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Emily T. (Heavey) Hanrahan

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“Dear Brenda, Sheila and Sharon, I am sorry for your loss. Your mom was so kind and always so good to all of us St. Mary's kids! I bet she's having a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Aileen Clancy MacDonnell - MA

“Dear Thomas, Brenda, Sharon & Sheila, We were very sorry to hear the news of Emily's passing. We are thinking of you all at this sad time. My...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Deirdre O Callaghan - Dublin

“To Tom, Brenda, Sheila & SharronOur deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom, Emily, She will not be forgotten. Many fond memories of the three of...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Michael, Roberta & family Buggy - MA

“To Uncle Thomas,Brenda,Sharon and Sheila and extended family. We were so sorry to hear of Aunty Emily's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you all....Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Helen Molloy - Dublin - Family

“Our hearts go out to the whole family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis, Doris, Ed, Brandon and Allison Cvinar - NH

“Dear Brenda, Scott, Rachael, Stephanie, and Family,We were saddened to hear that your mother/grandmother passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Carol Ryan - Holden, MA - Friend

“To Tom , Brenda,Shelia and Sharon and your extended family. I'm am very sorry to hear of Emily's passing. Emily and Tom were very good to my self and...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Kilcullen - Braintree, MA

“To Tom , Brenda,Shelia and Sharon and your extended family. I'm am very sorry to hear of Emily's passing. Emily and Tom were very good to my self and...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Kilcullen - Braintree, MA

“So sorry to learn of Emily's passing. When I was 12 I had the experience of visiting the US to stay with Emily, Tomás and family. Emily extended...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Dermot Hanrahan - Family

“Sorry to hear of Auntie Emilys death may she rest in peace .Have lots of memories of her visits to Ballymeeney .Deepest sympathy to Tom Brenda Sheila...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Eileen Feeney - Iteland - family

“Thomas, Brenda, Sharon, Sheila and the extended family, We wish to offer our deepest sympathy for the passing of Emily. She was the power house of...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Fergal Hanrahan - Limerick

“To Sheila, Sharon and rest of the Hanrahan Family, Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your Mother, may she Rest In Peace.With Condolences...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Christine Northrup - Boxford, MA

“I have fond childhood memories of Emily and her family visiting Ireland. A lovely lady, may she rest in peace, Amen. Sincere condolences to the...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Margaret Kilcullen Haddara - NJ

“Very fond memories of Aunty Emily and Uncle Tomas coming to visit us in Ireland. Always the glamorous couple with big American smiles. Will cherish...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kevin Hanrahan - PA - Family


Emily T. (Heavey) Hanrahan, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 27, 2017 at the age of 91. She was born in Sligo, Ireland on June 18, 1926 to Thomas & Maude (O'Neil) Heavey. She was raised in Ireland and attended college in Dublin where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Emily immigrated to the United States in 1954 where she would later meet her husband Thomas J. Hanrahan. They were married in June of 1957. Emily and Thomas moved to Melrose in 1965 and have lived there ever since. Prior to having children, Emily worked at Harvard University Alumni in the Class Reports office. After raising her three daughters, she went back to work as a Supervisor for American Mutual in Wakefield, MA. Emily enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting in her spare time. She also volunteered for the St. Mary's School PTO and was a member of the North Shore Irish Club. Emily never forgot her roots, and made annual summer trips to "the Old Country" Ireland with her family. The greatest joy of her life was becoming grandmother to her seven grandchildren, who meant the world to her. Emily took pleasure in hosting the entire family on Christmas day. Our greatest memories will be watching her beam with pride as the grandchildren opened the many gifts she carefully hand selected for each child. Emily was the beloved wife of Thomas J. Hanrahan of Melrose. Loving mother of Brenda T. McClure & her husband Scott of Westwood, Sheila M. Higgins & her husband Michael of Peabody, and Sharon A. Cvinar & her husband David of Peabody. Proud grandmother of Jessica, Rachael, Daniel, Stephanie, Jodi, Andrea, and Eric. Caring sister of Mary C. Daly of Quincy, the late Bridget Gunnell, & the late Josephine Mullaney. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, from 9-10 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.