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Judy Higgins Donohue reported the sad news that our classmate and executive committee member John 'Jack' Otis has passed away. His Obituary follows:

John ‘Jack’ R. Otis Jr, John "Jack" R. Otis Jr, age 72, of Hingham passed away on December 28, 2014. Jack was born in Brockton and was educated at Bridgewater State University. Jack began his career as a history professor and later became Dean of Students at Massasoit Community College. During the 1970s, Jack was the baseball coach at Massasoit Community College. Jack enjoyed all Boston sports, especially the Celtics-Lakers rivalry of the 1980s. Jack invested much time and effort in working with then Governor Mike Dukakis’ “Alliance Against Drugs.” Jack also organized and sponsored several support groups for those struggling with addiction. Jack was an avid lover of music and was a skilled piano player. He also loved the beach and ocean particularly. Jack loved to sail his Mini Fish in Marshfield during summers. Jack is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carole (Burke) Otis, daughters Kerrie and Colleen Otis. He was a brother to Joanne, and uncle, friend, mentor to many others. Jack was a true gentleman whose heart lied with his family. There will be a private service for Jack with his family and those he loved. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association.



It is with deep sadness that I (Kerry Harkins) enter the name of a friend from my youth, Roy G. Smith among our classmates that have passed on. Roy lived on Cambo Street in Brockton, the next street over from me during my teen years. He became my friend and and the friend of my family as well, spending many summer days and other times throughout the year. He was a quiet person then and, I assume, during his adult life as well. Roy was very smart as I remember and he was a good friend. We worked together at the BPM, which is now Shaws, on Belmont Street during our high school years. Our lives parted when I gave up Stonehill College for awhile and decided to join the U.S. Air Force. Life moves on and we lost touch. I will always remember Buzz as my friend who has now gone on to the eternal Cosmos. . . Roy's obituary follows:

Roy G. "Buzzy" Smith Jr., age 72, of Wareham, formerly of Raynham, died Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Forestview Nursing Home in Wareham, after a lengthy illness. He was born and raised in Brockton, a son of the late Roy G. and Nicolena (Ruccolo) Smith. A graduate of Brockton High School and Stonehill College, Roy had been an English professor at the Hotchkiss Preparatory School in Lakeville, Conn. He retired in 1995 after 30 years with the school where he was also a coach and trainer. In his retirement, Roy lived in Raynham for many years before moving to Wareham three years ago. Roy loved watching classic movies, Broadway shows and traveling. He also enjoyed coin and stamp collecting. He had been a tutor to disadvantaged children. Roy will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was generous to a fault. Roy was the brother of Carole A. Smith and the late James M. Smith. He also leaves several cousins and many friends. Visitation will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte. 123), Brockton, Saturday 8:30-10 a.m. with a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. For condolences and directions, please visit www.conleyfunerlhome.com.


We recently learned that our classmate Elaine M. Occhipinti (Czaja), of Deltona, Fla., born in Brockton, May 7, 1942, passed away June 14, 2014. She Graduated from Brockton High School class of 1960. Elaine was married 51 years to Frank A Occhipinti Jr. She is Survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, a grandchild, 2 sisters, a brother and mother. Service will be Saturday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the National Crematory & Burial Society, 7565 Red Bug Lake Rd., Oviedo, Fla. 32765.

Dick Kelly reported to Judy Donohue the sad news regarding the passing of our classmate, Donnie Bryant. The following is short obituary from his local paper.

WINTER HAVEN, FL - Donald Alan Bryant, 71, died of cancer 9/2/14. He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Cram; sons David & Dana; four grandchildren & three great grandchildren. Services will be private per the wishes of the family. Kerry Harkins reported that he believes that Don was a member of the Berwick Boys Foundation during his teen years and also that he ran the Tip Top Pizza Express from 2000-2005. We understand that Don either owned or was part owner in several Brockton area restaurants. Don will be sadly missed by family and friends. For those classmates who would like to send a note or card to Don's Wife Barbara, her address is 131 Manseau Drive, Winter Haven, FL 33880.


Lois Berman reported that Our classmate, Shirley Mintz Lazarus passed away last week from complications of brain cancer. She lived in Plantation, FL. Lois further stated that she and Shirley became friends in grammar school and spent many wonderful years exploring junior and high school adventures. Getting sadder in these golden years........ Beverly (Lang) Baran was another close friend of Shirley from the age of 11 and, except for about 20-years when they were apart due to geography, they remained friends. Shirley is survived by her three sons. She will be sorely missed by all. Funeral services were private at the family's request.

Deanna Tarantino reported today that our Classmate, Deanna M. Voci, 73, of Brockton passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 under the care of her family and hospice after a period of failing health.

Born July 18, 1941 in Brockton, MA she was a daughter of the late Joseph B. Voci and Stacia T. (Pawlowski) Voci. Raised and educated in Brockton Deanna was a graduate of Brockton High School Class of 1960 and also attended Stonehill College in Easton where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. Deanna was a recent retiree of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Social Services. She assisted in Brockton City elections by working the voting polls. She enjoyed traveling to Italy, floral arranging, cooking and most of all she loved her grandson Michael. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Ann Smith; her grandson Michael Moran; her siblings, Eugene Voci, Joseph Voci and Janis Vera; her favorite sister-in-law, Barbara Voci; she is also survived by her 3 nieces and 6 nephews. She was the sister of the late Patricia Ann Voci.
Funeral Information

Following cremation, Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home on Friday, July 25th at 9:30AM thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul at 10:30AM. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. A Memorial Gathering will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday 3:00-7:00PM.
Donations Information

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Michael Moran Education Fund, 580 Ash St., Brockton, MA 02301.


Nick Camillone reported today that our Classmate and Reumion Committee membeer Julia (Judy) Paulding. Judy's Obituary Follows:

Julia F. (Paulding) Armstrong, age 72, of Norwell, passed away suddenly during investigative surgery to diagnose for the possible recurrence of cancer at Brigham and Womens Hospital, in Boston, July 11, 2014. Born and raised in Brockton, Julia graduated from Brockton High School and attended Pierce Medical Secretarial School in New Hampshire. After jobs with the gas company and Brockton V.A., she became the bride and wife of Ronald Armstrong of Dorchester. After living in Quincy, they built a home in Norwell. Judy possessed a gorgeous, stay at home mom smile, while active with the UCC Congregational Choir, Food Pantry, Mission and Outreach. She also loved involvement in the Company Theater, home gardening, crocheting, cooking and babysitting. Judy leaves her husband, Ronald; and their two children, Karen (Armstrong) Elmessadi and husband Najib of Hanover, and Keith Armstrong, Jaclyn and Seth of Pembroke. She was the adoring grandmother of Adam and Lina. Predeceased by her father Lloyd Paulding in 2007, she is survived by her mother, Florence Todd (Needham) of West Bridgewater; and her brother, Lloyd Paulding Jr. and wife Judy of New Boston, N.H. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service will be held Friday, July 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the United Church of Christ, 460 Main St. (Rte. 123), Norwell. Visiting hours Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 30 Central St. (off Rte. 123, near State Police Barracks), Norwell Center. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor her may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA., which prolonged her life for over 30 years, bringing joy to her children, family, and all who loved her. For an online guest book and more, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com. 781-659-2200.


Our dear friend and classmate Hugh Ellis died earlier this week. Hugh has played a huge role in keeping our class connected for many decades. He was an extraordinary man who always had a smile and a kind word. His Obituary Follows:

Hugh W. Ellis, age 72, of Plymouth, passed away on May 20, 2014 after a brief illness. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed making people laugh. A graduate of Brockton High School and Maryland Casualty Insurance School, his career took him to vacuum sales working his way from door to door Salesman to Division Management with Electrolux for 40 years and ten years as VP of Commercial Sales with Oreck. With his hard work ethic he fulfilled his goal of 50 yrs in sales. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading, cooking playing pool and playing whist and cribbage. He boasted about the perfect cribbage hand 29 dealt to him. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, served on the board for his 50th BHS class reunion, and several committees in his Pine Hills neighborhood.

Born in Brockton, he was the son of the late Hugh and Shirley (Nagarya) Ellis. He was the beloved husband of Carole (Poliatti) Ellis of 48 yrs. and cherished father of Kevin Ellis of Highlands Ranch, CO, Jill Patrick of Littleton, CO, Todd Ellis of Sandwich, MA and Cara O’Donnell of Houlton, ME, eight loved grandchildren: Gavin Ellis, Nolan, Quinn, Amanda Patrick, Wyatt and Neve O’Donnell, and Jakob and Scarlett Ellis. In addition, he leaves two brothers Matthew and Lawrence Ellis and one sister Lavinia Mary all of Fl.

Waking hours are Tuesday, May 27th 4-8 pm at Richard Davis Funeral Home, 619 State Rd (Rt 3A), Plymouth (Manomet). Funeral Mass is Wednesday, May 28th at 11:00 am at St. Bonaventure’s Church, 803 State Rd, Manomet. Burial will follow.

Memorial donations may be made in Hugh’s honor to the Veteran’s Group At The Pinehills, which supports Plymouth area Veterans in need. Checks can be made out to Pinehills Veteran’s Group, 149 Great Island Road, Plymouth, MA 02360.

For those who wish to send a note of condolence to Hugh's widow Carole, the address is 33 Fox Hollow, Plymouth, MA 02360. The Ellis family will receive friends at the Overlook Clubhouse following. If anyone is interested in contributing a dessert or cold bottled water, please contact Elaine Sheeran at 508-209-0142 .


We are greatly saddened by the passing of Marie (Cerci) Middleton, January 29, 1942 - May 03, 2014 (72) who passed away peacefully at her home in Brockton on Saturday May 3, 2014 following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her devoted family and friends. Born in 1942, Marie was the daughter of the late Annie (Williams) and Frank D. Cerci. Marie graduated from Brockton High School in 1960, and then attended Brockton Beauty Academy. Her love of children brought her to the Downey School, where she enriched youthful lives for many years as a teacher’s aide.

Marie met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Middleton and became his partner in life and in business. She was actively involved in Richard Middleton Real Estate focusing on sales and construction. Marie volunteered for many valuable charities and was a member of the 20th Century Catholic Club and the Brockton Country Club. Marie enjoyed traveling and gardening, but her greatest joy was spending time with her loving family.

Marie is survived by her beloved husband, partner and best friend, Richard “Dick” Middleton and children, Darlene (Joseph) Anderson, Nicole (Richard) Pretorius and Craig (Sherrie) Middleton. She also leaves her grandchildren, Nicholas Liolios(fiancé Kristen Packard), Joseph and William Anderson, Alysha and Richard Middleton; great granddaughter, Ariyah Middleton; sister and brother in law, Frances and Ralph Grillone, her in laws, Ginny and Frank Middleton and Jane and Tim Parrish; special goddaughter, Cheryl Kelley. She was predeceased by Stacy L. Middleton.

Marie will be greatly missed by her loving family and cherished friends. Marie was an amazing women and an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul on Wednesday, May 7th at 10:30AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. At Marie's request calling hours have been omitted.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to; The Stacy Middleton Memorial Fund, c/o Harbor One Bank, 443 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301 or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Ursula A. Matulonis, MD., Medical Gynecologic Oncology, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.


Our Classmate Jeanne Levering (Williamson) Horan, of Marshfield, passed peacefully on April 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, following a long and courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was 71. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1960 and from the Chandler School for Women in 1962. Over a period of 12 years, she pursued a degree in long-range planning from Boston Universityattending classes in the evenings, and working at the university during the day. She graduated from BU in 1974 with a degree in long-range planning. After moving to Marshfield in 1971, Jeanne became actively involved in community service. For many years, she served on the Town of Marshfields Planning Board, the Ventress Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Girl Scouts of America, the Winslow House, the Marshfield Friends of Music, and the Marshfield ADA Committee. For 25 years, she co-chaired the North River Arts Societys Festival of the Arts; she also volunteered for the Board of Directors and was President for eight years. In recognition of her efforts, the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce honored Jeanne as the 1989 Marshfield Citizen of the Year. She was the first woman to receive this award. The Ventress Library has planned to rename its art gallery space in her honor. Jeanne is known by her family, friends, colleagues, and the community as a woman who could be counted on to offer leadership and mentorship; ideas and wisdom; emotional support and friendship; and generosity of time, energy, and spirit. Jeanne leaves her husband Tim Horan of Marshfield; her children, Jennifer (Horan) McInerney and her husband, Kevin, of Marshfield; Tim Horan and his wife, Christine, of Northborough; Jessica (Horan) Fairbanks and her husband, Adam, of Marshfield; her granddaughters Jillian Mary McInerney and Ava Rose Horan; and her grandson TJ Horan. She was the daughter of the late John Jack Williamson and Mary (Levering) Williamson, of Brockton, and the sister of Ruth (Williamson) LaBonte and her husband, Bill, of Bridgewater, and Peter Williamson and his wife, Ellen, of Hudson. She was sister-in-law to Marilyn (Horan) Ulizio and her husband, Lou, of Wallingford, Conn. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and cousins, and her aunt Jessie (Williamson) Wallace, of Randolph. Visiting hours will be held in the MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean St., Rte. 139 in Marshfield on Tuesday, April 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Wednesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the North Community Church, 72 Old Main St., in Marshfield at 10 a.m. Interment will be held in Couch Cemetery. Donations can be made in Jeannes memory to any of her three favorite local organizations: North River Arts Society (www.northriverarts.org), Ventress Memorial Library (www.ventresslibrary.org), or the Winslow House (www.winslowhouse.org).

Robert Roy Donovan, 71, of Plymouth, formerly of Manomet, passed away March 26, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in Brockton, Dec. 9, 1942. He was an associate for Blue Cross Blue Shield where he retired in 2000. Robert proudly served in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his father, Robert Donovan of Brockton; his sister, Gail Roscetta and her husband Harry of Whitman and two nieces. He was the son of the late Vera (Simmons) Donovan. All services will be private. Donations can be made to the American Lung Association , 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400, Waltham. To sign our online guest book, please visit  SullivanFuneralHomes.com.

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