Okay, i know this doesn't mean anything to almost anyone reading this. The Learys ran a corner store during most of my adolescence and were generally just very sweet people. Their son Chris was in my grade, but i always felt closer to their daughter Brooke who's 2 years older, as she was the more academically inclined. I often see Mrs. Leary when i'm walking between my house and the library, and we always chat and she inquires after my younger brother (who spent a lot of time in the store just chatting with the Learys). So yeah, sadness.
"I'm planning on attending the wake Friday with a few people. I feel a little strange because I haven't seen Brooke or Chris or Candy [Mrs. Leary] in about three years, but I know if I was in their place, I would want all the friends and family I could have around me. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with them."
P.S. My dad pointed out that they had closed the store because "there wasn't that much time left" to spend with their kids (as both were going off to college soon) and notes, "This gives it a whole new meaning." *nods*
OBITUARIESWow, Brooke is now "of Seattle." When i was home over Thanksgiving and saw Mrs. Leary she told me Brooke had gotten a job doing research (in the field she majored in, no less) at the University of Washington, but it can't have been that long that she's been there 'cause Mrs. Leary said it took a while for her to find a job after graduation. Though i suppose if that's where she's living/working now, that's where she's "of."
John Leary, 55, Norwood
Thursday, December 18, 2003
NORWOOD -- John Leary, 55, longtime owner of a landmark Norwood convenience store, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, after a long illness.
He was the husband of Candace Leary for 29 years.
He was the son of the late William P. Leary and Cecilia (Mulvoy) Leary.
Born in Somerville, he attended the Immaculate Conception parish school and the Somerville public schools before going on to graduate from Dartmouth High School in 1967. He later attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston and University of Maryland.
Stationed at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the Norwood Parents Music Association.
Mr. Leary enjoyed playing cards with friends, hiking, reading and talking for hours with his family.
Besides his wife, he leaves his daughter, Brooke of Seattle, Wash., and a son, Christopher of Norwood; his siblings, Barbara Doherty of Newton, Caroline Paradiso of Brockton, William P. Leary Jr. of Hull, Thomas Leary of Somerville, Mark Leary of South Dartmouth, and Edward Leary of Tennessee; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m., at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St., Norwood.
Visiting hours are Friday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or to Caritas Norwood Hospital, c/o Development Office, 800 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062.