Obituary of Anthony F. 'Bishy' Pandolph

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Korean War Veteran

ANTHONY F. "BISHY" PANDOLPH - of Woburn, August 2nd, at eighty-four years of age. Beloved husband of Janice (Boutwell) Pandolph. Devoted father of Anthony Pandolph, Jr., his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Sharon Bonica, her husband Randi of Waltham, Wayne C. Pandolph, his wife Megan of Woburn. Dear brother of Marion Barchard, Sophie Kearns, and the late Frank, Angelo, John "Sonny" and Peter Pandolph, Mary McDonough, Ann Saunders, Barbara Miele and Rose MacDonald. Special Papa of Michelle Fraser, Stephen Bernier, Brittany and Kyle Pandolph, Connor and Kayla Pandolph, Courtney and Anthony Pandolph, and the late Matthew Bonica. Great-grandfather to Adam and Andrew Fraser. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, August 8th, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Monday evening, August 7th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. At the family's request, PLEASE in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Bishy's honor to the Epilepsy Foundation, 335 Main st, Wilmington 01887, the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Development Office, VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

OBITUARY:

Anthony F. “Bishy” Pandolph, passed away Wednesday, August 2nd after a lingering illness. The beloved husband of Janice (Boutwell) Pandolph, Bishy was eighty-four years of age.

Bishy was one of eleven children born to the late Peter and Rose (Brown) Pandolph. Raised and educated in Woburn, Bishy was quite the athlete throughout his life. He would excel in basketball in high school and would graduate with the Woburn High Class of 1950.

Following High School Bishy enlisted in the Army during the Korean War, proudly serving his country for two years.

After being honorably discharged, he returned home and resumed civilian life. He began working at the Gelatin in East Woburn, later taking a position with United States Post Office. Throughout his career at the Post Office which spanned over forty six years, he was the recipient of many awards and achievements for his outstanding service.

While playing softball one evening at Library Park, he was introduced to Jan Boutwell who was there watching the games. After the game he invited her for coffee and as they say the “rest is history”. This past July they had celebrated their sixty first wedding anniversary.

Three children blessed their home and they were all very involved in all sorts of activities, from supporting athletes to community activities.

As the years went by, their family grew with nine grandchildren and now two great grandchildren. Papa loved them all !

Over the years Bishy was extremely active throughout the city and state with his involvement in sports and community service. He played on the semi-pro Vagabonds Basketball team through out the 50s, served as Ward 2 Alderman in the 70s, Recreation Director (70-71), Woburn Recreation Commission (2010-2015), life member of the Sons of Italy, where he served as President and had shared in and on other various boards and positions, President of Woburn Fast Pitch Softball League (1950s and 1960s), Served as a referee for high school and colleges in the sports of soccer, basketball and baseball; a proud member of the IAABO Board27 (life member), CBOA, EMSOA, NISOA (charter member) and the EMBUA.

Of all his adventures throughout the sporting world, the most precious of all was being the President of the Woburn Babe Ruth League from 1965 to 2013. Bishy always made sure sure that any child in the City of Woburn, who wanted to play baseball did play, no matter what obstacles were in their way. He was inducted into the the Hall of Fame of Eastern Massachusetts, an honor that he was so very proud of.

Now after he retired from the Post Office he kept himself on the go and served as the Crossing Guard for the Joyce Middle School and Hurld Elementary. He so enjoyed seeing the kids every day, chatting with them and seeing that they got safely to and from school.

Bishy and Jan throughout their sixty one years, travelled this journey together sharing in all the different activities of their family and of their community, giving one hundred and ten percent. It was a tremendous gift and a wonderful legacy.

Sadly in addition to his parents, Bishy was predeceased by his siblings, Frank, Angelo, John "Sonny" and Peter Pandolph, Mary McDonough, Ann Saunders, Barbara Miele and Rose MacDonald and his grandson Matthew Bonica.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Janice (Boutwell) Pandolph; his children, Anthony Pandolph, Jr. and his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Sharon Bonica and her husband Randi of Waltham, Wayne C. Pandolph and his wife Megan of Woburn; his siblings, Marion Barchard and Sophie Kearns; his grandchildren Michelle Fraser, Stephen Bernier, Brittany and Kyle Pandolph, Connor and Kayla Pandolph, Courtney and Anthony Pandolph and Great-grandchildren Adam and Andrew Fraser. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, August 8th, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Monday evening, August 7th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. At the family's request, PLEASE in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Bishy's honor to the Epilepsy Foundation, 335 Main st, Wilmington 01887, the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Development Office, VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.