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Quincy’s Legendary Locals Celebrated in New Book

January 1, 2015

From Presidents to punk bands, the sons and daughters of Quincy have shaped the face of the nation and the character of the town they called home. Author Jack Encarnacao is something of a local legend himself. Encarnacao – a journalist by trade – covered Quincy for years as a reporter at the Patriot Ledger, Quincy’s daily newspaper, and is now a reporter at The Boston Herald.

“We are so proud to be serving the Quincy community for three generations and to be part of its storied history,” said John Keohane, Co-President of Keohane Funeral Home.

QuincyLocalLegandsQuincy was originally part of Braintree until succeeding in 1792. Col. John Quincy, grandfather of Abigail Adams – America’s second first lady, is the namesake of a town that birthed two United States presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams; nation-wide businesses Dunkin’ Donuts and Howard Johnson’s; Hollywood stars Ruth Gordon and Bill Dana; and rock legends the Dropkick Murphy’s and Dick Dale, the so-called “King of Surf Guitar.” Dale’s famous song “Miserlou” became the theme music for Quentin Tarantino’s film “Pulp Fiction” in 1994.

The city’s local characters and neighborhood legends are featured as well, including Mike “The Winger” Zadrozny who launched vinyl records like Frisbees around town; Father William McCarthy who founded the shelter Father Bill’s Place as well as our own Edward Keohane, Chairman of the family owned and operated group of Keohane funeral homes.

“I’m honored to be included among such remarkable citizens of our fair town,” said Ed, son of company founder Cornelius V. Keohane. “Service to the community is of the utmost importance to the Keohane family and the entire Keohane Funeral Home team.”

The front cover of Legendary Locals of Quincy features images of John Adams, the second president of the United States; Phyllis Godwin, the CEO of Granite City Electric Supply Company; and Josiah Quincy III, Boston’s second mayor, among others.

The back cover shows photographs of Richard Koch, the founder of the “Koch Club” as well as employees of Tubular River & Stud, the leading industrial employer in Quincy from the 1880’s to 1960.

Legendary Locals of Quincy is part of the Legendary Locals series of books by Arcardia Publishing which are filled with vintage photographs and images. The series features hometown history and delves into the unique individuals and groups which have had a lasting impact on their community:


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