Kevin M. McGovern

December 21, 2021

Kevin M. McGovern

Kevin M. McGovern – Of Woburn, died peacefully, December 21st at the age of fifty-five. Cherished son of Brenda (Reynolds) McGovern and the late Philip James McGovern. Beloved brother of John B. and Philip Joseph McGovern, both of Woburn. Dear nephew of the late Della Hogan, the late Mary Kennedy, her husband Thomas of FL and the Late Joseph Reynolds, his wife Ann of TN. Also survived by many loving cousins. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass on WEDNESDAY, December 29th in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. 

Kevin M. McGovern – Of Woburn, passed away peacefully on December 21st at the Lahey Hospital at the age of fifty-five, two weeks after he suddenly collapsed into a diabetic coma and suffered severe shock, not knowing he had diabetes.

 

A Woburn native, Kevin was the cherished son of Brenda (Reynolds) McGovern and the late Philip James McGovern. Kevin is remembered as a kindand gentle soul with a great big heart who was sweet to everyone with a smile that lit up the room. He was educated at the Golden Elementary and then Saint Charles schools in Woburn and graduated fromMalden Catholic High School in 1984.  He attended Clarkson University in northern New York state before transferring to North Adams State College in western Massachusetts, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.

 

During high school Kevin participated in athletics and joined the camera and skiing clubs, activities at which he became skilled and passionate.  From his teens and through his twenties he continued to pursue these passions through sales positions in the ski departments of local sporting goods stores Colemans and the Ski Haus as well as at Ritz Camera, where he relished the opportunity to advance his technical expertise and help his customers find equipment that would enable them to enjoy skiing and photography as much as he did.  In is thirties and forties Kevin, who lived with a mental health condition since his late teens, put his personal experience to work as an advocate for improvementof the mental health care system, first as a full-time employee then a part-time volunteer with Boston area advocacy organizations.

 

Kevin loved and was devoted to his family. From 2008 through the end of his life he lived with hismother Brenda and brother John.  His presence and help have been a great blessing to them, especially as his mother stopped driving in her mid-seventies and survived life-threatening illnesses during the past couple of years.

 

Until his tragic illness this month Kevin remained anavid and talented amateur photographer whocaptured gorgeous images of natural wonders throughout Massachusetts, the ever-evolving cityscapes of Boston, and quaint old townscapes of Woburn and other local communities.  Above all he loved Horn Pond and went there often, capturing fascinating images of its daily but always new cycles of natural life.

 

Kevin was the beloved brother of John B. and Philip Joseph McGovern, both of Woburn. Dear nephew of the late Della Hogan, the late Mary Kennedy, her husband Thomas of FL and the Late Joseph Reynolds, his wife Ann of TN. Also survived by many loving cousins. 

 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass on WEDNESDAY, December 29th in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. 

 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass on WEDNESDAY, December 29th in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. 

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  1. We are heartbroken to hear of Kevin’s passing. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Peace and love, Mary Ellen and Kelly Reynolds

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss Phil. May this blessed season bring you comfort and peace.

    Denise Wall

  3. I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss Phil. My thoughts and warm wishes for peace during this difficult time are with you. May you find love and support from family and friends.

  4. My condolences to family and friends. It’s an honor to have known Kevin. He was a good man and we had some good times.

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