Roland J. Harrington, 86

Jul 30, 2020 by

Published July 31, 2020 NAPLES, Fla. — Roland Joseph Harrington, 86, departed this life on July 23, 2020 in Naples, Florida after a lengthy battle with dementia and blood cancer. He was born in 1934 in Everett, Mass. to the late Nelson Harrington and Eleanor (Lee) Harrington.   Roland grew up in Melrose, Mass. He attended Melrose High School, and as a young man was famous for his pink Ford convertible, and the fact that the local press once described his play on the football field as “untapped dynamite.” His fame, however, did not extend to the classroom, and after graduating from Melrose High School, he completed a post-graduate year at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. He spent two years at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Upon the sudden death of his father, Roland began working...

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Barbara McDevitt, 67

Jul 30, 2020 by

Published July 31, 2020 MELROSE — Barbara Cady McDevitt, 67, passed away on July 25, 2020 with her husband of nearly 27 years, Thomas C. McDevitt, by her side. Barbara and Tom moved from Cambridge to Melrose in 1995 and fell in love with its quiet streets, emerging downtown, and friendly neighbors. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister and her husband, Sara and Kurt Meyers of Arizona, as well as hundreds of family members and friends from many places and various parts of her life. She was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Sheldon H. Cady and Barbara Urquhart Cady. She was a cherished daughter-in-law of the late Joseph V. McDevitt and Phyllis A. McDevitt of Rhode Island. Barbara was born with several serious medical conditions, but...

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Lillian Madden

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Published July 31, 2020 MELROSE — Lillian “Dolly” (O’Sullivan) Madden of Melrose, formerly of Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland, died peacefully on July 22, 2020. She was the beloved wife of Mike Madden of Melrose. Loving mother of Janice Camuso and her husband Rick of Reading, Michael Madden and his wife Jackie of Virginia, Dermot Madden and his wife Erin of Melrose, and Cecelia Madden of Wakefield. Dolly is also survived by eight loving grandchildren – Kelly, Brendan, Liam, Sullivan, Sean, Seamus, Brigid, and Molly, as well many relatives. Arriving in Boston in 1957, armed with only her Irish charm and little sister June, Dolly quickly learned U.S. currency and secured a job with United Way making $117 a week as a bookkeeper. In 1961, at the Bay State Ballroom, Dolly found herself overcome with...

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Isabella V. Tracy, 88

Jul 23, 2020 by

Published July 24, 2020 MELROSE — Isabella V. (Lionetti) Tracy, 88, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Isabella was born on July 9, 1932 in Boston, daughter of the late Carmen and Teodora (Pierni) Lionetti. She was raised in Somerville where she graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1949. Isabella worked at the Hostess Cupcake Factory for several years, and later worked as a home health aide. She was married to Joseph DeNitto, and, later in life, married Lawrence V. Tracy. Isabella was a humble, family-oriented woman with simple needs. She enjoyed being together with family and friends around the holidays, celebrating birthdays with a lobster dinner with her sister, or baking her famous Pizzelle cookies. In her free time, she enjoyed socializing with her friends...

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Edwin H. Vickery, 99

Jul 23, 2020 by

Published July 24, 2020 MELROSE — Edwin H. Vickery, 99, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 with his family by his side.  Edwin was born on December 4, 1920 in Boston. He moved to Melrose in 1924 growing up with the Harrington’s who became his family. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1938 and joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He served with the 25th Bomb Squadron in the Pacific Theater of WWII. He was in an aircraft flying over the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on the USS Missouri on VJ Day. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945, Edwin returned to Melrose. After the war, he met his beloved June, and they were married in 1951. They lived in Wakefield a short...

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Barbara E. McKinlay, 99

Jul 23, 2020 by

Published July 24, 2020 WELLESLEY — Barbara E. McKinlay, 99, of Wellesley, formerly of Melrose, died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Waterstone at Wellesley. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born in Everett on May 31, 1921 to Thomas and Ida Flaherty and sister to Chester Flaherty, Marie Jackson and Paul Flaherty, who all predeceased her. She was a 1939 graduate of Everett High School and a 1943 graduate of Salem State in Elementary Education. She also received a master’s in education. She was a resident of Melrose from 1952 to 2008 and lived the last 12 years in Wellesley. She was an elementary school teacher in Everett, Wakefield and Melrose, and loved her kindergartners at Roosevelt Elementary School. She enjoyed reading and playing bridge, but most of all,...

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