Lillian R. Garrity

April 13th, 2014

Lillian R. (Mahoney) Garrity, age 92, of Reading, formerly a long-time resident of Malden and Sarasota, Florida, passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2014 at the Daniels House in Reading, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Malden on August 22, 1921, Lillian was the only daughter of Timothy and Lillian Mahoney.  She was raised in Malden and attended Malden High School, captaining the girls’ tennis team.  Following high school, Lillian attended Malden Business School and upon completion, became employed as a legal secretary.

 Lillian married the love of her life, John T. Garrity, on June 18, 1949, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden.  Together, they raised their three daughters on Glen Street in Malden.  Lillian’s most cherished role was that of being a full-time mom.  Once she became a mom, she devoted all her time, talents, and energy to her children.  After her children were grown, Lillian developed a keen interest in local politics and enjoyed working on various political campaigns in Malden.  Upon her husband’s retirement from the position of Malden Fire Chief, the couple moved to Sarasota, Florida where they lived for a little over 26 years.  In April 2013, they returned to New England.

 Lillian was very active and athletic all her life.  She loved being outdoors, whether it was taking a long walk, golfing, or just working out in the her yard.  In their retirement, she and John enjoyed traveling, taking trips to Hawaii, Canada, Washington, D.C. and Graceland.  Since she was a child, she had a strong love for animals and made sure there was always a family pet.  One of her favorites was her Russian blue cat named, Fleur.  Most of all, Lillian loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, as they meant the world to her.  She was irreplaceable to her family and will be sorely missed by all of them. 

 Lillian was the beloved wife of former Malden Fire Chief John T. Garrity of North Reading. She was the loving mother of Lillie Fournier & her husband Robert of Sarasota, FL, June Fagan & her husband Joseph of Wilmington and Lorraine McBride & her husband David of North Reading.  She was the cherished “Grandy” of Joseph, III & Elizabeth Fagan and Caroline & Laura McBride. Lillian was the dear sister of the late Vincent, Roy, Ralph, George & Paul Mahoney.

 Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Thursday, April 17th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.  Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, April 16th, from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Lillian’s name can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA  02026.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Lillian R. Garrity”

  1. The Rossi Family says:

    To the families of Lil,
    We all loved her. She had the best smile and laugh in the world.
    She was a reminder of how kindness can count !!!
    Sorry for your loss.
    The Rossi Family.

  2. Linda Crowe says:

    Sweet Mrs. Garrity – so kind and full of spirit – rest in peace!

  3. Cliff & Loretta King says:

    June and family, Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Cliff & Loretta

  4. Amanda says:

    Elizabeth and family:
    I just wanted to express my sincerest condolences on te lossof a wonderful mother and grandmother I hope that you and your family may find peace and co
    Fort surrounded by family during these difficult Times

  5. Robin H. Farren says:

    Lorri. I will always remember you mother as a gracious and deightful woman. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our family.

  6. Jean Bokuniewicz says:

    Dear Lorri and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your precious mother, wife and Grandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all especially your Dad.

    Love. The Bokuniewicz Family. XXOO

  7. Al DiSanzio says:

    Lorri and family,

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Of the few times that I have met your mother at your home she was always gracious and kind to me. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. May God always keep her by His side in heaven.

  8. Bill Leccese says:

    Lorri, June and Family,
    I am sorry to learn of the passing of your mom, wife and grandmother. Although I never met her, I feel that I know of her through the love, compassion and warmth that you exemplify toward others. Surely your mom modeled those qualities to you. Your mom will live on in you. I am so sorry for your loss. Bill

  9. Cynthia and Michael Richal says:

    June, Joe and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    We send you and your family our sympathy.
    Our most sincere condolences,
    Cindy and Mike Richal

  10. Lennie Malvone says:

    June and Joe and Family, Lucille and I are So sorry to hear of your loss please know our prayers are with you all at this most difficult of times

  11. Chris C. Dracopoulos says:

    To the Garrity family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. The 5 Dracopoulos siblings, George, Chris, Helen, James and William, grew up in Malden with Beloved Lillian and Jack. MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL.

  12. Paul Mahoney says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire Garrity family for your loss. I was a young paperboy delivering the Malden Evening News on Glen St. and had the privelege of having the Garrity’s as customers. I especially remember the day I first met Mrs. Garrity. When I introduced myself her eyes lit up with delight as she heard my name and she proudly shared that she too was a Mahoney and perhaps we were somehow related! I remember most the warmth and kindness she always extended to me, even after my days as her paperboy. When I graduated from high school she remembered me with a card and then following my college graduation I received another congratulatory card from her. Although it has been over 30 years since I was her paperboy, she still remembered me when she read of my father’s passing 5 years ago. She found my mother’s phone number, called her, asked if the man she read about was indeed my father, expressed her condolences and then wanted to know all about my life since college! She was an extraordinary woman. I wish I had known she was back in Massachusetts, what a pleasure it would have been to see her again.

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