Framingham Obituaries

Following are obituaries of people who have recently passed away and either lived in Framingham at the time of their death, or were born in Framingham, or had other ties to the town.

Thomas Caldwell O'Keefe 2/11/2019 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA / Boston,MA

Thomas Caldwell O’Keefe, III, 74, of Natick, MA and North Kingstown, R.I., passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2019, surrounded by family. Tom was born in Washington, D.C. on September 26, 1944 to the late Mary Alice (Ray) and Thomas C. O’Keefe, Jr. A graduate of Wellesley High School, Phillips Academy, Brown University and Suffolk Law School, he was a practicing attorney for over forty years and in 1983, established the Law Offices of O’Keefe & Gale in Natick. Tom is survived by his fiancée and partner of 24 years, Claudia A. Greene, and his children, Daniel H. O’Keefe and his wife Sarah of New Canaan, CT, Megan O’Keefe Manzo and her husband Michael of Andover, MA and Timothy A. O’Keefe of Natick. Tom is also survived by his grandchildren, Cameron and Annabel Manzo and Elise and Emery O’Keefe. Tom also leaves behind Claudia’s children, Michael McKanna and his wife Jamie of Summerville, SC and Patrick McKanna and his wife Danielle of Bradenton, FL, as well as their children, Adam and Noah McKanna and Weston McKanna, along with many close friends. Tom will be forever remembered for his love of fishing and boating, passion for every sport but especially his Patriots, his quick wit and a good cigar. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common, MA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday, February 15 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of John Everett & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery on 180 Pond Street, Natick. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to Brown University Sports Foundation, online at or via mail to Brown University Sports Foundation, Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912.

Earl M. Berthiaume 2/7/2019 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Earl M. Berthiaume, 93 of Framingham died Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the husband of the late Edith (Canova) Berthiaume, and the late Marisa (Campana) Berthiaume. Born in Marlborough he was the son of the late Armond and Mary (Morin) Berthiaume. Earl was a proud Veteran of the United States Navy serving in WWII and was awarded the Silver Star. He was an avid golfer and accomplished card player and was a member of the Italo American Club of Wellesley He is survived by his children Jean Tappan of Mendon, Nannette Ohman and her husband David of Natick, Dennis Campana and his wife Priscilla of Ohio, Joseph Campana and his wife Cindy of Methuen, his longtime companion Lorraine Fournier of Framingham, his son in law Stephen Rosenberg of Framingham, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Diane Rosenberg and his son Earl A. Berthiaume. His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 14th at 11:30 A.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick. Visiting hours are Thursday morning beginning at 10:00 A.M. prior to the service. Burial St Stephen Cemetery Framingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may by made to the Autism Alliance of Metrowest, 1881 Worcester Road, Suite 100A, Framingham, MA 01701.

Reverend Paul F. Bailey 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM Plymouth,MA / Jamaica Plain,MA / Framingham,MA / Boston,MA / West Roxbury,MA

Reverend Paul F. Bailey Died in Harwichport on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. He was born in Boston, the son of the late Thomas A. and Gertrude T. (O’Brien) Bailey. He grew up in Allston, attended Boston College High School and St. John’s Seminary. Archbishop Richard Cushing ordained him into the priesthood on February 3, 1958. His first assignment was at Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain, followed by St. George’s Church in Framingham. In 1962 he received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School. He worked as a Psychotherapist at the Family Counseling and Guidance Centers in Framingham. He was appointment Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Cambridge, Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell. He was pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Lowell and St Peter’s Church in Plymouth. He was a Senior Priest at St. Mary’s Church in Plymouth, from November 2002 until 2017. Father Bailey is survived by many cousins and beloved friends. Visitation will be held at St Peter’s Church, 86 Court St., Plymouth, on Sunday, February 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. A Mass of Christion Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 313 Court St., Plymouth, on Monday, February 11, at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Plymouth. Donations in memory of Fr. Paul may be made to St. Peter’s or St. Mary’s parish, Plymouth. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home 617-323-5600

F. Paul Zanchi 1/6/2019 12:00:00 AM Franklin,MA / Framingham,MA

F. Paul Zanchi, devoted family man, passed away on January 6th at his home in Franklin. He was 68. Felix Paul Zanchi was born on June 27, 1950 in Natick, MA, to Victoria and Felix Zanchi. A graduate of Marian High School and Worcester Junior College, Paul’s career in sales made great use of his prodigious charm and love of driving. As husband of 42 years to Judy (Leach), father of three, “Nonno” to six grandchildren and “Unc” to nine nieces and nephews, family was the center of his life. He had a passion for the water, spending summers as a young man on his boat in Lake Sunapee and Branch Lake, and hosting memorable family trips to Peaks Island, ME, where he would fish for hours off the rocky coast. He delighted in summer days spent splashing in the pool with his grandchildren, eating red hot dogs and swinging in the hammock. He loved hard work and fresh air, and could be found working out in the yard year-round. He will be remembered for his wit and generosity, as well as his sweet, playful and constant presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his beloved son Gregory, and his sister Mary Lou Garvey. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his two daughters, Christine Zanchi and her husband Fran Nostrame of Sherborn and Lisa Klaus and her husband Matt of Medway; six cherished grandchildren, Nathaniel and Andrew Nostrame of Sherborn and Olivia, Mackenzie, Riley and Elena Klaus of Medway; brother Angelo Zanchi and his wife Lillian of Bangor, ME; and his beloved nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his calling hours on Wednesday, January 9th, from 4-8 PM in the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage Street, Franklin, MA. Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin at 10 am on Thursday, January 10th. Burial at Edgell Grove Cemetery will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Paul’s memory to the Mass Audubon Society or the American Cancer Society. Guestbook/directions

ERNEST BARBIERI 1/1/2019 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

Legendary and beloved entertainer Ernie Barry of Framingham, MA and Brooklyn, NY passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day at 87 years old. Ernest Ferdinand Barbieri was born to Joseph and Adele ‘Nana’ Barbieri, the youngest of venerated siblings Frank, Joe, Louie, Anna, and Paul. Ernie grew up on the Barbieri family farm along the bucolic shores of Lake Waushakum. He inherited a tireless work ethic, waking at early hours to tend the family’s Ice House and work on the farm before school. At a young age, Ernie learned that music brought great joy to his family, as they would gather around the radio together in the evenings and listen to opera. He found a passion for piano and accordion playing and continued his studies at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Ernie returned home and married Ford model and political leftist, Antoinette Pellegrini. Along with his trusty squeezebox, Ernie and Antoinette headed to New York City to raise their children, and Ernie began his long and storied musical career. With an all-star lineup, featuring among others, celebrated vocalist Phyllis Girone, Ernie played some of New York’s most renowned establishments. His performances included a record-setting 72-week engagement at New York’s famed Copacabana nightclub where, during one show, Count Basie gave Ernie a standing ovation. By the time he opened his own nightclub in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Ernie had become a favorite New York entertainer. During its 12 years, Ernie Barry’s was a hugely popular neighborhood landmark and one of the town’s premier spots for mobsters to disco dance. Featured musical guests included Taylor Dayne, The Four Tops, Tiny Tim, and Public Enemy’s first-ever Brooklyn performance. Ernie had the rare gift to light up any room. Later in his career, he played wherever he could bring people joy, from senior residence homes to several appearances on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ In addition to starring in the indie-film ‘Denounced’, Ernie released his acclaimed LP ‘Moon Over Brooklyn’, featuring the hit, ‘Yes Dear’. He was a longtime fixture at Hollywood’s Feast of San Gennaro and the original Grimaldi’s Pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge where he delighted guests with his songs and humor, doing what he did best, bringing smiles to countless people. Ernie’s whole-hearted spirit lives on in his adoring fans, family and friends. The family would like to extend their thanks to Neil, Tony, Bobby, Jerry, Frank and cousin Greg for years of loyal friendship. They also are very grateful to Ernie’s caring nieces and nephews, especially Ricky and Joe, for their dedication to his happiness and well-being over the years. Ernie leaves behind three devoted children Ernie Jr., Anthony, and Katherine. Ernie’s affection for his three grandchildren is eternal; Isabella, Lola, and Enzo loved nothing more than singing with their Grandpa. Ernie also leaves behind his beautiful first wife, Antoinette, as well as beloved daughters-in-law Bridget and Daryl, and soon to be son-in-law, Lucio. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Columbus Club in Framingham, MA on Sunday, February 17th at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the North American Accordion Collaborative ( For information about the memorial service, please contact Katherine Barbieri at

Harry Ayuso 12/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

Harry G. Ayuso 63 of Framingham died Sunday December 16,2018 at the Metro West Hospital in Framingham. He was the beloved son of Jenary Comacho Ayuso of Framingham and the late Natalio Ayuso. He also survived by seven brothers and sisters and many nieces nephews and cousins. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday January 2, 2019 at Edgel Grove Cemetery in Framingham. Funeral arrangements are by John Everett and Sons Funeral Home Natick.

Joel Osborne 12/7/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

Framingham - Joel S. Osborne, 60, of Framingham, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Manor, surrounded by his loving family and close friends.  Joel was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease at the young age of 50, and bravely battled this devastating disease until his passing.  A resident of Framingham for 14 years, he grew up, and lived for many years in Medway.  He was the son of the late Allan G. and Ruth L. (Boulter) Osborne.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Costello) Osborne, and loving father of two daughters Jessica (Osborne) Files and her husband Ronald of Milford, and Adrienne (Osborne) Ross, and her husband Andrew of Medway. Joel was the proud grandfather to Kaylee Files and Jack Files. He also leaves his brother Allan and his wife Deborah of Holliston, sister Lisa Auger and her husband Andre of East Douglas, and brother Harold and his wife Deborah of Medway, and several nieces and nephews and many friends.  Joel was a 1976 graduate of Medway High School where he participated on the track and cross-country teams.  He attended Dean College in Franklin and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University in 1988. Joel had most recently worked at Sun Life Financial for 11 years, retiring in 2008. Prior to that he had been employed for many years as a sales representative in the food and beverage industry. Joel loved coaching sports, he spent several years as an assistant coach on the Medway High School football and track teams. Beer Brewing was a huge thrill for Joel; he was a talented home brewer and enjoyed sharing his beer with his friends and family. He received many recognitions for his successful brew creations and loved to tour breweries and visit brew pubs. Joel’s father introduced him to the card game, pitch. He became a proficient player and was a regular at the Medway VFW card games every week for over 30 years. Joel was known for his smile, quick laugh, sense of humor, and being a loyal friend. In addition to the love of his family, some of his many passions and interests were: music (especially The Who), concerts, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, photography, woodworking, nature, Monte Carlos, and relaxing in his pool. He loved animals, particularly dogs, and would stop whatever he was doing to pat a pooch. He especially enjoyed his ice cream and would travel far for a good dish of ice cream. Joel daughters, Jess and Adrienne have fond memories of their dad, like the mystery trips he took them on every Columbus Day Weekend; rewriting the song lyrics to his favorite songs to make the girls laugh; and frequent trips to Kimball’s Farm for ice cream. They both feel so fortunate that he was there to witness their marriages and so many other important milestones in their lives.  Joel’s siblings remember his easy-going manner and positive outlook on life. He was always smiling and quick to laugh at a joke (especially his own). He was an inspiration to them in the way he accepted his diagnosis and fought his disease. He taught us all how to live. Joel’s family thanks the staff and care givers at the Newton Wellesley Center for Alzheimer’s and St. Patrick’s Manor for the loving care given to him over the past four and a half years. To remember and celebrate Joel's life, family and friends will be invited to a celebration of life gathering at Thayer Homestead 2B Oak St, Medway on a date to be determined, and to a birch tree planting in the spring of 2019 at the grounds of Thayer Homestead. Donations to honor Joel may be made to: Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington Street, #300, Wellesley Hills, MA  02481 Online: The Callahan Center, Continuing Connections Program, 535 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702 The Osborne Scholarship Foundation 39 Jackson Dr, Holliston, MA 01746 or any other charities that would be meaningful to Joel’s memory.

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