MARGARET M. (COGAN) McAVOY – in Epsom, NH, formerly of Woburn, April 30th. Beloved wife of the late James F. McAvoy. Devoted mother of Jeanne Snyder of Hampton, NH, James F. McAvoy of Billerica and his wife Maryellen, Thomas J. McAvoy of Pembroke, NH, Timothy McAvoy and his wife Beth of Epsom, NH, Mary T. McAvoy of Rockport, and Susan King and her husband Stephen of Nashua, NH. Dear sister of the late Ralph, Joseph, and William Cogan, Theresa Driscoll, and Phyllis Spooner. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 6th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Margaret M. (Cogan) McAvoy, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away Wednesday, April 30th after a period of declining health. The beloved wife of the late James F. McAvoy, she was eighty-nine years of age. Born and raised in East Woburn, Margaret was the daughter of the late Patrick and Teresa (Cunningham) Cogan. A graduate of Woburn High School, she continued her education at the Choate Hospital Nursing School where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1938. Nursing was a perfect fit for Margaret as she had a caring and compassionate nature along with a warm smile and a wonderful sense of humor. While working as a young nurse at the Choate Hospital, Margaret met her husband, James, who was her patient and a serviceman at the time. They later married and shared forty-one years of devotion to one another until his death in 1983. Margaret and her husband, made their home in the Central Square section of Woburn where they raised their six children. She was a devoted and loving mother and later grandmother and great grandmother. While her husband was alive, they traveled extensively across the United States and Europe along with extended family.
Margaret was an avid Red Sox fan since the 1920’s when her mother would take her to Fenway Park and her love and support for her hometown team continued throughout her life. Also in the sporting realm, she was a longtime member of the Woburn Bowladrome League which brought her much enjoyment and an opportunity to make many dear and lasting friendships. Additionally, she loved gardening and worked tirelessly tending her beautiful flower gardens.
Margaret retired from her nursing profession in 1981. Her positive attitude and zest for life will live on for many years through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James F. McAvoy, her siblings, Ralph, Joseph and Willliam Cogan, Theresa Driscoll and Phyllis Spooner.
She is lovingly survived by her children, Jeanne Snyder of Hampton, NH, James F. McAvoy of Billerica and his wife Maryellen, Thomas J. McAvoy of Pembroke, NH, Timothy McAvoy and his wife Beth of Epsom, NH, Mary T. McAvoy of Rockport and Susan King and her husband Stephen of Nashua, NH, ten grandchildren, Christine and Christopher Strong, Rocky and Dana Snyder, Scott and Donna McAvoy, Michele Daley, Rachel Ciechon, Timothy McAvoy, Jr., Kate Corbett, Matthew Bouchard, Patrick King, Jonathan King and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 6th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.