John F. Daley

September 4, 2016

John F. Daley
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOHN F. DALEY – of Woburn, September 4th, ninety-four years of age. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor (McEachern) of Woburn. Beloved father of Barbara Skentzos and her husband Peter of Nokomis, FL, Stephen Daley and his wife Patricia of Woburn, Dana Daley and his late wife Pamela of Burlington, Regina Batson and her husband Paul of Cohasset, Laura Marchessault and her husband Steven of No. Waterboro, ME and John Daley and his wife Cindy of Woburn. Loving brother of the late Elizabeth M. Connelly and the late Mary B. Daley. Special “Grampy” of 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. John is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, September 9th, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, September 8th, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2 Norwood, MA 02062

or St. Charles School, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John F. Daley passed away at the Woburn Nursing Center on Sunday September 4th. The beloved husband of the late Eleanor (McEachern) Daley, he was ninety four years of age. A lifelong Woburn resident John was the son of the late Frank H. and Mary C. (Collins) Daley. Raised and educated here John was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1940. Following High School John enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. John proudly served as a Radio repair/operator in the 491st Bomb Squadron, a division of the 14th Air Force in China under the leadership of General Chennault. This very intricate group were known as the “Flying Tigers.” The Flying Tigers participated in more than 100 battles, shooting down 272 Japanese aircraft and destroying another 225 on the ground. The Flying Tigers had an outstanding combat record. In 1996, the United States Air Force awarded the volunteer pilots the Distinguished Flying Cross and the ground crew with the Bronze Star Medal. John stopped to talk to a friend of his Ellie McEachern, gave her a ride home, and the rest of the journey has continued until February 2015, when Ellie passed away. In 1948 they married, and in 1959 nestled right in on the Hammond Square section, where the homestead remains. That was the hub of a lot of activity over the years as the children were growing up and as the grandchildren began arriving. “Grampy” had the wonderful pleasure of seventeen grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.John had secured a position with RCA in the television and telephone system repair and maintenance division. This was a position he held right up until his retirement thirty years ago. His passion and hobby was to operate a “Ham” radio. John built and maintained his own system when he was in High School and had friends all over the world, which he had maintained over the years.John a kind, strong, and man of tremendous character, loved his family and his home. John had the very good fortune of sharing and being surrounded by all this love for his entire life.John was a member of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group, the American radio Relay Group, and John and his wife were also members of the Blue Hills Weather Observatory. Sadly, in addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife Eleanor (McEachern) Daley, his sisters, Elizabeth M. Connelly and Mary B. Daley and his daughter-in-law Pamela Daley. He is lovingly survived by his children, Barbara Skentzos and her husband Peter of Nokomis, FL, Stephen Daley and his wife Patricia of Woburn, Dana Daley of Burlington, Regina Batson and her husband Paul of Cohasset, Laura Marchessault and her husband Steven of No. Waterboro, ME and John Daley and his wife Cindy of Woburn. John is the special “Grampy” of 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, September 9th, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, September 8th, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or St. Charles School, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. To all my cousins,
    I’m very sad to hear about Uncle Johns passing. I have such fond childhood memories of all of you.
    Hugging you all in my heart and sending my deepest sympathies.
    Cindy P

  2. Barbie, I am very sorry to learn about your Dad. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Pat (Lucas) Padden

  3. Sincere condolences and sympathy – we wish we could be there for you but you are in our thoughts, Barbara & Peter (along with the rest of the Daley family), at this very sad time.
    With love,
    Carol & David Evans

  4. To my Grampy who taught me everything from cars to tvs and everything in between. I will miss you
    Its a sad day for us but we know you are together with
    Nana again and that will comfort us all through this sad time. Love your grandson
    Paul

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