Obituaries 07-28-2011

James O’Brien

Retired Chelsea Police Sergeant

James A. O’Brien, retired Chelsea Police Sergeant, died his Saugus home on July 20 after a courageous battle with overwhelming illness. He was 68 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Albert J. O’Brien and Ann (Shulakovsky) O’Brien.  He attended St Rose School and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1960.  He began working for Table Talk Pies as a Union Deliveryman, enlisted in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1965.  Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to the Chelsea Police Department. During his 41 year career, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, served in the Detective Bureau, and for the last 20 years he was the Police Dept. Court Prosecutor, retiring in 2008.

As an adult, he furthered his education by attending Bunker Hill Community College, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western College and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.   He was a 43 year life member of the B.P.O.E. “Chelsea Lodge of Elks” and later transferred to the Saugus Lodge. He enjoyed playing softball for the Chelsea Police Softball Team and League Tournaments and was also a member Teamsters Local 494.

He was the beloved husband of 47 years to Carol O’Brien (Casey) of Saugus; devoted father of Jacqueline Allan and her husband, Robert of Saugus, Kristin Bambury and her husband, John of Billerica and Julie Rizzo and her husband, Joseph of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Andrew and Mikayla Allan, Jake and Courtney Bambury and Kyle and Alec Rizzo and dear brother of John O’Brien and his wife, Claire of Chelsea.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in St. Margaret’s Church in Saugus. Services concluded with full Military Honors followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Rhoda Klein

Chelsea resident

Rhoda (Cohen) Klein of Chelsea, formerly of Swampscott and Delray Beach, FL., died on July 25 surrounded by her loving family. She was 80 years old.

Born in Montreal on July 18, 1931, she was the beloved wife of 58 years of the late Edwin Klein. She is survived by their three sons, Michael (Wendy), Robert (Sandy), and Steven (Debra) and grandchildren Daniel, Peter, Sophie, Rachel, Adam, Willson, and Sydney.

Services were held at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at the home of Steven and Debra Klein thru Tuesday morning, August 2. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. The family deeply appreciates their loving care. For directions and online condolence: – 800-982-3717 Goldman Funeral Chapel – Malden

Walter London

Chelsea resident

Walter London of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Las Vegas, NV, died on July 24. He was 88 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Bertha (Swikis) London; loving brother of Max London and his wife, Freda of Swampscott; cherished uncle of Barry London, Gerald London and his wife, Diann and Diane Haskins and her husband, Randy; adored great uncle of many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Burial was at Congreation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Israel Section, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

Mary Louise Bell

North Shore Community College teacher

Mary Louise Bell, who taught English composition at North Shore Community College for more than two decades and was the wife of the late Thomas Bell, a Revere Police Sergeant, died on July 21. She was 80 years old.

Committed to her students and her profession, she continued to teach as she battled cancer, retiring only after completing her students’ final grades in May. It was a heroic effort for a woman who has been a life-long advocate of the value of a liberal arts education.

The daughter of immigrants from Newfoundland, Daniel and Mary Shaw, Mrs. Bell was born in Boston on May 13, 1931, the eldest of five children. Her mother died when she was 12 years old, and at an early age she felt a strong sense of responsibility for her younger brother and her three younger sisters.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State College and a Master’s degree in English from Boston University. In 1958, she began her teaching career in the North Reading School System. Also, with her husband, Thomas R. Bell, she owned the Chapman Nursery School in Everett and later the Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Central Square, Lynn. She also was the director of the Late Training Center, a workforce and personal development center, in Chelsea. She was a patron of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 50 years.

She was the wife of the late, Thomas R. Bell, a former police sergeant of the Revere Police Department and is survived by her son, Thomas D. Bell and his wife, Svetlana of Yarmouth, ME, and her grandchild, Ihila; her daughter, Barbara Richard and her husband, Dennis Richard of Newburyport and their daughters, Kerry and Shawna; her sisters, Kathleen Harvey and Dorothy Barbaccia of DelRay Beach, FL, Barbara Pouliot of Goffstown, NH and her brother, Fred and his wife Carolyn Shaw of North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, care of the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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