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In Memory Of
Class of 1948
Passed Apr 23, 2008
At the age of 77 years, Mr. Chandler passed away at the Quincy Medical Center.
Born in Quincy, Arthur was raised and educated in Sagamore.
He was a graduate of Bourne High School class of 1948.
After high school he served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Upon discharge from the service he attended college in Tennessee and later at Northeastern University where he received a degree in civil engineering.
Arthur has lived in Quincy since 1959. He and his wife Yvonne are the owners and operators of the Wollaston Theater. Arthur was also the past president of the Quincy Citizens Association.
A Funeral Service was held in the Quincy Community United Methodist Church, 40 Beale Street, WOLLASTON, on Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m.
Visiting hours were held in the Deware Funeral Home, 576 Hancock St., QUINCY, on Friday from 4-8 p.m.
Relatives and friends were invited.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Arthurs memory to a charity of your choice.
Class of 1940
Passed Apr 14, 2002
Class of 1931
Passed Jan 15, 2001
Barbara (Roberts) Mackesy, 87, a registered nurse and member of several genealogical societies, died Sunday after a short illness.
She was the wife of Vincent A. Mackesy for 62 years.
Mrs. Mackesy was born in Boston and lived most of her life in Bourne.
She graduated from Bourne High School in 1931 and the Maine General School of Nursing in 1935. She was registered to practice in both Maine and Massachusetts and worked until her marriage at the former Barnstable County Sanitarium in Pocasset.
Mrs. Mackesy was a Mayflower descendent and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century Descendants of Colonial Clergy. She was also a member of the Military Order of the World Wars.
In past years she was active with her husband in sponsoring Cape Cod high school students to attend Youth Leadership conferences at Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, PA.
Class of 1953
Passed Sep 11, 1996
1935 – 1966
Born: June 6, 1935 in New Bedford, MA
Father: Elmer Irving Clegg
Mother: Arvilla Ruthelle Allen
Graduated from Bourne High School Class of 1953
Married: October 1, 1955 in Bourne MA to Milton E. Williamson, Jr.
Died: September 11, 1966 in Bourne MA at 31 years, 3 months, 5 days and is buried in the Cataumet Cemetery, Area C, in Pocasset, MA.
Class of 1945
Passed Apr 24, 2017
April 30, 2017
Barbara Coggeshall, 1927-2017
Barbara Ann Coggeshall, 90, of Columbia, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Bluffs..
She was born on January 25, 1927 in Johnstown, PA., the daughter of Maurice E. and Lillian (Grunshaw) Grinnell, both of whom preceded her in death.
She was married on June 24, 1948 in Cataumet, Mass. to Roger Gibbs Coggeshall, who preceded her in death on August 21, 2013.
Barbara graduated from Bourne High School in Bourne, Mass. and attended Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I..
She worked as a bookkeeper for Cherry Hill Nurseries, a family business in West Newbury, Mass. She also was a homemaker for many years. She was an artist, and loved to dance; big band, square dancing, or round dancing, she loved it all. She enjoyed photography, flowers and gardening, and was a voracious reader.
Besides her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice L. Grinnell, and one great-grandson, Samuel.
The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff at The Bluffs, for the high level of care and concern given to Barbara while she lived there.
Arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory in Columbia, Missouri.
Class of 1964
Passed Jun 13, 2009
DiLORENZO, BarbaraT. (Towne) 62 of Londonderry, NH, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at her residence.
Born in Pocasset, MA on November 5, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Edward S. Towne and Veronica (Dwyer) Towne of Pocasset, MA.
Barbara was employed with Parkland Medical Center for over 30 years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, kayaking and reading.
Barbara was predeceased by her father, her husband, Minot G. DiLorenzo, Sr. and a stepdaughter Julie O'Donnell.
Calling hours were held on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 10am to 1:00pm at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, followed by a service at 1:00pm in the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Class of 1935
Passed Jun 28, 2008
Beatrice M. Baker, 90, of Buzzards Bay died Saturday, June 28, 2008.
Born in Hyannis, she was the daughter of Charles O. & Emmie L. (Nickerson) Dill-Fulcher.
She was raised on Cape Cod and spent most of her life in Buzzards Bay.
A 1935 graduate of Bourne High School, she was well known in the town as early as the 1940's when she was a volunteer at the USO in Buzzards Bay during World War II.
She was an avid bowler, winning numerous Women's League trophies. In the 1980's, she was featured in newspaper articles describing her active life in the community; she was the center of "coffee klatches" in the now defunct Buzzards Bay Pharmacy.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Robert Weston, Charles A. Baker, Merle F. Harris; a son, Charles H. Weston of Vero Beach, Florida; three brothers, Wallace F. Dill, Clayton F. Fulcher and Edgar S. Fulcher; and one sister, Nellie L. Reynolds.
A graveside service was held at the Mosswood Cemetery, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit.
Class of 1946
Passed Apr 10, 2000
April 12, 2000
Bernard Downing, 72
February 1, 1928 - April 10, 2000
Retired Toolmaker Machinist; WWII Veteran; Avid Fisherman
SAGAMORE — a longtime Cape resident, died Monday at his home.
He was the husband of the late Betty Jean (Meyer) Downing.
Born in New Bedford, Mr. Downing was educated in Bourne Public Schools and graduated from Bourne High School. He lived in Bourne for most of his life.
Mr. Downing worked as a toolmaker machinist for the Ocean Research and Equipment Co. for many years until his retirement in June 1999.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 188 in Sandwich.
An avid fisherman, he was also known as a real "fix it" man. He also loved camping and RVing.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Sandwich.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bourne Fire Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 31, Monument Beach, MA 02553.
Class of 1941
Passed Aug 09, 1994
January 2, 1924-August 9, 1994
Parents: Bertram Stanley Wright and Bernice Helen Vickerson
Married Thomas Nesmith Motte on June 25, 1945.
Bernice was a member of Bourne High School Class of 1941
She & spouse Thomas & their son Gerald T. Motte are buried in the Pocasset Cemetery.
Class of 1944
Passed Jul 16, 1999
Bertha's father was Ralph C. Johnson and her mother was Mae A. (Powers) Johnson.
She married Deane Gardner Boyden on August 25, 1946 in St. John's Episcopal Church.
At the time of their marriage Bertha was working at the Buzzards Bay Bank and Deane was working in his father's business, the Boyden Plumbing Company in Sagamore after serving as second officer in the Merchant Marine.
Both were graduates of Bourne High School.
Class of 1915
Passed Apr 02, 1967
Ancestry: Chester Snow Wright; Zadock W. Wright; Zadock Wright; Moses Wright, Rev War, War of 1812; Ebenezer Wright; Moses Wright; Adam Wright; Richard Wright, “Fortune”; William Wright, ”Fortune”
Born: February 25, 1897 in Pocasset Ma.
Father: Chester Snow Wright; (1867 – 1931)
Mother: Mary Thomas Bumpus; (1863 – 1943)
Died: April 2, 1967 in Bourne MA at 70 yrs., 1 mo., 6 days
Buried: Pocasset Cemetery; area A
Occupation: Police Officer
Married: October 23, 1920 in Bourne MA to Bernice Helen Vickerson; (1896 – 1983)
Class of 1910
Passed Nov 15, 2015
Mrs. Elliot M. Wixon
Mrs. Bessie H. (Nickerson) Wlxon, a life long resident of Bourne, died Wednesday at the Barnstable County Hospital at Pocasset. She was 57, born on February 13, 1893. Her husband Elliot Milton Wlxon died In 1958.
The daughter of Fred T. and Gertrude F. (Swift ) Nickerson, she was married Elliot in Pocasset on August 27, 1910.
She had attended Bourne schools and was a member of the Bourne Methodist Church and the Bourne Women's Relief Corps.
The Rev. Sherwood A. Treadwell of the Bourne Methodist Church will conduct services at 1 P.M. tomorrow at the Nickerson Funeral Home in Bourne.
Burial will be in the Oakland Grove Cemetery.
(Graduation year unknown)
Passed Jan 31, 2007
A long time resident of Bourne, Beverly worked in the restaurant and food service business most of her life.
She recently retired from the Town of Bourne School System.
A Memorial service was held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 11:00 A.M.
Class of 2009
(Passed date unknown)
By GEORGE BRENNAN
Posted Jun. 7, 2009 at 2:00 AM
Bourne Seniors Honor Two Classmates Who Didn't Make It
BOURNE — Two friends not among the sea of purple and white gowns receiving diplomas yesterday on the Bourne High School football field were nonetheless on the minds of classmates.
The 142 graduates were asked to remember Emily Flanders and Lucas Trask, two students who died before yesterday's ceremony.
Fighting back tears, and her voice cracking, valedictorian Nicole Roche talked about her "best friend and go-to person" Emily, who succumbed to cystic fibrosis, and "mentor and friend" Lucas, who died suddenly in Florida, according to his obituary.
Quoting Abraham Lincoln, she said, "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. How true is this of Luke and Emily."
The senior class made donations in the memory of both students, class president Jesse Galkowski said.
Class of 1940
Passed May 13, 1991
Date: May 14, 1991
Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA
Bowdoin Barnes, 67, of Route 220, Knox, Maine, formerly of Boston Road, died Sunday in his home after a short illness.
His son died in infancy.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Reon and Laura (Bowdoin) Barnes, and lived 30 years in Sutton before moving to Maine in 1980.
He graduated from Bourne High School in
1940 and Bowdoin College, Brunswick,
Maine, in 1945. While at college, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Mr. Barnes taught mathematics for several years at Kents Hill School in Maine, Nantucket High School, and Randolph High School in Vermont.
He was then an actuarial associate at State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of America in
Worcester, where he worked for more than 25 years. He retired in 1980.
After that, he was a cost analyst for several years at Hodges Trucking Co. in Unity, Maine.
Mr. Barnes was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Wilkinsonville, the State Mutual Fellowship Club and the State Mutual 25 Year Club. He was an amateur radio operator, with the call number K1-NMH.
Funeral services were held from the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Route 139 at Depot Street, Unity, Maine. The Rev. Truman Fudge officiated.
After cremation, burial was Friday in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown, CT.
family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made instead to the Waterville Area Humane Society, Drummond Avenue, Waterville, Maine 04901, or the Loyalty Fund of Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Maine, 04349.
Falmouth Enterprise, Friday, April 15, 1949, Page 2
Bowdoin Barnes, who teaches at Kent's Hill school, Readfield, ME, spent his vacation here with Harry Bothfeld.
Falmouth Enterprise, Friday, November 14, 1952, Page 10
Mr. and Mrs. Bowdoin Barnes of Nantucket are rejoicing in the birth of a second daughter, Katherine.
Mr. Barnes is a former resident of Bourne, and a graduate of Bourne High School.
Class of 1947
Passed Apr 10, 2017
April 14, 2017
Bradford Sidney Raleigh, 87
ATHOL — Bradford Sidney Raleigh died Monday, April 10, 2017, at home.
Mr. Raleigh was born June 17, 1929 in Bourne, the son of Walter and Elsie (Perry) Raleigh. He was a descendant of the Perry and Raleigh families of Cape Cod dating back to 1630.
He graduated from Bourne High School in 1947 and joined the U.S. Army. He served duty in Europe and Korea.
After leaving the service he became a longtime worker and supervisor in industrial roofing. In retirement he moved to Athol where he had lived for nearly 25 years.
He was an avid bicyclist and cycled the Athol and North Quabbin area daily, doing thousands of miles each year.
Burial was private at his request.
Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Class of 1957
Passed May 27, 2003
Brenda J. Lewis, 46, died Tuesday at her home of cancer.
She was educated in Bourne and was a cafeteria worker for the Bourne School system.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Sagamore Cemetery.
Class of 1956
Passed Mar 28, 1999
His parents were John Joseph Delsie and Elizabeth Jane Braley.
Bruce graduated from Bourne High School in June 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy November 13, 1956.
While stationed in Norfolk, VA as an EN3 at age 22 he married Carolyn Paige Wilkinson, age 19, a Checker at the Food Fair, on September 6, 1960. He was discharged from the Navy on September 16, 1960.
Class of 1985
Passed Dec 18, 2003
Bryan Charles Clarke, 36, died Thursday, December 18 in Holiday, FL of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Clarke was born in Somerville and was a 1985 graduate of Bourne High School.
He moved to Pinellas Park in 1988 from Buzzards Bay and was the owner of Bonker's Bagels in St. Petersburg, FL. He was also a musician and songwriter.
Visitation was 10 to 11 a.m. at the E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home, 4100 16th St. No., St. Petersburg, FL followed at 11 a.m. by a service in the funeral home.
Class of 1936
Passed Mar 30, 2013
(July 16, 1918 – March 30, 2013)
Married Ruth Lees
(1922 – 2009) in New Haven CT on August 28, 1943
They had 3 daughters
Carleton was a member of Bourne High School Class of 1936
Carleton and Ruth are buried in the Cataumet Cemetery, Pocasset, MA
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