Amelia M. Phinney

  • Born: July 17, 1982
  • Died: April 10, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

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PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375

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Tribute & Message From The Family


EASTON---Amelia M. Phinney, 37, of Easton, passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2020, at Boston Medical Center. She was the loving mother of Alexis McElligott of Easton. Born July 17, 1982, in Jamaica Plain, she was the cherished daughter of John and Pauline (Goff) Phinney of Easton.

Amelia was raised and educated in Easton. She was employed as a business representative for the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Local 346 in Randolph. Prior to this, she worked for many years in the Boston area as a union carpenter, including work on the Big Dig and as the union steward on the Fore River Bridge. She also spent countless hours promoting the interests of women carpenters.

Amelia loved spending time with her daughter and her family and enjoyed kayaking, deep sea fishing, travelling, and working on the house with her dad. She shared a love of theater and acting with her mom and delighted in encouraging her daughter's involvement in theater, dance, and singing.

In addition to her daughter and her parents, she is survived by her brother, Nicholas Phinney, of North Providence, RI, her grandmother, Maureen Goff, of Tonbridge, England, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and co-workers in the United States and the United Kingdom. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, funeral services will be private. Amelia's family is deeply appreciative of all of the love and support they have received from her extended family, her friends, and her sisters and brothers in the union. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to her daughter's college fund or a charity of your choice. Donations to the college fund can be mailed to Amelia M. Phinney Estate, East Boston Savings Bank, Attn: Lisa Dunlea, 2 Granite Ave, Milton, MA 02186, or online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/d86mv-alexis-mcelligott-college-fund.


Condolence & Memory Journal

John and Pauline,

Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Amelias passing. I remember meeting her and your granddaughter at the cookout one year when your granddaughter was just a baby. I can see from other comments that she was very admired, well respected and cared for.
Peace and love to you all.

Posted by Sue Burton - Norton, MA   April 25, 2020

May the Great God of Heaven Bless and continue to Shower his Love and Grace in your Lives always!

It was a true Blessing to have known Amelia, she showed true leadership as a woman in our Union I will always be Proud of all she has accomplished. As her time with us has been cut short, she leaves a path that many Sisters and Brothers can and will follow for years to come!!
Amelia it was Great Standing an Chanting, Marching and Shouting on those Union Standouts! Love you and will miss you.
Mz." Vy"

Posted by Violete Davis - Dorchester, MA - coworker   April 22, 2020

My deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Phinney Family on your loss. Amelia will be deeply missed by all. I had the opportunity to work with Amelia on a few occasions. She was very bright, intelligent and a joy to work with. She had a great passion for what she did and what the organization wants to accomplish. My God Bless you and comfort you during this time sorrow.

Posted by Craig Ransom - Dorchester, MA - Coworker   April 22, 2020

Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Amelia had a great passion for helping our local and she will be dearly missed.

Posted by Thuan Huynh - Quincy, MA - Coworker   April 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire Phinney family. Amelia's laugh, personality and sense of humor will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Chris Benson - Middleboro, MA - Friend   April 22, 2020

Thank you sister for all your efforts in empowerment.You are so loved for that .I leave condolences to family may you keep the faith to know she is always with you

Posted by Sylvia Fernandez - Los Angeles, CA - Sister   April 21, 2020

All of Amelia's brothers and sisters in the Carpenters Union are saddened by her passing. Although I didn't know her well, I knew she was a force you did not want to mess with! Her strength and kindness will be missed.

Posted by Dan LeClerc - Manchester, NH - Coworker   April 21, 2020

Labor lost a strong leader

Posted by Rchard Rothwell - Manchester, NH   April 21, 2020

We remember your sparkling personality with such affection, all of your visits to England that you so enjoyed and your delight in showing Lexi the sights of London. You've been such a trailblazer for all of the Sisters in the Union too and you will long live in our memory.

Posted by Alison Goff - Tonbridge - Family   April 21, 2020

Sweet Alexis, Mr&Mrs Phinney, and Nick, there are no words that I can say to tell you how deeply sorry I am for your loss, Amelia was an amazing woman and mother, and loved by so many and will be missed, you can be so very proud.❤

Posted by Angela Smith - Mansfield, MA - Family Friend   April 20, 2020

Pauline and John: Our deepest condolences. There are no words... We continue to pray for you, your grand-daughter and family. May Amelia rest in peace.

Much Love,
Maria Wilson-Sepulveda & Family

Posted by Maria Wilson-Sepulveda - Brockton, MA - Family Friend   April 20, 2020

Dear Pauline and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your daughter Amelia. I'm so glad that I got to meet her. She was a beautiful person inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Ingunn Bourne - Brockton, MA - Friend   April 20, 2020

My deepest sympathies go out to The entire family of my Friend Amelia. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. I'm Gonna gonna miss you my Sister!! Descansa en Paz!

Posted by Martin Sanchez - Revere, MA - Coworker   April 20, 2020

Like everyone else, I was stunned to hear the news that a very special vibrant young person could pass so unexpectedly. I got to know Amelia when she applied for a position at the Council. At each interview I was more and more impressed by her maturity and thoughtfulness. It is easier being a woman in the trades than when I joined the union, but it is still a challenge and Amelia demonstrated a very sophisticated understanding of when to deflect and when to stand up proudly. I told her what I told the dozens of other staff we hired: No matter how much you may already know about the world of construction, working for the union is a new adventure. It is like being an apprentice all over again. I told new hires they should be like a sponge, just absorbing all the new information they were going to be exposed to. Nobody understood that better than Amelia. Her enthusiasm and love for the job was extraordinary. She wanted to understand every new situation she encountered and become better at it the next time. Her learning curve was amazing. She went from being hesitant and cautious to being confident and comfortable.
She was a terrific Council staffer but, more important, she was a wonderful person. Funny, quick, charming, and compassionate. She talked about her family a lot and her dear daughter Lexi.
Pauline and John, you raised a special human being. As painful as this loss must be, I hope you can celebrate the life that you contributed to this world.
Lexi, your mother was amazing and loved you endlessly. I cannot begin to fathom what these days must be like for you. Just know that a lot of people admired and loved your mother and carry those memories with you.
These are strange times we are living in and adjusting to the loss of loved ones has become an every day occurrence. But no one could have anticipated that Amelia would be in that category. My thoughts are with you. We will miss her.
Mark Erlich

Posted by Mark Erlich - Jamaica Plain, MA - Coworker   April 20, 2020

To everyone who received an opportunity to know Amelia my thoughts and continued prayers go out to all of you. I only knew Amelia for a short period of time, but working with her on the Sisters conference earlier this year I had an opportunity to see what passion she had for the work we do. I pray for comfort for all who mourn her, peace be upon her soul, and strength for those who forge onward in her memory. Although miles separated us, she is still my Sister. All my love always,

Posted by Marie Smithgall - Syracuse, NY - Coworker   April 20, 2020

My deepest condolences on your loss. Amelia was a wonderful person

Posted by Joe DiCenso - MA - Coworker   April 20, 2020

I feel so lucky to have known Amelia. She was such a good, kind, generous person. She was an excellent carpenter, and an excellent Business Representative for the Carpenters Union. She really threw herself into learning and mastering everything she could, and it meant she was a warm and welcoming mentor to the women she helped recruit into the union, she was a tireless and effective advocate for her membership, and she was a deep and loyal friend. She leaves a hole personally and professionally that will never quite be filled. I will miss her and send deepest condolences to Lexi, Pauline, John, and all the rest of her friends and family.

Posted by Liz Skidmore - Boston, MA - Coworker   April 20, 2020

Great time at pool, birthday parties, fun time with Lexi and Campbell at Great Wolf Lodge, Howling Tornado ride, going toLexi's plays,crazy. Midnight swims with Marie and Amelia! ❤❤J72 sy

Posted by Mary Duggan Watson - W. Bridgewater, MA - Friend   April 19, 2020

I had the pleasure of getting to know Amelia through working together on tradeswomen issues over the past few years. I knew I could count on Amelia for guidance and support when organizing in the South Coast. She was also passionate about connecting people in her community who were in need with opportunities, and gave her all the events we worked on together.

I really enjoyed talking with Amelia, She was warm, friendly and smart. I remember lingering in a Panera one day after meeting with her, for at least an hour we stayed. She was so easy talk to.

Amelia will be missed for sure.

Posted by Kate Harrison Leon - Boston, MA - Coworker   April 19, 2020

Alexis,John,Pauline,and Nick,I'm so sorry for your loss.Amelia was a great person and a great friend. I will miss her terribly.

Posted by Courtney Morgan - North Easton, MA - Classmate   April 19, 2020

Pauline, I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Susan Crowell - Needham, MA - Coworker   April 19, 2020

I'm so sorry for your sudden and very painful loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you struggle with this heaviness.
Sincere regards,
Bethany Laporte
(Derek's Auntie Beth)

Posted by Bethany Laporte - Gloucester, MA - Friend   April 19, 2020

My deepest condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. You'll be truly missed.

Posted by Ricardo Xavier - Tewksbury, MA - Coworker   April 19, 2020

My prayers and deepest condolences to the Phinney families.

Posted by Dewayne Jones - Warwick, RI - Coworker   April 19, 2020

Please accept my condolences, I am deeply sorry for your loss, our community is a lesser place without her... RIP Amelia

Posted by Jeff Nielsen - Londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   April 18, 2020

Sending my deepest and very sincere Condolences to the family of my dear friend Amelia.Angels come to us in many ways and Amelia had a gift. She could light up the room and make you feel like somebody. I thank you for sharing her with us. There is Another Angel watching over all of us.
God bless you always!

Posted by Charles Cofield - Mattapan, MA - Friend   April 18, 2020

Amelia was s always there to help anyone in need.
Her passing is terrible loss to so many.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amelias family with the hope that they can take solace knowing they now have an Angel looking over them.
Rest In Peace

Posted by John Leavitt - Portland, ME - Coworker   April 18, 2020

My deepest condolences on your loss. Amelia was truly one of a kind. Her presence is going to be sorely missed. RIP sister.

Posted by Dennis Smith - Quincy, MA - Coworker   April 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss. My prayers and blessings to all your family and

Posted by Marcia Williams-White - Roxbury, MA - Coworker   April 18, 2020

I was just getting to know Amelia and she was a pleasure to be around. She had so much compassion and drive especially for the things she was passionate about. She talked about Lexi with such joy. She is a missing piece that will be hard to replace. My condolences to the family and for Lexi to know she has an extended family that will have her in our thoughts, prayers and have her back if she needs us.

Posted by Catherine Pena - North Providence, RI - Friend   April 18, 2020

My thoughts and prayer go out to everyone who was touched by Amelia. She was a great person who I am glad to have had the chance know. She will be missed. S.I.P.

Posted by Fred Taylor - WORCESTER, MA - Coworker   April 18, 2020

Pauline and John: My deepest sympathies to you & Lexie. Always enjoyed reading your family updates on FB. Her life was full & filled with love. May this current painful grief ease into beautiful memories of thed wonderful daughter and mom that Mia was. Love, Shirley

Posted by Shirley DFreni - Locust Valley, NY - Friend   April 18, 2020