In Memoriam

PaulJ.McNamaraACLG President, Paul J. McNamara

The Boston Globe published an article which wonderfully captured Paul’s life.  Click here to download a PDF copy: McNamara, Paul – Obituary Boston Globe 01.26.2016.

McNAMARA Paul J. Esq. of Chestnut Hill, at the age of 74 January 23, 2016. Born February 14, 1941. Beloved husband of Mary (Hallisey). Devoted father of Paul Jr. and his wife Jessica of Los Angeles, CA, Bernard S. and his wife Michele of Short Hills, NJ, loving “Papa” of Nina, Alice, Callum and Lucy. Brother of John B. of Chestnut Hill and Robert R. of Norwell, and loving son of the late Bernard and Marion (Cassidy). Proud Triple Eagle, Boston College High School ‘58, Boston College ‘62, Boston College Law School ‘65.

Donations can be made in Paul’s name to the Boston College Law School General Fund, 885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459.


Honorable John Edward Fenton

Honorable John Edward Fenton, Jr. 83, a resident of Andover, and a former long time resident of Lawrence, died on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill.

He was born in Lawrence on October 28, 1930 to Honorable John E. Fenton, Sr. and Elizabeth (McMahon) Fenton. Educated in Lawrence Schools a graduate of Lawrence High School with Great Distinction, Class of 1947. A graduate of College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude 1951, Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, Juris Doctor, June 1954, (ranked 2nd in graduating class), and Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Master of Laws, June 1955. Served as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army for 27 months. He was appointed Associate Justice, Massachusetts Land Court, May of 1974, Administrative Justice (Chief Justice), Massachusetts Land Court, September 1990; served until December 31, 1992. Appointed Chief Administrative Justice of the Trial Court, January 1992 by Supreme Judicial Court (position is now called Chief Justice for Administration & Management); served until August 1995. At Suffolk University Law School he was a Distinguished Professor of Law, 2000 to June 2013, Dean and Professor of Law, September 1995 to October 1999.

Admitted to Massachusetts Bar on October 19, 1954; admitted to practice in the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. General practice of law from 1954 to 1974 (except for period of military service) with Lawrence firm of Fenton and Elias. He served on such judicial committees as Chairman of the Advisory Committee to Study the Rules of Evidence; appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. He is the Former Board Chairman and Trustee of the Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center, and affiliated corporations and former President, Director and Member of Planning Committee, Mary Immaculate Nursing & Restorative Center, Lawrence. Received such awards Doctor of Laws (Honorary) Suffolk University, May 2011 and the Ralph B. Wilkinson "Good Citizenship Award", Presented by Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, May 1974, "Distinguished Faculty Member Award" by Student Bar Association of Suffolk University Law School, 1970, Recipient of "Caritas Christi Medal" for distinguished service in health care field, of first "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Suffolk University Alumni Association, By legislative enactment, new court house in Lawrence named "Fenton Judicial Center" in honor of Judge John E. Fenton Sr. and John E. Fenton Jr. Original hospital building at Holy Family Hospital rededicated in name John E. Fenton Jr. and Recipient of Mary Immaculate "Sharing & Caring" Award-October 2012.

He loved to travel with the Lanes and Rogers family to Florida, going to the Holy Family Hospital to meet with Bill Lane to discuss issues involving the Hospital and health care in general, Teaching Law and interacting with his students, watching his nephew Paul play baseball from little league through college. Going to Red Sox, Celtics & Patriots games and watching them on T.V. and trips to New York City with his family.

He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Theresa (Regan) Fenton, nieces and nephews: Patricia and husband Attorney John T. Pollano of North Andover, Thomas and his wife Leslie Martineau of Salem, NH. Grand nieces and nephews: Amy P. Pollano of Andover, Thomas J Pollano of North Andover, Paul M. Pollano of North Andover, Sarah and Megan Martineau of Salem, NH.

John was a caring, loyal, generous and humble who like his father, John E. Fenton, could never say no to a kid. He will be greatly missed by his family & legion friends. He always had time to help people especially young people.

Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St. Andover, MA, 01810, Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA, 01830, or to the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, 136 Water Street, Lawrence, MA, 01841.


John “Jack” Michael Moscardelli

August 14, 1945 - February 9, 2013

Attorney John "Jack" Michael Moscardelli, 67 years of age, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9 2013. 

Beloved son of the late Elio and Gilda (Ianncelli) Moscardelli, Jack leaves his wife Cheryl (Gilmore), their daughter Dana Moscardelli, his brother Paul Moscardelli and wife Dorothy and children Christopher and Justin, his brother David Moscardelli and family, and Mary Ellen James and family. 



Honorable Robert H. Quinn

Former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, of Dorchester and Cataumet, died suddenly, January 12, 2014. He was 85. Beloved husband of Claudina C. (Pyne). Loving father of Andrea Q. and her husband Ralph Bernardo of Rockville, MD, Michael J. Quinn of Norwood, Elaina M. Quinn and her husband Alan Aikens of Dorchester, and Stephanie M. and her husband Robert Fallon of Milton. Brother of Catherine M. Keating of Hyde Park, and the late Frank J., John M., James E., William L., and Joseph I. Quinn. Devoted grandfather of Annabel, Ralph, and Patrick Bernardo, India and Quentin Aikens, Henry and Nora Fallon. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Partner of Quinn and Morris, Attorneys at Law, Trustee of New England School of Law, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University of Massachusetts, member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, member of the Order of Malta and Knights of Columbus, Columbus Council #116.

Quinn served in the state House of Representatives from 1957 until 1969, the last two years as Speaker. His gave his name to the Quinn Bill, which gives police with college degrees higher pay. He was attorney general from 1970 until 1974, when he lost in the Democratic primary for governor to Michael Dukakis. Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn called Quinn a "political leader of intelligence and integrity ... remembered for his decency and commitment to fairness and rule of the law."


Our President, The Honorable Joseph R. Nolan

June 14, 1925 - April 24, 2013

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

The Hon. Joseph R. Nolan, Of Belmont and Scituate died peacefully April 23, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Loving husband of Peggy (Kelly) for 66 Years. Devoted father of Jacqueline Nolan of New York, Janice Henry and her husband The Hon. Bruce Henry of Belmont, Leonard Nolan and his wife Arlene (Welch) of Winchester, Barbara Nolan Bouchie and her husband Albert of Belmont, Maura Brown and her husband Harold of Brookline, Martina Alibrandi and her husband Mark of Belmont and Joseph Nolan Jr. and his wife Therese (DiGiovanni) of Belmont.

Also survived by 27 loving grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Brother of the late John Nolan.

Joe was a graduate of BC High, Boston College and Boston College Law School. Joe was a Retired Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, retired law professor and author of many legal treatises.

Joe was the President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Video of the June 3, 2014 Special Sitting of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: Justice Joseph Nolan MemorialLink to Video