Malcolm D. Kimball Jr., Who Shepherded Family Insurance Agency, Dies at 67

Well-known downtown Haverhill insurance agent Malcolm D. Kimball Jr. of Haverhill, passed away Oct. 3. At age 67. Kimball took great pride in serving as the fourth-generation owner of R.B. Kimball Insurance Agency on Merrimack Street in Haverhill. He was born in Exeter, N.H., on June 28, 1955, and graduated from Pentucket Regional High School with the class of 1973.

Ronald Sanville, Taught Electronics at HHS, Veteran of Korean War, Dies at 93

Ronald J. Sanville, 93, husband of Rita M. (Morin) Sanville, passed away Oct. 2, at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill with his loving family by his side. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Louis V. and Florence E. (Towne) Sanville. Raised in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1948. Sanville was a classic “do it yourselfer”, always fixing things.

Lorraine LaBranche, Founder of Haverhill Independent Newspaper and Loral Press Dies at 93

Lorraine Theresa (Cote) LaBranche, 93, of Haverhill, one of the founders of the former Haverhill Independent newspaper and co-founder of Loral Press of Atkinson, N.H., died peacefully Sunday at Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings. She was the chief financial officer and partner at Castle Publications, which launched and operated the Haverhill Independent in 1974 and several other regional newspapers. In 1978, she started Loral Press with her son Alan, who told WHAV the name is a combination of Lorraine and Alan. “We wanted to find a name that was simple and we didn’t have to explain and spell out over the years,” Alan told WHAV. However, he said, to this day he overlooks others’ misspelling and mispronunciation of the company name.

Hortense Burton, Haverhill Teacher Nearly 40 Years, Wife of Former Fire Chief and Mayor Dies at 96

Hortense E. (Archambault) Burton, 96, a longtime Haverhill school teacher, native and lifelong resident of Haverhill, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 17, at her home surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Clarence and M. Blanche (Goudreault) Archambault, she attended Haverhill Public Schools and was a member of the Haverhill High School class of 1944. She was the wife of former Haverhill Fire Chief and Mayor Lewis C. Burton

She received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from Bridgewater State College and was employed for 39 years as a teacher in the Haverhill school system. During her career, she taught at the William H. Moody, John C. Tilton, Hannah Duston and Albert B. Consentino Schools until her retirement.

Nancy Paszko, Longtime Haverhill Schools’ Business Administrator, Dies at 91

Nancy A. (Yaylian) Paszko, 91, known to generations of residents as a Haverhill Public Schools’ administrator and longtime Haverhill resident, died Friday, Sept. 9, at Hannah Duston Longterm Healthcare Facility. Born in Groveland, daughter of the late Avak and Kungeny Yaylian, she was a graduate of Haverhill High School and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Antioch College, Cambridge. Paszko first began her long career in the Haverhill School System in 1948, working first as a clerk and stenographer at the former Haverhill Trade School. She later advanced herself to the position of administrative assistant and finally as the superintendent of business administration until her retirement.

Gregory DiBurro, Former Owner of Pat’s Beef House, Dies at 72

Gregory J. DiBurro, 72, longtime owner of Pat’s Beef House in Haverhill died Friday, Aug. 19, at Lahey Hospital in Burlington. DiBurro, of Newton, N.H., was born in Haverhill Dec. 29, 1949, son of the late Pasquale J. and Emily (Kokinos) DiBurro. He was educated in the Haverhill school system and was a graduate of Haverhill High School.

Today’s Obituaries: Ann B. Shaw, 77, Career Spanned Lowell Sun, Bradford College and ValleyWorks

Ann B. Shaw, 77, passed away unexpectedly following surgical complications at Lahey Clinic on Aug.18. Ann was the wife of David E. Shaw with whom she had just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 10, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Teresa (O’Brien) Geib and Francis Finnegan. She was educated in Lowell and graduated from Keith Hall Academy, class of 1963. Following her graduation, Ann worked for The Lowell Sun for many years.  She started as a clerk in the newspaper library, progressing to features writer and finally editor of the Lifestyle section.

Longtime Haverhill Purchasing Agent Betty Burrill Dies at 92

Haverhill’s former longtime purchasing agent, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Burrill, 92 died last Saturday morning. Burrill was employed by the City of Haverhill for more than 30 years—25 of those as purchasing agent. She died Aug. 13 at Hannah Dustin Long Term Care after a period of declining health. Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Doris (Jalbert) Burns.