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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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March 6, 2015
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With March upon us, Mission Hill will celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St.Patrick. Perhaps some of our fine local pouring establishments will entertain us with Irish music to help digest the corned beef and cabbage on March 17. Irish music has been a festive part of my family, as my father, who died...

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February 6, 2015
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Congrats to local tavern-owner Diarmuid O’Neill and his lovely wife Sara O’Neill on the adoption of their four children. The beautiful children—Bezawit, 10;Selamawit, 8; Rahel, 7; and their “wee boy” Andualem, 5—are from Ethiopia. Diarmuid owns the Squealing Pig in Mission Hill, and he recently purchased the West Roxbury Pub in West Roxbury. Happy...

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January 9, 2015
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In Bill Brett’s terrific new book “Boston: Irish” there is a strong Mission Hill flavor. Jack Harrington a Mission High School graduate from Parker Street, is featured. Jack,co-founder of Atlantic Associates, has been involved in several charities, including the Home for Little Wanderers. Jack created the Harrington House, a 16-bed home in Mission Hill...

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December 12, 2014
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When I attended Mission High School in the mid-’60s, the school had some terrific educators, one of whom was Tom McManus. Tom, a1954 graduate, became a prominent attorney after his teaching stint at Mission High. Chatting with Tom last month, he told me several interesting stories, starting with his foray into teaching. “I had...

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