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  In Memoriam




Rev. Charles L. Hewitt
March 18, 2003
In Trumbull, Conn., at 96. Prior to his retirement in 1976, Fr. Hewitt had served 11 years at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford, Conn.; appointed administrator in 1965 and pastor in 1966, he was named pastor emeritus in 1971. Previously, Fr. Hewitt had served 14 years as the pastor of St. Bernadette Church in New Haven. Ordained to the priesthood in 1931, he began his ministry as assistant pastor of St. Justin’s Church in Hartford; in 1946, he became the assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in New Haven where he served five years. Following retirement, Fr. Hewitt remained active, assisting at parishes in Connecticut and Florida. During his ministry, he had also been the chaplain for the Daughters of Isabella, New Haven and Hartford Circle, state chaplain for nine years and a member of the Priest’s Senate. In addition, Fr. Hewitt had been active in Emmaus, the Hartford Club and Graduates Club. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Fr. Hewitt is survived by a nephew; a niece; a grandnephew and three grandnieces; and several cousins.

Cyril T. McDermott
May 20, 2003
At his home in Mamaroneck, N.Y., at 96. Mr. McDermott had a lengthy legal career, practicing in Peekskill, N.Y., from 1946 until his retirement in 1986; he then continued in private practice at his home in Mamaroneck. In addition, Mr. McDermott had held the position of Cortlandt, N.Y., town justice for 26 years. He began his career with the New York City law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. An Army captain, he had served in the Adjutant General’s Office in Ohio prior to moving to Peekskill. Mr. McDermott had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent. He had also been a member of many professional, service and community organizations, including the Peekskill Lincoln Society and the Peekskill Hook and Ladder Company. Mr. McDermott is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son; a daughter; nine grandchildren; a sister-in-law; two nephews, including Timothy M. ’72; and a niece. His brother was the late Thomas F., M.D., ’35.


Joseph A. Smith
May 25, 2003
In Worcester, at 91. During his career, Mr. Smith had served three terms as the sheriff of Worcester County, from 1962 until 1977. His accomplishments included instituting the first county work-release program in Massachusetts; developing an in-house educational facility for inmates in New England; and implementing a countywide volunteer program for human service agencies working with the prison. A lecturer on law enforcement, federal law and modern penology, he served in this capacity at Assumption College and Worcester Junior College. At the start of his career, Mr. Smith had been an attorney and claims investigator for Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., and an attorney with the Boston Legal Aid Society. From 1941 to 1962, Mr. Smith had been a special agent with the FBI and a firearms and police instructor. A member of the Massachusetts Police Chiefs’ Association, he was the past president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association and a former vice president of the National Jail Association. Mr. Smith was a volunteer with Big Brothers of America. He is survived by four sons, including Bernard P. ’67 and William F. ’68; a daughter; 15 grandchildren, including Brian D. Carr-Smith ’93; and 10 great-grandchildren. His son was the late Francis X. ’64.


Paul F. Schoenrock
March 9, 2003
At Monastery Heights, West Springfield, Mass., at 90. During his career, Mr. Schoenrock had worked 33 years in the Westfield, Mass., school system, as a teacher, principal, and, until his retirement, as the assistant superintendent. Previously, he had served seven years as a principal in the Russell, Mass., school system. Mr. Schoenrock was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Edith; a son; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.


James C. O’Shea
Feb. 28, 2003
In New Hartford, N.Y., at 90. During his career, Mr. O’Shea practiced law for many years in Rome, N.Y. From 1975 to 1980, he had been the commissioner of the New York Office of General Services in Albany, N.Y. Appointed to the New York Court of Claims in 1980, Mr. O’Shea held this position until his retirement from the court in 1983; he later served on the New York Board of Equalization and Assessment. A World War II veteran, Mr. O’Shea had been a lieutenant commander with the Seventh Fleet in the Southwest Pacific; he commanded the advanced echelon of the Seventh Fleet Intelligence Center and received four Battle Stars. Active in professional and civic affairs, Mr. O’Shea had been the president of the Rome and Oneida County Bar Associations; director of the Historic Rome Development Authority; chairman of the Rome Industrial Commission; director of the Rome Chamber of Commerce; trustee of the Court of Appeals Library; trustee and legal counsel for the Oneida County Savings Bank; and a founding trustee of St. Paul’s Church. He is survived by his wife, Alice; three sons; a daughter; four stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.


John F. Moriarty Jr.
March 16, 2003
In Florida, at 87. Mr. Moriarty, who began his career at General Electric, Bridgeport, Conn., joined Warnaco, Inc. in 1941. President of the Warner Division of Warnaco, he served on the board of directors from 1967 until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Moriarty was a former president of the American Apparel Education Foundation and a recipient of the Flame of Truth Award in 1975. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Army Air Forces in the China, Burma and India theaters and earned three combat Battle Stars. Mr. Moriarty was chairman of the President’s Council at Holy Cross from 1972 to 1974 and a recipient of the In Hoc Signo Award in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Flora; two sons, John F. III ’68 and Robert F. ’77; a daughter; and 12 grandchildren.

Joseph D. Ward
May 10, 2003
At his home in Ocean Ridge, Fla., at 89, after an illness. A longtime Massachusetts elected official, Mr. Ward first served four terms as the state representative of the 13th Worcester District, beginning in 1948. The Democratic nominee for attorney general in 1958, he held the post of secretary of state from 1958 to 1960. The Democratic nominee for governor in 1960, Mr. Ward was elected to the state senate in 1962; he served in this capacity until 1972. During his tenure in the legislature, Mr. Ward had been a strong advocate for education, the environment, families, the elderly and veterans. He also worked to improve the legal process, filing a bill that created the juvenile court system and proposing legislation for the creation of a Commission on Legislative Ethics. In 1968, Mr. Ward filed the bill for the construction of Interstate 190. While in the legislature, his duties included serving as the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary; the Joint Legislative Committee on the Judiciary; the Commission on Retarded and Handicapped Children; the Committee on the Problems of Water Pollution; the Commission on Juvenile and Family Courts; the Public Welfare Committee; and the Committee on State Administration. He had also been a member of the Election Law Committee and the Commerce and Labor Committee. In addition to his public service, Mr. Ward had been a professor at Boston University for 12 years, lecturing in municipal political law. He began his legal career in 1938 at the firm of his late father, Gelinas & Ward, in Fitchburg. A Navy lieutenant from 1942-45, he served in motor torpedo boat squadrons in the Pacific theater and as a naval intelligence officer in tactical command under Adm. William F. Halsey. After completing military service, he started his own law firm, practicing for many years in Fitchburg and Boston. The recipient of many awards and commendations, Mr. Ward was inducted into the Hillard Society of Boston University, in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession, public life and community service; he was also invited to serve on the university’s alumni committee. In addition, Mr. Ward received a Marine Corps League citation for his dedication to the ideals of brotherhood and for his leadership on issues related to veterans’ rights. He is survived by a son; eight daughters; a sister; 12 grandchildren; several nephews and nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces.


Thomas L. Duffy, M.D.
March 12, 2003
In Vernon Hills, Ill., at 86. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Dr. Duffy had maintained a private pediatrics practice in Evanston and Northbrook, Ill., for 21 years; he also served on the clinical faculty of Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston. Enlisting in the Navy in 1941 after receiving his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Duffy became a naval flight surgeon. His 22-year naval career spanned World War II and the Korean conflict and included service with the Air Force, Atlantic, and the Second Marine Division. Following World War II, Dr. Duffy trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston and, subsequently, held the post of chief of pediatrics for many years at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois. He retired from the military in 1962 to enter private practice. Dr. Duffy is survived by three sons, including Thomas M., M.D., ’65 and Stephen J. ’70; a daughter; 16 grandchildren, including Katherine J. ’96; and five great-grandchildren. His son was the late Peter J. ’68.


Joseph H. Sarris
April 7, 2003
In the Caritas Norwood (Mass.) Hospital, at 87. Mr. Sarris was the founder of the Central Equipment Co. of Millis, Mass., a provider of police equipment. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Sarris is survived by two sons; two daughters; and three grandchildren.


George “Andre” Brouillette
March 6, 2003
At Tandem Health Care, Vero Beach, Fla., at 86, after a brief illness. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Brouillette had owned and operated Brouillette and Sons Funeral Home in Pawtucket, R.I., for 40 years. A veteran, he served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Brouillette was a past president of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association. He is survived by his wife, Annette; three sons; two daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Paul J. Halloran Sr.
May 11, 2003
At the Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester, Mass., at 86. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Halloran had worked as a fisherman on many different vessels in Gloucester. Previously, he had been associated with his father’s business, D.J. Halloran & Sons, Inc., a potato brokerage firm based in Boston. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Halloran served as a lieutenant commander in the Pacific theater. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a son; two daughters; a daughter-in-law; a brother; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Patrick F. Pepper
April 13, 2003
At the Harbour Health Center in Port Charlotte, Fla., at 88. Prior to his retirement in 1965, Mr. Pepper had served as a police officer with the Springfield (Mass.) Police Department for 19 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star; American Defense Service Medal; European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon; and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Pepper is survived by a son; a brother; and a sister.

Leo F. Shea
April 18, 2003
At Cranberry Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harwich, Mass., at 86. During his career, Mr. Shea had taught elementary school in Weymouth, Mass., and served as the town’s school adjustment counselor for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Joan; many nephews and nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces.


John S. Herron
March 8, 2003
In Florida. Mr. Herron is survived by his wife, Joan; four sons; and a daughter.

J. Richard Myles, D.M.D.
April 10, 2003
At Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass., after a lengthy illness, at 85. Prior to his retirement in 1993, Dr. Myles had maintained a private dental practice in Cambridge, Mass., for 40 years. During his career, he had been chairman of the Middlesex District Society, Yankee Dental Congress and Massachusetts Dental Board of Registration; president of the Massachusetts Dental Society and the New England Foundation for Continuing Education; member of the Northeast Board of Dental Examiners; and a staff member of Cambridge Hospital, Sancta Maria Hospital, and the Harvard Athletic Department dental staff. A World War II veteran, Dr. Myles served in the Navy as a lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; three sons; three daughters; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Walter B. O’Neil
March 10, 2003
In UMass Memorial Medical Center – Memorial Campus, Worcester, at 85, after a short illness. During his career, Mr. O’Neil had been the vice president of sales for Hazeltine Corp. Electronics in Washington, D.C. From 1940 to 1960, he served in the Navy. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he had been an aviator with the rank of commander, serving in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theatres, and a hurricane hunter in the United States; he was a recipient of the Gold Star. Mr. O’Neil was the grand marshall in the Westboro (Mass.) 2002 Memorial Day Parade. Active in sports, he had been recruited by the former Boston Braves baseball team. A member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent, Mr. O’Neil was the recipient of the In Hoc Signo Award in 1995. Involved in alumni affairs, he had been a member of the Washington Club, holding several offices, including president, in 1964; he was named its Crusader of the Year in 1968. Following retirement, Mr. O’Neil became active in the Cape Cod Club, which named him Crusader of the Year in 1991. A director of the GAA, he had been a member of its Regional Clubs and Continuing Education Day, and Book Prize committees. Mr. O’Neil is survived by two sons, including Thomas D. ’73; two daughters; a sister; nine grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.


Bernard M. Collins
March 10, 2003
At Sunbridge of North Reading (Mass.) Nursing Facility, at 82. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Mr. Collins had been employed by the William Gainer Leather Firm of Chicago. From 1947 to 1970, he was the president of Allied Kid Co., a leather firm in Boston. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Collins served with the Navy in the intelligence branch. During his career, he had been the chairman of the finance committee and a Town Meeting member in Braintree, Mass. Following retirement to Yarmouthport, Mass., in 1987, Mr. Collins became a hospice volunteer. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Ruth; two sons; two brothers, including Philip H. ’50; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Paul E. Dorrington
May 20, 2003
In Massachusetts. A longtime football coach and English teacher, Mr. Dorrington began his career at Woburn (Mass.) High School, where he worked from 1946 to 1959. Under his leadership, Woburn won its first State Class C championship and the Northeastern title in 1955. Mr. Dorrington later taught and coached at Medford and Dedham high schools in Massachusetts; during his tenure, the Dedham High School football team won the Bay State League championship. Mr. Dorrington retired as a teacher from Arlington (Mass.) High School in 1980. Senior class president of the Arlington High School Class of 1936, he played center and co-captained the football team. During World War II, Mr. Dorrington had been an officer in the Navy, serving in the Pacific from 1941-46. He was the past president of the Massachusetts Football Coaches Association and also of the St. Agnes Holy Name Society. Mr. Dorrington is survived by his wife, Alice; a son; four daughters; a brother; a sister; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John A. Millin Jr.
Sept. 19, 2002
In Texas. Retired Col. John A. “Jack” Millin Jr., USAF, is survived by his wife, Albina; one son; two grandsons; and two granddaughters.


William P. Hynes
April 15, 2003

At his home in Chelmsford, Mass., at 85. Prior to his retirement in 1978, Mr. Hynes had been the director of education for the Army at Fort Devens, Mass. He was one of the founding members of the Chelmsford Art Society. Mr. Hynes served in the Marine Corps and the Army during World War II, participating in the invasion of the Pacific islands. He is survived by his wife, Amelia; and a stepson.


Thomas F. Hickey
March 30, 2003

In Vero Beach, Fla., at 81. During his career, Mr. Hickey had been self-employed as an independent insurance adjuster, retiring in 1987. A veteran of World War II, he served in Europe with the Army Air Force. Mr. Hickey is survived by his wife, Norma; a son; two daughters; and six grandchildren.

Robert W. McVay
March 16, 2003

At Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I., at 80. Prior to his retirement, Mr. McVay had been an assistant director of health for the state of Rhode Island for more than 35 years. An Army veteran, he served in the infantry during World War II. Mr. McVay is survived by his wife, Hilda; two stepsons; two brothers, including Richard E., D.M.D., ’53; a sister; and several nephews and nieces.


James T. Cassidy Jr.
Feb. 15, 2003
In South Dennis, Mass., at 79. During his career, Mr. Cassidy had practiced law in Boston and Yarmouthport, Mass., for more than 50 years. A Navy veteran, he served during World War II and the Korean War; he retired from the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. Mr. Cassidy had been a life member of the U.S. Naval Institute. He is survived by his wife, Pauline.


Richard J. Flynn
April 28, 2003
In St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, after an illness, at 79. Mr. Flynn, who had a lengthy career in corporate finance, had been the former vice chairman and member of the board of directors of Norton Co. in Worcester for 12 years, prior to his retirement. Previously, he had been the president and chief executive officer of the Riley Corp. in Worcester and vice president of LTV in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Flynn also served on the boards of Fidelity Investments; Arkwright-Boston Insurance; Cleveland-Cliffs Corp.; and Mechanics Bank in Worcester. In addition, he had been a member of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross as well as Old Sturbridge Village; Catholic Charities; and the Worcester Art Museum. During World War II, Mr. Flynn served in the Navy aboard the USS Worbley. He had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Flynn is survived by his wife, Ellen; four sons; three daughters; a brother; a sister; 14 grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.


Joseph M. DiNardo, M.D.
Feb. 25, 2003
At Noble Hospital, Westfield, Mass., after a long illness, at 76. Dr. DiNardo had maintained a private practice in cardiology for many years in Westfield, beginning in 1976. During his career, he had also held the positions of director of cardiology and director of the Coronary Care Unit at Noble Hospital, and consultant in cardiology at Western Massachusetts Hospital, also in Westfield. In addition, Dr. DiNardo had been an instructor in cardiology at University Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. His professional honors included a fellow of the American College of Cardiology; the American College of Angiology; and the Council of Geriatric Cardiology. He had been a recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Dr. DiNardo was a member of the Clinical Council of Cardiology of the American Heart Association; the American Society of Echocardiography; Massachusetts Medical Society; Hampden District Medical Society; American Medical Society; and a former member of the American Academy of General Practice. A veteran, Dr. DiNardo served in the Navy in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1957 to 1959, as a lieutenant (M.C.). He is survived by his wife, Lydia; a son, Domenic J. ’75; two daughters, including MaryJo ’84; six grandchildren, including Hadley K. ’06; a brother; three sisters; nephews and nieces; and cousins.


Robert J. Sheerin
April 6, 2003
At his home in State College, Pa., at 75. During his career, Mr. Sheerin had worked many years for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., retiring in 1988 as vice president in charge of the General Motors account. Previously, he served as vice president of the company’s national accounts operation in Pittsburgh, from 1969 to 1982. Mr. Sheerin joined Metropolitan Life in 1950 as a field auditor; following the completion of military service, he resumed his career with the company in 1952. Mr. Sheerin had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Kate”; nine children; and 22 grandchildren.

Raymond L. Turek, D.D.S.
Feb. 19, 2003

In Morrisville, Pa., at 78. Dr. Turek practiced dentistry in Bucks County, Pa., for more than 39 years, with offices in Yardley and Newtown. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was commissioned a 2nd-class pharmacist in 1943; he served during the invasion of Okinawa. At the start of his career, Dr. Turek had been a periodontist in New York City before relocating to Bucks County. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three sons; a daughter; a sister; and five grandchildren.


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