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Official Obituary of

John M. McDonough

March 30, 2024

John McDonough Obituary

John M. McDonough, age 93, a cherished soul known for his loving nature, generosity, and friendly demeanor, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2024, at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Born into the heart of Boston, John's journey began in Dorchester, where he cultivated a life of service, family, and joy.

As a proud Bostonian, John carried the spirit of his city with him through every walk of life. His early years were spent in the close-knit community of Dorchester, where he attended Dorchester High School, forming lifelong friendships and a foundation of resilience. His dedication to his country shone brightly during his honorable service in the United States Army throughout the Korean War, a period of his life that shaped much of his character.

Upon returning home, John dedicated many years to the United States Postal Service, working at the Dorchester Center Post Office. His colleagues knew him as a reliable and hardworking individual, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. His commitment to the community extended beyond his professional life as he actively participated in AA meetings at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Milton, offering support and companionship to many.

John's life was a tapestry of love and devotion, woven through his role as a family man. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Shea), whose memory he treasured dearly. A guiding light to his children, Maryellen Robinson of VT, Christine Murphy of Manchester, NH, Alison McDonough of Ashland, and Eileen McDonough of Quincy, John instilled in them the values of kindness and integrity. As a brother, he shared an unbreakable bond with his late siblings, Edward, Joseph, and Mary McDonough.

The joy of his life was further multiplied by his grandchildren, Kelly Robinson, Sarah Hockey, and Justin Zboyovski, and his adoration knew no bounds when he became a great-grandfather to Ava Hockey. His legacy of love will continue to flourish in their lives.

John's leisure time reflected his appreciation for the simple pleasures in life. He could often be found geocaching, a hobby that combined his love for adventure with his keen sense of discovery. His walks at Castle Island were never complete without savoring a hotdog and French fries at Sullivan’s, a tradition he held dear. The excitement of bingo and the warmth of spending time with his family were the cornerstones of his happiness.

To those who knew John, his presence was a source of comfort and camaraderie. His generous spirit was felt by all, whether through his thoughtful gestures or his readiness to lend an ear. John lived his life with an open heart, embracing each day with enthusiasm and grace.

As we bid farewell to John M. McDonough, we celebrate a life lived with purpose and love. His memory will be cherished and kept alive by the many hearts he touched. John's journey on earth has ended, but the stories of his kindness, his unwavering support, and his infectious smile will be passed down through generations, a testament to a life beautifully lived.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Thursday morning at 10:30.  Burial Milton Cemetery. 

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