Obituaries 11-25-2020

Scott Buckley

He Approached Life with Unparalleled Optimism and Toughness and an Admirable Ability to Persevere and Enjoy Each Day

Scott D. Buckley of Plymouth passed away after battling a long illness on November 19 at the age of 67.

Scott graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Graduate school brought Scott to the Midwest, but his career and ultimately meeting the love of his life kept him in Missouri and Kansas for most of his life, before retiring back in Massachusetts.

Scott worked as a healthcare consultant for more than 30 years and formed two consulting firms, enjoying many years working alongside his wife. Scott was soft spoken, polite, and kind to all, so his contrasting dry sense of humor and sarcasm packed a surprising punch. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, music, reading and traveling with his wife, especially on the many cruises they took together. He was a great cook and baked delicious pies having grown up cooking with his father and brothers at the family restaurant, Buckley’s. 

Scott suffered from kidney failure as a teenager and the complications of this condition for his entire adult life, but he approached life with an unparalleled optimism and toughness, and an admirable ability to persevere and enjoy each day. 

Born in Revere on October 24, 1953 to the late Marcus G. Buckley and Lucy (Movsesian) Buckley, he was the beloved husband of Kay (Burruss), cherished brother of Marcus and his wife, Sue of Yarmouth Port, Bruce and his wife, Debbie of N. Falmouth, and the late James Buckley; dear brother-in-law to Kerry Burruss and his wife, Donna of Overbrook, KS; loving uncle of Sarah Rudolph and her husband, Michael, Marcus C. Buckley and his wife, Steffi, Adam Buckley and his wife, Meghan, Audra Reynoso and her husband, Tyson and Rose Redington and her husband, Luke; adored great uncle to Jacob, Charley, Aubree, Billy, Joe, and James. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

A visitation was held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 24 and a private service will be held for the immediate family and invited guests.  Donations may be made in Scott’s name to the American Kidney Foundation,  85 Astor Ave Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062 or at, Home for Little Wanderers,  10 Guest St, Boston, MA 02135 or at, or the Harvard College Fund  at For guest book, please visit

Thomas Donovan

Orient Heights Yacht Club Vice Commander

Thomas J. Donovan of Winthrop passed away on November 18. 

Thomas loved dogs. He was a past member of the VFW and the Vice Commander of the Orient Heights Yacht Club. Thomas was also a veteran of the United States Navy.  

He was the devoted husband of Mary P. (Cohan) Donovan,  loving father of Ian Donovan, Christine Noel, Kara Kelley and Erin Kehoe; cherished grandfather of Mark, Emily, Julia, Nora, Spencer, Kylie and Dannika. 

Family and friends will honor Thomas’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, Orient Heights East Boston on Friday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.for a memorial service celebrating his life.  All services will be held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged. For more information, please visit

Lucy R. Chinn

Retired Melrose Wakefield Dietary Aide Whose Greatest Joys Were Faith, Family and Cooking

Lucy R. (DiGiovanni) Chinn passed away at age 94 on November 14 at Alliance Health at Rosewood Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Peabody.

Born in Revere, and a resident of Saugus for over 50 years, Lucy was the daughter of the late Nicolas and Tommasina DiGiovanni.         

Lucy was also the youngest of eight siblings, all of whom predeceased her. She was the beloved wife of the late William Chinn and is survived by her loving children William Chinn and his late wife, Carolyn of East Boston, Patricia Bellone and her husband, Rocco of Saugus, Annmarie Chinn of East Boston and the late Thomas Chinn; the cherished grandmother of Tara Chinn and Michael Chinn, both of East Boston and Tiana Borzilleri and her husband, Jonathan of Stoneham; adored great-grandmother and “Nana” to Charles “Charlie” and Maxwell “Max” Borzilleri of Stoneham. She is also survived by her nieces Patricia Nagle, Barbara DiMarco, and her nephew James “Skippy” Giovanni. Lucy also leaves her great friend, Isabella Johnson, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Lucy worked at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in the dietary department for 25 years before retiring and her greatest joys in life were her faith, family and cooking. Lucy’s famous meatballs, pasta and pizzelle cookies will be missed by many.

Lucy’s family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood for their compassionate care, love and kindness over the past two years.

Unfortunately, due to the present health crisis, funeral services will be private. A celebration of life in Lucy’s honor will be held at a later date, when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

In lieu of flowers, Lucy’s family welcomes donations in her name to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America,  or My Brother’s Table Soup Kitchen,

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Meredith Coleman

Graduate of RHS, Class of 1993

Meredith P. (Toto) Coleman, 45, of Derry, NH, formerly of Revere, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 16 at her home after a hard-fought four year battle with cancer.

Meredith was born and raised in Revere, graduated from Revere High School in 1993 and went on to attain an associate’s degree from New England College of Finance. She was a resident of Derry, NH for the past 17 years and a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Windham, NH where she taught Sunday school. Meredith enjoyed painting, skiing, boating on Ossipee Lake and spending time with her closest friends, family and was loved by many.

Meredith is survived by her beloved husband, Charles “Chuck” Coleman of Derry, NH; her loving and devoted son: Dennis C. Coleman of Derry, NH; her devoted parents: Dennis and Joyce (Teixeira) Toto of Saugus; her other half and soul mate twin sister, Nicole Toto of Saugus, her loving nephew, Shane Winnett of Saugus, her uncle, Roy Teixeira and aunt Helgi Teixeira of Santa Rosa, CA; step son, Joshua D. Coleman and his family of Ohio; and her Faithful Dogs: Koda and Daisy.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Rd, Windham, NH. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, November 23 at St. Matthew’s Parish, Windham, NH. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Survivor by the Sea , C/O  Karen Leslie, 180 Lincoln St, Winthrop, MA 02152, or Reid Sacco Funds, Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover St, Suite 301, Danvers, MA 01923, or Marie C. Petrilli Foundation,

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Mary-Jo Walsh

She Will Be Fondly Remembered and Missed Deeply

Mary-Jo Walsh, often called “MJ” by friends and “Auntie Jo” or “Nana” by family, passed away on Tuesday, November 17.

Born to the late Mary and Patrick Walsh on December 19, 1955, Mary-Jo was raised and lived the majority of her life in Chelsea, She later moved to be close to the ocean and beach that she loved in Revere.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Krysten Vecchia of Winthrop and Kelly Rock of Colorado, Springs Co, her two grandchildren who she absolutely adored, Caitlyn and Jason Dunnock of Colorado Springs and by her sisters and best friends. Patricia Emery of Goldsboro NC, Sharon Cataldo of Revere and Jackie Rochenski of W. Palm Beach, Fl.

Mary-Jo was a traveler who loved exploring new places and cuisines. She was gracious, caring and incredibly stubborn.  Above all she was truly loved by those around her, she will be fondly remembered and missed deeply.

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