EDITORIAL: Onward and upward

Apr 30, 2020 by

Published April 29, 2020 Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement that school buildings will be closed for the rest of the academic year was truly a punch to the gut. While we certainly understand and respect why Baker decided to close schools for the rest of the year in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our hearts break for the school system’s students and educators during this challenging time. In order to protect the public’s health and well-being, students are being asked to sacrifice their academic, emotional and personal growth by staying home. The situation might not be equivalent to storming the beaches at Normandy, but it’s certainly difficult. We particularly feel for Lynnfield High School’s Class of 2020. One of the Wakefield Item Company’s main reporters was a senior when the Sept....

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Rita M. Van Kirk, 93

Apr 30, 2020 by

Published May 1, 2020 MELROSE — Rita M. (Boyle) Van Kirk, 93, died at home with family by her side on April 18, 2020. She was born in South Boston on June 16, 1926 to the late Lawrence and Margaret (Kelly) Boyle. Rita was raised in South Boston and graduated from South Boston High School in 1942. She worked for the New England Telephone Company for many years as well as for Myra A. Lyons Attorney-at-Law. Rita married her late husband, Robert (Van), on April 29, 1967 and spent 52 years together.   Rita and Van spent many happy times with family and friends at their cottage in Maine. She loved knitting, had a beautiful smile and dearly loved her family and friends.   Rita was the beloved wife of 52 years to the late Robert...

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Mary Sutherby

Apr 30, 2020 by

Published May 1, 2020 MELROSE — God called Mary Sutherby home on April 22, 2020, when she joined her dear Frank, her husband of 65 years. Mary was born in Malden, loving daughter of firefighter and World War I veteran William Mooney and Julia Cligott; sister of older brother Bill and younger brother John. She attended St. Joseph’s School, Notre Dame Academy, and Girls Catholic High School. While she received a scholarship to study journalism at a college in New York, God had other plans for Mary. After high school, Mary worked at the telephone company, operating a comptometer. There she met three sisters, Mary, Gert, and Rita Sutherby, who would introduce her to their brother Frank in 1950. Among other places, they frequented two houses on their dates, Bob Cousy’s house at the...

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Edward Beirod, 78

Apr 30, 2020 by

Published May 1, 2020 MELROSE — Edward “Eddie” Beirod, 78, longtime Melrose resident, passed away at Tufts Medical Center on Monday, April 6, 2020.  Eddie was born in Cambridge on August 28, 1941, one of three children of the late Oscar and Austra (nee Greese) Beirod. He grew up in Melrose graduating from Melrose High School in 1959. In his youth, Eddie enjoyed playing hockey, and was quite good at it. Eddie worked in electronics engineering through the years and made numerous lifelong friends at his job. An affable person, Eddie always made you feel welcome. Classic cars and sailing were two of Eddie’s favorite hobbies. He also enjoyed listening to classical music and spending time at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Eddie will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Eddie was...

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