Obituaries

Obituary: Joyce Perkit, attorney and activist

June 4, 2013
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Obituary: Joyce Perkit, attorney and activist

Jamaica Plain resident Joyce Lynda Perkit passed away on Sun., June 2, 2013 at age 71 after a long and hard-fought battle with breast cancer. She was a brilliant and learned woman who stood up and defended people’s rights and community causes that she thought were vitally important. She was a highly regarded attorney...

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Obituary: Gerald P. Barry, veteran

May 24, 2013
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Gerald P. “The Beep” Barry, 69, of West Dennis passed May 19, 2013 while in rehab after a stroke. Formerly of Whitman and longtime Jamaica Plain resident. Cherished brother of Mary Ann Barry Sayers and his favorite brother-in-law, Richard. Uncle of Christopher and Jeanette Sayers. U.S. Army veteran. Donations in memory may be made...

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Obituary: Irma Susanne Wagner, JP artist

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Irma Susanne Wagner.

Irma Susanne Wagner, a Jamaica Plain artist, died peacefully at her home April 28. She was 81 and had courageously lived with Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. Irma was well known for her annual calendar, which she published for 15 years. From 1996 to 2010 she created a calendar of her art “accompanied...

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Obituary: Karl Ross Fisher, art teacher

March 29, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Karl Ross Fisher.

“For you, the world,” Karl Ross Fisher used to say to his students and colleagues, who adored him. That spirit was true to the end; his organs have been the gift of life for five lucky people. Fisher died unexpectedly on Feb. 20, 2013 after suffering a rare, unexplained and massive stroke. He died...

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Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants

February 15, 2013
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Ghazi Sami Saba. (Photo Courtesy Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home)

Ghazi Sami “Big Sam” Saba of Dedham, formerly of Roslindale, a visionary who brought healthy Lebanese food and wraps to Boston, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. Sami was the founder of Sami’s Falafel Truck of the Longwood Medical Area. Sami was the...

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Obituary: John P. Craven; JP resident

February 1, 2013
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John P. Craven of Jamaica Plain died on Jan. 1, 2013. Beloved son of the late William F. and Anne M. (Smythe) Craven. Dear brother of Mary T. Kirrane of Jamaica Plain; Patricia A. Watson and her husband Lawrence of Needham; and the late William F. Craven Jr. Dear uncle of Kevin M. Kirrane...

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Obituary: Janis M. Fahey; JP resident

January 18, 2013
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Janis Fahey

Janis M. Fahey (1946-2013), a longtime Jamaica Plain resident and native Bostonian, died on Jan. 2. She leaves a sister, Eileen Fahey of Nevada City, Calif., and a brother, Jack Fahey of Jamaica Plain, as well as many loving friends. She will be dearly missed.

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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

January 18, 2013
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Robert DeFranco. (Photo Courtesy Keohane Funeral Home)

Robert DeFranco of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury, passed away Jan. 5, 2013. Beloved husband of Claire (York) DeFranco of Quincy. Loving father of Robert Y. Haley and his wife Conni of Randolph. Cherished “Papa” to Gena, Gillian and Robert D. Haley of Randolph. Brother of Mary Casey of Peabody and uncle to Sean Casey...

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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

January 7, 2013
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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

Robert DeFranco of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury, passed away Jan. 5, 2013. Beloved husband of Claire (York) DeFranco of Quincy. Loving father of Robert Y. Haley and his wife Conni of Randolph. Cherished “Papa” to Gena, Gillian and Robert D. Haley of Randolph. Brother of Mary Casey of Peabody and uncle to Sean Casey...

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Obituary: Marjorie A. Hennigan; mother of prominent JP family

October 26, 2012
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Marjorie A. Hennigan. (Courtesy Photo)

Marjorie A. (Murphy) Hennigan of Jamaica Plain, formerly of West Roxbury, passed away Oct. 12, 2012. Beloved wife of former state Sen. James W. Hennigan Jr. Loving mother of Maura Hennigan, clerk magistrate and former Boston city councilor; Deirdre Donovan of New York City; James W. Hennigan III and his wife Jude of West...

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