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.

OBIT: Freda Stephen, 96, Devoted Boston Sports Fan, Music Lover, Proud Democrat

Freda Stephen

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.

OBIT: Dennis McDade Jr., 89, St. Patrick’s High Grad, Celebrated His Irish Heritage

Dennis McDade Jr.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. Patrick Church Watertown for Dennis Edward McDade, Jr.

Mr. McDade was a son of the late Dennis McDade, Sr. & Catherine J. (Cooney) McDade. Dennis passed away on Thursday October 28, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born and raised in Watertown and was a proud graduate of St. Patrick High School.

OBIT: Rose Audet, 82, Formerly of Cambridge, Lived in Watertown

Rose M. (Denoncourt) Audet, age 82 of Watertown, MA, formerly of Cambridge. Passed away on October 24, 2021 after illness. Born to the late Louis J. Denoncourt and Marie (Tremblay). Former wife of the late Gerard R. Audet. Dear mother to Laura M. Stokes and her husband David of Watertown; Gerard R. Audet, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Monroe, LA; Leo P. Audette and his wife Denise of Whitinsville; David J. Audet of Shrewsbury; Joseph W. Audet and his wife Paula of Chelmsford.

OBIT: Richard Greenough, Sr., 91, Founded Watertown Pop Warner, Former President of Ancient Order of the Hibernians

Richard Greenough Sr.

Richard ‘Dick’ Greenough, Sr. Aged 91, died peacefully on Sep 17, 2021. Richard was born on October 15, 1929 to Richard and Mary Greenough. He grew up in Watertown and attended Watertown High School and Huntington Prep, where he made his mark as an outstanding football player. He met the love of his life and best friend, Gloria Anne Kelley, during high school in 1945. They married in 1948.

OBIT: Robert Fratto, 66, Watertown High Class of 1972, Master Gas & Pipefitter

Robert F. “Bob” Fratto, 66, of Stow, MA, and a longtime former Watertown, MA, resident, died Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Worcester. Born in Brighton and raised in Watertown, he was the son of the late Frank J. and Charlotte M. (Falbo) Fratto, and was graduate of Watertown High School Class of 1972. A member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Bob was a master gas and pipefitter, and licensed journeyman for sprinkler systems. He worked for other companies through the years, but most of his career was at Harvard University prior to retiring. Bob loved music, and enjoyed playing both the piano and the guitar, and in early years was a member and lead singer in a local band. Remembered as a homebody, he centered his life around his family and close friends, and was devoted to his dogs.