On July 25, 2021, Abington’s Jane A. (Maguire) Maguire, 89 years young, was welcomed into Heaven. Surrounded by her family, Jane passed away at home from complications following a recent stroke.
Jane was born in Boston, MA on June 25, 1932. Her parents were Thomas H. and Mary R. (O’Connor) Maguire. She attended St. Peter’s School and was a graduate of Dorchester High School for Girls in 1949.
Following graduation, Jane began working as a secretary during her first stint with New England Telephone in Boston. After searching far and wide throughout all the parishes of Dorchester, Jane found the love of her life just around the corner. Robert E. (“Midge”) Maguire (yes, they had the same last name) was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Or as Jane would say, “he looked like a movie stah.” They quickly fell in love and were married on October 12, 1954 at St. Peter’s Church.
In 1959, the young couple welcomed their first child, Bobby. The family grew over the next 10 years to include Tommy, Michael, Mary and Steven. The family lived in Palmer, MA and in Holyoke, MA following Dad’s various assignments with New England Tel. In 1971, the Maguires laid down roots in Abington, MA where they have lived for the last 50 years (alas, never being able to achieve full “townie” status).
Jane and Midge were involved in all aspects of their kids lives. They never missed a game or school activity. The kids always came first. Jane oversaw the house on Summit Road which was always bustling with activity and untold types of craziness…. of which Jane was often a willing participant. Once the kids were old enough, Jane carpooled to work with Midge to New England Telephone/NYNEX in downtown Boston. Jane was known to spend her lunch hour by lighting a candle at the Arch St. Shrine, making a daily pilgrimage to Filene's Basement and then stopping for her hot fudge sundae at Bailey’s.
In April of 1989, Midge passed away at 58 years old after suffering a brain tumor. Jane preserved and kept the family moving forward with a fierce determination. Jane was a woman of tremendous faith. She was a devout Catholic often leaving her house at 3pm each Saturday to make sure she secured one of the coveted handicap parking spots for the 4pm Vigil Mass at St. Bridget’s. Jane was an avid Boston and Villanova sports fan. She loved Tom Brady although she thought Jimmy G was better looking.
Jane loved more than anything else being a grandmother. Kate, her first grandchild, gave her the nickname that best captures her spirit. From that day on, Jane was known simply as “Dahlin” (Darling for those not from here). Jane loved having all her grandkids around her and became quite adept using social media to comment on her grandkids’ posts on Facebook or Instagram as either “amazing,” “talented,” “beautiful/handsome” and usually a combination of the three. The grandkids knew they were lucky to have Dahlin in their lives. Jane’s legacy will be carried on by her grandchildren Kate, Kelly, Conor, Ally, Rob, Jack, Matty, Owen and Livy.
Jane was a wonderful mother-in-law to Ann, Nancy, Carole and Keri. She was a beacon of strength for them during challenging times, always providing her unwavering love and support, which meant the world to all of them.
Jane was loved by her three sisters. She is predeceased by her sister Mary Louise Maguire who passed at the age of 6. Her sisters, Karen Colbert of Medfield and Patricia (Pam) Killman of Weymouth, along with their husbands Paul and Wade, were always there for Jane and would do whatever was necessary to make her life easier. Jane is also survived by many nieces and nephews who knew Dahlin was just a phone call away for them.
Jane had a wide circle of friends. Her authenticity, warmth and wit attracted people of all ages and backgrounds. If Jane was your friend, you will never find a better one.
Jane is survived by her children, Bob (Ann) of Abington, Tom (Nancy) of Vienna, VA, Michael (Carole) of Osterville, Mary Maguire (Mike) of Easton, and Steve (Keri) of Abington.
The family asks you keep our father in your thoughts and prayers. Oh boy, Dad. You are in for an earful!.
Visitation will be held at the Quealy & Son Funeral Home 116 Adams Street, Abington on Wednesday July 28 from 4 to 8pm. Funeral Mass Thursday in St. Bridget Church, Abington 9am. Interment St. Patrick Cemetery, Rockland. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Abington Green Wave Boosters, c/o The Bob & Jane Maguire Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 2140, Abington, MA 02351, Tax ID: 043084901
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