John Dolan Ipswich MA

Remembering John Dolan

The following article was written in 2013 by Beverly Perna for the Ipswich Chronicle.  Reprinted with permission. It is true—when you become “of an age,” you start to scan the obituaries. Sadly with each passing year, I see more familiar names. If I didn’t know them, I knew of them. I looked at the paper last week, and one … Continue reading Remembering John Dolan

Remembering Susan Howard Boice

by Beverly Perna Sue Boice died on July 16, 2013, but word got around town slowly that she had passed. I didn’t know until August 24th when a friend called and asked me to go to a Native American memorial for Sue, hosted that morning at Wolf Hollow by her longtime friend Joni Soffron. I regretted … Continue reading Remembering Susan Howard Boice

Remembering Taffy Hill

by Beverly Perna Ipswich lost a great friend recently with the death of Howard “Taffy” Hill. Memories poured forth as residents learned he had passed away at the age of 87 on March 26, 2011. Hill was a familiar sight at his near iconic store on Market Street, in operation since 1929 when it was opened … Continue reading Remembering Taffy Hill

The Clammer

This article by Beverly Perna appeared in the Ipswich Chronicle in 2010, republished with permission . Photos of Tom Pappas are by Terry Unger for the People and Place project. Featured image by Gary Gibson. It had to be a tough decision to hang up the clamming fork after a lifetime of use. Tom Pappas, who will be … Continue reading The Clammer

The Breakfast Club

A couple of days ago I sat down with an illustrious group of Ipswich gentlemen for their morning repast and reparte.  (I may have to quit going to work so I can join them more often!) The text for this story is from an article written a while back by Beverly Perna, reprinted with permission. If … Continue reading The Breakfast Club