Obituaries 05-01-2012

James ‘J.J.’ Reagan

Avid Scuba Diver

James J. ‘J.J.’ Reagan of Knoxville, Tennesse, formerly of Boston, died on April 21 at his home with his daughter by his side.  He was 74 years old.

“J.J.” was an avid scuba diver who had a bucket list of adventures to accomplish, which he completed. He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Scott Reagan; his brother, Joseph Michael Fiore and his mother, Josephine Powers Reagan Fiore, formerly of Lynn and Nahant. He is  survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Tom Dyer of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandchildren, William and Kaitlyn Dyer and his beloved companion, Boggs.

Family and friends are invited to an Irish Wake which will be held at his home on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please bring pictures and memories to share. Click Funeral Home, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville is serving the Reagan family.

Barbara Ann Evans

Retired Lynnfield Teacher

Barbara Ann Evans of Ocala, Florida died on April 17. She was 77 years old.

She was born in Arlington on July 26, 1934, the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Agnes (O’Connor) Evans.  She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Girls High School, Class of 1952, and later obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Salem State Teacher’s College in 1956.  She lived for most of her life in North Andover before moving to Florida in 2004. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she spent more than 33 years as a school teacher for the Town of Lynnfield, concluding her career at the Summer Street School.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in Ocala where she volunteered for Bingo, the office staff and was a member of the Women’s Club.  A diehard Red Sox fan, she also enjoyed rubber stamping, making cards and golfing.

She is survived by her sisters, Estelle Sykes of Ocala, Florida and Agnes (Harold) Wilmath of Miami Lakes, FL.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn.  Gifts in her memory may be sent to St. Mary’s High School, 35 Tremont St. Lynn, MA 01902. Please visit for online guestbook.

James Costello

Longshoreman’s Union Member

James E. Costello of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 22.

He was a member of Local 805, Longshoremen’s Union.

He was the beloved husband of Rosanne (Cesario) and the late Althea (Partee); father of Atty. James E. Costello III and his wife, Atty. Valerie Barsom and the late Janet Scarpa; grandfather of Gregory Scarpa; brother of Ronald and Michael, both of East Boston and John Costello of California; step-father of Deanna DiRocco of Lynn and Larry DiRocco of Chelsea; brother-in-law of Gerard Partee and his wife, Marie of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Deacon Lawrence McManus

Founding Member of My Brothers Table, Helped Design US Combat Helmet, Lynn Substitute Teacher

Deacon Lawrence R. McManus of Lynn died peacefully April 22 with his family at his bedside. He was 84 years old.

The loving husband of Barbara C. (Long) McManus with whom he shared over 62 years of marriage, Deacon Larry was born in Lynn, son of the late John A. and Lillian (Connors) McManus and was a lifelong resident of this city.

He was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1945, and served in the US Navy during World War II. He went on to Boston College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1954 and was ordained Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 17, 1986.

Deacon Larry worked at the US Army Natick Laboratories in the Research and Development Department for several years until his retirement. He and his good friend, Phillip Durand were the designers of the US Army Combat Helmet made of Kevlar which was first called the “Dura-Mac” in honor of the designers.  Larry and Phil were committed to the protection of the soldiers and were inducted into the US Army Soldiers System Hall of Fame November 3, 2000.

Upon retirement he worked for the Lynn Public Schools as a Substitute Teacher.

Deacon McManus was a long time communicant of St. Joseph’s Church where he served the Parish as Deacon for more than 25 years. He was a founding member of My Brother’s Table Meal Center and served Union Hospital as the Chaplain for several years. He was also a member of the Valladolid Council # 70 Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his loving wife, Deacon McManus is survived by nine children: Catherine M. Bennett of Wilmington, Kevin P. McManus of Salem, NH, Daniel S. McManus and his wife, Joanne of Lynn, Joseph F. McManus and his wife, Rochelle of Plaistow, NH, Peter T. McManus and his wife, Lisa of Newmarket, NH, Reverend Fr. Paul G.M. McManus, Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Church in Salem and St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody, Mary B. Diamantides and her husband, Christopher of No. Reading, Brigid M. Florence and her husband, Charles of Salem, Jean C. Brockmyre and her husband, Kevin of Amesbury and Ann M. Robinson and her husband, Gary of Lynn. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Walter F., Robert A., David J., Raymond P., James A., John A., Richard and Marjorie McManus and Constance Spirito and the Godfather to the late Mayor Patrick J. McManus.

Deacon McManus lay in state in St. Pius V Church, Lynn. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Pius V Church and burial followed in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Deacon Larry’s memory be made to St. Josephs Parish, 40 Green St., Lynn, MA 01902. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn. For online register book please visit

Joanne Walsh

Retired Legal Secretary

Joanne C. (Twohig) Walsh, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died April 21 in Salem Hospital after a long illness.  She was 82 years old.

A retired legal secretary, she was the beloved wife of the late James M. Walsh, Jr., she was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Gaffney) Twohig. She leaves her sister Arlene McNamara and her husband, Walter of Tewksbury and her sister-in-law, Anne Twohig of Greenfield.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Marjorie Norton and John Twohig.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

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