Eugene "Jerry" Allen McDonough, of Braintree, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the age of 84.
Beloved husband of the late Dorothy “Dolly” M. (Fisher) McDonough for 62 years. Loving father to Gary McDonough and his wife Liz of Braintree, Dana McDonough and his wife Judy Margetts of Hingham, Mary Davis and her husband Michael of Ashburn, VA., and the late Alan McDonough. Cherished grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Brother of Jackie Mayhew of Bar Harbor, ME.
Jerry grew up in Braintree and attended Braintree Schools. Jerry lived in the same house for over 60 years. Jerry coached little league baseball, played basketball, and loved sports, especially the Red Sox and Celtics.
Jerry was the former owner of McDonough Heating in Hingham for many years. He enjoyed the ocean, writing poetry for others, singing at many local churches, and loved his second home in Fryeburg, Maine. He loved dogs and made many friends with their owners during his nightly walks at Bare Cove Park. Jerry was a lifetime member of the Bare Cove Fire Museum. He would regularly visit people at their homes or in health care facilities with homemade soups, tomatoes from his garden, and frappes.
Jerry cared for and planted flowers at many gravesites of family and friends. Jerry had a Fort Hill Cemetery sign made and installed at the entrance “because they need one.”
Jerry could be found year-round at Hingham Harbor, alone or with grandchildren after a visit to Brigham’s, The Scoop, or Nona’s with his usual mocha frappe and peanut butter crackers.
Jerry spent many afternoons and evenings with his friend Ralph Morrison watching Red Sox and Celtics games and sharing stories about each other’s grandchildren.
Jerry had a great love of classical music and was a life-long listener of WCRB radio. As an adult he took singing lessons and from that point on he would sing at every opportunity at various churches and other venues and was soloist for a few years with the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) at their Christmas concert. He was also a regular patron at all of the SPO concerts for over 25 years and would often frequent the Maine classical musical festivals during his summer months in Fryeburg. Jerry was a long time soloist at the East Weymouth Congregational Church, UCC, under the direction of Victor DeRubeis. Jerry was scheduled to sing “Here I Am Lord”, the Sunday following his death. Mr. DeRubeis sang the song in memory of Jerry and the Postlude paid tribute to many of the pieces he shared over the years.
Jerry was a wonderful and caring man who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond Street Hingham on Saturday June 23, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. All relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Private interment will be held in Fort Hill Cemetery, Hingham.
Charitable donations may be made to either of the following organizations: Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra, P. O Box 318, Weymouth MA 02188 or East Weymouth Congregational Church UCC, 1320 Commercial Street, East Weymouth MA 02189.