Gail P. Courtney, 82

Apr 26, 2018 by

Avid reader who also loved the theater Published in the April 25, 2018 edition LYNNFIELD — Gail P. Courtney, 82, a longtime Lynnfield resident, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Holyoke on August 10, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Carl E. and Anastasia (Hall) Moakler. Gail was raised in Springfield and was a graduate of Commerce High School. Shortly after, she moved to the West Coast where she married her first husband, the late Harry Leonard. They began their family in Portland, Oregon, and also made their home in Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose. After the loss of her husband, Gail moved back to the East Coast to be closer to family. She would later marry the late John Paul Courtney of...

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Jessica J. Gutowski, 95

Apr 26, 2018 by

Former Lynnfield town clerk was interested in community’s history Published in the April 25, 2018 edition LYNNFIELD — Jessica J. “Jessie” (Pokorski) Gutowski, 95, beloved wife of the late Eugene M. Gutowski, passed into eternal rest on Friday, April 20, 2018. Born in 1922, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Antoinette (Horodzscna) Pokorski. Jessie graduated from Jamaica Plain High School and continued her education at Salve Regina College. Jessie and her husband Eugene had a deep commitment to the town of Lynnfield, where they had resided for over 60 years. Jessie served as both assistant town clerk and town clerk respectively for 20 years. She was also the secretary to the Lynnfield Finance Committee, Zoning Boards of Appeals and the Conservation Commission. She and her husband were members of the Lynnfield...

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Dean A. Triffitt, 71

Apr 18, 2018 by

U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran Published in the April 18, 2018 edition LYNNFIELD — Dean A. Triffitt, 71, of Lynnfield, devoted husband of the late Susan (Runnalls) Triffitt, died on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Eugene C. and Edith L. (Pecker) Triffitt, and graduated from Dearborn High School in Cambridge. He grew up in Lynn and lived in Lynnfield since 1976. A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Dean served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, and rose to the rank of sergeant. He was a member of Golden Fleece Lodge AF & AM, and was a call firefighter for the town of Lynnfield. Dean worked as a parts technician for Honda Gallery in North Reading and, retired from there in 2009. Dean and...

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Joann O’Brien, 86

Apr 4, 2018 by

Adored animals and a scoop of maple walnut ice cream Published in the April 4, 2018 edition LYNNFIELD — Joann (Taracevicz) O’Brien, 86, of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Rosewood Rehabilitation Center in Peabody. Joann was the beloved wife of the late Walter O’Brien of Saugus. Joann was born on May 16, 1931 in Cambridge to Fabian Taracevicz and Katherine (Smiarowska) Taracevicz, both immigrants of Poland. Joann was raised in Malden and graduated high school from Cheverus. She lived in Melrose for 30 years and Saugus for 16 years.   Joann was the kindest of souls and truly impacted all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend. She had an incredible sense of humor and loved to...

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Evan Mark Scollard, 23

Apr 4, 2018 by

Known for his determination and zest for life Published in the April 4, 2018 edition LYNNFIELD — Evan Mark Scollard, 23, a member of the U.S. Navy and a Lynnfield resident, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018. Born in Boston on December 19, 1994, he was the son of Mark and Carolyn (Connell) Scollard of Lynnfield. Evan grew up in Lynnfield and was a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School, Class of 2013. During high school, he impressively wrote his first novel, and frequently volunteered his time at the Northeast Animal Shelter. He matriculated to Trinity College, graduating cum laude in 2017 with a degree in psychology and anthropology. He spent the fall semester of his sophomore year studying abroad at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Evan took advantage of every opportunity presented to...

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Bobby Lesser

Apr 4, 2018 by

Former head baseball coach at LHS Published in the April 4, 2018 edition PEABODY — Bobby “Coach” Lesser, of Peabody, passed away on March 26, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Ernestine (Zolla) Lesser. He was the dear son of the late Henry and Miriam ‘Mid” (Fredman) Lesser. He was the devoted father of Joy Lesser Rothschild and her husband Dr. Henry Rothschild; Bonnie Lesser and her husband David McCarthy; and Michael Lesser. He was the dear grandfather of Raef and Francesca Rothschild.  He was the dear brother of Verna Burnim and her late husband Kal. The Lesser and Hacker families, under the late Henry Hacker and Bob’s dad the late Henry Lesser, founded Camp Cedar in Casco, Maine in 1954.  Bob was an essential part of Cedar’s earlier days coaching baseball. Bobby...

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