Obituaries 11-05-2015

Larry Dahlquist

Of Billerica, formerly of Chelsea

Larry V. Dahlquist passed away at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington on November 1 following a brief illness. He was 67 years old.

Born in Fall River, he was raised in Chelsea, one of seven children born to Lawrence V. and Atheldra (Smith) Dahlquist.

Larry attended Chelsea Schools and worked as a Boston Independent Taxi Driver for many years. A longtime Chelsea resident, he settled in Billerica with family 15 years ago. In his life time Larry enjoyed home gardening and landscaping.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gary and Wayne E. Dahlquist. He is survived by his three sisters: Linda Cotto of Peabody, Gail Michalski and her husband, Walter of Billerica and Darlene Dahlquist of Chelsea, one brother, Keith Dahlquist of Revere and his sister-in-law, Evelyn Dahlquist of Chelsea. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday November 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Irene Erickson

Of Chelsea

Irene J. (MacDonald) Erickson of Chelsea died on September 28.

She was the devoted wife of the late Lawrence F. Erickson, Sr.; beloved mother of Lawrence F. Erickson, Jr. and his wife, Lee of Hampstead, NH and Gail Erickson of Cape Coral, Florida; sister of the late Alice Higganbotham, Anna VanLaethem, Harold, William and Hugh MacDonald, Ruth Sartorelli, Katherine Baker, Margaret Geranian, Shirley MacDonald and Marion Williamson; cherished grandmother of Raymond Erickson, Jill Luczkow, Jared and Erik Saunders and Chad and Lauren Erickson and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Morgan Erickson, Mikaylah Saunders, Ty and Shane Luczkow, Samuel, Vivian and Natalie Erickson as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held on October 1 with interment following at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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Erik Charles Saunders

Of Dunedin, Florida.

Erik Charles Saunders, age 37 of Dunedin, Florida.

Erik was born on July 8, 1978 in Chelsea, MA.  He struggled with addiction for many years and lost the battle on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

Erik was the son of Gail Erickson of Cape Coral, Florida and William Saunders of Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Father of Mikaylah Saunders, age 12, of Dover, NH. Brother of Jared Saunders and his wife Lauren Saunders of Haverhill, MA. Grandson of the late Ralph Saunders of Chelsea, MA and Barbara Saunders of Quincy, MA.  Grandson of the late Irene and Lawrence Erickson of Chelsea, MA.

Wilson Bramwell Tuffin

Chelsea always remained close to his heart

Wilson Bramwell Tuffin of Acton, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on October 26 at Emerson Hospital in Concord. He was 84 years old.

Wilson was born in Chelsea on May 19, 1931 to Claude and Mina Blanford Kearley Tuffin, both of whom came to the United States from Herring Neck, a small fishing village in Newfoundland, Canada. Chelsea and Newfoundland remained close to his heart throughout his life.

In the 1950’s, Wilson left Tufts University early to volunteer for service in the U.S. Army at the time of the Korean War. He served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal E-4.

From 1971 to 1996, Wilson served as President and CEO of NMI in Concord where he championed his fellow employees.

In addition to devotion to his family, Wilson dedicated himself to his faith and his community, serving and giving back throughout his life in support of causes ranging from independence for people with disabilities, to local families in need, to cultural and historic preservation. He served for many years on the board of Emerson Hospital. In 1989, he was named National Philanthropist of the Year by the Easter Seals.

Everyone he met was struck by his optimistic spirit, generosity and profound concern for others. He was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox, attending games at Fenway Park in nine different decades, including 40 consecutive home openers with a group of dear friends. He loved his morning coffee group at Donelan’s in Acton.

An extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, friend and colleague, Wilson will be long remembered with big smiles and deep gratitude.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Janice Marie Goeke, whom he met when they both worked for Nuclear Metals Inc. (NMI) in Concord. He is survived by his daughter, Amalie; his son Michael and daughter-in-law Michelle; and his son John Barry and daughter-in-law Nikki. He is also survived by five grandchildren who were the lights of his life; Anastasia Ellsworth Tuffin, 11; Wilson Bramwell Tuffin II, 9; Giles Barry Tuffin, 7; Lilly Kearley Tuffin, 6; and Jack Ranieri Tuffin, 3.

Funeral arrangements were by the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave., (Rte 111) Acton. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Road., Acton Ctr. For condolences and Memorial Page, visit:

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