Obituaries 10-06-2011

Florence Alexander

Of Virginia, formerly of Charlestown

Florence M. Alexander of Arlington, VA, formerly of Charlestown, Woburn, Nashua, N.H. and Nederland, TX, died on Sept. 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. “Fred” Alexander; devoted mother of the late Laurie and Stephen Alexander; loving grandmother of Billy Bolia of Waltham and Larry Bolia of Grove, Texas. She is also survived by one great grandaughter.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Mt. Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Pine St. Inn., 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.

Bernard Woods

Retired Boston Firefighter

Bernard F. Woods of Hanover, formerly of Charlestown, died Sept. 27 at his home after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

The son of the late John and Nora (Barry) Woods, he was born in Boston on March 25, 1930 and was raised and educated in Charlestown. He was a retired fireman for the Boston Fire Department and also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was the loving husband of the late Dorothy (McDonald) Woods and is survived by his children Robert J. Woods of California, Dorothy M. Woods of Boston and Denise M. Dolan and her husband, Thomas of Norwell. He was the father of the late Daniel J. Woods; special grandfather of Shane and Thomas Dolan Jr. of Norwell. He is also survived by one sister, Florence Leverone of New Hampshire. He was the brother of the late John, Thomas, Joseph, William, Harold, Robert Woods and sisters Catherine McDermott and Margaret Keane.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sullivan Funeral Home, Hanover. Donations in his memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Fl., Boston, MA 02114 ( For online guest book, visit

Francisco Tiburcio

Former employee of US Gypsum, Charlestown

Francisco Tiburcio died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sept. 25 after a long battle with overwhelming illness. He was 47 years old.

Born in New York City, he was the dear son of Carmen Cruz of Revere and the late Francisco Tiburcio Jr.  As a child he settled in Boston with his family and graduated from Boston Latin High School. He joined the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after serving out his enlistment.  He and his family relocated to Chelsea where he has lived for most of his adult life. For the past five years he has been living in Revere.

Before being medically disabled, he worked in Charlestown for US Gypsum Co., and was a security officer for the Mass General Hospital, Chelsea Unit on Bellingham Street.

He is lovingly survived by his devoted mother, Carmen Cruz of Revere, his beloved children; Yazmin, Lillibeth and Francesna Tiburcio all in South Carolina, Damien Tiburcio of Lynn, his dear brother David Tiburcio and his wife, Jaime of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Katherine O’Connor

Former Church Secretary and Suffolk Downs Retiree

Katherine T. (Sullivan) O’Connor of Beachmont, Revere died on Sept. 20 in the Mass. General Hospital in Boston following a six year battle with colon cancer. She was 83 years old.

Born in Charlestown, she came to live in Beachmont Revere when she was seven years old and remained at the very same home until her death. For many years, she was a devotee of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Revere and volunteered as a secretary and clerk there. She was also a secretary in the Suffolk Downs Race Track office.

She was the wife of the late Arthur J. O’Connor who died in May of 1999; devoted mother of Jane M. Messinger and her husband, Peter G. of Winthrop, John F. O’Connor and his wife, Linda DeRico-O’Connor of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Michael J. O’Connor and his wife, Maureen P. of Quincy and the late James J. “Jay” O’Connor; cherished grandmother of Julie, Michael, John, Lucas, Mary-Katherine and Molly; dear sister of John Sullivan and his wife, Norma of Saugus, Mary Keegan of Revere and the late Joseph, Thomas, Patrick and Edward Sullivan and Julie Dolphie-Persico. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, “The Jimmy Fund, ”10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.

Daniel Bradley

Of Plum Island, formerly of Charlestown

Daniel P. Bradley of Exeter Way, Plum Island, formerly of Charlestown, died on Sept. 22 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. He was 73 years old.

Born in Somerville on January 18, 1938, son of the late Daniel P. and Mary (Gilfoyle) Bradley, he worked as an Engineer for 37 years at Raytheon until his retirement in 1995.

He will be sadly missed by his family and is survived by his beloved wife, Carole (Mahoney) Bradley; his two loving daughters, Michele Bradley, and Danielle Bradshaw and her husband, James, all of Newbury; three sisters, Mary Tower and husband, Louis and Frances Sullivan and her husband, Leo, all of Squantum and Patricia Bradley of East Boston, his sister-in-law, Judith Vezinat of Stoneham; four grandsons, Garrick Headrick, Shawn Bradley-Fairweather, James Riley, and Daniel L. Bradshaw as well as nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 620 Washington St., Winchester, MA, 01890; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN, 38148-0552. Arrangements were by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, Amesbury.

Walter ‘Purpie’ Canney

Retired Boston Police Detective

Walter L. “Purpie” Canney of Charleston died at home on Sept. 24 surrounded by his loving family.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a 40 year member of the Boston Police Department and a retired Sergeant Detective, a member of the Retired Boston Police Association, Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society and the Big Red One Society.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret T. “Peg” (Ducey); loving father of Joseph H. Canney BPD and his wife, Cathleen of Medford, Paul L. Canney and his wife, Cathy of Natick, Mary E. Canney-Zingg and her husband, Robert M. of Westwood and Barbara J. Klepinger and her husband, James of Pennsylvania; brother of the late Paul Canney. He is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy & Turnbull Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sacred Hearts Community Mission, 73 Adams St., Fairhaven,MA. 02719 or the charity of your choice. Send acknowledgements and memories to the family at

Janet Hadley

Arlington resident

Janet L. Hadley of Arlington died on Sept. 23.

She was the beloved mother of Gerard Hadley of Quincy; loving daughter of Louise (Peracchi) Hadley of Charlestown and the late Charles Hadley; sister of Steven Hadley of Florida.

Funeral arrangements were by Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

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