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Daniel J. Dwyer, Jr.

February 24th, 2021

Daniel J. Dwyer, lifetime resident of Medford, MA (MHS ‘43) died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on 2/22/21.  Dan was born to Daniel J Sr. and Nora (Sliney) of Medford. Dan was a proud veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict.  After Korea, he enlisted in the National Guard 101st engineers and continued his military service (Lawrence Light Guard).

He spent his professional career with the First National Stores and as a member of the Teamsters Local 25. He is predeceased by his wife, Louise Antionette (Barnes), brothers Edmund J Dwyer, James F Dwyer and sister Virginia (Bannen).  Dan was the loving father to Daniel J of Tewksbury (MHS ‘80) and his wife Susan, along with his daughter, Kathy A of Wilmington (MHS ‘85) and son-in-law Kevin Tzitzon. Dan’s memories will live on with his grandchildren; Kellie and Steven Dwyer, Lindsay, Megan and Joseph Hydorn and Jake Dwyer. Dan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Dan was a devout Irish American.  He loved to travel to Ireland with his late nephew, James F. Dwyer.  Dan explored his heritage and found that he is in fact, 100% Irish!   Something he was exceptionally proud of.  His Irish heritage would fill our home with traditional music and food on special occasions.  The Irish Rovers and the Irish Tenors were his favorites, and nothing was better than a “Boiled Dinner.”

Dan was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking the trails of the Middlesex Fells and spending time at his camp in Maine.  He loved animals and always had a four legged “best-friend” to accompany him on his travels.  Dan is of a generation that was noted as “The Greatest Generation of all Times.” Dan’s wit and humor was unsurpassed by anyone else.  He was patriotic, fair, non-judgmental, a wonderful husband, father and friend to all who he met.  The love of his country always kept him on the straight and narrow.  He lived his life by example and expected the same from the people he kept company with.  He will forever be loved, adored and missed.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church on the Fellsway in Medford at 11:30 on Friday February 26 followed by internment at Oak Grove Cemetery also located in Medford.  Visiting hours will be from 9:30 – 10:30am at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Route 62 Wilmington) on Friday February 26, 2021.  Masks and social distancing are required while in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that donations be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844, to aid in the care and well-being all animals.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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11 Entries in Guest Book for “Daniel J. Dwyer, Jr.”

  1. William P Donahue says:

    Love and peace. Uncle Dan was the last of the
    Greatest generation for sure!

  2. Kellie Dwyer says:

    Love you Grampy. Rest in the sweetest peace

  3. John J Bannen Jr says:

    The reunion with Louise, James, Edmund , Virginia and Jimmy Dwyer had to be interesting. Uncle Dan , my favorite uncle, I’ve said an “Ave” for thee. I cherish my memories. Love to those he’s left behind, we’ll all meet again.

  4. jack and joni Hudd says:

    The picture in this obituary best defines the man. As George Carlin stated”life is a series of dogs” Dan’s compassion, humility, kindness, love for life can be best described by the company he kept. It is truly our sincerest gratitude to have known such a wonderful man. Rest in peace

  5. Estelle Donahue McCarthy says:

    Farewell to Dan-the last of the Generation of Giants. Known as “Junior” to all his cousins and loved by all. Dan was the last of Delia and James Dwyer’s grand-children.
    I will miss sharing Family History discoveries with Danny!
    Rest in peace. Love and prayers to your beautiful family.

  6. Kathy says:

    There will forever be a hole in my heart. Dad…. you were the best example of a father, husband and human being that ever walked this earth. I miss you so much already….. this is really going to be hard. XOXOXO

  7. Beverly Anne Dwyer says:

    Unk I’m so glad I got to spend a few months w you and Jack on Circuit Rd before you left us . It was fun doing all the research on the family and all the great stories you told me of some of your adventures. I know my cooking wasn’t as good as Aunt Louise but we managed because she taught me. I just realized you were the last person that has known me my whole life along w helping me over the years . I’ll always carry you w me. I love you Unk ,Rest in beautiful peace .

  8. Pam & Stephen Doyle says:

    Kathy, Kevin, and Jake,
    Sending our condolences at this difficult time. We hope your memories bring you comfort.

  9. Kevin OLeary says:

    Dan was a wonderful man. I remember him fondly as a great neighbor.
    Our heartfelt condolences to his family.

  10. Michael & Marianne Hudd says:

    Danny, Kathy and family.

    I am sincerely sorry for not being there for Dads wake and funeral. Your Dad and Mom were wonderful people who treated us Hudd boys like family. I have great memories through the years and fun times with them. Especially in Maine. Taking hikes with your Dad. And of course the Snipe Hunting. Just take comfort in knowing he is now with your mom. Rest in Peace Dan Dwyer.

  11. Paul and Masha Findley says:

    I did not know you long, but I know you were a great and good and kind man who raised his children well and clearly led by example. One of the greatest of the greatest generation. Thank you for creating a wonderful, kind and loving family who I admire greatly.

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