Lifelong Everett Resident

Obit Gillis

GILLIS, Mary J. “Mimi” (Giggie) of Everett, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 24, 2018. She was 94 years old.

Born in the family home on Peirce Avenue, Mary remained a lifelong Everett resident. She was retired from an insurance company as a clerk.

Beloved wife of George J. Gillis for over 54 years. Loving daughter of the late Mary (Croce) and Joseph Giggie. Dear and devoted sister of the late Dorothy Giggie, Joseph A. Giggie and James V. Giggie. Loving aunt of David and Maria Giggie, Joanne and Thor Johansson, Donna and James McCune, Patricia Giggie and her partner, Donna, John Gillis, Mary Jones, the late Paul Gillis, Kim Cerna, Sean Lambert, Mark Lambert, Michelle Gillis, Christopher Gillis, Kelly Gillis, Stacey Gillis, Debra Rogers, Cindy Russo, James Russo, Elizabeth Field, and Richard Milley, Jr. Mary is also survived by 20 loving great-nieces and great- nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) EVERETT.  Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.




Of Saugus, Formerly of Everett

BOTTARI, Brandon Francis Of Saugus, formerly of Everett, suddenly on March 22nd, at age 29. Son of Denise Doherty and her husband William of Saugus and the late Frank Bottari. Step-brother of Amanda and Alysia of Maine. Grandson of Priscilla and Richard Ruzzo of Lynnfield, the late Richard and Louise Vitale, and the late Stephen and Pauline Bottari. Also survived by many loving and devoted aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., EVERETT.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brandon’s memory may be made to the Herren Project, P.O. Box 131, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or the charity of your choice. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For more information, visit: 1-877-71-ROCCO or www.


Former Head of the Everett Retirement Board

Obit Donofrio

D’ONOFRIO, Ronald V.
Of Everett, on March 21.
Beloved husband for 56 years
of Mary (Aubrey). Loving
father of Ronald D’Onofrio
of NH, Anthony “Nino” and Christian D’Onofrio both of Methuen. Loving brother of Edward “Fonzi” D’Onofrio
and his wife Norma. He is survived by his two beloved grandchildren Isabella and Mia as well as his loving nephews Paul and Stephen D’onofrio.

Ronald attended Everett High School, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the University of Lowell. He was the former President of Everett Youth Hockey, a member of Everett Youth Baseball Board, Association of New England Football Officials, former civil engineer for the city of Everett, former head of the Everett Retirement Board in the city of Everett, former Head of Parks, Playgrounds, Stadium and Cemeteries in the City of Everett for 36 years.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., EVERETT. A Funeral Mass was held in St. Anthony’s Church in Everett.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to The “Eclub”, PO Box 490135, Everett, MA 02149. Interment will be private. For more info: 1-877-71ROCCO or


Worked for the Registry of Motor Vehicles

Obit O'Brien

O’BRIEN, James “Jim” Joseph of Everett, entered into rest on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the Life Care of Stoneham. He was 79 years old.

Born in Everett, Jim remained a lifelong resident.
He graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1957 and Burdett College with an Associates Degree, Class of 1959. He was retired from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles as a data processor. Jim also served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Beloved son of the late James R. and Gertrude L. (Grassa) O’Brien. Dear and devoted brother of Richard “Dick” Francis O’Brien of Washington, DC. Jim is also the loving uncle of Catherine Lynch O’Brien and Miles Edward O’Brien and his wife, Sara Fitzgerald O’Brien and great-uncle of Everett Y. O’Brien, Oliver G. O’Brien and Cassidy L. O’Brien. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jim’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) EVERETT, Monday, April 2 from 4-7 p.m.

His funeral will be from the funeral home on Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m. Interment Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Church “Restoration Fund” 489 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149, would be sincerely appreciated. Parking with attendants on duty.


School Committee Members Marcony Almeida-Barros (left) and Frank Parker (right) and Lafayette School Principal John Obremski attended the Second Annual Summit on Poverty held at Clark University in Worcester. Students in Everett are effected daily by the impact of poverty within the community. Currently, under the state’s new funding formula, more than fifty percent of the children in Everett are considered economically disadvantaged — significantly higher than the state average of 32 percent. Discussions throughout the day of the conference revolved around fees within public schools, accessibility to programming, and the availability of food. Guest speakers at the conference included Dr. William Parrett, Director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University; Jeff Riley of the Massachusetts Department of Education Commissioner-Elect; and Rep. James McGovern, Congressman, 2nd District of Massachusetts.