Obituaries 11-23-2017

Kenneth Parrow

Verizon retiree


Kenneth J. Parrow, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away Friday, November 17 while being cared for in the peaceful surroundings of his brother’s home.  Kenny succumbed to a courageous two year battle with cancer.  He was 68 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea. he was the eldest of four children given to the late retired CFD Capt. Kenneth J. Parow and Alice “Theresa” (Rennie) Parow.  He attended Our Lady of the Assumption School and graduated from Dom Savio High School, Class of 1966.  He was inducted into the US Army in 1969. served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged at the grade of SP4.

Ken held early jobs working for Capital Warehouse in Boston and Smithcraft in Chelsea before beginning his career as a lineman and installer with NE Tel. Co. He retired from Verizon after 40+ years.  He was a member of the IBEW local 2222, past member of the Chelsea Winnisimmet Club and the D.A.V.

Ken enjoyed hockey and played for a number of seasons with the Atlantic Aces team in the Atlantic Coast Amateur Hockey League. He also played softball with the Chelsea Fast-Pitch League.

In his lifetime, Ken also enjoyed home gardening at his family’s Webster Avenue residence, growing various vegetables and hot peppers.

 He is survived by his loving sister and brothers: Donna Marie Cronin of Hardyston, NJ, Richard J. Parow and his wife, Mary Alice of Windham , NH and Robert J. Parow and his wife, Terry of Wilmington. He was the cherished uncle of Michael, Christopher and Drew Cronin, Shawn, Aimee, Christopher and Timothy Parow, Kevin J., Alison L., and Brian K. Parow, adored great-uncle of Emily and Thomas Cronin, Kali, Cameron and Caitlin Cronin and Gwenyth Cronin.  He is also survived by his aunt, Anna Marie “Tiffie” Rennie, many cousins and extended family members.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Wednesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all at the Yawkey Cancer Center in Boston for their exceptional care and concern for Ken during his illness.

Francis Hogan

Long time Soldiers Home resident and former Suffolk Downs Window Agent

Francis J. Hogan, a resident of the Soldiers Home in Chelsea since 1985, passed away at the home on November 14.   He was 95 years old.

Born and raised in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, he was a son of the late George F. and Margaret M. (Doyle) Hogan.  As a young lad, he attended St. Rita’s Parochial School in Roxbury and went on to attend Roxbury High School where he graduated as Class Valedictorian in 1940.  In 1942, he was inducted into the US Army and served in the army infantry during World War II participating in battle campaigns throughout Northern Africa, Naples-Foggia, the European and Middle Eastern Theaters before receiving his honorable discharge.  He returned to Boston and settled in Revere.

He married the former Alice (Hillman) and together they resided for many years in Revere.  Francis worked as a window agent at Suffolk Downs in East Boston and also in the local Hotel/Hospitality industry.  Francis was widowed by the passing of his beloved wife Alice in 1985.  In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his siblings; Katherine Callahan, Josephine Morrow, Walter, Thomas and George Hogan.  He is survived by, and fondly remembered and admired, by his numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

 Arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors was in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury

Alice Capistran

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea

Alice M. (Breda) Capistran of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Chelsea, passed away on November 17.  She was 86 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Chelsea Police Detective George Capistran, she was the devoted mother of Ray Capistran and his wife, Lisa of Londonderry, NH, Rich Capistran and his wife, Michele of Wilmington and Ron Capistran; loving “Nana” of Brittany Borgatti and her husband, Mark, Briana Capistran, Courtney Capistran, Michael Capistran and Tanya Capistran, cherished daughter of the late Remigio and Gioconda (Gotti) Breda, dear sister of Claire Fitzgerald and her husband, John of Chelsea, Geno Breda and his wife, the late Marianne of Revere and Richard Breda and his wife, Theresa of Wenham.  Alice is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alice’s name may be made to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St., Newton, MA  02458.

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