Obituaries 10-25-2012

Wesley Bradley

Dead at 90

Wesley H. Bradley passed away at his home on October 18 surrounded by his family. He was 90 years old..

The son of the Rev. William Holmes Bradley and Margaret Jane Bertram, he was born in Chaumont, New York on August 7, 1922 after his family emigrated from Canada. He was the fifth child in the family of six children: Allan, Doris, Charles, Lois, and Jean, all now deceased. His father was a Methodist minister who served in many churches in northern New York including Brownville, Vernon and Adams.

He graduated from Adams High School in 1940 and attended Syracuse University. He participated in an accelerated undergraduate and medical school program during World War II and received his medical degree from the Syracuse University College of Medicine, now the Upstate Medical Center, in 1946.

Dr. Bradley interned in Boston and served in the U. S. Navy as a medical officer at the Naval hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. He continued his training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, specializing in otolaryngology. Dr. Bradley practiced otology in Syracuse for more than 20 years and served on the faculty of the Upstate Medical Center, teaching both medical students and residents. He was involved in pioneering work to restore hearing for those with otosclerosis. This entailed microsurgical repair of the fused bones in the middle ear, often resulting in near complete restoration of hearing. During these years, he also held leadership positions in his field of specialty including the American Otological Society, the Triological Society and Deafness Research Foundation.

He served as an Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology for many years and was also listed in Who’s Who in America. This experience led to an invitation to establish a new program in Communicative Disorders at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in 1975.

After completing this assignment, he returned to teaching, joining the faculty of the Albany Medical College in 1978 as Chief of the Otolaryngology Section at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York  until his retirement in 1989. He was married to Barbara Jean Sawyer, whom he met at Syracuse University, in September 1945. They have four sons: James Wesley (and Margaret), of Charlestown, MA; Douglas John, of Troy, NY; William Allen (and Gail) of Plattsburgh, NY; and David Stuart (and Karen) of Scotia, NY, and five beloved grandchildren: Benjamin and Erich, sons of William and Gail, and Sarah, Emily and Rachel, daughters of David and Karen.

A memorial service for Dr. Bradley will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 235 Lark Street, Albany, NY on November 11, 2012 at 2 p.m.. Gifts in his memory should be made to either: The Wesley and Barbara Bradley Endowed Prize for Clinical Excellence and Compassionate Care, Albany Medical Center Foundation, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Mail Code 119, Albany, NY 12208. (Established by his family in 2005, this fund provides an annual award to the graduating student at Albany Medical College who best exemplifies the qualities of compassion, communication and understanding with a dedication to providing excellence in clinical care), or the OrganFund,TrinityUnited Methodist Church, 235 Lark Street, Albany, NY 12210.

Dorothy Tomkewicz

Of Florida, formerly of Charlestown

Dorothy M. (O’Leary) Tomkewicz of Naples, Florida, formerly of Charlestown, died on October 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. Tomkewicz; devoted mother of Judy Rihm and her husband, Robert of Florida, Paula Benham and her husband,d Edward of Florida and Charles S. Tomkewicz and his wife, Mary of Melrose; sister of the late John and Robert O’Leary and Ruth Fidler and is also suvived by five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Dot’s name may be made to St. Francis de Sales Church Bldg Fund, 303 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, MA 02129 or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sofia Rizou

Charlestown Resident

Sofia Rizou of Charlestown died on October 17.

She was the loving wife of the late Nikolas Rizou; loving mother of Thalia and her husband, Nikolas Pappas of Bedford, Leo Papademetre of Sydney Australia and Charles and his wife, Anette Rizou of Bethlehem, PA. adored grandmother of Ryan, Tatiana, Vivien, Alex, Theodore and Kalipso Giradi and great grandmother of Nikolous, Marissa, Alex, Nicko, Olivia and John.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lane Funeral Home, Winchester. For online condolences please visit

John Currier

Charlestown Resident

John R. Currier of Charlestown died on October 19.

He was the beloved husband of Marylou (Centola) Currier; devoted father of Gina Delvalle and her husband, Marc of Charlestown and the late Christopher M. Currier; brother of William Currier of Methuen and Rita DaVola of New Hampshire and the late Margaret Delmastro, Joanie Currier and Helen Powers. He is also survived by three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to CYHA P.O. Box712 Charlestown MA 02129.

Domenic Puglielli

Of Saugus, formerly of South Boston

Domenic A. Puglielli of Saugus, formerly of So. Boston, died on October 20. He was 53 years old.

A retired member of the M.B.T.A. Carmen’s Union Local #589, he was the loving husband of 28 years to Maureen D. (Ward) Puglielli, the devoted father of Jacqueline Puglielli and her fiancé, Patrick Dawley, Domenic A. and Michael G. Puglielli, all of Saugus; beloved son of Joanne (DeGrandis) Puglielli and the late Gennaro Puglielli of So. Boston; beloved brother of Maria Anderson and her husband, David, and Stephen Puglielli, all of So. Boston; loving uncle of Nicole and David Anderson; son-in-law of Josephine Ward and the late Francis Ward of Charlestown and nephew of Philomena Romano and Anna Puglielli. Funeral arrangements were by the Carr Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to The Domenic A. Puglielli Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Mary’s High School, 35 Tremont St., Lynn, MA 01902. For obituary and online condolences, please visit:

Jean Paul Carlhian

Concord Resident

Jean Paul Carlhian of Concord died recently. He was 92 years old.

He was the husband of Elizabeth (Ware) Carlhian; father of Penelope Carlhian and her husband, Marc Pelletier of Charlestown, Isabelle Carlhian and her husband, Charles Larry Vance of Livingston, MT, Judith Larson and her husband, David of Addison, VT, Sophie Carlhian and her husband, Paul Richards of Harvard, and the late Jerome A. Carlhian and is also survived by his grandchildren, Sophie and Silas Larson, Charles, Noble and Azalea Vance, and Lucia and Ella Richards.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. Gifts in his name may be made to the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit:

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