Obituaries

Obituary: Rev. Terry Burke

August 28, 2015
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Obituary: Rev. Terry Burke

Rev. Terry Mark Burke, who led the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist for 31 years before retiring last year, died surrounded by his family on Aug. 15. Burke, a Roslindale resident, was 61 years old. Born and raised in Flint, Mich., Burke came to the area in 1971 and never left. He...

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Obituary: Bernard S. Cunningham; raised in JP

July 24, 2015
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Obituary: Bernard S. Cunningham; raised in JP

Bernard S. Cunningham, 49, quietly passed on April 29, 2015 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of cancer. He was born on March 27, 1966, in Boston and raised in Jamaica Plain. He was the cherished and beloved son of Edward and Jean Griffin of Boston and Sagamore Beach. Never would he describe himself as...

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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, JP activist

June 5, 2015
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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, JP activist

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. He was an ardent environmentalist, a well-known political activist, a renowned...

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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, longtime JP activist

May 29, 2015
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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, longtime JP activist

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. He was an ardent environmentalist, a well-known political activist, a renowned...

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Obituary: Rev. Michael F. McLellan; Blessed Sacrament’s last pastor

May 8, 2015
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Obituary: Rev. Michael F. McLellan; Blessed Sacrament’s last pastor

As the 11:30 Mass was about to begin on Sunday morning, April 26, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Canton, pastor Fr. Mike McLellan collapsed and died suddenly. He was 64 and had been pastor of the Canton parish since February 2008. Fr. Mike, as he was affectionately called, came to Jamaica Plain...

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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

April 24, 2015
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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

There was never a time when one could not laugh with him, nor a moment that passed when he was short of the perfect word to describe any situation. That’s how friends, family and co-workers most remember Colm Bohill, 69, a long-time partner at the Independent News Group who passed away at Whidden Hospital...

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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

March 27, 2015
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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

Detlev Alain Koepke, a longtime Jamaica Plain community activist, died Feb. 2, 2015 after a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer. Detlev was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to the United States at age 9. After graduating from...

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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

March 19, 2015
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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

Detlev Alain Koepke, a longtime Jamaica Plain community activist, died Feb. 2, 2015 after a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer. Detlev was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to the United States at age 9. After graduating from...

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Obituary: Darien James Dillon, infant son

December 19, 2014
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Darien James Dillon, infant son of Ani Dillon of Jamaica Plain, passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Darien was born preterm on Dec. 4 and lived for one day. Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 19 at the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132. Viewing will...

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Obituary: Darien James Dillon, infant son

December 15, 2014
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Darien James Dillon, infant son of Ani Dillon of Jamaica Plain, passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Darien was born preterm on Dec. 4 and lived for one day. Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 19 at the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132. Viewing will be...

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