OBIT: Robert F. Fitzpatrick, 88, Veteran, Raised in Watertown

Robert F. Fitzpatrick

Robert F. Fitzpatrick of Quincy and Stuart, FL passed away on February 4th surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Bob was born in 1933 in Waltham to Lawrence B. and Anna L. (Hoey) Fitzpatrick of Watertown. Bob graduated from Boston Technical High School, then enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his Country for four years as a radio operator. Bob later attended Quincy Junior College, Newbury Junior College and Northeastern University. After his Navy service, Bob returned to Boston and worked at Salada Tea where he met the love of his life, Marjorie Donovan.

OBIT: Marie Brueggeman, 71, Animal Lover, Cherished Time With Grandsons

Marie Janet Brueggeman

A Funeral Service for Marie Janet Brueggeman will be celebrated on Saturday March 12, 2022, at 12 Noon, in the MacDonald Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home. A daughter of the late Edward & Barbara (Walton) Beaunoyer, Marie passed away Friday afternoon. She was 71. She was the loving mother of James J. “JJ” Brueggeman & his wife Susanne of Watertown. Beloved grandmother of William & Timothy Brueggeman.

OBIT: Thomas Hickey, 69, Grew Up in Watertown, Skilled Craftsman and Carpenter

Thomas Hickey

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.

OBIT: Christine Collini, 89, Worked at Family Lock Business, Loved Spending Time With Family

Christine Collini

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.

OBIT: Bob Manzelli, 84, Former State Rep. & Selectman, Owned Local Energy Company

Bob Manzelli

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.

OBIT: Jorge Fernandes, 79, Proud of His Portuguese Heritage, Loved to Travel & Cook

Jorge Fernandes

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. 

Jorge was born in Madeira, Portugal.

OBIT: Dr. John Spillane, Worked at McLean Hospital, Sang in Choirs at Churches in Watertown & Newton

Dr. John Spillane

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.