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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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