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Vincent J. DiGeronimo, known to his friends as "Vinnie," lived on
Lake Monomonac for 15 years and ran a marina in Cancun for several
years, so his death Monday afternoon was a shock to friends and family.
The 63-year-old retired plumber was found floating in the lake around
1 p.m. Monday at his home at on Lake Monomonac on the New Hampshire
border. The experienced boater and swimmer was boating with friends in
the 90-degree weather, according to his family and neighbors. When he
arrived back at his home, he jumped into the water for a swim to cool
down as he routinely did, they said.
Wife Cheryl DiGeronimo, 64, who was inside their home at the time, said
when her husband's friends first saw him floating in the water, they
thought he was joking around. When emergency personnel arrived at the
home — the last on the dead-end street — Mr. DiGeronimo was
unresponsive, she said. "He was boating with friends and upon returning
he jumped into the water to cool down," Mrs. DiGeronimo said with tears
in her eyes. "They looked over and he was doing the dead man's float.
They thought he was fooling around. I didn't see him until they were
down there doing mouth-to-mouth on him."
Known to his family as "Jimmy," he was the oldest of 12 children — eight
of them boys — who grew up in Leominster after moving in 1959.
His twin sisters Joyce Hardell and Janice Paquette from Leominster, who
are the youngest of the siblings, said their brother was the patriarch
of the family and took care of everyone. Ms. Hardell said she believes
her brother had a heart attack in the water. An autopsy is pending, she
said. He was close to his three adult sons, who do not live in the area,
they said, and loved all his nieces and nephews.
"He treated us like we were his kids," Ms. Hardell said, sitting in the
large living room with cathedral ceilings in her brother's home
overlooking the lake. "He took care of all of us. He was the patriarch
of a large Italian family. He didn't judge people. He loved everyone."
And, those who knew him loved him back, the women said. "He was a great
guy," Mrs. DiGeronimo said. "He liked doing favors more than he liked
getting them. He was a traditional Italian man who took care of me."
Ms. Hardell said her brother was a nature and animal lover who loved the
sun. He also looked after his neighbors on the lake, the women said —
including the furry ones. "He was known as the 'treat guy,' " Mrs.
DiGeronimo said. "All the neighbors' dogs would come here to see him for
treats." A few months ago, the couple adopted a black cat named
Thumbelina, though Mrs. DiGeronimo said her husband would always tell
her, "no cats." After adopting the feline, he spoiled it, she said,
filling the couple's living room floor with cat toys. He also quickly
changed its name to "George," she said. "He would always say, 'All cats
are named George, and all dogs are named Fred,' " she said.
The DiGeronimos loved to travel, taking frequent trips to South America
and the Caribbean.
Years ago, before it closed down, Mr. DiGeronimo ran the Elbow Lounge in
Leominster, which his father and brother Thom owned, and he owned a
pizza shop, marina and travel agency in Cancun, Mrs. DiGeronimo said,
before they married 14 years ago.
Another passion of Mr. DiGeronimo's was Italian cooking and sharing what
he made, his family said. "He loved to cook, but he didn't give me any
of his recipes," his wife said. "He made a great Italian sauce I don't
have the recipe for." "He would get up at 5:30 in the morning and drive
to Leominster to give me muffins he made," Ms. Hardell said. "That is
just how he was."
He would drop by with fresh Italian food he made from scratch for
others, too, she said, including his "second father," Dick Fontaine,
known as "Dick the Barber," who has run Dick's Barbershop in Leominster
for decades. "After his father died, Dick stepped up and took care of
him," his wife said. "He was very close with him." Neighbor Thomas
Conrad, who lives a few houses up on Beachview Drive, said he let Mr.
DiGeronimo use his driveway and boat launch to put his boat into the
water a few months ago. "He was a really nice man," Mr. Conrad said. "He
had lots of friends and everyone in the neighborhood liked him."
James E. Beaulieu
1949 - 2012
James "Jim" E. Beaulieu, 63, of Hubbardston, died Friday, November
23, 2012, in UMass Medical Center, after an illness.
Jim was born in Leominster, MA on January 8, 1949, son of the late
George P. and Ruth (Grabner) Beaulieu. Jim was co-captain of his
Leominster High School football team. He
furthered his education by attending and graduating from Springfield
Jim was an avid sports fan and rarely missed a Patriots game. He also
enjoyed coaching track at Leominster High School, where he met his wife
of 27 years, Noreen, who was also a track coach there.
Jim was employed in the medical field at XRE and Medtronic Navigations
in Littleton, MA. He was a dedicated worker who was proud of the
company's innovative work on x-ray machines.
His 63 years were full of adventures. He traveled cross-country, hiked
Mt. Washington and enjoyed the outdoors through camping, hiking, ice
fishing, snowmobiling and skiing. He spent every summer enjoying Lake
Shirley. He could be found most days driving his boat around the lake
and catching up with old friends. Jim loved to cook for family
gatherings and enjoyed spending time with his relatives, especially his
four children and grandchildren. He was adored by friends and family
alike. Jim will be sadly missed and always remembered for his kind and
generous heart and his laughter that brought joy to others.
He leaves his loving wife of 27 years, Noreen (McLaughlin) Beaulieu; sons, Kevin J. Beaulieu and wife, Sara,
Jonathan J. Beaulieu; daughters, Tanya Clark and husband,
Cory, Amanda Lee Beaulieu and companion, John DiMauro; grandchildren, Ian and Elle Clark, and Ally Reynolds;
brothers, Peter Beaulieu, Larry Beaulieu and wife, Melanie, John Beaulieu and wife, Jacqueline; and
mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Frances McLaughlin.
Jim was predeceased by his sister, Sally Beaulieu in 2004.
The Burial was private.
William "Bill" E. Storm
William E. Storm, 65, of Lunenburg, died Sunday, Sept. 23, in the
Emerson Hospital in Concord after a long illness.
Bill was born in Fitchburg, on July 7, 1947 the son of the late Elwood
and Madeline (Donaldson) Storm. He graduated from Leominster High School
and has lived in Lunenburg for the past 30 years. He owned and operated Storm Carpet for 30 years prior to his
retirement. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating on Lake Shirley.
Most of all he enjoyed his time spent with family and friends.
He leaves his wife of 34 years, Pamela (Huse) Storm of Lunenburg; a son
Andrew D. Storm and his wife Sara (Capodagli) of Fitchburg; his
brother-in-law, Charles Huse and his wife Joanne of Fitchburg, a nephew,
Robert Huse and his wife Catherine of Luneburg and a niece, Charlotte
Huse of Cambridge.
Bill's funeral will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 11
AM in United Parish on Main St. in Lunenburg. Burial will be in the
North Village Cemetery in Lancaster. There are no calling hours. In lieu
of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lunenburg Fire and
Rescue Fund, 655 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462. The Brandon
Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd. is assisting the family with the funeral
Sharon L. (Burchstead) Chartrand 62 of Gardner,
formerly of Florida and Leominster, died Monday March 19, 2012 in
Legends Center in Gardner, MA surrounded by her family. She was born on
October 30, 1949 in Leominster, MA, was the daughter of Warren and Ruth
(MacDonald) Burchstead. Sharon worked as a dental assistant for Aspen dental. She
is survived by her two sons, Jeremy McHugh and his fiance Rachael Holden
of Athol, MA, and Eric Chartrand of Gardner,MA, two daughters Heather
McHugh of Chicopee, MA, and Stephanie Chartrand of Hollywood, Florida, a
brother Richard "Dick" Burchstead of Leominster, a sister Barbara
Bovenzi of Lunenburg her companion Clark Chartrand of Gardner, MA , her
grandchildren Grant Richardson III, Hope Dolan, Dustin Holden, Kelsi
McHugh, and Karlee McHugh, a great-granddaughter Melody Dolan.
After cremation at Rural Crematory in Worcester.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 30, 2012
in the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster, MA, Burial will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. A calling hour will precede
the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
Mike, 63, died Saturday,
October 22, in Mass. General, after a short illness.
Michael was born April 18, 1948, in Leominster, son of the late
Michael and Sara (George) Imbriani.
He proudly worked as a Dispatcher for the City of Leominster
Department of Public Works for 39 years retiring in 2008.
Michael enjoyed being with his family above anything else. He will
be remembered for his great sense of humor and friendliness.
He leaves his wife of 30 years, Vanessa L. (Hakala) Imbriani; son,
Michael E. Imbriani, Jr. and his wife, Lexy; daughter, Erin Davis
and her husband, Mark; three grandchildren, Angelina, Juliana Davis
and Lily Imbriani; his sister, Maryann Panagiotes; many nieces and
Mike's funeral will be held Thursday, October 27, at 10:00 A.M. in
Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. Burial will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, October
26, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.
James A. Valeri 1949 - 2010
James A. Valeri, 62, of Fitchburg, died Friday,
July 15, in his home.
Jim was born February 17, 1949, in Leominster, son of
the late Nelson and Irene (Angelini) Valeri. Mr.
Valeri graduated from Leominster High where he
excelled on the football team.
He was a member of the Saladini Club and enjoyed
He lived in Central Florida and Washington, D.C.
during his life, in addition to Leominster and
He leaves his daughter, Jodi Valeri and her husband,
Brian Heberlig of McLean, VA; his wife, Ana M.
Ventura and her children, Aneury Duarte of
Fitchburg, Ivan Duarte of Leominster, and Albert
Guerrero of Fitchburg; four grandchildren, Quinn,
Marin, and Beck Heberlig, and Christopher Guerrero;
his brother, Nelson Valeri of Leominster; and his
sister, Kim Logan of Leominster.
Fontaine 1948 - 2010
Susan passed away peacefully on July 5,
2010 in her home. She was born on Aug. 19, 1948,
the daughter of the late Charles E. Fontaine and
Noemi “Amy” (Bisol) Fontaine. She worked for the
Rockport Shoe Company for 10 years, and was a
member of St. Cecilia’s Church.
She leaves her mother, Noemi “Amy” (Bisol)
Fontaine, with whom she lived; three brothers,
Charles Fontaine, Andre A. Fontaine, Paul F.
Fontaine; three nephews, Christopher Fontaine,
Nicolas Fontaine, Paul Fontaine Jr; one niece,
Nicole Daly; and her great nieces and nephews,
Lauren, Alexander, Ellie, and Julia.
The funeral will be held in St. Cecilia’s
Church on Friday, July 9, with a Mass at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.
Brandon Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
Ronald P. Belliveau
1949 - 2009
Ronald P. "Belly" Belliveau, 60, of
Leominster, died Friday evening at his sister's home in Lunenburg,
after an illness. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, loved by all and he
will be missed. He was born June 11, 1949 in Fitchburg, MA son of
Raymond and Pauline (Martin) Belliveau. He served in the United
States Marine Corp. from 1967 until 1969, with a tour of duty in
Vietnam. He received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service
Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Rifle
Sharpshooter Badge. Mr. Belliveau worked at American Hanger,
Sanitank, and for the last 18 years at Need-A-Lift.. He is survived
by two sons, Justin Belliveau and Tyler Belliveau both of
Leominster, two brothers Kenneth Belliveau and his wife Patti of
Leominster, Jerry Belliveau and his wife Sandra of Vermont, two
sisters, his caregiver, Nancy LeBlanc and her husband Dave of
Lunenburg, and Lynn Farnham and her husband Brian of Shirley, 13
nieces and nephews, 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.
1949 - 2008
Katherine Howe, 60, died September 30, 2009 at
her home in Leominster. She was born May 29, 1949 in Leominster,
daughter of Richard and Mildred H. (Hart) Howe. She was an
Administrative Assistant at Photo Graphic Media. Katherine was a
1967 graduate of Leominster High School, A graduate of Newton Jr.
College and Boston University. She was a good photographer, stamp
collector, and had also played the Clarenet in the LHS Band. She is
survived by two brothers, Harry Howe and his wife Rachel of
Leominster and Thomas Howe and his wife Jenni of Holden, one sister
Virginia Howe and husband Paul Poyant of Acton, MA, and nieces and
nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Paul R. Camire
1948 - 2008
Camire 60 of Gardner, died Monday December 29, 2008 in his home. He
was born on August 8, 1948 in Leominster, MA, was the son of Honore
L. and Bernadette (Gariepy) Camire. He was a graduate of Leominster
High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. He worked for the
Rand Whitney Co in Fitchburg and the Simplex Time Recorder Co.
before retiring. Mr. Camire was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and
enjoyed outdoor sports. He is survived by his mother Bernadette
Camire of South Yarmouth, MA, a son Paul Camire of Medford, MA, four
brothers Andre B. Camire of Leominster, Robert L. Camire of Jaffrey,
N.H., Thomas J. Camire of East Dennis, MA, and William R. Camire of
services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial
will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery in Leominster. Wright-Roy Funeral
Home 109 West St. in Leominster is directing arrangements.
1949 - 2008
Deborah K. (Kinsey) Rosa, 59, died Sunday at
Leominster Hospital surrounded by her loving family, after being
stricken ill at home.
She was born in Leominster on July 21, 1949, the daughter of Joseph
and Genevieve Kinsey. She leaves her loving husband of 40 years,
Dennis Rosa; a son, Scott and his wife Dawn (McGillivary) Rosa of
Attleboro; and a daughter, Amy and her husband Paul Roux of Clinton;
a sister Lisa LaPrade and her husband Mark of Leominster; four
grandchildren and one grandchild on the way, and several nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by her father, mother and a brother.
She was the Chief Financial Officer for American Auto Body Repair
Inc., and was Co-Owner of DJ's Discount Auto Body Supplies and
Accessories. She loved politics and helped run her husband's
political campaigns for over 20 years, and also assisted the
candidates she supported for offices: locally, county, state, and
nationally. She always said that Politics was her "Favorite Sport."
Burial was in
St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster.
Conefrey, Jr., 59, of Tallahassee, Florida had lived in Leominster and
was a Hudson teacher. Chuck died on June 3, 2008, unexpectedly in
Tallahassee. He leaves behind his loving daughter, Erin N. Conefrey of
Lynn, Massachusetts; his son, Charles M. Conefrey, III of San Diego,
California; three sisters, Frances R. Moniz, Shirley A. Hudson,
and Mariann Rosa of Leominster; several nieces, grandnieces, and one
grandnephew. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert H. Conefrey who
passed away on March 3, 2008.
Mr. Conefrey was born
on February 3, 1949 in Leominster, son of Charles M. and Gretchen
(Holbrook) Conefrey, Sr. He graduated from Fitchburg State College with
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He then received a Masters
Degree in education and a Masters Degree in Administration. Chuck served
as an educator and later as an administrator in the Hudson Public School
System. In 2000, he was semi-retired and moved to Florida with his
beloved dog Callie. He later became a regional sales manager for Sears
and Roebuck Co. until his death.
Harold H. Lowe
1949 - 2007
Harold, 58, of 959
Lancaster St. in Leominster died on Friday Sept. 7, 2007, in U Mass
Memorial Hospital in Worcester.
He was born on April 6, 1949. in Fitchburg, son of
Harold T. and Barbara ( Hoellrich) Lowe Jr. He attended Fitchburg State
College, before going into the United States Army.
Mr. Lowe and his father were partners in
Mastercraft Boat Co. - Truck Cap of Leominster.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jean F.
(Snow) Lowe of Leominster; his mother, Barbara (Hoellrich) Lowe of
Leominster; his son, Nicholas H. Lowe of Leominster; sisters, Linda H.
Dailey and Susan P. Downing both of Leominster; 10 nieces and nephews
and two great-nephews.
Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in Lancaster.
Dennis L. Brooks
Dennis died in Beth Israel
Deaconess Hospital, Boston, after an illness. He was born in Leominster, the son of
Lloyd F. and Rosilda (Fluet) Brooks. He lived in Leominster and served in the Army in Viet
Nam. He was buried in St. Cecelia's Cemetery.
Reed M. Pelletier
1949 - 2006
Reed died in UMass Memorial Health Care-Clinton Hospital
after becoming ill at work. He was born in Leominster, the son of Raymond R.
and Lena A. (Scarale) Pelletier. He attended the former
Worcester Junior College. He was buried in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster.
Ronald J. Freda
Freda died Wednesday October 15, 1997 at the Leominster
Hospital after becoming ill at home. The son of Felicia
and Pasquale Freda, he was born September 1, 1948 in
Leominster and lived here his whole life.
military service, including Viet Nam, earned him a
Purple Heart, Viet Nam Service Medal, Viet Nam Campaign
Ribbon and Combat Medic Badge.
working for several years as an Optician at Northeast
Optical Co., he became disabled in 1977.
helped Co-Found the Viet Nam Veterans of America, Post
116. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans of
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