Obituaries 09-12-2019

Jean McCarthy

Past Employee of the City of Chelsea Purchasing Department

Jean (Doherty) McCarthy of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, died on Sept. 3.

Born in Chelsea 83 years ago, Jean attended St. Rose High School and continued at the Sisters of Providence. For many years she worked for the City of Chelsea in the purchasing department.  When her husband Joseph’s illness progressed, she left City Hall to care for him. She resided in Chelsea her entire life and was often seen taking the bus “downtown,” a pass time she frequently enjoyed. In her last years she took up residence at Greenwood Nursing and Rehab in Wakefield where she lived out her life receiving loving quality care.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph L. McCarthy, devoted daughter of the late Edward and Alice (Delano) Doherty, sister of the late Edward Doherty, Jr. and Richard Doherty and loving aunt of Katheleen Fazio of Plymouth, William and Nancy Doherty of Walpole, Brian Doherty of Chelsea and Eileen Vitale of Salem. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Following a visitation at the funeral home, a Graveside Service in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett.

John Edward Dolan

Retired Everett Teacher and Administrator

John Edward Dolan of Chelsea passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 3 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 70 years old. 

Born and raised in Everett, the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Doyle) Dolan, John attended Everett Public Schools and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1967. After high school, John received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine.  He later attended Cambridge College to receive his Master’s Degree in Education.  

As a young man, John began his teaching career within the Everett Public School System.  He taught History and Civics as a high school teacher.  John furthered his education and received his Master’s Degree in Administration of Education from Salem State College.  

Throughout his professional career, John became the principal of various Everett elementary schools.  He finished his career as Principal of the George Keverian School on Nichols Street in Everett.  John retired after dedicating over 30 years of service to the Everett Public School Department.  

In addition to teaching, John also enjoyed basketball.  He was the past basketball coach for Everett High School.  

A longtime Chelsea resident, he and his wife, Dorothy A. (Gormley) Dolan, settled in Chelsea where they raised their three children.   John was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed spending time with old friends in Maine.  

During his retirement, John especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying his family at their summer home in New Hampshire.  He will be greatly missed by all who love him and by his extended family at the Everett School Department.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy A. (Gormley) Dolan of Chelsea with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; devoted father of Christine D. Lightburn and her husband, Jim of Andover, John E. Dolan and his wife, Clarissa of New York and Denise Hatem and her husband, Justin of New Hampshire; brother of the late Peter Dolan; brother-in-law of William Gormley of Saugus, Diane Wood of Everett and Rosemary Dolan of Melrose.  He is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Maggie and Ally Lightburn of Andover and Riley and Joseph Dolan of New York and by many nieces and nephews.   

Relatives and friends gathered for visiting hours at the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea on Saturday, September 7.   John’s Funeral Service immediately followed visiting hours.   Interment private.   In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or on-line at

Suzanne Murphy

Loved Music, Reading, Painting and the Out of Doors but Loved Her Family Most of All

Suzanne E. Murphy, 77, of Chelsea, beloved wife of the late Francis Murphy died Sept. 8 after a long battle with cancer.

Suzanne was born in New Hampshire and grew up loving music, reading, painting and the outdoors, but most of all, she loved her family and friends.

Her marriage to her husband Frank were some of her happiest years of all, together they traveled the United States, their favorite spot being many times spent at Sabattus Pond in Maine.

She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Suzanne is survived by her daughters, Mary Gollohon and spouse, Ken of Galt, CA, Ann Murphy and spouse, William of Waltham MA, Lisa Kolb and spouse, Clay of Bonneau SC and adopted daughter, Kim Poston of Baltimore MD; her sister, Betsy Kirk and spouse, Will of Doylestown, PA and beloved cat, Gizzy.

Her final arraignments are through Boston Cremation with a private family burial to be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence MA 01843 or to The American Cancer Society.

Deborah Torf Golden

Owner and President of Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea

Deborah Torf Golden, owner and president of Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea, of Westchester, NY, formerly of Brookline, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the age of 75.

She was the devoted daughter of Hyman J. and Lee (Greenberg) Torf,  the loving mother of Mitchell Golden and his wife, Kimberly, Jason Golden and his wife. Jessica and Amy Torf  Feinberg and her husband, Jeffrey Feinberg and the doting and loving Bubbe of Jacob, Alexander, Joshua, Brianna, Ryan, Ethan, Mikayla, Annabel and Hunter. She was loved by her nephews, extended family and friends.

A memorial service for Debbie was held in New York at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601 on Sunday, Sept. 8 and the family sat Shiva at her late residence in Hartsdale, New York on Sunday and Monday.

Her funeral service was held at the Torf Funeral Service Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. with burial following at Sharon Memorial Park, Dedham Street, Sharon. The family will continue memorial observances at the home of Amy Torf Feinberg and Jeffrey Feinberg today, Thursday, Sept. 12 and continuing through Friday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington MA 01803 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150, Visit  for guestbook and directions.

Evelyn Janeth DeChavez Pinto

Devoted Homemaker, Died Tragically in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Evelyn Janeth DeChavez Pinto of Peabody, formerly of  Chelsea, died tragically on Saturday in a motor vehicle accident. She was 48 years old. 

Born and raised in Citala, Chalatenango, El Salvador, a daughter of Carlos Reyes and Berta Chavez, she married William O. Pinto and settled in Chelsea.  She  resided in Peabody with her husband and two children for the past 11 Years.

Evelyn was a devoted homemaker caring for her family, she enjoyed home gardening and caring for her pet birds.  She was an active member with her church in Chelsea teaching Sunday school and participating in many church affairs.

She is survived by her beloved husband, William, her adoring children, Bianca Janeth Pinto and William Nezareth Pinto, her loving parents and several extended family members.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at her church, Iglesias luz de Cristo, 738 Broadway, Chelsea tonight (Thursday evening) from 6 to 11 p.m. A prayer service will be held in her honor and for the recovery and health of her husband and God’s peace and strength for her family.  Those attending are welcome to park at the Welsh Funeral Home parking lot.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home. 

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit;

James O’Regan, Sr.

Retiree of the Former Thomas Strahan Co. And Active Member of the Chelsea Community

James “Jimmy” P. O’Regan, Sr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford. He was 75 years old. 

Born in Spencer, the son of the late James P. and Margaret (Coombs) O’Regan, Jimmy grew up in Chelsea and attended Chelsea Public Schools.  He graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1963.  After high school, Jimmy was drafted in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was inducted into the Army on Oct. 21, 1966 and honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1968.  Upon returning home from the service, Jimmy worked as a wallpaper printer for the former Thomas Strahan in Chelsea.  He dedicated over 30 years of service to the company before his retirement. 

Jimmy was an active member of the Chelsea Community.  He and his wife, Patricia “Patty” A. (Ells), made Chelsea their home, where they raised their four boys.  Jimmy got his sons involved with Chelsea Little League and helped coach other children in the community.  He was the former President of Chelsea Little League and the past Vice President of the Chelsea CYBL.  He was also a late member of the former Moose Club in Chelsea. 

Jimmy was an avid Boston sports fan.  He will be greatly missed by his family and the community to which he dedicated his life. 

The beloved husband of Patricia “Patty” A. (Ells) O’Regan, he is the devoted father of James “Jay” P. O’Regan, Jr., Shawn P. O’Regan, Michael S. O’Regan, Kevin M. O’Regan, all of Chelsea; dear brother of William O’Regan of Connecticut and the late Robert O’Regan and Catherine Gallant; brother-in-law of William “Bill” Ells and his wife, June of Rutland, Normand Porter of Maine, the late Marion O’Regan, Francis Gallant and Marie “Mimi” Porter.  He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Jimmy’s visiting hours at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Saturday, September 14 from 9 to 11 a.m.  A Memorial Service will follow the visitation in the Funeral Home at 11 a.m.  Services will conclude with Military Honors.

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