Obituaries 10-16-2014

Stephen Woodland

TJ Maxx International Assistant VP of Loss & Prevention; Animal lover and long time

member of Altar Servers Guild of St. Rose Church and Chelsea K of C

Stephen J. Woodland of Southborough, a Chelsea native and a former 10 year resident of Revere, died on Sunday, October 12 at Marlborough Hopital in Marlborough after being unexpectedly stricken at his home early on Wednesday morning. He was 62 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he attended St. Rose Grammar School and St. Rose High School and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1970. He continued his education at Suffolk University and became a graduate of North Shore Community College in 1975. He went to work for T.J. Maxx International and became Assistant Vice President of Loss & Prevention, a position he held for the past 32 years.

Stephen was an energetic personality who brought both professionalism and joy to the workplace. He excelled in the execution of his position and shone among the greats for his extraordinary personality with his colleagues.

He would want to be remembered as a long time member of the “Altar Servers” Guild of St. Rose Parish and as a member in good standing of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus. He loved animals and was an avid supporter for the care of abandoned a animals.

Stephen was the beloved husband of 24 years to Jo-Ann (Savignano) and the cherished father of Olivia J. Woodland of Southborough; the dear brother to Chelsea Police Lt. Nancy E. Haumann and her husband, Retired Chelsea Police Sergeant Joseph J. Haumann of Saugus. He was the cherished son in law of Joan M. (Arnold) Savignano of Revere and the late Fred D. Savignano and is also lovingly survived by his faithful sisters and brothers in law: June M. Bowman and her late husband, Dr. James F. Bowman, PhD of Newton, Mary Ellen Wilson and her late husband, Robert J. of Revere and Paul S. Savignano and his wife, Joan M. Niles of Peabody. He was the son of the late Joseph and Rita (Fahey) Woodland and also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service today, Thursday, October 16 at 11 a.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, Elm Street, Everett. Private interment will be held in the Family Estates at Woodlawn Cemetery. To honor his work with animals, the family asks that rather than flowers, remembrances be made to the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Angell, 350 So. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 0130-9923. For more information, please visit:


Alfred Francis O’Brien, Jr.

Truck Driver

Alfred Francis O’Brien, Jr. a six year resident of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday afternoon, October 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 66 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Alfred F. and Lillian A. (Gaddes) O’Brien, he attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1966. Just after high school, he enlisted in the US Army on December 15, 1966. Private O’Brien served three years during the Vietnam War, receiving the Vietnam Campaign Medal, two overseas bars, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 18, 1969.

Upon returning home from the service, Alfred was a truck driver for various trucking companies.

Alfred was the beloved brother of Christine A. O’Brien of Saugus and her companion, John Sennott of Winthrop and the step-brother of John Mahoney and his wife, Tammy of Florida. He is also lovingly survived by his cousins and helpful caregivers, Stephen C. Baker and his wife, Robin of Medford, Richard Purcell of Everett and several other cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, October 16 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation with the family will precede the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be at a later date.

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