Obituaries 03-30-2017

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Christie

Devoted to husband and family

Gertrude M. “Trudy” Christie of Burlington, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center on Saturday evening, March 25. She was 81 years old.

Trudy was born, raised and educated in Chelsea.  She was the daughter of the late Angelo and Anne Tentindo.  She married her husband Ronald on October 26, 1958.  They lived in Chelsea where they raised their four children and moved briefly to Wakefield before settling in Burlington.

Trudy devoted herself to her husband and her family.  When her children were young she was very involved in their lives.  She was a Girl Scout leader and President of the PTA. She

never missed one of their sporting events.  Trudy had many interests and hobbies. She enjoyed playing bingo and a good game of cards.  She also enjoyed crocheting.  Trudy and her husband always looked forward to their annual visit to Florida.  Trudy had an outgoing personality and you

always knew where you stood with her.  She had a huge heart and was always giving of herself to others. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for a friend or family member.  For many years she took in foster children some of whom she adopted.   She was an awesome grandmother and great grandmother.  Nothing made Trudy happier than being with her family.

Trudy was the beloved wife of Ronald; loving mother of Cheryl Ames and her husband, Robert of Revere, Ronald Jr. and Steven, both of Wakefield and John of Hampton, NH; the proud grandmother of Robert Ames, Jr., Jason, Avery and Angelo Christie and Ashley Miller and the great grandmother of Colton and CJ Miller.  She was the sister of the late Eleanor Preble, James and John Tentindo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington.

Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Trudy’s name may

be made to the Tower Hill Tenant Association Activity Fund, 15 Birchcrest St., Burlington, MA 01803.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gormley

Pediatric Nurse

Elizabeth “Betty” (Meuse) Gormley passed away Friday evening, March 24 at her Saugus home surrounded by her loving family.  She was 61 years old.

The daughter of the late Edward L. and Mary C. (Flanagan) Meuse, Betty grew up in Saugus but later moved to Chelsea with her husband and where she took care of her home and four children.  She attended the nursing program at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home and later received her associates degree from Baystate College to become an LPN.  Betty enjoyed her career as a pediatric nurse at Malden Pediatrics, dedicating almost 20 years caring for children.

Betty and her family later moved back to Saugus to the home she grew up in.  She loved her family very much and especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by her family and her extended family at Malden Pediatrics.

The beloved wife of William “Bill” F. Gormley of Saugus, she was the devoted mother of William E. Gormley, Therese A. Gormley and Maureen E. Gormley, all of Saugus and Dorothy A. Gormley of New Hampshire; dear sister of Joseph Meuse and his wife, Elsa of Billerica, Molly DiTonno and her husband, John of Wakefield, Paula Maddox and her husband, William and Anne Santiano and her husband, Robert, all of Saugus and Therese Bond and her husband, Mitchell of New Hampshire. She is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Liam M. and Francis S. Gormley, both of Saugus and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea.   Interment was private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114 or on-line at

James Edward Kennedy

Accident victim

James Edward Kennedy passed away unexpectedly after a tragic accident in Salem on Tuesday, March 21.  He was 59 years old

Born and raised in Chelsea the son of the late Elmer George and Christine T. (Mackey) Kennedy,  James attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High, Class of 1975.  James was a painter by trade and worked for various painting companies throughout his career.

He is survived by his significant other, Teresa Anderson of Salem.  He is the beloved father of Joseph Kennedy of Pennsylvania, John Kennedy of Worcester, Michael Kennedy and Anthony Kennedy, both of Saugus and the late James E. Kennedy, Jr.; dear brother of George R. Kennedy and his wife, Susan of California and Illinois and Thomas G. Kennedy and his wife, Sheila of Arlington. He is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, Toni Kennedy, Aydan Kennedy and Anthony Kennedy Jr.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Robert Macomber

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Robert T. Macomber of Salem, NH, formerly of Chelsea, passed away March 7 at Wingate Nursing and Rehab in Haverhill surrounded by his loving family. He was 84 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late George and Frances (Ruszkiewicz-Weiss) Macomber, he was raised and educated in Chelsea and attended Chelsea Public Schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown and was a truck driver for many years. He drove cross-country, for White Fuel in South Boston and Macomber and Sons Trucking. Robert was the former owner of Mr. Mac’s Lounge in Lynn. After living in Chelsea for many years, he moved to Salem, NH in 2002 where he resided at the time of ed by all who knew and loved him.

Robert is survived by his children: Francesca Lever and her husband, John of Methuen, Chris Macomber and his wife, Nancy of Winthrop, Robert Macomber of New Port Ritchie FL and Chad Macomber of Tarpon Springs, FL; two brothers, Eugene Macomber and his Wife, Anita of Naples, FL and Richard Macomber and his wife, Theresa of Florida; his companion and best friend of many years, Nina DiOrio; four grandchildren: Breanna Macomber, Chad Macomber, Jr., Derek Macomber and Giana Lever; Dawn (Blake) Macomber of Florida and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother George Macomber.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a calling hour on Saturday, April 1 from 1 until 2 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. For additional information, please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or

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