John A. McAllister

August 10, 2010

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

JOHN A. McALLISTER – in Woburn, August 10th. Beloved husband of Helen L. (Corbett) McAllister. Devoted father of Valerie Kappel of Nashua, NH, Joan McCarthy and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Joyce Ryan and her husband Larry of Canton, David W. McAllister of Stoneham, and Teresa Cochran and her husband David of Woburn. Dear brother of Ethel Dinardo and her husband Carmen of Woburn, Jean McDevitt of GA, and Louis McAllister of Burlington. Loving grandfather of Jeff, Jay, and Scott McCarthy and Brendan, Keith and Leanne Ryan, and great-grandfather of Connor, Shannon, Ryley, and Kayleigh McCarthy. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, August 12th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church (lower church), 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801, or to Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin Street, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. Late Retired Firefighter, City of Woburn.

OBITUARY:

John A. McAllister, a retired Firefighter with the City of Woburn, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 10th, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. The beloved husband of Helen L. (Corbett) McAllister for over sixty-two years, he was 83.

Born in Winchester, John was the son of the late John A. and Ethel (Beard) McAllister. He was raised and educated in Burlington, graduating from Burlington High School, where he was a star basketball player, with the first class to graduate from the new high school in 1944. He entered the US Navy and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations with the Seabees in Okinawa, Japan. After the war, he met his wife Helen, and after their marriage in 1948 they took up residence in the Hammond Square section of Woburn, where they remained to raise their family.

John went to work in the leather industry, at Beggs and Cobb and Murray Leather. He was appointed a call firefighter in the City of Woburn in July of 1959, and became a permanent firefighter two years later. He retired from Engine 4 in East Woburn in 1987, after nearly twenty-eight years. The father of five, John always worked two or three jobs, but was never too tired to come home and play ball, cards, dance, and spend time with his family.

He and his wife Helen loved traveling, and spent many vacations with their close friends, the late Arthur and Alice Pepe. He was a member of the Towanda Club in Woburn and a ping pong enthusiast in his adult life, beating most challengers until the past few years. When his eyesight began to fail he turned to playing pool with his son-in-law, Dave. He was a devoted “Grampy” to his grandchildren and “Gaga” to his great-grandchildren, and loved offering his babysitting talents and playing basketball with the kids. He never missed a game or event in which one of them was involved.

Surviving, along with his wife Helen, are five children: Valerie Kappel of Nashua, New Hampshire, Joan McCarthy and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Joyce Ryan and her husband Larry of Canton, David W. McAllister of Stoneham, and Teresa Cochran and her husband David of Woburn, two sisters, Ethel Dinardo and her husband Carmen of Woburn and Jean McDevitt of Georgia, and a brother, Louis McAllister of Burlington. He was also the loving grandfather of Jeff, Jay, and Scott McCarthy and Brendan, Keith and Leanne Ryan, and great-grandfather of Connor, Shannon, Ryley, and Kayleigh McCarthy.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, August 12th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801, or to Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin Street, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.

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  1. Jean crawford

    To val and her family :

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

    The people at the John Oleary Community center Send their prayers to you and the family.

    Reading the obituary of your Dad he was an amazing person led a fulfilling life and is now at peace with the Lord.

    warmest regards, Jean Crawford

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