Dorothy M. “Dot” (Adgate) Harkins

September 28, 2008

Dorothy M. “Dot” (Adgate) Harkins

DOROTHY M. “DOT” (ADGATE) HARKINS – of Revere, September 28th. Beloved wife of the late Charles A. Harkins. Dear sister of Frederick Adgate and his wife Molly of Woburn and the late Frank Adgate and Florence McQuaid. Also survived by 14 nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, October 2nd at 9:30 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 70 Medford Street, Arlington. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral. Donations may be made in Dot’s memory to Affinity Hospice, 14 Crosby Drive, Suite 103, Bedford, MA 01730. Late longtime Revere school teacher.

OBITUARY:

Dorothy M. (Adgate) Harkins, 92, a longtime elementary school teacher in Revere and sister of Woburn resident Frederick Adgate and his wife Molly, passed away on Sunday, September 28th at the Lifecare Center in Stoneham. She was the wife of the late Charles A. Harkins, who died in 1995.

Born in Revere, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Arabela (Keith) Adgate.

“Dot,” as she was known to friends and family, graduated from Revere High School and Salem State College. For over forty years she taught in the Revere school system. She belonged to the National Education Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Revere Teachers Association.

Dot and Charlie spent their summers at Moussam Lake in Maine and winters in Ft. Myers, Florida. They enjoyed traveling to Canada and Michigan where they made several longtime friends. Dot loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and was so proud of their accomplishments.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Frank Adgate, and a sister, Florence McQuaid.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Molly Adgate of Woburn, as well as 14 nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, October 2nd at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 70 Medford Street, Arlington.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral.

Donations may be made in Dot’s memory to Affinity Hospice, 14 Crosby Drive, Suite 103, Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. To the Family of Mrs. Harkins.

    I remember Mrs. Harkins very fondly. I had her as my third grade teacher at the Paul Revere School in the early 60’s.

    Many of you probably won’t remember a old kiddy TV show named Bozo the Clown on the old Channel 5. I was a guest on that show while I was in her class and recall coming into school the next day.

    She made such a big deal out of it and at the time I didn’t think anyone really watched TV back then. I realized the power of the power of TV in the third grade.

    That day I left school knowing what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

    I spent the past 40 years in the radio and TV business finally retiring from NBC a couple of years ago.

    She gave a kid from a neighborhood where you could have gone good or bad a goal.

    I never forgot what she did for me.

    Mike Hemeon
    Director of Network Operations, NBC/Universal TV (RET)

  2. To the family of Mrs. Harkins,

    I have many fond memories of her as she was my 3rd grade teacher. After her retirement from Revere Public Schools, we formed a “pen pal friendship” writing often, keeping up with news of my family and hers as well as telling her my experiences as a teacher! She always spoke lovingly of her family especially her nieces and nephews. I express my heartfelt sympathy to everyone. She was a truly exceptional lady who will always have a special place in my heart.

    Anita Ferullo-Capozzi
    former student of Mrs. H’s.

  3. To the Family of Dot Harkins:

    It was an honor and pleasure to have met Dot and her family at Life Care Center. She was a truly wonderful woman and a joy to work with. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Frances and Rob Hammond

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