Deborah J. Cantwell, 63

Dec 12, 2019 by

Quiet demeanor belied her sharp wit Published December 11, 2019 YORK, Maine — Deborah J. Cantwell, 63, of Wellington Avenue, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at her beloved beach house in York Beach, Maine surrounded by family and friends. She was born March 13, 1956 in Medford to the late Bernard P. and Jeanne F. (Doucet) Murphy of Lynnfield. Debbie was a mother and homemaker whose quiet demeanor belied her sharp wit and great warmth. Over the decades, from Mansfield to Pepperell, Mass. to York Beach, she and her beloved husband of 32 years, Donald L. Cantwell, effortlessly hosted streams of family and friends, sponsored outdoor blues concerts, and gave her parents Bernie and Jeanne comfort in their later years. She leaves a daughter, Marissa R. Cantwell of Manchester, New Hampshire; and...

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Lois A. Christopher, 92

Dec 12, 2019 by

Enjoyed sumptuous Sunday dinners Published December 11, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Lois Arlene Christopher, 92, passed away peacefully joining her beloved husband, Earl, in eternal life on December 8, 2019. She was born on May 3, 1927 in Tisbury to the late Laura (Hinckley) and Howard Powell, and was the granddaughter of Hebert N. and May Hinckley of Vineyard Haven. Lois worked for John Hancock Insurance Agency when she met Earl. They enjoyed a remarkable and loving life together. After they married, she selflessly devoted her life to creating a caring home and raising her children. They lived in Reading for five years then moved to Lynnfield in 1965, where they lived until 1992 before retiring to Nokomis, Fla. to build a house in which they lived until 2015. Vacations were special from Cape Cod to...

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William J. Dias, 81

Dec 4, 2019 by

U.S. Army veteran, active supporter of the Masons Published December 4, 2019 MELROSE — William J. Dias, 81, longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Cambridge on November 24, 1938, William was one of six children of the late Edward J. Dias and Hazel G. (Cox) Dias. Raised and educated in Melrose, Bill enlisted in the United States Army on November 25, 1955 and served 3 years in the 101st Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1958, and forever remained a proud veteran. Bill raised his family of four children in Melrose while he worked as a Senior Draftsman for Polaroid Corp. from 1965 until 1995. After retiring from Polaroid, he enjoyed his work as a...

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Chester E. Nightingale, 92

Nov 27, 2019 by

U.S. Navy veteran served in World War II Published November 27, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Chester Eliot Nightingale, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at the Sawtelle Hospice House with his wife of 63 years, Peggy Golding Nightingale, at his side. Chet was born in Boston, and was the youngest son of Professor W.E. Nightingale and Mary Rowe. He was predeceased by his brother Charles and is survived by his two sisters, Erma Wiggin and Gertrude Gettel. Together with his wife, Chet raised five children. He leaves behind Ellen and her husband James Apicco; Alison and her husband Richard Riker; David Nightingale and his wife Neha; Janet and her husband Jeromy Spratt; and Mark Nightingale and his wife Robin. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Chet graduated from Newton High School,...

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Francis A. Sousa, 95

Nov 20, 2019 by

U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II Published November 20, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Francis A. Sousa, 95, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died on Veterans’ Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at his residence. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 22, 1923, he was the son of the late Francis M. and Lillian (Faucon) Sousa. Mr. Sousa was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1942. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, proudly serving his country during World War II, and beginning a military career that would span 42 years until his retirement at the age of 60. When Mr. Sousa returned from the war, he married his high school sweetheart, the late Marie (Martin), and the two began their family in 1948...

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Edward A. Urkiewicz, 61

Nov 14, 2019 by

Enjoyed family nights on a weekly basis Published November 13, 2019 BEVERLY — Edward A. “Eddie” Urkiewicz, 61, of Beverly, died on Sept. 8, 2019. The Urkiewicz family, along with their extended family, announces with great sadness the loss of their beloved son, brother, and uncle, Eddie Urkiewicz, a resident of Beverly. He was born in Brockton on Sept. 2, 1958 to father Edward Anthony Urkiewicz, of Lynnfield, and to mother Ann M. (Saccocia) Urkiewicz, who predeceased him on Dec. 22, 2016. He attended Lynnfield High School and was a member of the Class of 1976. Eddie dedicated his career years to numerous ventures, including owning a jewelry store in Wakefield; being a Notary Public Constable for the Massachusetts Justice of the Peace; and was an executive to the family-owned business, co-founded by his...

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