GEORGE “AL” McGUERTY – in Stoneham, December 31st. Devoted father of Lynda M. Allen and her husband Robert J. of Westford and George A. McGuerty Jr. and his wife Warunee of Billerica. Loving grandfather of Dylan and Casey Allen. Dear friend of Phyllis McGuerty of Chelmsford and sister-in-law, Rose Dunleavy. Brother of the late Alice Gay, Mary Porter, Catherine “Bunny,” and Joseph and Bernard McGuerty Jr. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 5th, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Al’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans Association, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.
George A. “Al” McGuerty, a long time resident of Stoneham, formerly of Woburn, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, December 31st, at the Hospice House in Reading, at the age of seventy-five.
Born in Woburn, Al, as he was affectionately known, was the son of the late Bernard F. and Catherine (Dunnigan) McGuerty. He was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1951. The following year Al enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. During the closing days of the war, Al’s heroic actions were responsible for thwarting the advance of the enemy as they bombed American troops. As shells poured into his sector, his helmet was knocked from his head, but he scrambled from a trench and, armed with only a telephone, he relayed the positions and movements of the enemy. His bravery resulted in the successful bombardment of an innumerable number of advancing Communists by the United Nations Artillery. He was awarded the Korean War Service Medal with a Bronze Star, United Nations Medal and the National Defense Medal.
In 1957, Al was married and made his home in Winchester, during which time he worked for the Railroad and attended night school at Northeastern University. In 1965, Al and his family moved to Stoneham, which was his home for forty-two years. After leaving his position with the Railroad, Al was employed by the Department of Defense as an electrical inspector at Hanscom Field Air Force Base.
Al was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing even as a young boy. He built a home on Half Moon Pond in Washington, NH, with the trees that he felled. His family spent the summer months there and hiked each season to a small island on the Half Moon Pond to harvest blueberries. In his leisure, Al enjoyed reading, particularly history books. He was often seen with his trademark cigar although it was seldom lit. Al will be remembered as a very kind and entertaining gentleman who possessed a tremendous work ethic. Although his health was failing, he was able to comfortably celebrate Christmas with his family.
Al was a member of the American Legion Post 101.
Al was predeceased by his siblings, Alice Gay, Mary Porter, Catherine “Bunny, ” Joseph and Bernard McGuerty Jr.
He is lovingly survived by his children, Lynda M. Allen and her husband Robert J. of Westford and George A. McGuerty Jr. and his wife, Warunee of Billerica, his grandchildren, Dylan and Casey Allen, his dear friend, Phyllis McGuerty of Chelmsford and his sister-in-law, Rose Dunleavy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 5th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in George’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans Association, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.