. Everett was valedictorian of the Monsignor Ryan High School, class of 1957, and graduated from the Boston School of Business Education. After graduation, she worked for many years for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and then moved on to raise a family. Years later, she returned to the work force at TJ Maxx in Norwell, where she would regale anybody who would listen with stories of her childhood at Crescent Beach in Hull. 
Beloved wife of Willard C. “Bill” Everett Jr., she was the loving mother of Dana B. Everett, of Norwell; and sister of Marie Singh, of Largo, Fla., (formerly of Milton), and Francis Curley, of Milton. 
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9 a.m. in Saint Helen’s Church, 383 Washington St., Norwell. Interment will follow, at Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne, at 11:30 a.m. 
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Obituary: Adeline DelBene

Adeline DelBene, at 72
Adeline (Bevilacqua) DelBene, 72, of Medford and Hull, died peacefully July 14 after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. She was a longtime employee of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and a server at Regina Pizzeria in Boston’s North End. 
Loving wife of the late James DelBene, she was the devoted daughter of the late Louise (Polcari) and Charles Bevilacqua; and loving sister of Anthony Bevilacqua, of Hull, Susan Buckley and her husband, Kevin, of Burlington, and Charles Bevilacqua and his wife, Karen, of Arizona. She also was a much-loved aunt of Joy Littrell, Jessica Downing, Steven Buckley, and Michelle Buckley; and great-aunt of Emma, Savannah, Isabella, Noah, and Grace. She was the niece of Josephine Polcari, John Polcari and his wife, Lucie, and Gilda Mercurio; and is also survived by many cousins and dear friends. 
Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church, 208 Samoset Ave., Hull. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be  made to Dr. James Cleary’s Research Fund for Bile Duct Cancer: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Angelle Kettlewell, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Memo line: Dr. J. Cleary’s Research Fund/Adeline DelBene. 

Obituary: Walter F. Bouchie

Walter F. Bouchie, at 75
Walter F. Bouchie, 75, died in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, July 24.
He was a retired Hull police detective and a U.S. Army veteran, who served during the Vietnam War. He was an avid motorcycle lover and was a member of the Florida Road Dawgs.
He also belonged to the American Legion, the VFW, the AMVETS, and the Moose Lodge.
Mr. Bouchie was born in Hingham in 1943 to Ernest and Dorothy Bouchie. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Valentine) Bouchie; his son, Walter Doucette; and two stepsons, Michael and Joshua Brugnola. Mr. Bouchie also leaves three grandsons, Anthony, Matthew, and Giovanni Brugnola; his siblings, Ernest Bouchie, Marie Hoover, James Bouchie, and Jeanie Hagerty; and his mother-in-law, Mary Valentine; and many brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, a great-niece, and great-nephews. We are also not to forget his beloved pup, Sissy.
His funeral Mass was held Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, followed by interment of cremated remains with military honors at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida.

Obituary: Marie E. Halay

Marie E. Halay, at 76
Marie E. Halay died July 3 in Peoria, Ariz., at age 76.
Born in New York, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Henry (“Hank”) Halay. 
She was a longtime employee of the Hull Federal Credit Union and a former Hull resident, who previously resided in St. Peters, Mo., and Groton, Conn., before moving to Arizona in 2015. She was passionate about word searches, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, lobster, and good beer and wine.
Mrs. Halay is survived by daughters, Lisa Halay-Leone, of Whitman; and Cheryl Halay, of Buzzards Bay; and her son, Douglas Halay and daughter-in-law Crystal (Conlon) Halay, of Peoria, Ariz. She had four grandchildren, Jenell, Gregory, Caitlin, and Ryan; and two great-grandchildren, Athena and Adeline. 
In accordance with her wishes, services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. 

Obituary: Vincent Calabria

Vincent Calabria, at 63
Vincent Calabria, a Hull resident for more than 50 years, died Wednesday, July 11, at the age of 63.
Mr. Calabria was born in Italy, the son of the late Bruno and Felicia (D’alisse) Calabria. He moved to Hull when he was 11 and attended local schools. He worked at Montillio’s Bakery and Icon Co., both in Quincy.
He loved fishing, hiking and nature, and the outdoors. He especially loved his time spent with his nieces and nephews. 
Beloved husband of Helen C. (Love) Calabria, he was the brother of Joseph Calabria, Domenico P. Calabria, and Maria I. Donato, all of Hull, and the late Francesco Calabria and Silvana Dalfonco. Mr. Calabria also is survived by many nieces and nephews and by his beloved canine companions, Dakota and Rocky. 
Arrangements are under the care of Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, Hingham. Mr. Calabria’s funeral Mass was held this morning (Thursday) at St. Ann’s Church.  
Memorial donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Association, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. 
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Obituary: Kevin P. Delaney, Jr.

Kevin P. Delaney, Jr., at 22
Kevin P. Delaney, Jr. lost his battle with drug addiction on July 13. He was 22.
Mr. Delaney was a devoted family member. He was fortunate to make his passion for cooking his profession. He was known for his fierce loyalty to his friends.
He is survived by his mother, Coleen (Mahoney) Delaney, of Hull; his father, Kevin Delaney Sr., of Randolph; and his loving sister, Jessica Delaney, of Hull.  He also leaves his grandmother, Catherine Mahoney, of Hull; and his grandfather, Stephen Delaney, of Falmouth. Kevin will be missed by his large extended family, which includes more than 20 aunts and uncles and 50 first cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ann’s  Church, 208 Samoset Ave., Hull.
In  lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be  made in his name to Ocean House Recovery Home, 54 Wilder Rd., Norwell MA 02061, in care  of Mark Mahoney, director.

Obituary: David L. Woodward

David L. Woodward, at 81
David L. Woodward entered into rest July 6, at the age of 81.
Beloved husband of Roberta (Kaplan) Woodward, he was the devoted father of Brenda and her husband, John Contos; Steven Woodward; Jennifer and her husband, Sean Lasky; and godfather of Shaun and his wife, Cindy McGough.
He was the loving brother of Warren and his wife, Margie Woodward, and the late Robert, James, and Richard Woodward, Lorraine Anderson, and Larry and Ronald Woodward.
He was the cherished grandfather of Rebecca, Tommy, Corey, Nicole, Emma, Max, Elizabeth, and Grace and best friend to Lynne.
Services were held Monday, with burial at Sharon Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, or online at

Obituary: Kenneth G. Tong

Kenneth G. Tong, at 87
Kenneth G. Tong, of Hull, died Monday, July 9, at the age of 87. 
Mr. Tong was born in Quincy. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, during the Korean Conflict. He designed and built the former Atlantic Aquarium and the Nantasket Antique and Gift Center, both located in Hull. He had a very distinguished career at GTE Government Systems Corp. and General Dynamics Defense Systems. He also worked at J. Wiley & Sons in New York, where he wrote the Wiley Series on Human Communication.
Mr. Tong held a master’s degree in journalism; he wrote many articles and taught at many universities. He enjoyed time spent fishing with his son and building ship models.
Loving father of Dean Tong of Tampa, Fla., he was the grandfather of Christine Crum and Kenneth A. Tong and great-grandfather of Ivy Claire Crum, all of Florida. He was the brother of Marjorie Townsend, of Scituate, and the late Robert Tong. Mr. Tong is also survived by his companion, Karen Clemente, of Hull; his close friend and former wife Claire Tong, of Hull; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, 12 Quincy Ave., Quincy, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be at Hull Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, 487 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.
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Obituary: Patrick K. Miehe

Patrick K. Miehe, at 70
Patrick Karl Miehe died June 5, after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 70.
Mr. Miehe was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., where he tortured his brother Pierre and sister Claudette with endless practical jokes. After attending Washington University, from which he graduated magna cum laude, he headed to Boston and quickly landed a job at Harvard’s Houghton Library. There he catalogued the papers of poet Robert Lowell, writer Tom Wolfe, and Russian theorist and politician Leon Trotsky, among others.
Touching the letters of these amazing men fed his mind and soul, and he took pleasure in learning all he could about them. But Mr. Miehe’s mind and soul were restless, always needing to be challenged. While helping a friend study for the LSATs, on a whim he decided to take them, too, to see how well he would do. His high score resulted in an acceptance to Harvard Law School, and so his path changed.
Mr. Miehe joined a Boston law firm, Sullivan & Worcester, and even though he had no love of contracts and corporate law, he became a highly successful corporate lawyer and partner, specializing in media mergers. He had the soul of a poet, the curiosity of a scholar, and the heart of an adventurer.
He longed to see the world and traveled every chance he got. He walked through the marketplaces of Morocco and climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. He ate croissants in the cafés of Paris and hiked through the English countryside. He found fossils in Spitzbergen and explored the ruins of Machu Picchu.
In May 1995, Mr. Miehe met his true north, his beloved Maureen, and he shared with her the wonders of Zimbabwe and Zambia and the ruins of Tikal. They camped under the stars in Wadi Rum, the Syrian dessert, and walked through Petra, the rose-colored city carved into the mountains of Jordan. They hiked through the Basque region of Spain and cruised on the Aegean Sea. They took in theater in London’s West End and stood in awe of the Sistine Chapel.
They married in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands soon after settling in the seaside town of Hull, where Mr. Miehe found his true home. For all of his world travels, his home in Hull with Maureen was the place he loved the best, especially when taking in the view of Boston and the Atlantic Ocean from the top of their WWII submarine tower. It calmed his wanderlust and gave him peace.
He was intellectually hungry and loved reading, devouring everything from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie, books about quantum physics, and paperback crime capers. His love of reading was contagious, and frequently the first question he would ask of you was, “What are you reading?” He could often be seen walking on Allerton Hill, navigating the street on autopilot as he read a book, or viewed through the den window, reading in his favorite chair, enveloped in a cherry-tobacco-scented cloud from his ever-present pipe.
He loved foreign films, “The Great British Baking Show,” X-Box games, William Butler Yeats, and magic tricks. He enjoyed red wine and Maureen’s cooking, always prepared with love. A cat lover who volunteered at Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, he was fond of all creatures, including the seagulls that frequently hovered above the house and the squirrels that perched eagerly at the door, waiting for the inevitable table scraps and peanuts that he would toss out to them. More than anything, he loved Maureen, his family, and his friends. 
Mr. Miehe was a true lion, courageous throughout his illness. He was never afraid. He was never bitter or angry. He simply said: “It is another adventure. Everyone is going to go on this journey eventually. I am just going earlier than planned.” Everyone who ever met him said the same thing: They had never met anyone quite like him. He was quick-witted, yet silly; he was kind, and he was incredibly inquisitive and interested in people. He had no patience for small talk, but rather he wanted to know how people thought and what they really thought about. He made everyone feel important and loved. 
Mr. Miehe leaves his wife, Maureen Keiller; his mother, Claudia Napolilli, of Boston; his brother, Pierre Decker, of Norwood; his sister, Claudette Scott and her husband, Ed, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; sisters-in-law Linda Robrish and her husband, Mike, of Westwood, and Susan Droney of Enfield, Conn.; and many extended family members. He also leaves his first wife and friend, Hinda Sklar; his lifelong best friend Ron Rouse; and countless friends and neighbors who loved him. Finally he leaves the cats that he adored: Kirby, Sam, Roger, and Cemi.
His family wishes to especially thank Kristin Gangi, his hospice nurse from Beacon Hospice on the South Shore, for her care, her kindness, her warm smile, her sense of humor and for always thinking of Patrick’s comfort and dignity. It lessened the pain in more ways than one.
Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, 487 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.