Obituary: Jason Georgitis, Star Lawyer, Beloved Husband, Father, Dies at 42

Photo: Jason Georgitis (Credit: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.)

Jason Georgitis, a beloved husband, father, step-father, and neighborhood dad, died on Feb. 3, 2017, at the offices of the Boston law firm Mintz-Levin where he worked. He was 42.

The family said the cause appeared to be a sudden heart attack.

“We are all heartbroken at the passing of Jason. He was an excellent lawyer, a trusted advisor to his clients and a wonderful colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed,” said Dan Gaquin, a colleague at Mintz Levin.  

“This is extremely difficult for all of us,” added Stuart Offner, a Belmont resident who also worked closely with Georgitis at the law office.

Georgitis moved to Belmont 15 years ago when his step-daughter, Isabella Janosi began kindergarten at the Butler School. He and his wife, CC Maher, lived on Slade Street before their daughter, Chloe, was born. They moved to Bellevue Road where they developed deep roots while Chloe attended the Wellington Elementary School. 

“He would often lose the briefcase and appear with a tool belt ready to help any neighbor with any project anytime,” said Owen Carlson of Bellevue Road.

Known for his kindness and generosity, Georgitis would treat the neighborhood kids to ice cream and pick-up games of basketball. Georgitis was a neighborhood dad and co-organizer of the annual block party. He recently became a gifted woodworker and loved to share his craft with others in his basement workshop.

An athlete growing up, Jason took to long-distance cycling as his new sport and would go for long rides on weekends, sometimes finding himself in Maine. Jason took his dogs, Tonka and Tank, to the neighborhood playground and would often knock on neighbors’ doors to see if their dog wanted to join. 

He left a mark on the Chenery baseball field when his radio control plane flew into a tree on its maiden voyage. It can still be seen there today.

Originally from Kennebunk, Maine, Georgitis graduated from Tufts University summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He was recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” practicing real estate law at Mintz Levin, where he became a partner in 2015.

In addition to his wife CC, his step-daughter Isabella, and his daughter Chloe, Georgitis is survived by his mother, Pamela Hogan, father and step-mother, Jim and Debbie Georgitis, and brother, Nathan Georgitis.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Church Belmont in Belmont Center. 

Donations can be sent to the Belmont Savings Bank to help the family through this very difficult time.  The account name is the Jason Georgitis Memorial Fund.

Obituary: Dan Pergamo, Retired Acting Belmont Police Chief


Daniel Patrick Pergamo, who served in the Belmont Police Department for more than four decades retiring as its acting Police Chief, died Saturday morning, April 9, 2016.

He was 80 years old.

Pergamo was born in the Kerry Corner neighborhood of Cambridge which once stretched along the Charles River and Putnam Avenue. After serving in the Navy on a submarine, he joined the Belmont Police Department where he spent 33 years on the force, moving up the ranks to end his career as the acting police chief. He attended school nights to earn his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and then his master’s degree in Criminal Science from Anna Maria College in Paxton.

When asked what he did before he retired, he would say “I worked for municipal government.”

Daniel and his wife, Helen – with whom he raised four children – loved to dance and would spend Saturday nights either at the Canadian American Club in Watertown, the Irish American Club in Arlington, or Hibernian Club in Watertown with their many friends dancing the nights away.

Daniel leaves his wife of 57 years, Helen (Poirier), and his children; Carole Sceppa and her husband Joseph of Burlington, Patti Naylor and her husband Michael of Billerica, James and his wife Susan of Belmont and Joanne Shortell and her husband John of Burlington. He is the grandfather of Michelle Proehl, Daniel Naylor, Kristen and Nicole Sceppa, Michael and David  Pergamo, and Brendan and Erin Shortell and great-grandfather of Matthew Proehl.  He was predeceased by his siblings; Joseph Pergamo, Mary Mercer, and John Pergamo.

Visitation will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home (which supplied the information for the obituary) in Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) this morning, Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at noon Tuesday. Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, memorials in Daniel’s name may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Obituary: Retired Fire Capt. David Frizzell [Updated]

Photo: Retired Belmont Fire Department Capt. David M. Frizzell

[This article was updated on March 22 at 6 a.m.]

Belmont Fire Fighters Local 1637 on Monday, March 21, 2016, announced the passing of retired Belmont Fire Department Capt. David M. Frizzell.

Frizzell, who lived for many years with his wife, Linda, on Thayer Road, served as the Shift Commander of Group 1. 

Frizzell was appointed to the Belmont Fire Department as a firefighter on April 7, 1963. He was promoted to Lieutenant. on January 5, 1969, and to the rank of Captain on July 15, 1979.

He retired from the Belmont Fire Department with nearly 29 years of service on December 28, 1992.

Frizzell was also a state licenced master electrician since 1965 and a general contractor in Belmont. He was also a US Army veteran who served in Korea.

Frizzell is survived by his wife, Linda Frizzell (Sawtell) and children; Richard Frizzell, Belmont Fire Chief David L. Frizzell and his wife Kristina, Mark Frizzell, Laura Frizzell Grace and her husband Robert and the late Michael Frizzell. He is the grandfather to Michael, Erin, Matthew, Daniel and Christopher Frizzell, Jessica Brennick and Joshua and Eddie Grace and cherished his three great-grandchildren. He was a brother to Jane Carey, Louise Ambrose and the late Charles Frizzell. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Visiting hours at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road, will be held on Wednesday, March 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Rd., Lexington on Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. 

Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Belmont Fireman’s Relief Association, P. O. Box 79222, Waverley, MA. 02479.

Obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ Betts, Mr. Belmont, Passes Away at 88.

Photo: Richard Betts in 1985. 

There wasn’t a Belmont street, landmark or fact that Richard Betts seemingly did not intimately know. Betts could tell you how each of the town’s 365 roads received its name, point out the beauty of a particular house on your block and knew – down to the most minute detail – the history of all things Belmont.

Richard Boulton “Dick” Betts, a lifelong resident who was the town’s engineer, an author and skilled amateur historian who shared his knowledge of local events for present and future Belmontians, died Saturday, Jan. 30.

Betts was 88 years old. A long time resident of Woods Road, he lived at Belmont Manor when he died.

“A chapter in Belmont’s history is closed with Dick’s passing,” said Anne Marie Mahoney, who knew Betts as a resident and a member of the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.

“He was one of a kind and a true Belmont legend. I think everyone who knew him would agree that he was indeed ‘Mr. Belmont.’ He knew everything about everything that is Belmont,” said former Selectman Steve Rosales.

Born to English immigrants Charles and Isabelle (Richards) of 165 Slade St. on Aug. 17, 1927, Betts recalled how his father, Charles, a mason contractor who was a Selectman (1940-52) and water commissioner, “instilled in me at an early age a love for Belmont, its people, and its history.”

A graduate of the Belmont High School Class of 1945 and served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946,  Betts graduated with honors with a BBA in Engineering and Management from Northeastern University.

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Betts began working for the town in 1943 in the Light Department then was hired as an engineer in Belmont in 1946, working his way to becoming the town’s engineer in 1973. He retired on Feb. 20, 1987 after 43 years of service to Belmont.   

“As Town Engineer, he was an invaluable resource and wonderful department head. He brought in good people under him and was a great teacher for all those Northeastern co-op students who worked under him, several of whom stayed in Belmont for their careers,” said Mahoney.

After retiring, Betts would become a Town Meeting member and was a member of the Planning Board during the lengthy and contentious McLean Hospital land deal, during which he displayed a coolness despite attacks to his person and integrity.

“Dick was always a total gentleman,” said Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. 

“But it was as the de facto and eventually official Town Historian that Dick shined,” said Rosales. “He knew everything about our town, its heritage, its citizenry, streets, its lineage and its many ‘characters’ over the years,” he said.

Betts joined the Belmont Historical Society in 1965 and became president four years later. He was also one of original seven members of the Historical Commission and its first chair in 1968. In 1984, as part of Belmont’s 125th-anniversary celebration, the Selectmen named Betts the official town historian.

In 2011, Betts was honored with the Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing more than four decades worth of volunteer work.

It was his curiosity about the town and love of history that led Betts to write his first book, “The Streets of Belmont and How They Were Named,” in 1974.

In researching “Streets,” Betts read every town report from the town’s incorporation in 1859 to 1972 – he had all but four years in his personal library – checked old Watertown and Cambridge reports, scoured century-old newspapers, viewed 70 years of entries in the Board of Survey record and even walked through Belmont, Watertown, and Arlington cemeteries reading gravestone inscriptions.

When asked why he went to such lengths to reveal the name of a small side street or out-of-the-way road, Betts, the true historian, said “it is a certain honor to be remembered by having a Belmont street named for you, and in the hope that someone, someday might be interested in how his particular street derived its name, I began this history so that future generations would have a place to obtain that information.”

Two years ago this month, an updated “Streets” book was published by the Historical Society.

His second book, 1984’s “Footsteps Through Belmont,” Betts compiled the articles he wrote on Belmont’s landmarks published in the Society’s quarterly newsletter into a walking tour of the town.

Betts was also the lead writer of the popular “Then & Now” and “Images” books of photos published by Arcadia.

But it was his even temperament and willingness to engage with people that fellow residents remember Betts.

“Dick was a good person who conducted himself with integrity, with a smile and always as a professional and gentleman. A person like Dick will not pass this way again. We are all better people for having known him over these many years. I know I am,” said Rosales. 

“He was a kind man who was a joy to talk to about almost anything,” said Mahoney.

Betts was the husband of the late Barbara (Campbell) Betts and is survived by his daughter Linda Hutchinson and her husband Thomas and his son Robert B. Betts and his wife Susan and his grandchildren Nicholas and Matthew Betts. He was a brother of Edmund Betts and his wife Ruth of Florida and the late Charles, Jean, Barbara. He is survived by his longtime friend and proofreader, Audrey Martin.

Visiting hours will be held at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery.

Donations may be made, in his memory, to the All Saints Church, 17 Clark St., Belmont, MA 02478 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, #3400, Woburn, MA. 01801.

Obituary: Vinny DiGiovanni; Owned Hillside Garden

Photo: Vinny DiGiovanni.

The final time Dante Muzzioli saw Vincent DiGiovanni was the day before his friend passed away.

“I knew Vinny since I was four years old and, along with my father, inspired me and made me who I am today,” said the Belmont businessman and long-time Belmont High School Boys’ Hockey Coach.

Muzzioli said he was able to tell DiGiovanni of his love for the lifelong Belmontian and the quiet, honest way he lived his life.

“He taught me the biggest lesson of my life, that hard work is the great equaliser, that you are not entitled to anything,” Muzzioli said.

“I saw a man who lived his life through perseverance and that’s why I admired him,” he said. 

DiGiovanni, the owner of Hillside Garden & True Value at 280 Blanchard Rd., who spent his entire 95 years in Belmont, passed away on Tuesday Jan.19, 2016 surrounded by his family.

“My heart is heavy but make no mistake, Vincent went to heaven, I’m sure of that,” said Muzzioli. 

Known just as “Vinny” to generations of gardeners and frustrated handymen, DiGiovanni’s dedication and hard work made his little supply store a success. 

“He was there every day, getting to know the customers. He knew where everything was in his store. There wasn’t a time when he wasn’t around the store,” said Stephen Rosales, a former member of the Board of Selectmen. 

When age caught up to him, DiGiovanni would continue to man the key-making machine, cutting and buffing duplicates that performed better than the original. 

Born in 1921 into a house that would soon be filled with nine brothers and sisters – Guy, Rocco,”Skippy,” Anna, Tony, Mary, Louis, Joe and Charlie – he attended Belmont schools graduating from the High School in 1939. When war broke out in 1941, he quickly joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving in China, Burma and India until the hostilities ended in 1945.

Coming home, DiGiovanni did two things: start his gardening and supply business and marry his lifelong business partner and best friend, Antonette Mazzola. They were married for 64 years when  Antonette died in 2010. 

Soon after opening, Hillside became the “go to” store for gardening and household needs. DiGiovanni was known both for the quality of his supplies and material he sold.

“In our house, we always went to Vinny’s, not Hillside Supply,” said Ellen Cushman, Town Clerk and lifelong resident. “He grew all his flowers and plants from seed. I still go to pick up my Memorial Day geraniums from him,” she said.

And there was DiGiovanni’s key-making skills, which Cushman said he “had a real art for.”

The reason his duplicate keys worked so well “is because he took pride in everything he did,” said Rosales. 

That attention to detail was just part of his character.

“[Vinny] was so generous. A really lovely, soft-spoken man who would greet patrons with a real idea of customer service, like the old days,” said Cushman.

“If someone can say, ‘what a good guy. He conducted himself with integrity, people liked him and he liked people,’ that’s not a bad way to go,” said Rosales. 

As he said his goodbye to his friend, DiGiovanni told Muzzioli how proud he was of him.

“I wasn’t his kid, his son, but he found the time to tell me that,” said Muzzioli.

DiGiovanni was the devoted father of Anne Carignan of Bedford, Alice DiGiovanni of South Portland, Maine, Joseph DiGiovanni of Ipswich, Mary DiGiovanni of Waltham, Gerard DiGiovanni of Belmont, Joan Klos of Ipswich, Rose McBride of Amesbury, and Carol Calabro of Acton. He is predeceased by Vincent DiGiovanni Jr. He leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his surviving brother and sisters and a community of friends. 

Visiting hours will take place in St. Joseph Church, 130 Common St., on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Friday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. Burial, next to his wife, will take place at Belmont Cemetery after Mass. 

Instead of flowers contributions in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Vincent DePaul Society, 18 Canton Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 or Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA or to the charity of your choice.

Obituary: Anthony Paolillo; Cambridge Police Chief, Long-time Resident

Photo: Anthony Paolillo. 

Anthony G. Paolillo, the former (and last) Chief of the Cambridge Police Department and long-time Tobey Road resident, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015. 

Paolillo was 89. 

Hired as a patrol officer, Paolillo worked his way to captain before being named acting chief in 1982. He was sworn in as chief a year later. Paolillo retired from the post in 1991, after which the city appointed a police commissioner to run the department.

After his retirement, a tot lot in Area IV near MIT was named for him.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Dioguardi) Paolillo, and his four sons: Mark and his wife Christine of Belmont, Anthony and his wife Maureen of Watertown, Leonard and his wife Cynthia of Belmont, and John and his wife Lisa of Arlington. He was grandfather of Kathleen, Lynne, Anthony, Matthew, Stephen, Joseph, Sarah, Alyssa and Gianna Paolillo. He was the brother of the late Jim, Ralph, Mary D’Onofrio, Lucy Ciano and Nick Paolillo.

Visiting hours will take place on Friday, July 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 18, commencing at 10 a.m., in St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Cambridge.

Burial will follow in Belmont’s Highland Meadow Cemetery.

Obituary: Robert Sullivan, Former Belmont High Asst. Principal, Dies at 84

Photo: Belmont High School Assistant Principal Robert Sullivan in 1971.

Robert D. Sullivan, a Belmont educator who knew generations of Belmont students serving as assistant principal at Belmont High School for nearly a quarter of a century, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

Sullivan celebrated his 84th birthday on Feb. 17.

A moment of silence was afforded Sullivan – who coached the junior varsity and sophomore basketball teams in the 1960s – before the first-round boys’ basketball playoff match between Belmont and Winchester on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

“I can tell you from a personal view that he was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known,” said Dan Macauley, who attended Belmont High when Sullivan was vice principal and was his neighbor for decades.


Belmont High School Asst. Principal Robert Sullivan in 1977.

Born in 1931, Sullivan was raised on Huron Avenue in Cambridge and graduated from Ringe High School in Cambridge in 1949. He entered Boston College and graduated in 1953. After serving two years in the US Army, Sullivan began his teaching career in 1956 in the Acton system before being hired to teach mathematics at Belmont High School in 1960. He would later proclaimed himself, with some jest, “the world’s best Geometry teacher.” The same year he came to Belmont, he earned his Master’s from the Boston College School of Education.

After a decade in the classroom, Sullivan was named the school’s assistant principal in 1970 and would serve in that position for nearly a quarter century until his retirement in 1994.

“Being the disciplinarian at the High School for many years was a very difficult job,” said Macauley.  “[But] even the kids that had issues in school are saying nice things about him.”

Sullivan, who became a Belmont resident in 1966, was active in Belmont athletics, being a member and two-time president of the Belmont Boosters, a group he was associated for 50 years. He was also the founder of the Belmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was a fixture at Belmont High School athletic events. His support of student athletic was recognized as he was awarded a lifetime pass from the Middlesex League at his retirement, “a rare and prized possession,” said his daughter, Elizabeth Martins.

“He was a true Belmontian through and through and was a great historian of Belmont athletics.  He was always the ‘go to guy’ if you ever had a question about a Belmont athlete from the 40’s through Tuesday morning,” said Macauley.

He was also a longtime member of the Belmont Education Scholarship Committee, a member of the B.C. Club of Cape Cod, the B.C. Reunion Committee and of the Mt. Auburn Post # 8818 V.F.W. 

Sullivan said his true loves in his life were his family, Belmont, Boston College and his Cape Cod home in Mashpee.

In 1990, he stated he had three wishes before he died: his son getting married, the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series and Boston College beating Notre Dame in football. After all three events had been accomplished in 2004, he started to worry that he was on borrowed time, said Martins.

Sullivan is survived by Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Boyle) Sullivan; and their children, Kathleen R. Mahoney and her husband Paul of Belmont, Michael F. Sullivan and his wife Angela of Belmont, Elizabeth M. Martins and her husband Tony of Southboro, Maureen H. Tortola and her husband William of Natick and Martha J. Millicker and her husband Paul of Glastonbury Conn.

Sullivan was grandfather to Nicholas and Roseann Tortola, Audette and Patrick Martins, Jacqueline Mahoney, Megan and Stephanie Millicker and Erin Sullivan. He was brother of William P. Sullivan of Mashpee, Patricia West of Hanover, Barbara Sullivan of Cambridge and the late Marilyn Doyon.

A funeral mass in be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Common Street in Belmont on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours in the Stanton Funeral Home, 786 Mt. Auburn St. (Rt. 16), in Watertown on Friday 4-8 P.M. Burial will be at Highland Meadow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Bob’s memory to the Belmont High School Education Scholarship, P.O. Box 56 Belmont, MA 02478 would be appreciated. 

Obituary: William Monahan, Long-time Selectman from the Old School

William P. Monahan, a popular selectman who represented the “Old School” of Belmont politics, but whose business involvement with the Boston mob would tarnish his reputation, died on Friday, Oct. 31.

Monahan, who lived for 50 years in a modest Cross Street house, was 80.

Flags at all Belmont Municipal Buildings will be flown at half-staff in honor of  Monahan through Thursday morning.

Winning a seat on the board in 1978 on his fourth try for the office, Monahan was one of the last of the “Old School” Belmont politicians, where strong personalities – in the tradition of James Watson Flett who served four decades on the board – and the will of the Belmont Citizens’ Committee set town policy with little community interaction.

In fact, in 1978, Monahan was himself a victim of a long-standing Belmont tradition: the poison-pen letter delivered days before the Town Election, attempting to smear his reputation and politics.

Monahan, a no-nonsense, at times gruff, attorney who was born in West Roxbury and raised in South Boston, said his greatest responsibility on the board was to preserve the “small town” feel of Belmont, protecting it “against urbanization.” He was a leader in efforts to keep property tax rates low to allow “old timers” the ability to reside in their hometown during a time of increasing housing values.

He would use his conservative approach to town finances – Monahan was a loyal Republican – to question other’s “fiscal responsibility” on concerns of inadequate funding for capital projects and school buildings.

“It was a much more fiscally conservative town,” Monahan said in a 2002 Boston Globe interview when describing his hometown when he arrived in the mid-1960s.

In later years, Monahan sought to increase town revenue with the creation of a new hub on South Pleasant Street where new police and fire department headquarters would be adjacent to a commuter rail station with a 200-vehicle garage.

Monahan was known for “flying solo,” as reported in the weekly Belmont Citizen newspaper, using his Selectmen’s position to advocate citizens and neighborhoods. Many times, Monahan negotiating one-on-one with entities such as the city of Cambridge for Payson Park-area residents during the renovation of the nearby reservoir, then come before the board with the “solution.”

Monahan also gave private assistance on zoning issues to the leadership of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community during its successful effort to build a temple on Belmont Hill.

Residents soured on this approach, most notably when he appointed a four-member “committee” to privately negotiate a purchase agreement with O’Neill Properties for the Belmont Uplands. When brought before Town Meeting in 2001, the deal was criticized for its favorable terms to the developer while providing no guarantees to the town on revenue or environmental safeguards. The measure was voted down.

The state Attorney General also criticized the board for violating the state’s Open Meeting Laws during the multi-year settlement with McLean Hospital.

Changing town demographics and a more active – and liberal – population base would view Monahan’s approach to governing more critically. Many at the time contend Monahan’s defeat by Ann Paulsen in 1992 for an open State Representative seat had much to do with “newcomers” flexing their political muscle.

Monahan’s world view was brought out in the 2002 Globe interview when he said when he was first elected, “[i]t was fashionable, almost, for the mom to stay at home. It’s no longer fashionable, which, you know, I find extremely difficult to accept. I think the most important profession in the world is motherhood.”

Monahan made national news when he initiated a rally for Mitt Romney after the Belmont resident successfully rescued the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. On a snowy day in March 2002, Monahan handed Romney a pair of running shoes and led the chant, “Run, Mitt, run,” referring to then possible Romney candidacy for Massachusetts governor.

But many residents took exception to the rally that used town resources to promote what they viewed as partisan political efforts, a charge Monahan would decry at a Selectmen’s meeting.

Many believe the negative impact of the rally and the Belmont Uplands proposal contributed greatly to his defeat for a 10th term by Paul Solomon in April 2002.

When asked the difference in Belmont between the time he was elected and his defeat, Monahan pointed to the “[l]ack of sense of community,” in the Globe interview.

“You know, sometimes you don’t speak to [your] next-door neighbors. We’re all so busy pursuing whatever our interests are. I think not just in town government, but I think in our world, there’s been a drastic reduction in the sense of the need for civility,” he said.

During his tenure, Monahan would serve as Selectmen chair from 1983-86, 1989, 1995-97 and 1999-2001. He was also a Town Meeting member from 1974 to 2002.

Soon after becoming governor, Romney appointed Monahan chairman of the state’s Civil Service Commission in July 2003 at a salary of $80,000.

Monahan abruptly resigned in August days after the Boston Globe revived a Dec. 1992 Belmont Citizen article that Monahan and a partner secured a $180,000, 10-year loan in 1980 from Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo, a former New England mob underboss to purchase a bar in Boston’s theater district. The real estate firm that sold the bar to Monahan, Huntington Realty Trust, was later determined to be a front for the Angiulo’s illegal gambling enterprise.

Monahan said while knowing of Angiulo’s involvement in the mob; he told the Boston Globe at the time that “It was bad judgment. No serious harm came of it, but I never should have gotten involved in the thing.”

In 2009, Monahan sued Romney in federal court for wrongful termination without due process but the suit was dismissed.

While most people in town remember Monahan for this community service, the long-time Cross Street resident was a well-respected member of both the legal and academic world.

After serving in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War, Monahan matriculate at Boston State College, obtain a Masters Degree in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law. He served 20 years as an assistant professor and later as an associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University Medical School.

Monahan is survived by his wife, Edith J. Monahan (Mungovan). He is father to Julie Brady and her husband Brian of Belmont, Marianne Monahan MD and her husband Timothy Busler of Greenwich, Conn, Maureen and her husband Mark Bobbin MD of Belmont and William P Monahan Jr and his wife Kathleen Srock M.D. of Denver, Colo. His grandchildren are Brian, Marykate, John, Caroline, Connor, Teddy and Colleen. He was the brother of the late John J. Monahan and Mary Mahoney. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Josephs Church, 128 Common St., Belmont on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Highland Meadow Cemetery in Belmont.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Obituary: Andrew MacAulay Jr.

Andrew C. MacAulay Jr., a former chemist and teacher who bought his house on Chandler Street in September 1959 and lived there with Mary, his wife of 58 years, where they raised five children, died on Friday, June 27, 2013.

MacAulay was 83.

After serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, MacAulay graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1953 and a Master’s in Chemistry in 1955. He spent most his life working as a chemist and as an educator. 

MacAulay is survived by his wife Mary L. MacAulay (Sferrazza) and his children: Andrea and husband Jimmy O’Neil of Mattapoisett, Diane and husband Joe Nash of Bridgewater, Lisa and husband Richard Crowell of Belmont, Andrew C MacAulay IV and wife Karen of Belmont, and Mary Ellen and husband Chris O’Neill of Florida. He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick and Jennifer O’Neil, Scott, Jeffrey and David Crowell, Hallie and Meggie MacAulay and Allison and Emmali O’Neill. He was also the brother of Donald MacAulay and wife Ann of Maine and Florida, and the late Robert F. MacAulay. 

Visiting hours will be held at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Rd. on Monday June 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A funeral home service will be held on Tuesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. with relatives and friends invited.

Burial will be at Highland Meadow Cemetery, Belmont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Scots’ Charitable Society, c/o Doug Kilgore 584 Merrimack St Manchester NH 03103.

Obituary: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka Houthakker

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka Houthakker, the Polish-born American philosopher who was an important follower and teacher of  phenomenology – the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness – who lived for many years with her husband, the Harvard economist Hendrik Houthakker, in Belmont died last week at her home in Pomfret, NH. 

Tymieniecka Houthakker was 91 years old.

Tymieniecka Houthakker was the founder and president of The World Phenomenology Institute in 1969 which was based in Belmont for more than 30 years. She was also the editor of the book series “Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research” develop and disseminate the phenomenological approach which was published in Belmont.

Anna-Teresa was married to Houthakker, the Henry Lee professor of economics at Harvard, who serve on the Council of Economic Advisers for both Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican President Richard Nixon. He died in 2008.

She and her husband were long-time friends of Karol Wojtyla before the Polish cardinal became Pope John Paul II.

She is survived by her three children; Louis, Jan and Isabelle.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at St. Denis in Hanover, NH. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock Vt. next to her husband of 52 years.