Past Commodore and Life Member of the Charlesgate Yacht Club of Cambridge, Captain of the ‘Puga II’ and owner of Ditto Instant Printing of Lawrence
Stanley M. Drella of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, passed away Tuesday afternoon. August 23 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he was receiving skilled supportive care following a recent health decline due to ongoing illnesses. He was 76 years old.
Born in Chelsea, one of two sons of the late Mitchell and Stella (Byczkoski) Drella, he grew up in the Beacon and Chestnut Street neighborhood of Chelsea, attended local schools, graduated from Everett Vocational High School and went on to attend Wentworth Institute in Boston to study industrial arts and the carpentry trade.
He enlisted in the US Navy and served during the early Vietnam Era I. He was attached to the Navy SeaBees and served at the rank of Builder/Petty Officer 3rd class. He assisted in placing the Navy’s early Rocket-Missile detection installations in the Western Caribbean.
Honorably discharged in 1959, he returned to Chelsea and shortly after his return, he married Laura C. Galinski. They have shared the past 56 years together raising their son and settling in Saugus nearly 50 years ago.
Stanley worked as a sales and service representative for AM International, selling and servicing addressograph and multigraph equipment, these were early first generation labeling and printing equipment. For the last 25 years, he was the owner and proprietor of Ditto Instant Printing in Lawrence providing printing and graphic services.
He was a Life Member and Past Commodore of the Charlesgate Yacht Club in Cambridge and served as club commodore in the 80’s. He was a Coast Guard Certified Boating Captain and for 27 years he was captain of his boat, the “Puga II.” He enjoyed boating and fishing with his son and grandsons, taking his family on countless boating excursions, fishing, traveling the local harbors, coast line and jaunts to Martha’s Vineyard and other destinations.
In addition to his parents, Stanley was also preceded in death by his only brother, Francis “Frank” H. Drella. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Laura C. (Galinski) Drella at home in Saugus. He was the devoted father and father-in-law of Damian M. Drella and his wife, Andrea of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Alex and Christian Drella and dear brother-in-law of Lucy A. Drella of Revere. He is also survived by his cousin Mary A. Fronczak of Peabody, several second cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and his grand-pup “Paisley”.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Past Financial Officer of PAV Post 13,
Chelsea and DAV member
Philip G. Collins of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Salem, passed away unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday, August 28. He was 83 years old.
Born in Salem one of nine children of the late Henry and Zoe (Dupont) Collins, he graduated from Salem schools. He briefly attended college and later enlisted in the US Coast Guard at Boston Station, served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1957.
After marrying Dorothy A. Mickiewicz in 1966, the couple settled in Chelsea and had two children. He worked for 18 years as a postal clerk, stationed in the Chelsea Post Office for much of that time and has resided in Saugus for the past 26 years.
He enjoyed stamp collecting, taking various daytrips and had a lifelong interest in lighthouses. Mr. Collins was a longtime member and past financial officer of the PAV Post 13 Chelsea and the DAV.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his twin sister, Phyllis Buckley and the remainder of his siblings: Beatrice Isganderian, Anna DiTomasso, John, Freddy, Albert, George and Robert Collins. He is survived by his beloved wife of the past 50 years, Dorothy A. (Mickiewicz) Collins. He was the devoted father and father-in-law of Jerry Collins and his wife, Debbie and Diane Sudanowicz and her husband, Richard, all of Saugus and the cherished grandfather of Richard Sudanowicz, Jenna and Justine Collins, Brittney Sudanowicz, and Janelle Collins.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, September 1 (time to be announced). Services will conclude with Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.