Melrose Obituaries

Harrison Chandler Clark, 89

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Harrison Chandler Clark, 89, of Melrose and Truro, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, known as Chandler or Chan to those close to him, passed away at his Melrose home early on the morning of January 31 following complications from a stroke. He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Chandler was born December 16, 1927 in Cortland, New York, the youngest son of Thaddeus Ripley Clark and Marlea Wells Clark of Marathon, New York. He attended The Peddie School in...

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Joseph M. Kelley, 98

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition BEDFORD — Joseph Michael Kelley, 98, passed away at the VA Hospital in Bedford on February 10, 2017. Joe was born in Southie on January 9, 1919 to the late John and Margaret (Connolly) Kelley. As a young child, he overcame polio and never let his disease define him throughout his life. He was raised in South Boston, graduated from South Boston High School and entered the U.S. Navy. Mr. Kelley served his country with pride during World War II, and was the last one off his ship when it sank off the...

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Evelyn M. Gillespie, 91

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition MEDFORD — Evelyn M. Gillespie, 91, of Melrose, formerly of Medford, died at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford on Feb. 13, 2017. Evelyn was born in Somerville, raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School, Class of 1943. She was a homemaker and resided in Melrose for 29 years and Kittery, Maine for 21 years. Evelyn was very active with the Incarnation Church Ladies’ Sodality in Melrose and organized a women’s and men’s grief support group. She loved reading, long walks on the...

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Laurel Corliss Swift, 67

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition CHANDLER, Arizona — Laurel Corliss Swift, 67, of Chandler, AZ, and formerly of Melrose, died peacefully at home on December 21, 2016. She was the beloved daughter of Jean (Barnard) Corliss and the late Richard F. Corliss of Melrose. She was the devoted mother of Rebecca Love, and Sara Swift, both of AZ. She was the cherished grandmother of Skyler Love of AZ. She was the dear sister of Janet Kazo and husband Hiroshi, and Elaine Thibodeau and husband Robert. Caring aunt of Christopher and Brienne...

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Kerri Mary Scott, 22

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Kerri Mary Scott, 22, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 6, 2017. Born on November 28, 1994, Kerri was raised and educated in Melrose, where she had many friends. A bubbly young lady, Kerri was always smiling and laughing about something. She was an honest, straight shooter who never hesitated to tell you how she felt. Kerri was an animal lover. She grew up with a golden retriever in the house, and formed a lifelong bond with their dog, Brandon. She...

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William W. Tomer, 96

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition PIKESVILLE, MD — William W. “Bill” Tomer, 96, a resident of Harwich and Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Arden Courts Assisted Living in Pikesville, Maryland. Born in Melrose on November 12, 1920, William was one of two sons of the late William A. and Alice (Wheeler) Tomer. He graduated from Melrose High School and Kimball Union Prep School. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cryptographic technician in China, India...

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Robert H. Maiella, 93

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Robert H. Maiella, 93, of Woburn and formerly a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Robert was born in Everett on November 11, 1923, and was one of eight children of the late Giuseppe and Anita (Vardaro) Maiella. He was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1941. He received training from the New England Aircraft School in Boston before serving his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air...

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John F. Higgins Sr.

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Published in the February 10, 2017 edition STONEHAM — John F. “Jack” Higgins Sr. of Stoneham passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Wednesday, February 1. He was 89 years of age. Jack was born in Somerville on May 18, 1927 to the late Nathan and Frances (Gabrielle) Higgins. He was raised in Somerville, East Boston and Dorchester and joined the Merchant Marine right out of high school. Mr. Higgins went through the US Maritime Service Training Station in Brooklyn, NY, graduating in 1944. Jack served as a Chief Petty Boatswain Officer in...

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Ellen M. Guiry, 90

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Published in the February 10, 2017 edition MELROSE — Ellen M. (Woods) Guiry, 90, passed away at Glen Ridge Nursing Home in Medford on January 29. Ellen was born in Boston, raised in Dorchester and graduated from Dorchester High School. Mrs. Guiry lived in Stoneham for 6 years, Medford for 35 years, Las Vegas for 17 years and in Melrose since 2007. Ellen worked as an administrator at the Teradyne Company in Boston for 25 years and part-time at Weight Watchers in Boston and in Las Vegas for 30 years. While working in Boston Ellen would attend...

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John F. Crowley, 89

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Published in the February 10, 2017 edition SAUGUS — John F. Crowley, 89, a resident of Saugus, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 4. John was born in Somerville on May 8, 1927, one of two children of the late Dennis F. Crowley and Nellie E. (Boyd) Crowley. A “Townie,” John was forever proud of his roots growing up in Charlestown. After graduating from high school, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he began his over 30-year working career at New England...

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