Today’s Obituaries—Former Postmaster Robert Kneeland, 92

Former Newton, N.H., postmaster, who later retired as superintendent of the Ward Hill Post office Robert “Bob” A. Kneeland, 92, of Bradford, died Thursday morning, Jan. 28 at High Pointe House in Haverhill. He was born in Haverhill July 26, 1928, to the late Richmond R. and Jennie (née Dufault) Kneeland. A life-long resident of Bradford, Kneeland was educated in the Haverhill school system, graduating from Haverhill High School with the class of 1946 while enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps School as a Hospital Apprentice 1st class Corpsman, serving as an enlisted member of a military medical unit until Aug.2, 1946.

Today’s Obituaries—John Katsaros, 97, World War II Hero

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John Katsaros, 97, of Haverhill, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Beverly Hospital. He was born in Haverhill on July 6, 1923, the son of the late Speros and Helen (Christos) Katsaros. John was a graduate of Haverhill High School Class of 1942. After graduation he proudly served our nation during World War II in the Army Air Corps on a B17 bomber based in Deenethorpe, England. He was shot down over Reims, France and was taken prisoner by the Gestapo and later escaped to freedom.

Today’s Obituaries—Lawrence ‘Larry’ Comeau, 76, Former Haverhill Firefighter

Lawrence L “Larry” Comeau, 76, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, died Dec. 15, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Anselm and Rita (Charron) Comeau.  Larry attended St. Joseph Grammar School and Haverhill Trade School, graduating with the class of 1963.  He served in the Army National Guard from 1965 to 1971.  He was proud to be a Firefighter with the Haverhill Fire Department, and a self-employed carpenter. Larry was a member of All Saints Parish, Haverhill and Haverhill Firefighters IAFF Local 1011.  He was an avid golfer and passionate about fishing.  He enjoyed tying his own flies and preferred fishing for trout with his son and grandson on Father’s Day trips.

Today’s Obituaries—Gerald A. Sewell, 77, Haverhill License Commissioner

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Gerald A. Sewell, 77, passed away Dec. 13, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Virginia (Hanscom) Gardner and August Theriaull, he was raised by Jasper Sewell. Raised and educated in Newburyport, he attended Newburyport High School. Gerald attended Northern Essex Community College and Fisher College where he obtained his bachelor’s degree.

Today’s Obituaries—Diana M. Hanoian, 85, Haverhill High Mathematics Teacher

Diana M. Hanoian, 85, passed away peacefully at her residence on Dec. 5. Born in Haverhill on Sept. 12, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Haroutun (Harry) and Araksi (Helen) (Haroutian) Hanoian who owned and operated H&H Cleaning & Tailoring on Winter Street. Hanoian was a graduate of Boston University, and then matriculated to Boston College where she earned her master’s in education.

Today’s Obituaries—Former Haverhill Police Detective Bednez Dies at 85

Edward L. Bednez Sr., 85, of Haverhill passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, at his residence. He was born in Haverhill March 30, 1935, son of the late Valenty and Agnes (Holboy) Bednez. Bednez attended the Haverhill School System and graduated from Haverhill Trade School in 1953. He would also earn an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Northern Essex Community College.

Today’s Obituaries—Jean E. Ciccia-Ricker, 64, Worked at Riverside Market Basket Bakery

Jean E. Ciccia-Ricker, 64, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Tufts Medical center in Boston, of complications from a sudden cardiac arrest. Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late John Alfredo and Vincenza Jenny (Viola) Ciccia. Jean was raised in Peabody, MA, and was a graduate of the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, class of 1974. In 1989, Jean moved to Haverhill, MA and lived in the Riverside neighborhood for over 30 years. She was very active in community arts.