Joseph ‘Joe’ O’Malley, R.I.P.
With sadness, we advise you of the recent passing of Joe O’Malley. May he rest In peace. Many of you knew Joe personally, a proud Connemara man, or have seen him often playing his accordion at our ceilis, fundraisers, or any other gatherings where Irish traditional music was to be heard. I recall oftentimes between figures of a set I’d hear a peal of laughter at some joke or funny story Joe was telling, or of how he always loved to have some Irish chocolate or sweets and would share them with everyone. He will be missed.
Our sincere sympathies to his wife Theresa, his children, Tricia and Martin, and their families.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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O’MALLEY, Joseph of Weymouth, died peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He was 82.
Born in Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland, on February 14, 1938, he was the son of the late Patrick and Ann (Griffin) O’Malley. Joe was raised in Ireland before immigrating to the United States in 1959.
Joe was an extremely hard worker. At just 14 years old, he began working on a farm that required him to bicycle 25 miles from his home in Connemara. He moved to England at the age of 16 and worked in construction there until he immigrated to the United States in 1959. He settled in Boston and worked as a union carpenter. Along with help from friends, Joe built the Weymouth home where he raised his family. When he wasn’t working, he most enjoyed playing cards, attending Irish football matches, visiting his homeland and never turned down an invitation to a party.
One of Joe’s greatest joys was entertaining people with his accordion tunes. Friends and family would gather for hours, listening, dancing and singing along to the many Irish classics he would play for them.
Joe embraced life to the fullest and attracted so many with his spirited sense of humor and love of making people laugh. He will be fondly remembered for his infectious laughter, which left you smiling as he always laughed the loudest at his own jokes.
Beloved husband of Theresa (Conneely) O’Malley, the two married in 1976 and shared 44 years of loving marriage. He was the cherished father of Tricia Sullivan and her husband Stephen Sullivan of Quincy and Martin J. O’Malley of Weymouth. He was the brother of the late Mary Graney and her late husband Joe, the late John O’Malley and his late wife Nora, the late Michael O’Malley and his late wife Kathleen, Bridie Rose and her late husband Alan, Peggy Barrett and her husband Bill, Anne Dolan and her late husband Jimmy, the late Pat O’Malley and his wife Barbara, the late Barbara Jackson and her late husband John, Kathleen Tate and her husband Des, Noreen DeBriae and her husband Dick, Colm O’Malley, his partner Denise Curran and his late wife Barbara, the late Martin O’Malley and his wife Anne McDermott Green and Eileen Durkan and her husband Michael.
Joe is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and approximately a million friends.
In light of current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, all services for Joe will be private. A private mass will be celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy, followed by private interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be sent to the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA 02021, or at www.irishculture.org by clicking “donate”.
Traditionally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Joseph’s family at this time, friends may offer their support by sharing a special memory or message by clicking the send condolences to the online obituary.
Prepared by Maureen Conway, Secretary,