OBITUARY

John Joseph Gilroy

May 31, 1948February 4, 2019

John Joseph Gilroy of Derry, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away after a strong battle with cancer on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the age of 70. Born in Lynn on May 31, 1948, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary L. (Lovett) Gilroy. John was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School with the Class of 1966. He attended classes at Husson University in Bangor, ME before getting the opportunity to join the Lynn Fire Department. He served nobly as a dispatch operator for the department from 1978 until his retirement in 2005. He was a long-time communicant of St. Mary Church in Lynn before his move to Derry, NH. He quickly became a member and befriended Fr. Mike of St. Mark’s Church in Londonderry. John was a true patriot who loved his country and was a proud member of the American Legion. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and served as the treasurer of the Wall Plaza Council in Lynn, Ma 2012-2014. He loved time spent on the water, especially fishing in both fresh and salt water. He had a deep love of his garden and his award winning tomato plants he grew every year. Through all his life’s joys, John’s true passion was always spending time with his grandchildren and family.

John leaves his children; Patrick Gilroy and his wife, Anne of Windham, NH and Marianna Smith and her husband, Shawn of Wakefield, his grandchildren; Caitlin and Conner Gilroy, both of Windham, and Audrey, Tyler, and Dylan Smith, all of Wakefield, his brother, Brian Gilroy and his wife, Donna of Wakefield, and his dear friend, Maria (Barresi) Gilroy. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him. John was preceded in death by his siblings; James Gilroy and Anne-Marie (Gilroy) Morrill Cheever.

Funeral from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary Church, 8 So. Common St. Lynn at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting Hours will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, February 7th from 3 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: the March of Dimes, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 18819 Atlanta, GA 31126.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Burial Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

John Joseph Gilroy

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Cindy Gagnon

February 6, 2019

To Maria, Patrick and Marianna-I am very sorry to hear of Johns passing-we have some incredible memories going bk to Nursing school-many moons have sadly passed by-hope we might catch up sometime-I miss you-Nice that Patrick and Jeff have been touch-
We are in Florida till May but then will be bk in Peabody-I would really like to catch up with you-I am sad to hear about John-can only imagine how difficult a time this must be for you and your family-wishing you peace one day at a time-love from your old nursing school buddy Cindy

Richard Williams

February 6, 2019

WE HAD THE BEST LIVES POSSIBLE ON PINE HILL. WE SPENT OUR WHOLE LIVES AT ST MARY'S. JOHN NOW JOINS OUR FRIENDS TEDDY AND PAUL AND I BET THEY ARE STARTING A GOOD GAME OF TOUCH ON PINE ROAD IN HEAVEN

Susan and Mark ( Donna's sister and Brother in Law) Michaelson

February 6, 2019

To the Gilroy Family,

We know he loved being in NH close to his Grandkids.
We know that he loved gardening and planting his awesome tomato plants.
We know he always worried about everyone else except himself.
We know that his Brother Brian will miss his Sunday rides up to visit him.
We know he will be missed by all that Love him.
We know that he was just a sweet guy and had beautiful heart.
We know that we were happy to know him.
Johnny -May you Rest in Peace.

Susan and Mark ( Donna's sister and Brother in Law) Michaelson

February 6, 2019

To the Gilroy Family,

We know he loved being in NH close to his Grandkids.
We know that he loved gardening and planting his awesome tomato plants.
We know he always worried about everyone else except himself.
We know that his Brother Brian will miss his Sunday rides up to visit him.
We know he will be missed by all that Love him.
We know that he was just a sweet guy and had beautiful heart.
We know that we were happy to know him.
Johnny -May you Rest in Peace.

Barbara Robinson

February 5, 2019

I am Donna Gilroy's cousin..sending prayers to the family. Have heard through the years wonderful stories about John. May he Rest In Peace in heaven❣️🙏

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Biography

John Joseph Gilroy of Derry, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away after a strong battle with cancer on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the age of 70. Born in Lynn on May 31, 1948, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary L. (Lovett) Gilroy. John was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School with the Class of 1966. He attended classes at Husson University in Bangor, ME before getting the opportunity to join the Lynn Fire Department. He served nobly as a dispatch operator for the department from 1978 until his retirement in 2005. He was a long-time communicant of St. Mary Church in Lynn before his move to Derry, NH. He quickly became a member and befriended Fr. Mike of St. Mark’s Church in Londonderry. John was a true patriot who loved his country and was a proud member of the American Legion. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and served as the treasurer of the Wall Plaza Council in Lynn, Ma 2012-2014. He loved time spent on the water, especially fishing in both fresh and salt water. He had a deep love of his garden and his award winning tomato plants he grew every year. Through all his life’s joys, John’s true passion was always spending time with his grandchildren and family.