Obituaries 08-04-2010

Ronald Pyche, 54

Co-owner of Skate Land in Haverhill

Ronald G. Pyche, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on July 30 surrounded by his loving family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 54 years of age.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of George and Lorraine (Arsenault) Pyche. He was educated in local schools and together with his father and brother operated and managed Skate Land, a roller skating rink located in Haverhill.

He was the beloved son of Lorraine (Arsenault) Pyche of Chelsea and George Pyche and his wife, Mary, of Merrimack; dear brother of Marc Pyche of Sandown, NH and Carol Freeman of Manchester, NH; cherished uncle of Kim, Lauren, Ricky and great-uncle of Brett, Adam, and Emma and beloved grandson of the late Tessie Arsenault. He is also survived by many cousins.

A Vigil Service was held at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire contributions in Ronnie’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150 or The Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online guestbook, please visit


Alan Fairbank

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Alan H. Fairbank of Concord, New Hampshire died March 6, He was 75 years old.

He was born Sept. 12, 1934, the son of Dexter H. Fairbank Jr. and Gertrude (Hagert) Fairbank of Foxboro. He also lived for many years in Chelsea, Revere, Manchester, Conn., and finally in Concord.  He served with the U.S. Army, briefly worked as a salesman and machinist, developed a business, and built a long career in sales and general services to commercial properties in Greater Boston and Greater Hartford, Conn. Before retiring completely due to illness, he enjoyed a few years working as a chauffer, where he would discuss current events and share his sense of humor with his passengers.

He was a caring, honest and hardworking person who built a strong reputation with clients and associates and supported his family always.

He is survived by his wife, Celina (Leclair) Fairbank of Concord; two sons, their wives and his daughter, Mark and Denise Fairbank of Concord, Michael and Patricia Fairbank of Hampstead, and Michele Fairbank of Marina Del Rey, Calif.; his sister, Jane K.(Fairbank) Mowatt of Florida; his grandchildren, Trevor and Emily Fairbank of Concord and Max and Benjamin Fairbank of Hampstead; and all of the nephews, nieces, friends, associates and acquaintances who had the pleasure of working or playing with him.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at Saint Michael’s Chapel located at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Payson Center for Cancer Care at Concord Hospital


Justin McCarthy, 89

US Postal Service retiree

Justin F. McCarthy of Chelsea died on July 31. He was 89 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired clerk for the US Postal Service GMF.

He was the husband of the late Margaret M. (McLaughlin) McCarthy; dear father of Justin P. McCarthy of Georgetown and Margaret A. Walsh and her husband, Paul, of Marblehead and is also lovingly survived by two granddaughters, Sheila Peretti of Wellesley and Ashley McCarthy of Boston, and one great-grandson, William M. Peretti.

Funeral services were conducted at the St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel at the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea with arrangements entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals of Chelsea. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.


Ernest F. ‘Ernie’ – ‘Mac’ MacDougall

Retired Carpenter and Painter

Ernest F. “Ernie” – “Mac” MacDougall of Chelsea died on July 29. He was 70 years old.

A US Army veteran, he was a retired carpenter and painter.

He was the beloved husband of Dolores E. (Pierce) MacDougall; dear father of Ernest MacDougall Jr., Kim MacDougall and Richard B. Anderson and his wife, Sabrina, of Peabody; dear brother of Andrew MacDougall of Maine, Chet MacDougall of New Hampshire, Walter MacDougall of Wilmington, Ethel Hill of New Hampshire, Ann Marie MacDougall of Colorado and the late Evelyn MacDougall. He is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Mass National Cemetery in Bourne today, Thursday, August 5 at 1:15 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals in Chelsea.


Frank Smith

Of Malden, formerly of Chelsea

Frank Smith of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 30. He was 44 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Sharon (Mahar) Smith with whom he shared 21 years of marriage; loving father of Leah and Scott Smith, both at home; dear brother of Larry Cataldo and Kevin Smith, both of Chelsea; Danny Smith of Minnesota and Kathy Ricci of Tyngsboro.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, August 6 in the Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Home, Revere. For on line guest book,


Severino Lopez

Chelsea resident

Severino Lopez of Chelsea died July 24 at Boston Medical Center after battling a long illness.

Mr Lopez lived in Chelsea with his long time girlfriend of 42 years, Dianelee Holden. He was the loving father of Severino Holden and Juanita Holden, both of Chelsea, and Lisa Holden of Roxbury. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s Funeral Home of Revere. He will be greatly missed.

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