Peter G. Bertozzi - Our Hero’s Last Stand.

The war lasted for one hundred and ten days.
It began with stealth. Fatigue came in the night, and stealthily, slowly chipped away at our Hero, but he was determined to overcome and persevere through Fatigue's advances. Low Blood Counts arrived on the battlefield and attacked our Hero on three fronts, bringing down his white knights and his red knights and his platelet armor. Allies, versed in medicinal lore, came to the aid of our Hero and brought new red knights and sometimes platelets and each time our Hero stood again against Fatigue and Low Blood Counts and for several weeks the battle raged as the enemy scored advantages and weakened our Hero. His Allies came to his aid at every juncture, fortified him and boosted him up. Brief lulls in battle were spent with those he loved most, and his foremost thought was always for his children.
The enemy saw that our Hero was brave and tenacious and brought forth a mighty plague called MDS-EB2 which raged against our Hero as he fought to stand his ground. This plague said ''I will ravage your blood and marrow'' but our Hero refused to yield. Bravely he dug deeper into his soul and from his depths sought to repel the horde that was set upon him. Again and again they launched their joint attacks and again and again, with the aid of his allies, our Hero repelled them from his walls.
Angry and frustrated at their inability to subdue him, Fatigue, Low Blood Counts and MDS conspired in secret and brought Infection into the fray. Our beloved Hero buckled, but refused to fall. For two full weeks, every single day, he fought Infection - and after fourteen days he triumphed over this enemy. Again his loves sought to be in his presence as he caught his breath between assaults.

Fatigue, Low Blood Counts, MDS and Infection were enraged at the strength, courage, honor and determination of our Hero and so they plotted late one night and sought to unleash the harshest foe against our Hero .... Fever.
Fever came with no mercy, relentlessly attacking, day after day, hour after hour. His enemies attacked in unison - Fatigue, Low Blood Counts, MDS, Infection and Fever and it took this army of enemies one hundred and ten days to bring our Hero down. Brought to his knees, still he fought bravely as those who loved him watched helplessly, unable to come to his aid.

Our splendid, brave oh-so-beloved Hero breathed his last on May 21st, 2022.
His name was Peter G. Bertozzi and he will be our Hero forever.

Peter was born in Mount Auburn hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 18th, 1949 to Gurino {Warren} Bertozzi and Bernadette Morrissey. He grew up in Roxbury, and later Hyde Park, with his older siblings, the late John Bertozzi of Rockland, Joan (Bertozzi) Agostini of St. Cloud, Florida and Paul Bertozzi of New York City, New York. As a youngster he loved to visit his Italian grandparents, Giovanni Bertozzi and Maria Della Chiesa, in Ayer, Massachusetts. He studied engineering and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

He enlisted with the U.S. Army in December 1969. Peter served overseas in the Republic of Vietnam with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company as a crew chief with the 3rd Platoon (Bandits) at Bien Hoa and later with C Troop, 16th Air Cavalry (Darkhorse), 1st Aviation Brigade, at Can Tho. When he returned home, he joined the telephone company, married and had two sons, Paul Bertozzi of Mansfield, Massachusetts and the late Nicholas Bertozzi of Foxboro, Massachusetts. He began a career at the MBTA that would span 26 years and rose through the ranks in signals and communications to become Director of Systemwide Maintenance and Improvements. He continued his engineering career with STV Inc., HDR Inc. and Patrick Inc. His expertise was valued by all.

Peter’s life took an unexpected turn when he met Caroline Dunne, from Co. Kerry, Ireland. While seemingly polar opposites at first glance, their hearts had other plans and this unlikely pair wed in St. Brendan’s Church, Curraheen, Co. Kerry in April 2005. Peter became a father again, to Aidan Bertozzi, Elsha Bertozzi and Ciara Bertozzi - of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Peter worked hard, loved to cook, enjoyed reading and days at the beach. He had all the qualities of a good man - a huge heart, a great intellect and a fantastic, sarcastic sense of humor. He approached life with curiosity and determination. He had a lot to share and was generous - generous with his time, with his knowledge, with his heart. He loved to feed people and was famous for his meatballs and home-made bread ! He made everyone feel welcome.

Most of all, nothing meant more to him than his family, his boys Paul and Nick and then
Caroline, Aidan, Elsha and Ciara. Paul married Kerri-Lyn Nickerson, of Mansfield, and they gave Peter two grand-children, Olivia and Nolan Bertozzi, of Foxboro. He adored them all.

His heart carried love and fondness for his siblings, nephews, niece and extended family, friends and colleagues. There was room for everyone.. He loved his Charlie-girl, the family dog, too !

His hardest day was the loss of his son Nick, in 2012. It took ten years and one week for them to be reunited.

Visiting hours in the Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home 619 State Rd. Plymouth (Manomet) on Thursday May 26th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday May 27th at 10:30 am at St. Peter’s Church 86 Court St. Plymouth. Cremation will follow at Vine Hills Crematory.

In honor of our Hero, we invite you to donate blood at any local blood drive and to support the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.