Obituaries 04-07-2022

Patrick Troville

September 20, 1952 – April 2, 2022

Patrick H. Troville passed away on Saturday April 2 at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington.  He was 69 years old.  

Born and raised in Burlington, VT, he was a beloved son of the late Kathleen Ann Brown and Claude Joseph Troville, Sr.  He came to Chelsea when he was 15 and has been a resident of Chelsea ever since.  He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1970.

In 1974, he married his childhood sweetheart Karen M. Donovan.  They made their home together, raising two sons.   

Patrick worked for 18 years as a wallpaper printer with the Thomas Strahan Co.  In 1991, he and several other employees bought the company out of bankruptcy.  Patrick immediately assumed the position of President and owner until the time the plant closed in 2004.  Later, he became a letter carrier for the US Post Office in Fields Corner, Dorchester and retired in 2017.  

He coached his sons with the Chelsea Little League from 1986 to 1992.  In his lifetime, Patrick was an avid golfer who enjoyed his regular Sunday morning golf game with his family in Ipswich.  He enjoyed family gatherings and caring for his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed candlepin bowling and participated in several local leagues with his friends and family from 1972 to 2005.

Patrick was the beloved husband for 48 years of Karen M. (Donovan) Troville; devoted father and father-in-law of Timothy Patrick Troville and his wife, Danielle Poirier Troville of Canton and Scott M. Troville and his wife, Geraldine Troville of Chelsea.  He was the cherished grandfather of Timmy and Donovan Patrick Troville and Nuala and Clodagh Troville; dear brother and brother-in-law of Joseph and Lorraine Troville of Berwick, ME, Kathy and Bob Pezzuto of Gill, MA, Raymond and Janet Troville of Halifax, and Thomas and Jean Troville of Everett, and the late Tim Donovan who is survived by his wife, Jean Donovan of Stoneham.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, extended family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  His Funeral will begin from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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Frances D. Sherman

Former Revere Crossing Guard, Worked for Chelsea School System

Frances D. Sherman passed away on Friday, January 28 from cardiovascular issues at the age of 86 leaving the home she treasured and the sons she loved,  Ernest Sherman and Derek Sherman.

Frances resided in Revere for over 60 years. She was crossing guard for the City of Revere and worked for the Chelsea School system. She loved children.

She was related to the Paladinos in Chelsea and Arrigos of Oak Island in Revere.

Her wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest with her husband, Richard and Richard Jr.

There will be a Mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. and then the burying of the urn at Woodlawn Cemetery.

She will be surely missed.

Robert Downing

Retired Union Painter, Graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1951

Funeral Services were conducted on April 5 in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere for Robert M. Downing, who died on Thursday, March 31, at the CHA – Everett Hospital following a brief illness. He just celebrated his 89th birthday on March 5. Services concluded with interment and Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Robert was born and raised in Chelsea to the late Raymond and Lillian M. (Lewis) Downing. He was educated in Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1951. Shortly after high school, Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953 after proudly serving his country.

He returned home from his service and later met and married his wife, Theresa (Blundo). The couple moved to East Boston where they raised their family.

He took great pride as a husband and father to provide for his family. He worked for over 32 years as a Union Painter, District Council 35 in Boston. Throughout his career, he worked diligently in the newest buildings in the City of Boston. Robert was also a member of the American Legion Post #0462. Robert also enjoyed showcasing his talents by singing Karaoke at some of the local spots and at family events and playing cards with his friends.

He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Theresa (Blundo) Downing of East Boston, loving father of Richard Downing and his wife, Monica of Brentwood, NH and Lynn M. Downing of East Boston, cherished grandfather of Nicholas A. Downing of Dover, NH and Alexandra Downing of Portland, ME; dear brother of Patricia Wierbowicz and her late husband, Philip of Peabody, James Downing and his wife, Suzanne of Pelham, NH, Carolyn Butt and her husband, H. Alan of Revere, Richard Downing and his wife, Joanne of Woburn and the late Barbara Teodorczyk and her husband, Charles, the late Kathryn Ciulla and her husband, Leo and the late Donald Downing. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Remembrances may be made to American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave. Waltham, MA 02451.

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals is most honored to have assisted the family in completing funeral arrangements.

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