OBIT: Tom Neylon, Taught English at WHS, Played Piano in Multiple Bands

Tom Neylon

By Richard Scafaldi

Tribute to a Friend: Tom Neylon, 1943-2023

Those of you who knew me in the Boston area will remember ‘Professor’ Tom Neylon. Tom played piano with me in our band, The RPM’s for about 15 years, which I think is a record for ‘years served’. I can sincerely say that every minute was a pleasure.  

The story of how we came to play together is somewhat amusing. Tom was a voracious record collector who liked to order records from the Down Home catalog, which-back in the 1980’s-had import records that you could not get in the USA. And he had great taste in music, from 50’s Rock & Roll, to straight out Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues, and Blues of all varieties.

OBIT: Eli Mercer — Pastor Who Played Banjo and Preached at Subway Stations, Member of Boston Iron Workers

Eli Mercer

Eli Mercer, much loved husband, father, grandfather, pastor and friend, passed quietly into the presence of his heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, the Savior of his soul, on April 24, 2023, at The Village in White River Jct., VT. He grew up in Watertown. Eli was born on July 21, 1936, to Mary Elizabeth (Webber) Mercer and Eli Mercer, Sr. Until the age of 21, his adult work was as an iron worker, Local 7, Boston, MA. On Palm Sunday, 1958, Eli was born again into the family of God, and that decision shaped the course of his life from that point on. The old was gone, the new had come.

OBIT: Pastorah O’Connor, Worked at Perkins School for the Blind

Pastorah O’Connor

Pastorah Ina O’Connor died peacefully on February 26, 2023. Pat was born on July 13, 1931 inLeominster, the daughter of Francis “Ben” Bates and Evelyn (MacMillian) Bates. She graduated from Leominster High School in 1949 and attended Worcester School of Business Science where she graduated in 1951. She worked for General Electric in Fitchburg, St. Williams Church in Wilmington, Vermont, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and the Catholic Diocese in Burlington, Vermont.

OBIT: Mary Anne Glynn, 80, Mother of 3, Longtime St. Luke’s Parishioner

Mary Anne Glynn

Mary Anne (Kiely) Glynn age 80 of Watertown passed away peacefully on February 4, 2023. Mary Anne was the much-loved daughter of the late Yvette and David Kiely. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Glynn and devoted mother of Patricia Ripley & her husband Wade of Westford, Kathleen McCartney & her husband John of Easton and Brian Glynn & his wife Sarah of Sudbury. She was the loving grandmother of Matt Cancian, Emma, Lila, Patrick & Maeve Glynn. Mary Anne was the dear sister of David Kiely of Wakefield, Madeliene Marino of Belmont, and the late Kathleen MacDonald & Patricia Ryan.

OBIT: Robert McCarthy, 77, Retired Watertown Fire Captain, Past President of Mass. Fire Fighters Union

Robert McCarthy

Retired Watertown Fire Department Captain & Past President of the Professional Fire Fighters of MA Robert B. McCarthy of Watertown, passed away on December 6, 2022, at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Dorothy F. (Maurer) McCarthy. Loving father of State Trooper Robert B. McCarthy, Jr. & his wife Jane of Framingham, Sandra E. MacInnis of Framingham, and Suzanne T. McCarthy of Watertown. Devoted son of the late Joseph, Sr. & Doris (Gildea) McCarthy. Dear brother of Carol O’Grady & her husband Michael of Framingham, Paul McCarthy of Lexington, Edward McCarthy & his wife Janice of Billerica, and the late Joseph McCarthy, Jr. & his surviving wife Jeanette, and the late Dianne McCarthy McKinnon.

OBIT: Sue Chen, Former Owner of Wonder Cafe in Watertown

Sue Chen and her family at Wonder Cafe, which operated on Mt. Auburn Street from 2009-15. Dear family, friends, and businesses of Watertown,

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sue Chen on October 29, 2022.  Sue was the owner of Wonder Cafe on Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown from 2009 to 2015. 

One of her greatest joys was meeting and feeding people in the family restaurant she started. She carefully planned the renovation, decorations and furnishings to create a happy and welcoming environment for all ages. Guests would also complement the signature orange walls. By December 2009 Wonder Cafe was officially opened with her children by her side. 

Throughout the years, customers of Wonder Cafe would also become friends. Parents would come by with their doting children for a meal. Watertown High School students would bond over dumplings, noodles, and bubble tea. Friendly city employees would pick up lunches to go. Late night eaters ordering chicken wings and fried rice. Sue would manage the back of the kitchen, while her three children would take incoming calls, wait on guests, and make deliveries.

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.