Patrick E. Costello
Dec. 3, 2006
At Northeast Florida Community Hospice, Jacksonville, at 77. During his career, Mr. Costello had been involved for many years in the advertising field, working for several agencies in the Boston area; he had also owned his own company, C & K Advertising Inc., until his retirement in 1981. After relocating to Centerville, Mass., Mr. Costello had worked as a business consultant and, in addition, served as the head of the department of business and development at Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, Mass.; he had been a teacher as well at Bridgewater (Mass.) State College for a time. A four-year Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Costello had undertaken various fleet and staff assignments, including service aboard the aircraft carriers USS Tarawa and USS Gilbert Islands and the battleship USS Missouri; released from active duty in 1955 as a lieutenant, he then accepted a position with General Electric in its advertising and public relations department. Mr. Costello is survived by his wife, Sheila; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Joseph F. Joyce Jr.
Nov. 27, 2006
In Palm Springs, Calif., at 77. A longtime racetrack executive, Mr. Joyce had been the owner of Wyoming Downs, Evanston, from 1990-98, prior to his retirement. Previously, he had been the president and chief executive officer of Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Ill., where he introduced the Arlington Million. At the beginning of his career in the industry, Mr. Joyce served as legal counsel and chief operating officer for New York Off-Track Betting; he had been a member of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program advisory council from 1973 until his death. A Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Joyce was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; seven sons; and six daughters, including Mary Kay, M.D., '78.
Thomas H. Brennan
Dec. 24, 2006
In Michigan, at 76. During his career, Mr. Brennan had worked for the federal government at the Small Business Association in Detroit; he retired in 1993. Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two sons; two daughters; two sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; a sister; a brother-in-law; and 10 grandchildren.
William A. King Jr.
Dec. 5, 2006
In Beaumont at Westboro, Mass., at 76. During his career, Mr. King had practiced insurance law for many years as house counsel for the Universal Underwriters Life Insurance Co. and the Maryland Casualty Insurance Co., both in Worcester; prior to his retirement, he had been associated with the Boston law firm Lacomte, Emanuelson, Tick & Doyle. Mr. King had also been an adjunct professor of law at Becker College in Worcester. A veteran, he had served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. King had been a member of the U.S. District Court, First Division, and the Massachusetts and Worcester County bar associations. In addition, he had been an active member of the former St. Ann Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlborough, Mass., for many years; at St. Ann's he served as the director of the RCIA program, CCD teacher, member of the Parish Council and finance committees, and Eucharistic Minister. Mr. King is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; two sons; a daughter; a son-in-law; two daughters-in-law; seven grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
John J. Moynihan
Dec. 7, 2006
In Massachusetts, at 75. A longtime attorney, Mr. Moynihan began his career in private practice in Worcester in 1959; he had been a partner in the law firm Wolfson, Moynihan, Dodson & Keenan. Appointed a judge for the Worcester Probate and Family Court in 1983, Mr. Moynihan subsequently served as First Justice until his retirement from the bench in 2001. Returning to private practice in 2004 with the Worcester law firm Murray & Murray, he had also recently served as a volunteer mediator for the Worcester Juvenile Court. A member of the Worcester County Bar Association, Mr. Moynihan had held the post of secretary/treasurer from 1970-82 — and, from 1978-82, he had been involved with the development of the Worcester County Bar Advocate Program. The St. Thomas More Society of Worcester honored Mr. Moynihan with its Distinguished Lawyer Award in 1979 and its Distinguished Jurist Award in 1989; the Worcester County Bar Association had selected him as the recipient of its outstanding service award in 1983. A coach of the College debate team, Mr. Moynihan had been active for many years in the General Alumni Association — as a member of its board of directors, senate and Book Prize Committee, among other responsibilities. In addition, he had been a director of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester for 40 years; the recipient of its Crusader of the Year award in 1972 — and a member of various committees, including scholarship, bylaws, fund-raising and children's activities. Last June, Mr. Moynihan was honored with the In Hoc Signo Award. His community involvement included serving as a longtime volunteer at the Nazareth Home for Boys in Leicester, Mass. Mr. Moynihan had been a commissioned officer in the Navy from 1952-56; during this time, he had been assigned to the USS Hickox.. An accomplished pianist and songwriter, Mr. Moynihan had played at The Skipper Restaurant on Cape Cod, Mass. He is survived by three daughters; three sons-in-law; a sister; five grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. His brother was the late Michael J., M.D., '56.
John P. Irwin Jr.
Dec. 2, 2006
In Massachusetts, at 74. During his career, Mr. Irwin had worked 36 years as a sales manager, as well as in other capacities, for the N.E. Telephone Co. — later NYNEX — in Boston, Springfield and Worcester. From 1954-56, he had served with the Army in Mainz, Germany. An accomplished golfer, Mr. Irwin had been a two-time club champion at the Hillcrest Country Club in Leicester, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three sons; two daughters-in-law; a sister; and a granddaughter.
Owen G. Marley
Oct. 22, 2006
In Virginia. Mr. Marley is survived by his wife, Jill; a sister; six nephews; a niece; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.
Edwin J. Wheeler
Dec. 7, 2006
In Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, N.Y., at 71. During his career, Mr. Wheeler had been a stockbroker for E.J. Wheeler & Co. in New York City. He is survived by a son; two daughters; and five grandchildren.
John R. Bomba Sr.
Dec. 14, 2006
In the Hospice at Coes Pond in Worcester, at 69. During his career, Mr. Bomba had been a pilot with American Airlines for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1997. A veteran, he had served more than 20 years in the Air Force, in the Air Force Reserves — and, as a member of the New York Air National Guard; he retired from the Reserves as a lieutenant colonel. A professional soloist, Mr. Bomba recently took part in a men's chorus in Palm Beach, Fla. He was a graduate of St. Peter's Central Catholic High School in Worcester, where he had been president of the graduating class; member of the Telegram & Gazette All-City Football Team in 1954 and co-captain of the school's first hockey team in 1955. Mr. Bomba had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by two sons; three daughters; three sisters; seven grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
Raymond C. Horncastle
Oct. 28, 2006
At his home in Raleigh, N.C., of heart failure. Mr. Horncastle, whose professional career spanned five decades, had served as an executive with the J.C. Penney Corp. and the Graniteville Company — and, subsequently, as owner and chief executive officer of Seaboard Textile Inc. A longtime resident of Scarsdale, N.Y., prior to relocating to Raleigh in 1996, he had undertaken many civic responsibilities there and, also, participated in the youth sports and recreational programs, coaching football, basketball and baseball. Mr. Horncastle is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
William H. Shea Jr.
Nov. 28, 2006
At his home in West Yarmouth, Mass., at 65. During his career, Mr. Shea had worked more than 25 years in cardiac research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Relocating to Cape Cod, Mass., in 1993, he then served as an imaging specialist for the Heart Center in Hyannis. Mr. Shea is survived by a sister; a brother-in-law; and two nephews.
Philip R. Dixson
Nov. 10, 2006
In Piermont, N.Y., at 64. Active in the entertainment industry, Mr. Dixson had worked many years for the New York City advertising company, Benton & Bowles. During this time, he oversaw the program and production operations of two daytime serials As the World Turns and Guiding Light, shown on the CBS network and produced by Procter & Gamble; Mr. Dixson had also assisted in the foreign syndication of several cancelled daytime programs. In 1994, he was appointed senior vice president, managing director, of Televest Daytime Programs. Prior to joining Benton & Bowles, Mr. Dixson had worked 13 years for CBS — his responsibilities included serving as manager, design services, for CBS operations; field manager for CBS News, for three political conventions; and associate producer of a CBS-produced daytime series. In the 1950s and 1960s, he had held a variety of positions with the Attic Theatre in Appleton, Wis.; during the summer, Mr. Dixson had served as technical director, production manager or designer for 29 plays. Active in professional organizations, he had been a trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; a member of the board of governors of the New York chapter of N.A.T.A.S.; and founding member, vice president and secretary of the New York Production Alliance. Mr. Dixson is survived by his wife, Jean; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.
Philip J. Kearns
Oct. 12, 2006
At the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, at 63. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kearns had worked 30 years for IBM. He had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. Mr. Kearns is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons; a daughter; a brother; and a grandson.
James M. Manning
Nov. 24, 2006
In Portsmouth, N.H., at 60. Mr. Manning is survived by his wife, Darlene; a son; a daughter; a daughter-in-law; two stepchildren; two brothers; a sister; and two sisters-in-law.
John J. Largess
Nov. 6, 2006
In Rhode Island, at 58. Mr. Largess began his career as a banker in Providence, R.I., and later served as a stockbroker. A veteran, he had been a Navy officer during the Vietnam War. Mr. Largess is survived by his wife, Karen; two children; his father, Clifton R. Jr. '42; his mother; four brothers; and two sisters, including Mary C. Largess Lee '76.
Gerald M. Burke
Oct. 26, 2006
At his home in Agawam, Mass., at 53. Mr. Burke had retired from Verizon in 2003 following 28 years of service. He had been a longtime coach of both Agawam and Springfield CYO youth football. Mr. Burke had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Donna; and a son.
David A. Shea Jr.
Dec. 7, 2006
In Massachusetts, at 49. Mr. Shea had most recently served as a librarian at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; previously, he had been the science librarian at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., and, also, at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. Mr. Shea is survived by a son; two daughters; his mother; a brother, Mark T. '80; a sister; a brother-in-law; uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces; and cousins.
John M. Debs
Oct. 27, 2006
In Massachusetts, at 46. During his career, Mr. Debs had maintained a private legal practice in Worcester with his brother; he had been a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and the Bar Advocates of Worcester County. A graduate of Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., Mr. Debs had been the co-captain of the football team and a member of the Central Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette Super Team; he was later a middle linebacker on the football team at the University of Massachusetts, where he received his degree in 1983. Mr. Debs had also been an amateur boxer. He is survived by his wife, Christina; two sons; his mother; four brothers; two sisters-in-law; an aunt and her husband; a nephew; three nieces; and many cousins.
Laurence J. Conway II
Dec. 20, 2006
In Lincoln, Mass., at 22. A longtime resident of Burlington, Mass., Mr. Conway had been a member of the Class of 2008 at Holy Cross, majoring in philosophy. He was a 2003 graduate of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., where he had played on the tennis team and taken part, for two years, in the Grundy, Va., Community Service Project; during the summers, Mr. Conway had taught tennis in the recreation programs in Peabody, Mass., and, later, in Burlington. He is survived by his parents; a brother; uncles; aunts; and cousins.