James R. Berry Jr.
Sept. 13, 2007
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., at 78. Active in the insurance industry during his career, Mr. Berry had been employed by St. Paul Reinsurance Management in New York as a vice president, until his retirement in 1992. He had previously worked as a vice president in international insurance and reinsurance with the American Foreign Insurance Association in New York—his assignments included New York, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and San Francisco. A veteran, Mr. Berry had served four years in the Navy during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Berry is survived by nephews and nieces.
Daniel D. O’Brien Jr.
Aug. 27, 2007
At his home in South Deerfield, Mass., at 80. Prior to his retirement, Mr. O’Brien had served as the general manager for Whitman and Barnes in Plymouth, Mich.; at the start of his career, he had worked for Van Norman in Springfield, Mass., and G & D in Greenfield, Mass. Mr. O’Brien had been a member of St. James Church in South Deerfield. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a son; two daughters; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
Rev. John J. Meaney
Aug. 29, 2007
At his home in Wolcott, Conn., at 77. Fr. Meaney had most recently worked at the Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Conn., serving as a religion teacher, principal and president; at the time of his death, he had been the director of religious education. During his ministry, Fr. Meaney had also assisted at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn.—St. Patrick’s, SS. Peter and Paul, and, most recently, St. Pius X. Entering the Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, N.Y., in 1951, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1959. Fr. Meaney was subsequently a missionary in Japan for 28 years—until his return to Waterbury in 1986. While stationed in the Japan region, he was appointed third assistant to the regional superior in 1978 and, first assistant, in 1983. His work there included teaching English to graduate students at the Kansai College of Foreign Languages, Ritsumeikan University and Kyoto University—as well as serving as a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. Fr. Meaney is survived by a brother; three nephews; three nieces; and 10 grandnephews and grandnieces.
Thomas F. Drummey
Aug. 9, 2007
In Berlin, Vt., at 75. Mr. Drummey had worked 28 years for the Westsfield, Mass., public school system, retiring in 1997 as principal of the Southampton Road School; he had previously been principal of the Abner Gibbs and Franklin Avenue schools. Mr. Drummey began his career in Marlborough, Mass., where he had taught for 15 years. An active member of St. Mary’s Church in Westfield, he had also been a volunteer at Noble Hospital and the Westfield Police Department—as well as a member of the Western Hampden Historical Society. Mr. Drummey is survived by his wife, Catherine; two sons; two daughters; a son-in-law; a brother; a sister; a sister-in-law; and two grandsons and two granddaughters.
Robert B. Casey
Aug. 7, 2007
Of Dana Point, Calif., at 75. During his career, Mr. Casey had worked 30 years as a financial controller. A veteran, he had served two years in the Army. Mr. Casey is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; three sons; a daughter; two daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.
John F. Bicknell
July 23, 2007
Of West Boylston, Mass., at 74. During his career, Mr. Bicknell had been an epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health in Worcester. A veteran, he had served in the Army from 1956-58. Mr. Bicknell is survived by his longtime companion, Betty Sukis, and her three children; four sons; three daughters-in-law; eight grand- children; a sister; and nephews and nieces.
Frank P. Calamita Jr., M.D.
Sept. 30, 2006
At his home in Swampscott, Mass. A physician practicing internal medicine on Boston’s North Shore, Dr. Calamita maintained a medical practice, Puritan Medical Center, located first in Swampscott, then in Salem, Mass. He also served as a past president of the medical staff at Union Hospital (now AtlantiCare Medical Center) in Lynn, Mass., and as a clinical instructor for Tufts University. Dr. Calamita was a member of the medical staffs at AtlantiCare Medical Center and Salem Hospital. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Calamita earned a medal for service in Berlin, Germany, behind the Iron Curtain. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; a son; three daughters, including Grace ’85; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
Michael A. Horgan
Aug. 5, 2007
In Wellesley Hills, Mass. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Horgan had worked many years for the H.J. Boule Insurance Agency in Marlborough, Mass.; he had been awarded the professional insurance designation, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Mr. Horgan began his career with the Traveler’s Insurance Co. in Boston. A member of the Air National Guard, he had served during the Berlin crisis. His community involvement included participation on the school committee, housing authority and charter commission in Northborough, Mass. A member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester, Mr. Horgan had been a Holy Cross class agent; he had also been a spotter for the College’s football and basketball games on the Worcester radio station WTAG. In addition, Mr. Horgan had been an active parishioner of St. Bernadette’s Church in Northborough. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; a brother; two sisters; two brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; two grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
William T. Schnurr Sr.
Aug. 23, 2007
At his home in Sheffield, Mass., at 70. Mr. Schnurr had worked throughout his career on Wall Street, until his retirement in 1999; becoming a partner of Estabrook & Co. in 1966 and a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1972, he established his own firm in 1982. A member and governor, for many years, of the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club, Mr. Schnurr had also been an avid golfer and, in recent years, a tournament official for the Massachusetts Golf Association. He had served with the National Guard in the missile division. Mr. Schnurr had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Judith; a son, W. Thomas ’89; three daughters; three sons-in-law; a daughter-in-law; and 14 grandchildren.
Daniel J. Sheahan
Aug. 27, 2007
In the Catholic Memorial Nursing Home, Fall River, Mass., at 70. During his career, Mr. Sheahan had worked many years for the Fall River School Department; he had been a guidance counselor at the time of his retirement. Mr. Sheahan had been a member of the Fall River Administrators Association. His sports interests included running, handball, swimming and kayaking. Mr. Sheahan had been a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Westport, Mass. A veteran, he had served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Sheahan is survived by his wife, Marguerite; a son; two brothers, including David R. ’55; and nephews and nieces.
James E. Caffrey
Aug. 25, 2007
Of Wakefield, Mass., at 56. During his career, Mr. Caffrey had served more than 10 years as a senior litigation attorney at New England Telephone, now Verizon; he had also taught contract and tort law for six years at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. After receiving his degree from Boston College Law School, Mr. Caffrey had been an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Mass., and an attorney with Murphy & Mitchell in Boston. His civic involvement included serving as acting chairman and chairman of the Wakefield Board of Appeals for 11 years—and, as town moderator, from 1992-95. Mr. Caffrey is survived by his mother; a son; two daughters; four brothers, including Andrew A. Jr. ’71; Augustine J. ’73 and Joseph H. ’81; and a sister. His father was the late Andrew A. ’41.
Richard H. King
Aug. 6, 2007
In the Somerville (Mass.) Hospital, at 56. During his career, Mr. King had been employed by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority as a ticket-taker. He had also worked for several restaurants as a bartender, including Kennedy’s Restaurant in Marlborough, Mass., and the Horsehoe Pub in Hudson, Mass. In addition, Mr. King drove students for the Waltham Central Transportation Company. Involved in Brockton (Mass.) Big League Baseball for several years, he had served as an announcer and helped with field maintenance and team organization. Mr. King is survived by his longtime companion, Teresa Enos; a son; a daughter; and a sister.
Edward S. Kulesza, M.D.
Sept. 25, 2007
Of Montvale, N.J., at 54. Dr. Kulesza had worked 19 years as a physician at Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Roosevelt Island, New York. He had been a union delegate for the Doctor’s Council. Dr. Kulesza had also served as a coach for the Bi-County Junior Scholastic Football League for Cliffside Park, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth A., M.D.; a son, Edward W. II ’03; a daughter; his parents; his mother-in-law; a brother; uncles; aunts; and cousins.
Gregory L. Dubuc
Aug. 12, 2007
In the Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Mass., at 52. Mr. Dubuc had most recently served 15 years as the senior vice president of actuarial underwriting for Delta Dental of Rhode Island in Providence; he had previously worked 11 years for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Providence, as the director of actuarial services, and served as a member of numerous national committees. In addition, Mr. Dubuc had been a volunteer in many service organizations, including Rebuilding Together, Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education, and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; he had been a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Seekonk, Mass. Mr. Dubuc was a member of the General Alumni Association and the President’s Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Marie Louise; two daughters, including Tara C. ’05; his mother; two brothers; a sister; uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces; and cousins.
Charles M. Butts
July 24, 2007
At his home in Milton, Mass., at 51. Mr. Butts had most recently been employed as a registered nurse at the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass.; he had previously worked 12 years as a social worker in Arlington, Mass. Mr. Butts is survived by his wife, Valeriya Bondarenko-Butts; two sons; his father; a brother; and a sister.