Agnes C. (Brady) Thornton

June 17, 2019

Agnes C. (Brady) Thornton

Agnes (Brady) Thornton – of Reading, June 17th, five days prior to her hundred and first birthday. Beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Thornton. Devoted mother of Thomas J. Thornton, his wife Deborah of Lowell, Maryellen Cantillon, her husband Joseph of Reading, Brother Robert M. Thornton, OSA Psy.D., of Villanova, PA, Agnes C. McCarthy, her husband Timothy of Quincy and the late John Thornton. Dear sister of the late Anna Ryan, Mary Gladys, Robert, Thomas, David, Leo and Charles Brady. Loving “Nana” of Tara Herlihy, her husband Stephen, Thomas Thornton and Ellen Marie Cantillon, her husband James Levine, great-grandmother of Lauren and Colin Herlihy and Molly and Matthew Levine. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Athanasius Parish, 300 Haverhill St., Reading at 10:30. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday evening, 4-8 p.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Remembrances may be made in Agnes’ memory to the Augustinian Friars, P. O. Box 340, 214 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, PA 19085 or The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Agnes Catherine (Brady) Thornton, passed away at the Sawtelle House in Reading, Monday, June 19th, just five days shy of her one hundred and first birthday.  The beloved wife of the late Thomas Thornton, she had been a resident of Reading for over sixty years.

Born in East Boston, Agnes was one of eight children born to the late Robert M. and Mary Ellen (White) Brady.  Agnes was a graduate of Fitton High School in East Boston, along with the Class of 1936.

At nineteen years of age Agnes’ family moved to Roslindale.  During this time, she secured a position with the Boston Housing Authority, which was a position she maintained until she was married.

Summer months for the Thornton’s were spent in Rye, NH. As the family grew, they continued to enjoy many happy times there along with their children’s spouses, grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren.  To several of them it is fondly called “Old Nana’s Beach House.” All of the family has enjoyed the great comforts of being by the beach, long walks, family gatherings and cookouts, which have continued over the years. As time went by, the California branch of the Thornton family joined the Rye Beach community as well to the delight of all.   The front porch was always Mrs. Thornton’s “Happy Place” surrounded by family and friends.  

Throughout the years, Mrs. Thornton volunteered for any and all things that had to do with her children and their schools.  Tom and Agnes were both very active at Austin Prep in its earliest years, and though the volunteer work was difficult at times, it was a source of great enjoyment for both.  

As the grandchildren came along, she was very involved in all that they did, remaining joyfully active throughout the years. “Nana” as she was lovingly called, loved nothing more than to be with family! Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were near and dear to her heart.

Agnes lovingly helped care for her mother and two of her own siblings throughout the years. Her family was always with her for holidays, and Agnes helped support them by providing meals, groceries, driving to appointments and anything else that was comforting and necessary.    

Agnes was an outgoing, spirited, friendly, kind and generous person to all. Her faith was at the center of her life, in all that she did, day to day and year to year. For almost one hundred and one years, her faith sustained her through happy and sad times, and the love she shared with her family and friends will forever be remembered and cherished.

Sadly, Agnes was predeceased by her beloved husband Tom and dear son John, along with her parents and dear brothers and sisters Anna Ryan, Mary Gladys, Robert, Thomas, David, Leo and Charles. 

She was the devoted mother of Thomas J. Thornton, his wife Deborah of Lowell, Maryellen Cantillon, her husband Joseph of Reading, Brother Robert M. Thornton, OSA ,Psy.D., of Villanova, PA, Agnes C. McCarthy, her husband Timothy of Quincy . Loving “Nana” of Tara Herlihy, her husband Stephen, Thomas Thornton and Ellen Marie Cantillon, her husband James Levine, great-grandmother of Lauren and Colin Herlihy and Molly and Matthew Levine.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Athanasius Parish, 300 Haverhill St., Reading at 10:30. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday evening, 4-8 p.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Remembrances may be made in Agnes’ memory to the Augustinian Friars, P. O. Box 340, 214 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, PA 19085 or The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

 

 

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Athanasius Parish, 300 Haverhill St., Reading at 10:30. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday evening, 4-8 p.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Remembrances may be made in Agnes’ memory to the Augustinian Friars, P. O. Box 340, 214 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, PA 19085 or The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Stree, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

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  1. Kathy Lucas Morrell

    My dear, loving cousins:
    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. Aunt Agnes was a lovely, strong, and dedicated mother who gracefully lived a wonderful life. You kids were truly amazing with the constant care you gave her when she needed it most. It was truly a labor of love which is admired by our entire family. I will truly miss our visits and the loving way she, Agnes, and Maryellen always welcomed me into her home. You will all be remembered in my prayers.

  2. Patty and Eddie Padden and Daughters, 4

    Dear Thornton Cousins,
    I am terribly sorry for your loss at this time. Please know that I am keeping all of you in my prayers. Your Mom lived a very long life and it was filled with love from so many. May you all find God’s peace now and always.

  3. Suzanne Accordino

    Dearest Bob, Agnes Jr, Maryellen, Tom & all the Thornton family:
    As Agnes Sr steps in grace & light with angels all around her on into the next world, so may all of you ever step in this world, especially this week. In her remarkable run of almost 101 years here, Agnes Sr has blessed & inspired us all immeasurably; even as we grieve, we will celebrate her life & be always grateful for the gift she is.
    With much love & prayers, Suzanne Accordino, Fermo Accordino & Anthony Boiano

  4. To the family of our Mom’s best friend Agnes Thornton: We are so sorry for the loss of the Matriarch of your family. Agnes was a kind, generous, and pleasant lady and it was such fun to be in her company! We are so happy that she had such a long life! May your faith sustain you at this difficult time.
    We hope to see you soon. Jean, Nancy & Ellie

  5. Meeting your Mom was one of the pleasures in my life. Amazing woman. She was blessed to have such a loving family. She will remain in my heart.
    God Bless you Agnes, rest in peace. I know the Angel’s are singing.

  6. So sorry to hear about Mrs. Thornton’s passing. She was a wonderful, caring person. I have fond memories of her during my time at St. Agnes Elementary School which I attended with her son and my good friend Tom as well as one August week spent with the Thornton family in Rye, NH. My condolences to her family.

  7. Suzanne Garden

    Rest in Peace, Auntie Agnes; my thoughts and prayers go out to my cousins and their extended families as they grieve for their mother/grandmother and great-grandmother. The family get-togethers at Auntie Agnes and Uncle Tom’s place at Rye Beach in the summer are some of my fondest memories growing up. She’ll be terribly missed but I know she’s with the rest of the family in heaven today.

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