Carmine Camerato Jr., 83, after a long illness, died peacefully at home surrounded by family, on May 7, 2022. Born and raised in Watertown, Mass., along with sisters, Mary, Annina, Jennie and Eleanor, Carmine was the only son of the late Carmine Camerato Sr. and the late Antonia (DiDonato) Camerato. As a teen, he spent much of his time in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts, earning the BSA’s highest honor, Eagle Scout. After graduating from St Patrick’s High School, Carmine entered the US Navy in 1957. Stationed in Norfolk, VA he served as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Ross and the USS English.
Tommy Hickey, age 69, of Wells, ME died February 21, 2022 after a short battle with cancer. He was born August 6, 1952 in Newton, MA. Tommy graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, MA where he grew up and attended Wentworth Technical Institute. He spent his career as a skilled craftsman and finish carpenter. His work was published in Smithsonian magazine.
Christine I Collini, 89, of Watertown, wife of the late Charles T Collini passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. She passed with her loving family by her side at Sunrise Senior Living where she was given exceptional care for almost 2 years. Christine was born in Newton, MA, the daughter of the late Giovanni and Lucia (Cedrone) Vecchione. Christine graduated from Newton High School and worked at Raytheon before starting her family. In later years, Christine worked at the family business, Suburban Lock Co., along side her husband Charles and son Charlie. She enjoyed working at the shop and chatting with everyone who came in to either visit, have keys made, or a lock fixed.
Robert A. “Bob” Manzelli, passed away on January 17th, 2022, at the age of 84. Bob was born in Roxbury, and was a longtime resident of Watertown and Rockport.
He was inspired and driven to serve others. He attended Watertown High school and Huntington prep. He graduated from Boston College and received his active duty commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in 1959, where he trained as an artillery officer. He was assigned as a reserve instructor in the 5th Howitzer Battalion, 5th Artillery. He was honorably discharged in 1968 as a 1st Lieutenant.
Jorge Fernandes of Watertown died on Jan. 13, 2022 at the age of 79. Son of the Joao & Madelena (Encarnacao Memdes) Fernandes. Beloved wife of the late Ana (Soares) Fernandes. Dear brother of Lurdes Furtado, Americo Fernandes, Joe Fernandes, and the late Rosa DePaulo & Fernando Fernandes. Loving uncle to many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.
Dr. John Joseph Brendan “Jack” Spillane, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Thursday, January 13th at his home in Watertown.
He was the devoted husband of Michaela K. (Sheehan) Spillane. Loving father of Mary T. Spillane of Watertown, Melissa A. Gnyp & her husband David of Charlotte, NC, and Stephanie M. Spillane of Watertown. Doting grandfather of Annabelle Spillane and Madeleine Gnyp. Son of the late Paul and Theresa (Curtain) Spillane and brother of the late Paul Spillane and Eleanor Roop. Caring brother- in-law of Elizabeth (Sheehan) Casey of Nashua, NH. He was also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
John was born in Lowell. He attended Keith Academy and was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corp. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, and residencies in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Veterans Hospital and McLean Hospital. He was an attending physician at McLean, serving as Director of Admissions from 1978-1993. Having majored in the history and literature of France before turning to medicine, he had a life-long interest in history and spoke French, German and Spanish. He loved music, and was a long-time member of the choirs at St.
Raymond P. McNamara, 79 of Watertown and formerly Newton, died on Jan. 11, 2022. He was a lieutenant in the Newton Fire Department and was injured in a chemical explosion in a building in Newton in 1993. He was burned on over 90 percent of his body and lost is sight, but remained active in the community. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
David Jonathan Bromer died on Nov. 25, 2021 at the age of 80. He came to the Boston area in 1958 to study metallurgy at MIT, and worked at Raytheon and Gillette. He and his wife, Anne Epstein, launched rare book store Bromer Booksellers in 1968 from their apartment in Watertown. The business is currently located in Copley Square in Boston.
Freda (Bedig) Stephen, 96 of Watertown, passed away at CareOne Lexington on December 27, after a recent illness. Freda grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Belmont High School. She worked at Farmer’s Insurance in Los Angeles until meeting her husband Dan Stephen. She married and relocated to Watertown and quickly became a proud Watertown resident. She always felt a closeness to her husband’s family and stayed in touch with them long after his death.