Obituaries 07-14-2011

John Thomas Casey

Of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown

John Thomas Casey of Quincy died on July 7.

Born in Newport, RI, he lived for many years in Charlestown and Brookline before moving to Quincy where he lived for the past 15 years. He worked for Boston & Maine Railroad for 35 years in the maintenance department. He also worked as a clerk for the USPS for many years. An avid reader who also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, he also had a special interest in trains. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

He was the beloved father of Sheila Casey of Plymouth, Peter Casey of Ruckersville, VA, Ellen Casey of Charlestown, Joyce Doolin of Holbrook, Marion Gates of Quincy and David Casey of Charlestown; loving grandfather of Karen and Colleen Casey, Jennifer and Melissa Doolin and Christopher and Michael Gates and cherished great-grandfather of Brielle Doolin-Burns, Isabella O’Brien and Kaelyn Anderson. He was the brother of the late William Casey and Marie O’Toole.

At the family’s request, services are private. Burial will be in the MA National Cemetery, Bourne. See or for online condolences

Rose Craven

Former Filene’s Waitress

Rose A. Craven of Golden Drive, Winthrop died at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere on July 6 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Concetta (Peluso) and Domenic Peloso. She lived in Charlestown for many years before moving to Winthrop more than 23 years ago. She worked for many years as a waitress at Filene’s and was also a member of the Winthrop Senior Center.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Craven and the loving mother of Thomas Craven of San Diego, CA, Richard Craven of Somerville and Joe Craven of New York City; the cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Christina, Thomas Jr., Alan, Jacob, Zachary and Emma.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Forest Hills, Boston. Memorial donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168 Boston MA 02284-9168. To sign the online guestbook go to

John Dowd

President of Korean War Veterans Assoc. of Massachusetts

John J. “Jack” Dowd of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died on July 6. He was 80 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and the President of the Korean War Veterans Association of Massachusetts, he was a member of Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, Bunker Hill and James W. Conway Post #26 A/L. and a retired member of US Steel Co. and Admiral Metals of Woburn.

He was the beloved husband for 58 years and best friend for 63 years of Mary J. (Bradley) Dowd; devoted father of Daniel J. and his wife, Debra (Calvert) Dowd of Cambridge, Diane Mary Dowd of Somerville, Nancy J. McCune and her husband, David of No. Reading and Stephen A. Dowd and his wife, Margaret (Janis) of Medford; beloved Papa to Jennifer, Christopher and Thomas “Ted” Dowd of Cambridge and Caitlin and Megan McCune of No. Reading; son of the late Francis and Hannah (Needham) Dowd of Charlestown; brother of Dorothy Sullivan and Kathleen Malone of Stoneham and the late Anne, Frank, Stephen Dowd, Mary Mclnerney and Eileen Corcoran and lifelong best friend of Thomas Cullity of South Boston and Fr. Edward Williams OMI of Japan.

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

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