Edward J. McDonough, Jr.

January 15, 2019

Edward J. McDonough, Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Vietnam War

Edward J. McDonough, Jr. – of Florida, formerly of Woburn, unexpectedly on January 15th, at the age of seventy. Son of the late Edward J. McDonough and Mary “Rita” (Hamilton) McDonough of Burlington, MA, beloved husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Tilton) McDonough. Loving father of Barbara (McDonough) Andrews, her husband Stephen, and Kelley (McDonough) Kurban, all of Springville, UT. Dear brother of Michael McDonough, his wife Cecile of Nashua, NH and Paul McDonough, his wife Bridget of Woburn. Cherished “Grandpa Mac” of nine and great-grandpa of one. Father-in-law of Elias Kurban of Springville, UT, brother-in-law of Joanne (Margi) McDonough of Hudson, NH, and beloved nephew of Mary Gavin of Woburn. A Funeral Mass will be held June 15th, in St. Charles Church, with burial and Military Honors to follow at Woodbook Cemetery, Veterans Lot, Woburn.

Edward J. McDonough, Jr. – of Florida, formerly of Woburn, passed away on January 15th, at the age of seventy. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Tilton) McDonough.

Born and raised in Woburn, Edward was the son of the late Edward J. and Mary “Rita” (Hamilton) McDonough of Burlington, MA.  Eddie attended St. Charles School and graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1966.  After graduation Eddie enlisted in the Marine Corp. and served in combat during the Vietnam War.  He finished his enlistment as a Marksmanship Instructor at Paris Island, and was honorably discharged from service and returned home in 1969. 

After returning home, Eddie was married and became the father of two daughters.  He tried his hand in a few careers but his desire for adventure lead him to become a Merchant Marine.  For many years Eddie sailed all over the world.  He often shared stories with his family and friends about the places he’d been and things he’d seen.  He always sent post cards and mailed unique and special gifts home to his mother and daughters from all his ports of call.

When he wasn’t sailing around the world, Eddie loved to spend time with his daughters and his family.  There were many fun, laughter filled family weekends at his parent’s home with his brothers and their families.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Peggy, and settled down on Martha’s Vineyard.  He took a job working for the M/V Nantucket Steamship Authority.  Eddie was an avid Red Sox fan, he and Peggy took many trips over the years to attend Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL.  They also loved to travel together to other places, including their many trips to Las Vegas. 

After Eddie retired, he and Peggy moved to Dania Beach, FL.  His daughters and grandchildren visited him often.  He was a proud grandfather and enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren just as much as they loved visits to their Grampa’s house.  Going to the beach, pizza on the boardwalk, catching lizards, airboats rides in the Everglades and learning to swim in Grampa Mac’s pool are some of the many memories they will cherish.

Eddie loved dogs and adopted rescues three times in his later years.  He would rarely go anywhere without his dog.

Eddie will be deeply missed by his daughters, Barbara Andrews and Kelley Kurban, Barbara’s husband Stephen Andrews, and his grandchildren, Matthew, Katie, Reanna, Lizzie, Ella, James, Eli, Leah, and his great-granddaughter Harley, all of Springville, UT.

Eddie is also survived by his brothers Michael McDonough, his wife Cecile of Nashua, NH and Paul McDonough, his wife Bridget of Woburn as well as his nephew and nieces. He was the beloved nephew of Mary Gavin of Woburn, brother-in-law of Joanne McDonough of Hudson, NH, and father-in-law of Elias Kurban of Springville, UT. 

A Funeral Mass will be held June 15th at 10am in St. Charles Church, Woburn.  Burial to follow at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

A Funeral Mass will be held June 15th, in St. Charles Church at 10 a.m., with burial and Military Honors to follow at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, Veterans Lot.

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  1. Peter j hollohan

    Michael and Paul very sorry for the loss of your brother Edward. Sincerely Peter j hollohan

  2. Marilyn Kurban

    From Tete Kurban, I’m thankful for the few times I spent with him, when he took me out for icecream. God rest his soul. May his memory be eternal.

  3. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    Barbara, Kelly and family; sorry to read the passing of Eddie, you are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

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