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.
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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

Obituary: Rachel Manchester

Rachel Manchester, at 88
Rachel Manchester, formerly of Hull and of Cape Coral, Florida, died peacefully Feb. 10. She was 88.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Roger Manchester. Survivors include her four children, Patricia Manchester of Brooklyn, NY, Elaine Pendleton of Weymouth, Debra Mulrooney of Whitman, and John Manchester of Hull, as well as many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held at a future date at First Baptist Church, Hingham. For online condolences, visit

Obituary: Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson, at 79
Patricia “Paddy” A. (Grealish) Johnson died Nov. 21 in North Carolina. Formerly of South Boston and Hull, she was 79.
She was the daughter of the late Peter Grealish Sr. and Bridget (O’Donnell) Grealish and the sister of the late Anna O’Brien, Peter Grealish Jr., John Grealish, and Katherine “Kay” Duggan. 
Mrs. Johnson is survived by Joan Chavez of New Mexico and Mary Godwin of North Carolina. 
She loved the beach and kids and was a retired Verizon employee. 
Arrangements were private. 

Obituary: Richard P. Delmonico

Richard P. Delmonico, at 91
Richard P. Delmonico died Feb. 10. He was 91.
Mr. Delmonico adored his family, especially his wife, and was always so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a sports fanatic, specifically about football, and loved to eat. 
He worked in the family business and then went on to be a landscaper all over Massachusetts – work in which he took great pride. Mr. Delmonico cared about everyone else and always put others before himself. He was kind and had unconditional love for those around him.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Beloved husband of 61 years to the late Joan E. Delmonico, he was the loving father of Janet E. Delmonico, of Hull; Richard P. Delmonico Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Hull; Ronald J. Delmonico and his wife, Susan, of Whitman; and Joanne Hughes and her husband, Michael, of Hull. He was the brother of Robert Delmonico, of Hingham; Raymond Delmonico, of Hull; Norma Dunn, of Norwell; and Marion Delmonico, of Rockland.
He is survived by five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, from 4-8 p.m., in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central Street), Hingham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Hull, at 10.
Burial at Hull Village Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Parish, 208 Samoset Ave., Hull, MA 02045.

Obituary: Margaret E. Tibbetts

Margaret E. Tibbetts, at 78

Margaret “Maggie” E. (Fallon) Tibbetts, of Hull, died Jan. 12. She was 78.
Mrs. Tibbetts grew up in Quincy. She graduated from Quincy High School and Chandler School for Women, after which she worked as a legal secretary and travel agent.
Mrs. Tibbetts was a member of the Cohasset Golf Club for more than 30 years; she twice won the Lincoln Bowl, was an active member in the Massachusetts Women’s Golf Association, and competed in many golf matches and tournaments throughout Massachusetts.
Mrs. Tibbetts was also a member of the Cohasset Yacht Club, a terrific bridge player, and an absolute master code breaker who could solve the morning cryptoquote over just a few sips of coffee.
While her husband ran Wollaston Alloys, a steel foundry he owned in Braintree, his wife raised their three children at home. After he sold the business in 1982, they did a great deal of traveling. They also enjoyed spending time over the years at vacation homes in Florida and North Conway N.H., where she loved to snowmobile with her family and friends up and over Hurricane Mountain into Maine.  
With their children raised and starting families of their own, Mrs. Tibbetts converted and renovated the family home in Cohasset into The Inn at Actor’s Row, which was featured in Colonial Homes Magazine in 1991. When it became too much of a daily commitment, keeping Mrs. Tibbetts from the golf course for too many days in a row, the couple sold it and moved to Scituate, then to Hull to retire.
A few years later, in 1998, bored with retirement and eager for a new challenge, they convinced their son, Taylor, and his wife, Nancy, to go into business together. They bought two wine and spirit stores in Hull and Scituate. They added a third store to their growing family business in the Pinehills community in Plymouth in 2010.
Mrs. Tibbetts was incredibly fun-loving and had a great talent for entertaining. She loved to get dressed up, had an iconoclastic sense of style, and amassed a wonderful collection of costume jewelry, especially earrings, the bigger the better. She was an unbelievably talented cook, who only rarely needed to glance at a cookbook. She was fiercely independent. She could ride a motorcycle, navigate an airplane, and create wonderful works of art in acrylic and oil.
Above all else, Mrs. TIbbetts was unswervingly devoted to her family. She was generous to a fault, always thinking of ways to support her husband, children, and grandchildren in whatever endeavors had caught their passions. She was a true matriarch, who will be more than missed.

Obituary: Kevin P. Healey

Kevin P. Healey, at 67
Kevin P. Healey, 67, of Hingham, previously of Hull and Dorchester, died Jan. 30.
Born in Presque Isle, Maine, he spent his younger years in various places while his father was an Air Force tech. Mr. Healey was a 1969 graduate of Sgt. Xaverian Missionary Fathers Seminary and a 1980 graduate of UMass Boston and served as a Benedictine monk at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham from 1972 to 1986.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Healey moved to Boston to pursue a career in computer software training and customer service. He retired at the age of 65.
Longtime director of the Glastonbury Abbey choir, he also was a member of the Braintree Choral Society and a former member of Gays for Patsy, a country-western dance group. He enjoyed attending and supporting the Boston Baroque Orchestra.
Son of Kevin Healey of Little Compton, R.I., and the late Madeline (Powers) Healey, he was the brother of Michael Healey and his wife, Marilyn, of Mansfield; Collene Saunders, of Hull; Terri Leimback and her husband, Richard, of California; and Rhonda Healey and her companion, Joe DiVito, of Hull. Mr. Healey also was the beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Glastonbury Abbey on Tuesday. For more information and online condolences, please visit
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham, MA 02043.

Obituary: Geoffrey M. Fanning

Geoffrey M. Fanning, at 73
Retired Hull High School principal Geoffrey M. Fanning of Florida, formerly of Norwood, died Jan. 25. He was 73.
Dr. Fanning graduated in 1963 from Norwood High School, where he was a member of the football and hockey teams, earning awards and accolades for his athletic ability and leadership skills. He attended Bridgewater State College and earned a B.S. in education. While at BSC, he was a member of the football team, dominating in the positions of center and linebacker. In 2003, he was inducted into the BSC football Hall of Fame. A lifelong learner, he earned his M.Ed. from Suffolk University in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Boston College in 1996. 
Dr. Fanning served as the head football coach of Stoughton High School (1976-1979) and Stonehill College (1981-1982). His long career in education was capped by his appointment as superintendent of the Stoughton Public Schools. He retired after an interim appointment as principal of Hull High School, in 2002.
He and his wife moved to Boca Raton, Fla. He enjoyed summering in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and spending time with family and friends. An avid sports fan, he often enjoyed scoring the Red Sox games while he listened on the radio from his campsite. He was a Patriots season ticketholder for more than two decades and, during his retirement years, would scout out a local establishment in Palm Beach County to catch the Pats on a Sunday afternoon. His funeral was held last Saturday, one day before his beloved Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl.  
Memorial donations may be made to the BSU Alumni Association Football Fund, memo: Geoff Fanning, and mailed to P.O. Box 42, Bridgewater, MA 02324.