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Michael J. Cannavino Jr.
1944  --  2014

Michael James Cannavino Jr. 70, of Fitchburg, MA passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 5, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Leominster, MA, to the late Michael James Senior and Carmela (Lena) Cataleta Cannavino on July 24, 1944. Michael met his high school sweetheart and wife of 36 years, Annie and invaluable friends who shared his life-long passion for music, becomng locally famous with the CAVEMEN. He also served in the army during the 1960's. Michael retired from his professional career as a City Manager with the Fitchburg Department of Public Works in 2010.

In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by a brother James Michael Cannavino and a nephew Jason Matthew Cannavino, both of Lunenburg, MA. Michael is survived by three children; Michael John Cannavino, of New Hampshire; Dawn Marie (Cannavino) Richard, of Massachusetts; Kristen Marie Cannavino, of Oregon; and a sister, Theresa (Cannavino) Morin of Maine; and an uncle, Frank Columbus Cannavino of Leominster, MA. He is also survived by three grandchildren, a great- granddaughter and two nieces.

Michael was loved by his cousins and will dearly missed by his family and many friends. 

CANNAVINO -- A family celebration of his life was held at Slattery's Restaurant in Fitchburg, MA. Per his wishes,


1945  -  2014



John A. Harrington

1944  -  2012

Lifetime Leominster, MA resident, John Albert Harrington, Sr., passed away on November 28, 2012. He was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. John was the son of the late Nelson Harrington and late Anna Mahan Harrington.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa & Brian DeKeyser of Denver, NC, sons, John "JJ" Harrington Jr. of Westminster, MA, and Justin Harrington of Sterling, MA; sister, Jean & Frank Harrington Gagne of Leominster, MA; and brothers, David Harrington of Fitchburg, MA, and Edward "Ted" & Cheryl Harrington of Baldwinville, MA. He was also survived by his grandchildren, Aysha-Noel Harrington, Sierra D Harrington, Darryl Osborne of Denver, NC, Jacob Harrington of Westminster MA; and two great-grandchildren, Samuel John Harrington and Ariel Harrington-Butler of Denver, NC; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

John worked for many years at Simon Saw in Fitchburg. He was the owner of Moss Hollow landscaping, crafts and wholesales. He is also remembered for running the ski shop at Pheasant Run Ski area.

John's passion was working for the many farmers markets in the area, as well as setting up at the Boston Flower show. He was an award winning member of the Buxton Branch Begonia Society, The Holliston's Agricultural Commission, and a strong supporter of Tower Hill.

James Scott Conner Jr.

1945  -  2012

James " Scott" Conner 67, of Fitchburg, and formerly of Leominster, died Friday evening November 16, 2012 in Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, M.A. following complication after surgery. He was born on August 11, 1945 in Leominster, MA, was the son of the late James S. Conner Sr. and Beth A. (Wallace) Conner. He was a graduate of Leominster Trade High School. Mr. Conner was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era having served from 1965-1967 and attaining the rank of E-3. He worked for Lockwood Plastics for many years and more recently as a trucking broker and logistics for local companies. He was an avid photographer, loved taking pictures of family, friends, and nature, was a NASCAR fan, loved watching the races with his friends, and enjoyed working outside especially in his own yard. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Virginia A. (Quinn) Conner, three sons Keith Conner and his wife Kelly, Peter LaFleur, and Paul LeFleur and his wife Michelle, two brothers Jonathan Conner and his wife Patty and Bradley Conner and his wife Barbara, two sisters Patricia Cucchiara and her husband Dick, and Colleen Degrafenried, five grandchildren Joseph Conner, Britni Conner, Neil Conner, Sarah Colston, Sean LeFleur,and many nieces and nephews . Jim was very close to his sisters-in-law, Patricia Quinn and Mary Carey, and his brothers-in-law, Michael and Richard Quinn. He was predeceased by his parents James S. and Beth Conner Sr. and sister Joan Petrini.

The funeral will be held on Monday, November 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster, Burial with Military Honors will be at 1:00 p.m. in Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery 211 Glenallen Rd Winchendon, Calling hours will be Monday November 26, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

Mr. Paul J. Smith

1945  -  2011

Paul J. Smith 65 of Leominster died Saturday July 30, 2011 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 28, 1945 in Leominster; MA was the son of Francis and Ethel (Grimley) Smith. Mr. Smith worked as a Lineman & then Foreman for National Grid before retiring. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Leominster, the Leominster Sportsmanís Club and the Leominster Knights of Columbus Council # 406. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Shirley A. (Marchetti) Smith of Leominster, three sons Eric P. Smith and his wife Stephanie of Leominster, Todd M. Smith and his wife Christina of Leominster and Jason M. Smith and his wife Megan of Leominster, a brother Donald Smith and his wife Kathy o f Leominster, four grandchildren Riley, Connor, Kellan, and Brooke. Burial was in St. Leoís Cemetery

Ethel Mae Whitney

May 02, 1945 - September 18, 2008

Ethel Mae Whitney Poutry, 63, of 18 Woodruff Road died Thursday evening September 18, 2008 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 2, 1945 in Leominster, daughter of Leland A. and Mildred F. (Mahan) Whitney and lived in Leominster and Clinton all of her life. She attended Leominster High School, Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner and received her bachelorís degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She had worked at Digital Corporation for many years as a Technical Writer and in more recent years she ran her own courier service. She was a member of St. Leoís Parish in Leominster, and a longtime member of the Templeton Fish and Game Club. A caring and compassionate person, Ethel was particularly fond of her extended family and cousins. She hosted numerous family events, including Fourth of July gatherings at her summer place in Templeton, over the years and up to including this recent summer. She will be remembered lovingly by her cousins, whose numbers now include three generations, for her selfless efforts towards their families, which she considered her own immediate family. She also maintained several close friendships, a woman of many talents; she planned and did a large part of the building of her summer place. She leaves her close cousin and caregiver Ron Rogers; cousins Kevin Rogers, David Rogers, Michelle White, and Julie; Mary Moreau; Pearl Fournier and Norma Stankaitis., she also leaves close friends, and her long time friend Olmond Poutry of Clinton. She was predeceased by her father Leland A. Whitney in 1965, a brother Donald L. Whitney in 1987, and her mother Mildred F. Whitney in 1994.


David A. Kennedy

1945 - 2008

Dave - Cousin Bruce - Brother Ron Kennedy
Ron Kennedy LHS 60

David died Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 64 years old. He was born and raised in Leominster, MA and attended Leominster schools. He attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and Lowell Tech.
Dave has lived in Niantic, CT for over 30 years. For the last year he resided at Life Care Center of Plymouth.
Dave managed and owned several restaurants, installed cable television and most recently, he was self employed.

Dave was the son of the late Ralph V. Kennedy and Adah (Parker) Kennedy. He was predeceased by his brother Ronald Kennedy who died February 13, 2008. He is survived by his sister Susan Anastasia, a niece and nephew, their families and many cousins.
Dave was vice commander of the American Legion Turner Tinker Post 128 in Niantic. He helped put on dinners, organize toy drives and help with charitable events. He was also a member of Kari-Hill VFW Post 5849 in Niantic and a member of the East Lyme Veterans Council.

A service will be held at the Oakdale United Methodist Church in W. Boylston, MA on Thursday October 15, 2009 at 11 A.M. Interment will be at Glen Valley Cemetery in Barre, MA following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in David's name to the ALS Assoc, 320 Norwood Park South, 2nd floor, Norwood, MA 02062

Jane (Eisner) Haas

1945 - 2008    

Jane died Friday, December 26, 2008, at her Leominster home surrounded by family. She was born in Leominster, MA, May 1, 1945, daughter of Bradford W. Eisner and Louise (Morin) Eisner. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in Boston, in 1966. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas J. Haas on May 28th, 1966. One of the very few childbirth educators given special permission to use the Lamaze name, she taught Lamaze groups in her home for over 30 years. She was also a LaLeche breastfeeding consultant for the same amount of time. In addition, she has worked as a home health care nurse for the past 20 years, most recently for Family Lives of Wakefield, MA. She's been an active member of LaLeche League, Massachusetts Nurses Association, and the Alumni Association of Peter Bent Brigham. Jane has lived life with a passionate enthusiasm. She and Tom built a cabin retreat in the NH mountains, where they would spend joyful, quiet weekends. She will be dearly missed by her devoted husband, Tom; her son, Jon, her daughter-in-law, Larissa; her grandchildren, Danielle, Matthew, Elizabeth and Michael Haas.

 Barbara L. Reid

1943 - 2008


Barbara L. Reid, 65 years old, of Leominster, died Saturday, November 29, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Fitchburg. She is survived by her sister Carol L. Reid of Leominster, her step-father, Edmund R. Willrich of Leominster, an uncle and several cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Howard M. Reid, in 1952 and her mother, Grace (Watt) Reid Willrich, in 2001.

Ms. Reid was born in Queens Village, New York, on February 25, 1943 and had lived in Leominster since 1954. She was a 1963 graduate of Leominster High School and had worked at Pierce's Craft Shop in Leominster several years ago. Barbara had taught Sunday School at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Leominster. She enjoyed reading, doing crafts and watching videos.

Dennis P. England  1944  -  2010


Dennis P. England, 66 of Leominster, died Saturday, November 6, 2010 in the U Mass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, Worcester.

He was born in Leominster, on May 23, 1944, the son of the late George J. and the late Irene (St. Cyr) England.

Dennis grew up in Leominster and he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Navy SEALís (US Naval Special Warfare) he was a BUC (Builder Chief) who graduated with class 40West. He was one of two Navy SEALís who recovered astronaut Gordon Cooper from his Mercury Space Capsule in 1963. He worked for the Federal Government at Fort Devens for many years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 28. He was a member of the Leominster Eagles and the Leominster Franco American Club.

He leaves one son, Dennis P. England, Jr. of Leominster; a step son, William Hillman of Ashburnham; two step daughters, Lori Bourque of Fitchburg; Sharon Keaton of Pollo Beach, FL; one brother George England, FL; four sisters, Leah St. Cyr of Machia, ME, Rosalie St. Germain of Treasure Island, FL, Cynthia Hazzard of Monroe, Georgia; Elaine Freeman and her husband Greg of Brandon, FL; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife, Judith (Bouvier) England who died in 1993; and by two sisters Judith Rivers and Joyce Beirholm.

Burial with military honors was in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.

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