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  In Memoriam
     
    1923-1950

1951-2004

Friends

1927

Rev. Thomas F. McDermott, S.J.
Nov. 16, 2001

In Campion Health Center, Weston, Mass., at 96. Prior to his retirement in 1995, Fr. McDermott had been the superior of the New England Provincial residence for six years; during this time, he had also continued to be active in many pastoral communities. Entering the Society of Jesus in 1930, he completed novitiate and humanities studies at Shadowbrook in Lenox, Mass., and studied philosophy at Weston College. Ordained to the priesthood in 1938, Fr. McDermott taught at Holy Cross for two years. After studying Arabic at Columbia University, he then spent two years in Baghdad, Iraq, where he taught secondary school; returning to the United States in 1947, he joined the teaching staff of Boston College High School. Two years later, he began serving a 13-year appointment as a procurator of the Jesuit Mission Office in Boston, helping to raise money and organize support for the missions in Baghdad and Jamaica. In 1961, Fr. McDermott became the treasurer and assistant administrator at Weston College; from 1966 until 1971, he served as administrator, first, at St. Mary's Church in Boston, and, subsequently, at Boston College High School. Before his appointment as superior of the New England Province residence in 1989, Fr. McDermott had been administrator, treasurer and prefect of the Immaculate Conception Church in Boston for 18 years. He is survived by several nephews and nieces. Fr. McDermott held the distinction of being the oldest Jesuit in the New England Province at the time of his death.

1930

Joseph B. Collins
Oct. 14, 2001

In St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, after a long illness, at 93. Prior to his retirement in 1973, Mr. Collins had worked in the insurance field for more than 30 years, primarily as a claims supervisor for the Kemper Insurance Co. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; and nephews and nieces.

Henry U. Lawrence
Nov. 29, 2001

At Annemark Nursing Home, North Revere, Mass., at 94. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Lawrence had been a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Bureau for many years at Logan International Airport in Boston. He had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. Mr. Lawrence is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Mrs. Ivaloo MacVicar.

1932

Patrick F. O'Connor
Nov. 5, 2001

In Pavillion Nursing Home, Hyannis, Mass., at 92. Prior to his retirement, Mr. O'Connor had been a teacher and head of the English department at Boston Technical High School for many years. During World War II, he served in the Army. Mr. O'Connor is survived by a sister; and nephews and nieces.

Henry J. Syseskey Sr.
Sept. 7, 2001

In UMass Memorial Medical Center-Memorial Campus, Worcester, after an illness, at 91. During his career, Mr. Syseskey had been a city of Worcester police officer for 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1975; previously, he had worked six years for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Mr. Syseskey had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by two sons; three grandsons; and several nephews and nieces.

1936

Edward S. Curran Sr.
Oct. 13, 2001

In Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Norwood, Mass., at 88. During his career, Mr. Curran had been the director of corrective therapy for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces. Mr. Curran had been a member of the varsity football team at Holy Cross. He is survived by two sons; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

1937

Vincent F. Lee
Oct. 6, 2001

At his home in Melrose, Mass., at 86. During his career, Mr. Lee had worked many years in the food business, serving as the manager of several restaurants, including the Village Green Restaurant on Route 1; he had also owned and operated the Lee Ice Cream Store in Melrose. At the start of his career, Mr. Lee had worked in the accounting field; he then joined the Servomation Co. where he worked for several years. Following retirement, Mr. Lee continued to work 15 years for the Mystic Valley Elder Service as the food-site manager at the Stoneham (Mass.) Council on Aging. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Lee had been a pilot on hospital planes in the Pacific theatre. He is survived by two sons; a daughter; a sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

C. Andrew Monagan
Aug. 27, 2001

At Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital, at 85. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Monagan taught science and English at Hillside and City Hill middle schools in Naugatuck, Conn., for 23 years; he had also been a lecturer in the humanities department at Waterbury State Technical College for 25 years. Previously, Mr. Monagan had worked in sales for 20 years with the Scoville Manufacturing Company. Active in community affairs, he had been a member of the Middlebury Board of Assessors for 20 years, holding the position of chairman for many years. In addition, he had served as a member of the first Middlebury Charter Commission, the Democratic Town Committee and the Middlebury Lions Club. In recognition of his many years of public service, Mr. Monagan received an award of gratitude from the Middlebury Board of Selectmen; a public service award from the secretary of state; and life membership from the Connecticut Association of Assessing Offices. Mr. Monagan was also honored with a tree planting on the Greenway; a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly and a special congressional recognition from U.S. Rep. James Maloney. A Navy veteran of World War II, he had been an air navigator with the Air Naval Transport in the South Pacific, attaining the rank of lieutenant senior grade; after graduating from Cadet School, he then served as an instructor. Mr. Monagan is survived by his wife, Seena; two stepchildren; two brothers, Walter E. Jr. '32 and William H. '34; three sisters; 19 nephews and nieces; and many grandnephews and grandnieces. His brother was the late John S. III '39 and his father was the late Walter E. '1902.

1938

Monsignor Robert E. Foudy
Nov. 6, 2001

In Holyoke (Mass.) Hospital, at 85. Monsignor Foudy, who retired as pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Church, Springfield, Mass., in 1989, had served the parish for 14 years. Previously, he had held the positions of co-chancellor for fiscal affairs for the Diocese of Springfield; diocesan consultor; and member of the budget advisory committee. Ordained to the priesthood in 1943, Monsignor Foudy began his ministry as curate of All Soul's Church in Springfield and Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke. He is survived by several nephews and nieces.

Ernest P. Tomasi, M.D.
Sept. 11, 2001

In the Central Vermont Hospital, Berlin, at 87. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Dr. Tomasi had maintained a private practice in Montpelier, Vt., for more than 55 years. Honored by numerous state and local organizations, he was a former Vermont Physician of the Year; he has also been named Montpelier's Distinguished Citizen. An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Tomasi served with the 116th regiment of the 29th division as a battalion surgeon; his tour of duty included Omaha Beach; the Battle of the Bulge; the liberation of Europe and the occupation of Germany. Discharged in 1947, Dr. Tomasi was awarded the Silver Star for unusual courage under fire; the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart with cluster; and a presidential citation for outstanding performance as a medical officer. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; six children; a sister; and 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

1939

Frederick J. Donovan
Nov. 23, 2001

In the Exeter (N.H.) Hospital, at 85. During his career, Mr. Donovan had been the assistant regional director of the General Services Administration for the federal government for many years. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Mr. Donovan had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; a son; two daughters; two grandchildren; two sisters; and several nephews; and a niece.

1941

Robert J. Bliss
Oct. 28, 2001

In the Brookview Healthcare Facility, West Hartford, Conn., at 82. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Mr. Bliss had been the executive director of the Hartford (Conn.) Redevelopment Agency for 25 years. He then worked as a substitute teacher at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. During his career, Mr. Bliss had been the director of the Framingham (Mass.) Housing Authority and a three-term member of the Framingham School Committee, serving as chairman. Prior to relocating to Hartford in 1956, he had been director of the Saginaw (Mich.) Housing Authority. His professional activities included serving as the first president of the Connecticut Urban Renewal Association and as president of the New England Section of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Mr. Bliss had been a founding parishioner of St. Helena's Roman Catholic Church in West Hartford. An Army veteran of World War II, he served 30 months in the South Pacific. Mr. Bliss had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Lillie; two sons, including Robert R. '71; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

1942

Edward J. Bransfield
Nov. 1, 2001

At the MetroWest Medical Center, Natick, Mass., at 81. During his career, Mr. Bransfield had taught 32 years at Natick High School, retiring in 1990 as head of the mathematics department; he also coached cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. In addition, Mr. Bransfield managed and operated the Wellesley Inn., a family-owned business, for many years. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he served in India and China. Mr. Bransfield is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; two daughters; four grandchildren; two sisters; and many nephews and nieces.

Paul W. Hamel
Sept. 9, 2001

At South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass., at 80, after a long illness. During his career, Mr. Hamel had been the proprietor of Hamel & Murray, a ship chandlery business begun by his father in Boston after World War II; he served in this capacity for 36 years, closing the business in the 1980s. Mr. Hamel then worked 15 years for the Hitchcock Shoe Co. in Hingham, Mass. During World War II, he served in the Army. Mr. Hamel is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons, including Paul W. Jr. '72; two daughters; two brothers, including Robert R. '46; and 13 grandchildren.

Adam A. Kretowicz
Nov. 19, 2001

At Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J., at 81. During his career, Mr. Kretowicz had founded and served as a real estate agent for the Adams Real Estate Agency in Rumson, N.J. During World War II, he had been a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. A member of the Holy Cross football team, Mr. Kretowicz was drafted by the New York Giants; he had been an athletic scout for the College. Mr. Kretowicz is survived by his wife, Gloria; two sons, including Michael D. '79; six daughters; two sisters; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

James H. O'Leary
Sept. 7, 2001

In St. Vincent Hospital at the Worcester Medical Center, at 84. Mr. O'Leary had been associated with the Millbury (Mass.) school system for 32 years, serving as a teacher, track and cross-country coach and principal; at the time of his retirement in 1978, he had been the principal of the Elmwood Street School. A radioman with the Army Air Forces during World War II, Mr. O'Leary was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, Grace; a son; two grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1943

William F. Lahey
Aug. 31, 2001

In the Providence Extended Care Center, Worcester, at 82. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Mr. Lahey had worked 27 years as a planning engineer with the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. Previously, he had worked for the Pullman-Standard Co. During World War II, Mr. Lahey served in the Army. He is survived by two sons; four grandchildren; and seven nephews.

Walter F. Roche
Oct. 19, 2001

At his home in Fitchburg, Mass., at 79, after an illness. During his career, Mr. Roche had been a plant manager at the former Charlton Furniture Co. in Leominster, Mass.; the former Selig Manufacturing Co., Leominster, and Bison Manufacturing, Connecticut. He had also served on the retirement board and in the accounting department for the city of Fitchburg and worked eight years as the assistant registrar of deeds for the Worcester North District. Mr. Roche had been an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Annette; three sons, including Francis X. '67 and Walter F. Jr. '69; two daughters, including Mary F. '84; five grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1944

Walter A. Rojcewicz Sr.
Sept. 2, 2001

In St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, at 79. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Mr. Rojcewicz had worked as an attorney for 35 years, maintaining a practice with his brother in the firm of Rojcewicz & Rojcewicz. He had also been associated with the practice of Samborski, Rojcewicz & Meehan and had been a liaison for some time with the district attorney's office. Mr. Rojcewicz had been a member of the Selective Service Board and a frequent toastmaster at civic, city and church functions. An Army veteran of World War II, he had served in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Rojcewicz is survived by his wife, Irene; two sons, including Walter A. Jr. '73; two daughters; a brother, Edward P. '42; three grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1946

J. Robert Hankins
Sept. 8, 2001

In Framingham, Mass., of brain cancer, at 75. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Hankins had worked in New Jersey and Massachusetts in the advertising field. A member of the Catholic clergy from 1949 to 1966, he had served as a missionary in Bolivia with the Society of St. James the Apostle from 1963 to 1966. A jazz enthusiast, Mr. Hankins had led the Bob Hankins Trio for 17 years until his death; he had also been a member of the Master Singers of Worcester for more than 10 years. Mr. Hankins is survived by a brother; two sisters; eight nephews and nieces; 17 grandnephews and grandnieces; and one great-grandniece.

Robert G. Hodson
Nov. 11, 2001

At his home in Basin Harbor, Vt., at 77. During his career, Mr. Hodson had been the chairman and chief executive officer of G.L. Hodson & Son, Inc. in New York. He was also the former chairman of the board of trustees for the School of the Holy Child Jesus in Westbury, N.Y., and a former member of the board of trustees of Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vt. During World War II, Mr. Hodson had served in the Navy as an officer aboard the USS Niblack in the Pacific theatre. He had been a Holy Cross class agent and a member of the President's Council. Mr. Hodson is survived by four sons; two daughters; a sister; and 14 grandchildren.

1947

Richard J. Higgins
Oct. 4, 2001

In MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, Mass., at 78. During his career, Mr. Higgins had practiced law in Framingham for many years; he had also been a member of town committees. During World War II, Mr. Higgins served in the Army. He is survived by his wife, Helen; three sons; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

1950

Rev. Paul T. Foley
Oct. 4, 2001

In Shrewsbury (Mass.) Nursing Center, at 77. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Fr. Foley had been the administrator of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Worcester; previously, he had served as the pastor of the Holy Family of Nazareth Church in Leominster, Mass., from 1975 to 1982. Ordained to the priesthood in 1955, Fr. Foley began his ministry as the associate pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester. He later served at St. Bernard's Church and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, both in Worcester, and at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster. During the 1970s, Fr. Foley had also been the assistant chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He is survived by two sisters; and nephews and nieces. His father was the late Cornelius '11.

Louis P. Lemay Jr.
Nov. 15, 2001

At the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, N.H., at 74. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Lemay had been an agent with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for more than 35 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in Italy, receiving the World War II Victory medal and the MTO Occupation ribbon. A member of the Holy Cross varsity football team, Mr. Lemay was quarterback during the 1946 Orange Bowl against Miami. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a son; two daughters; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

 

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