Obituaries December 20, 2012

Published on: December 19, 2012

Mary Curran Deely
Mary “Marie” A. (Byrnes) Curran Deely, of Sun City Center/King’s Point and Quincy, MA, died November 29, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Curran and longtime companion of George L. Bullis of Sun City Center/King’s Point; loving mother of  Marsha Curran and Diane Curran, both of Quincy; Denise McDonough and her husband Bill “Mac” of Milton and Sun City Center/King’s Point, Joseph Curran and his wife Margaret of E. Bridgewater; John Curran and his wife Pamela of Milton; and Susan Curran Ford of Milton; mother-in-law of the late David Ford; and sister of Rev. John Byrnes, O.A.S. of Philadelphia, Susan Strazzula of Squantum, Paul Byrnes of Palm Desert, CA and the late Claire Fahy and Thomas N. Byrnes, Jr. Esq. Marie is also the cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Marie was born in New York City and grew up in Quincy, MA. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Boston for 20 years before retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Castle Island Association and the Mothers Club of South Boston. Marie’s passion was traveling. She traveled extensively around the world. She enjoyed trips to the beach, especially Nantasket Beach. Marie was also an avid reader and bridge player. Marie’s family remembers her as a woman who was always putting family and friends first.  She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.

Marie’s life was celebrated in a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Quincy, MA officiated by her brother Rev. John Byrnes, OSA on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Donations in memory of Marie may be made to Quincy Crisis Center, checks payable to Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion, P.O. Box 31, Quincy, MA  02170.


Arthur Clafering Demaree
Arthur Clafering Demaree, age 91, resident of Kings Point, Sun City Center, Florida, died on Dec. 7, 2012. A private family ceremony will be held later this month at Sylvan Abbey in Clearwater, FL.

Arthur was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where he attended Lawrence High School. He went to Purdue University until he enlisted in the Navy in WWII. He served on the ship, USS Custer. He married Marjorie Williams in 1943 and had two children, Michael and Michelle.

Arthur began his career in the dry cleaning business in Indianapolis and later in Bloomfield, Indiana, until 1960, when he relocated to Largo, FL to begin a lifelong career as an accountant. His wife Marjorie passed away in 1996 shortly after relocating to Kings Point. Arthur married Margot Palmore in June, 2004.

Arthur loved to golf, dance, travel and paint with oils. He was known for his great sense of humor. He was a member of Sun City Center Methodist Church, the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Terre Haute and Indianapolis, and the Egypt Shriners of Tampa, FL. Arthur was a devoted husband, wonderful father and was loved by all. He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife Margot, children Michael (Joyce), Michelle and Peter; grandchildren Amy, Rachel, David (Ashley), Kara, Jacqueline, and Haley; great-grandchildren Keegan and Landry; nieces Shirley and Betty Alice.


Arthur P. Graham
Arthur P. Graham, Jr., 72, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away at his home on Friday morning, December 14, 2012. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Stone) Graham.

Born and raised in Woburn, MA, he was the son of the late Arthur P. Graham, and the late Ruth F. (McGovern) Graham Healey. Art was a graduate of Norwich University, and served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. Following his military service, he returned to Woburn to take over the operation of the Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home.  Art worked as a funeral director for over 30 years, until his retirement in 1998.

Art and his wife had been living in Florida since 1999. He was an avid golfer and Boston sports fan.

In addition to his wife Liz, he is survived by two sons, Chuck Graham and his wife Barbra of Woburn, and Scott Graham of Florida. He was also the proud “Papa” of Lauren, Jessica, and Katie Graham of Woburn.

Services will be private.  Contributions in Art’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 ( or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn, MA.


Dolores Sterbenz Kaukonen
Dolores Sterbenz Kaukonen, 87, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away December 5, 2012. She was a previous resident of California, PA, and Midlothian, VA. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and taught elementary school for 35 years, as well as acting as the editor of the California Press, a local newspaper. 

Dolores was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband Toivo Kaukonen.  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Nicki Kaukonen; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Craig Siler; two grandsons, Adam Siler and Erik Kaukonen; and one great-grandson, Andrew Kaukonen. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 8, at the Sun City Center Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. 


Wilson John Lombardi
Wilson John Lombardi, born July 27, 1918 in Minersville, PA, went to be with his Lord and loved ones on Dec. 13, 2012. Named after President Wilson and St. John, he was very proud of his name. Son of the late Andrea and Rose Dallsandro Lombardi, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Elvira, Kirvinskee, Helen Hill and Alice Thomas, and two brothers, Louis and Edward Lombardi. He was also preceded by two wives, Marion and Alpha.

Wilson is survived by brother David (Ann) Lombardi; daughter Carol (Mark) Runyon; grandson Kyle; stepson James (Chris) Sawdy; stepdaughter Betty Kewer and family; sister-in-law Helen Martin Lombardi; great-granddaughter Katherine; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved partner of 10 years, Marilyn Hall and her family.

In his early years Bill helped and worked in the family shoe shop and set off fireworks. He worked for the State of Pennsylvania, and finally retired from industrial sales.

Bill was a World War II Army Veteran and member of the American Legion Post #246 of Sun City Center.

Bill enjoyed many years of golf, swimming, dancing and travel. But his most important enjoyment came from exercising in the gym six days a week.

Bill was a true gentleman and loved his family and friends. He was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

A memorial will be at St. Andrew (1239 W. Del Webb, SCC) on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. Following church services, burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery with full military honors at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in his honor to the SCC Emergency Squad. Friends and family may gather one hour prior to the 10 a.m. service.


William John McDougal
William John McDougal passed away on December 13, 2012 at LifePath Hospice at the age of 89.  He is survived by his sons Craig and Scott McDougal; daughter Leigh Ann McDougal; granddaughter Lauren McDougal; and cat June. 

Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1923 and spent summers at a cottage on Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. In World War ll, he joined the Navy and served as an Aviation Machinist Mate First Class in the South Pacific Theater.  After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill and obtained his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Tech in 1950. Bill worked for several companies before beginning a career as a naval facilities engineer with the US Navy. As part of his navy career, Bill and his family lived in Pennsylvania, the Philippines, Guam and Virginia. He and his wife Carol moved to Sun City Center from Williamsburg, Virginia in 1987 after he retired from the Navy.

Bill was a well-liked and active member of many Sun City Center groups. He enjoyed woodworking and making beautiful furniture, toys, puzzles and household gadgets which he shared with family and friends. He volunteered for the Sawdust Engineers and constructed numerous wooden toys for the school program. He also participated regularly in the Security Patrol. He golfed with friends several times a week at the local courses and was recognizable by his always present hat and monogrammed “Bill” shirts.  Other hobbies included a passion for family genealogy, Scottish heritage, traveling, gardening, walking, feeding birds, and visiting family. 

Although his sudden death was a shock to all, he was enjoying life right up until the end. It was Bill’s wish to not have a memorial service.


Robert D. Miller
Robert “Bob” D. Miller, 82, of Ruskin, died peacefully on December 12, 2012 at Life Path Hospice. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Miller, Marie (Tedball) Miller, and brother Garth Miller Sr. of Fruitport, MI. 

He is survived by brothers Darell Miller of Ravenna, MI, and Kyran Miller of Midland, MI as well as nine nieces and nephews.

He was active U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954.  After the military, he settled on the profession of commercial fishing.  He attained the goal of owning his own boat, which he named Miss Marie, in Bradenton, FL.

Bob enjoyed entertaining friends and family, cooking and horticulture, especially his prized bonsai collection. He was an avid reader and dominoes player, endearing himself to most people he met.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate his life at his home on Sunday, December 16. Memorial contributions can be made to Life Path Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.