(Photo of Lt. Colonel Richard Ball at the Dever Memorial in 2018. Photo by Steve Allen.) DORCHESTER — Bill Dever, who had been an ardent advocate for Dorchester, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, and the father of fallen Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Richard T. Dever, died on April 30, 2020. He was 76. Because of the bans on gatherings of larger than 10 people due to Covid-19, the service for Mr. Dever will be…

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May 4, 2020: Bill was so ready to photograph a Kentucky Derby party, but because of covid-19 spring events have been cancelled or postponed. So, we’re re-posting Bill’s photos from two events two years ago at Society on High and Serefina. FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Bill Brett stopped by two parties, both on High Street, where hundreds had gathered to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2018. First stop was at Society on High, 99…

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BRAINTREE — It seems like everyone including Santa Claus turned out the other day to celebrate Harry Brett’s “30th” birthday party. The surprise — and he was surprised — was set up and organized by Harry’s daughters Mary Ellen and Margaret. A parade of cars made its way (slowly) by the Brett house in Braintree as a very happy Harry Brett and his wife, Lucille, waved as each car passed by. The phalanx was led…

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(Photo of Monsignor McGann taken from a St. Joseph Parish bulletin.) BOSTON — Bill Brett asked that we link to Emily Sweeney’s in The Boston Globe about the deaths of two priests who contracted the coronavirus. Monsignor Francis J. McGann, 95, who was a longtime fixture at St. Joseph Parish in Needham and previously served at posts throughout the archdiocese including Dorchester and Hingham, died after a “recent hospitalization due to the COVID-19 virus,” the…

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HINGHAM — More than $1,200 was raised through a book sale that Bill Brett arranged with Hennessy News at 118 North St., Hingham, to benefit the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry, which is located at St. John the Evangelist Church, 685 Main St. It started like so many stories during this time of shutdowns, social distancing, and many cancelled events. Late in 2019, Bill released his sixth book, “Boston: Game Changers,” and was in full swing…

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