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Daniel C. Blasi, age 42, of Boston, died suddenly after a tragic accident on November 14, 2014. He was  surrounded by family and friends.

He was the loving husband of Jeffrey Hovis, Boston MA, and son of the late Charles and Jane Blasi, Bedford. Daniel was the loving brother of Suzanne Bombardieri and her husband Tony of Westford and twin sister Eileen Blasi and her fiancé Jeffrey Southerton of Del Mar, CA. 

Daniel was a wonderful uncle to Max and Leah Bombardieri, Westford and Ava Blasi Countouriotis and Enzo Blasi Countouriotis, Del Mar.  He is also survived by aunts Betsy McCormick and husband Jim of Wayland MA, Beatrice Blasi of NY, Sylvia Packard of VA, and Sandra Blasi, Bedford, and cousins Jesse McCormick, Laura Zampell, Jimmy and Michael Blasi, and Christine Pollard.  He is greatly missed by his two cats, Mr. Fancypants and Ms. Lefty.

Daniel graduated from Acton - Boxboro High School in 1990, earned a BA from Boston University, and an MFA from the University of Maryland. Daniel was an innovation consultant at Product Genesis in Boston. 

His passion was writing, especially poetry.  He was an invited participant to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College and an editor at Full Circle Journal.  His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Quarterly West, Passages North, Another Chicago Magazine, and Nimrod.

Visiting hours will be in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends invited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholarship Fund, 204 College St., Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 05753 or online at Middlebury OnLine Community-Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Helen M. Maloney

Helen M. Maloney, a long-time resident of Hingham, died on November 14, 2014 at 91 years young.

Helen was born in Brighton on March 25, 1923. She was the daughter of Charles and Mamie Maloney. Helen worked as a lifelong employee until her retirement for New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. She enjoyed travel, skiing, Cape Cod and York, ME in summers.

She is predeceased by her parents, brothers Charles and Harry, sister Anna and dearest friend Barbara McEachern.

She is survived by her loving family Mary Cadigan Jones of Plymouth, Ellen Cadigan Mazel of Bedford, Elizabeth Cadigan of Middleton, Joseph Cadigan Jr. of Cohasset, and John Cadigan of Hamilton. She is also survived by nephew Henry Maloney of Biddeford, ME and nieces, Katherine Maloney of York, ME; Nancy Maloney of Framingham; Claire Shastany of Holliston and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends may call at Shawsheen Funeral Home on Thursday, November 20, 2014 9am to 10:30am with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford at 11am. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Cummins Hwy, Roslindale, MA.

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Ella Josephine Gentile, 79, a longtime resident of Bedford, passed away peacefully in her home, while surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 10, 2014.  She was the beloved and devoted wife of Louis R. Gentile for 59 years. 

Ella was born in Bias, WV on August 21, 1935 to William Ransom Davis and Anna Mae (Maynard).  She grew up in Delbarton, WV, in Mingo County, along the West Virginia - Kentucky border where her father, a graduate of Marshall University, was a schoolteacher, and principal.  In the summer of 1954, while visiting her sister, Hazel Ruth, in Savannah, GA, she met Louis R. Gentile of Belmont, MA.  He was stationed at Hunter AFB, while serving in the United States Air Force.  They married on October 1, 1955 in Savannah, GA.

A devoted military wife of 20 years, Ella always found a way to make their house a home for their children, regardless of where their military assignments brought them.  In 1973, they settled in Bedford where Ella became a fixture in both Bedford and Hanscom AFB activities.  Over the years, she held various jobs, eventually retiring as Dining Room Facility Manager from Carleton-Willard Village Nursing in Bedford.  As of late, she was a volunteer with Bedford's Council on Aging (COA).

Ella's home was always open, where she loved social gatherings with family and friends, continually leaving the lasting impression of her fun-loving and lively personality on all.  She enjoyed:  bowling, traveling with her famed Wednesday Night Owls to many tournaments; gardening, inspired by her love of growing fresh fruits and vegetables; yard sales, which sometimes added to her treasured doll collection; and the occasional trip to Foxwoods. Furthermore, she could often be found reading novels, which instilled the hobby in her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Louis R. Gentile; four children: daughter, Debra A. Gentile-Garant and husband Paul Garant, of Nashua, NH; sons, Louis R. Gentile II and wife Sharon, of Canton, GA; James V. Gentile and wife Angela, of Box Elder, SD; and Jeffrey D. Gentile of Melbourne, FL; by eight grandchildren: Sean Christie; Jessica Garant; Nicholas, James Jr., Jennifer, Alexis, Victoria, and Joshua Gentile; seven great-grandchildren; and three siblings:  Ruby June, Curtis Elwood, and WR.  She was preceded in death by three sisters:  Helen, Maxwell, and Hazel Ruth.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford at 11am. Visiting hours will be in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends invited. 

Donations in Ella's name may be made to the Bedford Council on Aging (COA), 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730, (781) 275-6825.  Donations will be used to supply meals to the elderly here in Bedford.

Dorothy R. (Sheehey) Hill of Bedford  

Dorothy R. (Sheehey) Hill of Bedford died on Nov. 6, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John R. Hill.

Dorothy was the loving mother of Lesley F. Sickman of Chandler, AZ and Ellen D. Oehme and her husband Scott of Groton. Loving grandmother of Whitney Rose Sickman and Jordan Lee Sickman. Sister of Thomas E. Sheehey of Medford; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from Shawsheen Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord, Road, Bedford at 11am. Funeral Home visiting hours on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends invited. 

James E. O'Donnell Jr. of Florida, formerly of Bedford; retired Bedford Firefighter

James E. O'Donnell Jr. of Ocala, FL,  a former Bedford resident and retired Bedford Firefighter, died in Florida on November 6, 2014 at the age of 86.

Funeral Services were private.

Janice (Flannery) Joy of Bedford

Janice (Flannery) Joy of Bedford died on Oct. 30, 2014. She was the former wife of the late Thomas H. Joy Jr.

Beloved mother of Robert L. Joy and Paula Dennis of Bedford and Lillian Merrick and her husband Michael of Gloucester. Loving grandmother of Shannon Dennis, Bryan Ross, Makenzie Joy Maddox, Michael Merrick, and Siena Merrick. Great-grandmother of Ariella Joy. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Sister of the late Lawrence Flannery Jr., Leo Flannery, and Frances Ingalls.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on November 4, 2014. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church, Bedford on November 5, 2014. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery. 

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James Warren Maddox of Bedford died on Oct. 28, 2014.

He was the loving father of Wendy Oram and her husband Richard of Newport News, VA; Jill Maddox of Derry, NH; and Karen Hurd and her husband David of Bedford. Grandfather of 6; great-grandfather of 10. He is predeceased by a brother, Richard Maddox.

He worked for W.H. Waite Builders for many years and was a member of Sons of the American Legion, Post #221 Bedford.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on November 2, 2014. A Funeral Service was held in the funeral home on Monday November 3, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Bedford Permanent Firefighters, P.O. Box 343, Bedford, MA 01730 are appreciated.

Lucille (Marcotte) Lyons of Bedford

Lucille (Marcotte) Lyons of Bedford died on Friday, October 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard F. Lyons.

Loving mother of Nancy Gipe and her husband David of FL; Sandra Bolduc and her husband Mark Spears of Carlisle; Peter Bolduc and his wife Marcia of Southboro; and Patric F. Lyons and his wife Therese Franks of Bedford. Grandmother of 10: Michael Bolduc and his wife Christina of Medfield; Jeffrey Bolduc and his wife Justine Cohen of Marblehead; Karlyn Lazazzero and her husband Joe of Boston; Martin Spears and Cpl. Samantha Spears of Carlisle; Monet, Richard, Joseph, Elise, and Monique Lyons of Bedford. Also survived by 4 great-grandchildren: Matthew Bolduc, Joshua Bolduc, Lucy Bolduc, all of Medfield; and Jack Lazazzero of Boston; several nieces and nephews; and her 3 dogs, Honey, Bee, and Scoobie.

She was a wonderful mother and friend, all about her family, and she'll be missed by all.

A Graveside Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 27, 2014 in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.  

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John C. Cadotte of Bedford died on October 9, 2014. John was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Moquin) Cadotte of Bedford and devoted father of Lisa Bailey and her husband Michael of Bedford, Nicole Cadotte and Stephen Arsenault of Malden, and John C. Cadotte Jr. and his fiancee Mandy Letourneau of Waterboro, ME. Grandfather of Nicholas Bailey, Joseph Bailey, and Josie Cadotte. Son of Lucille (Thibeault) Cadotte of Arlington and the late Edmund Cadotte. Also survived by 8 siblings, Daniel Cadotte, Denise Cadotte, Richard Cadotte, Gisele Albertelli, Gilbert Cadotte, Linda Minasian, Carole Dolan, and Raymond Cadotte; and several nieces and nephews.

John worked as a printed circuit designer at ATC for 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting, ocean fishing, The Bruins, Mr. Bean, and spending time with his family. He is fondly remembered as a kind, gentle, caring man with a broad smile, infectious laugh, and positive attitude.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on October 14, 2014. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on October 15, 2014 in St. Michael's Church in Bedford. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to The LAM Foundation, 4015 Executive Park Drive, Suite 320, Cincinnati, OH 45241 in honor of John's daughter, Lisa Bailey, are appreciated. Online donations can be made here: http://goo.gl/yDYOag.

Christopher Sardzinski of Bedford

Christopher Sardzinski of Bedford, died on October 7, 2014. He was the loving son of Thomas M. and the late Barbara A. (Bishop) Sardzinski of Bedford. Brother of Mark Sardzinski and his wife Concetta of Billerica. He is also survived by nieces and nephew, Sabrina, Samuel, and Sophia Sardzinski; aunt Shirley O'Connor and uncle Gordon Bishop; and his beloved Basset Hound Holly.

Christopher was a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica in the Metal Fabrication Class. He liked four-wheeling and working on his Jeep, photography, videography, and striper fishing. He was a member of the Frank W. Thompson Masonic Lodge of Bedford.

Family and many friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday, October 10, 2014. A Graveside Funeral Service was held in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Christopher's memory to the Alpha-1 Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (https://30699.thankyou4caring.org/Alpha-1Giving) are appreciated.

Elsie M. Martin of Chelmsford, formerly of Bedford

Elsie M. Martin of Chelmsford, formerly of Bedford, died on September 12, 2014. She was the loving mother of Diane Bedard and her husband Martin of Billerica and David Rudolph and his wife Su of Florida. She is also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and siblings, George Martin and his wife Bernie of VA, Steve Martin of Lowell, Ted Martin of FL, Sandra Ramey and her husband Scott of VA, and Glenn Martin of NC.

Sister of the late Charles Martin, Mary Damery, Jimmy Martin, and Ginger Martin.

Elsie was an avid Red Sox fan, liked sports cars, and was an avid reader.

Deborah (Leskouski) Feeley Whiton de Reede of Bedford

Deborah (Leskouski) Feeley Whiton de Reede of Bedford died on Friday, August 15, 2014. She was the devoted wife of Hugh de Reede of Bracebridge, Ontario. Beloved mother of Courtney Feeley Karp and her husband Roy of Boston and Michael Fehily and his wife Eran of Georgetown, TX. Loving grandmother of Luca Fehily and Louisa Catherine Karp. She is also survived by her mother Marilyn Leskouski of Bedford; brother Michael Leskouski and his wife Tina of Bedford; brother Rodney Leskowski and his wife Phyllis of Londonderry, NH; brother-in-law Philip Feeley and his wife Beth of Billerica; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by her father Michael Leskouski, son Thomas Feeley, and husband Robert Whiton.

Deborah is fondly remembered for her boundless energy, dedication to family, generous nature, and love of surprises, fast cars, white wine, and good cigars.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Deborah's name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02884-9168 or online. Donations will be used to support the Jimmy Fund.

John R. Gilroy of Bedford

John Ronald Gilroy, age 86, of Bedford passed away peacefully on August 9, 2014 at the W. Roxbury V.A. Hospital. He was born on December 14, 1927 in Haverhill, MA, son of the late John Roland Gilroy and Julia (Bresnahan). He spent his childhood in Haverhill and the family later moved to Medford where John spent his teenage years.

As a young man, John attended art school and later worked as a draftsman and technical illustrator for several tech companies in the Boston area. John served in the U.S. Army in post-WWII Germany for three years and was also a veteran of the Korean War. He maintained life-long friendships with ihs fellow veterans, many of whom he socialized with at the Bedford VFW. He was Vice Commander of VFW Post #1628 in Woburn during the 1980s.

John contributed to many charities for children and he had a special concern for the support of schools for Native American children. He loved listening to music and was one of Frank Sinatra's biggest fans. He also loved the ocean and had many fond memories of time spent on vacation at Wells Beach, a small peninsula on the southern coast of Maine.

John is survived by his daughters, Andrea Gilroy of Bedford, Dianna Gilroy of W. Lafayette, IN; and Sheila Gilroy of Northampton. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by all of his siblings: Marcia, Ralph, Sharon, and Sheila.

Visting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Burial was in Haverhill, MA.

Donald H. Percy of Bedford

Donald H. Percy of Bedford died on August 5, 2014.

Graveside funeral services were held in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on Friday, August 15, 2014.

Mary E. (Magurn) Donahue of Bedford

Mary E. (Magurn) Donahue of Bedford died on Monday, July 21, 2014.

She was the loving wife of Richard M. Donahue and loving mother of Michael Donahue and his wife Dina of Westford and Timothy Donahue and his wife Lauren of Stow. Beloved grandmother of Reilly Donahue, Olivia Donahue, Cameron Donahue, and Brienne Donahue. She is also survived by two sisters, Katheryn P. McCoy of Arlington and Claire Horan of Arlingon, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mary was very active in the Bedford Social Club. She also served as Town Administrative Assistant in the Bedford Tax Collector's office for over 25 years, retiring in 2008.

Funeral from Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford at 10am. Funeral Home visiting hours will be on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory are appreciated; please send to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 07101.

Burial was private.

Joseph 'Joe' Kubilus of Dracut

Joseph 'Joe" Kubilus of Dracut died on July 18, 2014

He was the loving husband of Caroline 'Carol' (Lawrence) Kubilius for 40 years. Devoted father of James 'Jim' Kubilus and his wife Kimberly 'Kim' of Watertown; Laura C. Petitti and her husband Leonard 'Lenny' of Wellesley; and Andrew P. Kubilus of Dracut. Grandfather of Joseph David 'JD' Kubilus and Charlotte Kubilus of Watertown.

Predeceased by a sister, Barbara Galchus.

Joe grew up and graduated high shool in New Britain, CT. He was a UConn graduate and earned a Doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of VT. He loved gardening and cooking and was a big sports fan and hockey enthusiast. Joe was an avid animal lover.

Funeral Services were private.