Obituaries 05-17-2012

James Whelton, MD

Tufts Professor

James A. Whelton, M.D. of Wayland, who served 25 years as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and was a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine died peacefully surrounded by his beloved family on Saturday, May 12.

Dr. Whelton was born at the family home in Charlestown, the youngest of nine children of Michael and Margaret (Hayes) Whelton who emigrated from Ireland.

He was a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College and Tufts University Medical School. He served his internship at Carney-St. Margaret’s Hospitals in Dorchester and did his surgical residency at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York.

He received a fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine and did further graduate study in Stockholm, Paris and Munich. Upon his return, he practiced in Boston and then sailed on the ship Hope to provide medical care to the people of Ecuador. He had a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and culture and was a strong supporter of Boston College.

The author of numerous publications on obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Whelton was a longtime member of the Mass. Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a past president of the Boston Obstetrical Society. He served his country during World War II with the United States Navy.

Dr. Whelton will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his profession and his faith and he gave his very best to all three.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Louise (Mahoney) Whelton of Wayland, his sons, James and his wife Mary, of Quincy, David and his wife, Anabel of Dorchester and Matthew and his wife, Kristin of Newton; grandfather of Marcos, Santiago, Mateo and Samuel and uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by the John C. Bryant  Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Route 30) Wayland. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Parish at Saint Ann’s Church, 124 Cochituate Road (Route 27), Wayland. Burial will follow in the Whelton family lot in North Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations in his memory may be sent to Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, 558 South Avenue, Weston, MA 02493 or to Boston College Irish Studies Department, Office of University Advancement, Alumni Center, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. For on-line condolences and directions visit

Maureen Brassil

Charlestown Resident

Maureen P. Brassil of Charlestown died on May 13. She was 52 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Thomas E. and Margaret (Toomey) Brassil; devoted sister of Margaret Cameron and her late husband, Paul of Hanson, Thomas Brassil and his wife, Pam of Florida., John Brassil and his wife, Marilyn of Charlestown, James Brassil and Sandy McCabe of Revere, Paul Brassil of Charlestown, Robert Brassil and his wife, Lillian of Florida., Mary Luzzo and her husband, Vincent of Lexington, Fred Brassil and his wife, Linda of Wilmington, Richard Brassil and his wife, Joyce of Seebrook, N.H., Joseph Brassil and his wife, Deidre of Bridgewater, William Brassil and his wife, Katherine of Charlestown, the late Dorothy Gavin and her surviving husband, Tom of E. Bridgewater and the late Rita Carroll and her surviving husband, Joe of Halifax. She was the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and is also survived by many friends at The Life Focus Center. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on today, Wednesday,  at 9 a.m. from the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington.. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 101, Charlestown, MA 02129. For obituary, directions and online condolences, please visit

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