Obituaries 06-29-2010

Ruth Lois D’Aveta

Software Engineer

Ruth Lois D’Aveta of Winthrop, formerly of Hamilton, died on June 17 at the on Orione Nursing Home in East Boston following a long illness with brain cancer. She was 59 years old.

A software engineer for 30 years for the Verizon Telephone Co., she was the beloved daughter of Ruth (Lindon) Sehovey of Lynn and the late Fortunato D’Aveto and the triplet sister of Rene A. Pike of Winthrop and Rose M. Grasso of New Mexico; niece of Claire Inkpen of Palm Coast, Florida and the dear aunt of Erik, David and Robert Little Jr. of New Hampshire and Courtney Hickey of Haverhill. She is also survived by her two cats, Whirligig and Lawerance Kitty Boy.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Church United Methodist, 217 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Funeral arrangements are by the O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or the Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Site 3-H, Watertown, MA 02472.


Paul Cotter Sr.

Made Medical History

Paul A. Cotter Sr of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on June 28 in Boston Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 63 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he has lived in Lynn for the last 35 years. A graduate of Revere High School, he worked as a diesel mechanic in the Lynn area.  Mr. Cotter enjoyed reading and fixing things. He was an outdoorsman and a historian.

Mr. Cotter overcame many challenges in his life. In 1954 at the age of eight, he underwent heart valve replacement surgery. Since this type of surgery was unheard of during this era, and was such a success, Mr. Cotter’s doctors ended up writing a paper about him and his operation and the success of this type of procedure. Ten years later at the age of 18, Mr. Cotter underwent another successful open heart surgery procedure.  In 1996, Mr. Cotter overcame a serious infection which damaged his heart and required additional open heart surgery in 2001.  In 2002, he suffered a serious stroke that left him paralyzed and robbed him of his speech. 

Through the course of his life, Mr. Cotter continuously   and courageously battled many medical challenges which points toward what a strong person and fighter he truly was. He will always be remembered as a strong minded, big hearted person who always put his family and others before himself. He will truly be missed forever.

He was the husband of 39 years of Eleanor (Solar) Cotter, and the son of the late Francis and Dorothy (Wilson) Cotter. In addition to his wife, he is survived by  his daughter Eleanor Cotter Salvati and her husband, Gerard, of  Peabody, his son, Lynn Police Officer Paul A. Cotter Jr. of Lynn and two brothers, Mark Cotter and his wife, Noreen, of Billerica  and Stephen Cotter of Lincoln, ME.  He was the brother of the late Jane Rhines and Rev. Francis X. Cotter.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Solimine Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common St. Lynn, MA 01902. For guest book

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