February 15, 1933 – September 10, 2019
Claire K. (O’Hagerty) McDonough – Age 86, of Scituate, passed away in Hanson on Sept 10, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late John McDonough. Mother to John J. Jr. of Marshfield, Kevin F. of Brockton, Patrick J. of Brockton, Lawrence P. of Plymouth, Francis L. of Marshfield, Eileen P. Patrie of CT., Maureen P. Renaud of Plymouth, Breida C. Collins of Hanson, and the late Mary C. Hollander of CT. She was the cherished grandmother to 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; including the late Daniel J. McDonough and Emily Luxton. Claire also enjoyed a close bond with her cousins Sr. Winnifred Butler, Sr. Anne Butler, Kathleen Butler, Sr. Marybeth Dillon and the late Jackie Butler and Kevin Butler.
Claire was born on Feb. 15, 1933 in Boston, MA. She was a self-described army brat who spent her early years in several elementary schools. She went on to graduate from St. Gregory’s High School in Dorchester and Emmanuel College in Boston. She married John McDonough on Feb. 6, 1954 and began her adventure. From quill pen to computer, from prose to poetry, she leaves a wealth of wit and wisdom, whether it is in school absence notes, political speeches, or writing for the local newspaper. She is remembered especially for her column The Dragon's Dungeon in the Scituate Mariner. With her quick wit and quirky sense of humor she maintained a dedicated following for as long as the column ran.
While raising nine children, she volunteered for both environmental and political causes and worked for both local and state government. Claire was a strong advocate for all people but truly embodied the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Claire could often be found holding signs, making calls, or marching in protests. She believed that all people were entitled to basic human rights, such as food and shelter. She believed that love is love and that America is and should remain a country of immigrants. Claire believed that everyone had a duty to use their gifts and talents in the service of others and she lived by that same code as an active participant in the church and as an extraordinary minister, distributing communion to the homebound.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4-8pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA. A funeral Mass will take place on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10am at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent St, Scituate. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Claire cared deeply for many causes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to of one of the following: The American Porphyria Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Association, Scituate Animal Shelter, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy) Coalition.
Saint Mary of the Nativity
1 Kent St
- Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019
September 14, 2019
My mother was more than a mother to me. In the years that we cared for my father before his passing we became a team and friends. We hung out and laughed and joked and we shared our sorrows.
She once told me a story form when she was a little girl. her family was stationed in Atlanta and she was playing with another little girl. The adults ushered her away because the girl was black. She didn't understand it then ... and she never did.
My mom was kind clever and funny. She taught me values that I can only try to live up to. I love and miss her with all my heart.
September 12, 2019
She welcomed me into her home and treated me like a member of the family. Thank you for all the love and support you gave me growing up.
My mother and I want you all to know our thoughts and prayers are with you, now and always.
September 11, 2019
Claire and I worked together at the Massachusetts Officefice for Refugees and Immigrants in the late 90s when anti-immigrant sentiment was as strong as ever. As the Director of Communication for the office she did a great job reminding all of us, including our political and civic leaders that America was and always is a nation of immigrants. Her calmness, smiles, and wise counsel helped me navigate our political system to ensure that Massachusetts remained a welcoming state for refugees and immigrants from all corners of the earth. Her wonderful wrting skills sent a clear message filled with compassion to Massachusetts that whether we are Haitian, or Irish, or Vietnamese or any other ethnic groups, we are all Americans. Thank you Claire. I always miss and love you.
September 11, 2019
My Grandma was one of the kindest, wittiest, most intelligent souls you'd ever meet. She instilled in me a legacy of learning and I plan to encourage others to read and love books in her memory ❤