Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore

March 8, 2017

Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

World War II Veteran

Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore – of Peabody and Woburn, Wednesday, March 8th. Beloved wife of the late Gilbert Collamore. Devoted mother of Brian Collamore and his wife Chris of Rutland, Vermont, Barry Collamore and Susan Kirkman of Concord, MA and Bruce Collamore and Debbie Campbell of Newbury, NH; beloved grandmother of Stephany Collamore, Ian Collamore and his wife Maryellen, David Collamore and his wife Betsy and Brian J. Collamore, and beloved great grandmother of Joseph Gilbert Collamore. Dear sister of Hon. Frederick V. Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn, and the late Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Fr. Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, Laurence P. Gilgun and Hon. John F. Gilgun. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, March 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery,Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to Calling hours, Sunday, March 12th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Margaret’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.


OBITUARY:

Margaret Collamore passed away peacefully on March 8th, with her loving family by her side, she was ninety-five years of age. Margaret was born in Woburn, MA and graduated from Saint Charles High School. She served as a United States Marine during WWII and attained the rank of sergeant before the war ended.

She attended college at the University of Detroit after the war and graduated with a degree in teaching. She met her husband, Gilbert, while attending college and they were married in 1950. Margaret taught elementary school for many years and retired from the Wilmington, MA school system in 1986. At her retirement dinner, she was recognized by her peers as one of Wilmington’s outstanding elementary school teachers. 


Margaret’s primary focus throughout her life was her nuclear and extended family, and she greatly enjoyed the large family gatherings hosted by her siblings. She loved the simple things in life: “meat and potato” meals, a good book, and visiting with family and friends. She was known to have quite a sweet tooth and always had a supply of milk chocolate on hand. After retiring from teaching, she and her late husband Gilbert spent time at their summer home in Gloucester, MA where they enjoyed taking long walks on the ocean beach. For the last fourteen years she and Gil lived at Brooksby Village in Peabody and Margaret worked as a volunteer teaching English as a second language with adult students there. Her children and grandchildren were blessed with her avid love and support – she was a passionate and loyal fan at many of their athletic events and other school activities. She will be greatly missed.

Sadly, Margaret is predeceased by her husband Gilbert Collamore and her siblings, Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Fr. Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, Laurence P. Gilgun and Hon. John F. Gilgun. She is lovingly survived by her children, Brian Collamore and his wife Chris of Rutland, Vermont, Barry Collamore and Susan Kirkman of Concord, MA and Bruce Collamore and Debbie Campbell of Newbury, NH; her grandchildren, Stephany Collamore, Ian Collamore and his wife Maryellen, David Collamore and his wife Betsy and Brian J. Collamore and her great-grandson Joseph Gilbert Collamore; her brothers, Hon. Frederick V. Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn. Margaret is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, March 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to Calling hours, Sunday, March 12th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Margaret’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Mrs. Collamore was my daughter’s second grade teacher at the Wildwood School in Wilmington, MA. She was an outstanding teacher and a beautiful and kind person. We were privileged to have known her.

    Maureen (McGann) McDonald

  2. David and Freddy and all the family, We are in Florida but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Jim and Mary Potamis

  3. Rest in peace Aunt Margaret with Uncle Gill and all your brothers and sisters. I can attest to the wonderful teacher you were. When my boys were in elementary school in Wilmington, I told the teachers you were my aunt and they all just adored you and asked for you constantly. So proud..
    Love,
    Kathy

  4. Ann
    I am so glad I got to share some of my best memories with you. Our trip to Bermuda,visiting you and Uncle at your house in Gloucester, yoga classes and Saturdays at Nanas. I will miss you dearly but I know you are at peace with Uncle Gill,Nana and Grampy and your brothers and sisters.
    Love you Aunt Margaret and may you rest in peace

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