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Joseph Hehir

Joseph Hehir

Tuesday March 17, 1931 - Thursday April 23, 2020
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Obituary

Northborough –

Joseph Hehir, 89, simply known to all as “Joe”, a longtime Northborough resident, passed away peacefully at Dodge Park Rest Home in Worcester after a period of declining health. He was the loving husband of 54 years to Helen M. (Sullivan) Hehir, until death separated them in 2010.

Joe was born in County Clare, Ireland, a son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Conoulty) Hehir. As an immigrant to the U.S.A. in 1950, Joseph remained proud of his Irish heritage throughout his entire life. He is equally proud to have served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged. He was a proud member of the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 and of the Disabled American Veterans.

As evidence to his hard work ethic while married, with two small children and working fulltime in a factory he completed his studies at Northeastern University in 1962. With an exceptional skill and gift for numbers Joseph worked over 36 years as an accountant at Wyman Gordon Co; many of which he served as the manager of Treasury Operations. A testament to his work ethic, Joe had near perfect attendance during his career there.

He was a longtime member of Saint Rose of Lima Parish and for many years assisted the parish with its bookkeeping. Joseph loved playing golf, passed that love onto his son and grandson. Joe built (mostly by his sweat) a summer home in York Maine and was a very special gathering for his family for decades.

Joseph is survived his loving children, Sean Hehir of Campbell, California; Mary Spreadbury and her husband Kevin of Worcester; Patricia Flaum and her husband Marc of Acton; 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Hehir.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dodge Park Rest home for the compassionate care he received during his stay. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to DODGE PARK REST HOME, 101 Randolph Road, Worcester MA 01606.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings, all services at this time will be private. Joseph will be entombed in the mausoleum of St. John’s Cemetery. A memorial Mass at and time to remember and celebrate Joseph’s life will be set for a future date. Please keep the Hehir family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

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Service Details

Private committal at mausoleum due to COVID 19 restrictions

Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • Disabled American Veteran
  • Northeastern University
  • US Army

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Eileen Moynihan

Posted at 02:26pm
I lived down the street from Joe for years, but only met him for the first time when I was 11. He was walking his little dog in front of my house and, being 11, I desperately wanted to pet Pepito (if I'm remembering the dog's name correctly). My mom wasn't thrilled I was so willing to chat with a stranger, but of course, Joe wasn't a stranger for long. As the years went on, we often said hello and chatted as he passed by my house on his walks. When I was in high school, I did a family tree project that tracked my relatives back to Ireland. I told Joe about it during one of our chats, and promised to show him when I was done. When it was finished, my dad and I went over to his house to show him my project, and stayed for a few hours, just enjoying each other's company and drinking ginger ale (me) and glasses of Jameson (my dad and Joe). Joe moved away shortly after that, and I only saw him once more when we ran into each other at a doctor's office near his new home. I remember how happy we were to see each other again.

He was a wonderful neighbor. My condolences to his family.
PL

Phillip Leavitt

Posted at 10:16pm
Dear Mary, Patricia, Sean and family,
I knew Joe from his coming in to the post office where I worked for over 33 years. He always had a big smile and was good for a story and conversation. I loved talking to him over the years. I traveled to Ireland for 3 weeks in 2000 visiting my daughter who studied at University College Cork. It was such fun showing him photos of my travels around southern Ireland. He was a man who made you smile and brought great joy. I hope you'll find comfort in recalling many wonderful memories of your Dad.
Phil Leavitt
ML

Marc Lozeau

Posted at 03:34pm
Mary and Kevin, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad/ Father in law. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Marc Lozeau
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Nancy Quinlan

Posted at 12:35pm
To Mr. Hehir's Family,

Please accept my my sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. I did not know him, but I know that my late father, Jack Quinlan, thought very highly of him. When he spoke of Joe Hehir, he always had a note of admiration and respect in his voice. I am especially sorry that a true Irish wake, which would have been so appropriate, could not be held for him.

Sincerely,

Nancy Quinlan

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Torchia family

Posted at 10:52am
In Honor of Joe Hehir and his beloved Helen. They are resting in peace together at last.
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