JOHN J. DOOLEY JR.

April 18, 2024

JOHN J. DOOLEY JR.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

John J. Dooley Jr. – Ret. Winchester Fire Fighter, died peacefully, April 18th, at the age of seventy-four. Beloved husband of nearly 39 years to Sherri B. (Burke) Dooley. Devoted father of Matthew Dooley, his fiancé Sarah Sylvia of Winchester, Mark Dooley, his fiancé Alexis Burton of Laconia, NH and Rebecca Dooley of Winchester. Cherished “Papa Dooley” of Leah, Mekhia, and Jayden. Dear brother of the late Betty Dooley. Loving uncle of Greg Odin, his wife Christine and Eric Odin. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Funeral Service will be Celebrated on Thursday, April 25th at 10 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801. Burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, April 24th, from 4-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances made be made in honor of John t0 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

John J. Dooley Jr. – Ret. Winchester Fire Fighter and longtime Winchester resident, died peacefully on April 18th, at the age of seventy-four. He was the beloved husband of nearly 39 years to Sherri B. (Burke) Dooley. 

Born in Woburn and a lifelong resident of Winchester, John was the son of the late John J. and Mildred (Duffy) Dooley. He was a graduate of Winchester High School. After graduation, John enlisted in the US Army. He served his country proudly until being honorably discharged in 1974. He worked at many different jobs as he grew up, the longest being at Theater Mobile in Winchester as a gas attendant.

In 1967 he started his career as an auxiliary firefighter and then transitioned to full-time Firefighter with the Winchester Fire Department. He loved being a Firefighter and, since his nature was to help people, it fit in well with his values and beliefs of giving back to the community. There was never a day John didn’t enjoy going to work – he truly found his calling.

When John wasn’t at the fire station, he was serving the community as a Master Electrician. He was paramount in installing the Police mutual aide radio system around the state. 

John’s interests included taking trips to Florida and New Hampshire, visiting Ford car dealerships, collecting license plates, and enjoying his daily cups of Tea from Dunkin Donuts.

In addition to his wife Sherri, John is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Matthew Dooley, his fiancé Sarah Sylvia of Winchester, Mark Dooley, his fiancé Alexis Burton of Laconia, NH and Rebecca Dooley of Winchester. Cherished “Papa Dooley” of Leah, Mekhia, and Jayden. Dear brother of the late Betty Dooley. Loving uncle of Greg Odin, his wife Christine and Eric Odin. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Funeral Service will be Celebrated on Thursday, April 25th at 10 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801. Burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, April 24th, from 4-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances made be made in honor of John t0 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

A Funeral Service will be Celebrated on Thursday, April 25th at 10 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801. Burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, April 24th, from 4-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances made be made in honor of John t0 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

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  1. Sherri so sorry to hear of Johns Passing, I graduated with him from Winchester High School class of 1968, John was also an usher in my first marriage to Edward MacKenzie who was also a Winchester Firefighter with John.
    Ed passed away many years ago so hoping Ed met him at fire dept in the sky.
    many hugs to you and your family.
    Diane MacKenzie Savage and Family

  2. Kristen Dineen

    John always knew the trouble we got into when working together ! But he would just let it slide.. along with injured dogs needing a home, runaway pigs and rescueing ducklings!! Thinking of you all, thankful to have been a part of John’s amazing life even in a small way! I love you all!!

  3. Diane Scagliotti

    To all the Dooley family. So sad for your loss. Sending love and hugs. I didn’t know him well but I knew him through Mark and Alexis who sang his praises. A great man and devoted husband, father and papa. ❤️

  4. Jeffrey Vinciulla

    A true public servant who will be missed by all. A great father, grandfather, and husband. He did so much for so many and wanted nothing in return. He was the real deal. I’m heartbroken and my thoughts are with Sherri and the rest of the family.

  5. Demarko Cabral

    On behalf of the Firefighters, Lieutenants, Captains and ECOs of the Bedford Permanent Firefighters Association Local 2310, we express our deepest sympathies.

  6. Maureen & Rick Brenna

    My deepest sympathies to the Dooley family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all. May John RIP.

  7. Charlie Culhane

    Sherri & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never forgotten. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie, Charlene, & Bobby

  8. sorry to here this sad news my heart goes out to the Dooley Family John your going to be well missed and not forgotten thank u for all your help and service you gave me over the years your friend jay 775 ❤️🇺🇸

  9. Nicole and I are so sorry to hear the news of Johns passing. I will forever remember the memories of the car rides to the cottage, hanging at the house, and going to the fair we love you guys. ❤️

  10. Sherri, Matt, Mark and Rebecca Cindy and I are so very sorry for your family’s loss, John was such a great guy and an inspiration to all around him he will surely be missed. With love Bob and Cindy Carey.

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