Claire M. (Murphy) McCall

May 4, 2020

Claire M. (Murphy) McCall

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Claire M. (Murphy) McCall – of Woburn May 4th, at eighty-four years of age. Beloved wife of Francis X. McCall of Woburn. Devoted mother of Francis X. McCall, Jr., his wife Tricia of Gloucester, Michael McCall, his wife Patricia of Burlington, Carolyn J. Taranto, her husband Wayne of Burlington and Kevin McCall, his wife Ruth of Woburn. Dear sister of the late William H. Murphy Jr., his late wife Marion and the late Eleanor A. Fucarile, her husband Joseph Fucarile of NH. Loving grandmother of Kara, Brian, Sean, Robert, Patrick, Elizabeth, Timothy and Katherine McCall, Alyssa, David, and Thomas Taranto, and a great-grandson, Jack McCall. Also Survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claire’s name to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund c/o Foundation for Business Equity 265 Franklin Street, BOX 304, Boston MA 02110 or to the Alzheimers Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

Claire M. (Murphy) McCall of Woburn passed away from complications associated with Covid-19 on Monday, May 4th. The beloved wife of Francis X. McCall, she was eighty-four years of age.

Born in Woburn, she was one of three children born to the late William H. and Katherine (Walsh) Murphy. Raised in the Highlands section of the city, she attended St. Charles Elementary and High School, graduating with the Class of 1953. As a child, she developed her lifelong love of baseball from her trips to games with her dad, including a trip to Yankee Stadium. Following high school Claire started working at New England Tel. & Tel. In 1958, she married the love of her life, Frank McCall. Soon they were in their home in the Houghton Street neighborhood on the Westside of Woburn where they raised their four children.

 

Claire devoted herself to caring for her family. She would prepare her children each day for their trip across the street to the Hurld Elementary School, where her husband, Frank was the principal. While the children were at school, she enjoyed a cup of coffee and the good company of her wonderful Houghton Street neighbors. She loved solving crossword puzzles and was an avid reader, going through 2-3 books per week, which made her a frequent visitor to the Woburn Public Library’s ‘7-Day’ book collection. As her children returned from school, they were often treated to hearing Claire playing piano as they approached the house. 

Claire enjoyed traveling. While her children were young, she planned many fabulous trips, the highlight being a five week, cross-country road trip to California in 1972. With fond memories of her own visits to Nantasket Beach in her youth, Claire orchestrated regular family adventures to locations including the 1964 World’s Fair in NY City, Hampton Beach, the White Mountains, Disney World, upper state NY, and Niagara Falls.

As her children grew, Claire returned to office management work at various Woburn companies. Once she and Frank retired, they enjoyed many wonderful vacations including traveling abroad and cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and along the Northeast Coast to Nova Scotia.

 

She loved being in the company of her grandchildren. This included watching over them as they enjoyed her backyard pool. Family gatherings for special occasions were especially meaningful to her as she expressed her love for each and every one of them. In her final years of life, she was able to welcome her first great grandchild into the world.

 

Claire was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of the St. Charles community, where she received her education. She was a regular attendee at the 10:00 Mass and was the neighborhood CCD teacher when her children were young. Later in life she was a member of the St. Charles Book Club. Claire maintained a lifelong friendship with her St. Charles High School piano teacher, Sister Terese.

Claire was sadly predeceased by her brother William H. Murphy, Jr. and her sister Eleanor A. Fucarile.

She is lovingly survived by her husband, Francis X. McCall; her children Francis X. McCall, Jr. and his wife Tricia of Gloucester, Michael McCall and his wife Patricia of Burlington, Carolyn J. Taranto and her husband Wayne of Burlington, and Kevin McCall and his wife Ruth of Woburn; her grandchildren Kara and her fiance Ben, Brian and his wife Kate, Sean, Robert, Patrick and his fiance Patricia, Elizabeth, Alyssa, David and his fiance Brittany, Thomas, Timothy, Katherine, and a great-grandson, Jack. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claire’s name to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund c/o Foundation for Business Equity 265 Franklin Street, BOX 304, Boston MA 02110 or to the Alzheimers Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claire’s name to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund c/o Foundation for Business Equity 265 Franklin Street, BOX 304, Boston MA 02110 or to the Alzheimers Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

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  1. Christine Coakley

    From all of us at New Horizons, we were so sorry to hear of Claire’s death. We were happy to get to know Claire and Frank during the time they lived here.
    We send warm wishes to the McCall family as you adjust to this loss.

  2. Cathe and Bill Hockenberry

    Dear Uncle Frank and family: We are so deeply saddened at the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. Aunt Claire was so warm, gracious and welcoming to all of us. She was always glamorous in appearance and had a great sense of humor and a dry Irish wit. We will really miss Aunt Claire and our prayers go out to the entire family. Love to all, Cathe (McCall) and Bill Hockenberry.

  3. William F Sullivan

    Kevin,
    Sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was very nice, friendly and a spiritual person. I am sure she is with God now.

    Condolences to your dad and the rest of your family also

    Bill Sullivan (Woburn Lions Club)

  4. Catherine Webb

    Dear Mr. McCall,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your dear wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Catherine (Mawn) Webb

  5. Judy & Richard Cutts

    There’s a special place in all our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. We are sincerely sorry Uncle Frank for the loss of Aunt Claire. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy.
    Love
    Judy & Richard Cutts

  6. Maureen Byron Fregeolle

    On behalf of the extended Byon Family, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to Mr. McCall, Frankie, Michael, Carolyn, Kevin and their families on the loss of Mrs. McCall. The Byrons were connected on so many levels to the McCalls- our dads were cousins, we were Houghton Street and Bedford Road neighbors, our parents were colleagues and our parents were Kevin’s Godparents. Through all of these connections our parents became very close friends, often visiting each other’s homes on Saturday nights, telling stories, sharing common experiences, and truly enjoying each other’s company. We all had a deep respect for Mrs. McCall, always refined and lady-like. We shall remember her with great fondness.

  7. Patricia McCall

    Dear cousins,
    I have such fond memories of Aunt Claire : a smile that always reached her eyes, wearing lipstick and high heels for each occasion and a gracious and sincere manner.
    Whichever memory makes you smile the most, whichever makes you the happiest, I hope you hold those memories close to your heart.
    You are held close in my heart and wished comfort in the days to come.

  8. Mr. McCall, Frank, Michael, Carolyn, and Kevin,
    I was so sorry to hear of your wonderful wife’s/mother’s passing. Please know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. It is a very difficult time to say goodbye during these unprecedented times, as we learned upon my father’s recent passing. I believe that your mother now is reunited with my parents for coffee, as they so often did for many years as dear friends. Thinking of you at this sad time, especially your father, whom my father cherished as a lifelong friend.
    Kate Martin

  9. Marie Carey Hill

    To the entire McCall Family:

    I had the great pleasure of attending and graduating with your wonderful Mom. We were friends all through our school years and met up many times during the years after. She had a great sense of humor and we shared many laughs with some of our other classmates.

    I will never forget her wit and charm. Classy is a perfect description of Claire Murphy McCall.

    My deepest condolences to all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.

    Marie Carey Hill
    Class of 1953

  10. Debbie Lackey

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Auntie Claire. She was a big part of my growing up. Love you all. Prayers.

  11. Gayle and Jean Sweeney

    We are very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Mc Call was such a lovely lady.

  12. Marylou Black Alongi

    So very sorry to all The McCalls for the loss of your wife/Mother. Mrs. McCall was such a lovely woman to all the neighborhood kids growing up. She will be missed.

  13. Kevin McDonough

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the McCalls during this difficult time. Mrs. McCall was such a lovely and classy neighbor. She was always so very nice and friendly during our times as young children or when ever our paths might cross in recent years. We were fortunate to have such wonderful people like your Mom in our neighborhood. Im very sorry for your loss. Sincerely Kevin McDonough with my parents Tom & Martha.

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