The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 4, 2004


James H. Deacon, III

Born in Carlisle in 1962, James H. Deacon, III, who grew up on Baldwin Road, died May 25 in Chelmsford.

Jim was an extremely intelligent, creative, kind-hearted, adventurous, beautiful child. Even through the harshest times, he had genuine love in his heart. He believed in a perfect, ideal world and he was kind and generous to everyone. He loved only the finest of everything — friends, food, music, cars and places. As a teenager, he completely rebuilt a car and found an interest in welding. He was a perfectionist who excelled over the years in his welding career to be among the best. He loved cooking, gardening and seeing local bands in Boston. His adventurous side stayed with him, and he loved traveling to his cabin in Maine and bringing friends for getaways. He always loved bringing people together — he learned this from his uncle Larry Bowen, who was his life's inspiration. His longtime companion was Natasha, his beautiful dog, who brought him so much pride and happiness. He loved his close friends dearly: Marie and Phil Macallister; his lifelong friends Jen and Sue Enroth; Mary Bowen, his mother, (they had a very special connection and would do anything for each other with pure love); his brother Bill Deacon, whom he loved and was extremely proud of; his nephew Daniel Leighton, whom he absolutely adored; his sister Tobai Leighton, whom he loved and admired for her strength; Howard Hensleigh, his mentor; Ivan Krakow for whom he had deep respect and admiration; Melinda and Rick Witt, his very close neighbors with whom he shared good times.

Jim was humble. He was a genuine person. Anyone who knew him had the gift of a true friend. Please let there be a heaven where Jim can finally have the happiness he so deserved. In lieu of flowers please send red balloons for a send-off to Jim's wonderful free spirit.

The funeral, held on Saturday, May 29, from the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Home in Concord, was followed by a graveside service at Green Cemetery in Carlisle. Reverend Timothy Jensen of the First Religious Society in Carlisle officiated.

Anne B. LaValle Forty-year resident of Carlisle

Anne B. (Cassidy) LaValle, 84, formerly of Carlisle, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at her daughter's home in Abington. She was the wife of the late Joseph N. LaValle who died in 1995.

Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, on October 1, 1919, she emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of six and attended Cambridge parochial schools.

For many years, Mrs. LaValle was employed by Baldwin, Lima and Hamilton Electronic Company in Waltham.

A 40-year resident of Cross Street, Mrs. LaValle was a member of the Carlisle Council on Aging and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include a son, Michael J. LaValle and his wife Dorothea of Lowell; a daughter, Carole LaValle Ventresca' and her husband Antonio of Abington; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, James McGuigan of Lorain, Ohio.

The funeral, held on Thursday, June 3, from the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Home in Concord, was followed by a funeral Mass at St. Bernard's Church in Concord. Burial followed in the family burial plot at Green Cemetery, Carlisle.

Beverly Porter

Beverly Porter, 68, of Bedford Road died at Emerson Hospital on June 1. A funeral will be held on June 19. A full obituary will appear in next week's Mosquito.

Our sympathy to...

The Shohet family of Bedford Road on the death of Carolyn Shohet's mother, Marjorie Stein, 94, at her home in Aspen, Colorado.

James "Sandy" Ford and his wife, Aurora, of Cross Street on the death of Sandy's father, James A. Ford, 88, formerly of Concord, on February 21 in North Carolina.

The Burke family — Kate Bauer Burke, Jim Burke and Michael Burke — of Pine Brook Road on the death of Kate's mother, Mary I. Bauer, 87, of North Andover, a lifelong reader. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

David Pedra (far left) of Elizabeth Ridge Road and Madeleine Terry of Concord, seniors at CCHS, won the final case in the 10th annual Moot Court competition at CCHS last Wednesday. They met sophomores Nikki Spencer (second from right) of Cranberry Hill Lane and Arthur Smith of Concord. Each team had prevailed through a variety of cases over the previous two months. Judging the final case were Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Martha Sosman and Superior Court judges Peter Lauriat and John Cratsley. CCHS social studies teacher Denis Cleary directs the Moot Court program.

Mary and Elizabeth Cheever, left, of Carroll Drive, are in training for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, which will be held in the Boston area at the end of July. There are several ways to sponsor them, thereby funding breast cancer research and free mammograms for deserving adults. Visit the, click on Boston, and type in either of their names. There you will be able to pledge by credit card, or print a form. Forms are also available at Ferns and Kimball's. If you call 1-978-369-6861, Mary or Elizabeth would be happy to drop off a form.

Jonathan Stevens of Maple Street, American Textile Museum Board Assistant Treasurer, is shown at the museum's President's Dinner with Dr. Ben Franklin, portrayed by Emmy award-winning actor Bill Meikle of Arlington.

(Photo by Frank Leone, Jr.)

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito