Obituaries 09-27-2012

Thomas Collings

Retired Heavy Equipment Operator

Thomas A. Collings of Lynnfield died September 24 at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford after a long and courageous battle with A.L.S. He was 65 years old. Born in Boston on January 6, 1947, the son of the late Harold and Agnes T. (Collins) Collings, Mr. Collings was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School, Class of 1964. He later attended Newbury Junior College. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He had been employed with the M.B.T.A. and was a member of Local #589, Boston Sand & Gravel Company, Teamsters, Local #379. He also worked for Tufts University in Medford and was a member of S.E.I.U.

Mr. Collings was a member of the Wakefield Council #104 Knights of Columbus and was also a member of its Fourth Degree and the Wakefield Lodge of Elks #1276. A veteran, he served with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He was the beloved husband of Linda J. (Houghton) Collings;  the loving father of Devin T. Collings, Whitney Leigh Collings and the late Nancy A. Collings and the brother of the late Mary Agnes Conley. His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, corner of Grove and Salem Streets., Lynnfield, at 10 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Leo Sullivan

Retired Charlestown Plant Manager

Leo J. Sullivan of Winthrop died at the Beth Israel Hospital on September 20. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Sullivan served in the U. S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a plant manager for Charlestown Graphic Arts and Finishing. Born in Boston, he was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Clark) Sullivan; the cherished son of the late Francis and Agnes (Dunn) Sullivan of East Boston; devoted father of Deborah O’Connor and her husband, Dennis of Haverhill, Christopher Sullivan and his wife, Anne of Winthrop, Charles Sullivan and his wife, Pamela of Swampscott and Justine Mahan and her husband, John of Winthrop and proud grandfather of Ryan, Brogan and Cameron O’Connor, Connor, Braeden, and Patrick Sullivan and Priscilla and Gavin Sullivan; dear brother of Lorraine Holmes and her husband, Edward of Wakefield and Francis Sullivan and his wife, Diane of Medford. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA, 02152 or to the Viking Pride Foundation P.O. Box 37 Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, visit

Daniel Ryan

Boston Globe and Boston Herald Retiree

Daniel C. Ryan of Everett, formerly of Charlestown, died on September 21.

A retired employee of The Boston Globe and Boston Herald, he was a member of Teamster Local 25 and B.H. Council #62 K of C, The Halligan Club and 520 Club.

He was the beloved son of the late Florence (Murphy) and William Ryan; devoted father of Julieann Ryan-Dighton and her husband, George of Charlestown; brother of Ginger Ellington of Tewksbury, Peter Ryan of Tennessee and the late Frances Johnson and Rosemary Bassett and grandfather of George, Sean, Daniel, Zachary and Matthew Dighton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Elmira Caprio

Of Wakefield, Formerly of Everett and Chelsea

Elmira E. (Lepore) Caprio of Wakefield, formerly of Everett and Chelsea, died on September 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Caprio; loving mother of Sandra Colonna and her husband, Thomas of Boxford, Denise Caprio and Lauren O’Donnell and her husband, Hugh, all of Wakefield; grandmother of Danielle, Ryan, Shane and the late Tommy and sister of the late Dora Cutone and Esther Fiorentino.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was at  Lakeside Cemetery For guestbook:

Eileen Burns

Charlestown Resident

Eileen M. Burns of Charlestown, formerly of Belmont, died peacefully on September 18 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Eileen (Galvin) and James E. Burns; sister of Robert, William, Michael, Kathleen, Claire and Brian Burns, Sheila Deveau and Maureen Covell and the late Daniel, James Jr., and Susan Burns and a very special aunt to many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown.

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