Obituaries 09-15-2010

Chester Knowlton

Played for Washington Senators, Malden Youth Baseball Coach

Chester E. “Chet” Knowlton, a 57 year resident of Malden, formerly of Revere, died on September 16 at home following a brief illness and surrounded by the love and support of his entire family. He was in his 94th year.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1934 graduate of Revere High School. An outstanding athlete, he began playing professional baseball in the late 1930’s for the Washington Senators (Minn. Twins) and continued his career until 1943 when an arm injury forced him to leave the game. For many years, he was a well known Little League Baseball Coach in the Malden area and often privately coached underprivileged children and teenagers.

Mr. Knowlton worked for the former Carmote Paint Co. of Everett and also worked for Chelsea Clock for many years. He retired in 1988 from the Malden Housing Authority after more than 15 years of service.

He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Jean A. (Drapinska); devoted father of Janet G. Noonan and her husband, Thomas R., of Stoneham and Marleen M. Lopresti and her husband, Gary J., of Malden; cherished grandfather of Robert C. Noonan of Bradford, Ryan T. Noonan and his wife, Kate, of North Andover, Richard C. Noonan of Stoneham, Julann J. Casaletto and her husband, Ed, of Malden, Gary J. Lopresti Jr. and his wife, Karla, of Melrose, Anthony D. Lopresti and his wife, Dr. Maureen Lopresti of Chicago, Il. and Dr. Matthew S. Lopresti and his wife, Dr. Mary Lopresti, of Watertown. He is also lovingly survived by 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Edgar C. Knowlton Jr., Helen A. Pelosi, Roscoe E. and Clarence E. Knowlton.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to “Jimmy Fund” at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Floor 6, Brookline, Ma 02445-9924.

Robert Hinckley Jr.

Longtime Iron Worker

Robert H. Hinckley Jr., a  longtime Chelsea resident and Iron Worker, passed away September 25 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. He was 54 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the devoted son of the late Robert H. Sr., and Rose M. (Buckley) Hinckley.  He attended St. Rose Parochial School and Chelsea High School and, after graduating, he continued his education at Bunker Hill Community College for two years. A professional welder and structural iron worker, he was a proud member of Iron Workers Local Union No. 7 and was last employed as a welder for the MBTA.

He was best friend to many and strongly devoted to family.

He was the beloved companion for 15 years and husband for the past 11 to Marylou (Flamingo) Hinckley.  He enjoyed attending his son’s baseball games, following the Patriots and he was a diehard Red Sox fan and motorcycle enthusiast.

He was the beloved husband of Marylou (Flamingo) Hinckley; devoted father of Robert H. Hinckley III and Janee Flamingo, both at home; cherished grandfather of Peter and Alexa Pitari; dear brother of Ann Marie Gannon of Connecticut and Linda Melchionna and her husband, Tony, of Saugus. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For online guestbook, please visit

Eugene ‘Gene’ Holland

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Eugene A. “Gene” Holland of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 22.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Teamsters Local 25.

The beloved husband of 29 years to Lena M. (Golini) Holland of Revere, he was the devoted father of Elaine Crowe and her husband, Brian, of Peabody; cherished “Papa Gene” to Michelle Marte and her daughter, Victoria Marte; dear brother of Anna Thornton of Chelsea, Mary Parro and her husband, Anthony, of So. Yarmouth, the late Rose Scimone, Theresa Brown, Charles, Gerald and Daniel Holland; dear brother in law of Peggy Holland of Hyannis and Joseph Brown of Falmouth and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Boston Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children/Children’s Hospital 300 Longwood Ave., Boston MA 02115. For online guestbook, please visit

Marion Cottam

Malden resident

Marion G. (McEachern) Cottam of Malden died on September 26.

The beloved wife of James G. Cottam, she was the loving mother of Janet Kraemer and her husband, William, of Pompano Beach, FL., Raymond J. Gaudette and his wife, Joyce, of Peabody; dear sister of June Vitello and her husband, Angelo, of Medford and the late William McEachern and Margaret Carrozza; loving grandmother of three and great grandmother of four and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Leo M. Norton Funeral Home, Malden Square. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations  may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 311 Arsenal St. Watertown,MA 02472. For obit and guestbook visit

Marie Galvin

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Marie A. (DeGurski) Galvin of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Chelsea and Malden, died on September 25. She was 77 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 56 years to George E. Galvin; loving mother of Susan Wennerberg and her husband, Bruce, of Danvers, Luanne Lyons of Hamilton, Brenda Witham and her husband, Lawrence, of Seabrook, NH, Michael Galvin and his wife, Jo-Ann, of Ipswich and Glenn Galvin and his wife, Maria, of Southborough; grandmother of Jason and his wife, Crystal, Alyssa, Stephanie, Tamra, Vallerie, Kimberly, Conor, Trevor and Kelsey; sister of Dorothy Robichaud of Wilmington, Nancy Janiak of Florida, Claire Reese of South Carolina, Roberta Cresta of Billerica, John of Arizona, Robert of Virginia, Edward of Malden, Richard of New Mexico, James of Chelsea and Ralph of Arizona.

Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery in Hamilton with arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, Beverly. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Information and condolences at

Mildred Clements

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

Mildred (Daniluk) Clements of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 21.

She was the loving mother of Gerald Clements of Lynn, Edward Clements of Florida, Wayne Clements of Everett, Ralph Clements and Mark Clements of Saugus; beloved grandmother of nine and great grandmother of nine; sister of the late Walter Daniluk, Nicholas Daniluk and Kay Rogers. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences, please visit

John Laffey

Retired Truck Driver

John W. Laffey of Chelsea died on September 21. He was 70 years old.

Born in Revere and educated in Chelsea Public Schools, he was a National Guard Army veteran of Vietnam, a retired truck driver and a member of the Teamster’s Union Local 25.

He was the beloved husband of Lillian A. (Wedge) Laffey; devoted father of Joseph Scuturio of Boston, Alicia Johnson of Wilmington, Sherry Ferina of New York, Kelli C. Laffey and Velvet J. Smith, both of Chelsea, and the late William Scuturio; dear brother of Raymond Laffey and his wife, Faith, of Medford and the late Doris M. Connelly.  He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.

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