Philip Findlay

Philip Matthew Findlay passed away peacefully at the Salem Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 23rd after a long battle with ALS. Born and raised in East Boston, Philip was a fun, loyal and hardworking man. He worked early in his life with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Suffolk Clerk of Courts and Bank of America, but his passion was for the restaurant business. He worked most of his life as a waiter and bartender and was the manager of the Dark Horse Tavern in Somerville until his illness required him to retire. Philip was a kind and loving friend, brother, son and partner to Harry for nearly thirty years. A long-time member of the Boston Prime Timers, Philip also enjoyed all types of movies but became a big fan of the Marvel Comics Movies.

The beloved partner of Harry Fullerton for nearly 30 years, Philip was the devoted son of Mrs. Patricia (Murphy) Findlay of Chelsea. He was the dear brother of Bruce Findlay and his wife Robin Daley of East Boston, and Kellie Findlay of Chelsea. He was a devoted uncle to Louis Garcia, Michael Findlay, Amanda Lanzilli, Joseph Daley and Matthew Findlay.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with the family at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, on Wednesday, December 29th from 4 – 7 PM.

Bernie Michels (1932-2020)


Somerville, MA – Bernard E. Michels, 88, of Somerville, MA died of natural causes on October 26, 2020. He was born on January 21, 1932 to Edward and Emma Michels. Bernie grew up in Raynesford, MT with his parents and four brothers: Bud, Elvin, Vern, and Del. He graduated from Belt High School in 1949.

Then Bernard traveled around Montana and worked several jobs in agriculture and construction. He attended Montana State College, Bozeman and earned a degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Soils in 1953. Later that year, he was drafted into the US Army. Bernie served for two years at California bases as a truck mechanic. After being discharged, he lived in Los Angeles and San Diego areas for twenty years. Bernard worked for electric companies and banks before he found his calling in social work with the Department of Public Social Services. He also earned his Masters’ degree in Sociology at San Diego State College.

In 1976, Bernard moved across the country to pursue his doctorate in Sociology from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Once a professor, he taught classes at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. Both are in the Boston area. At this time, Bernie grew plants and entered them into competitions. He also involved himself in exercise regimens to improve his health.

Bernard is survived by his brother Vern Michels, NYC; his sister-in-law Marilyn Michels, Great Falls; nephews: Larry Renney, Helena; Bill Renney, Billings; Ed Michels, Great Falls; Steve Michels, Raynesford; and Tim Michels, Spokane; nieces: Melanie Hallett, Clancy; Laurie Deckert, Longmont, CO; and Lisa Norfolk, Spokane; and good friend Herb Breneman, Pasadena, CA. Cremation has taken place and his family will hold a celebration of life next summer.

Bernard took pride in his life achievements. He was born during the Great Depression to a working-class family in rural Montana. His education started in a one room country school and he pursued his studies until he became a Professor of Sociology. Bernie taught about social inequality at distinguished institutions. He made it his mission to speak out about the social injustices of modern society. Bernard was also the family historian. He wrote thirty plus chapters on various relatives and collected decades of family photos. He was a kind and gentle soul who will be greatly missed.

Frederick Joseph Riley 

“Beloved Husband and Lifelong Advocate for Gay Rights”

Frederick Joseph Riley, 89 of Lowell, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Emile Edouard Dufour with whom he shared the past 35 years.

He was born in Lynn, MA on November 7, 1932 and was a son of the late Joseph Frederick Riley and the late Catherine (Ellard) Riley. He was raised in central Massachusetts where he attended the area schools. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country for a number of years before his honorable discharge. After his service, he attended Rhode Island School of Design on the GI Bill.

Fred was employed as an engineer at Raytheon for over 30 years before his retirement. He enjoyed art and was a member of the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell and was a supporter of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He also enjoyed antiquing and was a friend of Bill W. for over 35 years.

Fred was a lifelong advocate for gay rights and with his husband, was one of the first gay marriages in Massachusetts, married for the past 17 years. Together they co-founded Greater Lowell Equality Alliance. He was also a longtime member of the Boston Prime Timers.

In 2007, Fred and Emile were both interviewed for a front page article in the New York Times entitled “Aging and Gay and Facing Prejudice in Twilight.” Additionally, in 2015 they were the subject of a short documentary entitled Fred and Emile which was a co-production of Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures produced by Jerry Bisantz and Ann Garvin.

In addition to his beloved husband, Emile Edouard Dufour of Lowell, he is survived by his sons, Jay Riley of Hollywood, Florida, Paul Riley and his wife, Robin, of Fort Madison, Iowa and Brian Riley of Keokyk, Iowa. He is also survived by his former wife Virginia Riley of Fort Madison, Iowa.

He was also the father of the late Kevin Riley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852, and Whistler House, 243 Worthen St, Lowell, MA 01852.

In accordance with Fred’s wishes funeral services have been omitted. Arrangements by McDonough Funeral Home, (978) 458-6816, 14 Highland Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Please visit to leave the family a message of condolence.

View the online memorial for Frederick Joseph Riley

Holiday Party, 1 PM, Saturday December 11th @ Club Café


As usual, there will be no meeting in December. The Holiday Party will be at Club Café on December 11th at 1 PM. Once again, the dinner is $30, although this time we ask that you pay at the door (card, cash, check) and RSVP to either or (617) 286-4440 before December 9th so we can give Club Café a headcount of everyone attending.

Do not forget to bring your vaccination card or a picture of it on your phone.

Please specify if you want/require a vegetarian option.

Club Café requests that you do not come excessively early. The meal will not be served before 1:30 PM and you will not be admitted to the back room until after paying at 1 PM.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday for the Holiday Party!

Thanksgiving dinner, 2 PM, Saturday November 20th @ Club Café


As usual, there will be no meeting in November. The Thanksgiving dinner will be at Club Café on November 20th at 2 PM.  As usual, the dinner is $30, although this time we ask that you pay at the door (card, cash, check) and RSVP to either or (617) 286-4440 before November 16th so we can give Club Café a headcount of everyone attending.

Do not forget to bring your vaccination card or a picture of it on your phone.

Please specify if you want/require a vegetarian option.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner!

Sunday, September 26 @ 10 AM, Boston AIDS Walk

Support the Boston AIDS Walk at DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston!

The Boston Prime Timers have for many, many years supported this important gay community event and we continue this traditional support this year. Over the years, BPT have raised over $26,000 for this more than worthy cause that is so important to our community. Last year 25 BPT members pledged $1,310 exceeding our goal of $1,000. This includes the generous contribution of $100 made by the BPT Board. Hopefully, we can match or even exceed last year’s donations. 

AIDS Walk Donation Website

Please Donate: choose a suggested donation amount or enter your desired amount (the default is $50 but just type over it). ANY AND ALL DONATIONS OF ANY AMOUNT ARE APPRECIATED — WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU!

Or, send a check made out to Boston 2021 AIDS Walk – put Boston Prime Timers Team in the note space on the check and mail it to Coley Kelly, 6 Evergreen Trail, Milton, MA 02186 (BPT Office is still closed).

Join Helder Lemos and Coley Kelly and others for the Walk at the new location – DCR’s Carson Beach (125 William J. Day Blvd.) in South Boston. Please contact Helder or Coley for details on where we will meet up prior to the Walk which starts at 10:00 AM. The site provides for plenty of free parking and is accessible by MBTA subway and bus.

Many thanks to all who have so generously contributed to the AIDS Walk in the past. We hope you can contribute again this year. Stay safe and well.

For more information, go to (or or contact Prime Timers Helder Lemos (401-440-5200) or Coley Kelly (617-680-1901)

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Free parking will be available at the Boston Teachers Union (180 Mt Vernon St, Dorchester, MA 02125) and Corcoran Jennison Management (150 Mt Vernon St, Dorchester, MA 02125) lots.

Anniversary Party, Aug. 21, 2 PM @ Club Café

As usual, our anniversary party is the third Saturday in August and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Club Café will be hosting us in our regular meeting space.
  • CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
  • At this time, FULLY VACCINATED members or guests only. Per Club Café you will need your vaccination card or a photo of it.
  • RSVP by August 14, 2021 to the Office @ (617) 286-4440, or e-mail
  • Tear Sheets and checks should be sent to Harry (see address on the Tear Sheet).
  • Food will be served at 2:30 PM.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. (617) 536-0966