John F. Scalley

January 19, 2017

John F. Scalley
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

JOHN F. SCALLEY – in Woburn, January 19th, at eighty eight years of age. Beloved husband of Barbara J. (Hunt) Scalley. Loving father of Karen Flanders, her husband Donald of Beverly, Martha Coates, her late husband Myles of Methuen, Daniel P. Scalley of Woburn, James A. Scalley, his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Mary Jean Murphy, her husband David of Billerica, Kathleen Viveiros,her husband Charles of North Billerica, David Scalley, his wife Judi of Twin MT.,NH and sadly the late John F. and Brian M Scalley. Dear brother of Gerard Scalley of Woburn and the late Walter Scalley, Jean Finnethy. Cherished grandfather of twenty four grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Also many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, January 25th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Tuesday, 4 – 8p.m.. Remembrances may be made in honor of John to the VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA 01800.

OBITUARY:John F. Scalley passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017, very peacefully surrounded by his loving family. The beloved husband of Barbara (Hunt) Scalley he was eighty eight years of age.

Born in Woburn, John was son of the late Walter and Frances (McNabb) Scalley. Raised and educated in Woburn, John graduated with the class of 1946.

After High School, John enlisted in the U S Navy, serving his country proudly. Upon returning home, John attended Bentley College and concurrently, began employment with Beggs & Cobb, a local tannery. John was also active in Woburn politics as an Alderman for the Woburn City Council.

John and his friends enjoyed Billerica barn dances where he met his wife Barbara. Soon thereafter, they were married on May 3, 1952 and enjoyed almost 65 years of marriage.

John had worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad as a construction engineer. Upon leaving the Boston & Maine, John, an entrepreneur, went on to become President & CEO of his own business Northeast Railroad Construction Company providing railroad construction and consulting services to Amtrak, MBTA and numerous private warehousing businesses throughout New England.

John and Barbara’s life has always been dedicated to their nine children, twenty four grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John always enjoyed the holidays spending time with his family. He truly enjoyed being a grandfather, cherishing all the attention he received from so many grand and great grand children and watching them grow.

John was an active member of Saint Barbara’s Church in Woburn. Not only was he a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, John chaired many committees for church related dances and fundraising activities to benefit those in need.

However, John’s true love was his wife Barbara! Together, they went from barn dancing to ballroom dancing and mastered the polka. John and Barbara traveled New England following such favorites as Noel Henry, Sound Abouts and the Polkateers. John always danced the night away, and was blessed with a waltz of 65 years together with his loving wife Barbara..

In addition to his parents, John was sadly predeceased by his children, John F. and Brian M Scalley.

He is lovingly survived by his beloved wife Barbara, his loving children Karen Flanders, her husband Donald of Beverly, Martha Coates, her late husband Myles of Methuen, Daniel P. Scalley of Woburn, James A. Scalley, his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Mary Jean Murphy, her husband David of Billerica, Kathleen Viveiros,her husband Charles of North Billerica, David Scalley, his wife Judi of Twin MT.,NH. He was the dear brother of Gerard Scalley of Woburn and the late Walter Scalley, Jean Finnethy. Cherished grandfather of twenty four grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Also many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, January 25th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Tuesday, 4 – 8p.m.. Remembrances may be made in honor of John to the VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA 01800.

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  1. Dear Scalley family: I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved, John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Peggy (McLaughlin) Mahar

  2. We of the Old Railroad Wheels remember John as an icon of the B&M Engineering Department. Many among us worked weekends on his contract projects. He will stand as an examplar of hard work and entrepreneurship.
    Tom and Peggy Coughlan.

  3. David, Judi & family, may you feel the thoughts and prayers from me for your loss.
    Loving kindness, Lori (Ouellette) Miller

  4. God bless you John, Barbara and family. It was a joy to watch you and John dance all night at the Irish Club, first ones up for every dance. John will be missed especially by you Barbara. Rest in peace John. We will be praying for you all.

  5. Barbara and family, We are deeply sorry for your loss. John was such a perfect gentleman and caring person. We would love to watch you and John dance so gracefully around the dance floor.
    Remember, as long as you keep John in your memories, he will always be with you. We know that John will be missed by so many people, but not forgotten.

    With our deepest sympathy and friendship,
    Mary & Louie Forgione

  6. Barbara, Very sorry to hear about John passing. We are in Florida and unable to be with you. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Dee and Wayne.

  7. Barbara and Children Please accept my sincere condolences upon the death of your beloved ” John” husband and father So sorry that I am in Florida at this time and unable to attend the wake and funeral
    I will be with you in spirit and my prayers for John will be offered each morning in my daily Masses
    May the Lord give each of you peace!
    With Love
    Cynthia

  8. My heartfelt sorrow for an Uncle who has been there for me at some good, as well as, dark times. May he rest in peace and all of his family pray for his soul. Love Linda

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