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Naomi (Spell) Martines of Bedford 

Naomi (Spell) Martines of Bedford passed away peacefully on Friday, April 18, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the devoted mother of Marilyn Cronin of Bedford; John Martines and fiancee Sam Coursy of Carlisle; Tina Doney and son-in-law Brian Doney of Westford; and daughter-in-law Donna Martines of Bedford. Naomi was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a her sister, Dorothy Tonks Woburn.

Naomi was preceded in death by her beloved husband William J. Martines; her son, William Jr.; daugher Susan Margaret; and son-in-law Paul Cronin. 

Born November 2, 1925 in Salemburg, NC to Lucian and Leslie Spell, Naomi had five brothers and three sisters. When Naomi was twelve, she and her family moved to Bedford. It was a few years later in Bedford that she met the love of her live, "Willie," when one afternoon she caught him dropping acorns on her head from the tree above. She and Willie were married for sixty-six years.

Naomi was the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. We were blessed to call her our own. She loved unconditionally and will be dearly missed by all of us.

You will forever be in our hearts, Mom.

Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Service in the funeral home on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11am. Relatives and friends invited. 

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Julia (Cuff) Patterson of Billerica, formerly of Bedford, died on April 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late Franklin K. Patterson Sr.

Loving mother of Frank Jr. and his wife Susan of Bolton and their children Frank III, Meghan, Travis, Randy, and Bud; Julie Patterson and William Perry of Maynard; Vicki Patterson of Billerica and her children Stan III and Kayla Woodland; David Patterson and his wife Pamela of Bedford and their children Kylie, Kelsie, and Katie; Paul Patterson and his wife Marlene of Bedford and their daughter Ashley; Randy Patterson and family of FL; Marcus Patterson and his wife Diane of Salem, NH and their children Marcus Jr. and Jaxson; Jeff Patterson and his wife Heather of Bedford and their children Madison, Jared, and Paige; Niki and her husband Rich Carlson of Townsend and their children Richie III and Colton.

She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Liam and Mason Simons; cousin Fran Flavin of Bedford and many nieces and nephews. Grandmother of the late Kyle Noah Patterson.

In addition to raising nine children, with her husband Frank she owned and operated Patterson Taxi and Tow Service of Bedford for many years.

Funeral in the First Congregational Church, 18 Andover Rd., Billerica, MA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11am. Relatives and friends invited.

In lieu of flowers, please take your loved ones out to dinner or make a donation to Shane Marshall Contalonis Memorial Scholarship Fund, Enterprise Bank, 1120 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876

David R. Maxon of Bedford

David R. Maxon, age 48 of Bedford, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

He is survived by his children, Jason D. Maxon and Jessica L. Maxon; his parents, Ronald and Judith (Niles) Maxon of Bedford; sister Jennifer Kennelly and her husband James Kennelly and their three children, Fiona, Emma Jane, and James Jr. of Fairfield, CT; and sister Laura Stewart and her husband Robbie Stewart and their children Hannah and Gail of Glasgow, Scotland.

David was a graduate of Salem State University and for most of his career was an account executive/manager for multiple financial institutions. He was an avid runner, participating in several marathons and triathalons. Workouts were often conducted at the Boston Sports Club in Lexington where he also was employeed part-time for 23 years.

Funeral arrangements will be family private. Donations in David's memory can be made to VNA-East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford died on March 26, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Jayne (Dumas) Gardini. Loving father of Tracey Derderian and her husband Jeff of WA and Bradley Gardini of Bedford. Grandfather of Ava and Gavin Derderian. He is also survived by sisters, Constance Shea and her husband Stephen of N. Hampton, NH and Laura Messer of ME; brother Henry Gardini and his wife Pamela of Whitinsville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9am. Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

Mr. Gardini was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Development Office, 17 Court Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02108 are appreciated.

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford died on March 26, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Jayne (Dumas) Gardini. Loving father of Tracey Derderian and her husband Jeff of WA and Bradley Gardini of Bedford. Grandfather of Ava and Gavin Derderian. He is also survived by sisters, Constance Shea and her husband Stephen of N. Hampton, NH and Laura Messer of ME; brother Henry Gardini and his wife Pamela of Whitinsville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9am. Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

Mr. Gardini was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Development Office, 17 Court Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02108 are appreciated.

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford

Lawrence E. Gardini of Bedford died on March 26, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Jayne (Dumas) Gardini. Loving father of Tracey Derderian and her husband Jeff of WA and Bradley Gardini of Bedford. Grandfather of Ava and Gavin Derderian. He is also survived by sisters, Constance Shea and her husband Stephen of N. Hampton, NH and Laura Messer of ME; brother Henry Gardini and his wife Pamela of Whitinsville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9am. Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

Mr. Gardini was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Development Office, 17 Court Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02108 are appreciated.

Claire Chapman French of Weirton, WV; formerly of Bedford 

Claire Chapman French of Weirton, WV and formerly of Bedford died on Sunday March 30, 2014.    

Born October 30, 1937, she was the loving mother of David French and his wife Sharon of Rindge, NH; Diane Ceraolo and her husband Richard of Weirton, WV; Timothy French and his wife Patricia of Pepperell; and Jeffrey French and his wife Christine of Bedford. Loving grandmother of Christopher, Timothy, Jr., Mary Kate, Alexandria, Michael, Kurt and Ryan. Loving great-grandmother of Savannah and Kaylie.

She is also survived by caring former husband Alden French (Susan White) of Lexington and many loving friends and relatives.

Claire enjoyed traveling and socializing with her friends and groups in Weirton, WV.

A Funeral Service will be held in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Great Road, Bedford on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11am. Visiting hours will be in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friend invited. 

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Mary C. (Russo) Jablonsky, 96 years young and of Lexington, died on Friday March 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis Jablonsky.

Loving mother of Stephen Jablonsky and his wife Eva and Francine Belmont and her husband Michael, all of Lexington. Loving grandmother of Kate Jablonsky, Kayla Belmont, and Nicholas Belmont. She is also survived by a brother, John Russo of West Roxbury.

Mary loved movies, music, and manicures.

Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends invited.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mary's name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Hazen A. Thomas of Lexington, formerly of Belmont

Hazen A. Thomas of Lexington, formerly of Belmont, died on Friday, March 28, 2014. He was the loving husband of Phyllis E. (Shute) Thomas. 

Loving father of Gordon Thomas and his wife Diane of Billerica and Pamela A. Thomas of Waltham. He was the devoted grandfather of Cassandra Thomas and Jennifer Thomas. He is also survived two sisters, Barbara Cassidy of Maine and Josephine Bush of Bedford, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Donald Thomas, Marion Heiligmann, Sadie Conlon, and William R. Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps and retired from Bank of Boston after 36 years. he was a member of American Legion Post #156 of Waltham.  

Funeral Services are private. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

Paul E. Hirtle of Bedford, U.S. Navy veteran

Paul E. Hirtle of Bedford, a U.S. Navy veteran of Korea, died on March 23, 2014. He was the loving husband of the late Joanne E. (Baader) Hirtle.

Brother of Allen C. Hirtle and his wife Joan of Littleton. Beloved uncle of Sarah Glaser of Virginia, Christopher Hirtle of Haverhill, and Andrew Hirtle of Worcester; great-uncle of Harrison Glaser and Jensen Glaser.

Funeral Services will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:30am. Funeral Home visiting hours on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends invited.

   
John I. "Jack" Boland of Bedford

John I. "Jack" Boland of Bedford died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

He was the loving husband of Patricia A. (Collins) Boland of Bedford and loving father of John P. Boland and William R. Boland, both of Bedford. Brother of the late Robert H. Boland.

Jack was a U. S. Navy Veteran and a retired Security Guard for the Middlesex County Hospital.

Funeral from Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday, March 21, 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, March 20, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

Esther L. Dacey of Billerica, formerly of Florida

Esther L. Dacey of Billerica died on Sunday, March 9, 2014. She was 83.

Loving wife of the late Robert E. Dacey. Beloved mother of Robert N. Dacey and his wife Carol of Bedford and Christopher F. Dacey of Waltham. Grandmother of Cpl. Jeffrey Dacey U.S.M.C of N. Carolina, Gregory Dacey of Medford and his girlfriend Margaret Sweet, Christopher Dacey of California, Erica Dacey of Waltham, and Joseph Dacey and his wife Lindsey of Watertown. Great-grandmother of Lucas Dacey of Watertown.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated on March 13, 2014 in St. Michael's Church in Bedford.

Mary Isabelle (Meo) Lawless, a 50-year resident of Bedford

MaryLawless.jpgMary Isabelle (Meo) Lawless, of Billerica and formerly of Bedford, died on March 2, 2014 at the age of 91. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis H. Lawless.

Loving mother of Mary Hanson-Foti of Bedford and Martin Lawless and his wife Shelley of Shirley. Cherished grandmother of Michael Hanson, Jennifer Naylor, Kristine Sacco, and Timothy and Daniel Lawless. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A 50-year resident of Bedford, she was a secretary at Bedford High School for several years. She enjoyed singing and ballroom dancing. Her passion was acting. A partial list of her plays includes Rocket to the Moon, Time of Your Life, Funny Girl, and Our Town.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on March 11, 2014. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on March 12, 2014 in St. Michael's Church, Bedford. 
Donations in Mary's memory can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (reference #35532975) or go to https://www.stjude.org/, click on Ways to Help and Donate Now.

Jeanette (Fitzpatrick) Mead of Burlington, formerly of Boston

Jeanette (Fitzpatrick) Mead of Burlington, formerly of Boston, died on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the age of 72. She was the beloved wife of Donald F. Mead.

Loving mother of Angela Cross and her husband Eugene, Maureen White and her husband Kevin, Phyllis Shannon and her husband Anthony, all of Boston; Patricia Dugas and her husband James, Donna Dickerson and her husband Steve, David Mead and his wife Michelle, all of Pepperell; Donald J. Mead and his wife Michelle of Merrimac; Jack Bradley of Tewksbury; and the late Michael Bradley. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She worked at M.R.C. under Elmer Bartells for many years.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church, Bedford on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  

Kelly Ann Myers of Lexington

Kelly Ann Myers of Lexington passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Kelly was the beloved daughter of Erin P. (Mawn) Scarpa of Sugarloaf, Maine and Robert H. Myers of Lexington. She is also survived by her step-father, Peter M. Scarpa.

Loving sister to Katherine E. Athens and her husband Christopher of Lexington, William E. Campbell Jr. of Chelmsford, and Cody H. Myers of Lexington. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Judith S. Donnell of Virginia Beach, several aunts and uncles and many cousins.

A Funeral Service was held on Friday February 7, 2014 in Shawsheen Funeral Home. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. 

Coral Gillespie Webber of Dunstable, formerly of Bedford

Coral Gillespie Webber, of Dunstable and formerly of Bedford and Chelmsford, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2103 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH with her family by her side.

Born on July 17, 1941 in Stoneham, she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Ella B. Gillespie. She graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1959 and the University of Vermont School of Nursing in 1963 where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Registered Nursing degrees. She married David Hartwell Webber with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013.

Coral began her career as a public health nurse for the Town of Bedford. She then worked in the labor and delivery room at Emerson Hospital in Concord and then joined a private obstetrical/gynecology practice.

Besides her husband David Hartwell Webber of Dunstable, she is survived by three daughters, Kris and her husband Brad Porter of Spencer, Heidi and her husband Les Novak of Dunstable, and Julie and her hsuband Christopher Comeau of Lunenburg; six grandchildren: George, Shawn, Brandon, Jared, Mariah, and Gabrielle; and two great-grandchildren: Noah and Brackton. She is predeceased by her brother David Hutton Gillespie.

Coral enjoyed spending time at her cottage "Windswept" in North Eastham on Cape Cod with family and friends. She stabled horses at her home and rode for pleasure and as a member of the New England Horse and Trail Association. She also showed her miniature horses. A collie dog was always part of her life, the last being Owen. Coral was a member of the Dunstable Friends of the Library, Dunstable Grange #31 and Middlesex County 4-H Organization as a visual judge.

Funeral Services were private.

Aram S. Minassian, of Weston, formerly of Bedford 

Aram S. Minassian, of Weston, formerly of Bedford, died on December 14, 2013. He was the husband of the late Alice (Garabedian) Minassian. 

Loving father of Craig Aram Minassian and his wife Shawna Shepherd of NYC and Mark Hagop Minassian and his wife Joanne of Sudbury. Also survived by two grandchildren, Julia and Emily Minassian; brother Saro Minassian and his wife Elizabeth of Winchester, and sister-in-law Margaret Varbedian and her husband Paul. Uncle of Nadia and Robert Trant, Stephen and Deborah Minassian, Cynthia and Tino Zani, Gail and William McCahery, and Robert Mugrdechian. 

Mr. Minassian was very active in St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church of Watertown. His Funeral will be held there on Saturday December 21, 2103 at 11am: St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church, 38 Elton St., Watertown. Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home Thursday December 19, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 38 Elton St., Watertown, MA 02472.  

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Paul A. Little, age 93, of Gilford, NH, beloved husband to Carol Santos Little, died on Monday December 9, 2013.

He was born on April 19, 1920 in Winchester, MA, son of the late Robert H. and Mechtilde V. (Donovan) Little.

In addition to his wife, Paul is also survived by his brother David Little of Billerica, MA; six children, Paula Andrews of Chelmsford, MA; Patricia and husband Alan Hann of Meredith NH; Richard Little of Chelmsford, MA; Joan Ogg of Bow NH; Jeanne and husband Nick Raffaelo of Chelmsford, MA and Donna Little of Arlington, MA; three stepsons, Dan Santos and wife Karen of Bedford, MA; Brian Santos of CA; James Santos and wife Judy of Hollis, NH; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Cooper) Little; a brother, Robert (Bob) Little; two sisters, Anne Folsom and June Gallahan; two sons, David and Robert Little; and son-in-law James Ogg.

Paul served the Town of Bedford in many capacities. He will truly be missed by those who knew and love him. 

Visiting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday December 13, 2013. A private funeral was held and burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford. 

Grace M. Budden of Bedford

Grace M. (Evangelista) Budden of Bedford died on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

She was the loving mother of Marie Hartwell and her husband John of Bedford, Barbara Mello and her husband Joseph of Chelmsford, and David Budden and his wife Nancy of Waltham. Dear grandmother of seven: Lindsey, John, Jordyn, Nicole, Ashley, Alexandra, and David. Great-grandmother of two. Sister of Annette Giusti and her husband Primo of Winchester. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Julio Evangelista. 

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday December 3, 2013. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church on Wednesday December 4, 2013.    

Dorothy B. Cerullo of Florida, formerly of Bedford

Dorothy B. Cerullo, age 90, of Florida and formerly of Bedford died on November 22, 2013. She was the wife of Albert Cerullo of Florida. Loving mother of Carl Cerullo and his wife Diane of Pepperell; Robert Cerullo of Bedford, and the late Richared Cerullo; grandmother of Matthew, Nicholas, Nathan and Ryan. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Beth Cerullo Poznick of Littleton and a niece, Cheryl Rossi and loving family.

A gathering was held December 2, 2013 in Brewer Funeral Home in Spring Hill, FL, including a Celebration of Life service in the Brewer Chapel.

Visiting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Sunday, December 8, 2013. A Memorial Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church on Monday, December 9, 2013. Burial followed in Shawsheen Cemetery.    

Theodore "Ted" Madden of Bedford 

Theodore "Ted" Madden of Bedford, an MIT alumnus and professor emeritus in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) whose contributions to research and teaching influenced a generation of earth scientists, died November 11, 2013 at the age of 88.

Madden, who was born in 1925, entered the Institute in 1942 and never left (with the exception of a three-year stint with the U.S. Marines during World War II). He received his bachelor's degree in physics in 1949 and his PhD in geophysics in 1961; he was already a professor of geophysics at MIT when he received his PhD. He continued teaching at the Institute until he retired in 1995.

Whether in the classroom or on the hockey rink, Madden was known for his breadth of academic interests, competitive spirit, and holistic approach to education. He was probably most celebrated for his work on methods for electrical exploration. In 1986, he received the Society of Exploration Geophysicists' Reginald Fessenden Award in recognition of his "pioneering efforts in the development of frequency domain IP, both in practice and in theory." Few biographies, however, capture the scope of Madden's research, which spanned from the core of the Earth to the outer magnetosphere, and included topics as diverse as electromagnetics, seismology, gravity waves, plasma physics, and random networks. Madden was also an accomplished athlete who loved all sports, particularly hockey, soccer, and lacrosse, and received MIT's award for the most outstanding athlete in 1949. He liked to say that he "majored in sports and minored in physics." His former students remember that he brought the same intensity to athletics as he did to inverse problems. "He was a great athlete, who wanted his students to excel in life as well as academics," says Donald Paul, one of Madden's former students who is now executive director of the Energy Institute, a professor of engineering, and the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California. "Ted also believed that if you understood the fundamentals and had diverse interests, you could do most anything. As a result, his students have been successful in a broad range of fields both within and beyond the geosciences."

Ted is survived by his wife, Halima; his children Salim, Jennifer, and Nadia; and his grandchildren Laila and Matthew.

A memorial at MIT is planned for the spring semester, with further details forthcoming. The Theodore Madden Fellowship Fund was created by EAPS on the occasion of Madden's retirement. For more information on making a gift, please contact Dawn Adelson at dadelson@mit.edu or 617.253.0593, or visit the EAPS website at http://eapsweb.mit.edu/alumni/giving.  

Charles L. Merkle of Lexington

Charles L. Merkle, age 53 of Lexington, died on November 12, 2013.

Charlie was the son of the late Robert and Helen Merkle, and stepson of the late Elly Merkle.

He was raised in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1979. He was also a graduate of Wentworth Institute. Charlie loved riding his motorcycle and gardening for Elly.

He is survived by his sisters, Joan Ravinski and her husband Danny of Plymouth and Ellen Merkle of Tampa, FL.

Family and friends gathered to remember Charlie in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Sunday, November 24, 2013.   

George E. Brady of Bedford

George E. Brady, of Bedford died on November 9, 2013 at Emerson Hospital in Concord. Born in Newton, MA the son of Joseph Brady and Anna (Sheehan). He served the U.S. Navy in Korea and later worked as a self-employed contractor for 40 years operating Brady Sheet Metal of Bedford. He was an avid golfer, coached Little League teams, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #221 in Bedford.  

George was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Cahill) and loving father of Stephen J. Brady and his wife Gail of Bedford; Thomas J. Brady and his wife Pamela of Bedford; Dennis P. Brady and his partner Jim Souza of S. Boston; Robert M. Brady and his wife Elizabeth of Mobile, AL; and Sean P. Brady and his wife Lisa of Billerica. Also survived by seven grandchildren, Ryan, Whitney, Meredith, Jacqueline, Joseph, Abigail, and Deirdre; and several nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by three siblings, Joseph, John, and Anne Brady.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael’s Church in Bedford on November 12, 2013. Reverend Fr. Mark Sheehan was the Celebrant; he also conducted the Commital Prayers in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.   

James E. Casey of Bedford

James E. Casey of Bedford died on October 28, 2013 in the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital; he was 81 years old. He was born in Massachusetts on January 8, 1932, son of the late Patrick Casey and Margaret (Lynch) Casey. Mr. Casey joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving overseas as a PFC for two years.

He is survived by his nephew, Andreas R. Anchors of FL.

Burial with Full Miltary Honors was in the Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne, MA.   

James C. Blair of Billerica

James C. Blair, age 65 of Billerica, died suddenly on Oct. 17, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Fickett) Blair. James was the brother of Kenneth H. Blair of Swanzey NH and Steven A. Blair of W. Boylston MA. Loving uncle and godfather to Taylor James Blair of W. Boylston MA. He is also survived by former sister-in-law Celeste Blair. Son of the late Clarence A. Blair and Helen A. Blair.
James graduated from Keene High School, Keene NH, in 1966; received his B.A. in Romance Languages from Clark University in 1970; and his Masters degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.
Funeral Services are private. 

Donations in his memory to Foundation of Billerica Public Library, 15 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA 01821 are appreciated.

David J. Little of Chelmsford, formerly of Bedford

David J. Little of Chelmsford, formerly of Bedford, died on Friday October 17, 2013. He was the beloved father of Courtney Little of Somerville and Shane Little of NH.

David is also survived by his father, Paul Little of Gilford, NH. Loving brother of Paula Andrews of Chelmsford, Patricia Hann and her husband Allan of Meredith NH, Joan Ogg of Bow NH, Jeanne Raffaelo and her husband Nicholas of Chelmsford, Donna Little of Arlington, and Richard Little of Chelmsford. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and many friends attended a Graveside Funeral Service in Shawsheen Cemetery on Monday, October 21, 2013.  

Matilda (Walsh) Welter, a Boston philanthropist

Matilda (Walsh) Welter, a Boston philanthropist, died in her home on October 6, 2013. She was 90 years old.

Born June 27, 1923, the daughter of Matilda (Ratcliffe) and John S. Walsh, Matilda was a life-long lover of books. She worked as an Editor for Houghton-Miflin for many years. As a Friend of the Anthenaeum, Matilda's generosity benefits this organization and many others in the Boston area.

A Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11am in the Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Streeet, Boston. Friends are invited to attend.   

Terzo A. "Tass" Lombardini of Billerica, formerly of Bedford

Terzo A. "Tass" Lombardini of Billerica, a long-time resident of Bedford, died on Friday, October 4, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 90 years old.

Tass was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII before founding Braclo Concrete as co-owner in 1947 in Bedford, operating the business for 36 years before retiring in 1983. He then opened Tass Courier Service exclusively for W.E. Andrews in Bedford.

Tass was a member of Bedford's American Legion Post #221, Bedford's V.F.W., and the Lexington Golf Club. An avid golfer, he loved gardening, playing bridge, and spending time with his family. He was also a member of the Billerica COA.

He was the the beloved husband of Madeline (Scarano) and loving father to Donna Wood of CA; Adria Lombardini of Woburn; Cara Heuston of Billerica; Terzo J. Lombardini and his wife Susan of Billerica; and Peter Lombardini of Lowell. Loving grandfather to Peter D. Lombardini, Lisa Lombardini, Nicholas Lombardini, Michael Meyen, Leah Heuston, and Mason Heuston. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Brother of the late Ultima Martell and Harry Lombardini.

The Funeral will be Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from Shawsheen Funeral Home at 8am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford at 9am.

Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Jimmy Fund, 1 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02146 would be appreciated.

John J. O'Connor Jr. of Chelmsford

John J. O'Connor Jr. of Chelmsford died on September 20, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Bishop) O'Connor. Loving father to Aimee Cormier and her husband Doug of Merrimack, NH; Laura Aiello and her husband Joe of Brighton; and Sarah Willett and her husband Dale of Nashua, NH. Also survived by five grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Veterans Community Care Center, 130 Marshall Road, Lowell, MA 01852.  

Robert A. Poss of Bedford

Robert A. Poss, age 64 of Bedford died at home on September 13, 2013.

Born in Kittery, Maine on July 30, 1949, Robert owned and operated Bedford's Red Cab.

Robert is survived by his wife Regina (Gomes) Poss of Bedford and sister Peggy Gilbert and her husband Joe of NH.

Son of the late Pauline (Brennan) and Edgar L. Poss; brother of the late Tom Poss.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Dover, NH on September 18, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Robert's name to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.  

Stephen Loguidice of Bedford

Stephen Loguidice of Bedford, age 51 of Bedford, died suddenly on Sept. 10, 2013.

Born August 18, 1962 in Medford, Stephen was the son of Carmella (Noe) and the late Gaetano Loguidice. He was raised in Medford and attended Medford Public Schools. His interests included gambling, lobster fishing, family, and his cats. Stephen was always happy and loved people.

Stephen is survived by his mother Carmella Loguidice of Bedford; sister Diane Butterworth of Billerica; brother Rick and his wife Louise Loguidice of Salem, NH; niece Janine, nephews, Ricky, David, and Matthew; many aunts and uncles; and his kitties, Sparky and Foxy.

A Memorial Mass for Stephen was celebrated on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in St. Michael's Church in Bedford.

Dr. Malcolm C. (Mike) Veidenheimer, MD, of Bedford, formerly of Wellesley

Dr. Malcolm C. (Mike) Veidenheimer, MD, of Bedford and formerly of Wellesley and Moultonborough NH, died on July 30, 2013 at the age of 84. He was the loving husband for 57 years of Sheila (Colquhoun) and much loved father of Brock and his dear companion Sue of Wellesley; Rob and his wife Betsy of Concord; Dick and his wife Sandra of Needham; and Paul of The Hague, Netherlands. Cherished Papa to nine grandchildren: Scott, Ian, Paige, Andrew, Cam, Jilly, Tim, Tara and Jay.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for undergraduate and graduate studies. Mike enjoyed a long career at the Lahey Clinic, Burlington where he was appointed Chairman of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery while caring for countless patients. During his career, Mike also served as Chief of Department of General Surgery, HCI Scotland; in positions with the Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of Surgery; and he authored or coauthored over 100 publications and book chapters.

Mike is fondly remembered for his love of his family; his compassion and good humor; his enthusiasm for travel, painting, the sport of curling; and for his many friends around the world and his colleagues at the Lahey Clinic.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5 at Carleton-Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Road, Bedford, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Lahey Clinic Foundation, Institutional Advancement, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805 (http://www.lahey.org/MakeGift/ ), or to the Public Broadcasting System (www.pbs.org).  

Donald H. Hilker of Bedford, USAF veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam

Donald H. Hilker of Bedford died on Wednesday July 31, 2013; he was 94 years old. He was the beloved husband of Alice F. (Ford) Hilker. Loving father to Donna R. Hoeszie and her husband Larry of IL, Jennifer Hilker-Blair and her husband Stuart of Bedford, John Hilker and his wife Susan of Brimfield, Jack Hilker of CA, James Hilker and his wife Karen of MI, and Jeffrey Hilker of CA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cecile Ison; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was a retired Lt. Colonel serving the U.S. Air Force during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Visiting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 4. 2013. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Donald’s memory to Nat’l Assoc. for Uniformed Services, 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151.  

Frederick "Skeet" H. Bentley of Carlisle

Frederick "Skeet" Howard Bentley, age 84 of Carlisle, died on June 14, 2013. He is survived by his love, best friend, and spouse Eleanor Bentley of Carlisle and loving daughter Heather Bentley-Camp and her husband Jack of Montana. Also survived by his brother Louis C. Bentley of FL and sister Claire Kelley of MA, and many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his parents Louis and Barbara (Myrne) Bentley.

His fondest memories are of Caddy Camp at the Mt. Washington Hotel and visiting the veteran's hospital to volunteer.

Funeral Services were private. Donations in his honor are appreciated: Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.   

James T. Blasi of Bedford

James T. Blasi of Bedford passed away peacefully at home on June 2, 2013 at the age of 77 after a brave and long battle with cancer with his family by his side. 

Assistant Engineer who worked on optics and lasers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for 36 years, James was a Korean War combat veteran, family man, and a man whose interests and curiosity knew no boundaries. He was the son of the late Olindo and Anna (Gualtieri) Blasi.

James is survived by his wife Sandra L. (Megna) Blasi. Loving father of Laura Zampell and the late James M. Zampell of Bedford, James Blasi of FL, and Michael Blasi and his wife Zuzka Volicer Blasi of Acton. Cherished grandfather of Joseph Zampell, Dante Blasi, and Evka Blasi. Brother of Sylvia Packard of VA, Beatrice Blasi of NY, Richard Blasi of CA, and the late Norma Tallon and Charles Blasi. Also survived by sister-in-law Jane Blasi and brother-in-law Richard Megna, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, dontaions in James' name to American Cancer Society, 43 Nagog Part, Suite110, Acton, MA 01720-3426 are appreciated. 

Robert "Bob" J. Bilafer of Bedford

Robert “Bob” J. Bilafer of Bedford died on May 22, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Brennan) and loving father of Jane Acocella and her husband Andy of Redding, CT; Robert J. Bilafer Jr. and his wife Catherine of Concord; and Peter Bilafer and his wife Patty of Mansfield. Loving grandfather of Katherine Acocella, Kristen Acocella, Jayme Bilafer, Jesse Bilafer, and Colleen Bilafer. Brother of Alice Diamond, Paul Bilafer, Martin Bilafer and the late George Bilafer. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in St. Michael's Church in Bedford. 

Bob was a late member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5292. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bedford Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 322, Bedford, MA 01730.  

Helen "Patti" (Pilch) Dixon of BedfordDixon.jpg

Helen “Patti” (Pilch) Dixon, age 75 of Bedford, formerly of Lawrence, unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 22, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Joseph F. Dixon. Cherished mother of three children, Kelly Knight and her husband David Knight of Woburn, Kim Keane and her husband James Keane of N. Attleboro, and Joseph Dixon III of Danvers. Devoted “Nanu” of seven grandchildren, David, Christopher, and Kathryn of Woburn; James and Michael of N. Attleboro; and Gretchen and Finian of Danvers.

Daughter of the late Edward and Mary Evelyn (Waldron) Pilch of Lawrence, she graduated Salutatorian from St. Patrick’s in Lawrence in 1954 and traveled the world with her husband of 54 years, a retired USAF officer, and her children. Her life was devoted to being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked for a time as a pre-school teacher’s aide on Hanscom AFB and as a permanent part-time clerk at MetLife.

She is an adored sister of Geraldine DiMattia of Melrose; Charlotte Gallagher and Mary Collins of Salem, NH; Peter Pilch of Washington; the late Charlie Pilch of Lawrence; and sister-in-law Irene Dixon of Lawrence. She is also survived by many esteemed nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael’s Church in Bedford on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.   

William A. Snedeker III of Bedford

William A. Snedeker III of Bedford died peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the age of 84.

Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late William and Alice Snedeker. He was a graduate of St. Charles High School, class of 1947 and he briefly attended Boston College.

He lived in Bedford with his beloved wife Janice where they raised their family. He was a small business owner who began his career at Ark-Less Switch Corporation in Watertown, then opened his own steel rule die company, Nu-Die Graphics in Stoughton; he retired in 2005.

He greatly enjoyed his business career, following sporting events, reading, and socializing with family and friends. Some of his fondest memories were of sailboating trips taken in the Gloucester area with family and friends. He greatly enjoyed time spent socializing with his brother Jack.

Mr. Snedeker was preceased by his wife Janice R. (Silva). Loving father of William Snedeker IV and his wife Sandra of Richmond, ME; Thomas Snedeker of Billerica; and Paul Snedeker and his wife Cynthia of Billerica. Grandfather of Brian, Brianna, Jennifer, Scott, and Matthew. Brother of John Snedeker and his wife Eileen of Waltham. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11am in Shawsheen Funeral Home. Visiting hours are in the funeral home on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.   

Carl A. Bumbaca of Bedford

Carl A. Bumbaca of Bedford died on May 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Jean (McDonald) for 62 years. Loving father of Gina M. Jarzembowski of Bedford, Glen Bumbaca and his wife Carol of Salem NH, Joseph J. Bumbaca and his wife Patricia of Salem NH, and Bob "Sticky" Bumbaca of Bedford. Loving grandfather of Ryan Jarzembowski, Alex Jarzembowski, Carl Bumbaca, and Lisa Bumbaca. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Son of the late Mary (Ireno) and Joseph Bumbaca, Carl is also pre-deceased by his four siblings.

Carl was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and member of American Legion Post #221. He was a retired Boston Gas employee.

Funeral from Shawsheen Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14 2013 at 8am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road, Bedford at 9am. Funeral home visiting hours on Monday, May 13, 2013 6 to 8pm. Relatives and friends invited.   

Irma Mauriello Cerchione of Bedford

Irma Mauriello Cerchione of Bedford died on May 3, 2013. Cerchione.jpg

Born in Italy on Oct. 25, 1925, Irma was the daughter of the late Enrico Mauriello and Assunta (Meola). She was the beloved wife of the late Pellegrino Cerchione.

Loving mother of Domenic Cerchione and his wife Maria of Bedford, Gianfranco A. Cerchione and Nancy Valenti of Bedford, Elio Cerchione of Malden, and Ornella Cerchione and Manuel Costa of Bedford. She was also the devoted grandmother of Domenic, Lisa, Michael, Stephanie, Stephen, Deanna, and the late beloved Anthony. She is also survived by one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Sunday, May 5, 2013. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, May 6, 2013 in St. Michael’s Church in Bedford. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford.    

Edward Bland of Tewksbury

Edward Bland, age 64 of Tewksbury, died on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. 

Born in Lowell on Dec. 22, 1948, Mr. Bland was a disabled veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He is survived by his sister Doreene Wood of Quincy, CA. 

Funeral Services were private. 

Birchall, Doris E. of Billerica, formerly of Bedford

Doris E. Birchall of Billerica, formerly of Bedford, died on April 17, 2013. 

She was the  beloved mother of Michael Birchall of Billerica. Loving grandmother to Gerald Bowes, Justin Birchall, and Jordan Birchall, all of Billerica. Also survived by daughter-in-law Bonnie Birchall; and sisters, Judy Sumulski, Diane Harlow, and Susan Brown and brothers, Frank Brown, David Brown, Jeff Brown, and Billy Brown; and several nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Farnam) Brown.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday, April 26, 2013. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in St. Theresa's Church in Billerica. 

Donations in Doris's memory to Make-a-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, One Bullfinch Place, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02114 (www.massri.wish.org) are appreciated.

Robert A. "Bob" Larsen of Pepperell, formerly of Bedford

Robert A. "Bob" Larsen of Pepperell, formerly of Bedford, died on April 4, 2013 at age 52.

He was the beloved husband of Maria (Camara) and loving father of Alicia, Brittany, and Robert A. Larsen Jr., all of Pepperell. Brother of Linda Wollenberg of Bedford, William A. Larsen (Bob’s twin) of Westford, and John E. Larsen of Tyngsboro; and brother of the late Debra Larsen and Charles H. Larsen.

Loving son of Joan (Tyler) Larsen of Bedford and the late Charles F. Larsen. Bob is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1978.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Sunday, April 7, 2013. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, April 8, 2013 in First Church of Christ Congregational in Bedford. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford.

Steven E. Williams, formerly of Bedford

Steven E. Williams, formerly of Bedford, died on March 29, 2013.

He is survived by his daughter Tina Williams and son Steven Jr. and siblings, Donna Beecy and Tommy Williams.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to remember Steve. Burial was private. 

Donald W. Foley, retired Bedford Firefighter

Donald W. Foley, age 82, of Bedford and Chelmsford, died peacefully with his family by his side on March 11, 2013 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Bedford. He was the husband of the late Jean M. (Fraser) Foley.

Mr. Foley was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict (1950-1954) and a retired Bedford Firefighter (32 years of service). He built his own cottage in Maine. He will be remembered by his family, many nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends. .

Survived by his four daughters: Cameron Foley of Chelmsford, Dale Fallabella and her husband Jon of Maynard and East Burke, VT, Judy Church and her husband Rusty, of Salisbury Beach, and Nancy J. Foley of Dunstable. He has three beloved grandchildren, William P. Sickles of Chelmsford (wife Christina), Joanna Sickles of Marlborough and Douglas Church of Salisbury; and one great-grandson, William A. Sickles also of Chelmsford.

Brother of Charles U. Foley of Newburyport, David Foley of Newbury, Evelyn Hunt and Emily Brennan of Wolfboro, NH, the late Thelma Stanwood and Dana Foley.

Family and friends attended a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at American Legion Post #221 in Bedford.  

Joseph W. Ricardelli, a life-long resident of Bedford

Joseph W. Ricardelli of Bedford died peacefully at home on March 11, 2013 at the age of 89. He was the beloved husband of the late Laura G. (Lombardo) Ricardelli.

Loving father of Joseph W. Ricardelli and his wife Anne of Burlington and Robert J. Ricardelli and his wife Bonnie of Dunstable. Cherished grandfather of Beth, Joanne, Mary, and Daniel Ricardelli. Brother of Frank Ricardelli of Chelmsford and the late Emily Lentine of Bedford. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

A life-long resident of Bedford, he was a WWII U.S. Navy vetern of the Battle of Normandy and the South Pacific.

The Funeral will be held from Shawsheen Funeral Home on Friday March 15, 2013 at 8am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford at 9am. Funeral home visiting hours will be on Thursday March 14, 2013 from 4 to 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to your favorite charity are appreciated.  

Jane E. Healer of Bedford

Jane E. Healer of Bedford died on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Jane was the loving daughter of the late Carl and Rose (Yeran) Healer and twin sister of the late Joyce Healer.

Jane was the loving sister of Maritza Healer of Chelmsford. She is also survived by a niece Michelle Wells of Chelmsford and cousin Beverly Panjian of Arlington.

Funeral Services are private. 

Richard L. Fedele of Bedford, US Navy Veteran and retired Raytheon employee

Richard L. Fedele of Bedford died on Feb. 22, 2013. A 1965 graduate of Waltham High School, he was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and one of the first crewmen on the USS John F. Kennedy. He was an active member of Bedford's American Legion Post #221 and was employed for many years by Raytheon. He enjoyed fishing, archery, cooking, and was a collector of antiques. He loved his family very much.

Richard was the beloved father of Richard L. Fedele Jr. and his wife Caroline of Bedford and Brian K. Fedele and his wife Gina N. of Bedford. Loving grandfather to Shayla J. Fedele and Richard J. Fedele. Former husband of Linda J. (DiGregorio) Fedele. Predeceased by his mother Angelina and father Pasquale; brother Patrick Fedele; and sister Linda O’Connell. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church in Beford on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford. 

Patricia "Patsy" L. (Counihan) Golomb, a resident of Bedford for 45 years

Patricia "Patsy" L. (Counihan) Golomb, a 45-year resident of Bedford, died on February 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Joseph J. Golomb Sr. for 58 years. 

Loving mother of Charlene Golomb and her wife Kris Filan of Boston, Joseph J. Golomb Jr. and his wife Karen E. of Chelmsford, and Carl Golomb of Clearwater, FL. Patsy is survived by two sisters, Marie Gould of FL and Helen Archer and her husband Ralph of NJ. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, loving cousins and dear friends.

Patsy worked for many years at Marshall's as well as ESA Inc. of Bedford. Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Monday, February 11, 2013.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael's Church in Bedford on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.  

Helen A. (Stigora) Ahern of Bedford 

Helen A. (Stigora) Ahern of Bedford died on February 2, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis L. Ahern.

Loving mother of Leslie and her husband Sal Spatola of Middletown, CT and Kathy and her husband Brad Towne of Acton. Loving grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 4. Also survived by a sister, Mildred Schultz and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours and a funeral service were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Wednesday February 6, 2013.   

Carroll H. Dunham, Proprietor of Dunham's Bookstore in Bedford for 40 years 

Carroll H. Dunham, an 88-year resident of Bedford, died on January 28, 2013. He was the devoted husband of the late Grace (Martin) Dunham.

Carroll moved to Bedford from Somerville in 1924 when he was 9 years old and remained a resident thereafter. He and his wife, the late Grace Dunham, opened Dunham's Bookstore in 1960 at 34 South Road and a few years later moved the business to The Great Road location, operating until 2000. He was 85 years old when he closed the store but he continued to buy and sell books for the remaining 12 years of his life.  

He is the beloved father of Allan R. Dunham and his wife Marie of Pepperell and Rev. Dr. Lorrie Dunham of Bedford. He is also survived by six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard L. Dunham of Lunenberg and a sister, C. Elizabeth Hicks of Dixon, Illinois.

Family and friends gathered in Shawsheen Funeral Home on Saturday, February 2, 2012. A Service of Remembrance was held, officiated by Joe Cleveland of Bedford's First Parish. A private burial in Shawsheen Cemetery will occur at a later date.  

Winifred A. (Fitzgerald) Sullivan, former Town of Bedford employee

Winifred A. (Fitzgerald) Sullivan, 83 years old, died peacefully on January 28, 2013 in Quincy. A former resident of Bedford and Somerville, she was the beloved wife of the late Lt. Francis J. Sullivan (a retiree of the Bedford Police Deptment).

Loving mother of Nancy F. and her husband Seamus P. Buckley of Dorchester; Michael P. Sullivan of Yonkers, NY; and Robert K. and his wife Shannon L. Sullivan of Arlington, VA. Devoted “Nana” of Deirdre G. and Seamus M. Buckley of Dorchester and Luke T. and Liam M. Sullivan of Arlington, VA. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Winifred was a former employee of the Town of Bedford and Sylvania Corp.

Rev. Fr. Mark S. Sheehan conducted Commital Prayers at a graveside service on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford. A contingency from the Brooklyn (NYC) Fire Department attended. 

Donations in Winifred's memory are appreciated and may be made to The Jimmy Fund, One Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02146-9795.  

Hugh "Buddy" Irwin Hunt, of CT and formerly of Bedford

Hugh Irwin Hunt, age 89 of Goshen, CT, formally of Orange, CT, died on Wednesday January 24, 2013. He was born at home in Bedford, son of Charles E. and Lona P. Hunt, on December 15, 1923. The youngest of six, Hugh, known as Buddy, went to school in Bedford through junior high, and high school in Lexington. On April 1, 1941 Bud missed the bus to school and walked 27 miles to join the US Army at Fort Devens, known only to the entire Callahan family.

Hugh served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. He participated in D-Day at Normandy, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge. For his service he was awarded three bronze battle stars.

Hugh founded Ground Support Products, turning it into a successful business. After retiring in 2005 he served as a consultant until his final days.

He is survived by son Skip; daughters, Jacqueline, Robyn, Alexandra, Samantha, Christina and Katherine; and by 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Marie.
Predeceased by sisters, Evelyn and Bernice, and two brothers.

Flowers or memorial donations to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, are welcome.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 in Shawsheen Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Shawsheen Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield, CT.
  

Rebecca A. (Patchin) Woessner of Carleton Willard Village

Rebecca A. (Patchin) Woessner of Beford's Carleton Willard Village died on January 17, 2013 at the age of 83. Born in Tullahoma, TN, Rebecca was a homemaker. She was the wife of the late Donald E. Woessner.

Services were private.

Thomas O. Casteel of Lynn

Thomas O. Casteel, age 68, of Lynn, formerly of Portsmouth, NH and Boston, died on January 13, 2013, in Bedford, MA. Born October 15, 1944, in Portsmouth, NH, Tom was the son of the late Donald and Lucile (Hill) Casteel. Mr. Casteel was a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1962.  He served in the U.S. Navy in the 1960s, and thereafter worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry. 
  
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Donnell and her husband John of N. Hampton, NH and Darece Bergman and her husband Jim of Lenexa, KS. Predeceased by his sister Donna Dricoll. He is also survived by ten beloved nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Tom, ever a warm, positive, affectionate person, was a lover of the arts and great wit, who reveled to the end in the joy of living. Funeral services are private. Donations in his memory can made to the Friday Night Supper Program in Boston, at www.fridaynightsupper.org

Edwin A. Hanson, Sr., formerly of Bedford

Hanson.jpgEdwin A. Hanson, Sr., age 91 of Wayland, formerly of Bedford and Ocala, FL died on January 10, 2013 at the Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 20, 1921 in Quincy, MA, son of the late Emil and Isabella (DeForest) Hanson. He was a graduate of North Quincy High School, class of 1939. Mr. Hanson was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran (USS YP423). He enjoyed boating, sailing, and flying for many years; singing in the Sounds of Concord Barbershop Chorus and church choirs; as well as family vacations and outings.

He was affectionately known as "Mr. Fantastic" by his loving and caring nurses and staff at Wayland Nursing and Rehab.

Mr. Hanson leaves five sons: Edwin Jr. and his wife Karen of Oviedo, FL; Kenneth and his wife Diane of Columbia, SC; Jeffrey of Bethel, VT; Philip and his wife Rachel of Billerica; and Eric of Pepperell; two daughters: Paula Hall and her husband James of Irmo, SC; and Carolyn Bernard and her husband George of Wayland; 25 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Arline (Larson) of Bedford and his wife of 24 years, Frances (Lucas) of Ocala, FL and one son, Gary Peter Hanson of Bedford.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Bedford.