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Marylee (Hughes) Burke
Mar 16, 2019

Marylee (Hughes) Burke, 59, of Rochester died March 16, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a long illness.
She was the beloved wife of CDR Stephen V. Burke, USN (Ret).
Born in Everett, MA, daughter of Anita P. (Bigley) Hughes of Wakefield, MA and the late Joseph W. Hughes, she was raised in Lynn graduating from St. Mary's High School. She lived in San Diego, CA and Springfield, VA while her husband served in the U.S. Navy before moving to Rochester, MA to raise their family in 2004.
She was formerly employed as assistant personnel director for the City of Lynn and was later an administrative assistant at Tabor Academy.
Marylee always showed love and care to everybody she ever knew or met. A dedicated member of her family and the local community, her positive personality and comforting presence was contagious to everybody around her. She loved singing to begin her mornings and loved listening to her favorite songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s on Oldies 103.3 radio. Her natural ability to bring a smile to anyone's face was admirable and reflective of her caring soul. Her loving presence will be sorely missed.
Survivors include her husband; her mother; a son, Stephen J. Burke of Rochester; a daughter, Erin P. Burke of Rochester; a sister, JoAnn Gallant and her husband Paul of North Reading, MA; 2 brothers, Paul Hughes and his wife Lisa of Rochester and Joseph Hughes, Jr. of Lynn; her lifelong friend, Mary Calnan of Lynnfield, MA; and numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 22nd at 11 am in St. Anthony's Church. Visiting hours Thursday March 21st from 3-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Private burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at a later date. We wish to acknowledge the wonderful team at Mass General Hospital, including Dr. Aditya Bardia, and to support advances in metastatic breast cancer research. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Marylee may be made online at (note "in memory of Marylee Burke" in the tribute section) or via check to MGH (note "in memory of Marylee Burke" in the memo line). Checks may be sent to MGH Development Office, Attn: Megan Daniels, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Tom (Thomas H.) Dugan
Mar 15, 2019

Tom (Thomas H.) Dugan, a long-time resident of San Francisco and Sausalito, CA, passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 15, 2019 at his summer home in Mattapoisett, MA. Tom had suffered a recent stroke after fighting a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. An avid sailor, Tom can only be described as a "one off," a nautical term that defines a completely unique design that stands out in a crowd like no other. He was a fearless adventurer who made his first trip around the world while still in his teens and a hilarious storyteller and raconteur who held friends, family and even complete strangers spellbound with his tall tales. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, be it a cab driver, a mahout or an ambassador.
A big man, known by friends as "Bigga" or "The Governor", Tom had a magnetic personality and a willingness to try any and every experience. He was a voracious reader of history, fiction, non-fiction and everything else. With endless curiosity and imagination, he wanted to experience everything in the world. He'd eat, say and try anything with a joie de vivre that inspired everyone around him.
"He was somebody with whom I would go anywhere, without trepidation -- both in the world and in life with its myriad facets, nooks and crannies. He brought out the best and often the funniest aspects of it and each of us," said his close friend, musician Boz Scaggs.
Born into a large Irish Catholic family in Boston, Tom became a serial entrepreneur who started many companies, including a gem-importing business where he visited sapphire mines in Sri Lanka, fought criminal syndicates to bring emeralds from Brazil, and smuggled rubies through the mountains of then- communist Burma for clients like Tiffany's and Harry Winston. He was one of the first San Franciscans to set up a retail outlet and restaurant selling East Coast seafood, Dugan's Lobster Trap. During the 1970s gas crisis, with typical foresight, he sought funding for a co-generation plant to make energy by burning walnut shells and rice hulls from the San Joaquin Valley. He also built a successful scaffolding and painting company in San Francisco that originated the trend of painting Victorian houses in beautiful contrasting colors. This and other enterprises gave three of his brothers their starts in business. In the nineties, Tom founded one of the first Internet search marketing companies. It helped large retailers and other businesses get their products seen on search engines like MSN, Yahoo and Google and was sold to a larger entity in the mid-2000s.
He loved a good party and a good stiff drink; traveling, reading and history; sailing, skiing and golfing; and his big family and even larger group of friends all over the world. Tom is survived by his wife and partner of 43 years, Blaise Simpson; his siblings Nancy Holland, Kathy Holway, Terry Dugan, Judy Burns, Jim Dugan, Greg Dugan, Bill Dugan, Ginny Brearley and Ric Dugan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 1 pm at St. Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The MGH Parkinson's Lewy Body Fund" in honor of Tom Dugan and mailed to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, attention: Kylie Wojcicki. Donations can also be made online at Please follow the link and click on Donate Now, then check the box under Additional Details: I'd like to designate this gift to specific program or area and specify: Designation: The MGH Parkinson's Lewy Body Fund in honor of Tom Dugan. For online guestbook, please visit

Frank Edward Cooper, Sr.
Mar 13, 2019

Frank Edward Cooper, Sr., 89, of Mattapoisett, passed peacefully on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Our Lady's Haven Nursing Home in Fairhaven. Always a Marine, Frank hung tough in his final days so he could enjoy his family gathered around him as he got ready to join the love of his life, his wife of 66 years, Mary, who passed in 2017.
Born in Boston, May 26, 1929, Frank's lifelong goal was to be a Marine. He reached that goal the moment he turned 17 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in the waning days of WWII. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars before retiring as a First Sergeant in 1968 after 22 years of service that included being a Senior Drill Instructor at Marine Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Recruiter for the New Bedford area. Many area Marines remember Frank well and gather each year on the Marine Corps birthday to celebrate their camaraderie and Marine Corps memories that started with Frank. Following his retirement from the Corps, Frank went to work for Ocean Spray where he held several titles simultaneously including Production Manager and Distribution Manager as he helped the company grow into a global brand. Much to his credit, at 50 years old, while working full time at Ocean Spray, Frank fulfilled another lifelong goal and enrolled in college at SMU in Dartmouth (now UMASS). Frank retired from Ocean Spray in 1993 after 25 years.
Frank enjoyed an active retirement with his wife, Mary, on trips to Europe, long cycling trips, attending many Broadway musicals, picnicking at PawSox games, and being surrounded at countless dinners by his many children and grandchildren when he would, without fail, remind them to eat all their dinner because it would "put hair on your chest". Frank had many colorful expressions that his five sons and daughter had to be advised not to repeat, though without much success.
Frank is survived by his sons Frank E. Cooper, Jr. and his companion, Sue Brownell, of Mattapoisett, Timothy J. Cooper of Mattapoisett, Thomas M. Cooper, Sr. and his wife Tabitha Tripp-Cooper of Marion, Michael J. Cooper and his fiance, Kim Faria, of New Bedford, and his daughter, Christine A. Cooper, of Mattapoisett. He leaves behind three grandchildren, Thomas M. Cooper, Jr. of Mattapoisett, Christopher Cooper of FL, and Bridgette Cooper and her fiance Allen Ferreira of New Bedford. He also leaves two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Gill of Fairhaven and Robert Gill of New Hampshire. He was also great-grandfather to Lacey E. Cooper of Minot, North Dakota and step-great grandfather to Chandra Perez-Gill and Mischa Tomasia, both of Fairhaven and Owen Gill of New Hampshire. Frank was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Mary Ellen Cooper of Mattapoisett, his son Robert. G. Cooper of Tampa, FL, his grandson, Patrick J. Cooper of New Bedford, and his daughter-in-law, Linda E. Cooper of Marion.
His visiting hours will be held on Monday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 19th, at 9:30 am at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation, in Frank's name, to Our Lady's Haven Nursing Home, 71 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. Our Lady's Haven and Beacon Hospice Care took wonderful care of our dad. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Rheta T. Tuttle
Mar 12, 2019

Rheta T. Tuttle passed away on March 12, 2019 after a brief period of declining health due to a fall.
She was the wife of the late Kenneth W Tuttle, the daughter of the late Thomas F and Sarah (Stevens) Markey, and the sister of the late Thomas F Markey. She was born in North Dighton and grew up and attended school in Taunton MA. She graduated from Bridgewater State College, class of 1943 and later pursued post-graduate studies and professional development at Boston University. Her 40-year career in Education began with teaching English and Latin in Mattapoisett, MA, followed by a few years teaching English at Beverly High School. After her marriage she returned to Center School in Mattapoisett where she spent the remainder of her career in Elementary Ed. She often joked that because she skipped Third Grade in her own schooling, she was fated to spend her professional life teaching it.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. She was a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Kappa Delta Gamma International Society of Women Educators. She was a member of the Mattapoisett Women's Club and several other local organizations. She was a longtime volunteer for FISH.
In retirement she enjoyed travelling and took up bridge with a passion. She was an avid reader and crossword solver.
She is survived by her beloved son Richard K Tuttle of Mattapoisett. She was grateful for her bridge friends and the kindness of her neighbors The Cattley family and friend Ann Marklin.
Her Funeral will be held on Monday at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett at 10 am. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Mattapoisett Historical Society or the Fairhaven Community Visiting Nurse, 62 Center St, Fairhaven, MA 02719 For directions and guestbook, please visit

Kenneth B. Welch
Mar 11, 2019

Kenneth B. Welch, "KW", 72, of Mattapoisett formerly of Nantucket, passed away on Monday March 11, 2019 at Saint Luke's Hospital. He was the son of the late Donald and Jane (Carroll) Welch of Mattapoisett. KW was the fond partner and friend to Amy Ford and her children Jared and Jillian and their dog Sadie also of Mattapoisett.
Kenny was raised in Plymouth and Newton, Massachusetts, spending summers in Mattapoisett while growing up. In high school "KW" played football, hockey and ran track. He attended American International College in Springfield, MA.
Kenny taught grammar school briefly after graduating from college, but the pursued his twin passions, cooking and sailing. He worked as a sous chef on Nantucket for many years, in restaurants and for a couple of years on a Merchant marine Ship crossing the Pacific between California and Japan.
Kenny loved to sail, living in the Caribbean for many years aboard a 54' Sloop, He raced classic wooden, single hulled boats in the Nantucket's Opera House Cup Regatta. In the most recent years Kenny lovingly restored a pre-America Cup boat, Clytie II, built in 1927 and raced in 1928 against Norway. He was employed with Cape Cod Shipbuilding as a boat builder. Kenny had another talent that many may not have known; he played the drums and an amazing singing voice.
He was the epitome of a "good guy", generous, honest, creative and caring something we all aspire to be more of. He will be missed by many and remembered by all as a true friend.
He is also survived by his Aunt Carolyn Titcomb of Mattapoisett, his cousin William "Bill" Titcomb and his wife Sharon of Marion, Peter Titcomb of NC. He was the brother In-Law of Margo Melnicove and brother of the late David T. Welch and many loving relatives and friends
A celebration of his life will be held on a date to be announced in the near future. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Kathleen Marie O'Grady
Mar 09, 2019

Kathleen Marie O'Grady, age 87, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9 in Concord, Massachusetts.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Robert O'Grady of Concord, Massachusetts; her brother, Joseph Gallo of Lake George, New York and Lakewood Ranch, Florida; her five children, Daniel O'Grady and his wife Linda of Hudson, Ohio; Marianne O'Grady of Washington, DC.; Patrick O'Grady and his husband James Wheeler of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts; Joseph O'Grady and his wife Michelle of Middleton, Massachusetts; Catherine Clemente and her husband Rafael of Cambridge, Massachusetts; her eight grand children and one great grand child. Her son Christopher O'Grady who passed in 1994 predeceases her in death.
Kathleen was born on November 8, 1931 in North Bergen, New Jersey, to parents Joseph Aloysius Gallo and Catherine Marie Reilly. She was a loving wife and mother to six beautiful children. Kathleen was a devout Catholic Christian, a Eucharistic Minister an active Cursillista and an avid volunteer in the community. After raising her six children, she spent much of her professional career as a physician recruiter at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts for nearly twenty years.
For Kathleen, family meant everything. She was a faithful and loving wife, the best Mother a child could ever wish for and a committed and devoted friend to all. Kathleen had one of the most magical and brilliant smiles you have ever seen. She could light up a room and fill your heart with her infectious personality. She had the most gentle and kind spirit and she affected everyone she met in the most positive and caring way.
She was a caregiver, adopter, traditionalist, adventurer, lover of nature and it's beauty and overall angel on this earth. She has left us now to join the rest of the angels, watching over us from heaven, in bliss and tranquility.
Kathleen's funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, March 15 at 11:00 am at Holy Family Parish, 12 Monument Square, Concord, Massachusetts with a reception to follow at the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, Massachusetts. A wake will be held at Dees Funeral Home Thursday, March 14th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, Massachusetts. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kathleen's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kathleen's name to the Edem foundation / / / 508-395-4768 and AIDS Action / / / 617.450.1457.

Grace E. (Madeiros) Cobb
Mar 07, 2019

Grace E. (Madeiros) Cobb, 88, of Marion died March 7, 2019 unexpectedly at home.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late George and Valeria (Glica) Madeiros, she lived in Marion most of her life.
She was a teacher at Center School in Mattapoisett for many years until her retirement.
Survivors include her daughter; her grandchildren, Taryn Cobb and Lee Anthony Cobb.
She was the mother of the late Gary Cobb and Lee Cobb.
Her private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Amabel Kilby Barrows
Mar 01, 2019

Amabel Kilby Barrows, age 98, died March 1, 2019 from complications of pneumonia at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA. She was the daughter of Helen Amabel Eshleman and Frank Mercur Eshleman of Milton, MA. She was the sister of the late Benjamin Franklin Eshleman and the late Elizabeth Barnett Brooks.
Amabel attended Milton Academy completing all twelve years. After graduating in 1938, she spent eight months modeling in Paris, ending abruptly to make the final crossing of the Normandie when France was threatened by Germany.
Amabel then worked as a draftsman in New York City during the war. In 1943 she married Elliot Ashwell Barrows, a navigator in the Army Air Force. They moved briefly to Monroe, LA. When Elliot went overseas to India, she moved back to Milton with her newborn baby for the duration of the war.
After living in Westwood, MA for several years, they moved to Wilton, CT where their three children were raised. Amabel's antique business of forty years started with tailgating at flea markets. Her many estate sales were well attended. After Elliot died, Amabel moved to Marion, MA in 2001.
Survivors include her three children, Amabel Kilby Allen (husband William) of Cumberland, RI, Madeline Ashwell Cooke of Marion, MA and William Dudley Barrows (wife Laurie) of Newbury, MA. She has six grandchildren, Sarah Allen Scoville, Katherine Amabel Allen; Elise Amabel Stokes, Jay Groverman Cooke; Annie Lucille Barrows and Lily Carver Barrows and five great grandchildren, Andrew, Lucy and Evelyn Scoville; and Patrick and Coletta Stokes.
A memorial service is planned for the spring in Marion on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front Street, Marion.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, visit:

David A. Johnson
Feb 28, 2019

David A. Johnson, 80, of Marion, MA died Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Sippican Healthcare Center after a long illness. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Lukoff) Johnson.
Born in Hartford, CT, son of the late John O. Johnson, Jr. and Grace C. (Sabrowski) Johnson, he was raised in Norwich, CT, and had lived in Rochester, NY, Arlington Heights, IL and Topsfield, MA, before retiring to Charleston, SC. He had attended Norwich Public Schools and Norwich Free Academy. He was a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in chemical engineering. While at WPI, he was involved in the ROTC program, President of SAE, and was a member of SKULL, honorary society.
He was a member of St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, where he was active in church affairs at Sippican Healthcare Center.
Mr. Johnson was formerly employed as an executive in graphic marketing for Kodak for 30 years until his retirement.
He served in the U.S. Army, and retired with the rank of Captain after serving in the Reserves for 9 years. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, tennis, and golf, and had played varsity baseball and basketball in high school and in college. He also loved to sing.
Mr. Johnson was Vice-President and on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club and Ronald McDonald House, both in Charleston, SC, and was also active and involved for nine years with the Charleston Historic Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a son, Paul Sherwood Johnson and his wife Hallie of Lake Forest, IL; a daughter, Cynthia Bliss Ray and her fiance Mark Minton of New Bedford; four grandchildren, Samantha Alden Ray, Alyssa Wills Ray, Perry Reese Johnson and Luke David Johson; and several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11 am in St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, with military honors following outside after the service. A private burial will be held in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours are omitted. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Thomas A. Nye, Sr.
Feb 27, 2019

Thomas A. Nye, Sr., 72, of Marion died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia M. (Westgate) Nye, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Ichabod and Florence (Parker) Nye, he lived in Marion for all of his life.
Thomas served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had also served his community as a call firefighter for the Marion Fire Department for the past 45 years.
Tom lived a full, active and proud life. He loved his family endlessly and adored his five grandchildren. Tom was a gentle soul who would have done anything for those he cared about.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Thomas Nye, Jr. of Marion and Andrew Nye and his wife Gail of Reading; five grandchildren, Christopher, Hailey, Camryn, Lily, and Piper; and his great-granddaughter, Madison.
The Nye family would like to thank the Marion Fire Department and the Marion community for their support.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1-5 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. For online condolence book, please visit

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