Obituaries 02-17-2011

Thomas D’Ambrosio

Member of D.A.T. Club of Charlestown

Thomas D’Ambrosio of Medford, formerly of Boston’s North End, died following a sudden illness. He was 67 years old.

Mr. D’Ambrosio was born in Boston, the son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Taglieri) D’Ambrosio and as a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Class of 1961.

A painter by trade, he was the founder and proprietor of Painting by D’Ambrosio, a Medford painting company, from 1996 until 2010. An active member of Work Out World on Boston Avenue, Medford, he was a member of the D.A.T. Club of Charlestown and held a black belt in karate.

He will be sadly missed by his faithful dogs, Maine and Rocky. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the New England Patriots and an important facet of his life was being a “Friend of Bill W.”

He was the loving husband of the late Patricia (Leslie) D’Ambrosio and the former husband of Peggy (Brugman) of Winthrop; devoted father of Christopher D’Ambrosio of Medford, Mark D’Ambrosio and his wife, Christine, of Winthrop and the late Thomas D’Ambrosio; adored “Papa” of Jackson and Michael D’Ambrosio of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home,  Medford. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may make a contribution in his name to the Thomas A. D’Ambrosio Scholarship Fund, Treasurer’s office, One Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Ellen-Ann Bradshaw

Of Edgewood RI

Ellen-Ann (Wayss) Bradshaw of Edgewood RI died on Feb. 10, 2011. She was the wife of Robert G. Bradshaw.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Margaret (Lavin) Wayss. She was the mother of Roberta (Bradshaw) Zimmerly of Edgewood and Christopher C. Bradshaw of Charlestown. She was the sister of Robert D. Wayss USAF (Ret.) of Portsmouth, NH and Mary C. Wayss of Edgewood and the late Karl L. Wayss USN, Paul D. Wayss USAF and Hilary M. Whitmore. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Randall and Grace Elizabeth Zimmerly. She was the aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She worked for many years for Cherry, Webb and Touraine and most recently for Saint Paul Church.

Funeral arrangements were by the Jones-Walton-Sheridan Funeral Home, 1895 Broad St., Cranston RI. Donations may be made in her memory to the Autism Project, 1516 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI or Saint Paul Church Memorial Fund.

Helen Sheldon

Of Halifax, formerly of Charlestown

Helen C. Sheldon of Halifax died on Feb. 12. She was 88 years old.

A resident of Charlestown before moving to Halifax 27 years ago, she was also a member of the Old School Girls Association in Charlestown.

She was the beloved wife of the late Warren E. Sheldon; loving mother of Warren W. Sheldon, Gerald F. Sheldon and his wife, MaryAnn, with whom she made her home, and Robert J. Sheldon and his wife, Catherine; sister of Marguerite Hitchcock, Gerald F. McIntosh, and the late Carolinus Hoag; cherished grandmother of six and great-grandmother of 10. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private and entrusted to the Shepherd Funeral Home, Pembroke. To offer condolences please visit

Margaret Smith

Bunker Hill Health Center retiree

Margaret A. “Margie” (Travers) Smith of Charlestown died on Feb. 11.

A retired employee of (M.G.H.) Bunker Hill Health Center, she was the beloved wife of the late William J. Smith, devoted mother of Edward Smith and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire, Paula Smith-MacDonald and her husband, Paul MacDonald, of Mansfield, Martie Smith-Joe and her husband, Thomas Joe, of Byfield, William “Buddy” Smith of Charlestown, Larry Smith and his wife, Joyce, of Foxboro and the late Kathy Hutchins-Davis; loving grandmother of Paul, Melissa, John, Rob, Gabe, Ian, Adriana, Zach, Joanne, and the late Jamie, and great-grandmother of Kalyn; beloved sister of Patricia Sutherland of Quincy and the late Mary Vieno and Jim Travers.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations in her name to The Bunker Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Green St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For Guest Book and obituary, visit:

Kim Quirk

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Charlestown

Kim M. Quirk of Derry, NH died on February 8 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 49 years old.

Born on October 3, 1961 in Boston, a daughter of the late Albert Libby and Margaret (Cummings) Hennessey, she has been a resident of Derry for more than 25 years, formerly living in Charlestown. She received exceptional support while being assisted by the Center for Life Management in Derry and was a member of the Central Congregational Church, Derry.

She was the beloved mother of Kenneth “Ryan” Kirkpatrick of Hudson, NH and Dolly Marie Quirk of Derry; beloved grandmother of Kaylee and Ryan Kirkpatrick, beloved sister of; Linda Sullivan and Susan McNeil, both of Derry, Cindy White of Woburn, Donna Pagliarulo of Peabody and Allison Maida of Palmdale, CA. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. She was the wife of the late Thomas B. Quirk, formerly of East Boston, who died on Feb. 28, 2010.

Arrangements were by the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Derry, NH. To send a message of condolence or for more information, please visit

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