Obituaries

Obituary: Jennifer Boyd; founded JP Knit and Stitch

August 31, 2012
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Jennifer Boyd. (Courtesy Photo)

Jennifer Devereaux Boyd, 41, of Jamaica Plain died peacefully at home on Aug. 20 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Bryan E. M. Harter; her two sons, Russell and Zachary Harter; her mother, Pat Boyd; her brother, Cameron Boyd, his wife Kelley and their son, Brooks. Also...

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Obituary: Warren Hagar; raised in JP

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Warren Arnold Hagar.

Warren Arnold Hagar, 99, loving father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on July 13, 2012, at Park Lane Assisted Living, Monterey, Calif. He led a full life as manager of J.J. Newberry’s; high school English teacher, Yucaipa, Calif.; state rehabilitation counselor, Riverside; social worker, Redlands, Calif.; top salesperson, Encyclopedia Britannica; member of the...

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JP artist remembered with exhibit

April 27, 2012
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Robert A. “Bob” Raymond, a Jamaica Plain photographer and videographer who died on Feb. 27 after a short illness, is being remembered with an exhibit at Cambridge’s Mobius gallery through May 5. Raymond, 59, was involved for 30 years with the Mobius Artist Group, which was founded by his wife, Marilyn Arsem. He documented...

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Obituary: Edward Fenerty Jr.

March 2, 2012
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Edward Fenerty Jr. of Malden passed away on Feb. 22, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Freda M. (Judd) Fenerty. Loving father of Edward L. Fenerty III of Jamaica Plain and the late William C. Fenerty and his surviving wife Judy of Winthrop. Dear brother of Lila Stevens of California, Anna Berg of Maine...

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Former Mayor White dies; helped change JP

February 3, 2012
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Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, whose decentralized city government gave more power to Jamaica Plain, died at age 82 on Jan. 27. “He was a great man,” said Larry DiCara, a JP resident who served as a city councilor for 10 years during White’s administration. White spent part of his childhood in Pondside and...

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Obituary: Bruce Wallin, NU professor

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bruce Wallin.

Bruce A. Wallin, of Jamaica Plain, aged 63, passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Vickie and two daughters, Anne, 15, and Eva, 11, and a sister, Barbara Lynch. He was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. In 1990, he moved to Boston to join...

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Obituary: Oscar Raul Vega Ponce, human rights activist

January 20, 2012
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Oscar Raul Vega Ponce of Jamaica Plain died on Jan. 9, 2012 after a long health battle. He was 61. Known to many as Raul, he spent his last days surrounded and cared for by his family and close friends. Raul will forever be remembered for his remarkable strength, generosity and good humor. Raul...

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WRCNA head dies

January 6, 2012
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Bruce A. Wallin, 63, of Jamaica Plain died Dec. 29, 2011. Wallin co-founded the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association (WRCNA) and was an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University. He was the author of the books “Taxation: Myths and Realities” and “From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing: General Revenue Sharing and Cities.”...

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Obituary: Polly Curren Fedosiuk; wrote children’s books

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Polly Curren Fedosiuk (right) with nephew John Orthman.

Polly Curren Fedosiuk, a lifelong Jamaica Plain resident and author of nearly 30 children’s books, including “The Little Red Caboose That Ran Away,” died Nov. 7 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was 94. She was born on Oct. 2, 1917. Her father, Frank Curren, an engineer and musician, was born in Delaware, but...

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Margarita Muñiz dies; headed Hernandez School

November 18, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz, the principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School, died today after a long battle with cancer, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS). Muñiz fought discrimination and opposition to keep alive the bilingual elementary school in the 1970s. She became a community icon in the process. Next year, BPS will open a new...

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