Wakefield Obituaries

Thomas E. Humphreys Sr., 85

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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...

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Jacqueline Sawyer, 58

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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...

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Antonio Bonaventura, 98

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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...

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Ronald Hawkes, 89

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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...

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Michael P. DeCecca, 66

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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...

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Robert Butler, 78

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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...

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Gerald J. Cronin, 71

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Published in the September 22, 2020 edition. NORTH READING — Gerald J. Cronin, 71, of North Reading and formerly of Reading, died on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, after a brief illness. Born in Ayer, MA on June 6, 1949, he was the son of the late W. Robert and Mayrita (Barry) Cronin. He was a graduate of Austin Preparatory School in 1969 and he received his BA in Sociology from Boston College in 1973. Gerald worked as a customer service agent for Delta Airlines at...

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Delia M. Giuffre, 96

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Hosted countless holidays, parties and gatherings Published September 16, 2020 WAKEFIELD — Delia Marie Giuffre, 96, lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home on Sept. 12, 2020. Delia was born on Sept. 14, 1923 in Wakefield. She was the eldest daughter of Giovanni and Maria (Roberto) DiSanto of Wakefield. Delia was preceded in death by her twin brothers Paul and Michael and sister Theresa (Rossi). Delia married Dominic “Deacon” Giuffre on April 20, 1947. They shared 41 years of marriage until his...

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Paul A. Richard, 74

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Published in the September 15, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Paul A. Richard, 74, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 at  Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Lynn on March 2, 1946, he was the son of the late Emmanuel and Jeanne (Melanson) Richard. Paul was raised in Stoneham, attended St. Patrick School and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Boston University, where he was also a member of the hockey team. Upon graduating, Paul began...

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Margaret Jane Perks, 94

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Published in the September 11, 2020 edition. DERRY, N.H. — Margaret Jane (Stoddart) Perks, 94, beloved wife of the late Frank Cutting Perks of Stoneham died peacefully Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Derry, New Hampshire with her family by her side. Margaret was born in Atwood’s Brook, Nova Scotia on February 17, 1926, the daughter of the late Sea Captain Robert Gordon Stoddart and the late Lila Hazel (Atwood) Stoddart. Being the last of the Stoddart clan. Margaret attended school in Doctor’s Cove, Nova Scotia...

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