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Tom Chew and Judy Donohue reported that our Classmate Bob Hamilton has passed away... The following is his Obituary:

Robert "Bob" Hamilton, 77, of Brockton, passed away suddenly, Thursday, December 26, 2019. Bob was born February 22, 1942, in the Campello section of Brockton, and graduated from Brockton High School in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart Barbara E. Blais and they enjoyed 53 years of marriage. He was employed by LeBaron Foundry for more than 30 years before retiring with a work related injury. Bob was a lifelong resident of the city of Brockton. He was an active member in Ward 4 political events and a Little League baseball coach for many, many years. Bob didn't go many places in or around Brockton without running into someone he knew. He always had a kind word, a good joke and a firm hand-shake to offer those he met. Bob loved to spend time with family and friends; he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and many great-nephews and nieces. He loved spending time on Cape Cod (New Silver Beach). He was an avid golfer and served as treasurer for his Tuesday Night golf league for many years.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Ellen (Blais) Hamilton, his in-laws, William "Bill" and Madelyn Blais, his parents, John "Harry" Harrison Hamilton and Viva (Thayer) Hamilton, his 4 brothers, John, Richard, Clyde and Chester, and his 2 sisters, Pauline Gould and Lorraine Perewicz. Bob is survived by his two children, Steven M. Hamilton and his wife Sharon Hamilton of Bourne and Laurie Hamilton-Marshall and her husband Alan Marshall of Walpole; 4 grandchildren, Hannah (Hamilton) Lawrence and her husband Zach Lawrence, Olivia Hamilton, Trevor Marshall and Madelyn "Maddy" Marshall; his sister-in-law, Wendy Blais Arey; as well as other in-laws and many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces who he loved dearly.

Visitation will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St. (Rte. 123), Brockton, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Bob's name may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimers Research Foundation, www.alzinfo.org, or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.conleyfuneralhome.com or on Facebook at Conley Funeral & Cremation Service.


Tom Chew reported that our Classmate Edward Sampson passed away on January 2, 2020 Below is his Obituary:

Edward J. Sampson, Jr. age 77 of North Andover passed away peacefully on Thursday January 2, 2020 after a lengthy period of declining health and multiple hospitalizations with his devoted wife by his side. Born in Brockton, he attended Northeastern University, where he received Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees. He then embarked on a fifty-year career as a system engineer at Raytheon Company in Bedford and Tewksbury. He had a lifelong passion for classical organ music and organs. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, home of the world-famous "Great Organ," for over 40 years. As a long-time communicant of Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, he was a lector and a member of several parish committees. Ed was the recipient of the prestigious Chevrus Award because of his great devotion to St. Patrick Parish and the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kathleen, and their fantastic feline "Ginger". He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Honor and Bill Jutila, sister-in-law Nancy Crowley, much loved nieces and nephews: Honor Marie and Jay Davis, Jennifer and Chris Grahn, Bill Jutila and partner Mindy Bregoli, Patrick and Karen Crowley and Susan Norton; his beloved grandnieces and grandnephews: Madison Davis, Meghan Davis, Emma Davis, Caitlin Grahn, Samantha Grahn, Michael Crowley, Dayna Crowley, Daniel Crowley, Arthur Norton, III and Taylor Norton. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Eleanor Sampson, his sister-in-law: Barbara J. Crowley and his brother-in-law: John F. Crowley, Jr.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen. The wake will be held at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway in Methuen (see mmmh.org for directions) on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Ed’s funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway (Route 28), Lawrence, MA. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Waverly Rd, North Andover, MA. Funeral attendees are asked to please meet directly at the church on Monday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a contribution in Ed’s memory to either the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc., Post Office Box 463, Methuen, MA 01844-0463 or St. Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway, Lawrence, MA01843-1427. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sampson Family.


Judy Donohue has informed us that our Classmate Barbara (Latham) Cardoza passed on... Her Obituary follows:

EASTON----Barbara C. (Latham) Cardoza, 77, of Easton, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 after a brief illness. Born and raised in Brockton, a daughter of the late Artemas and Frances (Bertelsen) Latham, she was a 1960 graduate of Brockton High School.

Barbara was employed as a customer service representative for Concord Foods for over 30 years. Barbara enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, and bingo. Her famous shortcuts always took way longer to get there and earned her the nickname "Backroads Barb". Her sense of adventure took her to many interesting places. She would happily drive 8 hours and "make a trip of it" to see her favorite band. She prided herself on knowing which Dunkin Donuts were the best to go to for the freshest coffee rolls/muffins. Barbara enjoyed going with the flow, wherever that may take her.

She was full of contradictions, as evidenced by her DVR list which was alternating Hallmark holiday movies and murder mysteries. Saturdays were always one of her favorite days because she would spend time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren going out shopping and treating everyone to lunch and Friendly's for ice cream.

Barbara is survived by a son, David Nye and his fiancé Maryjane Sirois of Middleboro, daughters Sally Wilson and her husband Steve of Swansea and Sheri Mortimore and her husband Jeremy of Easton; a sister, Linda Latham of Plymouth; her brother, Lee Latham and wife Eileen of North Woodstock, NH., and her brother, the late Robert Latham; three grandchildren, Mark Wilson, Scott Wilson and Colin Daly; as well as her nieces and nephews . Barbara was also Gigi to three great grandchildren; Brayton, Jason and Jordan.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, November 16 from 1-3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) in Easton. In lieu of flowers donations in Barbara's memory may be made to The Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association www.ecaware.org/give/donate/. For directions or condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com


Judy Donohue reported the following that our Classmate, Carole Young has passed away. Here is her obituary... I was unable to get this posted before the service and for that please accept my aplolgies... Kerry

COLLERAN, Carole (Young), 76, of Forestdale, MA passed away at home on October 2, 2019 with her loving husband by her side. She was born to Richard and Thelma (Levaggi) Young on October 6th, 1942 in Brockton, MA.

Carole grew up in Brockton and attended Brockton schools, graduating from Brockton High School in 1960. She worked for the lawyers at Liberty Mutual as a claims clerk before marrying and starting her family. Carole moved to Forestdale in 1976 with her husband Jimmy and raised her family as a loving mother and devoted wife. She worked in food service for the Sandwich public schools until her retirement. She was devoted to her faith and was a parishioner at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandwich. There, she taught Sunday school, served on the altar guild washing and ironing linens, and volunteered her time for decades. Carole loved her home and made it a warm and special place to be. She was the most loving grandmother, spoiling her grandchildren with gifts, treats, sleepovers, and lots of love. Carole put others before herself and wore her beautiful smile always, even when enduring life’s most difficult times. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Carole leaves behind her husband James of 48 years, their son Timothy and his wife Caroline of Mashpee, their daughter Jill Mamet and husband Matthew of Marshfield, MA, and grandchildren Colton, Carston, Juliet, and Luke. Preceded in her passing was her daughter, Erin.

A Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 7th at 10am at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Main St. Sandwich, MA. Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday, October 6 from 4-7PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Rt-6A Sandwich, MA. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Carole’s name to a charity of your choice. For directions, & online condolences please visit www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.


To my BHS Classmates: I was just informed of the untimely passing of our Classmate, John D. Cahill, by our classmate, Phil Sheppard, and am in shock... John was a fellow United States Air Force Veteran from the Vietnam War Era... As a USAF Disabled Veteran and Commander of DAV Chapter #90, Norwwod, MA, I salute Captain John D. Cahill and on behalf of all of BHS Class of 1960, & thank him for his service to Our Country... May He forever Rest in Peace... Kerry

The following is John's Obiturary:

Cahill, John D. of Pocasset, passed away on April 3, 2019. He was 77.

John was born in Brockton, a 1960 graduate of Brockton High School and a 1964 graduate of Georgetown University. He was a proud Vietnam veteran serving as Captain with the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1969. A lifelong resident of New Silver Beach in N. Falmouth, he was a lifelong runner, enjoyed boating, and was also an avid New England Patriot’s Fan. John was a devout catholic and always enjoyed spending time with his loving family. He will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Loving son of the late John H. and Mary E. (Sheridan) Cahill. Beloved brother of Patricia Barnett of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Carol Walsh and her husband, Francis, of Weymouth, and the late Robert and Elizabeth Cahill. Also survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 3-6 pm in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Weymouth at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 1203 Commercial Street, Weymouth, MA 02189 or to New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.


Daniel Zev Furman of Shirley, MA

SHIRLEY - Daniel Zev Furman, 75, of Shirley, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at his home after a 13 year struggle with multiple myeloma. Daniel was born in Lakehurst, NJ, February 4, 1943, the son of David and Dvora (Harman) Furman. He leaves his wife of 51 years, Cynthia Mae (Conant) Furman, their daughter, Rebecca Alanna Dvora Furman of Shirley.

Daniel graduated from Brockton High, Class of 1960. In 1966 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Northeastern University, Boston. Throughout his career he was employed by a number of computer technology firms, spending the last ten years as a quality assurance engineer at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton.

During his all too brief retirement, he enjoyed macrophotography in his wife's garden, motorcycle riding, designing and creating stained glass panels and riding his electric bicycle on the Groton Rail Trail. He was especially interested in antique cars as well as attending antique car shows throughout New England.

FURMAN - A memorial service was held 1 PM Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the First Parish Church of Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton.

(Note to class: We just found out about Daniel's passing on 4.4.19 and will post this in the 2018 passings page later.)

Judy Higgins Donohue reported that our classmate Frances (Franki) Lee Kelley has passed on .
May she rest in everlasting peace. Her obituary follows:

West Boxford, MA - Frances Lee Kelley, August 25, 1942 - January 16, 2019, age 76, of West Boxford, died peacefully at home on January 16, 2019. For 50 years, she was the beloved wife of George L Kelley of West Boxford.

Franki was born in North Adams, August 25, 1942, to the late Lee Rose (Gomes) Maderios and Zenas Wilton Kelley. She resided in Brockton, Cape Cod, Boston and the South Shore during her early years and in West Boxford, for the last 45 years. Franki graduated from Brockton High School (1960), attended Chandler School (1962), attended Boston College (1964) and Merrimack College (1974-78) for Accountancy & Economics. Until retirement in 2012, Franki enjoyed a successful and varied career as a travelling supervisor at Cigna Healthcare (10 years), Controller at Harbor Advisory Corp (10 years), President at Small Office Support (8 years), Director of Finance at American Textile History Museum (17 years) and Pharmacy Technician at CVS (3 years).

She is remembered with much love by her husband of 50 years, George, her wonderful children, David Kelley of Gloucester, Catherine Kelley of Lawrence and Anne Miller of Shrewsbury, her grandchildren, Lauren and Ben Miller and her siblings, Steve Maderios of Marstons Mills, and Jodi Burnham of Marstons Mills.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Augustine Parish, 43 Essex St., Andover, MA. A funeral service will be private for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123

Judy Higgins Donohue reported that our classmate Roland G. Adams has passed on. May he rest in peace. The following is his obituary:

Roland G. Adams (Rolly), 76 of Rochester, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, after a long illness. He was the loving husband of Mary F. (Lotti) Adams for 42 years. Born and raised in Brockton, son of the late Bernard and Shirley (Adams) Schnyer, grandson of the late Elise and George Adams and Cecile and George Schnyer. He is also predeceased by his brother and sisters Milton B. Adams, Dana Adams, Louise Willet, Pauline Singleton, Sheila Ford and Irene Auntie Adams. Roland served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne division from 1961-1963. He was a self-employed iron worker and the proud owner of Gateway Steel Erection Company with his partner John Folino. Roland developed and manufactured The Roofing Transporter Machine and innovative piece of equipment that revolutionized laying metal sheeting roof materials.

Roland is survived by his wife, Mary, daughters Kimberley (Bruce) Thompson, Jacqui (Jeff) Watt, Lisa (Eric) Soper and Andrea Gomes as well as his nephew Mikey Adams. He also leaves behind his brother Steven Schnyer and sisters Arlene Longo and Cathy Provenzano. When not enjoying time with his family, Roland was an avid antique car enthusiast and could usually be found tinkering with and restoring cars in his garage. He loved his grandchildren, his dogs Stuart Little and Sheldon and the Boston Red Sox! In lieu of a Funeral, and to honor Rolands character, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Rolands memory can be made to the MSCPA.Org. For online condolences and directions please visit www.blanchardfc.com.

Judy Higgins Donohue reported that our classmate Paul O'Sullivan (Sully) has passed. May He Rest in everlasting peace. The following is his obituary:

Paul F. O’Sullivan, 76, of East Falmouth, passed away on Sunday January 13, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Frances M. O’Sullivan and son of the late Harry and M. Irene O’Sullivan.

Paul graduated from Brockton High School. He served in the United States Army attaining the rank of Sergeant. He graduated from attended Dean Junior College and graduated from Boston University with a Master’s Degree. He worked at John Hancock Insurance for many years and ultimately retired with Whitehall Liquor Distributors. He was a loving husband, brother, and uncle and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.

In addition to his loving wife Frances, Paul is survived by his sister Anne Collins and husband Webster, his niece Julie Collins, nephew Harris Collins and wife Melinda.

A visitation will be held at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church 481 Quaker Rd. North Falmouth on Tuesday January 22, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am. A funeral mass will follow in St. Elizabeth Seton Church at 11:00am. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:45pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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