Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Maureen A. (Hoey) Dunn devoted her life to prisoner of war and missing in action advocacy after her husband went missing during the Vietnam War.
A Jamaica Plain native, noted for her advocacy on behalf of American military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, died Friday. Maureen A. (Hoey) Dunn, of Randolph, died Friday May 10 at age 72, according to her obituary on the Cartwright Funeral Home website. Dunn’s long history of advocacy began during the Vietnam War, when her husband US Navy Lt. Joseph P. Dunn plane was shot down over the South China Sea near Hainan Island on Feb. 14, 1968. His body was never found, and he was officially decalred dead in 1982. Maureen Dunn became a widow with a young son. The couple were married at St. Thomas Aquinas church in Jamaica Plain four years earlier in September 1965. She co-founded the National League of Families of POWs/MIAs, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Chinese national was studying statistics at Boston University. She was killed in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
A Chinese newspaper has identified the third Boston Marathon bombing victim as Lu Lingzu, a Boston University graduate student, according to the Associated Press. Lu, from Shenyang, China, was studying statistics in Boston. A second Chinese national and BU student, Zhou Danling, was also injured in the blasts. She is listed in stable condition in a Boston hospital, according to Chinese officials. Lu's death has led to an outpouring from friends, family and concerned neighbors in China. Lu's Sina Weibo page already has 20,000 comments from shocked and upset friends (Sina Weibo is a Chinese social media service that combines Twitter- and Facebook-like features). A former neighbor in China was elegiac when talking about Lu on his Sina Weibo …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Boston TV icon hosted a children's show in the 1950s-1970s. Do you have any photos from back in the day?
Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, has died. Trailer hosted “Boomtown,” a children’s show with a Western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974. How did a Western cowboy make his mark in Boston? According to Wikipedia, his corporate overlords gave him a choice of Cleveland or Boston. But he's remembered for more than his cowboy get-up. The Boston Globe wrote in an editorial last year: Kids adored Trailer’s rodeo tricks. But mostly they adored him for his consistent kindness and competence. Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? Did you ever meet him or have your picture taken with him? If…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Robert “Bobby” DeFranco died Jan. 5. He retired from ownership of the Galway House in 2010.
Robert “Bobby” DeFranco, the longtime owner of a classic Jamaica Plain restaurant, died this weekend. DeFranco, from Quincy and formerly from Roxbury, owned the Galway House restaurant for over 30 years, retiring in 2010, according to his obituary. Several people commented on a post on the Galway House’s Facebook page calling DeFranco a local legend. From his obituary: "He will be remembered as feisty, charismatic, and above all else, tenacious." Visiting hours for DeFranco will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. There will be a funeral service for DeFranco at Keohane beginning at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. followed by funeral mass at St. Anne’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m. Donations in …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Marjorie A. (Murphy) Hennigan of Jamaica Plain died Oct. 12, 2012. She was the wife of former State Senator James W. Hennigan Jr. and mother of Clerk Magistrate Maura Hennigan.
Marjorie A. (Murphy) Hennigan of Jamaica Plain died Oct. 12, 2012. She was the wife of former State Senator James W. Hennigan Jr. and mother of Clerk Magistrate Maura Hennigan of Jamaica Plain. The Hennigans are a well known political family in Boston. Visiting hours will be Monday, 3-8 p.m. at Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in The Holy Name Church at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. For more information, please visit the full obituary at the Web site for the Lawler Funeral Home.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ellen Joy (Crabbe) Small, 78, was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain and highly engaged with the civic life of the neighborhood she loved.
Ellen Joy (Crabbe) Small, 78, was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church and was engaged in JP civic life for more than 40 years, according to her obituary in the Boston Globe. Ellen found much joy in the diversity of the people, languages and cultures, along with the preserved natural beauty of Jamaica Plain. A service for her will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. Visitation is from 3-4 p.m. at Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home. For her entire obituary, please visit the Boston Globe.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The longtime Boston University president and political figure in Massachusetts died Sept. 27, 2012.
John R. Silber, who served as president at Boston University for more than two decades and was an influential - and controversial - figure in Massachusetts politics, died on Sept. 27 of kidney failure. He was 86. Silber is credited with bringing Boston University from a commuter school to new levels of academic excellence, and was nearly elected governor of Massachusetts in 1990, losing narrowly to Bill Weld. Silber began at Boston University in 1971, served as president until 1996, then as University chancellor until 2003. During his tenure at BU, Silber expanded the university's campus, recruited accomplished professors and faculty, and improved BU's reputation considerably. Silber was widely known for his jarring and outspoken …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A memorial service will be held on Saturday for Annie Mae Everson, 104, of Jamaica Plain. She died July 27, 2012.
Annie Mae Everson, 101, died July 27, 2012 at home in Jamacia Plain. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Boston, 110 Commonwealth Ave. For more, please visit her full obituary at the Boston Globe.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Richard A. 'Frank' Nici of Jamaica Plain died Sept. 14, 2012.
Richard A. "Frank" Nici of Jamaica Plain died Sept. 14, 2012. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a retired U.S. Postal Service mail handler. His funeral will be Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. at Brady & Fallon Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Brady & Fallon Funeral Home. For his complete obituary please visit the Boston Globe.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Bolling was the Boston City Council President in 1986-1987. He died on Sept. 11.
Bruce Bolling, the first black Boston City Council president, died from cancer on Sept. 11. He was 67. Several politicians released statements about Bolling's passing. “I am saddened to learn of the passing of former City Councilor Bruce Bolling. There are many who came before me who helped set the stage that allowed me to get elected," said Felix Arroyo, an At-Large Boston City Councilor who lives in Jamaica Plain. "I have had the privilege of knowing Bruce my whole life. He has always been a friend and mentor to me, but most importantly, he was a great leader, husband and father. He will be missed.” City Council President Stephen Murphy tweeted: "RIP Fmr. Cllr. Bruce Bolling. He was a man who always championed the causes of others, …