Author: Maurice "Mossy" Martin

Hill Happenings

Sister Patrice Garrity, the last principal of Mission High School, passed away last month in Connecticut at the age of 86. Sister Garrity, a 1946 Mission High alumna, locked the doors of the grand high school on Alleghany Street for…

Hill Happenings

Ed Burke, proprietor of Ed Burke’s Tavern on Huntington Avenue in Mission Hill, died of heart failure on March 9 at 76.  Burke’s death evoked an array of memories of the famous bar from legions of Mission Hill folks. Burke took over…

Hill Happenings

Last month, family and friends mourned the death of Richie Durkin, a stalwart citizen, who loved Mission Hill. Richie was a retired Boston School police captain. He graduated from Mission High School in 1975, where he was an outstanding athlete.…

Hill Happenings

Frank Garvin is on the big screen, earning a small part alongside Casey Affleck in the American drama, Manchester by the Sea. Locals recall Frank from the Mission Hill Theatre Group in the 1980s, including his brilliant performance as Oscar in…

Hill Happenings

Mission Hill lost a fine gentleman when Joe (Buddy) Gillis passed away last month at age 85. Buddy, born in Roxbury, was a kind man who volunteered his time at the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.  In the golden era…

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Condolences to the family of Thomas S. Maher, a retired Boston Police detective and former Mission Hill resident, who passed away Nov. 12. Being a good friend of his son, Tom Maher, Jr., as a youngster, I got to know the…

Hill Happenings

Former and current Mission Hillers gathered at Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park on a glorious Saturday morning for the annual Mission Hill 5K Road Race on Oct. 15, which was preceded by an inspiring talk from Mayor Marty Walsh. The race starts…

Hill Happenings

Dan Breen, Killilea Club’s brilliant quarterback, received the ball from center Tom Lassiter at McLaughlin Park on the final play of the game, as the Killilea Club defeated the Dorchester Knicks, 8-0. That game, attended by about 250 fans, occurred 50 years…

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There have been several famous Mission Hill gangs, going back to the “Mohawks” in the early 1940s. Dave O’Connor, James “Specsy” Cummings, and John H. Clifford were among the group that wore the sparkling blue and gray Mohawk jackets. The…

Hill Happenings

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…