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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BOSTON — I’m sad to report that my friend Bill McGowan died on Sept. 16, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends. Bill, who was active in the Irish community, was proudly from Co. Sligo in Ireland, just like the Bretts. I often saw him at events and he was known to help out people who needed some assistance after they arrived in the U.S. There will be a wake at St. Elizabeth’s Church in…

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