John J. Shaughnessy

February 10, 2016

John J. Shaughnessy
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

JOHN J. SHAUGHNESSY- Of Woburn, Wednesday, Feburary 10th. Beloved husband of the late Mary (Walsh) Shaughnessy. Devoted father of John J. Shaughnessy Jr. his late wife Michelle of Woburn, Mark W. Shaughnessy his wife Karren of Burlington and Marykate Shaughnessy O’Brien her husband Keith of Woburn. Dear brother of the late William, Andrew, Patrick, Thomas, Michael, Catherine and Henry Shaughnessy. Cherished “Papa” of Seamus, Brendan, Rory and Patrick O’Brien and Julia Shaughnessy all of Woburn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, February 16th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Funeral Home 8:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

John Shaughnessy passed away at the New England Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Mary (Walsh) Shaughnessy, John was ninety four years of age.

A life long resident of Woburn, John was one of eight children born to the late Patrick and Mariah (Connelly) Shaughnessy. Raised and educated, John attended Woburn High School and graduated with the Class of 1939. During his high school years John was quite athletic and played all sports and played them extremely well. After high school he was a part of Woburn’s “semi pro “ teams the Shamrock’s and Nashataug’s.

Following high school John secured a position with the Boston and Maine Railroad. Shortly after he started one afternoon an announcement was made that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Well, John and his friend left work and went to the recruiting office and enlisted in the United States Navy. John served on first, the USS Susan B. Anthony and then the USS Bellitrix. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific and was a very proud navy veteran.

Upon his return home John returned to his position at Boston and Maine Railroad.

where he remained for thirty years until his retirement, as a freight conductor. John then accepted a position as State Inspector for the Department of Public Utilities for the next twenty years.

In 1956 John married his sweetheart Mary Walsh to whom he was devoted to for just shy of thirty years , at the time of her death. They dedicated themselves to raising their three children and were very proud of each . It was always sports, sports, and more sports. Wherever the kids games were, he was there, either as an interested parent, coach or umpire!

Once the grandchildren arrived, it began all over again! John was thrilled to be “Papa.” He had an exceptionally close relationship with his grandchildren. As they grew he taught them all wonderful lessons and tremendous values. His patriotism was strong and that he shared with them. Not just the value of patriotism, but how lucky we all were to be Americans and of Irish descent! Keeping family always at the forefront he instilled the old saying “..scratch one, and we all bleed.” This was emulated all throughout the journey “Papa” shared, not just with his own children, buy proudly with his grandchildren. Teaching them Gaelic over the years, was a way Papa showed them pride in their culture and teaching them their prayers, he taught them the power of religion.

Cape during the summer time was often true summer fun and when Mary was alive the favorite spot was Niagra Falls. Golfing was always fun for Papa. No matter where they travelled, a golf course was at the other end!

John also throughout the years shared a very tight relationship with his brothers and sister. Whether it was the political arena, or any other area his family shared in, John was right there by their sides, cheering them on. Every day was a special day with family.

John remained in the home that he and Mary had built just after they were married. He loved his home as “home was where the heart is.” For almost sixty years John lived in the same neighborhood and loved every minute. He was a man of great love, faith and tradition. He continually shared all of that, every day, with all those he knew, but in particular with those near and dear, called his family .

Sadly, John was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife of nearly thirty years Mary, his dughter in-law Michelle Shaughnessy and his siblings, William, Andrew, Patrick, Thomas, Michael, Catherine and Henry Shaughnessy.

He is lovingly survived by his children, John J. Shaughnessy Jr. of Woburn, Mark W. Shaughnessy his wife Karren of Burlington and Marykate Shaughnessy O’Brien her husband Keith of Woburn and his grandchildren, Seamus, Brendan, Rory and Patrick O’Brien and Julia Shaughnessy all of Woburn.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, February 16th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Funeral Home 8:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

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  1. Regan Family
    Shogga, Mark, Katie and Family: You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Take comfort in the great memories you have of your Dad.

  2. I am truly sorry to the friends and family of John. Hope during those tough times you will remember that someday you will see him again and rekindle all those remarkable memories. Thomas McCue

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