FLORIDA — My friend Brian Purcell, who retired from the Boston Fire Department about 10 years ago, died recently in Florida. A decorated member of the BFD, Brian spent most of his career with Engine 42 in Roxbury. He later was an aide to the District 3 chief. Arrangements are being made by John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home. We’ll update our posts when we receive more information. — Bill  SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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  I just wanted to take a moment to remember Tom “Red” Martin, who could claim multiple titles including philanthropist and friend to many. Tom died recently and the Boston Globe ran a wonderful obituary, which you can read via this link.  He was 79. Tom was featured in my fifth book, “Boston: Irish.” (My photo is in this post.) From Boston College hockey star to founder of Cramer Productions, Red loomed large on the local…

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My friend William F. Smith, III, who died suddenly on July 9, 2017 while he was in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Billy, as he was called, was a member of the Boston Police Department’s Firearms Unit. He worked with police officers from throughout the city. The outpouring of affection for Billy can be seen in these photos that I took the other day at his wake, which was held at the John J. O’Connor & Son…

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