John F. Fahey, Sr.

April 20th, 2016

John F. Fahey, Sr., age 77 (44), of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 18, 2016, with his loving family at his side.

John was born in Boston, MA on July 11, 1938; he was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School. Throughout the years John went on to further his education by taking courses at MIT and Harvard University. He was self-employed as a machinist for many years.

John married his “best friend” Annette Buonomo on June 17, 1956; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised three wonderful children Deborah, John Jr. and Susan. John loved his family unconditionally and they had many great times throughout the years. John especially cherished his role as “Papa” and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren. John attended countless school and sporting events for his grandchildren, he enjoyed playing board games with them for hours; he was always so proud of their accomplishments.

John was known to be an avid fisherman and hunter in his day and liked to play a friendly game of racquetball every now and then. He was a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks and a former member of the Sons of Italy.

John will be fondly remembered as a good guy, hardworking, and friendly; he was helpful and would do anything for anyone. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of Annette J. (Buonomo) Fahey, devoted father of Deborah L. Duggan & husband Thomas, Jr., John F. Fahey, Jr. & wife April all of Wilmington, and Susan M. Ganley & husband Robert of Burlington. Loving “Papa” of Thomas III & Nicholas Duggan, Shawn, Zachary, & Amy Fahey, Robert Jr., Michael, Kenneth, & Gina Ganley, and Dianna Fahey, great-granddaughter Fiona Duggan and her sister Lily. Dear son of the late Leo and Mildred (Barber) Fahey, brother of Robert Fahey and Eileen Fahey both of Billerica, Joseph Fahey and Francis Fahey both of Somerville, the late Leo, William, and Edward Fahey, and Marie Walsh. John was the special uncle of Daniel Fahey & wife Marie of Abington and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rte. 62) Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, April 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to Mass General Hospital Fund, Attn: Development Office, 12 Nashua St. (Suite 540), Boston, MA 02114.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “John F. Fahey, Sr.”

  1. Terry Young Hladky says:

    I have many fond memories as a child of spending time visiting with my Aunt Annette and Uncle Jackie. He was a kind person and loving man who will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prays are with the family at this time.

  2. James M. Fahey says:

    My uncle Jackie was a great man. He always took his time to say hello and ask how both myself and my son were doing. When I would visit as a young child he would show me all his new gadgets and projects he had been working on. Whether he knew it or not, I always cherished those visits as well as the holiday events at his place. Jackie will always be remembered and leaves a wonderful legacy behind to carry on his good name. Our prayers and good thoughts will always be with you.

  3. Michelle Wright says:

    Debbie, John, Susie (and families),
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. You are all in my thoughts.

  4. Judson Miller says:

    Dear Annette and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

    Rest in Peace John

  5. Mike & Gayle Fahey says:

    So sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord will give you peace and comfort in this time of mourning. I will always remember Jackie’s card tricks that he always did for us when we were kids.
    Praying for you all,
    Mike & Gayle Fahey

  6. Kathy Midkiff says:

    So sad to hear about Uncle Jackie I always remember him as a kind person just like his wife Auntie Annette.i remember we always had a good time at their house when we were kids He went out of his way to help my Mom (his sister). Auntie Annette ,Debbie,Suzy & Johnny you are in our thoughts & prayers Love you all
    Kathy Midkiff

  7. marylou @Butch Blaisdell says:

    so sorry for your loss Marylou and Butch Blaisdell Laconia nh

  8. Frank West says:

    Annette and family -

    Karen and I are saddened by your loss. We will keep the Fahey family in our prayers. With Deepest Sympathy. Karen and Frank West

  9. Charlie Ballou says:

    Dear Annette and Family
    Let me start by saying John was a Machinists, Machinist.
    After reading the Obituary in the Town Crier I was saddened to learn that he is no longer with us. And all at the same time recalling pleasant memories of working with him and learning from him Back in the Day.
    With Kind Regards and Sympathy
    Charlie Ballou

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