Obituaries 04-11-2019

Arthur Beaulieu

Retired electrical engineer

Arthur J. Beaulieu, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Saturday, April 6. He was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Joseph C. and Clara E. (Boudreau) Beaulieu, Arthur attended the Assumption parochial school and continued his education at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.  He enlisted in the US Army and served honorably during the Vietnam Era. 

He married Carole Ann (Levy) and together raised two daughters. Arthur was widowed in 2013 aftersharing 47 years of love and devotion.  He worked as an electrical engineer with Honeywell and later for GE. 

Arthur enjoyed fishing, following the Red Sox and Patriots and caring for his two house cats as well as the many outdoor neighborhood felines.  

Arthur’s BBQ and outdoor grilling skills were always welcomed, whether at home or visiting the houses of family and friends.  He could be found at the grill preparing his renowned chicken wings and other favorites.  Arthur also enjoyed passing the time playing games on iPads and smartphones. 

He was a longtime member of the American Legion, Post 331, Beverly and the Beverly Franco-American Club. 

In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Carole, Arthur was also predeceased by a sister, Anne Dumont and brother, Leo Beaulieu.  He was the devoted father of Michelle Griffith of Chelsea   and   Susan   Kilgallen   and   her   husband,  William   of   Brighton; cherished grandfather of Ginelle Testa, Derek and Cassidy Griffith, Liam and Aidan Kilgallen and dear brother of Elaine Rawdon of Clearwater Fla.. 

Funeral services will be conducted in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Herbert J ‘Herb’ Delaney

November 30, 1930 — November 17, 2018

Herbert J. “Herb” Delaney, retired Chelsea firefighter, expired peacefully with his loving family at his side on Saturday, November 17 at Brooksby Village in Peabody where he resided for the past two years. Despite a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, he never lost his loving good nature. He was 87 years of age.

Herb was born and raised in Chelsea and was a son of the late Timothy J. and Esther F. (Hannabury) Delaney. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. During the Korean Conflict, Herb enlisted into the US Marine Corps. After serving honorably Herb was discharged in 1954. He returned to Chelsea and was soon married to Jean R (Leclair) Delaney. Together they shared the next 63 years raising their family in Chelsea.

Herb was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Dept in 1960. He was assigned to Engines’ 5 & 4, and later served as a Deputies Aide before retiring after 30 years of dedication and service with the department. He was a long-time member of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937.

After retiring, he and Jean settled on his much-loved Cape Cod in East Harwich and has been residing in Peabody for the past two years.

In his lifetime, Herb enjoyed sports, playing baseball as a member of the Bobby Doerr Club, fondly remembering his day pitching “south paw” for the club in Fenway Park. He also enjoyed gardening, growing tomatoes and cooking, listening to music or watching planes while sitting on his Chelsea veranda land and takeoff from Logan Airport.

He loved his family and the Red Sox and was regarded as the best grandpa to 14 ( and his five greats).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jean R. (LeClair) Delaney of Peabody, formerly of East Harwich and Chelsea. He was the beloved father of Nancy Perry and her husband, Charles of North Woodstock, NH, Richard and his wife, Linda of Corona del Mar, CA, Kathy Richard and her husband, Edward of Melrose, David and his wife, Lisa of Peabody and Robert and his wife, Lynn of Charlton; cherished “Pa” to grandchildren: Carolyn Bertolino, Christopher Perry; Kevin, Edward Richard and Daniel Richard, Jr.; Jeffrey, Katharine Grace, Patrick, Katie, Daniel, Molly, Dylan and Matthew Delaney, and his adored great-grandchildren Charlotte Spreadbury, Wyatt Bertolino; Liam, Ciara and Colleen Perry. He was the dear brother of the late Joseph, John, Thomas A., Francis X., Daniel, Marie D., Rita M., Dolores M. Delaney and Therese M. Breault and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 13 at the Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St., Route 28, West Harwich at 11 a.m. followed by his inurnment in the Holy Trinity Memorial Wall.

Should friends desire, memorial donations can be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society at the Holy Trinity Church, PO Box 682, West Harwich, MA, 02671

Daniel Hanlon

Of Chelsea

Daniel P. Hanlon, a resident of Chelsea, passed away at the CHA-Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett on Friday, March 29 after a brief illness and many life challenges.  He was 57 years old.

Danny was born and raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. 

He is the forever beloved son of John J. Hanlon, Sr. and the late Jacqueline (Dufour) Hanlon and dear brother of John Hanlon, his companion, Christine and Donald Hanlon, all of Chelsea, Sharon Marth of Fitchburg and the late Paul and Michael Hanlon.  Danny is also survived by many relatives and those who assisted in caring for him. 

All services were private and final arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.   For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit;

Debra Ann Vest

Devoted to home and family

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Tuesday for Debra A. Vest, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, concluding with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Debra passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 3. She was 63 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of the late Wilbur R. Vest and Rosemarie T. (Politano) VanGeenhoven. 

Debra first attended Shurtleff School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  Debra’s life was devoted to home and family. Generous to a fault, she would never refuse to assist those in need always placing the needs of others before her own.  In addition to her parents, Debra was predeceased by siblings: William Vest, Linda Politano and John Politano.   She was the beloved mother of Tina M. Nigro and her husband, Bradford of Chelmsford, and Luis Sanabria of Newton, N.C..; cherished grandmother of Samantha, Hunter, Madison and Sydney Nigro and Isabella Sanabria; dear sister of Susan Walsh of Lynn, Pamela Calnan of Everett, Angela   Papa   of   Sharon, Roberta   Cabral   of   Saugus,   Michael   Vest   of   Townsend and Rosemarie Perullo of Rowley.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to N.E. Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the  Anthony Memorial -Frank A. Welsh & Sons of Chelsea.

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