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Florence R. Niles

Florence R. Niles, 73, of Worcester, Mass., died Sept. 16 in her home.

Niles was hired by the then-Evening Gazette of Worcester in 1965, where she was one of the first female reporters in the Gazette’s newsroom. She reported on education and urban renewal.

She was promoted to photo editor in 1973, to editor of the Hometown section in 1978, and to regional desk chief in 1978.

She was promoted to copy desk chief in 1982 and added the role of Sunday editor in 2010. She held those jobs until she left the Telegram & Gazette in 2014.

“If there is one word to describe Florence, it’s professional. For a half-century at the T&G, she was the consummate professional, working tenaciously every day to make the paper better, whether it be by editing a story, writing a headline or mentoring countless copy editors,” Harry T. Whitin, former editor of the Telegram & Gazette, said in Niles’ obituary in the Telegram & Gazette.

Robert Walter ‘Bob’ Donahue

Robert Walter "Bob" Donahue, 94, of Waterford, Conn., died peacefully Oct. 12 in his home.

He was an advertising manager at The Day of New London and retired in 1987 after 43 years of service.

He leaves three sons; Brian, Shaun and Robert.

Thomas J. Buckley

Thomas J. Buckley, 80, of Osterville, Mass., died Oct. 6.

Buckley had been a circulation manager for The Boston Globe.

He leaves his wife, Gladys; two sons, Brian and Jonathan; three grandchildren; a sister.

James J. ‘J.J’ Smith

James J. “J.J” Smith, 95, of Wakefield, Mass., and formerly of Watertown, Mass., died Oct. 5 in his home.

Smith had been a journalist and columnist for United Press International as the UPI night editor in Hartford, Conn.

In 1965, he began at the former Boston Herald-Traveler, covering the Massachusetts statehouse.

He had been editor and publisher of the Labor Action News and the Judicial Forum. He also has been a special correspondent for Boston's Post-Gazette

Smith was a press secretary for then-Massachusetts Gov. Endicott “Chub” Peabody, and public relations director for St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

He leaves three daughters, Kathleen, Patricia and Carey, and four grandchildren, Brendan, Tyler, Dylan and Samantha.

Ann Pasqualini-Maglaris

Ann Pasqualini-Maglaris, 69, of West Haven, Conn., died Oct. 9 in Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Conn., after 30 years with cancer.

She was an award-winning journalist at the former Milford (Conn.) Citizen and the Republican-American of Waterbury, Conn.

She leaves her husband, Peter; a daughter, Monica; eight siblings.

Barbara (Goldberg) Bernstein

Barbara (Goldberg) Bernstein of Old Saybrook, Conn., and formerly of West Hartford and Waterford, Conn., died Oct. 18 at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, Conn.

She was employed part time at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, For 15 years, she also did reporting and advertising and special fashion and holiday magazine sections for the then-Farmington Valley Herald of West Hartford.

She covered some of the Watergate coverup trial and interviewed its judge, John Sirica.

She leaves a daughter, Lori, and two grandchildren, Aviva and Elliot.

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Desseau

Cynthia “Cindy” Desseau of Perrysburg, Ohio, and formerly of Burlington, Vt., died Oct. 14.

Desseau was employed in advertising at The Burlington Free Press.

She leaves two daughters, Carol and Constance; a son, W. Clay; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Nancy Wimmer

Nancy Wimmer, 70, of Londonderry, N.H., died Oct. 17 at home.

She was a former advertising employee of the Derry (N.H.) News.

She leaves a son, Mark; a daughter, Kelley; two grandchildren; three siblings.

James P. Kilroy

James P. Kilroy, 91, of Weymouth, Mass., and formerly of Dorchester, Mass., died Oct. 7.

He was a pressman at the Boston Herald for 50 years.

Kilroy leaves his wife, Lillian; two sons, James and Stephen; two daughters, Ellen and Lorraine; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Michael P. Pelkey

Michael P. Pelkey, 56, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died unexpectedly Oct. 16 in his home.

Pelkey, whose career was in the printing industry, was a pressman and in production management with at least three printing companies. He also was employed at The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press.

Pelkey leaves his wife, Sandra; two sons, Brett and Ian; his stepfather, James; three brothers.

Charles Edward Lynch

Charles Edward Lynch, 88, died Oct. 13 at home in Cohasset, Mass.

While he was in college, he was employed nights in advertising at the former Boston Herald-Traveler. He was elected president of the Boston Newspaper Guild during his time there.

Later, he became the New England advertising manager for Kiver Publications of Chicago.

In 1970, he founded CEL Associates Inc., based in Boston.

Lynch leaves his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Marylouise and Megan; two grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Eric W. Bascom Jr.

The Rev, Dr. Eric W. Bascom Jr., 88, of Springfield, Mass., died Oct. 16 in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after a lengthy illness.

He was a writer and a freelance contributor to The Republican of Springfield.

He leaves a daughter, Ann; four sons, Eric III, Timothy, Philip and Jonathan; four stepchildren, Anne, John, Robert and Jeffery; 21 granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren’ a sister.

Philomena Maria Anderson

Philomena Maria Anderson, 91, of Portland, Maine, died Oct. 20 in Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Anderson retired as a distribution assistant in the mailroom of the Portland Press Herald.

She leaves a daughter, Helene; two sons, Daniel and Leonard; four grandchildren; three sisters.

Paul M. Anish

Paul M. Anish, 72, of Lenox, Mass., died Oct. 13 in his home.

He delivered The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass., for many years until the time of his death.

He leaves his wife, Robin; three children, Deborah, Erin and Matthew; three grandchildren; a sister.

Lawrence G. Dean

Lawrence G. Dean, 96, of New Bedford, Mass., died Oct. 16 in Hathaway Manor Extended Care in New Bedford.

Dean delivered newspapers for The Standard-Times of New Bedford.

He leaves a daughter, Laurie; a granddaughter, Kayla; a great-grandson, Joseph.

Rita J. (Richard) Leduc

Rita J, (Richard) Leduc, 94, of Sturbridge, Mass., died Oct. 13 in Overlook Masonic Healthcare in Charlton, Mass.

She delivered newspapers for the then-Southbridge (Mass.) News for 18 years.

She leaves four children, William, Janice, Beverly and Kathleen; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a brother.

Stephen Robert Moss

Stephen Robert Moss, 55, of Stratford, Conn., died Oct. 5.

Moss was employed at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport for many years.

He leaves his mother, Evelyn; his father, Joseph; a daughter, Jenna; two sisters; three stepbrothers; two stepsisters.

The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondents Ashleane Alabre, Sophie Cannon, Jenna Ciccotelli, Nico Hall, Joshua Leaston, Georgeanne Oliver, Julia Preszler and Thomas Ward, undergraduate students at Northeastern University.



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