Obituary: JP’s John Rowse, 74, Founder of Boston Building Resources and Community Boat Building

Jamaica Plain resident John Rowse, the founder of Boston Building Resources, died on March 29. He was 74. A genuine visionary, John founded the Boston Building Materials Co-op in 1978 and co-founded the nonprofit Reuse Center in 1993. He went on to start a third organization, Community Boat Building, in the last decade of his life. John was trained as an architect and had a passion for sharing his knowledge with other homeowners, especially those with fewer financial resources, so that they could take good care of their homes.

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Eleanor Elias

Ellie Elias, Co-Founder of Sorella’s, 63

Eleanor "Ellie" Elias who founded Sorella's with her sister Antoinette "Toni" Elias, died Monday. She was 63. The Hyde Square restaurant has become an iconic part of Jamaica Plain. The sisters opened it in 1983, according to the Jamaica Plain Gazette. As the Gazette points out, the name Sorella's means "sisters."

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A bench at Jamaica Pond will be dedicated to Noah Katz, who died on Aug. 2, 2104.

Memorial for Noah Katz, Pond Fixture, Set for Saturday

Noah Katz, well known for his gregarious presence at Jamaica Pond, will have a bench dedicated to his memory. A commemoration ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the bandstand. Katz died on Aug. 2, 2014. Here's a message from Donna Kiefer:

At long last, we have a date and time to meet and commemorate our dear friend and family member.

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Sam Sherwood directs the Metropolitan Wind Symphony at Pinebank.

Sam Sherwood: Worked to Make Jamaica Plain Beautiful

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. He was an ardent environmentalist, a well-known political activist, a renowned raconteur, and a man with an insatiable love of life. Whether it was music, movies, theater, history, photography or world travels, Sam’s passions ran deep and his knowledge of each and every one of his interests was remarkable.

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Rev. Michael F. McLellan, who was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish from October 1991 to August 2004, died suddenly on Sunday during a worship service at his current parish in Canton. He was 64.

Rev. Michael F. McLellan, 64: Former Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church

Rev. Michael F. McLellan, who was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish from October 1991 to August 2004, died suddenly on Sunday during a worship service at his current parish in Canton. He was 64. Here are arrangements for his memorial services, according to Jamaica Plain's Patrick O'Connor:
A wake will take place at St. John's in Canton on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Msgr. Bourque will celebrate Mass at 8 p.m. with members of the Hispanic choir from the three parishes in Jamaica Plain attending.

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