Melrose Obituaries

Donald F. Whynot, 84

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Donald F. Whynot, 84

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition LACONIA, New Hampshire — Donald F. Whynot, 84, of Laconia, New Hampshire, formerly of Melrose and Peabody, died on November 18,, 2017.  Donald was born in Melrose on May 21, 1933 to Arthur and Christina (Mossey) Whynot. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1951. Donald was the goaltender for the 1950 Melrose High hockey team that won the State Championship. He then went on to earn a full scholarship to Northeastern where he earned a business degree and played goaltender for their hockey team and played in the first Beanpot. Donald enjoyed skiing at Gunstock Mountain with his family as well as playing tennis. He loved spending summers at the family home in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire. He was a former member of the Melrose Kiwanis Club. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann E. (Talieri) Whynot. Loving father of Donna L. Clark and her husband Mark of Peabody, and Douglas A. Whynot of North Reading. Cherished grandfather of Debra Hardimon and her husband Mike of Tewksbury, Andrew Whynot and his wife Jeanne of Somerville, Heather Nevers and her husband Travis of Tewksbury, and Brian Clark and his girlfriend Michelle Reiss of Malden. Proud great-grandfather of Alex, Cameron, Daniel, and Layla. Brother of the late Helen MacNeil, Mary Dunn, and James Wallace Whynot. Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday, Nov., 26, from 2 – 5 p.m., at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Donald’s name to a charity of your choice. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Janie Cokkinos, 86

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Janie Cokkinos, 86

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — Janie Lilas (Sentner) Cokkinos, 86, a resident of Melrose and formerly of Medford, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2017.     Janie, known to family and friends as Lilas, was born in Melrose on December 10, 1930. Raised in Melrose, she was one of seven children of the late William C. and Sadie Hazel (MacWilliams) Sentner. She graduated from Melrose High School, was married to the late Charles G. Cokkinos, and together they lived in Medford for nearly 50 years.   Shortly after their marriage Lilas and Charlie opened a candy shop specializing in fudge and chocolates. Charlie and Lilas operated “Palace of Sweets” in Malden for several years, before relocating to Waltham as “Dandy Dutch Candies.” Charlie and Lilas, who made the fudge with real butter from scratch, were in high demand during holidays for their well known fudge. After perfecting the making of fudge, they moved the business to Medford and focused specifically on their wholesale business. Lilas then started a second career as a telephone operator at the Wakefield branch for Shawmut Bank. She then was promoted to the main office in Boston in wire transfers. Sociable, and friendly, Lilas was happiest being around people and supporting others. If there was a party to attend, Lilas was there, dressed perfectly and ready to go. She loved any get-togethers with family, especially being around family for holidays or trips to Lake Winnipesaukee with her family. With a love for laughter, Lilas was always ready for fun, hopefully with a wine cooler in hand.   Lilas was an active and faithful member of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn. She was a regular attendee at charitable events, fundraisers, or holiday parties always to support the church. She centered her social life around the life of the church, and enjoyed the many church friendships and events over the years.   A good friend, and supportive family member, Lilas was always willing to help. She will be lovingly remembered for her warmth, sincerity, and genuine care for others. She will be missed but always remembered.   Lilas was the beloved wife of the late Charles G. Cokkinos with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Dear sister of Ethel S. Polley and her late husband Phillip of Haverhill, Vivian P. Craig and her husband Thomas of Wilmington, Cynthia A. Way and her husband Jerry of Mt. Airy, Maryland, and the late Helen M. Canning and her late husband Ralph, her late brother Lester G. Sentner and his late wife Virginia, and her late brother David W. Sentner. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends gathered in honor of Lilas during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, Nov. 17, and again on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn for her funeral service, followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Gifts in memory of Lilas may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.  For directions, online tribute or to share a memory, visit...

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Michele R. Paone, 55

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Michele R. Paone, 55

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — Michele R. (Jodrey) Paone, 55, lifelong resident of Melrose, died November 18, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Vincent Paone of Melrose. Loving mother of Nichole A. Paone and Paul A. Paone, both of Melrose. Cherished daughter of Arthur Jodrey and the late Gertrude Jodrey. Caring sister of Charles Jodrey, Arthur Jodrey, Peter Jodrey, and Anna Ross. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose.  A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Melrose Emergency Fund, Attn: Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Carolyn E. Powers, 66

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries | Comments Off on Carolyn E. Powers, 66

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — Carolyn E. Powers, 66, of Melrose, died on November 19, 2017.  She was predeceased by her infant daughter and was the daughter of the late James and Gertrude Powers. Sister of Kathleen A. Powers of Melrose, Donald A. Powers and his fiancé Susan A. Kureta of Beverly, and the late David Powers. Aunt of Erin Powers and her fiancé Gil Ortega of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Kaileen Powers of Qunicy. Great-Aunt of Riley and Hadley Ortega. Niece of Edward Powers of Granby and Patricia Walsh of Melrose. Also survived by many cousins. Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, from 4 – 8 p.m., at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carolyn’s name to the Jimmy Fund,10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 . Interment will be private. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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George S. Koomas, 87

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries | Comments Off on George S. Koomas, 87

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition PEABODY — George S. Koomas, 87, passed away at Care One at Peabody Nursing Home on November 18, 2017. Gorge was born in Everett on December 4, 1929 to the late John C. and Mary (Roche) Koomas. He was raised in Everett and Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and attended college at Boston University. He lived most of his life in Melrose and the past 10 years in Lynn. He served his country with pride in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. George worked in sales at Sears and Roebucks for many years. He was an avid reader, enjoyed astronomy, cooking, and jazz music and had an extensive vinyl record collection. Mr. Koomas was the brother of Elizabeth Coughlin, Beverly Guarino and the late June Lyle. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service was held at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Arrangements by Gately Funeral Home,...

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John Gallant, 70

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries | Comments Off on John Gallant, 70

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition NORTH READING — John “Ray” Gallant, 70, of North Reading, November 14, 2017, after battling cancer. Beloved husband of Donna (Clifford). Father of Scott Gallant of Portland, Oregon and Laura Gallant of Peabody.  Son of the late John L. and Helen Gallant. Brother of Helena Tripp and husband Ted of Texas, Stephen Gallant and wife Linda of Melrose, and Warren Gallant and wife Sue of NM. Relatives and friends were welcomed at Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St, North Reading on Saturday, November 18. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers and make donations in John’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. John was past Captain of Malden Fire Department, and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion in Malden and the VFW. Avid with civic virtue and always willing to lend a hand, John enjoyed conversation with everyone, camping with family, golfing, and skiing with friends. In retirement, John loved spending time in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Donna....

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Timothy Grace, 42

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Timothy Grace, 42

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Timothy Grace, 42, lived from September 23, 1975 to November 8, 2017. He passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest. During his life, Tim was a man with an incredible sense of humor who always knew how to make those around him smile and laugh, and valued his strong Catholic faith. Timothy was a devoted son, brother, husband, and father. He always made his wife’s day by bringing her an iced coffee, even in the middle of winter. He would do anything for his daughter. As her best friend, he dressed up as the Cowardly Lion to accompany her as Dorothy, this past Halloween. He made every effort to see his extended family, even though they were scattered across the country. For those that knew him well, Tim was a condiment connoisseur, rating the condiment inventory of others’ refrigerators when they least expected it, and stocking his own fridge with the finest pickles. One of his hidden talents was making cranberry sauce, a staple on the family table at Thanksgiving. Tim was a passionate sports fan. In high school, he lettered in both basketball and baseball at Tewksbury Memorial High School. At home, his television was always tuned in to all the Boston and West Virginia sports. He coached his daughter’s little league baseball team and he followed the local Melrose Red Raiders football team. He was also an avid skier. Tim earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he served as president in his senior year. As an alumni, he went back to support his alma mater working for the West Virginia Foundation. In death, Timothy joins his younger brother Paul Jr., who preceded him in death. He lives on in the memories and spirits of his wife, Katie F. (Cowden) Grace and daughter, Devon K. Grace of Melrose; parents, Paul and Kathleen (Todd) Grace of North Carolina; sister, Kelly McKenzie and her husband Daniel of North Carolina; grandmother, Joan Grace of New York; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws; and his cat, Francy P. Grace. Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Wednesday, November 15.  A Mass was held at the St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, 9 Herbert Street, Melrose, on Thursday, November 16.  An after gathering followed at the Knights of Columbus, 23 West Foster Street, Melrose immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to a charity of your choice. For directions and to sign online condolence visit...

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Shawn P. Dinjian, 30

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Shawn P. Dinjian, 30

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition READING — Shawn P. Dinjian, 30, a lifelong resident of Reading, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Shawn was born in Reading on March 11, 1987. He was raised in Reading and graduated from Reading High School where he developed a love of math and sports. Growing up in Reading, he played hockey, baseball, soccer, and was on the wrestling team in high school. After high school, Shawn worked as an apprentice Electrician for 6 years and was licensed as an Electrician in 2015. Hard working and intelligent, Shawn was proud to call himself an electrician and member of Local 103 IBEW. Growing up playing sports, Shawn always had an active life. He was an excellent skier, and had skied all over New England since the age of four. He was also a bit of a collector. He had an extensive collection of mint condition baseball hats for all major sports that he wore daily. He collected watches, loved Pokemon cards, and had a Zippo lighter in every color that he would match to his hat. He enjoyed working with his hands, a home cooked meal with his mom, and watching sports with his family. If he wanted to get away, he would take his father’s red convertible out for a joy ride any chance he could. Shawn woke up smiling. He was one of the happiest individuals you could ever meet. He was funny, handsome, and with a great sense of humor, made everyone laugh around him. He was deeply loved and respected by his friends and coworkers, but his family is what brought him the most joy. He was happiest being at home with family, especially time with his Dad who was his best friend and a source of inspiration. With a bright future, Shawn had lots of plans still ahead. His loss leaves a great void, but he will be lovingly remembered for his pride in his heritage, work, and his deep devotion to family. Shawn was the beloved son of Marilyn (Ahern) and Mark Dinjian. Cherished nephew of Linda Zenga, Deborah Twomey, Pamela Crasco, Barbara Robinson, Geraldine Norrish, Elizabeth Ahern, William Ahern, Paula Adams, and the late Leonard Robinson, and Patricia Robinson. Loving uncle of Taylor Mallett. Adored grandson of Maria and the late Robert Dinjian, and the late Marilyn and Gerald Ahern. Devoted brother of Jennifer, Donald, David, and Joseph. Also survived by many loving cousins. Relatives and friends will gather in honor and celebration of Shawn’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m., and again for his funeral Service celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. Gifts in Shawn’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. For directions, online tribute or to share a memory, visit...

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Katherine P. Constantine, 97

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Katherine P. Constantine, 97

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition PEABODY — Katherine P. “Kay” (Hefler) Constantine, 97, of Peabody, formerly of Lincoln, died at Brooksby Village in Peabody on Nov. 12, 2017.  Kay was born and raised in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School. She resided in Lincoln for 48 years and the past 15 years in Peabody. Kay worked as an Accounting Clerk for Jordan Marsh in Boston and Houghton Mifflin Publishing in Burlington for many years. She was a funny, warm, caring and classy lady and was very proud of her home and always had a fantastic garden. Kay enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Hawaii and Las Vegas. Kay was the beloved wife of the late Philip J. “Jim” Constantine for 58 years. Caring sister of the late William and Walter Hefler and Thelma Landry. Devoted aunt of Claudia Minors and Pamela Driscoll, both of Arlington, William Hefler of Florida, and Andrea O’Connell of Stoneham.  Sister in law of Judith Constantine of Florida. Dear friend of Nick Stavropoulos of Lincoln. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, November 18, from 11-11:45 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose at 12:15 p.m.  Relatives and friends invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02472. For directions and to sign online guest book visit...

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Allen P. Andrews, 92

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries | Comments Off on Allen P. Andrews, 92

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition WATERTOWN — Allen Palmer Andrews, 92, passed away peacefully, after a long and wonderful life, on November 1, 2017. Allen’s younger years were spent living and working in Watertown at his Dad’s company, Andrews’ Dairy on Franklin Street. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Allen returned home to marry the love of his life, Dottie Doyle Andrews. Theirs was truly a match made in heaven. Allen was one of the few lucky survivors of the polio epidemic, an experience that forged a genuine appreciation for life that had him singing cheerfully every morning when he awoke. As a master craftsman, Allen became owner of Sport Haven Boat Shop of Watertown and later went on to teach woodworking at Watertown High School. The quality of the furniture built by Allen and his students in the wood shop gives testament to Allen’s mantra that, “Only Perfect is Good Enough.”  Allen and Dottie’s retirement years were spent surrounded by family and friends at Bow Lake in Northwood, New Hampshire and in Bradenton, Florida. Allen will be dearly missed by Ralph and Denise, Dana and Ann, Judy and Joe (King), Patti and Kevin (McAlarney) and by their nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren, all of whom find comfort knowing that Allen and Dottie are together, once again. Burial services will be privately held. The Andrews’ family invites you to view and share memories of Allen’s life at www.forevermissed.com/allen-palmer-andrews. Arrangements by Gately Funeral Home,...

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