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August 5, 2016
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Happy 90th birthday (July 31) to grand John Clifford, a World War ll veteran who has the distinction of being the longest continuous Mission Hill resident, having moved to the Hill in 1928. John graduated from Mission High School in 1943 at age 16. At Mission, John was on the debating team, and according...

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July 1, 2016
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There was joy permeating the Jamaica Plain ball field on McBride Street on a sun splashed Sunday for the Mission Hill fathers, sons, and daughters baseball game, held every year on Father’s Day.   It was great seeing Kevin O’Neill looking robust after a bout with cancer. Kevin was at his usual third base...

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June 3, 2016
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Happy 91st birthday to Charley Kelly (May 24), a distinguished gentleman from Calumet Street on Mission Hill. Charley is a 1943 Mission High School graduate and he is part of the famous Kelly basketball family at Mission, along with his brother, Ivan Kelly. After high school Charley enlisted in the Navy and he served...

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Mission Hill mourned the death of three comrades last month, most recently Richie O’Neill, who grew up at 25 Tobin Court in the Mission Hill project. Richie was the loving father of six and he was the proprietor of O’Neill Plumbing. I also lived in Tobin Court and I’m glad Richie liked me because he...

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April 1, 2016
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I feel fortunate to have been friends with Debbie McCue, a longtime Mission Hill resident, who passed away last month. Debbie had been in poor health and confined to a wheelchair in recent years. Locals fondly remember Debbie when she worked for Boston Parks and Recreation Department at the Tobin Gym in the 1970s....

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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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