Thomas E. Humphreys Sr., 85

Sep 28, 2020 by

Published on September 28, 2020 edition. Thomas E. Humphreys, Sr., 85, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Wakefield. Tom, the youngest child of Carl F. and Mary G. “Mae” Humphreys, was born in Somerville on May 4, 1935. Tom fiercely loved living in Wakefield. He was a graduate of St. Joseph School, and he spent time at both St. Mary of Lynn and Wakefield High School, where he graduated in 1954. After a year at Bridgton Academy, Tom served in the US Army. Thanks in part to a financial gift earned by helping to rescue a local teen who had fallen through the ice, Tom ended up at Merrimack College, where he played hockey and met the love of his life, Judy (Patten). During their 56 years...

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Jacqueline Sawyer, 58

Sep 28, 2020 by

Published on September 28, 2020 edition. Jacqueline (Symes) Sawyer, 58, of Wakefield, formerly of Reading, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, surrounded by her family. Jacqueline was born Dec. 6, 1961 in Winchester and was a longtime resident of Reading, graduating from Reading Memorial High School in 1980 and Northern Essex Community College. Jacqueline and her former husband. David Lee Sawyer, moved to Wakefield, where they raised their family. Jacqueline was a longtime employee (33 years) of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center where she worked as a Third Party Representative. Jacqueline was the loving mother of Elton Sawyer and his wife Shana Carlson Sawyer and Sarah Sawyer, all of Wakefield. She was the devoted daughter of Theresa (Keogan) Symes and Dennis Symes, who have been longtime residents and raised their children in Reading. Jacqueline...

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Antonio Bonaventura, 98

Sep 28, 2020 by

Published on September 28, 2020 edition. Antonio Bonaventura, 98, a resident of Wakefield, died Friday, Sept. 25, at the Tufts New England Medical Center. Born in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy on July 19, 1922, Antonio was raised and married in Italy before moving to the United States in 1959. He and his wife first settled in the North End of Boston before making their home in Wakefield in 1962; there they raised their family. Together, they were members of St. Florence Church. Antonio had worked for a number of years for the L.B. Evans Shoe Company before becoming the proud owner of Grippo Shoe Repair located in Needham for more than 20 years. Above all, he loved his family. He was the beloved husband of Rina (Soprano) Bonaventura, with whom he shared 61 wonderful...

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Ronald Hawkes, 89

Sep 23, 2020 by

Avid motorcyclist Published September 23, 2020 WAKEFIELD — Ronald “Ron” Hawkes, 89, a Wakefield native, passed peacefully at his daughter’s New Hampshire home on July 27, 2020, just two months shy of his highly anticipated 90th birthday. Ron graduated from Wakefield High School with the Class of 1949 and went on to serve in the US Air Force for four years before settling in Greenwood. He lived in Greenwood until 1995, when he retired and moved to Naples, Fla. Once in Naples, he served as a board member for his community, Augusta Court, where he was a beloved friend and neighbor for many years. Ron was an avid motorcyclist and was a member of several motorcycle clubs, which afforded him the opportunity to tour extensively on his bike with friends. Ron was also a...

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Michael P. DeCecca, 66

Sep 22, 2020 by

Published in the September 22, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Michael P. DeCecca, 66, of Haverhill, formerly of Wakefield, died on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He was born in Wakefield on July 29, 1954 and was the son of Ralph DeCecca and the late Barbara (Whitney) DeCecca.  Michael grew up in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1973. He was a longtime foreman for the Wakefield Highway Department. Michael was an artist and enjoyed working on cars and being a Papa. He was a jokester and was always good for a laugh. Michael was a people person.  He was the beloved husband of Lorraine DeCecca. He was the loving father of Gina DeCecca and Felicia Patterson and her husband Shane, and grandfather of their children...

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Robert Butler, 78

Sep 22, 2020 by

Published in the September 22, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Robert “Pete” Butler, 78, of Wakefield passed away peacefully on September 18. He was born in Newfoundland Canada in 1942 to the late Laura (Snow) Butler and William Henry Dawe Butler. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn F. (Levenson) Butler, his high school sweetheart with whom he shared 50 wonderful years of marriage. Pete was an Air Force veteran during the Vietnam era. He was an electrician who retired from Raytheon and also was a Wakefield Auxiliary Police sergeant for many years. Pete spent a lifetime of devotion to his family and many longtime friends with his outgoing, warm and humorous personality. He had a passion for antique cars and was an active member of the Klaxon Car Club for many years, serving...

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