Jean (Ryan) McHale-Gillan

March 10, 2018

Jean (Ryan) McHale-Gillan

JEAN (RYAN) McHALE-GILLAN in Woburn, formerly of Weymouth, March 10th at eighty-eight years of age. Beloved wife of the late Bernard Gillan and Edward McHale. Devoted mother of Karen Kishimoto, her husband Kei of Lexington, Kathleen Reggio, her husband Andre of Yarmouthport, and John McHale, his wife Joanne of Reading. Dear sister of Jack Beagan of Watertown. Cherished grandmother of Kristina and Gregory McHale, Hannah and Olivia Reggio, Jamie and Laura Kishimoto. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 17th at 9 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday evening 5-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jean’s memory to the Boston Police Foundation,8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Jean (Ryan) McHale-Gillan, a resident of Woburn, formerly of Weymouth, died peacefully, March 10th at eighty-eight years of age. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard Gillan and Edward McHale.

Born in Brighton, Jean was a daughter of the late William and Catherine (Quinn) Ryan. She was a graduate of Brighton High School.

On a weekend trip to New Hampshire in the summer of 1953, Jean was introduced to Boston Police Officer Edward McHale. It was in January of the following year that they would wed. They would begin their 27 year marriage living throughout Boston before settling in Weymouth in 1969.

Jean and Ed enjoyed their cottage in Lakeville. After Ed’s passing in 1981, Jean would continue to spend her summers there, playing cards and spending time with friends.

Jean would marry Barney Gillan in 1987. They would enjoy life together until his passing in 1991.

For many years, Jean worked as an administrative assistant for an electrical supply company and would finish her career at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

Jean thoroughly enjoyed listening to music. Whether it was musicals, the Boston Pops or the Irish tenors, Jean was always in the mood for a good tune. She enjoyed dancing and was always up for shopping. She was also quite the seamstress, making many of her own clothes as her children were growing up. She had a soft spot for dogs, with her beloved Fang and later Jen fondly remembered. Sundays during football season you could always find Jean cheering on the Patriots and her favorite player, Tom Brady.

Sadly, in addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her husbands, Edward McHale and Barney Gillan. She is lovingly survived by her children, Karen Kishimoto and her husband Kei of Lexington, Kathleen Reggio and her husband Andre of Yarmouthport and John McHale and his wife Joanne of Reading; her brother Jack Beagan of Watertown and her grandchildren, Kristina and Gregory McHale, Hannah and Olivia Reggio, Jamie and Laura Kishimoto.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 17th at 9 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday evening 5-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jean’s memory to the Boston Police Foundation,8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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