Published in the July 7, 2017 edition

Dwyer-obit-webMELROSE — Carol A. (Hitchman) Dwyer, a 41 year resident of Melrose and formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Monday, July 3, following a month long battle with cancer. She was 73 years old. 

Carol was born in Boston on December 12, 1943, a daughter of the late Arthur Hitchman and Mary (Hickey) Hitchman. Carol grew up in Charlestown where she was educated at St. Francis De Sales Parochial School and graduated from Julie Billiart High School in the North End of Boston in 1961. 

Carol worked for the federal government where she began her career in the Charlestown Naval Shipyard and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an administrative assistant in 2005 following 24 years of dedicated service to her country. 

Carol was very proud of her Irish heritage and her beloved Charlestown roots. She enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Mt. Hood Golf Course in Melrose. 

She was an avid Boston sports fan and a member of the Somerville City Club.

Carol was the beloved wife of 47 years to Michael J. Dwyer. She was the devoted mother of Erin Burke and her husband Richie of South Boston. She was the loving Nana to Fiona Burke. She was the beloved sister of retired Boston Firefighter Arthur “Archie” Hitchman and his wife Claire of Melrose and the late Pat Russell and Mary Bird. She was the beloved sister-in-law of Maureen Bennett and her husband Jim, Reverend James Dwyer SSC, Daniel Dwyer and the late Richard Dwyer and John Dwyer. She was the cherished friend of Pat and retired Boston Firefighter Paul Reynolds of Melrose. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Carol’s funeral on Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown followed by her funeral Mass in St. Francis De Sales Church, 313 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown at 10 a.m.

Her burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. 

Her visiting hours will be on Friday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers kindly make a memorial donation in Carol’s name to Columban Fathers, P.O. Box 10, St. Columban, NE. 68056 or

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