Wife of late Chelsea Fire Chief and mother of retired Chelsea Fire Chief
Leona W. (Holland) Fothergill, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on Sunday evening, October 16 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea surrounded by her loving family. She was 90 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (MacDougall) Holland, Leona attended Chelsea public schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. As a young woman, Leona married her beloved husband, Herbert C. Fothergill. The couple shared 61 years of marriage before Herbert’s death in 2009. Throughout her working career, Leona was a stay at home caretaker, tending to her three children and her home. She was very supportive of her husband during his many years of service as the Chelsea Fire Chief. She would often times help her husband with typing and the administrative duties of being Chief. Leona will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She was the beloved mother of Arlene J. Fothergill and her husband, Bert Garrity of Woburn, Retired Chelsea Fire Chief, Herbert C. ” Chuck” Fothergill, Jr. and his wife, Patricia “Tricia” of Tewksbury, Robert “Bobby” Fothergill and his wife, Patricia “Patty” of Everett; sister of the late Irene Curtin and Louise Losco; dear sister-in-law of William Fothergill and his wife, Loretta of New Hampshire and the late John Fothergill and his wife, Peg, Kenny Fothergill and his wife, Dorothy, Marilyn Julian and her husband, Ralph. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Services will conclude with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in Leona’s memory may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150.