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Debra  A. (Chaisson) Scanlon

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“I was blessed to have worked with Deb at NWH in the Radiology Dept years ago. She was a ray of sunshine, with an infectious laugh. My heart is heavy...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Stephanie Bonarrigo - Medway, MA

“RIP ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Michelle Plakas-Kaiser

“My deepest condolences to all the Scanlon family and those that love Debra so much. Rest in peace. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kelly Clark

“Darling Debbie,Words can never convey what losing you means. The loss to all of us, but most especially Jim, Luke and Avery is not possible to...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Gwenda Pardi - Park Ridge, NJ

“I first met Deb in Kindergarten at Rosary Academy where we became friends. Funny to think we became related many years later and then developed a...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Steven D'Angelo - Grafton, MA

“I first met Debbie when she was a 14 year old girl in a school uniform and she knocked on my door. She was the first babysitter to my children when...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Toni Dubeau - Jamaica Plain, MA

“RIP Angel! ♥ ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Trish Coffey - Belmont, MA

“Our hearts go out to the Scanlon family during this time of loss of your beautiful wife, mom, daughter, sister. Please know we hold you close in our...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Margaret and Michael Bower - MA

“The Chaisson Family has always been special to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul, Pat, Theresa and Ann and their families. Our...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: RJ & Anne MacDougall - Waltham, MA

“Dear Scanlon Family~We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful Debbie. Keri shared how incredibly special she was. Reading her...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Carmen & Carol Quintiliani - MA

“I am so shocked and devastated to hear this sad news. I weT to X-ray school with Debbie. We have bumped into each other over the years in the Whole...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Joyce Wallace - Norfolk, MA

“Hoping the good memories always stay in the front of everyone's mind. And, there are a lot! ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Lee-Ann Norman - Westborough, MA

“Our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.. Debbie and Kara shared a longtime friendship that...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Paul & Lucy Ryan - Waltham, MA

“So sorry for your loss .Sending prayers and love ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Innis Innis - Lebanon, TN

“I had the privilege of working with Deb at Newton-Wellesley hospital along with a wonderful group of happy professionals proving great care to all...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Rayder - Hampton, NH

“I had the privilege of working with Deb at Newton-Wellesley hospital along with a wonderful group of happy professionals proving great care to all...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Rayder - Hampton, NH

“May your memory forever be a blessing! ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Pedersen - Brookline, MA

“Theresa and Ann - I am very sorry about the loss of your dear sister Deb. It seems like yesterday when we were talking about her children and how...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Lauri Tenney - Grafton, MA

“Debbie angel as well as a fighter...truely one in a million. I was honored to witness her grace during our brief connection together. She was...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: JoAnn Durant RN - Boston

“So sorry for all Debbie's family and friends. Such a huge loss! A lovely girl who will be missed terribly but always remembered. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Christine Jackson - Spring Grove, PA

“I'm so very sorry. It's hard to comprehend how these things happen. I will miss Deb so much! She had a beautiful smile and such a caring way about...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Callahan - Lexington, MA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Jimmy, you are in our prayers. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Estelle and Gene Tortora - CT

Debra A. Scanlon entered the kingdom of heaven on Monday May 17th in the same way in which she lived her life: with courage, love and grace. It is often said that all people die but not all people live. Debbie lived for and was completely devoted to her children. Although her precious life was cut short Debbie most certainly lived! Our beloved Debbie died peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded in love by her family. She was 49.

Most kids dream of growing up to be a dancer or ball player, a doctor or maybe a teacher. From the earliest age Debbie's only dream was to be a mother. She realized that dream twice over and was a mom to two amazing kids, Luke and Avery Scanlon. Luke and Avery will forever remember their mother as simply the 'best mom in the world'. Debbie's commitment to the kids was never ending as she loved them more than life itself and her husband Jimmy was content to be in third place, 'a distant third' as Deb would affectionately remind him.

Debbie was diagnosed in 2019 with a very rare form of cancer. Her only goal was to get better for her children. With the heart of a lion, she fought an extraordinary and brutal battle that left both her doctors those few who knew the depths of her struggle in awe.

Debbie would want all of us to think of her with a smile and remember the good times, laughs and joy shared with friends and family over so many wonderful occasions throughout the years. She most certainly would want us to be comforted knowing she is at peace and with her Heavenly Father, as well as family gone before her. Debbie's shining spirit will always be with us all and she will forever remain in our hearts.

Born on June 4, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland she was raised in Waltham and graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Watertown. She earned an Associate degree from Mass Bay Community College and then worked as an x-ray technician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Debra married James C. Scanlon on August 11, 2001 in Saint Brigid's Church in Lexington and they have made Hopkinton their home since 2002. 

Debbie is survived by her husband, Jimmy and their children, Luke and Avery Scanlon; her parents, Paul Chaisson (Nancy) of Stow and Patricia (Miszczuk) Paragona (Joe) of Waltham; her sisters, Theresa Chaisson (Steve 'Tex' Annas) and Ann Clark (Michael) both of Milford; her in-laws Michael Scanlon (Cheryl) of Englewood, Florida; Michael and Steven Scanlon both of Sugarloaf, Florida, Dana Dianni of Denver, Colorado and George Dianni (Cindy) of Lagrangeville, New York; also survived by nieces & nephews, many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of adored friends.

Family and friends will honor and remember Deb's life by gathering for calling hours in The Parish Center of St. John the Evangliest Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton on Friday, May 21st from 4 to 7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065. (

Arrangements by James & John Heald.