Vincent Michael Bradley, 72, of Bourne, Mass., died Aug. 1.
He began his career in newspaper circulation. Bradley later became a publisher for several years. He oversaw a five-newspaper division for MPG Communications, based in Plymouth, Mass., and whose flagship newspaper was the Old Colony Memorial of Plymouth.
Bradley created local and regional publications in New England and did marketing for Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Sports Illustrated, while running his own publishing company.
Later, he was a consultant in New England and New York for print media outlets.
He recently published a book of historical fiction about the sixteenth town on Cape Cod, a novel called “False Flag.”
Bradley leaves his wife, Lucia; a son, Joseph; a daughter, Kate.
Hugh Alexander Baird, 85, of Guilford, Conn., died July 23 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
He was a former editor of the then-Stratford (Conn.) News
He was a freelance writer and marketing specialist, and wrote several pieces for Yankee Magazine of Dublin, N.H., and True Magazine, an online publication.
Baird spent 33 years in the public relations department of SNET America, Inc., a long distance telephone company owned by Frontier Communications that serves Connecticut and elsewhere. He retired in 1987 as community relations manager.
His assignments included assisting with Connecticut Gov. Ella Grasso’s nursing home review. He was also a member of the Guilford Police Building site committee.
Baird leaves his wife, Patricia; a son, Mark; a daughter, Tammy; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers; a sister.
William Zachary “Bill” Malinowski, 57, of Barrington, R.I., died Aug. 11 in his home. He was diagnosed 16 months before that with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He began as a reporter at The Providence (R.I.) Journal in 1985 and had a more than 30-year career there. Before that, Malinowski was a general assignment reporter at The Denver Post and the Tempe (Ariz.) Daily News.
He received the Master Reporter award in 2014 from the New England Society of News Editors. He also received the society’s 2014 Sevellon Brown New England Journalist of the Year award for a series he wrote on gun violence called The Cost of a Bullet.
“He cut through the nonsense and the verbiage and got to the heart of the matter while always understanding the betrayal of the public trust,” Dan Barry, a friend and colleague of Malinowski at the Providence Journal, said in the Journal’s obituary on Malinowski. “He was comfortable talking with cops and wise guys. They respected him because he was so straightforward — there was no artifice.”
Mike Stanton, a former Providence Journal investigative reporter and Malinowski’s friend, said in the Journal’s obituary on Malinowski: “Bill was a reporter’s reporter who knew and reminded me daily of the value of shoe-leather journalism. He was a comforting presence on a big story.”
Malinowski leaves his wife, Mary, a former photographer at the Journal; a daughter, Molly; a sister, Marsha; a brother, Paul; a half-sister, Bronislawa.
Laurence Collins, 79, of Norwell, Mass., died of cancer July 25 while in hospice care in his nephew’s home in Gloucester, Mass.
Collins was a reporter at The Boston Globe. He began there in 1965 and continued as a reporter for more than 42 years. He covered the Massachusetts statehouse.
While covering state government “his special focus was the state budget and state spending, arcana that most reporters sought to avoid. But Larry knew the budget so well that he was often visited by legislators seeking guidance,” Walter Robinson, the Globe’s editor at large and former statehouse bureau chief, said in the Globe’s obituary on Collins.
Robinson said Collins “figured out numerous ways to be a fly on the wall in pretty much every back room. And there was no one in the statehouse press corps but Larry who could match the pols when it came to backslapping.”
Before joining the Globe, Collins was employed at a suburban newspaper for a few years.
He leaves a daughter, Liz, and a nephew, Michael.
Glenn Minford Farber Jr., 65, died of pneumonia Aug. 6 in Worcester (Mass.) Health Center.
Farber was a copy editor at the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester for 26 years. He retired in 2011.
After Farber retired, he wrote a bipartisan political blog, Just the Facts, until 2014, when he fell ill.
He leaves a daughter, Elizabeth; three grandsons, Maverick, Shane and Eli; a stepmother, Doris; his former wife, Mary; a sister.
Kevin Clark Mills, 50, of Owls Head and Lewiston, Maine, died Aug. 4 in Owls Head.
Mills was an award-winning author and journalist. He was employed by several news organizations, including The Boston Globe, before joining the Sun Journal of Lewiston.
He had been part of the Sun Journal sports department since 1992.
“Kevin’s legacy is that he made the Sun Journal sports page a more diverse place,” Kalle Oakes, a former Sun Journal sports editor and colleague, said in the Sun Journal’s obituary on Mills.
“He was given the assignment of covering mostly girls’ sports when he came to our newsroom, and he more than embraced it. He became Maine’s voice for girls’ athletics, and later for the incredible Somali influence on the sports programs in Lewiston-Auburn. Kevin gave those athletes and their stories the respect and the professionalism they deserved,” Oakes said.
Mills received numerous awards, including the 1993, 2001 and 2002 Maine Press Association’s Weekend Sports Feature of the Year, first place; the 2007, 2012 and 2013 Maine Press Association’s Weekend Sports Feature of the Year, second place; the 2007 Maine Press Association’s Daily Sports Feature of the Year, first place; the 1999, 2005 and 2012 Maine Press Association’s Daily Sports Feature of the Year, second place; the 2003 Maine Press Association’s Daily Sports Feature of the Year, third place; the 2001 and 2013 New England Press Association’s Weekend Sports Feature of the Year, second place.
He also received the 2002 Maine Basketball Coaches Association’s Media Award, and the 2009 Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association Media Award.
His first historical novel, “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean,” was published in 2009. Subsequent novels are “Breakwater” in 2011 and “Sea of Liberty” in 2014. “Sidelined,” a book about his life as a sportswriter, told in the form of short stories, was published in 2011.
He leaves a brother, Wesley; a sister, Doreen; six nieces and nephews.
He was a reporter for the former Boston Herald Traveler. He covered the sinking of the Andrea Doria and the Boston Strangler case, among other stories.
He then was employed briefly at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a trade group made up 3,000 manufacturers and financial institutions.
He helped President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 when he needed Gould’s assistance with his election campaign in Massachusetts. He called Gould to Washington for help with presidential visits in the state.
During the 1964 election, Gould was an adviser to the president and White House staff.
He later was senior vice president for government and investor relations at the former Shawmut Bank of Boston. He was also secretary to the Coordinating Committee of Boston, known as The Vault, which included the top 25 chief executive officers in the city.
In 1988, Gould became chief executive officer of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
He had been a chairman of the Boston School Committee.
He leaves a son, Michael; a daughter, Eileen; six grandchildren, Emily, Andrew, Jessica, Jennifer, Hannah and Charlie; a brother.
Dorothea M. “Dot” (Herty) Ashworth, 93, of Amherst, Mass., died Aug. 9 in the Elaine Center in Hadley, Mass.
She was a reporter at the then-Holyoke (Mass.) Trancript.
Ashworth leaves her husband, Dennis; three sons, Michael, Joseph and Stephen; two daughters, Chris and Barbara; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister; two brothers.
Norman E. Croft Jr., 69, of Dracut, Mass., died unexpectedly Aug. 13 in his home.
Croft was a typesetter at The Boston Globe until his retirement in 2006.
He leaves his mother, Ruth; a son, Thomas; a daughter, Susan; two grandchildren; his girlfriend, Eileen Grenon; two brothers; five sisters.
Miriam G. Devine, 95, a lifelong resident of Hamden and New Haven, Conn., died July 31 in her home after a lengthy illness.
She was a freelance writer after retiring and conducted interviews on the theme of faith and life for Today’s American Catholic, an independent periodical published in Farmington, Conn.
Devine leaves a sister, Jean.
The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondent Nimra Aziz, an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.
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