Francis W. Tortolano, 95, of Braintree, Mass., died Aug. 17 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Tortolano, who retired in 1986, was a former journalist for The Providence (R.I.) Journal. He also has been employed at Cahners Publishing Co. in Newton, Mass., and Boston.

He leaves two children, Judith and Frances; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondents Ashleane Alabre, Elizabeth Allen, Nimra Aziz, Alexander Frandsen, Nico Hall and Georgeanne Oliver, undergraduate students at Northeastern University.