(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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(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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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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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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