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Audrey Akillian (Kelly Douthwright)

June 20th, 1950 - October 30th, 2012

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
A smile, a wonderful laugh and a sparkle in her eye, Audrey was a wonderful classmate from the Hosmer Elementary right through High School and beyond. Never an unkind word about anyone. She lived her life by the way she treated others; kindness and grace. Farewell my friend.  Tommy W.
 

Marjorie Anderson

March 30th, 1950 - June 18th, 2008

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From Gail Dorey on July 19th, 2013
Marge died at the age of 58.  She died suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep.  She was living in Englewood, NJ, with her husband Richard Bennett (her college sweetheart), and her daughter, Margot.   Marge was an Art Director at the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones and the former art director at Random House and Little, Brown. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, NJ and its Choir.   I met Marge at the age of 4 years old, at the Barbara Secord Dance Studio.  Marge died far too young, but she lived life to the fullest, and burned brightly.
 
From Charlie D'Ambrosio on June 29th, 2013
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Marjorie sketched this picture of me during study class one day ...
 

Sam Apkarian

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Sammy and I went to school together from Kindergarten to W.H.S.  He was one of the funniest individuals I can ever remember and unabashedly outrageous at times to any teacher or (God forbid) substitute teacher who thought they could control or change his ways. Definitely in the running for a class comedian, Sammy's piecing blue eyes got him through many a scrape with the administration.  Sam's prospects were cut short in a tragic automobile accident that took him away from the possibilities of what could have been. An artist, a dancer, a business man. I still miss you my friend. Someday we'll take a ride together in the High Country in that Austin Healy 3000.  Blessings,  Tom Wetherall
 

Anthony Paul Arno

December 13th, 1949 - March 24th, 2002

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Paul Arno....where do I begin? He wasn't a party....he was the party. He was so funny and could talk a dog off a meat wagon. I remember when I drove up to Vermont to peel him off Haystack Mountain after he broke his leg. He was then at U. MAss. Amherst and a roomate of Billy Stevens. I got him a real cast on his leg and brought him back to Amherst where he made Billy his nurse for the next 6 weeks. His Mom & Dad were lovely and supportive people. Paul moved to California eventually and opened an antique store. He did the remainder of his shortened life out there, occasionally coming back to New England to see brother Jack or Billy Stevens and myself. Paul passed too soon to requite a relationship with his son (APA Jr.) but I understand that both his son and his ex-wife Terry attended his service when he was interred in St Pat's cemetary, almost across the street from where he grew up. Always missed. A smile, a laugh and a bombastic sense of humor.  Farewell Paul.  T. Wetherall
 
From Victor Palladino on July 20th, 2013
Paul was my classmate at the Cunniff School. He was a good kid! Always looking on the bright side! I remember how he enjoyed all our elementary recesses playing kick ball and dodge ball and our after school sports games. As he grew up he developed a passion for fast cars! He was a piece of work and a lot of fun. I lost touch with Paul after high school and I was very saddened to hear about his passing.  
 
From Sharon Reid (Smith on July 15th, 2013
I am sooo sorry to hear the news about Paul.  He was a nice guy and always said hi to me.  He will be surely missed.
 
His Friend from school,
Sharon
 

James Banacos

June 14th, 1950 - July 5th, 2005

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
As I look back on my own life and see how many "famous people" are noted for their strength to persevere through disabilities; none can hold a candle to Jim. He persevered over 35 years without the help of massive public focus. The strength of his family and his love for life was superhuman. He never put himself first or thought of himself as down for the count. I was proud to have participated in that fundraiser we did years later back in the early '80's as was Bob Neumeier who came along to meet Jim and offer his services as Master of Ceremonies. How great a class of individuals we all spawned from but how honored I am to have known and been touched by that soul and spirit that Jimmy possessed. God's rest to you my friend.  Tom Wetherall
 
From Charlie D'Ambrosio on June 28th, 2013
Many of us knew Jimmy as a skinny, scrappy, fun-loving kid ... who would do anything for you.  He proved that to me on many occassions.  He would share his gloves with me as we walked to school on cold wintery days; he'd use one glove to carry his books and put his other hand in his pocket, and I'd do the same with the other glove.  I'll never forget that.
 
I'll also never forget the pact we made not to tell our parents about the warning slips we received from Mr. Sakala in Physics class.  Of course, when I got got home, I buckled under the pressure and tension of keeping something that important from my parents.  I'll never forget the proud look on Jimmy's face the next day when he was boasting how he kept up his end of the bargain, a look which then turned to one of incredulity as I confessed that I cracked under pressure.
 
It's always been that way with jimmy ... he'd do anything for you, even keep a secret.  I miss you good buddy.  This video is a fitting tribute to him and his legacy.
 

Regina Baranowski

September 7th, 1950 - February 4th, 1999

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From Linda DerParseghian on August 12th, 2013
I was also shocked to see that Regina had passed away at such a young age more than 13 years ago.  I actually knew Regina because my grandparents were living on Dexter Ave., and Regina's family lived right around the corner from them and my aunt, uncle and cousins.  Regina was friendly with my cousin, Steve, and her sister, Eva, was a friend of my cousin, Karen.  Regina was a gentle, kind person and very artistic.  What was the cause of her death?  Linda D.
 
From nancy kachadorian on June 26th, 2013
I will always remember Regina being so artistic and athletic and always being so nice......I was shocked when we were looking for classmates that she had passed--
 

Mark Berberian

August 30th, 1950 - March 21st, 1998

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From Kathy Murphy on August 9th, 2013
Mark, what can I say. I remember you fondly. Usually sat beside me and I was so curious about the grey patch of your hair. Sounds silly now but you told me it was pre-mature grey. It was the first time I heard that. I wish you could see me now all white. Good friend, I will miss seeing you. Kathy
 

Gail Boerstler (Howatt)

September 24th, 1950 - January 6th, 2011

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Patricia Bogni (Farrand)

March 12th, 1951 - July 25th, 1991

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Julie Brackett

June 6th, 1950 - 1978

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
I can think of no greater nor more enthusiastic woman that I went to High School with than Julie. Always with team spirit, never thinking of herself. Pep rallys and midnight mass @ St. Pats. Julie was one of the great ones. I will never understand why she left us so soon. She was worthy of so many more years than those which she spent with us. God Bless you Julie.   Tom W.
 
From Sharon Reid (Smith on July 15th, 2013
I knew Julie and I loved her.  She was the class clown to everyone.  Pleas send my condolences to her family
 
Love,
Sharon
 

Timothy Buckley

- - March 19th, 2010

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Timmy & I went to Kindergarten together at the Hosmer. Always kind and fair, Tim was well liked and always participated in everything he could. We lost touch after high school and I guess he was good at golf as he became a pro and did that until his sudden & unexpected passing in Florida. I wish I could have seen him one more time.     Tom W.
 

Quinn Centola

October 10th, 1950 - November 14th, 2014

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Robert Clark

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From Victor Palladino on July 20th, 2013
Bobby Clark was the leader of the pack on all the sports teams at the Cunniff School. He was a gifted athlete during his elementary years and was years ahead of us all in his athletic accomplishments. I am not sure what happened to him after elementary school but I do think back to those years when each elementary school competed against each other during the basketball, baseball, soccer and football seasons during the school year. Thanks Bobby for all those specials moments that we shared as a team on our great Cunniff School teams! Rest in peace!
 

Kevin Clifford

1950 - 1967

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Kevin Clifford...........always full of mischief. Great guy that wass taken away from us WAY TOO SOON. "Spiff" was at every rally and dance we ever had and had made a transition from Catholic school into Watertown High in his junior year. There were not many who did not know him and really liked him. He was the first really close friend that many of us had who died suddenly. Tragic circumstances. A smile, a wink and a sparkle in his eye. Spiff you will always be in our hearts. Rest in Peace.     Tom
 

Perley Cobb

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Perley was a Hosmer alumni with me and we were friends throughout high school and later at work when I would often see him at Sears in Porter Square in the tool department. Perley was a kind and mild mannered gentleman. He passed quite suddenly at a very early age. I don't think the man had a mean bone in his body and was quite knowlegeable about tools. He ran a good department for the Sears store.   Rest in Peace.  Tom
 

Catherine Colligan (Rossi)

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Jill Correy (Casey)

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Frances D'Angelo

- - 1989

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James Deackoff

April 28th, 1951 - January 19th, 2007

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From Mark Lynch on August 28th, 2013
Of couse Jim was bright but people forget that he was also a very funny person. He was great to be around. The 2 Jims were great people to have in a class.
 
From Linda DerParseghian on August 12th, 2013
I agree with Gail.  It was daunting to be WHS classes with the Jimmies.  They were too smart for me.  So sad to hear that Jimmy Deackoff passed away at such a young age.  He too is now resting peacefully.  Linda D.
 
From Gail Dorey on July 19th, 2013
It was amazing to have someone like Jim in our classes.  He always got a  100 on the test, so not much grading on a curve.  (grrrrr).   Jimmy Deackoff and Jimmy Heffernan were so smart, they kept us working hard to catch up.  We were sad to see that he died too young.  Rest in peace Jimmy.
 

Margo Dederyan

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
"Muggsie", a nickname she was actually okay with, was one of the most talented artists that I can remember growing up. Sometimes part of our "sledding gang" at the Oakley, Margo was an Alumni of the Hosmer. I don't know as anyone understood the illness tha took her away. All I can remember is that she had to "home school" because she could not be in sunlight anymore by the eighth grade or so. Eventually, that took her away. Always kind and sweet. I shall always remember her.  Blessings.  Tom Wetherall
 

Robert Delger

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Nancy Didonato (Devito)

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Richard Dinublia

May 9th, 1949 - August 19th, 1988

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From Richard Papalia on July 6th, 2013
Dick was a dear friend going back to our days together at St. Lukes School. It was so sad, yet so glad I was able to spend an afternoon with him at Mt. Auburn Hospital shortly before he passed. I'll never forget inserting a Tom Rush cassette into his cassette player and bringing a smile to his face.
 
Think of you often Dick.
 

Merrill Dorion

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Merril and I went to the Hosmer togther. A affable guy, he played hockey and basketball at the East Junior Field (in spite of being a bit shorter) and never missed a shot. He was well liked and always fun to be around. Merrill worked for the Town and was a good person. He was taken from us quite suddenly at the end of a day's labor. Gone too soon. I shall always remember his laugh and support through many a situation as we wound our way through the tough East End traffic of life. Wish you were still with us Merrill.   Tom W. 
 

Patricia Eilenstein

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From Nancy Kachadorian on September 9th, 2013
I knew Patty all through high school----she was a very sweet girl---she was bright and kind---she never had an easy life and yet she was always trying to look on the brighter side of things---she was a delightful person to know. 
 

Paul Fantasia

December 28th, 1950 - July 2nd, 2008

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From susan tirabassi on October 3rd, 2013
   I was very lucky to have reconnected with Paul in 2001. We spent seven wonderful years together.
   He was a very talented guy. Accomplished carpenter and an avid sailor. He loved restoring old cars and working on our 1830 farmhouse.
   Paul had a wonderfully dry sense of humor. He kept me and his many friends laughing in both good and tough times.
    He was a real  friend and great love.
 
 
From Victor Palladino on July 19th, 2013
Paul and I became very good friends as we attended the Cunniff School. Paul was a warm and caring friend who had a wonderful personality. He represented all the good in people. I remember all the good times back in the Cunniff Schools days, they were priceless!  I was very saddened by his passing, he was so full of life! He will be missed! 
 
 
From Stephen Abramson on July 16th, 2013
After moving to Watertown in January of 1960, Paul was one of the first kids that I remember from Miss Powers 4th grade class at the Cunniff School.
 
Although we didn't have many classes together throughout the years or even hang around with each other, I always considered Paul more of a friend than just an aquaintance.
 
What I remember about Paul is that whenever we would encounter each other, he always greeted me with enthusiasm. respect and kindness. Paul also had a great sense of humor.
 
His great sense of humor was initially exemplified back in the 4th grade. He and a female classmate got into an argument about something. And she wanted to prove that she could take Paul in a fist fight. Both of them squared-off and circled each other like a couple of heavy weights. She had a height advantage on him and took full advantage of it. She got a couple of good shots in to his face. No one noticed that Paul had conceded the fight because he was laughing more heartily than even the rest of us. Fifty-three years later I can still hear him saying "HA! HA! HA!! How did that happen? Did you see that shot to my face? HA! HA! HA!
 
Rest in peace my friend.
 
 
 

William Flemming

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Edward Fucci

January 28th, 1950 - October 9th, 2012

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From Chuck Bronzo on June 22nd, 2013
We were friends in high school. You must have been a good friend because I never forgot your name. I was looking forward to seeing you.
Now I'll have to wait a bit longer. Peace to your soul.
 

Nick Geskos

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Armen Ghugasian

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Paul Harris

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Paul was a great friend. We drove cab together for a while in Watertown right after high school. Coming from a strict family upbringing and a dad who was a Principal, Paul had some uphill struggles to overcome, but he was always optimistic and had a heart of gold. His tragic death was never solved by Boston Police and is now a more than cold case. So tragic. I think of you often Paul. Rest in peace.  Tom W.
 

James Howley

September 14th, 1949 - 1985

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Jim was a neighbor and we went to Jr. High & high school together. After School, Jim became a State Trooper and had an honorable service record until an accident claimed his life. A good basketball player at the Coolidge School courts, Jim was always fair and a good person. Gone too soon.  T. W.
 

Gaillene Jones (Rowan)

April 13th, 1950 - July 13th, 2011

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David Kevorkian

February 8th, 1949 - March 13th, 2011

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
A consumate chess player, I just wished he had used that skill in our chess club. David was quite a character and much fun to be with. Between the two of us, I can think of one statement that was always applied at our meetings with the guidance counselors: "Not working to potential" Yeah, right. We never believed it. I shall miss him and the opportunity to say hello one more time. He and I and Paul Harris all drove cab together for "Ransom Cab" in Watertown along with two of the Fantasia brothers. Now there was a crew! :<{)   T.W.
 
From Janet Sampson Palladino on July 1st, 2013
David Kevorkian was my first cousin. His mother and my dad were brother and sister (Sampsons). David struggled with drug, alchohol and gambling addictions for most of his life. I did not see him at all for about 30 years after graduation. I thought he had died as he was homeless and living on the streets of Cambridge. He would hang around the kiosk in Harvard Square and play chess for money. I found him again through Facebook, believe it or not. I contacted him immediately and we had almost daily conversations both on Facebook and on the phone. He had become sober and free of drugs for about 10 years and lived as a recluse in Berlin, NH. He said he became sober because he fell in love with a girl who would not tolerate his addictions and he did it for her after she died in a car crash. 
David was a talker, very funny and extremely bright. He knew he would die young because he wrecked his body with his addictions. He had an array of problems. He had a very sad ending to his life. He fainted in his kitchen and hit his head on the counter. He called 911 but they were too late and he died soon after the medics arrived of complications due to his poor health. 
 
I miss my daily conversations with my cousin, and have sweet memories of playing with him as a child in his apartment over his dad's doctor's office on Mount Auburn Street. He used to scare me mercilessly with his father's medical school skeleton which was named Bob. 
 
Many of you may remember David as a troubled kid. He was, but he would be the first to tell you it was his own fault he was an addict. 
 
He had an incredible heart, a witty tongue and was a lover of all animals.
 
David, I miss you.
Love, 
Cousin Janet
 

Patricia Kiely (Ryan)

September 26th, 1950 - June 9th, 2002

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From Stephen Abramson on August 12th, 2013
Patricia and I shared, I think, Mr. O'Toole's 10th grade Latin class. Or was it Mr. Hughes' 10th grade English class?? It was one of those languages, perhaps it was both.
 
Upon reflection, it seemed that Patricia exuded a quiet charisma. So what do I mean by that? I mean that although she was basically reserved, she was able to communicate her kind-hearted feelings with her gentle smile and her expressive eyes. Her affabilty was all inclusive, it was even extended to severely shy, awkward and uncool classmates like me. 
 
Although I cannot recall that I ever had any extensive conversations with her, I always thought of her as a friend. Obviously, I was very saddened by her passing and had no idea that she had died before seeing it here.
 
In closing, I can only hope that she had a good and rewarding life!!
 
Rest in peace -- my friend.
 
 
 

Christopher Kirousis

June 2nd, 1950 - December 29th, 2011

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From Stephen Abramson on July 16th, 2013
I remember the day back in 1965 when Chris introduced himself to me in high school. Chris had previously resided in Worcester and a mutual friend asked Chris to look me up.
 
Chris and I became friends. The last time I saw him was at the Chateau Restaurant in Waltham. We had just run into each other there about a year or two after graduation. I remembered that we had discussed the War in Viet Nam and while we were both against the war, we had disagreed on some minor political points (they seem minor now but not at the time). But we parted friends. I had hoped that we would see each other again. but that was not to be.
 
Rest in peace.
 

Gail Lodi

May 17th, 1949 - March 18th, 2008

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Judith Logan

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From Kathy Geary Murphy on August 9th, 2013
When I heard she passed I was shocked. We had re-connected and she told me of her family, brother's etc. We remembered all those good times we had sitting on the stairs of the project on Melendy Ave late at night with the music going on,oldies but goodies. She was a good friend and I will cherish all the good times we had. I will miss you Judy     Love Kathy
 

Gregory Luck

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Lynda Lyttle (Gosselin)

December 19th, 1950 - 1992

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
I got to know Linda in our senior year of High School when she was dating a friend of mine from Newton. We moved in different circles, but she was a very animated and fun person who enjoyed dancing and good music.  Taken too soon, I shall miss not saying hello again.   Tom W.
 

Gerald Mack

April 7th, 1950 - January 28th, 1997

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From Jean (Fico) Fletcher on July 29th, 2013
The Mack brothers were great kids. Gerry always had a smile on his face. We lost touch after high school, but i will always remember the happy times!
 
From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Gerry & I went to elementary school together all the way through high school. One of the most easy going and likeable guys I ever knew, I was shocked when he chose Norwich as a school for later years as well as a military career. I guess I forgot that he was an "Army brat" as he never brought it up that his Dad was an officer and had spent his final career days at the Arsenal. Gerry was an avid sports enthusiast at hockey and baseball and loved to scoot around town in his little MGB/MG/GT....say that ten times fast. I heard from his brother Nicolai that he had a magnificent life and was a great Dad. Gerry passed suddenly, shortly after his retirement, with an exemplary service record. I will miss him always.    Tom W.
 
From stephen abramson on July 23rd, 2013
Gerry Mack and I sat next to each other in Mr. Hughes' 10th grade English class. I remember him as being a very fun-loving guy with a real penchant for pulling practical jokes.
 
One spring day I brought a book to school for my own leisure reading. The book was "The Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison. The novel is about 20th century American life from the African American perspective.  However, I had long forgotten, but Gerry hadn't, that during the beginning of the year, Mr. Hughes had highly recommended this book to the class.
 
When Gerry saw what I was reading, he asked to take a look at the book. After I had given it to him, he placed it on his desk, so that Mr. Hughes was certain to see it. He flashed that mischevious grin of his and said, "Now watch this."
 
When Mr. Hughes saw the book he mistakenly assumed that Gerry was actually reading it and began to lavish generous but undeserved praise upon him. Lauding his intellectual curiosity and superb taste in fine American literature. Gerry, the incorrigible imp, made no effort to clarify that it was me not him that was actually reading the darn book. Now I'm seething with anger, because I'm the one that should be the rightful recipent of Mr. Hughes' accolades.
 
Forty-seven years later my anger at Gerry has long evaporated. I now see the both humor & creativity of the episode. In fact, it's one of the funniest memories that I have of high school.
 
Gerry, I wish you were here, so that I could tell you that you executed the perfect practical joke on both Mr. Hughes and me.
 
Rest in peace.
 
 
 
 

Leon Manoogian

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Stephen Marazzo

October 11th, 1950 - 1972

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Steve was an awesome guy with a heart of gold. Cut short in his time, Steve passed right after graduating from U.Mass Amherst.  The emergency room waiting area is named after him as an honor by his family. Steve had willed his remains to medical science; back then, an unusual gift, so his loving parents took the lead to do such a tribute. A wonderful and fun loving man. I wish he were still with us.   Tom W.
 

Dianne McClellan (Ryan)

July 28th, 1950 - August 10th, 2012

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Dianne was East Jr. High girl who transfered into Watertown in the 8th grade. She was a kind and funny girl back then who enjoyed going to dances and helping to shoot spitballs out of our Bic pens at anyone who annoyed us. Dianne had a good life and family with children. She was taken quite suddenly without warning just a week before we were to contact her about the re-union. So sad. I shall miss not being able to connect with her once again.   Tom W.
 

Charleen McCue (Coleman)

November 9th, 1950 - October 20th, 2007

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Robert McCue

April 21st, 1949 - June 8th, 2006

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From Richard Papalia on July 31st, 2013
Bobby was another of the St. Luke transfers to West Jr. and on to WHS. I was schocked to learn of his passing at our last, 40th, reunion. I had lost contact with Bobby after I moved the family out to Marlborough some 30 years ago.
 
What I can say about Bob that I remember the best is back in the early years at St. Lukes when all the other guys were talking & playing sports, Bobby had his eyes on the girls. This did not fare well with the nuns. However, when I think back, Bobby was right and the nuns were wrong.
 
Rest In Peace old friend.
 
Richard Papalia
 

Stephen McLaughlin

November 12th, 1950 - January 8th, 2005

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Steve was a great friend and schoolmate. Always a kind word. Never had a shortage of friends. He was a champion to anyone in need. Steve dedicated his life to his work at the Mt. Auburn Hospital where he helped to create a mobile X-ray unit for the department where he worked. He met and married the love of his life, Leah Paglia in high school and they had a beautiful family togther. Steve would always come to the reunions and make a point to come by and say hello and have a laugh or two about coaches we shared or some of the "cartoon characters" we had as teachers. A tragic loss and perhaps a result of his work with radiation, Steve gave his best to everything he did. I am happy to have known such a kind and gentle man.  Rest in peace my friend.  Tom Wetherall
 

Martha Mercer (Lapoint)

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Paul Messina

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From Jean (Fico) Fletcher on July 29th, 2013
Paul and I knew each other for many years.  My parents, Paul's parents and Paul's aunt and uncle were good friends. My family spent many a Sunday in the company of the Messina family!  I remember sending cards to Paul one summer as he was recovering from a serious swimming accident.  Paul was a kind and gentle soul who left us way to soon.
 

Ronald Napolitano

February 28th, 1950 - September 22nd, 1997

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From stephen abramson on August 12th, 2013
Full Disclosure!!
 
I never peronally knew Ron Napolitano and yet I always felt that I had known him. The reason is that although we never had any classes together or hung around with th same kids, I kind of identified with him.
 
Observing him around school and town, he just seemed like a really nice quiet kid. Perhaps, he like me lacked a little self-confidence during those years. I don't know?? Although I can only imagine Ron's persona, I hope that one of his friends from our class will reflect on the real Ron.
 
However, I have a really good feeling that if we had actually known each other that he and I would've been friends.
 
Rest in peace my imagined friend.   
 

Paul Patey

February 10th, 1950 - July 25th, 1974

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James Piscatelli

August 11th, 1950 - September 17th, 1996

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Linda Rizzo

1950 - -

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Paul Roberta

April 27th, 1950 - November 23rd, 2000

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From Stephen Abramson on July 20th, 2013
The whs class of 68 yearbook "Annual" notes Paul's passion for cars and music ........ specifically playing the organ. I didn't remember that about him. Or perhaps I had never known those things about him. I don't know???
 
What I do remember with clarity and know for a fact is that Paul was unequivocally a most gentle and kind-hearted young man. A real stand-up guy for sure! He was completely devoid of any guile. And you never heard him utter a derisive or insulting comment to anyone. His gentle persona contained absolutely no offensive or overly aggressive behavior. Instead he was consistently kind, trustworthy and humble.
 
In addition, I recall that Paul had a fondness for the word "Pal." Since I presume that it was his favorite term of endearment, please allow me to say in closing: "Rest in Peace/ Pal from your Pal -- Steve.
 
 
 

Linda Shaughnessy (Fraser)

March 15th, 1950 - March 26th, 2004

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From Marylou Marchant on August 24th, 2013
The Shaughnessy girls, Marilyn, Linda, Sue, and Frances were the best girls  a girl could get when one moves from the east side of town to the west.  Each of you were so special to me.  I love you Linda and I miss your sensibility.  You were a Good Good Girl!
 
 

Barbara Sherback (Clifton)

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Joseph Shippie

March 13th, 1950 - June 20th, 2013

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Jeanne Marie Shriber

January 11th, 1950 - December 31st, 2012

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Gail Shutt

March 1st, 1951 - February 22nd, 2007

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Gary Sparks

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Robert Sullivan

1950 - 1967

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
I may be the only person who remembers Bob. He was an orphan. He did not advertise this fact as none of the housemates did at the home in West Watertown near St. Pat's Cemetery. Bobby & I met while working at a magazine company job in Boston when we were about 15. I needed money as did he and we were both kind of lost in that mixing bowl of individuals from all over the Metropolitan area. When finding out we were both from Watertown, we became friends and allies in our ventures. Bob was a quiet and somewhat demure individual who felt an urge to belong. That urge took him away to join the Army before we graduated. He sought me out and came to tell me he was "taking off" and that he would be in touch. The next time I saw Bob, it was by chance as he sat in Dunkin Donuts near Watertown Square along with other memebers of his "squad". He had become a Ranger. He showed me a tattoo he had done on his left forearm in case he was injured. It was a bit shocking, yet prophetic. That was life back in those days. Robert was called to come along by his superior and he bid me farewell. It was the last time I ever saw him until they brought him home to be buried in St Pat's Cemetary. He was killed by "small arms fire" on his first mission, jumping into an extremely "hot L - Z" Not much else is available. The small traffic square near that old orphanage is named after Bob. He was a kind and patriotic man. His name is on the wall in Washington. Bless be to his memory.  T.W.
 

Wendy Thatcher

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Sandra Tobin

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
What can you say about Sandy Tobin ! Shy ?  NO. Demure.... NO ! Pep rallies and great gusto..? YES ! ! !  A wild hearted woman who could pretty much out do anyone who came her way in business as a fund manager and my partner in helping raise funds for the Jim Banacos Benefit back in the early 80's. A truly magical woman of many talents. Her body gave out long before she ever wanted it to. Taken away WAY TOO SOON. We can only imagine what might have been. Full of life, I shall miss her always and the gift she gave me of putting me together with some of the individuals who had come to my rescue when things were not so good growing up. What an amazing person. Bless you always Sandy.   Tom W. 
 

Robyn Vogel (Sparks)

October 9th, 1950 - March 23rd, 2012

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From Linda DerParseghian on August 12th, 2013
When Ken Mackenzie first contacted me about the upcoming reunion last year, I asked him about many former classmates as I had not kept in touch with almost everyone after high school.  Robin was one of the primary former classmates about whom I had asked.  I knew Robin from elementary school at Phillips, and she was in many of my classes from that time through senior year at WHS.  Robin was such a lovely person and one smart cookie.  I remember playing with her after school, or on weekends, when we were so very young.  It was so sad to hear from Ken about Robin's passing last year.  I hope she did not suffer for very long.  She was loved by so many former classmates.  Robin is now at peace.
 
From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Strong and steadfast like the ships she loved to sail with her husband Frank. Quiet and on course. A formidable woman whom I shall miss dearly. She will always be with us in our hearts and we were so lucky to have her come to visit with us on the Vineyard for many Summers. Never giving up, she was an unbelievably strong woman in the face of adversity. She taught by example. May we all be as brave and focused when our time comes. Bright star. Bright light. Thank you for shining upon us and lighting the way.   Tommy
 
From Janet Sampson Palladino on July 3rd, 2013
 
 
I met Robyn in seventh grade at East Jr High School. We became instant friends. We loved to complain about Miss Libby, the worst teacher ever to walk the halls of the third floor of the East. We kept in touch over the years, but rekindled our relationship when she missed the 40th WHS reunion.  I called her mom to get in touch with Robyn. I found out that Robyn had breast cancer, was doing very well, but a regimen of chemo prevented her from attending the reunion.  That started our get togethers - first a small group of us got together in West Virginia, thanks to Sheila Maher. Vic and I invited Robyn and a few other WHS friends to the Vineyard, the next summer, which turned into an annual event. Later, Vic and I visited Robyn and her husband in Connecticut.  I lost my friend Robyn. but, she was ready to go, and said her goodbyes.  Robyn, you are missed every day by all of us, and we know you will be with us in spirit at the reunion. Robyn was actually one of the original group to suggest a 45th, and helped us start the excel spreadsheet to get the "people finding" going. We will raise a toast for you at the 45th.
 
This video is one I took last summer at Martha's Vineyard on Hrach's back deck. We sent a Chinese lantern up in memory of Robyn. Hrach's kids made it work. You can hear Vic and Hrach's voice giving encouragement. It went to the moon!
 
I love and miss you, dear dear friend.
 
Janet
 

Ronald Wright

May 3rd, 1950 - March 8th, 2009

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From Tom Wetherall on July 29th, 2013
Ronnie Wright.... ZEKE !!!! We spent many hours together throughout Jr. High & High School as well as co-workers at Star Market in Watertown Square. His parents were lovely people and his grandpa would always have a pot of homemade sauce on the stove for us to dip some fresh bread into when we wandered in. Many a road trip with so much fun and laughter. Ron loved the marketing business and went on to run the operations of a huge wholesale supplier in N.H. that fed Star, Shaws and many other small market chains in the Notheast. Ron met the love of his life, Ellen, and married her in his early twenties. They had a wonderrful family together. Ron contracted a rare form of Cancer and fought bravely for years, but finally succumbed with his wife and family by his bedside. We spoke one final time shortly before that and he told me he was disappointed about not having more time, but that he was proud of what he had been able to accomplish and leave behind as a legacy for his family. I remember being at the 25th and all of us from the Star Market crew were there. John Close, Bob Brannelly & myself.  I think of you often Ron and how we loved to cruise in that Impala !  Bless you and rest in peace.  Tom
 

Teresa Zawasky (Sampson)

October 13th, 1950 - July 13th, 2012

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