The family and friends of Josh Shafer asked that we spread the word about his passing. Here is his obituary: Joshua Ryan Shafer passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, after a courageous 4-year battle with ALS. He was 44 years old. Born April 20, 1974 in Ellsworth, Maine, and raised in Winter Harbor, Maine, Josh was a graduate of Sumner Memorial High School and Boston University, spent a semester abroad at Oxford University, and…

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WEYMOUTH — The funeral Mass for fallen Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna will be said on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 392 Hanover St. (Route 139), Hanover, Massachusetts. The wake for Chesna, who was posthumously named a sergeant in the Weymouth Police Department on what would have been his sixth anniversary with the department, will be held on Thursday, July 19, at St. Mary’s from 2 to 7 p.m.…

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CHARLESTOWN — Commander Robert L. Gillen, right, the 59th commander of the USS Constitution, has died. He is shown in this photo with U.S. Navy Commander Sean D. Kearns, the 73rd commander, which was taken for Bill Brett’s fifth book, “Boston: Irish,” which was published in 2014. Commander Gillen was 85. The two were photograph by Bill on the deck of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel, which is oft-called “Old Ironsides” after…

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Thomas J. Hudner, 93, (center in accompanying photo) a war hero and former Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner, died on Nov. 13, 2017, the Boston Globe reported today. Bill Brett photographed Mr. Hudner with fellow Medal of Honor recipient Thomas G. Kelley, and Tom Lyons, a veteran who works with other veterans particularly Medal of Honor recipients, for Brett’s book, “Boston: Irish.” In its obituary, the Globe wrote:Navy Ensign Jesse L. Brown and Lieutenant Thomas J. Hudner…

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