Paul A. Blake, 69

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Paul Arthur Blake, 69, died at his Newburyport home after a long battle with lung disease on Jan. 7, 2021. Paul was born on Jan. 10, 1951, in Melrose, the son of the late Kenneth and Claire (Goggin) Blake. Paul was the beloved father of Ryan J. Blake and his wife Megan of Providence. Former husband of Karen (Harvey) Teeley. Loving grandfather of Jackson and Landon. Cherished brother of Bonnie Rollins and her husband Peter of Hamilton, Scott Blake and his wife Mary of Stoneham, and Diane Burke and her husband James of Eastham. Caring uncle of Joshua Rollins and his wife Jacqueline, Jacqueline Heath and her husband Matthew, Jonathan Blake, Jennifer Szymanski and her husband Kyle, Kerry Brooks and her husband John. He is also survived by...

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Sharon L. Charbonnier, 75

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Sharon L. (Piper) Charbonnier, 75, of Melrose, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on Jan. 7, 2021.  Sharon was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and Trinity College. She resided in Melrose for many years and worked at Royce Mailing Services in Melrose. Sharon loved to crochet and solve puzzles. She enjoyed traveling and volunteering at her church and many other causes. Sharon was the beloved wife of David K. Charbonnier. Loving mother of Matthew D. Charbonnier of Stoneham and the late David M. Charbonnier. Caring sister of Madeleine Passerini of Alabama and the late Maryellen Hobbs. Lifelong friends of Nancy Kennedy of Everett and Judy Player of Arlington. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Due to...

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Michael J. McDonough, 87

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Michael J. McDonough, 87, of Melrose, formerly of Rinn, Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Jan. 5, 2021, at MelroseWakefield Hospital. Always ready with a joke and a kind word, Michael will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. Michael loved his vegetable garden, making his renowned Irish bread and enjoying a pint of Guinness. Michael was a 45-year employee of The Boston Gas Company, the United Steelworkers Union, and a proud member of the Connemara Gaels Irish football club during the 1960s and member of the North Shore Irish Association. Michael was predeceased by his first wife Margaret J. (Connolly) McDonough of St. Paul, Minn., and Rosmuc, Co. Galway Ireland, and his wife Jane E. (Tiernan)...

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James A. McAvoy Jr., 94

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — James A. McAvoy Jr., 94, died from complications related to COVID-19 on Jan. 8, 2021. Jim lived a storied life, like many in his generation of Americans. Jim was born to James A. McAvoy, Sr. and Katherine McAvoy in Melrose in 1926 and maintained his connection to the City throughout his life, leaving only after the death of his wife Doris in 2017. Jim grew up during the Great Depression and worked throughout his childhood. Jim’s childhood work included cleaning the three railroad depots in Melrose, working in the butcher shop of the First National Market, and serving as a lifeguard on the beach at Crystal Lake in Melrose, now known as El Pond. Jim attended St. Mary’s School in Melrose and graduated from Malden Catholic High School...

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Elizabeth Manos, 92

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Published January 15, 2021 PEABODY — Elizabeth Emily “Bette” (Berry) Manos, 92, died Dec. 20, 2020, at Brooksby Village in Peabody, where she had lived for over five years, the final seven months in the continuing care facility. She was born Nov. 20, 1928, in Portsmouth, N.H., the youngest daughter of Russell and Gladys Berry. Bette grew up on a farm in Alton, N.H., and later graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in 1949, and later she earned a certificate in Library Science from Bridgewater State College, a career change which suited her passion for organization. At Keene State, she met her future husband, Charles Manos, and they married Dec. 23, 1950. Bette and Charlie were together for 67 years until his death...

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