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February 5, 2016
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Mission Hill mourned the loss of Mary G. Breen, a wonderful and beautiful woman who passed away last month. Mary, who lived on Parker Hill Avenue for all of her 83 years, was an accomplished singer and a soloist at Mission Church for many years. Listening to Mary sing was comfort to the soul....

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January 15, 2016
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More than a 100 parishioners gathered at Mission Church for a fundraiser last month in memory of the late Father Joseph Manton. Father Manton, who died in 1998, served at Mission Church for 60 years. The eminent priest arrived on Mission Hill in 1939. Father Manton often chuckled, “Ted Williams and I were Boston...

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December 11, 2015
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Mission Hill lost a beautiful woman when Cathy (Clifford) Gately passed away last month. A lifelong Hill resident, Cathy served on the board of Roxbury Tenants of Harvard for many years. If you knew Cathy, you were blessed. I was fortunate to have known Cathy going back to my high school days when I...

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November 13, 2015
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Last week I enjoyed conversing with George Salah, a fascinating man who celebrated his 92nd birthday on Oct. 25. George, who lives in Brookline, grew up in Mission Hill on Whitney Street. He graduated from English High School in 1940 and served in the Navy during World War II. I listened to George spin...

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October 2, 2015
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Condolences to the family of former Mission Hiller Timothy Clifford, who passed away last month. I hadn’t seen Timmy in a while, as he had been ill, but I have fond memories of hanging out with him at the famous Ellie’s Donuts across from Mission Church back in the 1960s and 1970s. Ellie’s was...

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September 4, 2015
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A hundred and forty golfers participated in the Mark MacDougall Memorial Golf Tournament last month at the Easton Country Club. The event was a celebration of Mark’s life, who passed away in 2012. A legion of MacDougalls were on hand, including Mark’s dad, Paul, and Paul’s beautiful sister, Tricia MacDougall-Fitzgerald. The team led by...

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July 10, 2015
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Ivers Whitney Adams was a successful businessman who, shortly after the Civil War, moved from Ashburnham to Mission Hill to be closer to his downtown Boston office on Washington Street. Adams’ new home in the location then called the Highlands was a comfortable abode at 2 Delle Ave. At that time baseball was gaining...

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June 12, 2015
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A memorial mass was held last month for beloved James Killilea. James, a Mission High graduate, was a well read and brilliant man. James was a retiree from the City of Boston Election Department, and he had a passion for politics and sports. He would often talk politics at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain where...

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Patrick “Sonny” Carroll, a distinguished Mission High graduate, class of 1943, passed away on April 12. Sonny was a member of the Mohawks, a grand assemblage of Mission Hill youths, bonded from childhood alliances in the ’40s to lifetime friendships. Among the other well-known Mohawks were the late Dave O’Connor, a longtime Mission Hill...

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April 3, 2015
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I was reflecting about my childhood friend, Phil Thompson, who passed away last month. My mind traveled to the great English-Latin football game at Harvard Stadium on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. I was among the 35,000 fans and I was cheering for Phil, a terrific player for English. Phil grew up on Sunset Street...

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