Charles J. Nellany

October 1, 2016

Charles J. Nellany
U.S. Veteran

US Army

CHARLES J. NELLANY, of Woburn, October 1st, sixty four years of age. Beloved husband of Catherine (Walsh) Nellany, married 36 years. Devoted father of Jennifer Roffi, her husband Kevin of Woburn, Charlene Donovan, her husband David of Watertown. Loving brother of Mary Power, her husband Joseph of Woburn, Dympna Moynihan, her husband Christopher of Mashpee, Patsy Sweeney, her late husband Owen of Ireland, Kathleen O’Dwyer, her husband Thomas of Braintree, Marian Irwin, her late husband Peter of Ireland, Michael Nellany, his wife Margaret of Quincy, and Mary Nellany, her late husband Joseph Nellany of NY, Josie Nellany, her late husband Eugene Nellany of Ireland. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and a grandchild on the way. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 6th, at 9:15 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 am. Interment at Bourne National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday. October 5th, at the Funeral Home from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

OBITUARY:

Charles Nellany passed away at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford , October 1st, at the age of sixty four. Born and raised in Collooney, County Sligo, Ireland, Charlie was the son of the late Michael and Anne (Lang) Nellany. The second youngest of nine children, Charlie and his three brothers and five sisters kept their parents very busy. When he was a teenager, Charlie had the opportunity to go to Connemara, County Galway, Ireland for two weeks to learn Gaelic. As he grew older, he developed a passion for art. Though he loved doing his artwork, his father thought it was best he learned a trade. This is where his future career as an electrician would begin.

In 1970, Charlie came to America at the age of 18. Following his arrival in America, he enlisted in the United States Army. He would serve his adopted country proudly for two years. When he was discharged from the service, he worked at the Blarney Stone in Boston. It was here where he would meet Catherine Walsh, a young lady who happened to have just arrived from Gallway, Ireland. Charlie and Cathy had more in common than just their Irish roots. In October of 1980, Charlie and Cathy tied the knot and would spend the next 36 years in wedded bliss. All the while, Charlie went to trade school and got his electrician’s license. He continued his education at Middlesex Community College where he received his Associate’s Degree. His career as an electrician would lead him to Marshalls in Woburn for twenty years and most recently as an electrician at Lahey Clinic.

However, life wasn’t all work and no play for Charlie. He was a family man, devoted to his wife and the two girls they brought into the world. Coaching Jennifer and Charlene in soccer when they were younger, he was able to share with them his love for “Irish Football” which he also had played. Charlie was part of the Shannon Blues Irish football team in Boston. His daughters were his pride and joy, always doting on them and their accomplishments. He would talk about them every chance he got with whomever had an ear to listen. Family vacations were treasured, as the Nellanys spent time at their favorite spot, Lake Winnipesaukee. Boating or fishing, Charlie was never far from the water. Charlie also was a music fan who enjoyed playing the guitar, tin whistle and singing. He even was part of band with his brother in law, Joe Power. An avid fan of all the New England sports teams, the Red Sox were Charlie’s favorite by far. He loved watching games as well as attending them and even flew to Florida to see the Sox play in Spring Training. Charlie was a kind, gentle and caring man who people couldn’t help but love. He will be missed by his family, friends, many brother and sister in laws, nephews and nieces.

Sadly, Charlie is predeceased by his parents, brothers Joseph and Eugene Nellany and brother in laws Owen Sweeney and Peter Irwin. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Catherine (Walsh) Nellany, his daughters, Jennifer Roffi and her husband Kevin of Woburn, Charlene Donovan and her husband David of Watertown, his siblings Mary Power and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Dympna Moynihan and her husband Christopher of Mashpee, Patsy Sweeney of Ireland, Kathleen O’Dwyer and her husband Thomas of Braintree, Marian Irwin of Ireland, Michael Nellany and his wife Margaret of Quincy, Mary Nellany and Josie Nellany of Ireland. Charlie is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a grandchild on the way. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 6th, at 9:15 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 am. Interment at Bourne National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday. October 5th, at the Funeral Home from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to all of Charlie’s family, may he rest in peace, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lots of memories from Sligo. Thomas & Mary

  2. Love you uncle Charlie. You are always deeply loved. We know you live on. Thank you for being such a great uncle love you always till we all meet again

    Michael Nellany

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