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Charles (Charlie/Papa) McNally, resident of Middleborough, MA, went on to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023. His kind, generous and lively nature was loved by all. He will be immensely missed by his family and friends.
Charlie was born in North Quincy, MA, on Friday, October 10th, 1930, to the late John and Rose McNally, who were both late 19th Century Irish Immigrants. Charlie was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Emelia (Amy) McNally, daughter Karen Manduca, son Charles B. McNally, and son-in-law Michael Todd. Charlie leaves behind his daughter Susan Todd, son Stephen McNally and his fiancé Michele Simon, son-in-law Joseph Manduca, sisters Ann Lirosi, Louise Glick, Maureen Turner, and brother Robert McNally. Wonderful memories of his life will continue to be cherished by his grandchildren; Jason Todd and his wife Dasia, Emelia McNally, Lauren Harrington and her husband Rick, Savannah McNally-Healey and her husband Ollie, Jen Speranzo and her husband Frank, Angie Goodman and her husband Eric, and his eight great-grandchildren.
Charlie, a devoted Catholic, dedicated his life to serving others. His journey began in the US Navy, serving 20 years and achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In the Navy, he exemplified commitment, leadership, and discipline. After his military service, he joined the USPS as a Letter Carrier in Randolph, MA. He retired after 29 years, proudly declaring himself a "triple dipper." His passion for public service extended beyond duty; it was ingrained in his character. This commitment was reflected in his unwavering dedication to giving back to his community, family, and friends.
Charlie was fond of sports and loved winners; therefore, he was not always a Boston Sports Fan. He was endeared to the NY Yankees and Giants and would say, 'I'm going to bet on a winner.' He had run gambling 'envelopes' in his childhood in North Quincy for 'Bookies,' and his first legitimate job was as a pin setter—back when it was done by hand—until he joined the service at the age of 17, saying he wanted to get out of the Irish Catholic house he shared with 10 siblings. As years passed, Charlie took pleasure in gambling at casinos and racetracks, telling all, ‘Only bet what you can afford to lose.’
He exemplified a devotion to family, raising his in Abington, MA and Warminster, PA while serving at Naval Air Bases in South Weymouth, MA and Willow Grove, PA. He and his wife Amy raised their four children to embrace the core belief of putting family first. His heart swelled with happiness when surrounded by his loved ones, especially during their cherished family gatherings, where the shouts of 'Slainte!’ ‘Salute!’ ‘Cinzano!’ or ‘Mangia!' would be met with resounding cheers. Tables filled with delicious mostly Italian food and much laughter characterized these gatherings, where the warmth of his love and the family knew no bounds.
While very close to his immediate (McNally) family, Charlie extended his kindness and love to all. He was a treasured figure to Amy's large Italian family of 7 siblings and to her parents who did not speak English well; fostering a unique bond of ethnicities that were often at odds in those days, reflecting the depth of his generous spirit.
In his departure, Charlie leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, love, and unwavering dedication to family and community. His spirit will forever echo in the hearts of those he touched, his memory a beacon of love, togetherness, and inclusivity.
Charlie’s family would like to thank the medical staff and support personnel at Massachusetts General Hospital, Heights Crossing, Good Samaritan Medical Center, and Beacon Hospice, as they all provided hope and support. In lieu of flowers the family would suggest giving back time or monetary contributions to your local community or to donate to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to Dana Farber Cancer, 450 Brookline Ave, 7th floor Boston, MA attention Contributions.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to a Catholic Mass at St Margaret of Scotland, 141 Main St, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. Charlie will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA following the funeral mass.